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HOW TO BE A CONFIDENT BADASS IN AN INSTANT

Updated: June 26, 2017
by
LAURYN

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Confidence is essential.

I’m serious though. It really does make all the difference when you’re confident. It shines through your pores- everyone sees the aura of confidence. AND it’s also V contagious so sprinkle it everywhere you go, you know?

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::sprinkle, sprinkle, sprinklity, sprinkle::

To elaborate, there’s nothing better than seeing women in The Skinny Confidential Community THRIVE WITH CONFIDENCE.

SOAR! FLOURISH! PROSPER! ROCK IT.

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WHO DOESN’T LOVE being around confident people? There’s nothing more settling than seeing someone who’s entirely comfortable with who they are…HOWEVER I get it, 2017 social media though can be a real confidence killer. BUT instead of throwing a pity party, I WANT EVERYONE TO GET THEIR GROOVE BACK. Like up the confidence levels- kick it up a notch- confidence on crack.

Because you are all unique in your own way. You are you. There’s only one of you. OWN IT.

Before I give you five QUICK tips, ask yourself: “are you as confident as you want to be?” If not, read on & then GET ON WITH YOUR BAD SELF.

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1.) GRATITUDE. LET IT SEEP OUT OF YOUR PORES.

SIMPLE. Not much to say here. Be grateful for the good. There really is so much to be grateful for. You are in charge of creating your future. Design wisely.

Be grateful to even have the option to be able to design that future.

As the amazing, Gary Vee says “you could have been a tree.”

Ya, he’s right though- you coulda been a f-ing tree.

So smile, laugh, be grateful.

I’m grateful for this platform, my dogs, family, friends, lentil pasta, Michael’s unnecessary purchases, these denim sandals, & the ability to beat to the tune of my own drum. YOUR TURN! Go…

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2.) FOCUS ON YOUR OWN SHIT.

Again, simple. Gaining confidence is not a mathematical equation.

It really is that simple though? To focus on your own shit.

Stop spending time focusing on Sally who didn’t complete her work for the day or Henry whose social media following is bigger than yours…because Sally is doing Sally & Henry’s success isn’t taking away from yours.

Like WHAT a yawn.

Busy bodies are only hurting themselves.

Next time you find yourself fixating on other people’s shit or social media, CHECK YOURSELF. 7 second rule: acknowledge the feeling & move on from it.

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3.) STEP OUTTA YOUR COMFORT ZONE.

Everyone fails. Everyone. And if you don’t fail then have you ever lived? Full transparency here: I thrive off people telling me no. People telling me I can’t do something. Even people not taking me seriously. Honestly it revs my engine. This all stems from stepping out of my comfort zone. I mean the first day I nervously launched The Skinny Confidential someone said “you don’t have a nutritionist degree though, Lauryn- you should go back to school first. I think you should wait until you’re more experienced”

TYSM FOR YOUR CONCERN BUT NOPE.

I did what I set out to do because I didn’t listen to other people’s opinions AND I stepped the F outta my comfort zone.

Step out, stay out ( PLZ NEVER GO BACK IN ), own it, & love every second of getting uncomfortable to eventually be comfortable.

Just by doing that, it will up your confidence levels. Trust meeeee.

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4.) HANG OUT…ALONE.

This is my favorite tip ever.

I am alone all the time.

I eat out alone.

I workout alone.

I run errands alone.

I LOVE BEING ALONE.

Eating out alone is a great way to get comfortable with yourself. I bring my computer ( call & check how the WiFi is first ) to my secret hole in the wall sushi restaurant, order a spicy veggie roll, maybe a glass of champagne, & sit with a men’s hoodie on in the corner on a high top table…sometimes for 4 ( eer, 5? ) hours at a time. CASUAL. It gives me pleasure ( & confidence ).

Besides hanging out alone is cool…& it recharges your battery.

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5.) DRESS UP FOR NO ONE.

Dressing up for myself is happening more & more lately. I like to look nice…for myself. It makes me feel good to walk into a room dressed to impress. Not to impress anyone else though, just for me.

A little SPF tinted moisturizer, some VOLUMIZING mascara, brow tint or powder ( duh, of course ), & a power outfit and I’m ready to conquer the world, laptop in hand.

Maybe I’ll even stop by my hole in the wall sushi restaurant after my meeting…I’ll just make sure I have an oversized hoodie nearby.

( By the way throwing on red lipstick boosts my confidence immediately. Especially if the tone is right ).

OH & speaking of clothes? I feel like we need to discuss this outfit. BECAUSE I LOVE IT. It’s so me. From the black tight jeans to the denim strappy sandals to the Lynyrd Skynyrd tee– it’s casual, chic & I could wear it everyday of the week. It’s a real confidence booster too because the whole look is F L A T T E R I N G. Anyone watch my latest IG LIVE? Well, this is the exact outfit I was wearing! The whole look is head to toe Nordstrom which I’m sure you’re not surprised about. When I’m looking for any kind of black jeans I go to Nordstrom– their shipping is QUICK AF, the jeans are always quality, AND they’re not overly trendy. For instance, these Frame jeans– I’ve worn them 100 times because they’re a real classic ( big fan of their Madewell jean selection too ). Also you should know I found a $24 version of my sunglasses. No seriously, they look JUST like them for a cool $24 bucks!

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If you liked this post, you will like the podcast– we discuss so many real deal issues…& you can listen while you cook, clean, drive, do makeup, etc.

See you tomorrow. Happy Sunday!

X lauryn

+ SHOP THE POST: tee | jeans | sunglasses ( $24 version!) | sandals | XL hoops ( similar )

++ this post is in collaboration with Nordstrom. As always all opinions are my own.

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FOR ALL THE BLONDIES OUT THERE

Updated: June 23, 2017
by
LAURYN

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Well hello! 10:32PM – & I am calling ALL blondes!

BECAUSE we need talk about how to get icy…you know like cool-toned, icy.

We can throw this back to my high school days when my blonde was BRASSY. If you’re a blonde you know the struggle is real here. Or maybe you’re brunette & you have blonde highlights. Regardless there’s nothing- AND I MEAN NOTHING- worse than walking out of the salon after you just spent $100 dollars plus on your color with brassy highlights.

You know I hate brass. I like cool when it comes to my hair.

I really just feel strongly about fighting against that brass. It’s the worst.

BUT HOW CUTE IS IT WHEN YOU DON’T HAVE BRASS? Because today I’m going to give you my top three BYE BYE BRASSY secrets.

So BELOW are all the details you need to know:

First & foremost let’s be very clear these are all very doable no matter where you live!

1.) Get with a colorist who knows her shit. So many brassy moments can be thoroughly avoided by going to the right colorist. Also if you’re picking extensions opt for cooler tones. I get my extensions from Sam Glamm & we made SURE to choose tones that were cooler so it pulled no brass from my real hair.

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Before you commit to coloring your hair- ask questions! Ask for a portfolio, or do what I do & stalk their Instagram! You want to find someone who is good at their craft, you know? Take your hair seriously- it’s on your face AND you want it to flatter your features not take away from them!

Basically interview your colorist like a CIA agent- get the 411, you know? The more questions the better. ( Tip: screenshot a few IG inspo pictures so you can show your hair colorist visuals of what you’re hoping to attain ).

2.) As you know I went to the 2017 Cannes Film Festival in France with the beauty brand, Dessange Professional Hair Luxury. The main reason I was so excited to go with them is because their products are accessible to everyone AND they have a collection called CALIFORNIA BLONDE. I mean YES because for 1.) the products are found at Target & CVS 2.) you can use them at home with no problems. Since being back from France, I’ve been taking my Dessange Professional Hair Luxury products to the blowout bar ( my favorite place to work! ) to put them to the real test. I always like to try & try ( & try! ) things I’m recommending…& then report back. ( & trust me, there are A LOT OF FAILS you don’t always see- like the cauliflower pizza I just made- it was way too crumbly. Maybe I’ll try another brand ). Anyway. I’m like a human guinea pig in the sense that when I commit to trying something, I really commit.

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So back to the blowout bar. I showed up for two months each week to get a blowout with my DESSANGE Professional Hair Luxury California Blonde shampoo & conditioner in hand. Call it a customized TSC blowout, if you will ; ). Washy, wash, scrubby, scrub week after week. Sometimes every two weeks if we’re being honest here because YOU KNOW I HATE WASHING MY HAIR. And sure, my hair girl thinks I’m crazy but that’s neither here nor there.

So here’s a picture after my latest hair dye after using California Blonde for a month & a half ( it’s looking NOT brassy right? ):

HAIR-CARE-TIPS-9b-by-the-skinny-confidentialI feel like my hair looks more radiant too.

3.) Also, another tip that I picked up is their weekly in-shower treatment formulated with Linseed oil & Blue Direct Dyes to neutralize brassiness WHILE nourishing the hair ( which is what we all want ).. YES PLEASE. The blue pigments cancel out the brass- it’s almost like a purple shampoo on crack, ya know? SO YA BRASS BE GONE.

Oh & I should mention the shampoo & conditioner is infused with Passion Flower extracts…smells SO good.

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If you’re not a natural blonde & have to use bleach, you’re usually susceptible to brassy hair because of the way your hair is lightened and toned ( like me! ). Dark hair that’s bleached tends to reveal warm tones ( sometimes red, sometimes banana yellow ). Which is why for me, I REALLY NEED TO TAKE CARE OF MY BLONDE.

Yes, it’s true guys, I was born brunette— maybe one day I’ll go back?

Anyway, quick breakdown for you before I go to keep it simple ( one side is brassy tone & other side is what you need to neutralize it ):

BRASSY | TO NEUTRALIZE

Yellow | Violet
Gold | Violet-blue
Copper | Blue
Copper-red | Blue-green

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Other quick hair care tips: use a heat protectant if you’re a big blow-dryer. Dry texturizing spray makes a world of difference- like it gives you depth & edge. Oh, and invest in a quality brush.
…Also I stay away from rubber bands with those ugly metal things on them. They’re horrific because they cause breakage.

Alright, anyone else have any hair secrets? Spill.

Off to read! Drink ginger turmeric tea! Listen to meditation music! The usual!

Goodnight moon, x lauryn

+ This post is in collaboration with DESSANGE Professional Hair Luxury. As always ALL opinions are my own.

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QUICK TIP: WHY YOU SHOULD WEAR MEN’S T-SHIRTS

Updated: June 23, 2017
by
LAURYN

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Mixing masculine & feminine pieces is my favorite way to style just about everything. You can take a look at my home or wedding to get an idea.

One of the best places to bring that contrast to life is with style. There’s something edgy & effortless about pairing men’s clothes with feminine pieces. Which brings me to my biggest tip while shopping.

MEN’S TEES.

Shop in the men’s section.

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The men’s section is where you will find perfectly oversized hoodies & t-shirts that look amazing with your boots/dainty jewelry. THIS flaming white t-shirt, for example, is the perfect length to double as a dress so getting ready is that much easier & quicker.

PLUS this shirt is on sale for a cool $18 bucks.

I wore this getup to a friend’s birthday & it was a hit because I was soooo comfortable.

+ shop the look: t-shirt| boots | zodiac charm | long chain

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As much as I love contrast I also LOVE a good detail…which brings me to this FAUX lip ring. SO many of you asked about it after I rocked it on Snapchat.

I worked with CAM Jewelry again to design silver & gold lip rings ( different sizes avail too ). They’re very Kim K.

I’m rocking the silver in a medium…but you could also do a row of three with gold in-between for a V. spicy look. FUN. It’s kind of edgy but also feminine.

All TSC readers need one! ( I like silver because it pulls the whites of the teeth ; ) ).

+ stalk the lip ring

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So there you have it.

My biggest style tip lately: go to the men’s section.

Just wanted to throw that out there because it’s literally a tip anyone & everyone can do…& it’s a real money saver.

Happy Wednesday!

x, lauryn

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The Best Tips For Making Your Teeth Look White AF

Updated: June 21, 2017
by
LAURYN

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Can we all acknowledge this lip TSC-ish print by reader & artist, Jenna Webb?

Because UMMMM, she is TALENTED RIGHT?

If you’re a part of TSC Secret Facebook Group you know we discuss a medley of different topics. Everything from orgasms ( vibrators were the hot recommendation ), to black nails ( they’re a YES ), to skin care ( oils for the win! ), to even palm reading ( waiting on my analysis ) to name a few. All the women are STRONG, FIERCE, & in charge of their future. I couldn’t be more excited to talk with so many badasses in one spot…day after day after day. I JUST LOVE IT.

Anyway, on Saturday I did a Facebook Live for the secret group only & the hot topic was teeth. Of course I’ve blogged about teeth before but I wanted to put it all in one spot. Tonight I’ve sort of scoured the Internet to find every trick in the book & I’m ready to projectile all the tricks on to you…because who doesn’t want white teeth?

( So you know…typical reasons teeth are yellow: genetics, food & drink choices, &/or how well you practice oral hygiene ).

OK YOU READY? I’ll get concise about it & leave it to five tippity-tips for ya,

GET YOUR TEETH AS WHITE AS HUMANLY POSSIBLE:

1.) Be manipulative!

That’s right. A spray tan tricks anyone. Get a spray tan ( sans orange tones ) & your teeth will look just like Jim Carey’s big-ass white teeth in The Mask. Remember that movie? Yessss, a spray tan makes your teeth appear wayyyyyy whiter. Every single time.

Another way to get manipulative? Opt for cool tones in your makeup- don’t go with reddish-orange lip liner- it brings out reddish-orange teeth tones. Avoid orangey foundations. Leave the overly warm blush at home. Instead go for white eyeliner, cool nude tones on the lips, a cooler foundation, & cool pink tones for blush. Make sense?

I feel like I need to do a whole blog post on cool-toned favorites?!

So get a spray tan & go for non-orange/red makeup! Those two things alone are going to make a HUGE difference.

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2.) Charcoal toothpaste for the winnnn! SO MANY PEOPLE SWEAR BY THIS TRICK.

Basically charcoal toothpaste is “a great, natural alternative for your entire family to promote healthy teeth & gums without toxic ( nasty-ass ) ingredients.”

The one I like contains “no sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), no artificial colors, no artificial sweeteners (such as saccharine), and no fluoride.

It does contain activated bamboo charcoal: an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal powder that’s excellent for gum health & sensitive teeth. Other natural ingredients like bentonite clay, organic orris root powder, myrrh gum powder, organic hibiscus petal powder, organic stevia leaf powder, organic peppermint essential oil, & organic cinnamon extract.

Anyway, I’ve tried three different charcoal toothpastes & this one is by far my favorite right now ( not spon ).

Need more info? Ok, ok- read this“I did some research and found out that even though it temporarily makes the mouth look extremely black- it has the same effect as it does when ingested: it pulls toxins from the mouth and removes stains. ( Fair warning: when you open your mouth, it is completely black and rather scary looking! Right after I did this the first time I was intensely worried that it would stain my teeth! ) To my surprise, all of the black washes away and it makes your teeth feel extremely clean and smooth. After a few uses, my teeth were noticeably whiter too. Further research I’ve done on this showed that activated charcoal can actually be helpful in changing the pH and health of the mouth, and as such is effective in preventing cavities and killing the bad bacteria present in tooth decay and gingivitis. For this reason, I now suggest and use it as part of my re-mineralizing protocol for teeth, along with my re-mineralizing toothpaste.”

PEOPLE SWEAR BY CHARCOAL TOOTHPASTE ( also I think it tastes good- it’s not gross at all, in my opinion ).

More on charcoal toothpaste for ya.

3.) THE ON THE GO Teeth Whitening Pen:

Let’s just say there’s a reason it’s sold out on Nordstrom.com.

Why, you ask? Well it IS the ultimate secret weapon that every bad B should carry in their clutch..

It’s this little silver, efficient pen that’s clinically proven to WHITEN with a multi-use brush pen. Convenient for use anywhere & NOT UNCOMFORTABLE. I’M TALKING TO YOU, CREST WHITE STRIPS.

Simple, portable, efficient, effective— JUST HOW I LIKE IT. The ON THE GO Pen is safe on natural & artificial tooth surfaces. Once you’re done applying, pop the cap back on, & you’re good! No need to rinse. That’s right: use it on a date, in the car, wherever, whenever!

Lauryn Evarts and Erica Stolman talk oil pulling and its benefits.

4.) Oil pulling FTW:

I’ll say it once & I’ll say it again: oil pulling REALLY whitens teeth. It just does. Sure, it’s a pain in the ass. Like who has time to workout, work, have a social life, clean the house, keep a fresh mani, do the dishes, have sex, &…oil pull. No one really. HOWEVER if you’re looking to realllllly up the whiteness of your teeth? This works.

My friend, Erica of Fashionlush, swears by oil pulling. Remember when she said “So far, I have noticed my teeth are a lot whiter…which may sound like NBD to most of you, but for me it’s HUGE. I have never had any luck w/ those annoying white strips that always leave my teeth soooo sensitive ( literally, I won’t be able to drink a cold glass of water for at least three days!! ), so that was pretty exciting for me. I’ve also noticed less sensitivity, my jaw is doing really well ( I’ve got some seriously bad TMJ ), & my skin is looking great– which I am 100% contributing to the oil pulling.”

Whiter teeth, less jaw pain, & better skin? SIGN ME UP.

I like oil pulling whenever I can- usually while I clean the house. Because let’s be real, I always gotta be multi-tasking. I like this specific unrefined, virgin coconut oil right now.

More on oil pulling.

5.) LASTLY: LET’S GET BASIC B:

Baking soda- I know, not shocking but it works! Sodium bicarbonate scrubs away stains to make your teeth whiter. It’s also very alkaline so it could help balance out the Ph! Also you should know it reduces the acidity of the lemon juice, which acts as a natural bleach of sorts. This may be just shocking because people automatically assume lemon makes teeth yellow. BUT try this:

You will need…

+ 3 teaspoons of non-GMO baking soda
+ Enough lemon juice or water to form a paste
+ A toothbrush

Directions:

Mix several teaspoons of baking soda with enough fresh lemon juice ( or water ) to make a paste. Wipe your teeth & any extra saliva off of them with a paper towel. Put a good amount of paste onto your toothbrush & apply ( via ).

YES YES YES! THAT IS IT.

FUN FACT: Americans spend over $1.4 BILLION DOLLARS a year on over the counter teeth whitening gimmicks. So do me a favor & save your cash for something more fun & utilize these cheap-o tips?

& of course, if all else fails you can always use the whitening tool on Facetune, right? The ways we can get efficient in 2017. WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE.

Okkkk, I’m off to brush my teeth. If you’re wondering I have this princess pink electronic toothbrush that I’m just IN LOVE with. I highly recommend. Also a big flosser over here. I’m lazy & use the ghetto green OG sticks but shit, they work. They’re ideal to throw in a handbag too.

Hope you’re all having a fabulous Monday.

Chat soon, lauryn x

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BREAKING: WHY I LOVE COUNTING STEPS

Updated: June 26, 2017
by
LAURYN

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Well hello, happy Friday. We are live from bed! Watching the latest House of Cards, of course, with a piping hot cup of ginger/turmeric tea. Two snoozing Chihuahuas are cuddled up very close to me. I’m debating whether or not to get up & go to the kitchen to grab another coconut macaroon.

How are you? Any news? What’s the latest?

As you may already know from the last podcast episode, I have been trying to count my steps.

THAT’S RIGHT STEPS.

Like, walking steps.

YOU KNOW: MOVE MORE, EAT LESS ( …COCONUT MACAROONS ).

::PAUSE…GOING TO GO OFF ON A TANGENT HERE::

TO BE ENTIRELY REAL WITH YOU, I am in the market for a Treadmill desk.

Yes, seriously.

I’ve wanted one for forevvvvver so now I’m shopping my options. I feel like we have a small space in TSC HQ for me to walk on my Treadmill while returning 6 million e-mails. Always efficient. Since my business is so much on the phone, the Treadmill will make me move while getting some work in.

Do you not love this idea? I’m obsessed.

My Google search is: ‘best treadmill desk’, ‘treadmill desk in white’, & ‘is a treadmill desk effective?’

You know just the casual Friday night Google realness.

My options are looking pretty amazing, if I do say so myself. LIKE HOW GOOD DOES THIS ONE LOOK? I’d love it in white though if I’m being honest.

::TANGENT IS OVER, K::

Ok back to steps. What do I mean by steps? Well here’s the story: a few weeks ago I looked down at my phone’s pedometer ( under the ‘HEALTH’ app- you know the one- it’s a big red heart, we all have it ) & for the whole day I’d only taken like 4,500-ish steps.

WAIT, WHAT?

This is not the healthiest thing in the world & it didn’t sit right with me

I eat healthy, I take care of my skin, my mind, & body, & I work out almost 6 days a week…but I need to move more.

Not exercise, per-say. I needed to walk. MOVE. Park my car farther away from Trader Joe’s! Walk to the movie theater instead of drive! Walk downstairs to get Postmates…instead of making them come upstairs!

Just little things. The things that add up.

I needed more steps.

So Michael got an Apple Watch which is UNBELIEVABLE at counting steps. I toyed around with it & loveddd it. Hopefully I’ll get one soon. I have my eye on this white band/silver one ( hinty, hint MB ). In the meantime, I am using my phone which is OK at tracking steps. It’s annoying because I workout sans phone- hey I need an hour a day without my phone, you know? So the whole time I’m working out, no steps are accounted for.

If you’re wanting a no phone option, check out this LIGHT PINK, very TSC pedometer. It’s chic & inexpensive. And how cute would these shoes be with this pedometer…UGH, I WANT IT ALL.

So let’s answer the question I always like to answer: WHY? WHY COUNT STEPS?

Because it is an ATTAINABLE GOAL.

According to this Harvard study: “Few of these studies explored in any depth why pedometers are good motivators. One hunch: a pedometer puts a number to our physical activity efforts, and most of us respond to the concreteness of numbers, especially when it comes to exercise. Runners count miles, and swimmers, laps— and now walkers, with the help of pedometers, their steps.

Some experts invoke the self-efficacy theory as an explanation. In simplified terms, self-efficacy means having confidence that you can perform a task that’s set before you. What we’re asked to do when we wear a pedometer is to take more steps— not a daunting prospect for the average person. Walking 10,000 steps a day may seem like a lot but it is within reach given that many of us already take between 6,000 and 7,000 steps daily.

Put another way, those additional 3,000 to 4,000 steps add up to about a mile and a half, a distance most of us can cover in about 30 minutes. In busy lives, that’s not an inconsiderable amount of time, but we can find it, especially when you consider the exercise guidelines that say we can divide up that 30 minutes into 10-minute chunks and still get health benefits.

The average stride is about two-and-a-half feet long.

So if you have an average stride and you take 2,000 steps, you will have walked the equivalent of about a mile ( 5,000 feet, compared with 5,280 in a mile ).

And if you hit the 10,000 steps-a-day mark, you will have walked the equivalent of nearly five miles ( 25,000 feet, compared with the 26,400 in five miles ).

A reasonable goal for most people is to increase their average step count each week by 500 per day ( a quarter of a mile ) until they can average 10,000 a day with ease.”

ANYWAY, I have a friend who I workout with all the time ( hi Kim Kelly! ) & she told me she saw her friend the other day. Her friend had lost A LOT of weight. Kim asked her what her secret was…& she said 15,000 steps a day. THAT IS IT. Of course I encourage exercise & eating healthy too, but steps are great to add to that list right?

NOW don’t go crazy here, you don’t want to feel OCD about it. It’s just a way to keep yourself on track. If you miss steps, don’t freak- you know? I’ve found not to let it dictate my day. Really I look at it as more of a friendly reminder to get my ass moving every hour instead of sitting at a desk all day. Instead of driving to the grocery store that’s 5 minutes away, I walk. Easy. Don’t over think it- just be aware.

Any other step counters? What’s your vibe on this?

Hoping you’re all having a lovely Friday night!

Talk tomorrow, lauryn x

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