July Fan Spotlight: Lauren H.

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This month, we’re turning the spotlight on Lauren H., a Florida-based blogger with an array of fitness-related passions: yoga, running, and CrossFit. A personal trainer, Lauren has her Level 2 teaching certification in yoga, and keeps a blog (laurenhaggett.com) to chronicle her healthy life. What do we love about her blog? Many things, like how Lauren fully admits that she is no angel when it comes to staying away from guilty pleasures. As many of us can relate, she’s experienced her share of struggling to stay consistent over the years—and she declares that she’ll never swear off her beloved pizza. But her lifelong love of staying active centers her and ultimately keeps her coming back to fitness.

When did you start your blog?

I just started my blog in February 2012, so not too long ago. I started it as an outlet to creatively write. At the time I was in a job where I was stuck to ‘news’ writing only and I needed more! I’ve always had a dream to own my own business one day, and my blog is a good way to start gaining a following. I love how I feel when I take care of my body, so I want to help other people take care of themselves and be healthy as well.

Tell us a little bit about CrossFit and Yoga

In March, I just finished my level 1 and 2 certifications in Yoga through YogaFit. I’m an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, so my desire to gain more knowledge in Yoga sparked from wanting to be able to pass along the practice of Yoga to more family, friends and clients. My sister is a Level 1 certified CrossFit trainer, so she definitely got me hooked back in 2007. I don’t only do CrossFit, as I like to vary my workouts a lot, but I love the competitive edge that comes with a good group CrossFit workout. Eventually, I would love to get my Level 1 certification as well.

Lauren is participating in the Under Armour Challenge – a contest that challenges women to set a fitness goal for themselves, and then meet it. Can you tell us a little bit about the Under Armour Challenge? What made you want to participate? What has been the hardest, easiest and best part of participating?

I’m such a competitive person that I couldn’t resist the UA competition. It was such a fun way to push myself to reach a new goal! Watching how hard the other women pushed was so inspiring too. The hardest part was remembering to document as much as possible via photo or video. I’ve never been the picture taker in the group, but I’m trying, and the competition helped with that for sure. The easiest part of the challenge was deciding on my goal. It was a given for me to make a running goal to beat. I played soccer growing up and into high school, but running was never fun for me. I’d love for running to be enjoyable for me sometime in my life. Hopefully sooner rather than later! My goal was to break 5 miles by June 26 and I ran 6 miles that day. 🙂 The best moment was feeling like I was a part of this awesome group of women from all over the country! It was amazing to log on and see all their different stories. It encouraged me to share my story and keep driving toward my goal.

Your stay-healthy philosophy?

My stay-healthy philosophy is pretty simple: Everything in moderation. I’m never going to be that person that doesn’t ever pick up a piece of pizza again. I LOVE PIZZA! I firmly believe there is a balance to being healthy. Smaller portions, a consistent work out schedule and lots of fruits, veggies and H2O are vital. The most successful healthy lifestyle is one that is sustainable for a lifetime.

What do you find most comforting when you’re sick?

A comfy couch, my hubby, my pups and some good snoozin’! Honestly, when I’m sick my body takes it pretty hard. I try to rest up and not burn the candle at both ends.

Something that makes you smile on a daily basis?

I’ve been married to my amazing husband, Cory, for nearly 4 years now and I seriously cannot think of a day that he doesn’t make me smile. When I’m around him, all is well… even if I am a little under the weather.

What do you do when you feel a cold coming on?

Ever since my mom told me about Cold-EEZE, it’s the first thing I take. I really felt a significant difference the last time I was sick and I attribute that to Cold-EEZE. The first day of my cold I felt really crappy, but I started taking Cold-EEZE right away and I was able to go to work the next day. I don’t like to take medications unless I absolutely have to, so Cold-EEZE is great for beating a cold early.

What do you hate most about being sick?

I hate not being able to be active and work out or run. When I’m sick I really like to relax and try to get better as soon as possible, so it really sets me back sometimes. But, you have to pick back up and get back on the bandwagon no matter what. Healthy bodies get sick less… in my experience. 🙂

Lauren signs off every post with the phrase, “Strong. Healthy. Balanced”—words that resonate with us at Cold-EEZE. We’ve always advocated health and moderation, so we’re going to echo her now. Till next week – be strong, be healthy, be balanced!

Tell us: what new workout goal is inspiring you lately?