Monday, May 29, 2017

Shift Shop Test Group Results and Review


Here it is!! My results from 21 days of being a TEST GROUP participant for Beachbody's newest program, SHIFT SHOP!

Three weeks of STRICT DISCIPLINE, a KILLER vegan meal plan, no alcohol, insanely difficult workouts (modifier available!), and shifting my MINDSET like crazy....I feel the STRONGEST I EVER have! This has truly been a mind, body, and SOUL transformation! Yes, the willpower was tough at first, the workouts tested my physical limits every day, but the trainer pushed everyone so hard mentally.

Every workout was like a personal growth session! So, my results! I am a little over 5 pounds gone....and 11.3 INCHES!!!! So many in my waist :)

I am beyond grateful for this incredible opportunity...and I get 3 more weeks with this community and best.trainer.ever!! Seriously, his motivation everyday, transparency, and genuine CARE for everyone in the group are just mind blowing!


For a full review, check out the video below with an overview of the workouts, meal plan, and my favorite part of this program....THE MENTAL SHIFT!!!


To join my PREP group before the official LAUNCH of Shift Shop, simply send me an email titled "READY TO MAKE THE SHIFT" and I'll make sure to get back to you asap since we start in JULY!! 

LaurenMcHughHealth@gmail.com

Are you ready to SHIFT your body, mind, and soul and do MORE than you ever thought you were capable of?!

LET'S DO THIS LADIES!! <3
Spots are first come, first serve!







Friday, May 26, 2017

Your Body, Your Choice


#REALTALK Rant <3

Years ago, I remember pouring my hard earned Yogurtland money into GroupOn fitness classes that would last a month, two max.

They did not include nutrition plans.
They did not include accountability to physically go.
They did not include superfoods to squash my cravings and gain energy.
They did not include meal prep containers.
They did not include an empowering community of positive women.
They did not include grocery lists.
They did not include a personal coach to keep me showing up.
They did not include recipes, meal prep tips, and step by step "how-to" guides on how to meal prep for my lifestyle.

I did not INVEST fully in myself long term. I saw fitness classes as my minimal effort to get in shape and love my body.

However, as a result of that, my nutrition was sh*t. I fell into a downward spiral because I was showing up to these classes...but they weren't long-term. I wasn't working on my mindset. I didn't have accountability.

Some people ROCK clean eating like nobody's business, are self-motivated, meal prep regularly, and research nutrition on their own time. That's freakin AWESOME, but that was sooo not me. And I feel like it's not the majority of women who are consistently using quick fixes to put a bandaid on their health.

Becoming your best self--physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, etc takes hard work, dedication, and investing. We hear this often and it's so true: invest in your health now and save on the medical bills, medicines, pills, doctor visits later.


I was in and out of the doctor's office MONTHLY in college because I was simply not treating my body with respect. I'd go to random fitness classes, but none of the above was included....so I continually quit over and over and over again. What that did to my confidence and self esteem was brutal! 

You are worth investing in your health. You deserve to love your reflection in the mirror--and coming from someone who used to avoid mirrors, I could not be more willing to help women discover their badass, beautiful selves both inside and out.

It starts with a decision. Short term or long term? Your body, your choice! 

If you need help with all of the above, I'm an email away <3 LaurenMcHughHealth@gmail.com





Sunday, May 21, 2017

Shift Shop Test Group Week 3


GIRL POWER, YO! 👊🏻

I decided to make this blog all about EMPOWERMENT because I almost didn't share this progress picture.

Stupid unrealistic beauty standards popped in my head, insecurities, embarrassment...then I reeled my inner mean girl in. I would NEVER EVER EVER talk down to ANYONE who is striving to make a positive change--body, mind, soul, WHATEVER.

I would never tell my bestie the things that were going through my head when I took my day 1 photos.

I am a work in progress. You are a work in progress. Really, we all are if we are growing ourselves daily! 

Shift Shop test group week 1 is down, and my mindset and willpower have been tested like cuhrazzyy. I have not given in. I have stayed on track with the insane athletic workouts (cardio AND weights dudes, it's legit  pushed through them, and even shouted affirmations during them because our awesome trainer has us do so. Thank you Chris Downing!!

I've veganized the meal plan, followed it perfectly, and I'm seeing changes in my body I really didn't think possible.

My waist is shrinking, my tummy is, but better yet...I am feeling confident AF!! 

When I go up in weights, push so hard I yell, have a dance party in my living room, enjoy delicious yet simple vegan nutrition...I'm building up that confidence and willpower muscle.

So here is to girl power, shutting down our inner mean girl, and celebrating everything you're doing to better yourself daily 

I'll be posting a full 7 day transformation for the challenge I started last week this TUESDAY, so be on the lookout for that! I'll also be opening up my Health and Happiness Community then! I am just so excited to share this with other women ready to ROCK their confidence and self love 

Ready to dive into Shift Shop Week 3--Veganized?! Click here for an overview of week 2.


Here is my veganized menu for the LAST week!! I'm doing intermittent fasting, so I start eating at noon and stop by 8pm! The changes this week: We are not consuming ANY carb containers, our protein is going up to FIVE servings, as well as veggies, and we are having 3 tsp, not 2. The Ultimate Willpower challenge ;) The workouts are also going up to 45 minutes (week 1: 25 minutes, week 2: 35 minutes, week 3: 45 minutes of insane cardio AND strength!)!

Meal 1: 1 protein (red container), 3 tsp, 1 fruit (purple), 1 veggie (green) 

I have my superfood smoothie with now 3 tsp all natural almond butter, 1/2 frozen banana, 1 cup raw frozen spinach, add ice and blend it up! I use a nutri bullet and I haven't found any other blender as awesome as this one!

Meal 2: 3 green, 2 red

I have a serving of cooked squash or zucchini noodles, 1 container marinara sauce (which I count as a veggie), portioned out beyond beef crumbles, portioned out cooked green lentils, and a side of roasted cauliflower. This is SUPER delicious, filling, and protein PACKED!

Meal 3: 1 green, 1 orange, 1 red 

I just eyeball it when it comes to measuring out my romaine lettuce--I honestly try to fit in as many veggies as I can every day, and I'll put the baby carrots in this container too, or just have 4-5. 
Lettuce, baby carrots, 1 orange container of Just Caesar dressing (my favorite from the Hampton Creek brand), and portioned out Beyond Beef "Chicken." I love having this with my snack--mixed berries and La Croix sparkling water. I love the berry flavor and passionfruit! 

Meal 4: 1 red, 1 green, 1 blue (healthy fat)

No more carbs this week! So my dinner consists of sautéed extra firm tofu, mixed veggies (broccoli, mushrooms, asparagus, bell peppers), 1/4 avocado and some Tapatio to give it a kick!

Snack: 1 purple
Mixed Berries
Sparkling Water

Total containers:

~6 green (I usually don't fill the containers all the way up, so it's usually around 5 servings of veggies)
5 red (protein)
2 purple (fruit)
3 teaspoons (3 tsp almond butter in my smoothie)
1 blue (1/4 avocado)
1 orange (serving of salad dressing)
0 yellow (no carbs in week 3!)



My new weekend norm:

La Croix instead of wine, no mindless snacking, goal board making, wedding venue hunting...and New Girl 😜💕 Not so bad right?! BRING ON WEEK 3!!!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Shift Shop Week 2 Vegan Menu


Let's get better, shall we?! ;)
That is the motto in the Shift Shop Test group I'm in, and I thought I'd share a super detailed "behind the scenes" journey with ya'll over the next 7 days! 1 week of FOCUSED DEDICATION!! YASSS!!! Perfect timing since the nutrition plan is STRICTER this week and the workouts are LONGER!
This Transformation Challenge is a personal journey, but I'll be posting it PUBLICLY of course!! ;)
It will include:
*Daily 35 minute Shift Shop workouts
*Strict vegan nutrition
*No alcohol
*My favorite personal growth to better my mindset
*Delish, clean recipes
*Meal Prep tips
*Accountability
*Increasing my energy
*Getting rid of cravings
*Seeing what I'm capable of! ;)
Feel free to follow along on my Snapchat: Dream4tmrw since I'll be documenting the most there, as well as my IG @LaurenMcHugh_14

I'M SO EXCITED!! To kick off this 7 Day Transformation Challenge...let's begin with some workout motivation! ;) 

"Most often, it is not the workout that gets us out of bed in the morning. It is the friendships and unspoken bonds of those counting on us to show up."

I could NOT agree more with this! Honestly, I don't WANT to workout that often. As Mel Robbins would say, "Motivation is bullsh*t." We are not motivated to do what we don't want to do...we just get it done.🔥

What always fuels me is the support and accountability of the women I work with daily.

I look at our group every morning, see who has checked in already (different time zones across the U.S. and Canada mean someone has always worked out before me!), and see the hard work they have already put in before I'm out of bed.

THAT gets me moving because they have already showed up to their health.

*Workout tip of the day: GET.ACCOUNTABILITY. Before I did all my workouts from home with a support community, my bestie and I would workout together and make sure our bootys were up and moving! However, that didn't help so much with nutrition...so always have a plan and a WHY powerful enough to push through every temptation!*


Speaking of nutrition...here is my veganized menu for the week!! I'm doing intermittent fasting, so I start eating at noon and stop by 8pm! Click here to see week 1!

Meal 1: 1 protein (red container), 2 tsp, 1 fruit (purple), 1 veggie (green) 

I have my superfood smoothie with 2 tsp all natural almond butter, 1/2 frozen banana, 1 cup raw frozen spinach, add ice and blend it up!

Meal 2: 2 green, 1 red

I have a serving of cooked squash or zucchini noodles, 1 container marinara sauce, and portioned out beyond beef crumbles. This is SUPER delicious and filling!

Meal 3: 2 green, 1 orange, 1 red 

I just eyeball it when it comes to measuring out my romaine lettuce--I honestly try to fit in as many veggies as I can every day. My meal plan calls for 3...I usually up it to 5! #veganlife
Lettuce, baby carrots, 1 orange container of Just Caesar dressing (AMAZING), and portioned out Beyond Beef "Chicken." This is legit my favorite meal of the day and I never thought I'd say that! Super easy, clean, and delicious!

Meal 4: 1 yellow (carb), 1 red, 1 green, 1 blue (healthy fat)

Portioned out sweet potatoes that I roasted in the oven with a little olive oil, sautéed extra firm tofu, mixed veggies (onions, mushrooms, asparagus, bell peppers, zucchini, whatever I have!), 1/4 avocado and some Tapatio to give it a kick!

Snack: 1 purple
Mixed Berries
Sparkling Water

Total containers:

6 green (I usually don't fill the containers all the way up, so it's usually around 4-5 servings of veggies)
4 red  (protein)
2 purple (fruit)
2 teaspoons (2 tsp almond butter in my smoothie)
1 yellow (carbs were reduced to one serving this week!)
1 blue (1/4 avocado)
1 orange (serving of salad dressing)

You can also replace a veggie protein with tempeh :)


I hope this was helpful! If you have any questions regarding Shift Shop, my upcoming Bootcamp Info Sesh, or a vegan meal plan, I'm here for you! Send me an email here: LaurenMcHughHealth@gmail.com 
:) 




Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Shift Shop Test Group


I'm SO EXCITED to announce that I've been chosen as a test group participant for Beachbody's BRAND NEW program, Shift Shop! I can't give all the deets, but I have access to this program 2 months before it launches, I'm currently going through it, following the new meal plan, incorporating my vegan nutrition into it, and getting insane results! ;) stay tuned for weekly updates on that!



I feel so honored to have been asked to be in this 3 week test group with other top coaches (only 300 out of half a million were chosen!), and share my experience with it! I'll be documenting whatever I'm allowed to ;) but it will officially be launching in MID JULY!

That said, I'm currently on day 3 and want to share the veganized meals I'll be having for the next week :)


Keep in mind, I'm intermittent fasting, so I'm breaking my fast at 12 pm, then stopping by 8pm! Also, all these servings are estimates. I use color-coded portion control containers to scoop up the correct size! 

Meal 1:
Superfoods with 2 teaspoons all natural almond butter, 1/2 frozen banana, 1 cup raw frozen spinach, ice, blended into a delicious cafe latte flavored smoothie!

Meal 2: 
Cooked extra firm tofu, 1/4 avocado, 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast (B12!), 1/2 cup cooked quinoa, and curried cauliflower (simple chop cauliflower, combine with 1tsp curry powder, 1 tbsp olive oil, and bake at 420 for about 30 min depending on how hot your oven gets!)

Meal 2 (alternate option):
1/4 cup cooked beyond beef crumbles, 1/4 avocado, 1 cup mixed veggies, 1/4 cup roasted sweet potatoes, and 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast

Meal 3:
1 cup cooked zoodles with garlic, mushrooms and onions, 1/4 cup beyond beef crumbles, 1 cup oil free marinara sauce

Snack: 1 cup fresh berries

With Meal 3: 1/4 cup quinoa with seasoned black beans as an option since I need another serving of protein and carbs!


I'm most active on Snapchat, so if you'd like to see a behind the scenes of how I meal prep, how I cook each recipe, how my workouts went, my progress, how I'm feeling, tips, etc....Snapchat is where to find me! :)

Want to work with me once Shift Shop is launched?! Shoot me an email and I'll get you on my waitlist <3

LaurenMcHughHealth@gmail.com


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