Life’s Hidden Blessings

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Well hi there! I’ve been quite slacking on my blogging duties these past few months! I’ve been pretty busy this past semester, but all the hard work has definitely paid off — I finished off this semester with a 4.0!! It’s definitely a nice reward for all the hard work I put in. πŸ™‚

Being on Christmas break now, I have been trying to take advantage of all the free time I have (other than picking up extra shifts a work :P) by relaxing, crocheting, and hopefully I will be baking and cooking some new things! I am super excited to get back to some of these things that I haven’t gotten to do much since Summer.

If you follow my Instagram (@laurensfitlife), you’ll know that I injured my IT Band about a month or so ago. It was tough to come to terms with at first, but I quickly came to think of it as something that I really needed, both mentally and physically. The reason I say this is because eating disorder thoughts have been taking up essentially a lot of my thoughts for at least the past year, and it’s something that I hide from people in real life because it’s something that feels very personal to me. Although I have never actually been diagnosed with an eating disorder, I have without a doubt had ED thoughts in regards to food and exercise. A little while before my injury I really began to think that I need to just take a break from my “normal” routine, which was eating as healthy as possible, restricting myself from almost all “unhealthy” foods, and exercising a lot 6 days a week. So this is why this injury is something that I consider to be a blessing — it kind of forced me to do what I’ve wanted, but have been so afraid to do: rest, eat what I want no matter how healthy or unhealthy, and just think more positively about things and not worry about things that aren’t worth worrying about.

Surprisingly, this all came a lot more easily to me than
I thought it would. I have been having more positive thoughts, and I have also truly been enjoying my life more. I guess I never really realized until now that for the past year and a half or so, I really haven’t been truly enjoying certain parts of my life. When I look back on it, I essentially let the whole health/fitness thing take over my life. Now, I’m not saying that health and fitness are bad, because they are obviously very important things, but when you let it rule your thoughts and actions every minute of every day, you are not living in a healthy way. I am so glad that I am realizing this now, before I really miss out a a big chunk of my life.

Currently, I am still in a “resting” mode in a sense. I have still been working my upper body and doing the bike at the gym, but I do it because it makes me happy, not to burn extra calories or to “make up” for something I ate. I am also still having more rest days than normal, and I am okay with that! Having more than one rest day in a week used to terrify me, so feeling the way I do now is such an amazing and freeing feeling. πŸ™‚ My leg has really been feeling better in the past few days, which is so nice because I can actually walk around with little to no pain! I have been doing physical therapy for the past few weeks, and I can for sure already feel a lot of improvement!

Normally, athletes or people who just like to exercise obviously don’t like injuries. But to me, I feel that it has been and still will be a huge benefit to me in many different aspects. I don’t want to say that it literally “saved” me, but it did save me from my bad thoughts, and it is leading me on the road to a better life. It kind of prompted me to do what really needed to have been done for quite some time now. If I didn’t have this injury, I would probably still have those negative thoughts like “I can’t eat that because it has cane sugar in it,” “I really regret eating that,” “I need to workout after what I ate today,” etc. Those thoughts would have just continued into a deeper negative spiral, and I really don’t want to know where I would have ended up.

So to my injury, I thank you. I am thankful for this life that has been given to me. I have been handed this difficulty because God knows that I can handle it, and I am now on a better road. Sometimes blessings are truly hidden, but once we realize the blessings in our lives, we will be more at peace and will be headed in a more positive direction.


Carrot Cake Overnight Proats

Hi everyone, I’m still alive and well! I’m just really busy with classes and homework and stuff, so that has really limited my time to do extra stuff. But here I am with a few minutes to spare before my last class of the day, so I decided to post one of my recipes from the list of them that I have yet to post! So here it goes!

Before I get to the recipe though, let me just tell you that these overnight oats are easily one of the best I’ve had! Not to toot my own horn, but TOOOOOOTTTT! πŸ˜› Anyway, I had made these a couple weeks ago for either my first or second day of classes (I can’t remember which haha) and it was the perfect way to start the day. Also, this was my first time trying baby food in a recipe. I’ve seen many people use it in various recipes and I’ve been thinking about jumping on the bandwagon for some time now, so here I am! And without further ado, here’s the recipe for my Carrot Cake Overnight Proats! πŸ™‚



(Bad quality picture, I know. But I just wated to get a close-up for the full effect πŸ˜› )


  • Β½ cup Organic Rolled Oats
  • Β½ cup Milk of choice
  • 1 pack (99g.) Carrot Baby Food
  • 2 tbsp Egg Whites
  • 1 tbsp Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1/8 tsp Butter Extract
  • 1 tsp Chia Seeds
  • Stevia (or sweetener of choice), to taste
  • Cinnamon, to taste
  • Toppings of choice (I topped my oats with unsweetened shredded coconut, goji berries, and sprinkles)



  1. Mix all ingredients (except toppings) together in a jar or bowl and cover overnight, or for at least 4 hours.
  2. When you’re ready to eat your oats, add your toppings and enjoy!


Maple Protein Oatmeal

Well, this is it! My last day of teenage life. :O I can’t believe that tomorrow I will officially be 20 years old. It just seems too weird!

This past week has been fairly busy for me, as will be the coming week! I moved into my dorm for my sophomore year of college on Tuesday and I have had stuff going on pretty much ever since! Except yesterday afternoon/evening was a self-declared lazy day. πŸ™‚ We all definitely need those sometimes! Anyway, I am a transfer student at a local college this year and I had transfer orientation the other day. And guess what?! I actually wasn’t super awkward and I made a friend! haha. I also have been talking to some girls on my floor too! I’m trying to get better at this whole being outgoing thing, and so far it’s going pretty darn well if I do say so myself! πŸ™‚

Classes start this coming Monday, so I’m trying to prepare myself so that I don’t get too stressed out, because every year without fail I manage to stress myself out (over pretty much nothing) after the first day of school/classes. So here’s to breaking the trend!

Now here’s the part you all are probably waiting for: my recipe for Maple Protein Oatmeal!


I made it probably a week or two ago, and I’m finally getting the time to post it on here! Despite the fact that I had them kind of awhile ago, I can still taste it and all of its mapley deliciousness! I had this post-workout, so of course I want to up the protein and carbs, which naturally means that proats are a given πŸ˜›


If you try this recipe out, let me know how you like it!! I love to hear feedback. πŸ™‚

Ingredients & Directions:

  • 1 Ripe Banana, mashed with fork
  • Β½ cup Organic Rolled Oats
  • Β½ cup Milk of Choice
  • A few drops of Maple Extract
  • 1 tbsp Jif Whips Maple Brown Sugar

–Add the above ingredients to a microwave safe bowl.

*Microwave for 90 Seconds*

  • 2 tbsp About Time Cinnamon Swirl Whey (or protein powder of choice)
  • 1 tbsp Greek Yogurt
  • Toppings: Cinnamon, unsweetened shredded coconut, chia seeds, coconut sugar, and sprinkles to taste


Peanut Butter S’mores Protein Waffle

Woofta! It’s been a little while since I’ve posted (really it’s only been about a week, but we’ll pretend like that’s a long time)! To be honest, the reason why I haven’t posted in the past week is because I haven’t really had anything to post about. πŸ˜› But guess what?! I definitely have something to post about now!

This morning I decided to go for a long run, which I haven’t done for about two weeks now. Lately I have been focusing much more on weight training and lifting than on cardio, and I’m absolutely loving it! Although, it was pretty nice to hit the roads again after my mini hiatus! At the beginning of my run I was feeling like what am I doing? I definitely don’t feel like going very far. But I just kept running because I know when going for a run it takes a little bit to get in the mood and kind of forget you’re actually running! So I kept going, and I ended up going farther than planned!

So what was I thinking about during my run that made me forget I was running, you may ask? I was thinking about breakfast! There was one thing I knew for sure: I wanted to try and create my own waffle recipe. My first idea (which I actually though of yesterday) was to make a strawberry rhubarb waffle, then later on yesterday I thought maybe I should try a peach waffle. But while running today, I decided you know, a s’mores waffle sounds delicious right now!

So what did I make after getting home and doing a 20 minute Crossfit AMRAP? You guessed it! I made a wonderful Peanut Butter S’mores Protein Waffle!



I apologize for the terrible quality of these pictures — I was a little more focused on how much I wanted to eat the waffle instead of trying to take superfantastic pictures!


This was my very first time making up my own waffle recipe, so I was excited, but I was really trying not to get my hopes up too much in case it didn’t turn out well. But low and behold, it turned out great! In fact, the texture even reminded me of s’mores because the outside was crispy and the inside was soft and a little gooey-ish! So without further ado, here is the recipe!


Peanut Butter S’mores Protein Waffle


  • 1/2 cup Oat Flour (I grind up my own oats)
  • 1/2 Scoop (~22g.) Chocolate Whey Protein (or protein of choice)
  • 1 tbsp Chocolate PB2 (or other peanut flour)
  • 2 tbsp Walden Farms Marshmallow Fluff
  • 4 tbsp Skim Milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1 tbsp Nonfat Plain Greek Yogurt
  • Cinnamon to taste (if you’re like me, this is a pretty decent amount!)



  • Turn on waffle iron..
  • In a bowl, mix together all ingredients
  • Spray with Coconut Oil spray (or any other kind).
  • Once waffle iron is preheated, pour in waffle mixture.
  • My waffle iron beeps when it’s done, but I kept my waffle in for a couple extra minutes.
  • Top with Walden Farms Marshmallow Fluff, Walden Farms Pancake Syrup, Chocolate PB2, Cacao Nibs, and Cinnamon! (You can play around with this to your liking πŸ™‚ )
  • Enjoy!


If you try this recipe out, let me know what you think!