The 36-year-old actress totally changed up her mindset this year. “I just made a choice. My New Years resolution this year was to not speak negatively about my body to myself or to anyone else,” Lauren told Us Weekly
Lauren has previously been open about her polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and shared her experience with Women’s Health . “For years Id been having pain, skin issues, irregular periods, severe PMS, and other worrying symptoms, but it wasnt until I gained 30 pounds in six months (without any change in my diet or exercise habits) that I finally acknowledged something was really wrong and made an appointment to see the doctor,” she said. Lauren underwent surgery in 2016 to remove one of the larger cysts and discovered many more twisting her insides and causing pain.
Though a sweat session often makes Lauren feel like she wants to take a nap, she realized it’s important for “staying healthy throughout my life.” She partnered with her friend and personal trainer Alicia Todisco . “She makes it fun by changing up my routine constantly (we mix circuit training with strength training), and it keeps me accountable because I love hanging out with her.”
She also created the Instagram account PCOS Sisterhood to share her experiences and a community for women dealing with this issue. “It’s been life-changing,” she told Women’s Health . “Today, my PCOS is under control, and I’m feeling much more stable, but I’ve still got some serious scars from my experience.”