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Day 475: Where Was I On Day 3 Of The 30DEPC?

Sunday, June 26, 2011

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    Hi I had a difficult weekend but getting back on track today. I was doing so well and then just because I celebrated my moms birthday with a black bottom muffin I did not lose anything this week and then with my 14 year old daughter flying out of province for the first time got me stressed and I ended up eating 500 extra calories that were not vegs and fruit yesterday and then today I am doing better but struggling.
Also I am disappointed that I am not exercising that I am still healing from shin splints. Yep I have this thing with doing to much exercise as I keep injuring myself. I am getting tired of the blocks and my feeling towards them that makes them blocks. I know this sounds like a boo whoo secession but I really feel a little defeated. I did blog today. I have many goals . In your blog you talk about giving yourself permission. I am wonder if I was giving myself permission to sabotage myself. I can't let myself sabotage all I have worked for so far. emoticon emoticon

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JOIE501 6/26/2011 2:39PM

    That is great that you know you can keep up with your goals and not have to blog everyday. Since it is summer now, it has become way harder for me so I still need to blog daily and keep my goals fresh in my head. I dislike not having a set schedule, and I am having to push myself to run. Urg! I hope it gets easier!

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Day 473: Day 2 of the 30 Day Extreme Push Challenge

Friday, June 24, 2011

32 days of consistent blogging and checking up on my goals!!

Welcome to the 30 Day Extreme Push Challenge! You can jump in at any time! Donít forget to sign up at the 30DEPC team at:

I will also be posting a lot of things that will assist you guys (thought provoking articles, vlogs, links, motivation, advice, free coaching, etc.) on my ďlikeĒ page on Facebook, so find me on there and like me!! I would LOVE your support :)

Nutrition (giving up cheese/only going out once a week): Day 2! I can't believe it--cheese is seriously in EVERYTHING. hahaha. But I've done fine! :) Gotta read labels a lot of the time though!

Fitness (phase 3 of ChaLEAN Extreme/finishing it): Finished Lean Circuit 3 for the first time today!! Amazing feeling!! I am liking the lean circuit..definitely more coordination required (which I lack, HA!)..but I sweat a TON..I love it!

Chalene Johnsonís 30 Day Push Challenge, Day 2 Description: What are your priorities? What are your life goals? What are you living your life according to? What are your values? Give your priorities a ranking that is specific to YOU (not what society thinks, what is in your heart).

What are the things you are not willing to compromise or abandon while pursuing a goal (regardless of the outcome)? What is your top priority? What gives you the greatest happiness? What gives you the greatest joy? What gives you the greatest pride? What area of your life gives you pain? What makes you feel sorrow? What characteristics do you most value? Not what society imposes on you, but what YOU feel in your heart.

Attach actions/verbs to these categories that are your top priorities. This is something that when you add something new to your plate, you ask yourself, ďwill it allow you to continue to live my life according to my top priority?Ē List the five most important areas of your life, and then rank them according to their importance.

If an outsider saw you, would they assume you were living to your life according to whatever your top priority is? Whatever your top priority is, what can you do differently to make sure that you devote more of your time to it? Is your behaviors, your time, your focus directed toward that top priority? Are you living your life that way whether or not someone is looking?

What is your truth? Not what other people are telling you should be your truth, but what is YOUR truth? Whoís most important? Whatís most important? What do you want people to say about you when you arenít around?

All decisions should be made based on your PRIORITIES. When you have a big decision to make, make sure you are referring back to your top priorities. Ask yourself, ďis this consistent with my top priority?Ē

Develop clarity of what you want to achieve. What will bring you happiness? Which one of your priorities is going to make you the most fulfilled (regardless of what society thinks)? If you achieve and live your life according to your priorities, will you be happy? If not, make some new priorities! Stop doing things that donít move you towards happiness!

Are you living your life and setting priorities that are developed around the clarity of your values (what you want to be remembered for)? Set priorities with a purpose, live your life and set your priorities as though you are looking back on your life? What do you want people to say about you at your funeral?

What are your intrinsic priorities? The priorities that donít have to go on your list because they are just a part of who you are. These are things that donít go on your list because they are part of your fiber.

Chalene Johnsonís 30 Day Push Challenge, Day 2 Answer: I spent SO long writing a huge long article on aligning priorities. It ended up taking up a lot more time than I thought it would. I want to take more time to do this tomorrow, so I'm going to put it off.

It was REALLY therapeutic for me, it's sort of long (23 minutes), but I think it ultimately has a great message (if you can get over the fact I went into so much detail, haha). You can find that on my like page here:

LONG entry tomorrow :)

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CUTE_MIKEY 6/25/2011 3:30PM

  Wow, you have been working hard and great job with your goals so far Lauren!!! emoticon

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JACARRENO 6/25/2011 2:58AM

    I'm impressed that a fellow mid-westerner would be giving up cheese! WOW! You definitely are way ahead of me in the will-power on that one!

I look forward to listening to your latest video posts. It's late so I will have to do so another time.

Keep up the emoticon work!! You are doing emoticon

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What is a life coach?

Thursday, June 23, 2011

This was answered for Judy :)

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DEBBIE19580 6/25/2011 5:42PM

    I don't know how i missed this video till now!!!! Your the BEST life coach EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE LOVE YOU!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SANDRAAAR 6/24/2011 11:45PM

    I couldn't agree with you when you say people don't understand how weight loss works. If you've never been fat you don't know how hard it really is! the weight is only HALF the battle. The other half is emotional! and you coached me 1 time, and I LOVE YOU! :D AND you obviously aren't doing it for the money! :) or you wouldn't do it for free!

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STRI23 6/24/2011 1:44AM

    This was really interesting, I think you're going to produce one hell of a book and I can't wait to read it.

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BAILEY12787 6/23/2011 10:09PM

    That was really interesting to hear about! I never really thought much about life coaching, and what all it involved, but it sounds like a really rewarding profession :)

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JACARRENO 6/23/2011 8:52PM

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This helped and I will be messaging you for some further information. emoticon

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Day 472: Day 1 of the 30 Day Extreme Push Challenge

Thursday, June 23, 2011

31 days of consistent blogging and checking up on my goals!!

Today is round two of the 30 Day Extreme Push Challenge! Here we go for day one!! Welcome to the challenge!!! I know youíre going to love it! Donít forget to sign up at the 30DEPC team at:

I will also be posting a lot of things that will assist you guys (thought provoking articles, vlogs, links, motivation, advice, free coaching, etc.) on my ďlikeĒ page on Facebook, so find me on there and like me!! I would LOVE your support :)

Challenge #1 Description: A new 30 days means new goals! List your goals on your blog today and explain why you specifically chose them. If you are going after my model, this means you are choosing one nutrition goal, one fitness goal, and one organizational/motivational goal.

Why are these goals important to you? What do you think will change in these 30 days if you follow through on your commitment? What are some things you can do to make sure you are successful in accomplishing these goals? What are you going to do to make sure you finish this challenge? Who/what is going to be your accountability?

Challenge #1 Answer: I have three new goals that I want to accomplish and I am very excited about them! This is what these goals are and why I chose them:

Nutrition (give up cheese/only consume alcohol once a week with Deb): Since itís summer (and nice out), I have been going out and consuming alcohol with friends on Friday and Saturday. It has interfered my productivity on Sunday, and I feel like I could be getting more accomplished on the weekend if I decided to only go out one night a week. Since this isnít going to be a big deal for me/relatively easy and not something I am going to have to think too much about, I chose to give up cheese too.

CHEESE will be a lot more difficult to give up than alcohol, and itís something I am going to have to work on next to every day. Haha, I love cheese so much, but Iím pretty sure Iím lactose intolerant and would definitely probably help me out. I figure if I can give up coffee, I can definitely give up cheese :).

Fitness (complete phase 3 [Lean phase]/complete ChaLEAN Extreme in its entirety): This is very exciting for me! After this month, I am going to be finishing my first 90-day exercise program. I will be finishing it up a couple of days before the end of the month, and then I am going to move on to the ChaLEAN Extreme/TurboFire hybrid schedule. This is very important of me to finish, and I am already so motivated to do so! I canít wait to finish this, this will be one of the biggest accomplishments in my fitness journey since beginning on my Spark journey in March 2010.

Motivational/Organizational (re-do Chalene Johnsonís 30 Day Challenge with much more thought than last month): I did this last month, but got so wrapped up in my 30 Day Extreme Push challenge that I wasnít able to put as much effort into it as I would like to. This time around, I have made decisions that will help me complete it and make it more of a priority (asking people for help in making challenges, doing it before I start on creating the challenges, etc.).

I truly believe the way she creates to-do lists is life changing; I have seen it in my own life on the days that I have participated in this behavior. This is definitely something she does that I want to emulate, so it is very important to me. Completing this will be so worth it and is an investment for my future. Definitely worth the 30 days!

When I complete these 30 day goals (I say when because I KNOW I am going to :), I will build even more momentum than I currently have (Iím feeling SO empowered and motivated)! I will also inspire other people to join in on the challenge and change their lives! Thatís so exciting!

I have found that my accountability comes from you guys!! Also my like page, and helping friends and family members set their own goals (outside of the Internet). This is how I keep myself moving forward. By blogging everyday, I am remaining accountable as well, and I am going to continue to do these for these 30 days (no matter how lazy I am, haha).

Chalene Johnsonís 30 Day Push Challenge, Day 1 Description: Whatís going to be important to you 20 years from now? You want to live your life according to how you want to be remembered. Your values will not change; your character always stays strong. What are your values? Whatís most important to you? What do you want people to know you for? What are the guiding principles in your life? Family? Faith? Work? Success? Your passion? Your hobby? What are the things that feel like a calling to you?

Chalene Johnsonís 30 Day Push Challenge, Day 1 Answer: I want to be remembered as someone who helped people have a new perspective on their own lives, someone who helped them live a happier, more fulfilled life. My values include helping others, building/maintaining relationships, being authentic to who I truly am, being the best friend I can be, being nonjudgmental, and being empathetic.

My major calling in life (I feel) is helping as many people as I can, regardless if I never end up meeting them in person. This could be through my writing, video blogs, sharing my story, listening to them, whatever. Just as long as I am able to make a positive difference in other peopleís lives. I feel so passionate about this, and truly feel that my purpose and responsibility is to carry this out my whole entire life. :)

This is really going to matter in 20 years. When I can look back and say, ďI completely changed __ís perspective on life so they could lead a happier more fulfilled life and help other people do the same.Ē THATíS what matters to me the most. Not being conventional, getting a conventional job, and living how society tells me to live. Thatís not important to me, and itís time that I forget about everyone elseís opinions and start thinking about what I value and what I want to do with my life (even if everyone close in my life isnít supportive right now :)

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MELLYBEANS0919 6/23/2011 7:40PM

    I would love to join this challenge...I didn't do phase 1, so do I do that one first? And I just blog it all on my page?

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TEAM-SARAH 6/23/2011 6:26PM

    Beautifully written blog! I love the Chalenge challenges you post so perhaps I will do those in my daily blog too. I'm gonna get on day #1 with my blog this evening. I still need to think about my goals for sure!

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How To Make Your Own Psychological Challenges For the 30 Day Extreme Push Challenge

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

This is explaining what I do to create these challenges. Sorry, I was kinda stuttering. haha. I need to sit down and plan these before I begin talking..they'd go a lot quicker :)

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CUTE_MIKEY 6/23/2011 7:47AM

  Lauren, this video blog is so great and its sounds like you have learned a lot!!!

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DEBBIE19580 6/22/2011 6:40PM

    I LOVED THIS VIDEO BLOG LORI. I was so afraid of people judgeing me how i looked in my swim suit. I realized that NO-ONE cares!!!!! and honestly i don't care if they do care!!! seriously, its only a 6 second walk from the locker room to the pool and 6 second walk back!! so basically all they can see is my head!!!when im in the pool, and me swimming. i kept telling myself when i loose 20 pds ill go to the pool. thinking back, that was the craziest thinking ever, cause if i didn't start going to the pool, i wouldn't be loosing weight like i am, cause im going to the pool. going to the pool is whats gonna get me to loose my first 20 pds, i can't beleive i didn't get it then. but i do now. and when i got to the pool, i saw how many people are there who also have to loose weight, i found were all there swimming for the same thing, to be healthy. im gonna def. keep swimming!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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