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Day 652: :) Day 2 of my streak! Some wedding reception pics :)

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Hey there Sunshine! How are you guys today? :) I have been doing really well. I have been doing a ton of reading, which is nice because I had gotten away from it for a little while. I'm reading the book "Relax, You're Already Perfect"--which is a spiritual book by the founder of my coaching school. I really like it :). I also read a book on de-cluttering :). I need to get rid of essentially my whole entire room. haha. Not literally, but I seriously have so much STUFF I don't use :) How about you guys?

I think I'm going to re-start the 30 Day Shred. I was trying to do ChaLEAN Extreme every day..but on the weekends I travel and go back to my dad or mom's house. Kinda hard to bring like 100 pounds worth of weights back home ;). Much easier to bring 2 three pounders :).

I made my to-do list today...been feeling kinda overwhelmed lately (perfectionist in me ;) so I decided to stop setting long term goals for the time being and only focus on what I need to do right now. :) Of course, long term goals are always on my mind..but I'm not going to be doing too much planning for them for the time being. Probably a week or so :)

Went to a wedding reception this weekend..here's some pics :)



I will talk to you guys soon :)

If you guys could, I'm trying to build up my "like" coaching page on Facebook :)..if you could head on over there, I'd really appreciate the support. I post motivational videos, articles, etc. :) www.facebook.com/laurenelizabethward
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DEBBIE19580 12/21/2011 11:49AM

    WEDDINGS ARE SOOOOO MUCH FUN. YOU LOOK BEYOND AWESOME!!!! HAVE A GREAT CHRISTMAS. :) :) :) emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DETERMINED_SOUL 12/20/2011 11:15AM

    emoticonThat is a great way to look at things! Your pics are gorgeous!

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CUYLERAYERS 12/20/2011 11:11AM

    I am going to be getting rid of pretty much everything in my apartment. I am only taking with me what fits in my car because I am going to be moving in with my boyfriend. I am also just plain tired of lugging around stuff I don't need.

I am going to try setting short term goals starting in the new year. I think I always plan too big and never take the steps to get to the final goal.

I am going to start taking Sundays to plan for the week ahead. Figuring out meals and scheduling workouts!

P.S. REALLY loving those bangs!



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Day 651: Back to blogging :)

Monday, December 19, 2011

WHOOOPS! Haven't been doing my blogging! I have been so busy with work! I am back to my streak though! Can't believe I haven't blogged since December 1! :) I've been around though!

Gearing up for work this year! For those of you that don't know, I'm a weight loss coach so obviously January is going to be pretty busy for me :). I'm still aiming for work/life balance. Here are my areas of focus based on the areas of my life:

Mental: Plan 20 minutes/day
Spiritual: Read "Relax, You're Already Perfect"
Physical: 30 Day Shred
Emotional: Blog daily
School: Certification check list
Coaching: December 27 FREE teleclass: 9 Steps To Lose Weight, Gain Confidence, and Make 2012 Your Year of Vitality script (sign up to come to the teleclass here: www.facebook.com/events/264299213627
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for 45 minutes, promotion for 15 minutes
De-Clutter: Book list/organization
Marketing: Get Clients Now! Program
Business: Foundation Course for Vitality Coaching

Seems like a lot probably :) But I work for myself from home. hehe. How are you guys doing?

  
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GREENEYES2020 12/19/2011 10:46PM

    Sounds great! I need to organize myself like that!

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DETERMINED_SOUL 12/19/2011 8:51PM

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LETMEBME 12/19/2011 8:34PM

    A throughly though out plan - as usual :)

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BELLALUCIA 12/19/2011 7:35PM

    You rock! Keep working hard and play harder, lol! I'm gonna be curling up with a book for the rest of the day. It's cold out in Cali!

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Day 632: Streakkkkking!

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Just continuing my blog streak! My grandpa isn't doing so well :(. He's 86, so he's ready to go..but he's taken a turn for the worse. The worst part about it is that my dad won't really let any details go because he's scared he'll scare us. Kinda stressed about it. :(. Hope you guys are having a good night though!

  
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CAG931 12/3/2011 3:05PM

    My thoughts are with you and your family we just had my Grandmother pass and because I am in Arizona Dad didn't really tell me much because Grandma was in PA. It stinks but its just there way of trying to protect us I guess. I hope things get better either way your grandfather will be fine in the end.

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STARR3575 12/2/2011 12:18PM

    Hi Lauren, So sorry about your grandpa. You and your family are in my thoughts. Keep doing your meditation and it will help with stress. It's better to prevent it before it gets any worse. You can email me if you need to talk.
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DETERMINED_SOUL 12/2/2011 9:30AM

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LOOZINITNOW 12/2/2011 7:38AM

    Praying for your family Lauren!

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MELLYBEANS0919 12/1/2011 11:13PM

    Aww Lauren, so sorry about your grandpa. I hope your dad is able to tell you what is going on. I've had that with my parents where they do not want to hurt me/scare me and withhold info which makes it worse.
Thinking of you!!
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LJCANNON 12/1/2011 10:53PM

    emoticonPraying for you and your family!!

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PASTORMIKE7 12/1/2011 10:28PM

    The family and you are in my prayers!!!!

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Day 631: Letter to Myself

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Oh no, I forgot to blog yesterday! haha-complete accident! Today, I wrote a love letter to myself. I know, it sounds cheesy! But it's time to embrace the cheese. It was kinda long though and I wrote it out by hand. It was to remind me of the things I can forget a lot of the time.

Since a lot of us struggle with the same issues, I thought I would share it with you guys :). I'm trying to reiterate that I'm worthy. Those feelings of unworthiness can creep in sometimes because of how I was raised and my perfectionism. If you ever feel like you are not giving enough, writing a love letter to yourself isn't a bad idea! :) Here's some excerpts from mine:

November 30, 2011

Dear Lauren,

...Pay attention to your heart. Take stock of your accomplishments. Give yourself credit where credit is due. Live fearlessly, say what's on your mind (and heart). Who cares about being vulnerable? Who cares if someone rejects you? You owe it to yourself to say what's on your mind. Embrace your heart when it's aching. Love yourself, it's OK to do so. Just because you spend time on you doesn't make you a bad or selfish person (contrary to what you have been directly and indirectly told in the past).

Respond with love, treat others the way you want to be treated, care for yourself like you care for others. Remember you don't have to carry out every plan and dream you have this very second. Take time to breathe, you have your whole life to help others.

You deserve what you give everyone else, don't forget that! You can't be everything for everyone and you just won't be able to do it all. There's no reason to feel guilty about that and you can't help the people you do have time for to the best of your ability if you are spread too thin. Everything happens for a reason and God will make sure he is bringing you the people you can help.

Stop worrying for the sake of worrying! Get out of that habit! Worrying serves no purpose. Surrender that worry so you can allow better things to be attracted to you. You know worrying does no good, remind yourself to act like it (you can forget sometimes)!

Constantly remind yourself it's OK to be vulnerable and ask for help--it's how the best and strongest relationships are made.

Stop thinking about how bad you feel for people whose feelings you hurt years ago when you were hurt. You didn't know any better and have already apologized. The feelings of guilt are useless and you learned so much about your issues of vulnerability in your healing process. Apologize when you're sorry and accept if the person is still hurt and isn't ready to take that apology.

Accept that you still have some healing to do and quit being so impatient! The process is how you learn everything/grow and you still have lessons to learn! Trust your intuition when it comes to the healing process.

Now I'll stop lecturing you and tell you that I am so proud of you. You have worked so hard over the last 21 months and have come so far because of it. You are allowing yourself to embrace your emotions, regardless of how painful it can be. You are dealing with the past and healing, something that a lot of people don't have the courage to do. Give yourself credit for how far you've come! You have done so much in a relatively short period of time!

You are such a sweet person and have so much to offer the people around you. Your determination, strength, empathy, and love for others will take you so far. You are going to end up helping so many people and will do your part in making the world a better place. You just have to learn to make the time necessary for yourself first so you can do your best with helping others. You are worth it!

You deserve and are worthy of everything your heart desires. You are worthy of feeling the way you help others to feel. You are worthy of receiving. Do not feel guilty when others give to you, you feel this way because of how you were raised. The world is about giving and receiving (not just giving, giving, giving). Accept this and accept when people want to give you something..regardless if it be a compliment, a meal, a book, or their time. You give others the same every single day and deserve to have the same things you give other people.

One last thing, it's OK not to bust your butt all the time. You don't have to feel guilty for taking time off or time to think projects through. And that advice you got about setting deadlines to stuff that isn't completed--stop taking it. It just stresses you out because you expect too much of yourself and your expectations are too high most times. Wait to take that advice until you learn to have reasonable expectations. You never have to worry about working enough, it's just in your blood and what you do due to your perfectionism. Do not feel guilty when you take time off, you'll always be doing enough. You are worthy.

Remember, I love you and have your best interests in mind.

xoxo
Lauren

  
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TRAINER_T 12/15/2011 4:39PM

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STOLENHEART- 12/13/2011 3:36PM

    I love the idea of the letter. Your letter to yourself is awesome. I'm thinking of starting to write letters to myself soon.

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JAZZ_ROOTS13 12/5/2011 7:55PM

    You are a very inspiring woman! As I read this, I felt a lot of the same things. THank you for putting it into words. We are so blessed to have you on here as an inspiration.

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DETERMINED_SOUL 12/1/2011 7:39PM

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MISSFITOKSANA 12/1/2011 10:23AM

    Love it! Amazing!!!!! Keep up the Good work!

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LOOZINITNOW 11/30/2011 5:32PM

    Beautiful letter!

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ESMILTON 11/30/2011 4:10PM

    Wonderful to read, and I can relate. I just might write a letter to myself tonight :) Thanks for the great idea!

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DRB13_1 11/30/2011 3:21PM

    so affirming!
remember that if you have to say "no" to someone, you are saying "yes" to your priorities. We can't do it all
Continue to be blessed and a blessing to others...

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MELLYBEANS0919 11/30/2011 3:07PM

    Awww Lauren, beautiful letter and all you said about yourself is true. You have a beautiful spirit, and deserve happiness, and are making a huge difference in people's lives. I am so happy to be your friend.

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Day 629: HEYA :)

Monday, November 28, 2011

If you know me, you know I'm alllllllllllllll about planning. I feel like most people who put the effort into SP are. I've lived that way my whole entire life. Yesterday, I was planning and it dawned on me...why don't I take this one day at a time? Right now, I feel like I am over planning and as a result, I feel overwhelmed. I know what I need to do right now and that is what I will do for the time being. I know exactly where I want to go, I don't need to over plan and analyze as much as I do I feel like. Maybe in the future, but not for now. Hehe.

For now, my main focus is my current commitments and getting rid of all of that stuff I have accumulated over the years :). I re-started ChaLEAN Extreme today...want to get through a second round of it. I finished my last round in July :). Unfortunately, I haven't been working out but maybe once a week since then. haha. Need to get back to it :) Back to basics, ya know? Water, at least 10 minutes of exercise, and blogging everyday. Want to spend a decent amount of time on Sparks as well :)

  
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TATYPREZ 11/29/2011 8:41PM

    You are going to be awesome! :) 629 days! Dang! good for you. :)

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BELLALUCIA 11/29/2011 8:02PM

    Go get it girl!

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MELLYBEANS0919 11/28/2011 6:39PM

    Great small goals. Getting rid of clutter sounds good, I could really do that myself, lots of 'junk'.

Awesome on restarting Chalean Extreme! I know you love her!

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MDICROCE 11/28/2011 5:24PM

  Wow 629 Days!You are very committed. When I get a chance, I will read through more of your blogs because I liked that you have blogs on getting organized and decluttering! I defintely need help with that. Have a good day!

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