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Day 679: Traveling Back to Chicago/Some Plans

Monday, January 16, 2012

I'm heading back to Chicago! :) My vacation was so great for me, I was able to gain clarity and throw away my "should" list. You know...the list of things that are on that list because everyone else thinks you "should" do it. I'm just focusing on my Truth and what I want to accomplish. Right now, that's more reading, development, taking time out for me, and doing things like spending time on SparkPeople.

I am going to be working on 80% ME-goals and 20% work-related goals. It was the opposite before...I think at times it even got to like 95% work and 5% me. :/...I always felt like I SHOULD be farther along than I already was. But now I realize that was just my perfectionism talking.

So my ME goals include starting this ChaLEAN Extreme/TurboFire hybrid, planning my meals, meditating daily (for at least five minutes), reading ten books, de-clutter my room/donate my stuff from college (you should see it!), create a budget, and journal/blog daily. My two work related goals are to create and market the Vitality 4-Week Weight Loss Jump Start and to continue running the Vitality Challenge. Easy enough! :)

I get caught up in my "should" list based on what my perfectionist family thinks I should be doing (especially my dad). In reality, I'm exactly where I should be :)

Hope you guys have a great day!!
xoox
Lauren

  
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BLAIRJ1 1/16/2012 10:49PM

    So proud of you, thank you for inspiring me from Day 1! Can't wait to see what you'll accomplish next! xo

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TALYA_A 1/16/2012 4:41PM

    everyone feel s bad about putting themselves first, but once you do it's like "why the hell didn't I do this before?!" It's amazing lol I'm going through the same thing right now. =]

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TEACHERCHICK82 1/16/2012 3:19PM

    It's so hard to put yourself first. I think that's how alot of us end up failing. We put work and everyone else before ourselves. Good for you!

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MELLYBEANS0919 1/16/2012 10:55AM

    Good for you Lauren!! I think taking time for yourself is sooo good :-) Enjoy it!


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DETERMINED_SOUL 1/16/2012 10:28AM

    LOL..."should". I have been working really hard replacing "should" with a more definite word like; will, not going to, is going to get done. You can do it. "ME" is important.

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ANGELOO7829 1/16/2012 8:53AM

  We all need to focus on "ME Goals" rather than other goals. I find myself constantly at battle with that. It is hard to remember that I am living for ME not my JOB but it is getting better. Good for you for addressing it!

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Day 678: Vacation coming to an end! :)

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Heyoooo! So I begin driving back to Chicago tomorrow from Florida after I teach an eMeeting! Have you guys done your SparkLive videos on why you love eMeetings so much? There's a contest going on! :)

I am watching a prank show..I have to be honest, I love prank shows! haha. They are so funny. I have never seen this one before, but this one is pulling a prank on a girly girl in a laboratory and telling her that she is watching someone ingest a liquid that makes them stronger and have a really high pain threshold. haha. They showed him bending metal and then going crazy saying he wanted more. Then she said to "press the red button" and pretended that the blonde girl shot him with this red button. haha. I'm probably doing a really bad job of explaining it...but he then went crazy about her "shooting" him. hahah. Oh! They just set the name of it! "Scare Tactics" hahaha.

That's my night! :)

How are your guys' nights going?

  
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STACIA_ANGEL 1/15/2012 9:38PM

    Scare Tactics is so funny! But I would be SO mad if anyone ever did anything like that to me!

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Day 677: 55 more days until my two-year SparkVersary!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

HEYO :) Just did a little countdown and there's 55 more days until my 2-year SparkVersary! I was doing some reflecting (by the way, I'm loving all the sweet comments on my page, messages, and comments on the dailySpark blog--you guys rock) on my journey and I have 55 more days until my 2-year SparkVersary :). I think I'm going to do a little streaking challenge for myself...haven't decided what the streaks will be for. Expect some planning coming up :) hehe.

We are on day 13 of the Vitality Challenge! Hard to believe! Just 2 days left! :) Hope you guys enjoyed the challenge! I decided I'm going to redo it the first Monday of every month :)

www.facebook.com/laurenelizabethward
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...please, head on over to my Facebook "like" page for free weight loss content and motivation :) You guys are the best!

xoxo

  


Day 676: :) :) Happy happy!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Great day today :) The dailySpark/Beth/~INDYGIRL posted an article about my weight loss :) Woohoo!!!

www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?p
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Very happy about it! Hope you guys go over there and check it out! I give some weight loss advice!

I hope you guys have a great weekend, girlfriends (and boyfriends!) :) hehe

Find me on Facebook to "like" me and keep up with my latest free weight loss content! www.facebook.com/laurenelizabethward
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:)

  
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HIKETOHEIGHTS 1/13/2012 8:24PM

    You look fabulous Lauren!

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DETERMINED_SOUL 1/13/2012 7:41PM

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MELLYBEANS0919 1/13/2012 6:08PM

    Congrats!!! :-)

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JULIEHNI1 1/13/2012 5:57PM

  Hi Lauren,
I read the article and was very amazed. I would like to join you the journey.

thanks, Julie

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Day 675: Bloggin' bloggin' bloggin'

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Hey guys! :) I am a blogging machine! I have been blogging consistently everyday for over 20 days! That's huge, haven't done that since the beginning of my Spark Journey :) Wooohoo!

I bought a journal and started journaling, that has been very nice! I think there's something about putting a pen to paper :) Do you guys keep a journal in addition to blogging?

We're on day 11 of the 15 day Vitality Challenge. Woohoo! :) Hope you guys are doing well!!

  
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DETERMINED_SOUL 1/13/2012 10:13AM

    emoticon emoticonI write out my blogs first if that counts?

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LJCANNON 1/13/2012 9:36AM

    I keep a written record of my Exercise, but my "Journal" is my Blog. I am at Day 13 of Blogging every day and I am truly enjoying it much more than I expected to!
emoticonCONGRATULATIONS on your 20 Day Streak!!

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MELLYBEANS0919 1/12/2012 8:24PM

    Today is really day 11? Wow time flies! Congrats on your blog streak!
I do have a journal which I wrote in daily. It does help.



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