Monthly Archives: May 2012

5/4/12 – Let it go

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“The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try and try, the world is beyond the winning.” – Lao Tzu

Taken from ‘Let it Go’ by Charles Scott on HuffingtonPost.com today: “As we travel through life’s phases, we must let go of so much. And I don’t think it gets easier with practice. But maybe just accepting that eventually we will have to let go is the secret to living a full life.”

Instructions for Lauren—Step 1: Go back to the beginning and re-read. Step 2: Repeat. Have a wonderful weekend and just let it go! Whatever it is, we all have something stewing, LET IT GO!

5/3/12 – Over thinking

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“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” – Hamlet, Act II, scene 2

I just so happen to be the Queen of over thinking. Not sure if you all know that 😉 It’s something that I try to work on but I forget to work on it a lot of the time until it’s too late and I’m already over thinking haha Then I over think about over thinking and that’s the worst.

Well I stumbled across this quote in an article yesterday and it was the obvious answer as to why I should put an end to this madness of mine. It’s right, well Shakespeare was, nothing is really good or bad, it is what it is. But it’s thinking that makes us label things. We make things positive or negative by how we choose to interpret them and think about them. Happened today actually…and it took me a few hours to realize that I was making my situation “bad” when it really actually taught me something that will be useful and “good” in the future.

Next time you get down about something and think that it is bad and negative, try and see it from the positive and good side. Or, better yet, try not to label it as either..Just “let it be”! Funny how that three word sentence seems to rule my life 😉

5/1/12 – Don’t Dwell on your Shortcomings

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“Take satisfaction in your accomplishments. Don’t dwell on your shortcomings.”

I started at Chi-town Boot Camps the last week of September. It was time for a change in my life. I had let myself go after a few tough years and there was no more room in my life for excuses. I’m an NASM educated personal trainer whether I currently practice now or not, so there are especially NO excuses for someone with this knowledge.

Since that time I have lost over 12 inches across my body and dropped who knows how many sizes. (Enough to require a new wardrobe, I know that much.) I worked my butt off for ME and ME alone and met goals that I had set for myself.

The first or so of every month we get remeasured and weigh in to know the status of our progress. Month by month for the past 7 months I have dropped inches and pounds, true accomplishments…Until today, the numbers went up a little. I was DEVASTATED. I dropped my head, couldn’t believe it, felt defeated and went back to my work out with a little less pep than usual. My trainer, Cody, pulled me aside to talk to me about it and to remind me to keep pushing through, that it’s a constant process and to not feel defeated. Something I really needed to hear and support that everyone needs. He’s right! I needed to re-evaluate some things and keep at it.

It’s like this quote says, I don’t need to dwell on a minor shortcoming, or bump in the road to reaching my goals. Everyone faces them. If goals were easy to meet, we wouldn’t have to make them and work towards them. I need take satisfaction in my accomplishments. I have accomplished A LOT since 9/26/11 and I’m damn proud of myself. It’s easier said than done, but I need to pick my head back up and stay motivated towards my goals. Changing your life isn’t easy, no one said it would be, but it is sure as hell worth it! Thank you Cody! And thank you to all the amazing girls (and a few guys haha) that I have met at CBC throughout this process so far. You all keep me coming back each week more than you realize.

This quote remind me of Puff Daddy’s song “Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down.” Remember that song? I have linked below as a reminder.