Thursday, February 26, 2015

At-Home Cardio Circuit (#LGLoveYourselfFit - "DATE") - 2/27

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What is #LGLoveYourselfFit?

In short, it's one of many free blog challenges I host with daily workouts, tips and accountability challenges. This one is all about using health and fitness as a tool to boost your self love, confidence and overall happiness!   

To supercharge your results, I highly suggest you combine this fitness plan with my Eat Your Way Lean ebook, which will teach you how to eat in a specific way for physical results through a balanced nutrition approach!  It's helped so many women see great results and I want it to help you too!  

Self-Love Message of the Day: 
Think of all the effort that goes into planning a date. You may know it firsthand and you certainly know how special it feels to be on the receiving end! Instead of waiting around to experience that, why not create it for ourselves? Yes, I'm talking about dating yourself! This message may appear to be simply about treating yourself to some time alone, but it's much deeper than that; it's also about going for after the things you desire.

Dating is a prime example of something many women wait around for. We wish to meet the right guy. Even if we've found the right guy, we hope he takes the time to put something special together. While there is certainly joy in sitting back and allowing someone else make us feel special, it's certainly not the only way. YOU can make yourself feel just as loved and admired as someone else can.
 
Daily Challenge: Set up a date with yourself sometime this weekend. Whether it's an evening to yourself, a quiet walk, a shopping trip, a lunch by yourself, plan a little time for just you, thinking of something you will really love and appreciate. Can't wait to see how you spoil yourself :) 

Check In: Stay accountable by uploading your workout, meal, challenge and/or lifestyle pics to Instagram; inspire and be inspired by the community. Use our hashtags ((#LGAccountability #LGLoveYourselfFit #LGMealPlan #LGSweatSeshSelfie & tag me @laurengleisberg so we can all connect.
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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Upper Body (#LGLoveYourselfFit - "I LOVE YOU") - 2/25

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What is #LGLoveYourselfFit?
In short, it's one of many free blog challenges I host with daily workouts, tips and accountability challenges. This one is all about using health and fitness as a tool to boost your self love, confidence and overall happiness! 

To supercharge your results, I highly suggest you combine this fitness plan with my Eat Your Way Lean ebook, which will teach you how to eat in a specific way for physical results through a balanced nutrition approach!  It's helped so many women see great results and I want it to help you too! 

Self-Love Message of the Day: 
The three most powerful words...I love you. For most of us, those are words we say on a daily basis whether it be to our significant other, kids, mother, sister, girlfriends, etc., but how many times a day do you say those words to yourself? I can't remember the last time I actually verbalized those words to myself. Isn't that strange though?? We express our emotions out outloud to all of those we love except for ourself.

On the contrary, if you're like me, I bet you can remember the last time you've spoken down to yourself. Just today, I can recall phrases like, "come on, Lauren...get your head on straight" and "geeeeez, Lauren" fly out of my mouth. Yet, I can't recall the last time I told myself I love you. 

Criticizing ourselves don't get us anywhere, so why don't we try something different. Why don't we try to focus on approving of who we are: flaws and all. I hope you'll take me up on today's challenge!

Daily Challenge: Set 4 alarms today spaced out several hours and title those alarms "I love you" or something of the sort and see how it changes your whole day! Screen shot your alarm when it goes off and upload how you felt when you saw it. This is an example of a mood shifter, and we must learn to find ones that work for us :)

Check In: Stay accountable by uploading your workout, meal, challenge and/or lifestyle pics to Instagram; inspire and be inspired by the community. Use our hashtags ((#LGAccountability #LGLoveYourselfFit #LGMealPlan #LGSweatSeshSelfie & tag me @laurengleisberg so we can all connect.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Biceps & Triceps (#LGLoveYourselfFit - "SELF") - 2/25

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WORKOUT NOTE - if you do not have a bosu ball, stand on one foot to cause the core to activate in working to achieve balance

What is #LGLoveYourselfFit?
In short, it's one of many free blog challenges I host with daily workouts, tips and accountability challenges. This one is all about using health and fitness as a tool to boost your self love, confidence and overall happiness! 

To supercharge your results, I highly suggest you combine this fitness plan with my Eat Your Way Lean ebook, which will teach you how to eat in a specific way for physical results through a balanced nutrition approach!  It's helped so many women see great results and I want it to help you too! 

Self-Love Message of the Day: 
One of the most powerful and also difficult acceptances I've had to swallow is one that has come from several personal development mentors, and I know it will make an immense impact on your life and your ability to experience self-love, confidence and happiness. When I say it's difficult to accept, I mean it. Are you ready?? Everything in our lives (who we are, who are friends are, the positive things that have happened, the negative things that have happened, the job we hold, the relationship we are or are not in, the level of skill we possess, everything) has been created because of choices we've made. Life is choices.

If you're familiar with personal development, I'm sure this is not the first time you're hearing this. If this is new to you, you may be tempted to jump to excuses, like, "well, this happened to me and I had no control over that." That was my first reaction to hearing all of this. Then I realized everything really is a choice. The reason it's difficult to swallow is because it reminds us how powerful we are...how powerful our minds are. 

You have chosen to get out of bed this morning. You have chosen to visit to my blog and read this. You have chosen to be motivated, happy, stressed or sad today. Love is a choice. Hate is a choice. Courage is a choice. Your life is all a reflection of your choices! We were given free will! The majority of people won't accept this, and therefore, they will spend their lives complaining about what is. However, the beauty in this acceptance is the realization that we can choose to change our current situation if we desire. Even if we cannot control every circumstance, we can control our response, which is just as powerful.

I encourage you to read this over few times ((it took me more than a few times to really understand and believe it lol). Once you start to harness the power of choice, you will find that self-love, confidence and happiness is well within reach, and you will begin designing the life you want!

Daily Challenge: Choose to love yourself today! Share just one of the many things you love about yourself. This may be more challenging to share than you think. We all have a tendency to believe that loving ourselves borders on narcissism, but being able to identify things we love about ourselves is actually quite healthy! I can't wait to learn more about each other through these challenge posts!

Check In: Stay accountable by uploading your workout, meal, challenge and/or lifestyle pics to Instagram; inspire and be inspired by the community. Use our hashtags ((#LGAccountability #LGLoveYourselfFit #LGMealPlan #LGSweatSeshSelfie & tag me @laurengleisberg so we can all connect.
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Monday, February 23, 2015

Cardio & Abs (#LGLoveYourselfFit - "LET GO") - 2/24

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What is #LGLoveYourselfFit?
In short, it's one of many free blog challenges I host with daily workouts, tips and accountability challenges. This one is all about using health and fitness as a tool to boost your self love, confidence and overall happiness! 

To supercharge your results, I highly suggest you combine this fitness plan with my Eat Your Way Lean ebook, which will teach you how to eat in a specific way for physical results through a balanced nutrition approach!  It's helped so many women see great results and I want it to help you too! 

Self-Love Message of the Day:
You know those negative experiences and emotions you're still hanging onto, well, you'll never be able to fully jump into your future unless you let go of that baggage. Baggage is exactly what it is! It's weight that carries you down. It's keeping you from becoming all you want to be and all you can be. It's time to let it go!

Easier said than done, right?! I know it's not as easy as it seems, but it is feasible, so let's on work on it! Believe me, as soon as you let go of whatever it is from your past that still makes it way into your mind, you'll discover peace in your heart. As soon as we can find our inner peace, self-love begins to flow! 

Today's challenge is a mental (and slightly physical) exercise I've done several times. It seems so silly, but you'd be surprised as to how effective it can be. Whatever you're holding onto, whatever stresses you out, whatever is keeping you from taking your life to the next level, box it up, leave it somewhere, and walk back into your life with a lighter, fresher perspective.
Daily Challenge: Take a short, quiet walk by yourself and as you walk, mentally place all the things that bother you from your past into an make-believe box. Once you reach the turn around point in your walk, imagine leaving that box filled with negative experiences and emotions there. Let it go! Share the view from your walk!

Check In: Stay accountable by uploading your workout, meal, challenge and/or lifestyle pics to Instagram; inspire and be inspired by the community. Use our hashtags ((#LGAccountability #LGLoveYourselfFit #LGMealPlan #LGSweatSeshSelfie & tag me @laurengleisberg so we can all connect.
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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Legs & Glutes (#LGLoveYourselfFit | "PROUD") - 2/23

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What is #LGLoveYourselfFit?
In short, it's one of many free blog challenges I host with daily workouts, tips and accountability challenges. This one is all about using health and fitness as a tool to boost your self love, confidence and overall happiness!

To supercharge your results, I highly suggest you combine this fitness plan with my Eat Your Way Lean ebook, which will teach you how to eat in a specific way for physical results through a balanced nutrition approach!  It's helped so many women see great results and I want it to help you too! 

Self-Love Message of the Day:
A lot of loving who you are right now comes from appreciating the past. Oh...the past. It may be hard to think about that without some not so pleasant emotions creeping up. Tomorrow, we will dive into the struggles we may have from the past, but today, I want to focus on appreciating who you are now in this very moment because of what you've done in the past.

Wouldn't it be amazing if we could be proud of who we are now: mistakes, flaws and all. Being proud does not have to be confused with being arrogant. It is a sign of high self-esteem, which comes from knowing who we want to be, then making our best attempt at growing in that direction. Each one of us fits into that category...you wouldn't be stopping by my blog if you weren't trying to become a better version of you! Be proud of that!

In my opinion, the best part of feeling proud of who we are is that it sets a strong and inspirational example for those around us. There's something magical about the fact that each one of us has the ability to inspire, whether it's your children, your friends, your co-workouts, complete strangers, or your fellow #LGAccountability community members! I like to say what we look for is what we see, so why not look for reasons to be proud of ourselves and our accomplishments as we may just find more!

Daily Challenge: Take a look back at your accomplishments and relish on the joy that comes from remembering one of your proudest moments. We would love you to share that moment with us!

Check In: Stay accountable by uploading your workout, meal, challenge and/or lifestyle pics to Instagram; inspire and be inspired by the community. Use our hashtags ((#LGAccountability #LGLoveYourselfFit #LGMealPlan #LGSweatSeshSelfie & tag me @laurengleisberg so we can all connect.
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MY LIFESTYLE JOURNAL: "I'LL GO ANYWHERE WITH YOU" TEX-CONSIN

"Just as long as I'm where you're at, I'm gonna have a real good view.
I'll go anywhere...anywhere with you."

If you've been with me for awhile, you know that I'm originally from Wisconsin. When I was in college, my dad took a job in Texas, and the rest of my family followed. After graduation, I too moved down to Texas as well as Anthony who took a job there. 

Moving seems to be an increasingly normal part of life these days, but it wasn't for me when I grew up. My parents built our family home when I was about 5 years old, and that's where I lived until I went off to college. In general, I would have consider myself a very "safe" person; if I could take a path that avoided risks, 9x out of 10, I would take it despite where that path was headed. Bottom line...for most of my life, I lived in a complete comfort zone!

However, within the past 3 years, I've called 5 different places my home, which has been so out of my comfort zone that I can't even put it into words. In general, the transition from college and being under your parents' wings to the real world and venturing out on your own is a kick out of your comfort zone...add in moving across the country and my personal resistance to change, and you can bet in these past 3 years, I feel like I've grown more than in the previous 21 years!

I read this article ((it's a good read - check it out)) on why staying is settling and why you need to move at least 5 times in your life, and it really put things in perspective for me!

Moving, for me, has been one of the best experiences in finding myself and my purpose. As someone who loved security and comfort, moving has forced me to get comfortable with being uncomfortable and to grab a quote from the article, "it's only when we're uncomfortable that we are growing and learning."

I don't think we make it enough of a priority to focus on our personal growth. We're so focus on what we want to do and what we want to have that we forget about who we want to be.

My life of constant adventure and change is consistently helping me discover and become the person I want to be! I realized I was living in the same place, doing the same thing, and with the same people because I wanted to feel comfortable. I was merely living in this life instead of living the life I was capable of. I've found to live...like really live involves constant change and growth.

So...TEX-CONSIN...

Well, as Anthony and I look forward to what our future holds, we've been looking at where the next stage of our life will take place. We recently began house hunting, and because we both work from home, the location of our future home really is limitless! 

Anthony and I feel so strongly about all of the above points I mentioned: from our love of adventure/being mobile to our desire to keep growing and becoming the best we can be. We decided that instead of purchasing one home, we would split our budget in half and buy two homes in two different places, splitting our time between the two.

As Anthony and I try to figure out exactly where we want to be, we've decided to spend the next year renting in locations we would considering purchasing a home. 

As of right now, we're thinking we will be Tex-Consins, spending half the year in Texas and the other half in Wisconsin.

Texas has a special place of our hearts as well as being the place where my immediate family lives; every time, I step outside, I feel as though opportunity is in the air when I'm down here. Wisconsin also houses the majority of our family and friends; in Wisconsin, the pace of life is different and the quaintness of the Midwest brings a lot of peace. As of right now, it seems to be the best of both worlds!

There's a Jake Owen song, "Anywhere With You" 
that perfectly sums up my feelings on this lifestyle decision.

As always, I love sharing my personal life with you all as I truly consider you to be an extension of my circle of friends, and I'm deeply grateful for all the support and well wishes you share with me whenever I make a big change in my life. It means the world to me!

Anthony and I will begin the first phase of our move to Wisconsin in one week...I will keep you all posted! I guess I shouldn't have tossed out all those down jackets when I moved ;)

Until next time!



#LGLoveYourselfFit Week 2 Schedule

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#LGLoveYourselfFit is my next blog challenge, beginning tomorrow. Over the next month, we will use health and fitness as a tool to increase our self love, confidence and overall happiness!

You may be wondering how we jump from workouts and nutrition to self love, confidence and happiness. Well, over the past 3 years that I've been working with women, I've found that physical results have a cascade effect.

Physical results accomplished through fitness and healthy eating prove that you are capable of change! When you're in the gym, you push your body past your comfort zone. When you're in the kitchen, you control your mind, choosing healthy options and nourishing your body with wholesome foods.

This leaves you feeling empowered! It doesn't stop there! You then feel a desire to take all areas of your life to the next level. That is where personal development comes into play.

On each #LGLoveYourselfFit post, you will find a theme for the day. This theme will have a daily message that forces you to think differently as well as a challenge that puts those thoughts into actions.

All changes begin in our minds! Life is all about perspective and it's time we master that!

I look forward to spending the next month together, pushing our bodies and our minds outside of our comfort zones to develop a place where love, confidence, happiness, joy and passion is abundant! 


Frequently Asked Questions:
What do I have to do to join?
Stop by my blog each day for the workout, message, and challenge. Don't forget to add your email below to receive exclusive tips and content, and to "officially" join!


I workout in the morning...will the workouts be posted then?
Yes, all posts will be made the night prior, so everyone can be doing the same workout and challenge each day.


I'm already following a workout plan...should I stop it?
If you want to you can, but you don't have to! You can still benefit from the messages and challenges posted each day, which are intended to challenge you mentally, pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone to begin transforming your life through perspective practices. 


What should I be eating?
Eat Your Way Lean is my nutritional ebook that I suggest combining any fitness plan with. In it, I teach you a very specific way of eating for physical results: fit and lean. It's not like most other nutritional approaches...I have 3 simple, yet effective guidelines that provide for a maintainable, balanced approach that allows you to eat foods you enjoy. It can be tailored to any dietary needs, including but not limited to gluten-free, paleo, vegan, and vegetarian.
Click here to read more about Eat Your Way Lean

How will our #LGAccountability Instagram community be involved?

I encourage you to post all your workout, meal, challenge, and lifestyle pictures to Instagram through your fitness accounts, hashtagging #LGAccountability and #LGLoveYourselfFit By clicking the hashtags, all community members can connect to inspire and be inspired by one another! We are doing this challenge together!

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