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Today’s my B-day! What I learned this year…

27 Dec

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Today is my 30th birthday, so I wanted to share a few things that I’ve learned this year! 🙂

1. Make time to enjoy family!  Throughout my 20’s, I was super busy and always trying to achieve.  And while that was kind of a good thing b/c I did accomplish a lot, I am making a point now to slow down and enjoy my time and my family more. 🙂  On your death bed, you’ll never say, “I wish I’d spend more time at the office.”

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2. Exercise is important!  I love Zumba, but hadn’t had a lot of time this year with starting my businesses, so I didn’t do it as much, or go to the gym.  I was recently re-motivated by a good friend who wakes up at 5 a.m., swims for 45 minutes, goes to work full time, and then volunteers in her spare time, (and still has time for fun.)  Now, I’ll be waking up earlier to to devotionals and 20 minutes of Zumba before my preschool babies arrive at 7:15 a.m.  🙂

3. Not everyone will like you.  No matter how nice, friendly, or kind you are, some people won’t like you.  And while I always knew this, (and honestly didn’t care,) lol, I would sometimes still wonder why.  But now, I still don’t care, and I am done wondering why.  🙂  All I can do is keep moving forward, and those who don’t like me or resent me for whatever reason can do so without a thought of mine!  🙂

4. Schedule days where you do nothing.  This is so important.  If you don’t have quiet time to think, you may not realize the things you’re doing wrong, or could be doing better.  You won’t realize that your life is going off track, or that you’ve become stagnant in achieving your goals.  Alone time helps you to be honest with yourself.

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5. Live by a budget.  I always knew about Dave Ramsey, but had never tried the cash/envelope system.  Recently I lost my debit card, and was forced to use cash for everything.   It really is true that when you use cash, you can physically see how quickly it is slipping through your hands, versus a painless swipe.  (I am not knocking credit cards; I just realize that implementing the envelope system for me is going to be super helpful!  🙂

That’s it…off to take a nap and then go celebrate my birthday this evening.  How about you?  What did you learn this year?  I’d love to hear!  🙂

Blessings,

Lauren

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Lauren is a wife, mother, Jesus-lover, the owner of a Spanish Immersion Christian preschool, and the owner of an organic beauty company, (making her own home-made Soaps, Scrubs, Shea Butters, and more!)  She loves Zumba, Pilates, the beach, chocolate, berry smoothies, travel, and spending time with her friends, family and children.  Her life’s mission is to be happy, to help others, and to spread God’s love, as well as to be an Author, Motivational speaker, Consultant and Coach – her first book will be available soon!

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Zumba your way to flat abs

4 Jul

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After having two babies, it felt like my stomach muscles had flown to Mars never to return!lol…

But I am happy to say that they are returning thanks to two things! 🙂

The first is Zumba, (which allows you to twist and turn your core,) so you are getting an awesome work out every time you do it, and the second is Visi’s Trimma.  It helps to up your metabolism and decrease appetite using all natural plant based nutrients.  I can actually feel my stomach muscles tightening at night on it. 🙂

http://teamvisi.com/laurenholmes/products/trimma/index.html

So even if you’ve had two (almost) ten pound babies like me, all hope is not lost!lol…

The last thing that’s been helping me in my awesome journey is an oldie but goodie: a strawberry banana smoothies in the morning and at night as dessert – just throw in a banana, a few frozen strawberries, and some soy milk, and viola, you’ve got what tastes like  a Frosty from Wendy’s.  You’re welcome!!lol… 🙂

Blessings and remember that it’s ok to eat that extra hot dog or hamburger today…you can Zumba later!!

Lauren

If you’re in the Hampton Roads area, I would love it if you joined us for our “Bride of Christ Brunch and Women’s Conference” – food, fun, fellowship, awesome worship, speakers, and ministry, pampering, and more!! :)

https://www.facebook.com/events/162921290556596/?fref=ts

http://www.successcoachingandtutoring.com/Women-s-Ministry-Events.html

Read more about my health journey here:

http://www.teamvisi.com/laurenholmes/

If you like this post, feel free to follow my blog or to “like” our fan page below.

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*** Do you have dreams that you have yet to accomplish?  Do you know what needs to be done, but you can’t figure out why you’re not doing it?  For years, this was me.  I would love to partner along side of you, and help you to come up with a plan to achieve your goals and dreams!   Let’s connect today!

http://www.successcoachingandtutoring.com

Love pretty jewelry? ME TOO!! Check out my Traci Lynn Fashion Jewelry page – our jewelry is cute, professional, fun, and has that BLING factor that we all love!

http://www.tracilynnjewelry.net/laurenholmes

Looking for a fun program that teaches your kids Spanish through art, music, dance and fun interactive games?  Check out our “Spanish for Kids” classes here!

http://www.successcoachingandtutoring.com/Spanish-for-Kids.html

No more fatty midnight snacks

3 Jul

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I have never been a huge eater, but the one area that always got me in trouble was the after dinner snacking.  Even if I go to the gym at night, once I get home, I am almost always still hungry, (even after eating a “good” snack like grapes or some other fruit!lol…)

A friend of mine and I were actually just talking about this about an hour ago as our kids played.  She is 7 months pregnant and also is battling the after dinner “I want a fatty snack” monster!lol… 🙂

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One way that I’ve been winning this battle is Visi’s protein chews – they look and taste like Starburst, but they are chock full of protein and other all natural nutrients that give me energy and fill me up.  So, around 9 p.m. after I’ve put the kids to bed and feel like I “deserve” a snack after a long day…lol…I pop in a protein chew, and that’s my snack.

http://teamvisi.com/laurenholmes/products/probita/index.html

Since starting the Visi program, I’ve lost 80 pounds – I’m not bragging; just sharing knowledge so that if there’s anyone else who is struggling with weight, they’ll know that there are all natural supplements out there that will help you get to your ideal weight. 🙂  It’s not about being skinny, it’s about being strong and healthy to accomplish your God-given purpose as best you can! 🙂

Please leave questions if you have any!

Blessings,

Lauren

If you’re in the Hampton Roads area, I would love it if you joined us for our “Bride of Christ Brunch and Women’s Conference” – food, fun, fellowship, awesome worship, speakers, and ministry, pampering, and more!! :)

https://www.facebook.com/events/162921290556596/?fref=ts

http://www.successcoachingandtutoring.com/Women-s-Ministry-Events.html

Read more about my health journey here:

http://www.teamvisi.com/laurenholmes/

If you like this post, feel free to follow my blog or to “like” our fan page below.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Loving-Life/378787838834868

And watch our videos here if you like:

https://lholmes79.wordpress.com/2012/06/06/check-out-my-cool-videos-collection-at-lockerz/3

*** Do you have dreams that you have yet to accomplish?  Do you know what needs to be done, but you can’t figure out why you’re not doing it?  For years, this was me.  I would love to partner along side of you, and help you to come up with a plan to achieve your goals and dreams!   Let’s connect today!

http://www.successcoachingandtutoring.com

Love pretty jewelry? ME TOO!! Check out my Traci Lynn Fashion Jewelry page – our jewelry is cute, professional, fun, and has that BLING factor that we all love!

http://www.tracilynnjewelry.net/laurenholmes

Looking for a fun program that teaches your kids Spanish through art, music, dance and fun interactive games?  Check out our “Spanish for Kids” classes here!

http://www.successcoachingandtutoring.com/Spanish-for-Kids.html

Finally fitting my high school jeans again!

13 Jun

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(Disclaimer: I honestly don’t like talking about my weight loss because I don’t want to come across as “bragging” or glorifying being skinny, but after a few close friends have had recent health scares that the doctors told them was caused by extra weight, I knew that now was the time to share.)  🙂

After I had my son, the weight came off in five months.  But my daughter was a different story – it was if my body was being stubborn the second time around!lol…

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I didn’t want to just lose weight – I wanted to be healthy, eat right, cook healthy meals, and be an example to my kids.  I wanted to be a Mommy that my kids could look up to.

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So I did a total overhaul: in addition to going easy on the carbs, drinking more water, and focusing on eating fruits, veggies, fish, and eating mostly ground turkey or chicken, my good friend also introduced me to some Wellness products that include a weight supplement.

I was very wary at first until my mom suggested them to me.  (She has battled and won the fight against breast cancer, and now only eats only organic foods, and researches any product before using it – so I knew that if she was taking it, then it was indeed all natural.)

The Visi products curbed my appetite and helped me to lose all of my baby weight and then some – now I’m back in my high school jeans.  But it’s not just about being skinny – studies show that extra belly fat can up the risk of heart disease and some cancers.  I want to be in shape for my family, and I want to be around for a long time.  Now that I’ve lost the weight, I am still taking the wellness supplements.

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I want this to be an encouragement not just to lose weight, but to get healthy so that you can be around for a long time to enjoy your family and friends.  God says that our body is our temple, and we only get one here on earth, so let’s take care of it! 🙂

Blessings,

Lauren

Read more about my health journey here:

http://www.teamvisi.com/laurenholmes/

I hope that you can join us as well as well for an awesome time of worship, ministry, and yummy food.  See you at our second Brides in Training Brunch and Luau: equipping women to be missionaries in their own backyards! :)

https://www.facebook.com/events/507002846033957/?fref=ts

http://www.successcoachingandtutoring.com/Brides-in-Training-Brunch.html

If you like this post, feel free to follow my blog or to “like” our fan page below.

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And watch our videos here if you like:

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https://lholmes79.wordpress.com/2012/06/06/check-out-my-cool-videos-collection-at-lockerz/3

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*** Do you have dreams that you have yet to accomplish?  Do you know what needs to be done, but you can’t figure out why you’re not doing it?  For years, this was me.  I would love to partner along side of you, and help you to come up with a plan to achieve your goals and dreams!   Let’s connect today!

http://www.successcoachingandtutoring.com

Love pretty jewelry? ME TOO!! Check out my Traci Lynn Fashion Jewelry page – our jewelry is cute, professional, fun, and has that BLING factor that we all love!

http://www.tracilynnjewelry.net/laurenholmes

Looking for a fun program that teaches your kids Spanish through art, music, dance and fun interactive games?  Check out our “Spanish for Kids” classes here!   http://www.successcoachingandtutoring.com/Spanish-for-Kids.html

Eighty Pounds Gone!!

15 May

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So I never actually have said this publicly, but I lost almost 80 pounds since having my daughter.  Definitely not an easy journey for sure, but one that God and I took together. 🙂

Lots of people will want to know how I did it, and it’s simple to say, yet hard to do. 🙂  It was a lot of Zumba, working out at the YMCA, and eating at home.  (Oh, and also going easy on the carbs!lol…)

But the thing that I realized this time around was that eating at home was probably the leading factor in my weight loss.  Once I cut out the greasy fast foods and started making my own foods, I was still eating yummy foods, they were just healthy and home-made.

Even when I couldn’t work out, I was still losing weight just because of my healthy food choices. (I wasn’t hungry either!) 🙂

Over time, I lost not only all of my weight from my daughter, but surpassed my pre-baby weight, and now I have a whole new wardrobe: my jeans and tops from high school!

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While I’m excited for myself, I want everyone to be healthy…not skinny, but healthy. 🙂  And I believe God wants us to be healthy and strong to do His work more effectively.

This is why I’ve partnered with Chef Deena to teach women how to cook amazing meals at home. 🙂

I would love to get you signed up for our affordable cooking class.  We start this Saturday at 6 p.m., and we’ll be sampling and learning how to cook amazing and healthy home-made meals, and then relaxing in the pool and jacuzzi.  I hope to see you there! 🙂

Blessings!

Lauren

If you like this post, feel free to follow my blog or to “like” our fan page below.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Loving-Life/378787838834868

And watch our videos here if you like:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-0aocrSbtQ&feature=youtu.be

https://lholmes79.wordpress.com/2012/06/06/check-out-my-cool-videos-collection-at-lockerz/3

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oRdKMth_eE

*** Do you have dreams that you have yet to accomplish?  Do you know what needs to be done, but you can’t figure out why you’re not doing it?  For years, this was me.  I would love to partner along side of you, and help you to come up with a plan to achieve your goals and dreams!   Let’s connect today!

http://www.successcoachingandtutoring.com

In need of a fun time away to learn new recipes? Are you recently married and needing to learn the basics in the kitchen?  Or maybe you’ve been married for years, but just want to sample some yummy cuisine while lounging by the pool and jacuzzi? If you answered “YES” to any of these questions, it’s time to sign up for our Brides in Training Summer Cooking Series!

http://www.successcoachingandtutoring.com/Cooking-Classes.html

Love pretty jewelry? ME TOO!! Check out my Traci Lynn Fashion Jewelry page – our jewelry is cute, professional, fun, and has that BLING factor that we all love!

http://www.tracilynnjewelry.net/laurenholmes

Looking for a fun program that teaches kids Spanish through art, music, dance and fun interactive games?  Check out our “Spanish for Kids” classes here!   http://www.successcoachingandtutoring.com/Spanish-for-Kids.html

If you live in the Hampton Roads area and have a business or ministry, I would strongly encourage you to connect with the Shepherd’s Guide at a free lunch and learn, where you will find out how to grow your business, and be seen before thousands!   Partnering with them has grown my ministry and brought me some great contacts.  :)
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