Change…….the ‘Oh Sh!!’ kind.

I feel it is time for a change, time for a challenge, time to test the power of my mind, the power of my body and the power that is ME.  I am the creator of my reality, right?  So, it’s time for me to create.

I have entered a Fitness Competition, which takes place exactly 12 weeks from today.  My posing suit is ordered, the see-through stripper heels are safely tucked away in their box in my closet and supplements and chicken breast overfloweth  in my kitchen.  This is it….I’m doing this.  This Mom of 3, who is starting a business, carting kids to and from extra murals, packing lunches, making dinners and breakfasts, is now starting her journey of strict scheduled meals, strict scheduled workouts ( about 2 hours a day) and committing to at least 7 hours of sleep a night.  ‘How on earth is she going to manage all of that?”, you may ask.  The truth is, SHE doesn’t know….

What I do know, is that I need to do this for me, because it is something I have always dreamed of doing.  I have preached over and over again that every dream we have comes with everything we need, to make that dream a reality.  I’m holding on to that Universal Promise.  This is my dream and I deserve to see it come true.  I have only this one life, right now, in this one body, so I have decided to get cracking.

The most important aspect that I will be focussing on is controlling my mind.  If I am in control of my mind, I have complete control over the creation of the reality I desire.  I don’t think this is going to be easy.  In fact, quite the opposite! But I will keep the end goal in mind.  I will remember that I deserve to see every single one of my dreams come to fruition….so here I go.

I have my program, I have my diet, I have my supplements and MOST IMPORTANT of all, I have the support of my awesome family.  The ground work is there….the rest is up to me!!

Love, Always

Laurene

Power Breakfast – my personal favourite!!!

Why breakfast? I’m never hungry when I wake up!

It has been proven over and over again by scientists that breakfast eaters tend to weigh less than those who skip breakfast.  It is however important to note that a coffee and a muffin, doughnut or bagel do NOT count as breakfast :)

Breakfast should be loaded with nutrients to set you up for a powerful day, to boost you metabolism and protect your hard earned muscle (which acts as your furnace, upping your metabolism throughout the day) from being broken down by your body to be used as fuel.

So, when you get up, focus on your well being and health first, so you can be the powerful person you were meant to be.

Here is an easy, delicious Protein and Nutrient Packed Power Breakfast  – my favourite to start my day off on the right foot and I find my workouts to be of a much better quality when I’m fueled with this meal!!

This recipe provides:

  1. Ample Protein (from the egg, egg whites and protein powder) to stave off hunger, make you feel full and satisfied and provides your muscle with nutrients and fuel
  2. Oats is a fantastic Complex Carbohydrate to eat for breakfast.  It helps control cravings, provides a high level of fibre, stabilises blood sugar, lowers bad cholesterol without affecting good cholesterol and enhances your immune response.
  3. Apple sauce provides natural sweetness as well as Vit C and Fibre
  4. Adding the Sugar and Salt free Natural Peanut Butter also kicks up the protein in this meal AND provides Vitamin E, magnesium, potassium and vitamin B6 for immunity.  Also Peanut Butter is full of heart-healthy Monounsaturated Fat which not only helps you to lose weight, but the fats are extremely important to aid in the absorption of all the goodness in the form of Vitamins and Minerals that this meal provides.
  5. The sliced banana supplies ample quantities of Potassium, Vit C, Vit B6, Manganese (necessary mineral for bone health and metabolism) and of course, our best friend, FIBRE.

Power Protein Pancake

Power Protein Pancake

Power Protein Pancake

1 whole egg

2 egg whites

1/2 cup oats or 1 packet instant regular (unflavoured) oats

½ scoop Vanilla protein

2 Tbsp. unsweetened Apple sauce

½ teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Mix all ingredients together

Spray a pan with Pam, and pour batter in.  Keep pan on a low heat and cover.  Once the bottom of the pancake is set and the top is almost done, flip the pancake.  Once cooked, slide onto a plate.

1 Tbsp. Natural no sugar, no salt  Peanut Butter

½ banana sliced

Spread half the pancake with peanut butter and place sliced bananas on top.  Fold the pancake over and enjoy!!!!

You could also add fresh or frozen blueberries to this batter for blueberry pancakes which would give it a good anti-oxidant boost!

So, eat your breakfast, power up and have a superbly productive day!

Love, Always

Laurene

Your Power Switch – Turn it on TODAY!

2013-04-19 12.58.06The past two weeks has left me amazed and in awe. Why? I have been surrounded by powerful women at every turn and the lessons they have taught me, the  A-Ha moments I have experienced and the overwhelming unconditional love I have felt, have filled me with gratitude and inspiration.

This morning, I had to take a minute, and just breath it all in. I wanted to figure out exactly what I had experienced as the ‘power’ that each of these women possessed. They are all so different. They come from different backgrounds, different cultures, they have different careers and are all in different stages of their lives. But they all share one thing, and that is POWER.

Powerful Women

I met women who are in business together, working with each other to strengthen their own individual businesses by spreading the word about clean, pure, healthy products which do not damage our bodies and the environment. What made them shine was their passion for health, their passion for the empowerment of women and their passion for life itself!

I spent time with gorgeous women, learning about energy and how we are able to heal our lives, our bodies and our very Being with the beautiful energy the Universe/God bestows on us abundantly. What I experienced here was a gentle power filled with love and compassion and a longing and willingness, to love ourselves unconditionally and to live our purpose to the fullest.

I met women who’s yearning to make a difference is so powerful, that I’m super excited to watch their journeys unfold and their passion take form.

What I have come to realise is that the world is ready for our message. We are all born with a message for this world and the world is ready for your voice! We are not all comfortable with teaching and speaking in front of thousands of people. You might be more comfortable sharing your message one on one by being a comfort to a friend who needs you, teaching your daughter to love herself more than anything or anyone and honour her journey here on Earth by living her passion, or you might be destined for the world stage. Whatever your comfort level is, know that you have an incredible message to share.

Their Power

2013-04-13 08.56.20So, what was it that make these different women shine?

The answer I came up with was that they are all joyfully living in gratitude. It really does come down to that. Gratitude raises your vibration, it attracts more of what you are grateful for and it fuels your passion for life. Most often it is gratitude that leads us to uncover our life’s purpose and brings joy and abundance.

So here’s what you can do to strengthen your awesome power:

  1. Say thank-you for EVERYTHING in your life. Write it down, say it out loud, sing your thank-yous, whatever it takes, be thankful.
  2. Figure out what brings you joy and allow yourself time to do those things. The world and your family needs you to live joyfully, so doing those things that bring you joy, are by no means selfish acts. Not allowing yourself the time to engage in activities that bring you joy, will keep joy and passion from your life and from those you love, and that would be selfish.
  3. Make peace with yourself and your body. If you find it difficult, then change the aspects you don’t like, BUT start living as if you are perfect in your own eyes, today. You will be amazed at the miracles that will show up in your life when you do.
  4. Smile. A smile can break down any negative situation, it can show love, it can show commitment, it can show passion, it can bring comfort, it can start or sustain a friendship, it shows you are living purposefully and it can be switched on by YOU at any time, anywhere and in any situation. It costs nothing and it can change everything.

To all the wonderful, powerful women I have met these past few weeks, the powerful women of my past and the powerful women that I will still get to meet, this quote by Wilfred Peterson sums up my experience with and of you:

“Walk with the dreamers, the believers, the courageous, the cheerful, the planners, the doers, the successful people with their heads in the clouds and their feet on the ground. Let their spirit ignite a fire within you to leave this world better than when you found it…”

I have walked with you and you have inspired me and I am grateful for it.

Powerful women live with passion, with purpose, with love for themselves and they smile!

Love, Always

Laurene

I am fat….

Isn’t it strange that we never say, “I am a cold”, instead of “I have a cold”, or “I am a headache”, instead of “I have a headache”?

Joel Osteen said: “Whatever follows I am, is going to come looking for you.”  Good thing then, that we don’t say “I am a cold”, right? Except, how often do we say “I am so fat”…..and then we wonder why no diet out there is working for us, giving us results or bringing about lasting change.  Maybe the answer lies in changing our self dialogue with immediate effect!  But that’s not all…

Only two emotions exist.  That’s it!  That’s all there is. Just two: Love and Fear.

It’s quite a relief really, because as humans we love to overcomplicate our lives.  For me, only having to evaluate how I feel in terms of Love or Fear, brings clarity and fast!

Behind every action we take, there is a driving emotion.  I have seen this so many times when it comes to practical issues like….the ever popular, losing weight :)

Why is it that some people are able to chose a diet, follow the diet AND achieve and maintain results?  Instead of wondering whether they have a unique ‘successful diet gene’ that others obviously don’t, we might find the answer in their intention and their self talk.

Most often, when we embark on a weight loss journey, and we really question our emotions and self talk, this might be what you’ve been telling yourself:

  • If I don’t lose weight, no one will love me (Fear) because I’m fat.
  • If I don’t lose weight, people will see me as the failure I’m afraid I might be (Fear) because I’m fat.
  • If I don’t lose weight, this war I’m waging with my body every day, will never end (Fear) because I’m fat.
  • If I don’t lose weight I can’t imagine that I’ll ever get the job I really want, because my weight is all they’ll be able to see (Fear) because I’m fat.

Beside the fact that science has proven that our minds will create what we focus on and spend time thinking about, the fact that we hope to change something about ourselves from a place of Fear, means that we will be disappointed time and time again.  The powerful combination of a  Fear based intention and the ‘I am fat’ self dialogue is a guaranteed path to a negative outcome.

What do we do then?  We keep it as simple as possible and change the intention to Love.  We act from a place of Love AND we only ever allow the words “I am”.. to be followed with that which we would like to see more of manifest in our lives.

Let’s give it a try:

  • I lose weight, because I am so thankful for this body that has been my vessel here on earth and I wish to keep it as pure and powerful as the day it was handed to me (Love) because I am powerful.
  • I love myself enough to believe that I deserve the body of my dreams.  With the body I love I am able to make all my dreams come true (Love) because I am abundant.
  • I lose weight easily because I love myself and family so much, that I want to engage in every moment of life, instead of obsessing about my weight (Love) because I am healthy
  • I respect and love myself enough to turn away from ANYTHING that does not serve me or make me happy (Love) because I am blessed
  • I respect and love myself enough to eat healthy foods, to exercise my body by doing activities I love and embracing myself, body, mind and soul as the perfect creation and co-creator of my life, that I was always meant to be (Love) because I am wise.

So, next time you think of changing anything, be it your weight, your job, your home, remember to only act from a position of LOVE.  Never again say, ‘I am fat’.  The truth is, YOU are not fat.  Just like YOU are not a cold when you are sick.  You HAVE a cold.  A cold does not define you.  Fat does not define you either!

So, this week, whenever your mind goes ‘there’ and it says ‘I am fat’, be aware of the thought, but follow it up with an immediate and intentional ‘I am powerful and I deserve only the best’.  Say that many times, because you have the power to neutralise your subconscious negative thoughts.  That’s all! Just that.  Replace Fear with Love and you’ll be amazed at the power that is your mind.  Success and abundance resides in Love, and nowhere else. Now be the ‘I am’ you want to be!

Laurene Picture

Laurene at a recent photo shoot

Now these principles apply to any intentional change you want to make in you life.  Weight loss is an example I chose, because it saddens me to see that so many people, especially women, seem to deny themselves their dream lives, because they are stuck in struggles with their body issues. I know this, because I was there.  I was stuck, hating my body and living my life trying to hide as much as possible.  My ‘I am’ statements were exactly what I described above, but I changed that.  If I could, anyone can.  Starting the process of co-creating your life from a place of Love and Power is the most precious gift of freedom and both the Love and the Power resides in you.

Let Love be your guide this week and watch miracles take place.

Love, always

Laurene

How big is your slice of the pie?

When I was pregnant with my second baby (many years ago!) I was the doting mommy to the most perfect little 2 year old.  He was obviously the smartest, cutest, most gorgeous baby ever made ;) and I remember feeling the most overwhelming feeling of love for this little creature that was so intense, it physically hurt at times.

I was so excited to have another baby, but  I remember a big old jumble of emotions as the time to deliver my second son grew ever closer.  I remember thinking: “How would it be possible to love another child with the same intensity of love I felt for my first.”  I could not fathom where I would find enough love for both of them if my first baby was filling my heart completely.

See, I was expecting to have to divide my love between my two children, but as I held my second son, who by the way,  miraculously was ALSO the smartest, cutest, most gorgeous baby ever made, I realised a phenomenal thing.  Mother’s love does not divide at all.  It multiplies.  Your heart just doubles in size and all the love is there.  I never had to take love away from my first to give to my second.  I was so relieved and over the moon to be head over heals in love with 2 beautiful children.  Of course when my daughter was born, I knew what to expect and couldn’t wait for more love to flood my being and make my heart grow another size.

I’m telling you this story, because I made a similar observation when it comes to the abundance of the Universe, the Love and Grace of God.  There was a time when I held a belief that there was just enough abundance to go around.  One big pie, and we each were dealt a slice of the pie and that was that.  Some people were given a large slice, some were given just enough to keep them comfortable, but not quite satisfied and others received very very little or none at all.

The truth is that abundance is a never ending flow.  You don’t just get a slice, you get your very own pie AND you get to decide how large this pie will be and with whom you will share your pie.  Also, if you should loose your pie in some way or another, you can rest assured that there is another pie waiting for you to claim.

Slice of the pieAbundance, like mother’s love, does not divide, it too multiplies.  Abundance creates abundance.  This to me is such a relief.  Firstly, it is exhausting to go through life envious of what others have, wondering how you could get your paws on some of their pie.  Now, when I see someone succeed, make loads of money or live in their dream home, it excites me and I’m so thankful for them and what they have, because they are a living testimony to how much there is.  Their abundance attracts more into our world, which of course means we can expect to receive as much as we are brave enough to envision for ourselves.

My next dilemma regarding my belief that there was only one pie, was that I would feel guilty for earning a good salary.  With the old belief, I was convinced that I had just taken from someone else’s piece of the pie to make my piece larger and being the over emotional person I am, that really made me uncomfortable. Now, I welcome abundance on all levels into my life. Love, health, wealth and joy.  The more I have, the more  have to share with the world.  The more I’m attracting abundance on all levels, the more I’m doing my bit to raise the positive vibration on this planet.

So, are you happy to settle for an old belief that you were given your slice of the pie, or will you join me in attracting abundance beyond measure for the sake of the world?

I wish you a blessed, prosperous, joyful day and may your abundance multiply many fold and in all areas of your life.

Love, always

Laurene

Some days will be sick days

Today is one of those days. It’s a sick day. I’ve been feeling ill for a while now, but have just allowed myself to acknowledge it for short periods of time (usually just enough time to search for Advil), but then, as mothers do, I marched on.  Today is not one of the march-on days….

I have kicked off my Mom-shoes, I have put down my Business-purse and I’m having a cup of Rooibos tea.

Be kind to yourself

Be kind to yourself

I am being kind to this body while it fights the germs on my behalf. Hey, I’ll even honour my wonderful immune system and thank it for working so hard, by having a slice of toast slathered with Raw Honey.

I am being kind to Me today.

I once dropped my son off at kindergarten when he was about 3 years old and I was looking as dreadful as I was feeling.  A little girl at the front door came up to me and asked whether I was not feeling well (yes, it was THAT obvious).  I told her that I was feeling a little sick and with big eyes she replied: “But you’re a Mommy.  Who is going to take care of you?”

Today I remember the words of that little Soul.

I will take care of me, little One.  I will be as kind to myself as I would be to anyone else in my family if they were feeling under the weather.

So, remember to take care of You today and every day, even if you are feeling healthy and strong!  Loving and caring for yourself is another way of embracing your Power.

Love, always

Laurene

It’s official – you can be anything you want to be. Oprah and I said so…

I tell my kids every morning and most nights when I say goodnight:  ‘You are awesome and you can be whatever you want to be!’ and I promise you I mean it with every fibre of my being and every inch of my knowing, which is troubling because I know my son wants desperately to be a dog-owner and is visualising it with glee! As I’ve taught them that their thoughts, strengthened by their emotional visualizations create their reality, it’s only a question of time before I’m walking a dog in the snow.

It’s strange then, that it took me so long to believe it about myself AND that after exploring the possibility of it being true and coming up with the hard and fast scientific facts that it IS indeed true, I still find myself doubting it at times.

OprahWe’ve even heard it from the rich and famous many times before! It is however a little tougher to believe the likes of Oprah, when she professes that the power she possesses is exactly the same power you were born with. She says she just believed it and put it into action.  Easy to do when you have your own full time chef, personal trainer, stylist and a Billion Dollar empire.  But, as it’s Oprah saying it, we respectfully sit up, listen and nod our heads knowingly until the commercial break, which is when life happens to you all over again.

So of course, the clip I posted below is from none other than our very own Oprah,  so get ready to do your knowing nod.  In true Oprah fashion she sums it up beautifully, eloquently and powerfully,  BUT before you click on the link and listen to one of the great Masters of our time, hear this:

As you are well aware, I am not Oprah. I am Laurene but, like Oprah, I am enough. I think big (sometimes grab-your-heart-and-hope-not-to-throw-up-from-sheer-terror big) and I believe that like Oprah, I am the creator of my Life Story. I am what I believe to be and I am POWERFUL, I am more than enough, my life is extraordinary and just by being on this planet, I am making it a better place. I am exactly where I’m supposed to be right now.

The same promise and power that lives in the eyes of a newborn baby and my amazing kids, still lives in me. My subconscious wanted to believe differently at times, but I have taken back control (sometimes only hanging on by my fingernails, whilst feeling madness descend!) and I have found my Power and it is thrilling to believe that the likes of Oprah and Jim Carrey have something in common with ME….we are ALL able to create our own destiny. If you don’t believe it yet, know that your mind, your past, your circumstances CAN change back to the purist Truth with which you were born and which still resides in you and can NEVER be destroyed.

Hey, stop reading this for a moment and have some fun….write down 20 dreams or desires you have (of used to have) for your life. Any 20 things that you dream of doing, having or being.

Don’t be realistic!!! Being realistic is what created your reality in the first place.  Be a kid again and dream of walking on the moon.

Have you done it? Could you get to 20? Did you have fun? Now listen to this…. it’s mind blowing: Experts from all over the world and across all the ages agree on one thing: There is nothing on that list that you do not have the power to achieve. You are not capable of having a desire that you are not capable of fulfilling….hence the fact that I have NO desire to sky dive!!! :) How awesome is that! Think about it. You were put on this earth to literally live your dreams AND you came with the full instruction manual printed on your soul. Your mind might’ve just gotten in the way as life happened to you. You know, sometimes we should just lose our minds and jump straight back into our hearts. That, and of course learn and discover some easy tools to re-acquaint ourselves with our potential.

Here’s a little tip to get back in touch with the centre of your Being, where all your manuals and your Power are stored. Just change your mind by literally changing your mind. Change your inner self talk to only positive, powerful statements about yourself. Say: “I am supremely powerful and inside of me is all I need to make every one of my dreams come true”. Say it over and over again, many times a day. When you wake up, when you go to bed. When you believe it and especially say it when you don’t believe it. Focus only on the things you want and never give any thought to those things you wish to avoid or don’t want. Speak only in the positive, speak in the now and feed your POWER. Watch and enjoy miracles appear all over the place. You might even spot many of the many miracles that already exist in you life, which your mind is not letting you see.  You are literally changing the negative spiral of thoughts that are creating unwanted outcomes.

When you watch this link, remember that each and every desire you have, no matter how unrealistic they may seem, can be achieved. Oprah might just as well have been talking about you…

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Thank you Oprah for beautifully and caringly reminding us so often, of our infinite potential and power to create.  We owe you more than just a knowing nod.  I promise to take action, to believe and to create.

Live the POWER that IS YOU and watch your True Being come to life!!!

Love, always

Laurene