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  1. Sarah Lagen
    April 20, 2017 @ 11:58 am

    Lauren this is an amazing post and resignations with me so much! You’ve put into words the thoughts that I’ve had many days! I’m not the best yogi, but most days my practice is more for my mind then my body. I love this post, thank you far sharing! And you look very strong in this cute workout outfit! 🙂

    xo, Sarah

    • Lauren
      April 20, 2017 @ 12:09 pm

      Ahh I’m so glad this spoke to you! We can be so hard on ourselves – it helps to reconnect to what is actually most important!

  2. Lydia
    April 20, 2017 @ 2:06 pm

    love love this post. I go to body toning and abs classes at my gym because, like you, I know I won’t ever have super skinny arms but I want strong arms. I also had to learn to find what I enjoy doing and do that, who cares if it isn’t the popular thing to do right now!

    • Lauren
      April 20, 2017 @ 2:13 pm

      AMEN to all of this, Lydia!!

  3. Shannon
    April 20, 2017 @ 3:18 pm

    YOU GO GIRL! I loved reading this post, and I can totally relate. I’ll never be super skinny, but I can be super healthy. Thanks for opening up.

  4. Mimi
    April 20, 2017 @ 3:43 pm

    Hi, Lauren! I have been a reader for the past couple of months and I really enjoy your blog! Actually, not to be creepy, but you were in the Flybarre class a couple mats away from me on Monday. I had to go home and check your face/name to be sure ::) Anyway, this post is awesome. You look so strong and are a far better model for that outfit than anybody in an airbrushed magazine. Get it!

    • Lauren
      April 20, 2017 @ 3:48 pm

      Ahh thanks so much for commenting – and say hi next time we’re in the same class!! (I’ll be there tonight haha!)

  5. Audrey
    April 20, 2017 @ 5:37 pm

    Loved this post, Lauren! I also have had trouble finding teachers I connect with at CPY lately (and I go to Old Town so I’m pretty sure we’re in the same boat) but I’m working on going to different studios and exploring new classes. Also could not relate more on body image! I love feeling strong, not necessarily skinny. Love this look too!

    • Lauren
      April 20, 2017 @ 8:19 pm

      Right? So many of my favorites have left CPY Old Town and I miss them! Let me know if you try any new ones that you love though!

  6. Maggie
    April 20, 2017 @ 7:01 pm

    I feel the same way – I exercise because I want to be strong, not skinny! Strong bodies can lift heavy things and run marathons! Also, I do burlesque, so I’m surrounded by so many different types of bodies that are all beautiful because of their uniqueness.

    • Lauren
      April 20, 2017 @ 8:20 pm

      Woah, I didn’t know you did burlesque! So cool!

  7. Tracy
    April 20, 2017 @ 7:50 pm

    When I saw your Insta Story on this post I was hesitant to read it and boy am I glad I came over and read it anyway. Talk about “real talk” this is everything in the post. Thank you for sharing this.

    • Lauren
      April 20, 2017 @ 8:20 pm

      Thanks so much for reading, Tracy! I’m so glad you decided to stop by 🙂

  8. Katie @ Live Half Full
    April 20, 2017 @ 8:07 pm

    Amazing post, thanks for sharing!

    • Lauren
      April 21, 2017 @ 6:48 am

      Thanks for reading!

  9. Sarah
    April 20, 2017 @ 8:52 pm

    This post was exactly what I needed today after having a slight slip-up with my diet! I’ve always admired your style + look and never would have imagined you have the same doubts and insecurities as me. I love your positive approach to maintaining physical and mental health — thank you for sharing!

    • Lauren
      April 21, 2017 @ 6:48 am

      We ALL have doubts and insecurities, Sarah! You’re definitely not alone 🙂

  10. Rach
    April 22, 2017 @ 9:49 am

    Lauren, I love this post and thanks for sharing! I do agree that while we want the perfect body that when we workout we should reward ourselves about what our body can do! Thank you so much for sharing!

  11. Sarah Larson
    April 27, 2017 @ 8:21 am

    I love this post! For sure needed this after thinking I should start pushing myself even harder to start seeing the real results that I want. Nice to take a step back and read this. Thanks for sharing Lauren!

  12. Maggie
    April 30, 2017 @ 7:03 am

    Love this:) it’s very easy for me to get down on my body for all kinds of reasons. But it’s done incredible things for me. I ran a marathon for crying out loud! This is a great reminder to be grateful to your body and take care of it rather than beating it up.