The Five Health "Rules" I Break as a Health Coach: Never Skip Breakfast

Jun 24, 2019

For the next 5 weeks, I will be breaking down the top five health "rules” that I BREAK. 

One thing that I pray for you is that you never take any person’s opinion as fact.  While some of these “rules” might work for you, I would say the majority of people it is actually hurting rather than helping them.  That being said, you still need to decide for yourself if YOU will benefit from this or not.  Test it out by applying it your life, listen to how your body reacts and then make YOUR OWN DECISION.

You made me; you created me. Now give me the sense to follow your commands. Psalm 119:73


Let’s dive in.



How many times did you hear growing up, “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”?  While I do believe there is some truth to this statement for children, I don’t believe it is true for most adults.

Breakfast is optional my friends. ...

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Tough Relationships

Jun 17, 2019

We all have them.  You know…

  • The sister-in-law that one-ups you all the time.
  • The mother that never helps out.
  • The friend that gets drunk and embarrassing every time you spend time together.
  • The husband that never has anything nice to say.
  • The child that is strong willed and never obeys.


Those tough relationships.


They are draining.  Mostly mentally, but sometimes physically also. Most of that energy is spent wishing they were some how different.  We just want them to be easier to get along with.

But they’re not.  They probably won’t change.  And all that energy you’re spending wishing, wanting, hoping, is just wasted.


Do you wish you could just feel better about these relationships?


You can. 


This is what you’re signing up for if you want to feel better; you don't get to change the other person.  You can only change yourself and do the hard work of managing your thoughts.


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Bring Back the Motivation

Jun 10, 2019


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“I’m unmotivated.”


I get a little fired up after hearing this. Usually, people say this phrase to me like it is something they can’t change.


Motivation doesn’t magically drop in your lap.  Motivation isn’t a gift that can be given. 

Motivation comes through hard work. The hard work of sticking to what you planned and reminding yourself why you started in the first place. 

The hard work of managing your brain.


Here is a little secret.  I am personally writing this blog for me.  My goal is to get myself fired up again.

The other day, I heard myself say, “I lost my motivation.”

I know it’s not really “lost”.  I know how to find it. 

But finding it and bringing it back takes HARD WORK (you know, what I said above…).


Lately, I have been falling into...

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Shut-Down Autopilot and Turn On Intention with Your Morning Routine

Jun 03, 2019


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I find that a lot people live their lives inadvertently.

Would you agree?


The most common answer I get when I ask my clients just about any question is, I don’t know.

They don’t know …

  • how or why they are overweight
  • what they are thinking
  • why they picked this job, husband, house, etc.
  • who can help them
  • what they plan to do next

Sure, they may come up with a few excuses.  In the end, most of them concede to the fact that they didn’t really take the time to think about it.  They just did.


I had a friend who wanted to start getting up earlier.  I asked her why? She said, “I don’t know.  That’s what healthy people do.  They get up earlier to work out and do stuff.

She might as well keep sleeping with that reasoning.


Her goal was to lose weight.  I told her, “...

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Supervising Your Toddler... Brain?

May 27, 2019


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I live on a gravel road. A quarter of a mile down the road it changes to tar. If you follow it all the way, the tar road will wind around the lake and take you to the highway in about 4 minutes. Or, you can take a left turn where the gravel and tar meet and follow another gravel road. That gravel road will take you to the same highway in about 1 minute.

Maybe you have never lived on a gravel road.  If you haven’t, you are lucky.  Gravel is really no fun.  Believe me.  I lived off of a gravel road 30 out of my 35 years on this earth. 

To make matters worse, I have a white vehicle

Needless to say, this white vehicle doesn’t get washed much.  It just doesn’t pay. 

See with three kiddos, I don’t enjoy taking the long way around to get to the highway.  Most of the time we are running a little behind, so an extra...

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Jump into the River of Misery with Me

May 20, 2019

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I’m in the river right now. 

I am swimming hard to get to the other side, but honestly, I feel like I’m getting nowhere.

What river you ask?

Well, the river of misery.

“You aren’t supposed to be miserable!  You just started this coaching thing full time.  Most of your time is spent at home and with your kids.  What do you have to be miserable about?”

Yes, I have many blessings.  That is for sure.  But it doesn’t mean I am not miserable sometimes.

Guess what? I actually embrace my misery. 


If any of you live in a northern region, you know what I am talking about when I say the “river of misery”.  See, here in Minnesota we have COLD and snowy winters.  They are MISERABLE.  You will find a few people that may actually enjoy wintertime, but for the majority, we dread it. 

Why do...

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The Six Essentials to Being the BEST Mom for Your Kids - Recap

May 13, 2019


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The day after Mother’s Day, I get to wrap up this beautiful series I have been writing about for the last six weeks.  I wanted to use this blog post today to review, but also to give a few final thoughts that I pray will help you on this crazy, beautiful journey of motherhood.

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The first essential I discussed is by far the most important in my book.


Love yourself. 


You can’t truly love others unconditionally, if you don’t love who God made you first.


Jesus replied: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’  All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”  Matthew 22:37


My best...

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A Whole New View - Essential Six To Being the Best Mom for Your Kids

May 06, 2019


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One of my favorite things to do is hike.  The best hikes, in my book, are the ones in which you get a view at the end. 


The last hike I did was in a little town in Minnesota called Red Wing.  It was a short, straight up the hill climb to the top of a bluff. The top was beautiful.  The view was expansive and invigorating.


The hike itself was nothing special though.  A whole bunch of trees with the occasional view of the busy highway. I’m glad it was short because the actual hike was pretty boring. Once I was at the top, I realized I had to make the tedious trip back down. I told myself that at least down is easier and I already know the way.


I think about this when I talk about perspective with my clients.  When we start coaching I have them come up with goals.   Not because I need my clients to hit them, but...

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Your Opinion is What Counts - Essential Five to Being the Best Mom For Your Kids

Apr 29, 2019


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Let’s recap the last four weeks in the series – Six Essentials Every Mom Needs to be the Best Mom for their Kids

  1. Love Yourself
  2. Mindset Matters
  3. Ditch the Manuals
  4. Take Care of your Temple


This week, let’s dive into letting go of other people’s opinions.


Letting this go; that’s a hard pill to swallow for a recovering people pleaser like me. 


Honestly, a lot of my time was spent unconsciously figuring out how I could get people to like me.  I would pretend and twist myself into a mold I thought they would want me to fit.  Ultimately, it was lying.  The problem with lying, you get caught and eventually realize you don’t even know the truth any more.


This really hit home when my oldest started school.  I noticed that she would come home very upset most days.  I learned that her...

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Taking Care of Your Temple - Essential Four to Being the Best Mom for Your Kids

Apr 22, 2019


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Are you ready?! 


Week 4 of the six part series:  Essentials Every Mom Needs to be the Best Mom for their Kids


Take care of your TEMPLE.


It is my FAVORITE thing to do so I can regroup, refocus and become re-energized.


Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?  You are not your own; you were bought with a price.  Therefore, honor God with your body.  1 Corinthians 6:19-20


I have so many favorite verses, and this is one.  It reminds me that the Holy Spirit LIVES IN ME.  God gave me this body to steward as a place for the Spirit to reside in.  He also gave me this body as a vessel in which to complete His work.  This body was bought with a price.  If God sees my body as precious and wonderful, then so should I.


Do you ever...

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