The MOST Important Element to Weight Loss

 

Things were just getting good, becoming easier…

Then I started over-eating again.

What is wrong with me?  Why is this so hard?

 

This was me about 2 years ago.  A lot of times people ask me about how I became a coach.

Let me tell you a little story about that.

 


I had a deep desire to be thin. I would get to a healthy weight, but then it seemed like a week later I was putting the pounds back on.

It's like I got to this goal and then I fell back into my old patterns. Then my actions did not fall in line with what I said I wanted. 

Since, I seem to continue to sabotage myself, I thought something was wrong with me.  I thought this may just be my struggle forever.

Until I realized something.  God didn’t NOT want me to struggle forever.  He wanted me to conquer, WITH HIM.

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. Romans 8:37

See, for so long I was just focused on the food, the exercise,...

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The Spiritual Journey of Weight Loss

 

Weight loss can be a spiritual journey.

Have you ever thought about that?

It did not occur to me for a LOOOONG time.  So, don’t worry, you’re not alone.

 

I was listening to the radio the other morning, and the announcer was talking about how he started on this journey to run a marathon purely out of selfishness.  His wife wanted him to lose weight and as he put it, “I was tired of looking at myself in the mirror.” 

So, he started running.  But it turned into so much more than that very quickly.  He put a purpose into his running by raising money for a local non-profit.  Through this God opened his eyes to how He was working while he was running and trying to lose weight.

After hearing this, I realized, I too had a spiritual journey through weight loss.  It is one of the most valuable journeys I have ever been on.

 

See, three years ago I was a mess.  You wouldn’t have seen it on the...

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Start With the Internal to Fix the External

 

If you didn’t read last week’s post, I highly suggest you go and take a look. 

Last week, I discussed how to start cleaning up your thinking; to start being aware of what is going on in your mind. 

Here is a snippet from the post:

The thoughts in your brain will create the reality of your life.  Life is made of internal and external.  The external is the direct reflection of the internal.  I suggest you start there.

As someone thinks within himself, so he is. Proverbs 23:7


 

So, I wanted to expand on how the internal is reflected on the external.  And, since I coach a lot on weight issues, I’ll use that as an example today.

First, if you’ve never heard of Dr. Caroline Leaf, I highly recommend her work.  She is a cognitive neuroscientist with a PhD in Communication Pathology specializing in Neuropsychology. Basically, she is one smart cookie. What is fascinating is that her work is confirming scripture. ...

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Why Halloween Is a "Shouldn't": Stop Dreading Weight Loss

 

Halloween is not a holiday.

I know I’m going to ruffle some feathers today. But ultimately, this post IS NOT about whether or not you should celebrate Halloween.  That’s not my point.

But if you want to get to the good point, you’ll have to hear me out about Halloween….

 

We don’t celebrate Halloween at our house.  We haven’t for years.  My kids don’t dress up.  They don’t go trick or treating.  We don’t have parties or decorations. 

We DO have a family fun night on the 31st though (so don't worry, my kids are not deprived).

It’s not because I stand on some morally high ground and oppose the “holiday” (Even though I don’t understand why you want to celebrate ghosts, scary monsters and skeletons.  I bet you’ve never seen a dead body with its skeleton coming out.  If you did, I bet you wouldn’t want to use it as...

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What Makes You Fat and What to Do About It

 Things that DON’T make you fat….

  • Sugar
  • Flour
  • Carbs
  • Gluten
  • Skipping Breakfast
  • Fast food
  • Eating every two hours
  • Obese parents
  • Your husband’s grocery shopping
  • Kids eating every two hours
  • Picky eating habits

Things that DO make you fat….

  • Consistently over eating and hating yourself for it

This was not originally my idea.  I got this post idea from Jordan Syatt.  Just didn’t want to plagiarize.  But I did add a few of my own items to the lists.

 

I LOVE doing consults with potential clients.  It is my FAVORITE thing ever.  I love it because you can just “see” (I guess actually I hear since I do them over the phone) their minds working to give all the excuses as to why they are the weight they are currently. 

AND WE ALL DO THIS!!

Jesus replied with this story: “A man prepared a great feast and sent out many invitations. When the banquet was ready, he sent his servant to tell the...

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Making Bad Decisions at Night? Here's Why...

 

Let’s talk fatigue.  I’m not going to get into physical fatigue but it does play a part in what fatigue I am going to talk about.  What I really want to discuss with you is …

 

DECISION FATIGUE

 

It is real and it is happening to you.

Do you know what decision fatigue is?

You know when you’ve had a very physically demanding day.  Maybe you have been working in the yard all day or maybe you did a very strenuous workout.  By the end of the day, your muscles are sore and you can barely lift the water glass to your mouth.  You then realize your physical abilities are exhausted. 

The same goes mentally.

 

Your ability, mentally, to make good decisions deteriorates through out the day when you are forced to make choices.  What does this create?  Bad decisions near the end of the day.

I have so many women tell me that they eat well all day until after work or after they put their kids to bed.  Then...

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Stop the "Stuckness" and GO with Intention

 

Who is ready for back to school?!

Maybe you have already sent your kids back or will in the next week or so.  My kiddos don't get back into the "grind" of school until after Labor Day.

But I AM SO LOOKING FORWARD TO IT!

 

As much as I have LOVED my summer and my kids being home, I am looking forward to having a “normal” routine again. 

My kids… not so much.  They all like school.  It's not pulling teeth to get them to go, but they enjoy all the fun activities and vacations summer brings.  They enjoy the warm weather and playing outside.  They enjoy using their time as they please.  To them, it feels like they are giving that all up.

 

I had a conversation with my kiddos about this the other day.  They were complaining about having to go back to school and missing out on sleeping in and swimming every day.  I reminded them that this wasn’t actually what they did every day.  A lot of days were...

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The Ultimate Reboot

 

You’re a what? 

Why would people need a coach?

Like… how can you really help them just by talking to them?

I get this all the time.  Someone asks me what I do and I tell them I’m a health and life coach

That’s usually when I get a blank stare.  Maybe a half smile and nod if I’m lucky. 

 

So, for those of you that are curious about exactly what I do, I will try my best to describe it here.

All of you know what you need to do to change a certain aspect of your life.  Maybe you want to lose weight.  Maybe you want to be happier.  Or maybe you want to stop yelling at your kids.  You know what you need to do (even though some of you tell yourself you don’t, you really do know) but seems like you are unable to follow through.  You even take a few steps to get to your goal.  But after a while, you fall back into old habits.  Nothing seems to change and it feels like you just keep...

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The Five Health "Rules" I Break as a Health Coach: Losing Weight is All about Diet and Exercise

For 5 weeks, I have been 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.  Even when I tell you my opinion, you need to decide for yourself if you will benefit from this or not.  You need to test it out by applying it to your life, listen to how your body reacts and then by making YOUR OWN DECISION.

Last week’s rule was EAT EVERYTHING IN MODERATION.  I’d love to hear your opinions so don’t forget to stop by my Facebook page and leave questions or comments!

 

This is the last week!  Of course, I saved the best for last!

 

Health "rule": LOSING WEIGHT IS ALL ABOUT DIET AND EXERCISE, MOSTLY DIET THOUGH.

 

I’m smiling right now while reading that statement.  Yes,...

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

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.

 

RULE NUMBER ONE: NEVER SKIP BREAKFAST

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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