Friday, November 30, 2012

Holiday & Anyday Survival Tips: Here's a list of Little Tricks that have helped

Photo by Stephanie Russer
Slimming down is one of the most challenging things I've ever done and staying slim is equally daunting at times!  Here's a list of the tricks clients have used when they are on our Program and burning through their personal store of the golden fuel, their fat.

Remember, the most important goal is to gain new habits and reclaim health for a life time!!  I hope you'll find these little tricks helpful ... Please share YOURS!!!

Clients tell me they have:
  • Put their evening meal in a crockpot before leaving for work so it's hot and ready 
  • Labeled Ziplock bags with Mon, Tues, Weds, Thurs ... and put their 5 meal packets in them
  • Filled paper lunch bags with 5 meal packets each so every day is a surprise
  • Strategically placed slips of paper with the scale weight they intend to see next time they weigh in - "I leave these on various counters throughout the house."
  • Made a list of numbers (scale weights) on a page to cross off as they see and "say goodbye" to that scale weight forever ... 153, 152, 151, 150, 149, 148, 147, 146, 145, 144, 143, 142, 141, 140, 139, 138, ... 
  • Tracked their weight on a calendar by the bathroom scale 
  • Hung up their fat pants so they can see them frequently, "I am making fabulous progress!"
  • Hung up a beautiful dress that they plan to wear on a special occasion, "I can hardly wait!"
  • Cut up celery and kept it in the fridge for "emergencies"
  • Kept broth or pickle on hand in case of a headache or hunger pang 
  • Considered a glass of water before going on the hunt in the fridge
  • Gotten rid of all distracting foods from their home ... having those foods out of sight helps
  • Kept their car stocked so they have meals with them and never get caught hungry
  • Taken foods they can eat to parties
  • Reminded themselves that a tempting treat is, "For Another Time, Maybe Later"
  • Adjusted their self-talk ... "If I get hungry before mealtime, I picture the fat melting a little more! Besides, nothing tastes as good as slim feels!!!"
  • Remembered the Healthy Habits, "I've got them printed and posted in my kitchen!" 
  • Checked in with their Health Coach ... "I text, email and call whenever I need to!"
  • Napped when needed
  • Smiled and laughed a lot!!
  • Made a Dream Board with pictures of doing slim stuff ... I love it!
OK, What helps you lose weight and keep it off??? 
What actions are you taking to keep your eye on the prize and hand out of the cookie jar???

Health Coach Resource provides health and wellness coaching for individuals, families, and employee groups.  We guide clients through our medically directed program of rapid weight loss, transition, and maintenance. We also offer training for qualified individuals who are seeking health coaching jobs and careers. Health Coach training and certification lights up our lives as it lightens the burden of hopelessness and disease caused by poor habits and obesity in America.  Click Here to learn more.

Call 503-313-4820 or E-mail me today at Polly@HealthCoachResource.com.


Thursday, November 29, 2012

This is my dear friend Wendy's Story ... she's shrinking for the second time!

Wendy is amazing - as a client, a friend, and a coach ... we're calling her the Magic Woman who did it twice!  Click Here To see her and hear her story in her own words, 

Wendy shares: 
At my heaviest, I was 100 pounds over weight.  We wanted to start our family and I knew that being obese could compromise pregnancy, labor and birth so I struggled and lost 30 pounds in 6 months before pregnancy - it was the hardest thing I have ever done! 
When my first born was 9 months old, my weight was higher than ever and my hope hit rock bottom. I could barely get up off the floor after playing with my baby. Thankfully, I found a program that allowed me to change my habits and get rid of an additional 70 pounds in 7 months with ease. I am now living a life that allows me to focus on what matters most! 
Wendy continues to inspire me and others ...She and her husband have added a new baby daughter this year and again, she's had to make the decision and commit to reclaiming her petite size a second time around. As a result, she's continuing to mature as a Health Coach and Team leader

If you know a young woman who wants to get pregnant or mom who is struggling to get her baby weight off, give us a call now!!!

*Results vary.  Typical weight loss on the Medifast 5 & 1 Plan® is 2-5 lbs per week for the first 2 weeks and 1-2 lbs per week thereafter.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Holiday Survival: Clear you mind clutter with this exercise


I love the "Mind Dump" exercise ... It's described differently by different people ... There's something so therapeutic about grabbing pencil and paper and letting all my  "shoulda / coulda / woulda" thoughts, worries, guilts, and "gotta do nows" flow out through hand on to the paper.  The instructions below have you make sense of the "list" afterward ... I've found it helpful to write in circles and (you guessed it!) with my eyes closed!  I generally give myself about 5 minutes and dump as quickly as I can ... it's like throwing up and feels so much better when it's over.  When I'm done, I take my dump list outside and carefully send it up in smoke.

Once this little ritual is done, 
I'm ready to make a short structural tension chart.  My "Current Reality" holds less emotion and getting to my goals - be they to get and wrap gifts or get to the next lowest dress size - seems more straight forward.  

Now you are ready to create your own Structural Tension Chart.  For more info, read chapter 4 in Dr A's Habits of Health and look up Robert Fritz.

Here's how Braingle describes doing a Mind Dump:
Have you ever had the feeling that your mind is too cluttered to concentrate on a particular task? If so, this little exercise will help clear out your thoughts. 
Get a pad of paper and start writing down everything that is on your mind. Include everything that you need to do, everything that is bothering you, everything that worries you, anything you regret, wishes, hopes, etc. Put it all down on the paper. Don't stop until you can't think of anything else. This has the effect of clearing out your mental closet. With a list of everything that you are thinking about, you'll be able to set priorities and make quicker decisions. This will free you up to think creatively about something that you were previously unable to tackle.

Good work!  If you'd like to share your Structural Tension Chart, let me know ... Helping others on their journey to better health it's one of the best parts of being a Health Coach!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

ChickBoss Trunk Show Here Wednesday evening!!



My dear friend Jeanne Sheridan and her sister Pat (in the center of this photo) started working with a group of Guatemalan women and their families several years ago and founded a company to promote sustainable industry called "ChickBoss."  Jeanne is a designer and her sister is a gifted community organizer.  This Trunk Show at our home will be their third show in the US!!!  Check them out at http://chickboss.com/ and join us for the fun!  

So, if you are in the Portland / Vancouver area, join us next Wednesday evening. Greg and I will cook up some goodies and you'll get to see our new home while you are at it!  

 

You're Invited to
A Trunk Show!!!   

Beautiful Handcrafted Jewelry
from Guatemalan Artisans  
   
Wednesday, December 5th  6:30 - 8:30 pm 
   
Bring your holiday shopping list, a friend or two and try on some fashionable handmade & unique jewelry & accessories!   


Polly and Greg Malby's Home
Call or e-mail for directions

   
  Kindly RSVP to Polly at 503-313-4820 or via e-mail to malby3@gmail.com
 
Chick Boss provides individuals from impoverished communities in the Petén region of Northern Guatemala with skilled artisanal training, a higher  than fair trade wage, benefits and a safe working environment to create fashion forward and high quality accessories for  today's socially responsible consumer.

Can't make it? Check out www.Chickboss.com or these links to make sure you don't miss out!    Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Find us on Pinterest  

Holiday Survival Tips: 'Tis the Season to be stressed?

OK, it's "The Season" to make merry and be a bit stressed!

We're on the count down to Chanukah, Winter Solstice, Soyaluna, DongZhi, Christmas, Boxing Day, Kwanzza, and New Year's Eve ... I'll bet you, like me, have a lot on your mind ... we are being bombarded by Ho Ho advertising, missing loved ones, unattainable expectations ...there's a lot to do.  This can lead to feelings of exhaustion, guilt, and being chronically a day late and a dollar short!

So, since all of us are on the determined journey to better physical, mental, and financial health, all the posts from now until December 31st are going to focus on "Holiday Survival Tips."  These tips can be used anytime of the year!  The ones that have been posted so far, in case you haven't read them and would like to look them up, include:
Click Here to read more on the Holidays and Holy Days that are being celebrated in December.
Click Here for one of the helpful sites I found to reduce stress during the holidays.
Let's make this the Happiest, Healthiest Holiday Season ever!!!


Monday, November 26, 2012

Holiday & Everyday Tip: How to Swim with Sharks ...

This advice applies to the holidays and to every day ... it's a skill set we all need to have in order to stay healthy and happy!

Voltaire Cousteau writes: 

"Actually, nobody wants to swim with sharks. It is not an acknowledged sport and it is neither enjoyable nor exhilarating. These instructions are written primarily for the benefit of those, who, by virtue of their occupation, find they must swim and find that the water is infested with sharks.

Click Here for the entire article! 

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Enough Already, Now Get Out of Our Own Way



I liked this article by Robert Fritz explaining why it is so important to "Get out of our own way."  I won't even attempt to summarize this great article.  Enjoy and let me know what you think.





Explaining Yourself to Yourself

Robert Fritz

If you find yourself describing why you did what you just did, what it means, how it defines you, and what might you do next time; you are in the bad habit of explaining yourself to yourself.

This is a type of obsession as well as a bad habit.  It might be so constant, that you don’t notice you’re doing it.  The other day, someone came into our office and began to “think out loud” about her actions, her thoughts, what it symbolized, what it said about her.  Someone asked her a question, but she didn’t hear it until they repeated themselves two more times.  She was so deeply focused on her explanation of herself to herself, that she was missing the reality that was before her eyes.

This is just one example of what is going on with many people.  They see their job in life as to monitor themselves so they can critique themselves.  Behind it all is an assumption and an aspiration.  The assumption is that there is something wrong with them, and so they must keep an eye on themselves.  The aspiration is that they want to grow into something they, themselves, can admire.

This is a dead end.  With the obsession on one’s self, it is hard to get yourself out of your own way.  Everything becomes commentary on you, even though it may have very little to do with you.  Objectivity and perspective, the very elements you need to truly improve by evaluating your desired outcomes against the current reality in order to create an effective strategy to achieve the goals you want to create, are thawed by self-focus.

As in the Paul McCartney lyric “when you find yourself in the thick of it, help yourself to a bit of what is all around you.”  If you find yourself explaining yourself to yourself, STOP, LOOK, and LISTEN to what is all around you: reality.  Change your focus from inner to outer.  Describe how things look to yourself.  Note the objects you can see and hear.  This will put you back in reality, which is a nicer place to live than in your head.

© Robert Fritz 2012

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Driving In The Rain

This is a great article with a couple of really great tips for driving safely in the rain.

Thanks Connie, I had not read this information.  I hope it may help keep us all a little safer as we move into the rainy, dark time of year.  We all hope you had a great Thanksgiving, didn't get trampled on "Black Friday," and make it home safely this weekend if you are on the road.


Driving  in the rain-- this  may save your life 

GOOD  VISION IN A  DOWNPOUR

How to  achieve good vision while driving during a heavy  downpour.

We are not  sure why it is so effective; just try this  method when it rains heavily. This method was  given me by a Police friend who had experienced  and confirmed it. It is useful....even driving  at night. One method used by Canadian Military  Drivers for years.

Most of the motorists  would turn on HIGH or FASTEST SPEED of the  wipers during heavy downpour, yet the visibility  in front of the windshield is still  bad......

In the event  you face such a situation, just try your SUN  GLASSES (any model will do), and miracle! All of  a sudden, your visibility in front of your  windshield is perfectly clear, as if there is no  rain.

Make sure you  always have a pair of SUN GLASSES in your car,  as you are not only helping yourself to drive  safely with good vision, but also might save  your friend's life by giving him this  idea..

Try it yourself  and share it with your friends! Amazing, you  still see the drops on the windshield, but not  the sheet of rain falling.

You can see  where the rain bounces off the road. It works to  eliminate the "blindness" from passing semi's  spraying you too.

Or  the "kickup" if you are following a semi or car  in the rain. They ought to teach that little tip  in driver's training. It really does  work...

This next warning is a another  good one! I wonder how many people know about  this:

A 36 year old  female had an accident several weeks ago and  totaled her car. A resident of Kinburn , Ontario  was traveling between Kinburn & Ottawa. It  was raining, though not excessively, when her  car suddenly began to hydro-plane and literally  flew through the air.. She was not seriously  injured but very stunned at the sudden  occurrence!

When she  explained to the OPP Officer what had happened  he told her something that every driver should  know - NEVER DRIVE IN THE RAIN WITH YOUR CRUISE  CONTROL ON . She thought she was being cautious  by setting the cruise control and maintaining a  safe consistent speed in the rain. But the  Officer told her that if the cruise control is  on when your car begins to hydro-plane and your  tires lose contact with the pavement, your car  will accelerate to a higher rate of speed making  you take off like an airplane She told the OPP  Officer that was exactly what had  occurred.

The Officer  said this warning should be listed, on the  driver's seat
Sun-visor -  NEVER USE THE CRUISE CONTROL  WHEN
THE PAVEMENT IS WET  OR ICY, along with the airbag warning. We tell  our teenagers to set the cruise control and  drive a safe speed - but we don't tell them to  use the cruise control only when the pavement is  dry.

The only person  the accident victim found, who knew this  (besides the officer), was a man who had a  similar accident, totalled  his car and  sustained severe  injuries.

NOTE: Some  vehicles (like the Toyota Sienna Limited XLE)  will not allow you to set the cruise control  when the windshield wipers are on. If you send  this to 15 people and only one of them doesn't  know about this, then it was all worth it. You  might have saved a  life.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Anthem for the World

I see my own youthful and not so youthful face in this beautiful gift ... I see the faces and hear the voices of my grandchildren and your grandchildren ... I've got tears running down my cheeks as I feel the energy, the hope, and the determination to connect in love with everyone we meet ... the world is a wonder-filled place and we are each doing our part!!!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Make a Structural Tension Chart for reducing stress this Thanks Giving

Robert Fritz introduced us to the technique of making and using a Structural Tension Chart to propel us forward towards goals with systematic ease.  Here's an example my friend, Susan, sent me of how she is using a Structural Tension Chart to help her focus on what matters most for ThanksGiving.

At the top, you'll find Susan's "Vision."  This is the reality she intends to create.  At the bottom you will find her "Current Reality" ... this is where she recorded what she was feeling in her darker moments of early stress and worry.  In the middle are the little "Baby Steps" that she will use to help her keep her eye on the prize - to help her stay focused on the Vision and the reality she intends to create!

Notice that the structure reads from bottom to top ... all the energy belongs at the top.  It's important to acknowledge the "Current Reality" at the bottom but put NO Energy here! All the energy goes into building and supporting the Vision!  The Baby Steps should all be doable, small, simple, easy actions that are all directed towards the creating the Vision.  We can add more as the day goes by.  By the way, this is just one example of how the Structural Tension Chart can be used.

Susan's Intention & Vision is to:
Radiate happiness, trust, and joyfulness
Infuse every interaction with kindness
Build wonderful memories

Baby Steps:
  • Choose comfortable clothing.
  • Arrive early and prepared
  • Be lovingly detached
  • Have an "escape route" planned
  • Clear my mind & heart of old resentments  
  • Avoid being drawn into criticism and gossip
  • Remember that it's ok that I am not perfect, look for the shining light in everyone 
  • Sit on the floor - be at the level of the little ones to be available, attentive & playful 
  • Keep a safe distance from chips, dips & desserts, alcohol and other poisons 
  • Plan a "re-entry" strategy or way to be of service that allows me to relax.

Current Reality:
I'm aware that I talk too much and listen too little ...
I know I hurt my cousin's feelings last time we met.
Feelings of inadequacy are in abundance
I'm feeling rushed, under-appreciated, irritated with myself
Missing my grandmother ... know that I'll never be able to fill her shoes

You can read more about Robert Fritz in his wonderful book, The Path of Least Resistance and learn more at his web site, www.RobertFritz.com 


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

How will you stay in balance this weekend?

Everyone encourages us to be thankful on Thanks Giving ... but sometimes we are sad ... we miss loved ones, have to hang out with folks who can get on our nerves, struggle to come up with the cash to travel and entertain, feel left out or put upon, frustrated and exhausted ... Sometimes, we just can't wait for it all to be over.

Along with gratefulness, these feelings are real and need to be honored too.  If we just stuff our feelings like we stuff our turkey, we'll feel roasted, uneven, too dry, too raw, too cold, and suitable only for throwing out picked over carcass in the soup pot!!

What private actions do you take to keep yourself in balance?  How will you take good care of yourself this holiday weekend and everyday for the rest of your life?  Share your vision and decisions.  As Health Coaches, we are interested in a lot more than just diet, weight, and exercise!

The inside view of obesity can inspire change!


Allowing excess weight to accumulate in our bodies does more than cause pain, frustration and worry ...

The path to illness, increased medical spending, and premature death is lined with warning signs that we don't heed ... somehow the signs put up by fast food quick-stops and buy-one-get-one free are bigger and more enticing.

When you are ready to make a change in direction, call us.  We can help you tap into and use up this pure, predigested source of fuel!  Decide today to to make life changing action and message me!


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Day 30 of 30 Days of Hope and Inspiration: Give the Gift of Health!

It's all about how we feel ... How we feel physically, spiritually and emotionally.

Faye made the decision to take control of her health. She lost 120 lbs in 12 short months and changed her life! 

By making her own health a priority, she is giving such a gift to her entire family!!!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Day 29 of 30 Days of Hope and Inspiration:Greg's gift to us ...

Greg says, "I am a guy and thought I was doing OK, but by my 59th birthday, things were happening to my health, causing me reevaluate the path I was on.  I had already lived longer than I had expected to.  Both my grandfathers had died in their mid 50s and as a younger man had no male role models leading the way to show me that there was life after 50.

My reality at this point 
was, I was on blood pressure medication and the doctor had given me a prescription for a c-pap machine.  The little twinges in my chest were talking to me and I realized that if I wanted to see my grand kids grow up and graduate I needed to reexamine my life and perhaps make some different choices. 

Polly and I had been talking to friends who had lost weight and were getting healthier using the "Take Shape for Life" Program. Having had both success and failure losing weight in the past, I finally decided to give the TSFL program a try.  It seemed better than the alternative!

Now at 63 years young, I'm 90 pounds down from my highest weight and am experiencing life in a whole new way. I'm looking forward to being involved in the lives of those I love for many years to come ... I have a plan to follow and feel great!

Each one of us has a story to tell and although we share much in common, we are all unique.  If you have a story of change in your life I encourage you to share it. If you have been considering rethinking your current situation, I applaud you and hope my story might encourage you to do so.  Thanks for taking the time to hear a part of my journey, I wish you all  the best as you follow your life path." 

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Day 28 of 30 Days of Hope and Inspiration: Athletes Benefit Too!

Meet Justice and his wife Whitney. And, check out those abs! Though we will never be "young again," and this Program is for anyone who wants to look and feel healthier.

Remember, it's not just about weight loss!  All of us want pain-free movement, reduced dependence on medications, better sleep, less stress, and that feeling of vitality and well-being that comes with taking good care of our bodies!


I can help take you through the Habits of Health and we'll focus on what is important to YOU!  Call me right now with questions ... it's easier than you think!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Day 27 of 30 Days of Hope and Inspiration: See Terry's wedding gift to his daughter!

Terry lost 100 lbs to surprise his daughter on her wedding day ... His surprise was renewed health! Congratulations Terry!

Most people want to know: 
1.  Does it work?
2.  Can I do it?
3.  Will you help me?

Let's find out!!!  Give me a call to see if you are a good candidate.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Day 26 of 30 Days of Hope: Never Underestimate the Power of a Determined Woman!

Never under estimate the power of like minded women who experience improved personal health and become passionate about assisting people! These women didn't believe that better health and reaching a healthy weight was even remotely possible, now they are helping and coaching others.

Are you ready?


  • What will it feel like to have a doable, sustainable Plan?  
  • What will it feel like to have the first 20 pounds off by Christmas? 
  • And, what if you wait? and weight and weight?
Remember, it's not about weight or weight loss!  It's all about gaining a vision, reclaiming health, resetting your compass, and then reaching out to help others!!!

Let's get you started on your journey to better health. Grabbing this chance is key.  I can help you clear away the weight loss myths, gather momentum, create steady progress, and develop new habits so that you can begin the New Year with a new mindset, new dress size, New You!  Private message or call me now! 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Day 25 of 30 Days of Hope and Inspiration: Zach just wanted to feel better!

No longer diabetic????

That's just what Zach's doctor told him after dropping 80 lbs on our program. It can start with weight loss, or just wanting better health, but the outcome is renewed life and vitality.


Research shows that when an individual sheds 50 pounds of excess body weight, they can gain 10 years of additional, healthy life!  Not only was Zach able to come off his medications for diabetes and hypertension, but he's also getting out of his "comfort zone" ... A zone that was leading him down a path of nagging worry, spiraling discomfort, and financial stress! He has improved the odds that he'll avoid premature heart disease, joint inflammation, stroke, and many cancers.

What does it take to propel us out of our "comfort zone?"  If you had a chance for optimal health, would you take it?  Call me let's talk!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Day 24 of Hope: I Caught this Baby, Now Her Story Catches Me!

Mary's determination was amazing on the day of her arrival many moons ago (I was midwife to her mom and dad on that memorable day!)  She tried to make her grand entrance while her mom showered!  Fast forward, Mary has struggled with obesity since early childhood. Recently, her weight has kept her from meeting one of her life's key goals ... to get into the Marine Corps.  In the several years, her determination to slim down and tone up so that she can join the military is nothing short of incredible ... she has shed 118 pounds.  Way to go Mary!!  And, watch out Marines, a new leader is at your doorstep!" 

Here's Mary's story in her own words ... don't miss a line!


It has actually been 2 years.. with the last 50 pounds having come off since last thanksgiving.  I have gone from a size 22-24 (I owned 22's.. but they most definitely were too small.. I was just to stubborn and refused to buy a size larger!)  I have currently lost 118 pounds!.. and am into a size 9/10 when it comes to clothing! 

I have always been over-weight. The first number I remember was from my 7th grade sports physical where at around 5'4"-5" I weighed in at 173 pounds!.. By 8th grade I was at 200 and climbed to 220 during high school.. 

I always played it off like I was completely comfortable with my self, if fact I would be the one to crack the first fat joke! I believed that I was doing this to make it my weapon, if I acknowledged it first, then it took the power away from others who could use it against me. I often used my size to my advantage as well, in sports especially and often played it off as though it was how I wanted it to be. In reality I simply believed my self to be a far better actor than those around me.

My turning moment was at a physical with my doctor, having not weighed myself in nearly 4 years and finding that I hit the scale and the numbers told me 288. I made the nurse let me re-do it.. twice. To make matters worse my doctor had me do a round of diabetes testing, which I gratefully tested out of.  I still spent several more months in denial.. but decided that something had to happen when I had to order my grad gown for my AA degree in a XXL, and was only just comfortable.

I started walking, and doing ALOT of water aerobics. My doctor made me stop trying to run after the first 6 weeks because he was afraid I might be developing stress fractures in my feet due to my weight and the impact. Like many people I have struggled off and on with seasonal depression as well. ... I find walking in the woods and 10 min twice a week in a low level tanning booth does wonders.. (though I clearly do not tan.. unless you count my freckles connecting).

On one of my winter walks up Mt Pisgah I stopped on a ridge to sit on a bench.. and read the plaque I had walked by at least a dozen times. "Don't cheat yourself when you are young"- dedicated to Don McLane. For whatever reason on that day those words resonated and I haven't looked back.

Whether we are in our 20's, 30's, 50's, 70's or older, we are too young to let us stand in our own way.  I am too young to give up on my dreams because I won't stop putting things I don't need in my mouth. I am too young to commit suicide by fork. I am too young not to do exactly what I want to do exactly when I want to do it!

Now it's really just about day-to-day choices.. and deciding with every meal every day that this is really not a diet, but is my life style choice.  It takes planning and fore thought. .. and many of the habits are becoming very second nature.. I'm not saying its easy.. but its getting easier. I just have to remember how hard it was to turn me around.. and realize that there is no way in hell I want to have to do it again.

Want to Succeed?


Dr Andersen writes:
What can you do if you really want to succeed?
  1. Talk to your Health Coach and tell them that you are ready and want their help.
  2. Make a point to get on all the support calls
  3. Sign up for online Support and Tracking … We have an interactive, internet support tool where you can learn about getting healthy, plot your goals and follow them on a chart, log your daily meals, chat with others, learn new recipes.  
  4. Keep a daily journal
  5. Write a daily affirmation a say it often.
  6. Have a clear set of goals and what you will need to do to reach them
  7. Exercise when the time is right…3 weeks into the program for most.
  8. Follow the directions in your quick start book exactly.
  • measure your meals
  • drink your water
  • follow the program carefully
  • eat within your first hour of waking
  • don’t over exercise in the first 3 weeks.
9.    Become a Health Coach yourself!  Our health coaches have a very high success rate and find it easy to keep it off…when you talk the talk, you’ve got to walk the walk.
10.  Read Dr. A’s Habits of Health and get the new Companion Guide along with self study video to help you stay on track.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Day 23 of 30 Days of Hope and Inspiration: Erich is Amazing!


Erich celebrated his 23rd birthday last month AND his remarkable weight loss of over 100 pounds!!!  We are all so proud of him and happy for him.  In addition, he has chosen to "pay-it-forward" by coaching others to better health too. 

The change is not limited to body size, the ability to get around or reduce pain and medications. The transformation occurs on every level - physical, emotional, and financial.  

If someone you care about is finding that carrying excess weight is negatively impacting their ability to find and keep a job, share my info with them and give me a call!

*Results vary.  Typical weight loss on the Medifast 5 & 1 Plan® is 2-5 lbs per week for the first 2 weeks and 1-2 lbs per week thereafter.


Monday, November 12, 2012

Day 22 of 30 Days of Hope and Inspiration: My Husband didn't Recognize Me!



“My own husband didn’t recognize me!”

 
Stacy Wheeler’s husband was overseas when she lost 45 lbs* and when he got home, he couldn’t believe his eyes.

Stacy says, “I wanted to lose weight and regain my confidence. With the extra weight, I had a difficult time keeping up with my three children, and I felt like I had almost no energy. I was ill at ease and didn’t feel comfortable having much of a social life. I also struggled with depression.”
Like most of us, Stacy had tried several times to lose weight, but other diets and other weight-loss plans didn’t work for her. She felt too hungry and couldn’t stick to them. Then she talked to a friend of hers, another mom who had struggled with her weight since having children. She had gotten healthier with Take Shape For Life and the Medifast 5 & 1 Plan, which motivated Stacy to give it a try.
She says, “I saw results right away, and lost 4 lbs my first week! Every week thereafter, I lost 2 lbs. That was so motivating for me: I ended up losing 45 lbs in 3½ months!*”
At the time, Stacy’s husband was overseas with the military. “When he came home, he didn’t recognize me,” she says. “I hadn’t told him I was on the plan, and I was skinnier than I’d ever been before, and my family and friends were thrilled for me.”
Stacy says that because she got weight-loss results so quickly, it took her emotions a while to catch up. While being professionally photographed soon after her weight loss, Stacy noted that although everyone was telling her she looked terrific, inside she still felt shy and a bit uneasy being in the spotlight.
“Sometimes we can be too hard on ourselves,” Stacy, who is now a TSFL Health Coach says. “Today I’m focusing on positive thinking, and reminding my Clients to do the same. When we keep our eyes on the progress that we’ve made, and give ourselves permission not to be perfect all the time, our minds can start to get as healthy as our bodies.”
These days, Stacy surrounds herself with supportive people in her Bio-network, and her confidence is growing—as her figure stays petite and healthy.

Working as a Health Coach and raising three kids is great motivation for Stacy to stick with good eating habits and build on other Habits of Health. She says, “I work out as long as I want, and can jump on the trampoline with my children. I feel comfortable enough to go to the beach in a bathing suit. I’m not depressed anymore!”

*Results not typical. You should not expect to experience these results. Typical weight loss on the Medifast® 5 & 1 plan is up to 2 to 5 lbs per week. 

Military notes: Potential Recruits are too Fat to Serve ...


According to USA Today, the military now considers obesity a global security threat!

Retired military leaders say this generation is "Still too fat to fight ..."
They note that 27% of the young recruits who actually come in to sign up (that's over 9 Million young people!), are too heavy and pose too much of a health risk to qualify for military service!!!

Today's youth can not serve in the armed forces because they are not physically fit.  

The If we keep up at this rate of obesity, we will not have enough people to fight for our country!

Let's reverse this and have the healthiest army in the world!

Health Coach Resource provides health and wellness coaching for individuals, families, and employee groups.  We guide clients through our medically directed program of rapid weight loss, transition, and maintenance. We also offer training for qualified individuals who are seeking health coaching jobs and careers. Health Coach training and certification lights up our lives as it lightens the burden of hopelessness and disease caused by poor habits and obesity in America.  Click Here to learn more.

Call 503-313-4820 or E-mail me today at Polly@HealthCoachResource.com.




Sunday, November 11, 2012

Weight of the Nation Awakens the Challenge!


Weigh in on this Challenge

We are choosing Health!
An America without Health Coaches is a recipe for disaster as the new study from the Center for Disease Control states: "U.S. obesity rates set to soar, costing billions."

With our focus on the solutions, we believe we can work together as families and communities, through social media and workplace initiatives, to face this challenge and reverse the scales.

Join us now in this fight to save our nation and create a new American way of living.  The Weight of the Nationis the challenge.  "To win, we have to lose."  Greg.

Day 21 Franklin

Franklin lost 48 pounds, has kept it off for 2 years, and now loves to say that he's in better shape in his 60s than he was in his 40s! I'm so proud of his life transformation and being such an inspiration to others.Thank you, Dad!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Day 20 of 30 Days of Hope and Inspiration: Meet Brianna!

I love Brianna's story!
I've been overweight since third grade. It's been over two decades of being unhappy in my own skin, feeling like my weight was keeping me from knowing what it felt like to love myself from the inside out. This program was my ONE. LAST. SHOT. before undergoing surgery.  

I'm a busy mom to a one-year-old son, a graduate student, and a writer. This program balances convenience with the ability to cook at home. I've saved money and most importantly, MY LIFE. I'm down 100 pounds in less than a year and finally at a healthy weight!  



*Results vary.  Typical weight loss on the Medifast 5 & 1 Plan® is 2-5 lbs per week for the first 2 weeks and 1-2 lbs per week thereafter. 

Friday, November 9, 2012

Have Questions? Does it work ? Can I do it? Will you help me?

The potential for transformation on all levels is profound - physical, emotional, and financial. Best of all, the efforts are motivated by the heartfelt drive to help everyone who's willing.

1. Does it work? Yes, if we let it ... even when I fail repeatedly!
2. Is it easy? It's simple, but not always easy. 
3. Does it last? Just stay focused on the Habits of Health.
4. Is it worth the effort? Yes, it's a gift, a joy, and huge relief!
5. Will you help me?  You betcha!!!!

Follow us on FaceBook and blog postings! We are featuring clients in "30 Days of Hope!" See www.HealthCoachResource.com.

Day 19 of 30 Days of Hope and Inspiration: She had given up on her dreams ...

Here is Whitni’s story. "I've struggled with weight my entire life. After 35 years, I'd not only given up on ever being healthy, but I had also given up on many other dreams.

Since February, I have lost 89 lbs. And guess what? Not only am I feeling better than I ever have in my life (physically AND mentally), but my increasingly better health has opened up 

"new" possibilities--including being able to have more children!

I am now 8 weeks pregnant--this is something my husband and I had longed for, dreamed of, and had finally given up during the past 10 years. Dreams DO come true! Never give up hope!”  
Whitni's coach is also a midwife and says, "You can imagine how this story makes me feel!" 

As always, if you want more information, call me or private message me. Are you enjoying these stories?

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Web Sites for Recipes


Here are some of our favorite recipe sites:


http://healthcoachresource.tsfl.com/?page=recipes-corner&type=all

Day 18 of 30 Days of Hope and Inspiration: Katia's Story


Katia has become one of my dearest friends and favorite Health Coach!  She was referred to me on my birthday in August, 2009.  She told me once that I came as an answer to prayer ... I know it was mutual and I'm so grateful!  Here is her story:

"In 2009 I had given up ever finding anything that worked. I had weighed over 300 pounds my entire adult life. I was tipping the scales at 333, met my Health Coach, Polly, I decided to try one more program.

My physician demanded that I have my labs drawn and that was when I discovered I was an undiagnosed diabetic, averagi
ng way over 200 blood sugar, with high blood cholesterol and triglycerides to accompany my already high blood pressure. Within four months my labs were in order and by 14 months I had released 130 pounds.

I have maintained that weight loss for two years, and am now training for a 10K and am committed to training for a triathlon. In addition, I am paying it forward and loving my life as a Health Coach.  I am working with folks from all over the country."

If you have been inspired by the Hope and Inspiration series and want more information about our Program,
private message me. I would be honored to walk along this health journey with you.


*Results vary.  Typical weight loss on the Medifast 5 & 1 Plan® is 2-5 lbs per week for the first 2 weeks and 1-2 lbs per week thereafter.


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Day 17 of 30 Days of Hope and Inspiration: Lisa was really ill

Lisa was really ill ... Her weight loss story sounds minimal (33 pounds) when compared to the folks who lost 100 or more pounds.  But, remember, it's not about weight loss!  It's about gaining health!

Lisa had had a mini stroke at age 30, then was diagnosed with IBS, hypoglycemia, low thyroid, a goiter and multiple autoimmune diseases. She says fatigue, pain and ‘Lupus fog’ ruled her life. Before starting on Program, it would take her two hours to get out of bed and get going each morning.  

In 2002, Lisa got on the program and went from a size 12 to a size 0 in 3 months! She's off her meds, feels vibrant and strong.  Lisa has spent the last 10 years optimizing her life to the point of ULTRA HEALTH.  Now, she and her husband, Jaime, are now coaching others to health too! She is a great motivating factor in our journey, because she represents what is possible.
How about you? You up for this? Private message me for more information.

*Results vary.  Typical weight loss on the Medifast 5 & 1 Plan® is 2-5 lbs per week for the first 2 weeks and 1-2 lbs per week thereafter.