Saturday, February 21, 2015

How Do I Feel About Success?

16 pounds made a real difference!
Good Morning Take Shapers!
Heads Up! A new Health Challenge is fixin' to begin on March 1st! Click Here to check it out and get started!!!

Last week, I suggested we define "Success." We all know that when a goal is well defined, it's easier to aim at and achieve. Some cool responses came in! Here are my Favorite Quotes:

How do you define success?

Success is when I stay centered and don't allow myself to overindulge ... I'm in maintenance and haven't always found it easy to keep the pounds from sneaking back on. Currently, I'm tracking my habits, watching for the moments when I'm most likely to fall off my wagon. I've been keeping a small notebook on my kitchen counter and recording what I eat after 5pm each day ... It seems that I eat normally throughout the day until it's time to fix dinner! Knowing what's throwing me off has been really helpful in keeping me mindful, satisfied, happy and trim.
​How do you know you are on the right track?
(From a client who is down 37 pounds and has a bit more to go) I know I'm on track when I set out my Medifast meals for the day and smile with gratitude!!! I love feeling the fat melt off me! I love it that I just make ONE decision each morning and evening - it's the decision to stay true to the program and feel it work for me!!

What are your daily, weekly, monthly, and annual desired achievements? I made a list of all the things I've been successful at in my life - I've done lots of cool things but being healthy hasn't been one of them. So, I asked myself how I could use the "Decide, Focus, and Get-er-done" tactics I've used so successfully in the past ... it's working!!! (Down 17 pounds to date)

What are the Baby Steps that need to be taken every day?You know this one! I call you!! Thanks for helping me - once we broke it down, I wasn't so overwhelmed ... I can do this!! (Down 56 pounds, stalled, regained 8, back on program!)

Share the thoughts that come to YOUR mind! The remaining questions on last week's list are:
  • What are your bench marks?
  • How will you know when you get there?
  • What do you do to celebrate your successes?​
  • How do you keep it light, playful, and fun?
​Most of you know my story, my sweetheart, Greg, was dangerously obese and I had tried for years and years to get and stay slim. Teaming up with Take Shape for Life changed our lives! Be sure to check out Dr Andersen's Blog - there's soooo much good info here!

Finally, take a look at the two photos of me - you can see how I feel about success by the look in my eyes!​ I have coaching call time slots open on Mondays and Wednesdays - let me know if you want one of them. Check in over the weekend - I can't wait to get your updates!

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 ... just put, "I'm Ready!" in the subject line! Polly@HealthCoachResource.com

Friday, February 13, 2015

How Do You Define Success?

Last week I was looking at "Recidivism" and how to re-define "Failure." I received several replies. It's fun to see how readily we can adjust our concepts and take good care of ourselves without making excuses or being in denial. Many breathed a sigh of relief that they weren't being judged and were free to fall down and pick themselves up as often as necessary! This isn't about dieting and weight loss ... it's about gaining good health in every way!

This week, I'd like to encourage you to define "Success." 
  • How do you define success?
  • What does it look like to you personally, in this moment?
  • ​How do you know you are on the right track?
  • What are your daily, weekly, monthly, and annual desired achievements?
  • What are the Baby Steps that need to be taken every day?
  • What are your bench marks?
  • How will you know when you get there?
  • What do you do to celebrate your successes?​
  • How do you keep it light, playful, and fun?
Share the answer just one of those questions ... it will be fun to see what you come up with!

The only "Bad" thing to do is to do nothing! Making a mistake, falling off your wagon, refusing to learn or continue towards your goals - these are the true errors. Thankfully, we have chosen to do this together!!! Call me, check-in, click REPLY, text, or whistle loudly - let's stay connected!

My favorite book of the week is The Gift of Imperfection by Brene Brown ... check out her Reader Worksheet and Book Club Guide.

Click Here for more motivational quotes - have a favorite you'd like to share??? 

Thanks for your referrals and have a great week! Polly.

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 ... just put, "I'm Ready!" in the subject line! Polly@HealthCoachResource.com

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

A Mayonnaise Jar and Two Cups of Coffee


I've heard several versions of this story and never tire of it!

"A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with an unanimous "yes."

The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.

"Now," said the professor as the laughter subsided, "I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things--your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions--and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.  The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car.

The sand is everything else--the small stuff. "If you put the sand into the jar first," he continued, "there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.

"Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal. Take care of the golf balls first--the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand."

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented. The professor smiled. "I'm glad you asked.  It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend."


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 ... just put, "I'm Ready!" in the subject line! Polly@HealthCoachResource.com

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 — with Dheeraj Kumar and Julian Herrera.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Recidivism - failure or normal learning opportunity?



We are after sustainable, life improving results!
I've been reviewing the literature on "Recidivism." For any one who's ever been on a diet, recidivism refers to 
​the act of reverting to old habits and regaining 
lost pounds​
 after successfully
struggling to get them OFF!​
 

​Is this "failure" or is this part of learning and adapting? I think it's only failure is we don't learn or if we give up on ever reaching our goals of better health.

Sure, I've had periods in the last six years where my pants began to feel shorter and tighter, the scale indicated that my weight was on the rise, and I felt out of control ... like I had re-boarded the runaway-get-fat-quick train. But I thought about you (my accountability buddies), why being slim and feisty is so important to me, and what works and doesn't work for me. I've reset my compass (again) and redirected the train.

​Take a look at ​Failure is an Option, a blog I wrote last summer on failure ... let's see failure for what it is, "Failure" is a game, an opportunity to learn, adapt, tweak behaviors, figure things out, and go forward! 

Currently, I'm working with a number of clients who initially used the Medifast foods to boost them towards weight loss goals and are now using a variety of programs that are really helping them. I love hearing about what's working! I've found gems of truth as I read from different weight management, health gain proponents.


If you are struggling or feeling like a failure, PLEASE call me! I have a few more tricks up my sleeve to help you get where you want to go.   


​By the way, i
n 1999, an article was published in the New York Times that looked at the myth of recidivism in folks who lost weight. The researches had realized the the myth that 95% of people who lose weight regain it was in fact, a myth based on research done in the 1950s!

But in fact ... no one has any idea how many people can lose weight and keep it off. Now, as researchers try to determine how many people have succeeded, they are also studying the success stories for lessons that might inspire others to try.
''That 95 percent figure has become clinical lore,'' said Dr. Thomas Wadden, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. There is no basis for it, he said, ''but it's part of the mythology of obesity.'' 


The study of who succeeds (why and how!) is what propelled Dr Andersen and many others to research, develop, and publish their programs. Let's continue to pool our experience. Together, we are a mighty team of knowledge and experience, together, we can help each other survive and thrive!

Check in, refer friends and family members, and have a GREAT week! Polly.

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 ... just put, "I'm Ready!" in the subject line! Polly@HealthCoachResource.com

Friday, February 6, 2015

Time to Celebrate!

This is Graig and Debbie's story…

“Recently we celebrated an incredible milestone,” says Debbie. 


“For starters, we celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary in Las Vegas, which, by the way, is where we got married. What’s even more incredible (and thanks to our health coach and the Optimal Health Program) is that after nearly two decades of being OBESE, we’re celebrating losing more than 190 pounds together! (*Results vary: Typical results are 2-5 pounds per week for the first 2 weeks and 1-2 pounds per week thereafter.)

It’s amazing how much healthier we’ve become and how much younger we feel. Who says you can't 'turn back time?’”

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 ... just put, "I'm Ready!" in the subject line! Polly@HealthCoachResource.com

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Wendy's Story - a Mom gets her "Baby Weight" off!

Enjoy Wendy's story - she loves working with moms who want to "get their baby weight" off!  Remember, it's not just about losing weight, it's about getting healthy! If you'd like to contact Wendy or work with her, you can reach her at:  www.cufit.tsfl.comwww.facebook.com/cufit

"The best way to tell you about my Program is to share my story.  After high school I stopped exercising on a daily basis and once I was in college I found a love for beer and a new boyfriend.  My BF lived at home still and since I was a starving college student his family opened their home to me and I ate dinner with them every night.  They made unhealthy dinners like mac and cheese with hot dogs. I am sure they never had fresh veggies in the house.  I was surrounded by a family of four guys who could eat just about anything and they would never gain a pound.  

     As the years flew by, it was harder and harder to keep a healthy weight and the more weight I gained, the harder it was to exercise.  Ten years went by and I was 100 lbs over weight.  My BF and I had gotten married and our eating habits kept getting worse.  We were ready to start a family, but I was afraid of gaining even more weight if I got pregnant.  I made a decision to change my life.  

My mom and I joined a weight loss group. With a weekly support group and diet and exercise I lost 30 lbs but it took six months.  It was the hardest 6 months of my life!  (After having) our daughter, I was able to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight within 6 weeks, but I was still 70 lbs over weight and the thought of it taking over a year to lose it terrified me.  
                       
In January of 2010, I met my mentors who helped me Take Shape For Life! I started eating every 2-3 hours, utilizing portion controlled meal replacements and focusing on preparing just one lean and green meal per day.  With the support of my FREE Health Coach, I was able to change my eating habits and lose an additional 64 lbs in 8 months.  I took off an average of 2 lbs per week.  The pounds melted off quickly. I met my goal and transitioned easily.by using my new habits and making healthy choices.  The goal is to make a life change and not to diet! 

I decided to become a Health Coach because this program worked for me and I want to share it with everyone who is ready to start their own journey!  I am on a mission to get America healthy one person at a time!"

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 ... just put, "I'm Ready!" in the subject line! Polly@HealthCoachResource.com

Grandma inspired four generations!


 "I am so happy that my Grandma Eileen chose to get well ... When she took off 110 pounds, she gained years of quality life!!!"
That is how Brad opened his remarks to over 200 people at the Health Coach training yesterday.  Here is Eileen's story:
"I was literally at death’s door, having gone through cancer surgery, three strokes, diabetes, and heart failure—but I wasn’t ready to give up.  (She was 89 years old ... now she is 96 years young!)
My youngest grandson and his wife were going to have twins, and I wanted to be there to give them hugs and kisses. At 237 pounds, I knew I needed to lose some weight. My family had made tremendous changes in their health by adopting Dr. A’s Habits of Health, so I decided to try it out, too ... I feel terrific for my age. I do volunteer work, socialize with family and friends, and got off most of my medications. My family tells me I’m their hero!"

It is amazing what our Program can help people do! And age is not a factor. Do you have a loved one who needs health?  Message me… it is always a good time to improve quality of life.



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 ... just put, "I'm Ready!" in the subject line! Polly@HealthCoachResource.com


*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.

"I Can't Afford It"

Greg at our daughter's graduation 
Greg transformed more than his girth and I'm so grateful!

Though I'd been unhappy about my shape, Greg had battled obesity for a life time. He was at his heaviest on his 50th birthday just about the time our youngest daughter was graduating from high school. We were worried about his health, worried that he wouldn't be around for her college graduation. By losing 65 pounds of excess fat, he's gained 10 years of life!

When we first heard about the Take Shape for Life Program, I was afraid it wouldn't work and that we couldn't afford it. I've since realized that we couldn't afford to NOT do it! Besides, the simple eating plan and free coaching was actually "cost neutral." I wasn't hesitating because of the cost, I was hesitating because I was afraid we'd fail again.

That's where having an effective program and a Health Coach makes all the difference! Now, Greg's chances of living well and being there when his children's children graduate are very high indeed!

Since losing a combined 75 pounds and gaining the habits and confidence that move us towards ongoing good health, we have coached many people through the process! If you'd like to hear more, don't wait any longer, call me today to see if you are a good candidate.

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 ... just put, "I'm Ready!" in the subject line! Polly@HealthCoachResource.com

The "Thinking About It" Guaranteed Results

Some people I've spoken with over the last couple of years are still "Thinking About It ..."

It's been my experience that when we just keep thinking about it we are engaging in some hopeless wishful thinking.  The real results only come when we correctly assess our current reality.

The current reality for many includes constant knee pain, dismay and frustration, days missed from work, scary doctor appointments, expensive prescription meds with side effects, decreased libido and performance, unhappy wife, increase in alcohol use and loud arguments, increased risk of losing a job and the impossibility of securing a new (good) one ... now those a repercussions to think about!

Enough of the pity party!  Let's reset the compass, create a vision for better health, make a plan and engage in real and sustainable change!!!  Call us today.  Don't waste another moment in the never-never land of "I'll think about it!" 

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 ... just put, "I'm Ready!" in the subject line! Polly@HealthCoachResource.com

Julie's Story!

This is Julie. She decided last year to make health a priority. She documented her journey taking a picture every month. Not only is she going into the new year healthy and feeling good, she is an inspiration for many of her friends and family. 

What I love about her monthly photos is that she shows small changes over a period of time. Health is a journey, not a destination we reach overnight! 


Who in your life is ready for health? Where do you want to be in January 2016?! Don't wait (weight!) any longer, call me today. Clients on Program can expect to lose 2-5 pounds per week in the first two weeks and 1-2 pounds per week thereafter.



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 ... just put, "I'm Ready!" in the subject line! Polly@HealthCoachResource.com

Katie's Story

Katie: “I used to weigh close to 220lbs. In fact, as I got close to that weight, I stopped checking, because I was too afraid to see the number. My husband decided he wanted to get healthy for himself and I thought - "I have nothing to loose" so I joined him. Little did I know that the only thing I would lose was 70 pounds. But what I gained was more confidence, more energy, more desire to be active because I don't huff and puff. 

New habits that help me fuel my body with what it needs and not just what my emotions want. My desires have changed and now I want the healthy things! Its been an amazing transformation and so great that I actually WANT to continue to improve daily."

Do you know someone ready for a transformation? We'd love to help just message us to see if this program is a fit for you!



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 ... just put, "I'm Ready! in the subject line!  Polly@HealthCoachResource.com.

Honoring Father's Day one more time!



Eric is an inspiration to his entire family! He knows the positive impact that the decision to improve his own health will have on his entire family. Taking off 75 pounds of excess weight has given him renewed energy, stamina, and hope. Getting off the path to diabetes, heart disease, and joint pain means he'll have more time for his ... he won't have to stay on the sidelines any more!

Who do you know who needs better health? Listen for comments like:

  • My knee hurts ... my doctor says I'll need a replacement soon ...
  • I'm joining a gym cause I've just got to get this weight off!
  • I don't have a thing to wear (and you know they have a closet full of clothes.)
  • My doc says I'm "Pre-Diabetic."
  • My medications cost a fortune!!!
  • I can't go camping because I need my CPAP machine in order to sleep.

Could you please share our information with them? Our ability to help people is only limited by the number of people we can reach. We want to hear their story. We're looking forward to helping them take the tangible, sustainable steps to a life-time of better health!

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.

Football is a Great Analogy ... the Coach can't play the game for us!

This just in from Franklin, one of the Health Coaches on our Team!


Franklin ... Results will vary but the smile doesn't!

Football gives us a great analogy, and the Super Bowl is only days away.  One thing that you will never see is the Coach on the field taking your snap from center, or running the ball for you. His job is to be the coach. He sets up the game plan and then makes adjustments in the strategy as the game progresses. You have to run with the ball.

Being your Health Coach is very similar. My goal is to help you win the game of moving toward, arriving at, and then maintaining Optimal Health. I cannot play your position. I have to play mine.  But unlike just a coach, I am in the game too and I need you to be in the game with me. I want to be able to block for you, or hand you the ball, or just give you the encouragement that you can do this thing called getting healthy. So don't stay on the bench. Come out onto the field with me today. 

As millions get ready for the Super Bowl, be sure to have your game plan in place. If you need help with that call me!  You already are a winner. Play like the winner you are this weekend.

Thank you for letting me be your Coach. Franklin. 


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 ... just put, "I'm Ready!" in the subject line! Polly@HealthCoachResource.com