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How do you eat an elephant?

This is a whimsical yet practical strategy when taking on a new project that may seem over-whelming. The most difficult step is often the first one, making that decision to commit yourself to the change needed to succeed. When you consider that it really is only one step,one bite at a time, you make it more manageable. “That was easy!” “How hard is one step, really?” I’m not saying that sticking with it isn’t challenging, but the fun is when you look behind you to see the accumulation of steps you’ve made..Wow! The progress is measurable! That’s why I recommend to my clients the importance of taking “before” pictures. Yes, they sometimes can be painful. (maybe that’s the extra push you needed to take that first step.) The real benefit comes a few bites in when you can measure your progress. How will you feel when you can SEE the difference you’ve made already? And look, the project is soon smaller and smaller! By realizing that taking that first bite puts you on your way to your goal, you give yourself power and motivation. You can do this! ONE more pound lost….ONE more minute on the treadmill…..ONE less medication on the shelf……pretty soon you are completing the task and who knows what’s next? Your old high school weight, a 5k, and optimal health!! Whoo Hoo!! Now, get up and take that picture. Believe me…that step is a big one.

I thought maybe you’d like one for Meatless Mondays. Take your time enjoying this one. It’s VERY filling! One bite at a time:D
El Dente Macaroni and Cheese (Faux)
4 1/2 cups Cauliflower, broken down to pinkie size chunks
2 cups Egg Beaters
8oz. Reduced-fat Mexican Cheese,shredded

1) Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 13×9 baking pan with non-stick spray.
2) Combine ingredients and stir until well blended
3) Pour into prepared pan and press cauliflower until submerged into liquid so that it softens while cooking.
4) Cover with foil and bake for 60 minutes. It may be a bit gooey when done.
3 servings of 1 lean and 3 greens per serving.

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Everyone seems to be on the same page…Reflect on the past and make plans for the future, and why not? Any successful person will tell you that’s the best way to keep moving ahead. I can’t think of a single person who enjoys stagnation, to just stay where they are, keep the status quo. No, we are a group of strivers! Reaching for grander goals, striving for improvement in the present, growing toward a better life. For many that means improving their present situation on the outside…..where you live or what you do. The more intuitive of us will take a closer look at the inside. After all, isn’t that where it all starts? Reflecting on ourselves and what changes we can make to be the best that we can be. I suggest that you start with your health. Our health dictates so much about our attitudes and hope for the future ahead. It affects how we feel getting started in the morning, the energy and expectations for the day, and satisfaction when we retire for the night.
I think that’s why so many folks’ number one new years resolution is to lose weight and get in shape!! It’s the most dramatic change that you make in your life that will improve your plans for moving ahead. That motivation puts YOU in charge! That motivation affects more elements in your day than just your weight!
Well? What are you waiting for? Let’s get moving!!
Picking up the 5/1 plan is the easy part. We all know that it works. The challenge is making the necessary changes in your daily habits to make it a lasting improvement. Swinging back and forth only lands you in the same spot you started. Take Shape For Life knows this fact and arms us with loads of support tools to use as we learn.
If you need help with your resolution to finally get to your goal weight or you reached that goal and are looking forward to the next step, let’s connect! It’s exciting to watch friends make amazing transformations. Why not you or someone you love?
When we visit, we’ll come up with a Structural Tension Chart to work on for your success that will include:
1) Clear vision/goals
2) Focused plan
3) Execution of that plan

We can also discuss the TSFL tools available and what will work best for you:
1) Habits of Health System: book, DVD, Companion Guide
2) Support Calls
3) MyTSFL: On line support synced with an app for your smart phone
4) Client Support Facebook page
5) Habits of Health Support Nights
6) Family, peers, friends, weight loss buddy
6) Your Health Coach!!!!!

And finally, what is my New Year’s Resolution? To be more conscientious of the people around me and sensitive to their needs. To be the best Health Coach that I can be! Next week, I’ll get back to my weekly recipes and thoughts on our journey called “LIFE”.

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