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Eat This Meal To Lose Weight

Eating breakfast jump starts your metabolism to help you lose weight and provide many other benefits.

“Break” the “Fast”

If I had to choose the single-most important thing I’ve learned in my journey to becoming healthier and fitter, I would have to say it’s the importance of eating breakfast. Yet, it seems to be the one meal most skipped by busy, on-the-go people who are trying to feel and look better. Continue reading

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What’s Your Plan?

A “Blueprint” For Success

Successful entrepreneurs and business owners understand the importance of a business plan. No matter what kind of business you own, it’s important to identify your customers and how you will market to them, establish your prices and policies, research the competition, list your expenses and income, and more. Putting it in writing makes it an official blueprint that can be followed or modified as needed. Continue reading

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Is Someone Sabotaging Your Success?

Knowing What To Do Is Half the Battle

You’ve been sticking to your diet and exercise plan and definitely seeing results. Then, just when you think you finally have it all figured out, your significant other brings home a box of doughnuts — cream-filled, chocolate glazed … all your favorites — and leaves them right on the counter where you can’t possibly miss them.  What’s a well-intentioned wellness warrior like you to do?

1. Reach in the box and pick the one that’s calling your name the loudest. This isn’t a bad option. In fact, it’s important to let yourself indulge in a treat from time to time, even picking one day each week to eat whatever you want (within reason, of course) — as long as you know you can get right back on track. Can you?

2. Go with a healthier alternative. Sure that doughnut looks good, and it will probably taste even better … in the short run. Before you put the first one in your mouth, however, see if something else might be just as appealing and more helpful in reaching your health and fitness goals — maybe a delicious fresh-fruit smoothie, or how about a scoop of ricotta cheese with some nuts and berries?

3. Say no to your saboteur. Remind the person who left them staring you straight in the face what you’re trying to accomplish — and how a dozen tempting doughnuts is not the best motivator or way to achieve it. Just don’t automatically expect the person to see things from your perspective. They may have their own food demons and issues, or maybe they just don’t want to see you succeed for any number of reasons. Are you that person? Or, do you know someone who is?

What exactly is a “saboteur”?

Webster’s defines a “saboteur” as someone who commits a “treacherous action to defeat or hinder in an endeavor.” Wow! Sounds a bit harsh — and yet it can feel that way when someone tries to derail our success, especially when that person is someone we love and trust.

Of course, saboteurs come in all shapes and sizes. It could be your mother who urges you to have just one more helping of her special recipe cheesy mashed potatoes, or it might be your friends who always point out how “boring” you are for being so healthy, or maybe it’s your own gremlin, tempting you with decadent delights today that will make you wish you hadn’t indulged tomorrow.

Office environments can be the most treacherous. It seems like there’s always a celebration — and another reason to bring in more food. I’ve worked in lots of offices and have seen birthdays, promotions, retirements and every holiday under the sun celebrated with cakes, pies, chips and dips, bagels and cream cheese, and assorted other goodies. I’ve also seen many of my co-workers steadily get bigger and bigger as a result, battling conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure in the process. 

Method to Their Madness

Most of the times, our saboteurs don’t really mean to hurt us. In fact, there could be any number of reasons they do what they do.

Misery loves company. If I can’t be healthy and make good food choices, you’re not going to either. It’s as simple as that.

Food = love. For many people, eating is a way to express and deal with their emotions.  After all, the kitchen isn’t referred to as “the heart of the home” for nothing, and there’s a reason why so many couples pack on the pounds in their early days of wedded bliss.

Denial can be the ultimate dessert. If I’m able to lure you to the dark side, I won’t be forced to look at my own demons.

Whatever the reason, it’s important that you remain in control of your plan for success. You’ve worked hard and, while a doughnut or other treat every now and then is not necessarily a bad thing, it should be on your terms and not because someone else is trying to pressure or tempt you into it.

Don’t let saboteurs stand in your way of success.

There IS Another Way

Here are some helpful tips for dealing with saboteurs — including the ones in your own head:

1. Inform them. Let them know that, while you appreciate their generosity and gestures, they are making it extremely difficult for you to reach your health and wellness goals. If you are angry with the person for trying to sidetrack you, hold off saying anything until you have worked through your anger and can talk to them in a calm, neutral tone.

2. Make a request. It’s okay to let someone know what you need; just try to be as clear as possible. For example, you could say, “I don’t mind if you want a doughnut, but I’m going to respectfully request that you don’t bring them into the house, or at least leave them in plain sight, for now.”

3. Insist. Sometimes you have to really take a stand when something is important enough. If someone is always nudging you to fall off the wagon, look them in the eye and say, “I insist you stop, or I won’t be able to spend as much time with you.” If they really have your best interests at heart, they will understand.

4. Leave. You might have no other choice but to walk away from a situation in which you feel like your health and wellness goals are truly in jeopardy. After all, no one but you knows just how hard you are working to change — and the lengths to which you are willing to go to do it.

While I have focused on food and unhealthy eating here, the same thing goes for smoking, drinking too much coffee and any other habit that doesn’t best serve you. There will always be a saboteur looking to trip you up … if you’re willing to let them.

What about you? Do you have a saboteur in your life? What do they try to stop you from doing? How have you found is the best way to stop them in their tracks?

Leave your comment here and also visit www.coach2wellness.com to learn how my coaching programs can help you deal with the saboteurs taking aim at your success.

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5 Ways Your Health May Be Hurting Your Business

When I started my coaching business, I knew I wanted to work with entrepreneurial professionals and business owners. Having walked in your shoes, I understand your unique challenges and responsibilities. I know that you are smart, ambitious, creative and dynamic at doing what you do best. I also know how important good health is to your bottom line and future success. Don’t believe it? Consider the following: Continue reading

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Where Are You Out of Balance?

Try This Simple Yet Powerful Exercise

This is a simple yet powerful exercise to see where your life may be out of balance — and also how you can begin to change it.

Take a piece of paper and draw a big circle. Divide that circle into eight equal sections so it looks like pieces of a pie. Next, label each piece of the pie with one of the following areas:

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Divert A Deadly Diagnosis

What You Know Can Save Your Life

I remember the day as if it was yesterday. I was heading out of the office to interview a local builder for my weekly real estate column in the Sun Sentinel. A couple of weeks earlier I had visited a dermatologist who wanted to biopsy a spot on my forehead. Since it was in such a visible place, he referred me to a plastic surgeon to take the actual sample. I really didn’t give it too much thought after that … until I received the call that forever changed my life. Continue reading


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