Part 4: Getting Healthy – Can I Do This?

I-can-doBefore I decide to coach someone on getting healthy, I meet over coffee to discuss their readiness.  In that initial conversation, the question “Can I do this?” often comes up.  Usually it is based on trial and failure from the past.

The question is not a good question.  “Can I do this” immediately put’s doubt and negativity on the table.  “Can I do this” attaches a ball and chain to any positive effort you attempt.  In my meeting, the potential coachee has to get to a point of not asking “Can I do this?”  but saying “I can do this.”

It is not positive thinking.  It is not some incantation that holds a magic spell.  It is simply a decision that you make in your mind to follow through, with help, until a small goal is reached.  Results fuel belief which causes us to take more action and get more results.  

The Bible says to be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Every intentional action begins in the mind.  Every positive life-change that you control finds it’s starting line in the mind.

My little book, “Break Through Weight Loss” has so much more to say on this including never doing this journey alone and getting your mind right.  This is why I get people started with my 10 day jumpstart.  10 days is all it takes to see results.  Watch for more on that as well.

Next Post:  Now is the Time!

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Part 3 – How to Get Started in Losing Weight

Did you know

Our bodies are about 60 percent water.  Water regulates our body temperature, moves nutrients through our cells, keeps our mucous membranes moist and flushes waste from our bodies. Our lungs are 90 percent water, our brains are 70 percent water and our blood is more than 80 percent water.

We are ‘water bodies’ and as such we need lots of it to lose weight and maintain health.  

Many of you are asking “how do I get started in losing weight?”  This is it:


Think of it this way.  Let’s say you have a bowl that is caked with dirt.  You chip off the dirt and fill the bowl with water but not to overflowing.  If you let it sit, eventually the water is evaporated and the dirt is left there again.  To get rid of the dirt you have to overflow the bowl which will wash away the dirt.

Losing weight and water are like that.  If you do any exercise at all, even just taking a walk, your body chips away fat.  But if you don’t drink lots of water, the fat isn’t washed out of your system.  

bottle.001I don’t like the “taste” of water so I add a shot of lemon juice.  That rebalances the alkalinity and helps me lose the pounds.  Here’s my schedule of drinking 8-10 glasses per day: 

  • When I wake up and start to make my coffee I have a drink of water.  (total water count: 1)
  • By the time I get to work, I try to finish a 24oz sport bottle of water (total water count: 4)
  • By noon, I finish one more 24oz water bottle (total water count:  7)

By this time, my body is washing out the extra “dirt” in my system so I’m hitting the restroom pretty regularly!  But look!  By noon or so, I’m only 1 drink away from my minimum goal of 8 drinks.

  • Then by the time I get home from work, I’ll drink another 24ounces.  (total water count: 10)

It took 3 days to get use to this schedule but within those 3 days I’d lost 3 pounds.  Doesn’t sound like much but multiply that over a month and you can be on track to lose a solid 10-15 pounds.  Can you imagine?!

So for the next 10 days, follow the above plan and I guarantee that you’ll lose weight.  Before you do so, make sure you reread part 1+2.

The next blog answers the question “Can I do this?”

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Part 1: It’s in your mind

63385-If-Its-Still-In-Your-Mind-It-Is-Worth-Taking-The-RiskLast week, I was blown away with the questions I received about getting healthy.  The questions ranged from “How do I stop binge eating?” to “What does it take to get emotionally healthy?” to “Can I really do this?”  “For me, these were all questions that rattled around my head as well.

Since college, I’ve dropped pounds and gained pounds.  I’ve felt healthy emotionally/spiritually and felt lousy in the same.  I’ve bounced around from extreme to extreme, hoping that this time, it would stick.  Sound familiar?

Finally, I had a conversation with a health coach and it reminded me of a verse …

“Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”

Transformation.  In Greek, it is ‘metamorpho’ which is our word ‘metamorphosis’.  Yup, like the caterpillar that changes into a butterfly.

That is what I was looking for.  I didn’t want to TRY something else.  I didn’t want to simply HOPE that health was possible.  Over the next several months, with help, I focused more on that verse than on the actually action of that verse.  What I mean is that getting healthy first and foremost begins with your mind, not your body.  I had to get to a point where I was convinced that getting healthy was something over which I had control.  Internally and externally I had to hear myself say, “I’m going to do this!”  45 pounds later, I’m still hearing myself say, “I am doing this!”

Now, I’m able to help others do the same.

One person I began coaching was feeling so uncomfortable because of those extra pounds.  In our initial conversation, she wanted to try the 10 day jump start that I use to get people on their way.  I said no because I didn’t hear from her that she was going to do it – simply, try it.  The reasons she gave me didn’t center on her but on someone else.  She wanted to look great for her husband.  That’s a good and noble reason but it is not a starting point.  Eventually, she made the commitment for her in her own mind and so far has lost over 12 pounds.

The problem most people have in getting healthy in any area of their life is that they are doing it for someone else.  The spouse, the girlfriend or boyfriend, even other people they don’t know because they want to look attractive.  These are not the reasons that set you up for long-term success.

You have to get your mind right!  You have to come to a point when you know for sure you’re going to do it and it is only then that you’re at the starting line.  The correct ‘why’ has to come before the ‘what’ and the ‘how’.  Remember, be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

So here are a few questions to ask yourself if you’re want to get healthy.

  • Why do I want to get healthy?
  • Is it for me or someone else?
  • Am I convinced that now is the time?  Why?

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What Do You Want To Know About Weight Loss?

happy mug“Alright, you talked me into it!”

I’ve been getting tons of questions about how I lost 40 pound last year.   Example FAQ’s are…

How did you do it?
Was it hard?
How long did it take?
How do you stay on track with a busy schedule?

And the list goes on.  I love this because I am passionate about sharing what Kellie and I learned on our breakthrough weight loss journey.  I also love to see the positive results in people that I’ve coached over the months in doing the same!  Yesterday, one of my peeps said, “I’m down 12 pounds already and I feel great!”

So here is what I’m going to do about it for you.  I’m going to answer YOUR QUESTIONS on my blog over the next few weeks to help you get healthy for summer.

But I need your help!

I want to know what your key questions are about healthy weight loss.

Just click the button to fill out a simple, one question survey. 


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My Email Un-subscription Diet

“OK!  Here I go!  It’s a New Year and I’m going on a diet!”

I can hear this phrase singing in my head every year.  “Cut back!  Loose extra weight!  Get trim to do more!”  This year, I’m doing something different.  The “weight” I want to loose this year is hanging around my email box not my middle (albeit, there’s plenty around my midriff that needs to be shed as well). For me, I wake up to over 60 new emails per day.  Of those 60 messages, 5 are important, 15 are urgent but not important, and a full 40 are from email lists, promotions and newsletters that I end up deleting.  Here is a sample of my “extra weight” email subscriptions that daily ping the sanity out of my schedule:

amazon – mint – leadership network – Christianity today – worldwide brands – rick warren – create space – apple – Microsoft office live – 48days – regular investing – Angie’s list – Barnes and Noble – Borders – Writers Digest – Writers University – Writers Edge – Wine is it….. (I could go on, but I’ll spare you the extra weight).

Here are some questions to ask as you go on your “email un-subscription” diet:

1.  Have I read this subscription within the last 3 months? If not, UNSUBSCRIBE!

2.  If I’ve read any part of the subscription, has it added value to my life in a significant way? If not, UNSUBSCRIBE!

3.  If I’ve read the subscription, have I been able to use it to add value to others in my life? If not, UNSUBSCRIBE!