Archive for January, 2018

Three C’s to accomplish any goal: from sweet tooth to weight loss

I believe in the art of simplicity: nothing in life should be overly complicated. After all, we all know that life is short, and there is nothing worth stressing over if we don’t NEED to spend the energy to do so.

When I was creating my weight release program, Reset and Release, my goal was to make it super simple to understand and follow. I wanted to the program to help people lose weight sustainably, without drama.

So I came up with the three C’s to accomplish anybody’s weight release goal. If you follow and use these three C’s, there is no way that you can’t win.

Here they are:

  1. Clarity

  2. Commitment

  3. Community

Clarity is the What, Why and How.

  • What is your goal?
  • Why do you want it?
  • And how will you achieve it?

This first C is crucial to get motivated and take action. But when you are crystal clear answering these three questions, you will be energized and ready to begin.

Commitment is the glue that solidifies Clarity. Without commitment, you may start, but not finish. Without commitment, your goal is just a dream with a laid out plan that is not activated. No goal gets accomplished this way.

Community makes the commitment more consistent (hey, another C!). Community creates accountability which fuels big and small successes. It is also there to catch you if you fall. It is there for encouragement. It is there to remind you of your Clarity.

The last two weeks, my colleague Annabel and I have been honored to create a community around our Sweet Charity Sugar Challenge. Several people have committed themselves to a no-sugar challenge while supporting a good cause (The Hunger Project).

We are seeing these three C’s in action during this year’s Sweet Charity Challenge and are thrilled that we are over half way toward our goal of raising $5,000 for the Hunger Project!

Whether you have a goal to achieve, want to kick the sugar habit, want to lose some pounds, or want to test out the three C’s through the Sweet Charity Challenge, I invite you to join us!

 

 

The Challenge only runs through February 11 with free coaching support from us!

 

5 ways to combat sweet cravings: taming the sweet tooth monster

I am the first to admit that I love sweet things.

And I used to consume a lot of it.

My perfect afternoon would look like hanging out at a coffee shop that offers delicious pastries, warm drinks, and big sunny windows.

I used to seek this sort of place out for comfort, and what I thought was joy.

And that’s okay when it happens occasionally.

It’s even okay if it happens daily, as long as you are happy with the results it provides.

But I was not happy with the frequency or the repercussions of what consuming a lot of sweet things in my life. Fatigue, hair loss, hormonal fluctuations, weight gain, acne and other bodily signs were starting to creep in… especially as I started to get older.

I knew the culprit for me was my sweet tooth. Despite lots of discomfort and rebellious chatter in my brain, I slowly began to change my habits to find balance in my brain and body.

It was not easy at first. All change is hard, right?

But slowly and surely with commitment and accountability, I found ways to combat my sweet tooth monster.

Here are some things that work for me. With much less sugar in my diet, I can say with certainty that the aforementioned symptoms have either diminished or decreased substantially.

If you are struggling with similar sweet tooth monster challenges, give these 5 things a try:

  1. Acknowledge that you like sweets, and that there is nothing wrong with you.
  2. Decide why you would like to decrease or eliminate sugar from your normal routine.
  3. Start small by swapping processed sugar with natural sugar.
  4. Eat whole foods with lots of vegetables and fiber and fats that will satisfy you during the meal so that you won’t be looking for something sweet afterwards.
  5. Find other “sweet” things in your life that are not food. A lot of times, that is why you are reaching out for sweet foods when in reality, you are seeking sweet experiences (like connection, touch, warm drinks, good movie, etc).

If you want to eliminate sugar or decrease it way down and would like some support, my friend Annabel and I are offering free coaching and community over at The Sweet Charity Challenge until February 11, 2018.

All you have to do is donate a little something toward The Hunger Project (our annual charity of choice), and you will receive our exclusive No Sugar Challenge guidelines with tips, tools and recipes. Plus you will be invited to join our free coaching group.

Come join us!

 

“Say no to sugar, you are sweet enough already.”

 

The Sweet Charity Challenge: Go Sugar Free and Help Feed the Hungry

Last year my dear colleague, Annabel Boys, and I hosted a no-sugar challenge we names The Sweet Charity Challenge.

We had a lofty goal to raise enough money to help United World Schools build a new school, and we almost made it! We raised almost $10,000 and sent hundreds of children to school for a year.

What’s more, loads of people who participated in the no sugar challenge benefited from not having all that white stuff in their system. They felt better, lost weight, and felt great over all. It was a win-win!

We are hosting The Sweet Charity Challenge again this year, from January 15 to February 11 (4 weeks total).

This time, we are raising funds for The Hunger Project.

 

 

Annabel and I met with the Hunger Project in person this past Spring in London. We were inspired by their mission, and their vision of creating “a world where every woman, man and child leads a healthy, fulfilling life of self-reliance and dignity.”

If you are interested in investing in your health while giving to a charity such as this one, we will help coach and support you throughout the no-sugar challenge.

It’s easy. Just donate however much you can on this JustGiving site, and you will be invited to join our no-sugar challenge community.

 

As coaches, we are trained to help guide and direct you and keep you accountable for your commitment. It’s not very often that we offer our skills for free. This is your chance to cut out that white stuff and regain a healthier diet.

We hope to raise at least $5,000 for The Hunger Project in 4 weeks!

Won’t you join us?

 

The Importance of Intention: Looking Ahead in the New Year

Happy 2018!

 

I am writing this from snowy South Carolina.

 

We come here each winter to escape Ohio’s winter. And most years, we do so successfully. Not this one!

 

But that’s okay. I have more time to reflect and catch up on my 2018 planning, including writing this blog post.

 

A few years ago on New Year’s day, I started picking one word to focus on for the rest of the year. I liked the sense of focus and purpose. I liked that the one word can give me an intention for the rest of the year.

 

This year, the word for 2018 is GROW.

 

 

I grew a lot in 2017, and in previous years as well. But in 2018, I aim to grow intentionally. I want to do things that truly help me move forward in life, personally and professionally.

 

To grow means to allow for change.

To grow means I need to do things that won’t feel comfortable.

To grow will require me to learn new skills and adapt.

To grow means I will be the best I can be while helping others do the same.

 

And THAT (the last one) is SO exciting to me!

 

Without growing, there is no growth!  And I believe that growth is what we were put on this earth to do.

 

Do you want to pick a word for your 2018 to help you set the right intention for the year ahead?

 

Here’s what I recommend you do:

1.Brainstorm by writing down several words that resonate with you and your current life.

2.Narrow down to 3-4 words

3.Say each word out loud and let it sink in… emotionally and physically, how does each word make you feel?

4.The one that suits you best for this year will feel exciting, a little challenging, but completely rejuvenating.

5.Once you pick your word, don’t go back. Embrace it and its meaning. This is your word for the year, and let it guide you to your full potential!

 

Have fun, and enjoy living intentionally!

 

In health,