Happy Tuesday! Close your eyes and think about standing at the bottom of a staircase. If you were to look all the way up to the top step, it would be obvious that you couldn’t just jump from the bottom step and automatically get to the top step, right? It takes the action of moving from the bottom step to the top one by taking one step at a time. Visualizing the staircase will help you realize that it works in that same way for everything!

 

Now open your eyes and think about the last time that you expected a healthy change to take place instantly! Were you impatient? Did you really expect to reach your goal without doing the work in small steps? Why did you put so much pressure on yourself to succeed instantly?

 

In our world today, we expect things to be instant and effortless, but no one can really ever promise us that. We often buy into instant  gratification, especially with our health goals. You may ask yourself why it takes so long to lose weight or why it is hard to exercise for more than a few days without wanting to quit. Knowing that small steps lead to big changes can help you to reframe your thoughts so that you can realistically achieve your goals. Keeping this in mind and picturing that staircase that I mentioned earlier will encourage you to be patient, realistic, and hopeful while setting and meeting your health goals or any other goals for that matter. You have the power to choose how you think about taking small steps! It’s up to you! Which path would serve you best? Try some small steps and let me know who that feels and what happens!

 

You’ve got this!

Georgette

Happy Tuesday! One thing that we all have in common is that we all have a birthday! There is one day a year when you are celebrated for being born and for being here on this planet. In fact, today is my birthday! I feel fortunate to be healthy and to be having another birthday, for sure. To me, a birthday is a happy occasion and is a day when you can feel special. As you get older, each birthday is more precious. I myself have an abundance of gratitude for being here today!

 

How do you celebrate your birthday? Do you get calls and cards from friends and family? Do you get some gifts? Do you eat something special on your birthday: your favorite meal, treat or cake? What do you do?

 

If you’re making progress on your weight loss journey, sometimes birthdays can be tricky. For example, how do you handle eating off your healthy food plan? Do you stick to your plan or make some exceptions? Do you eat a sweet treat or swap it for some fruit? Do you go out to eat a birthday dinner or do you cook a healthy meal at home? Do you celebrate for one day or the whole week? Good news…there is no “wrong” answer. You have the power to choose what works for you! That’s the beauty of living a healthy lifestyle; it is tailored to YOU! You have all the choice in your decisions! Now that is sure refreshing to know!

 

So, as you celebrate your birthday this year, how do you want it to be? How are you going to celebrate? It’s completely up to you! Happy birthday to you this year! Enjoy your special day!

 

You’ve got this!

Georgette

 

(PS… The yummy chocolate cake in the picture above is my favorite birthday treat from my mom! It’s one of the only times of the year that I enjoy every bite of this incredible treat (if I’m back home celebrating with my parents)! I plan for it, enjoy it, and move on! )

Happy Tuesday! Thanks for reading my blog today! I appreciate you spending a few minutes of your time here. I’m asking a very big question today: “WHAT IF?” As humans, we tend to give up right before something big is about to happen. Have you ever noticed this? Have you ever done this? I know I have! Are we impatient, scared or unmotivated? Are we all of the above? Why?

A perfect example of this is one of my clients who was struggling with the number on the scale not budging after so much hard work. She was sure that the number did not match her perceived weight loss. She wanted to quit trying to lose weight all together and was very discouraged. In her mind, her effort did not reflect the current result. Why should she keep working so hard if she wasn’t losing weight? Fair question!

I asked her to think about “what if” she was so close to her body releasing weight but she quit before seeing results. What if she would miss out on success due to being impatient and discouraged? Was it worth stopping? Once we spent time talking further, she decided that it was worth some patience and belief in herself and she decided to keep working at it. The very next week, she dropped a handful of pounds and was thrilled! What if she had quit? She would have missed out!

“What if” can be applied to our health and life in so many ways! Does it make you curious about staying motivated and determined to patiently wait for hard work to pay off? What is your most recent “What if” moment? Did you give up early or did you stick it out to see results? I invite you to notice this mindset this week and try to talk yourself into staying the course with a goal a little longer. Chances are you’ll be pleasantly surprised!

Please refer this blog to a friend so that more people can join us in these weekly habit change ideas!

You’ve got this!

Georgette

Happy Tuesday! Happy Birthday to my blog! One year ago, I posted my first blog! I can’t believe that I have since written 52 blogs consistently every Tuesday! I am so proud of that accomplishment and appreciate the positive feedback that I have gotten about my content and style of writing! I promise to keep sharing valuable content that will help you move to a healthier lifestyle! So, today I am resharing my very first post in celebration! Cheers!

 

 

Welcome to my blog!  I call it “Turn the Page to a Better You.” Thanks for your interest in checking out who I am and what I offer as a pathway to a less stressed, healthier, and more joyful lifestyle. While the focus is on weight loss and healthy lifestyle (inside and out), you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the amazing transformations that happen in all areas of your life, as a result. As Brandon Nankivell said,”How you do one thing, is how you do everything.” Everyone in your life will benefit from your improved self care!

As we journey together, I will ask you questions that will have you asking yourself, “WHY?” so that you can start to think about ways to improve your overall health. Who doesn’t want to feel calmer and more in control of how you think? I’ll offer sayings, quotes, relevant health tips, topics that will make you stop and think, and so much more! I can’t wait to get to know each other and to help you grow into a healthier version of yourself! I want to write about what interests you and what you care about!

I’m so excited to grow my business by serving others and by making this world a little brighter… one habit change at a time!

You’ve got this! 

Georgette

CONTACT ME @ glepage7@me.com to set up a free 30-minute discovery call to see if we are the right fit to work together! You are worth it!

 

 

Happy Tuesday! Summer is a yummy time to try more seasonal fruits and vegetables and to mix up your meals! Use some fun summer-themed plates and napkins to get into the summer vibe with your food! Here are 5 tips to shed a few pounds during the summer by making a few small adjustments!

 

#1:  Swap cookies and cake for fresh fruit such as sliced watermelon, a bowl of strawberries or a dish of melon. Buy and try seasonal fruits and enjoy their flavors and natural sugars.

 

#2:  Swap soda for ice cold water with slices of lemons, limes or oranges floating on top. Not only will you avoid empty calories, but you’ll also quench your thirst and will stay hydrated.

 

#3: Swap heavier dishes for a big, colorful salad topped with healthy protein such as chicken, black beans or chickpeas. You’ll be able to enjoy a huge portion that leaves you feeling light and not bloated.

 

#4: Swap chips and crackers for crisp, cut veggies! You can eat as many as you’d like and they are so good for your body! Eat the rainbow by having a variety of colors in your veggies! Eat them before you eat the rest of your meal and your tummy will thank you!

 

#5: Swap getting take out for grilling out in your own backyard! This will save you time, money, and unwanted calories plus it allows you to get outdoors. Why not even eat on the deck, porch or patio afterwards?

 

So, rewrite your grocery list for the week by adding some summer swaps into your meals! You’ll feel better and drop a few pounds along the way! Bon Appétit!

 

You’ve got this!

Georgette

 

 

Happy Tuesday! One of the easiest ways to be healthy and accelerate your weight loss is to drink lots of water! This sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? Honestly, once you realize how beneficial water is to your mind and body, you’ll want to increase your daily amount. Here are some health benefits of water and suggestions for how much you should drink to get healthy results.

 

Water…

  • normalizes blood pressure
  • assists with digestion
  • filters out bacteria from your bladder
  • cushions your joints
  • sends oxygen to your cells
  • hydrates your skin
  • regulate your body temperature
  • prevents and treats headaches
  • stabilizes your heartbeat
  • keeps you regular
  • helps with physical endurance
  • affects your energy level and brain function

 

Some signs that you need more water are…

  • your urine is bright yellow
  • you aren’t urinating very frequently
  • when you pinch the top of your hand, your skin stays lifted
  • your mouth and throat are dry
  • your legs feel tight and puffy

 

It is recommended to drink half your weight in ounces of water. For example, someone weighing 150 pounds should drink 75 ounces of water per day! You’ll feel so good on the inside and out when you figure out how much water your body needs, so look for the signs of dehydration. How much water do you drink? How do you want to improve your hydration levels! Cheers to the benefits of water!

You’ve got this!

Georgette

 

 

Happy Tuesday! Do you think that you are labeled a certain way by others? Do you think that you label yourself in a certain way? Let’s unpack that! Our identity often stays the same by how we label ourselves and how we let others label us. It is a habit to keep doing what we’ve always done and to keep letting other people define us how they always have. We get used to having certain identities and we limit ourselves by often staying stuck in those labels. Labels have existed since we were born. We often just accept them. Labels come in all shapes and sizes: “I am a rule follower”, “I am helpful”, “I am a giver”, “I am not good enough”, “I am fat”, and “I am not deserving”, to give a few common examples. So, why do we stay comfortable and accept them as our true blueprint? People with a growth mindset will peel off their labels and will try to be something else. Those with a closed mindset prefer to be comfortable and to stay stuck, even in the discontent of life.

 

For example, I have a client who labels herself as a lifetime dieter. She has dieted all her life and has failed all along the way. She tells herself that she is never going to lose weight because she has never been able to before. She has limited herself to never being able to be thinner and she is still stuck in this mindset after so many years. Once she finally decides to change her story and to change her label to reflect her healthy goals, she will lose weight. Right now, she is standing in her own way. She is limiting herself. The question for her is “Is your motivating factor, your “why”, stronger than how you currently see yourself?” It has to be stronger in order for you to make change.

 

On the flip side, let’s say that you’ve always eaten healthy, whole food and your friends know it, in fact, they expect it. You are labeled as “the healthy one” in your group. This label might put you on a proud pedestal when it comes to leading a healthy lifestyle, almost like a badge of honor.  On the other hand, it may set you up for never feeling like you could eat “imperfectly”, which wells up perfectionism. This sets you up for not taking risks, not wanting to be human, and not likely to try something new. 

 

Ask yourself 2 questions: Who are you? What are you? Take a while to think deeply about this and then list the labels that others have placed on you and those that you have placed on yourself! Which ones are you okay with? Which ones are you ready to shed? It will take a while for people to get used to your label dropping, so expect a little push back. Just remember, that you get to decide who you are and what you are! People treat you how you let them, so stand up for who you are and maybe you’ll want to drop a few old labels that no longer serve you! YOU BE YOU!

 

You’ve got this!

Georgette

 

Happy Tuesday! I am fascinated by what words really mean and how there are often hidden clues within a word that help us to move forward on our health journey. Here are a few of my favorite words that start with the prefix RE, which means AGAIN. 

 

Replay: Think about what worked for you in the past with your weight loss and let that image show up in your mind over and over again to remind you about how you found success before so you can do it again!

 

Recalculate: Examine what you’re doing for yourself and see where you need to spend more time on that effort. You may need to shift your focus.

 

Reframe: Flip negative thoughts that discourage you into positive, uplifting ones.

 

Restart: Go back to your plan and try it again from the beginning! Each day offers a fresh start toward your goals.

 

Reset: Stop where you are right now and prioritize what you want and how you are going to get it step by step. Take one small step at a time, but just do something!

 

Repeat: Do something new over and over again to make it a habit.

 

Resume: Pick up where you left off when you make a mistake! Slips happen! Hop back on track and avoid falling off your plan all together. 

 

Redo: Do whatever worked for you in the past to reach a health goal! 

 

Relax: Loosen up and take a break for your mind and body!

 

Recharge: Give your energy a boost by exercising!

 

Remember: Keep telling yourself that you are worth the effort to take care of yourself on the inside and out!

 

Leave me a comment below about your favorite “RE word” and why it comes to mind for you!

 

You’ve got this!

Georgette

 

5 Easy Ways To Change Your Mindset Around Weight Loss

 

Most of us bring a lot of baggage with us to our weight loss experience. We tend to dwell on how we used to look and feel years ago, how many different diets we have tried and failed at, what we used to wear, what we used to look like in pictures, and why we can’t lose weight once and for all. Sound familiar? The fact that 95% of diets fail people is telling in itself. So let’s unpack a few things: first, diets do work when we do them and when we keep doing them. Whether that means eating differently and/or implementing consistent exercise or movement, people do lose weight when healthier food is eaten in reasonable amounts and when people add movement to their daily routine.

 

The issue for most of us is continuing with these healthier habits for a long time. It can feel so good to start dropping weight after eating differently, so why don’t most people adopt it as a lifestyle instead of a diet that usually only lasts for a short time?

 

What is really happening?

 

In our culture, people want everything to happen fast without a ton of effort. Instant gratification has become an expectation for most people. Why? Well, we like to see fast results without too much effort. So, when we see quick results, we are confused why they are not usually long lasting. For us humans, it is easy to quit or give up. It’s harder to stick it out and to put in the hard work. For example, my friends and family know that I rarely eat birthday dessert at a gathering. It’s ironic that I’m always the official ice cream scooper even though I seldom eat any of it. In fact, we all find it funny and I enjoy playing along with my special job. Many years ago, I knew that desserts did not serve me as healthy fuel and I usually felt awful after eating them. So, it became the norm for me to only eat sweets occasionally, regardless if everyone else was partaking around me. I chose for it to be something that I eliminated and it is a practice that still holds true today. Again, I do eat desserts from time to time, but it is not a habit to do so. It is automatic for me to say, “no thank you”. I’ve learned to do what works for my fuel needs and my body.

In addition, I have had to learn how to hold the critics at arm’s length and to not let their opinions bother me. It takes some courage, consistency, and lots of practice and is worth the effort in the end! I can truthfully say that people usually don’t even bother asking me if I want dessert any more.

Message received! I’ve developed a thicker skin for saying “no thank you” and had to earn people’s respect for my choices. If I can do it, you can, too!

As you think more intentionally about your weight loss goals as summer approaches, here are 5 ways to change your mindset around weight loss!

1. Write down your goal

When we physically write down our goals, they are more ingrained in our brains. It’s almost as if we are writing a declaration and an agreement with the intention to follow through. Honor your goals by writing them down to see them as a reminder of your commitment to a healthier you. Use paper and pen or an electronic tool; do what works best for you!

2. Find your why

In order to know what results you want to achieve, you need to find your why. The purpose for this goal has to be clear and important enough to you to work toward. The reasons people want to lose weight are as varied as the different kinds of people there are in the world. Choose your why so that you find a grounded purpose and motivation. “Just because” will fizzle out much faster than wanting to lose 25 pounds and to get off your diabetic medication, for example.

3. Create your future self profile

What does your future self look and feel like on the inside and out? This step cannot be missed as you embark on shedding pounds. Close your eyes and give this some serious thought and attention. Write down a profile of how you want to look and feel. Be specific. You may even want to draw or find a picture of what that might look like to give you a focal point. It’s often common for people to hang a picture of their future self in their closet as inspiration.

 

4. Make a specific plan

If this is where you have stumbled in the past trying to do it on your own, hire a coach! You are worth the investment! This is what I do to guide my clients, to hold them accountable, and to cheer them on all the way through the journey. Be specific about how you are going to do this. Learn about different eating plans and lifestyles and find the one that fits you and that gets you excited about doing the work. Keep good strategies that worked for you in the past (i.e. tracking your food) and adopt new ones that you want to implement. Be realistic: if you don’t like meat, for example, paleo or keto diets are not your best bet, so find something else. There are more ways to eat than you can even imagine, so do your homework and find what fits your needs. Better yet, work with a coach to do so.

Get a new blank calendar and schedule your exercise as you do for other important events and appointments and honor those commitments without fail. Writing things down is helpful. Whatever you decide, you will be more successful when you enjoy what you are doing so that it can be a long lasting habit instead of the next crash and burn weight loss episode in your life. Make this time a different experience! Better yet, make it the last “diet” you ever start. I call it a lifestyle to better reflect how I want to live my life for a long time instead of the next fad.

 

5. Take one step at a time

You’ve heard me say this before: Put one foot in front of the other by taking one small step at a time!

Pick ONE action step and take action to start NOW. Nothing worth doing is ever rushed; one step at a time is how goals get achieved. Here’s a helpful visual: imagine that you are standing at the bottom of a very large staircase. Look up to the top step! We never just leap up to the top in one fell swoop, do we? Not at all! We climb the staircase one small step at a time until we reach the top. Be patient, kind, and compassionate to yourself knowing that you need to take one small step at a time. You’ll get to the top in due time and when you’re there, I hope you’re inspired to stay there after all of your hard work! I promise you that it is worth the climb! It has been for me!

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Written by: Georgette LePage, Executive Contributor

Executive Contributors at Brainz Magazine are handpicked and invited to contribute because of their knowledge and valuable insight within their area of expertise.

 

 

Happy Tuesday! Recently, I was talking to a friend about how her Easter weekend went and she was so happy that she had not done much of the usual cooking and baking but instead played with her grandkids and did some simpler, more relaxing activities. She even served a less complicated, non-traditional meal. She was clearly relieved not to have gotten caught up in all of the holiday hype that usually takes over and stresses us out. We talked about how we all can easily create our own holiday drama and stress by trying to live up to idyllic expectations that we have seen in the media or in our past. 

 

What is it in our brains that sets us up for major anxiety around holiday traditions? Why do most of us put so much pressure on ourselves to do everything the way we remember it being done in the past or the way we think we have to do it? Can you relate? Do you put this unnecessary pressure on yourself? Do you ever want to do something different?

 

It’s so healthy for our minds and bodies if we examine some questionable food traditions, for example, so that we can have more simplicity and healthiness in our life. For instance, do you ever stop and think about the concept of a birthday cake? This one is huge for me personally, as I’ve never loved cake (except for my mom’s homemade chocolate cake), yet I’ve had one on most of my birthdays. Why do I eat it if I don’t really want it? Is it for everyone else? Is it something I have to do? Could I have a birthday fruit bowl instead? That way, I’d be eating something more aligned with my eating habits and I could participate in the birthday celebration ritual in a way that better serves me. Am I brave enough to start this new tradition even if others think I’m crazy? Why not?

 

In addition to healthier eating habits with traditions, let’s talk about the stress that you put on yourself to do the same thing the same way year after year. For most people, traditions cause us stress and overwhelm because we place a ton of pressure on ourselves to be perfect and to celebrate in a picture perfect way. Just look at people’s social media posts and you’ll see endless examples of perfect pictures showing people doing all the things with traditions: birthdays, weddings, graduations, holidays, etc. 

 

The list is endless of what traditions you “should” continue year after year with extra effort, even at the cost of your well-being. We eat the same foods, just because we always have. We wear the same type of clothes out of habit. We keep unwanted clutter to preserve memories. All of these limiting thoughts will keep you stuck and will be an obstacle to your weight loss and health. So, get curious about your traditions and habits, evaluate them as worthy or not, and make some adjustments. Whether it’s a favorite holiday treat or the same exercise routine that you’ve had forever, ask yourself if it is currently serving your efforts for better health. If it is not, try something different, be patient, and watch how you grow in a fresh new way! I challenge you to give it a try!

 

You’ve got this!

Georgette