Happy Tuesday! Here we are the week before Christmas! If you’ve been working on a weight loss goal at this hectic time of the year, good for you! How’s that going? If you’re hanging on tight just hoping not to pack on extra pounds, that’s an admirable plan. So, how are you doing? If you’ve already thrown in the towel and said, “WHY BOTHER?”,  how do you really feel about that? How is that goal serving you?

The good news is that there is not one way to do anything, so there is no right or wrong answer to these questions. YOU get to decide your goals and how important getting results is to you. YOU get to put actions into place that you want to do! YOU get to place any level of priority on your health goals. YOU ARE IN CHARGE OF YOU! 

That being said, I always tell clients that if they are ready to make some changes, they will be more successful by doing ONE new change at a time. Overwhelm and defeat set in when a goal is too big and is expected to be reached too fast. Ironically, I usually share this food analogy with my clients to help them to take small steps one at a time: We don’t eat a whole pan of brownies in one big gulp; we take small bites, one at a time. Why would you try to do everything all at once? Habits take time to form and they take time to reframe. 

Patience is the gift I invite you to give to yourself this week as you try to make some healthy changes to lose weight or to be a little healthier on the inside and out or to just “survive” the holidays with minimal to no weight gain. None of us just stood up and started running when we were toddlers, did we? Absolutely not! We wobbled, we fell down, we cried, we got back up and tried again hundreds of times. One day, we finally walked! And look at how well you are doing that today! 

Changing your health, especially during the holidays, requires patience, kindness to yourself, determination, perseverance, and the reality of doing one thing at a time! As you walk through this week, be aware of that one new thing that you are doing and be proud of your choice to make a change! Let me know what your one step is and how it went for you this week! I’ll be cheering you every step of the way!

You’ve got this!

Georgette

 

 

 

  

Happy Tuesday! What happens when you slip up and make some mistakes with your weight loss goals? Do you get back up and move forward or do you slide down the waterfall of despair and plunge into further slips? Do you reset or restart your efforts? How do you feel after you slide backwards a bit? These are great questions to digest!

Restarting means going all the way back to the beginning and returning to step one. This action very often includes a bit of a binge on the way there. For example, if you had been avoiding sweets and had done well for a week and then you lost all control and over ate and then said forget it! Why because you think that you’ve blown the whole goal so you might as well overeat! It actually feels very defeating and worse when the eating frenzy is over than it did when you first slipped.

Resetting is when you make a mistake and press the pause button to think it over, own the misstep, and make a plan to move forward right away. For example, if you had been avoiding sweets and had done well for a week and then you lost all control and over ate, you would pause and look at the situation. Figure out why it happened and how you feel about it. You then would make the choice to forgive yourself, love yourself, and move forward with your goal. The key word is FORGIVE yourself! 

We all make mistakes and it’s okay. Shifting your mindset to accepting your mistakes and moving forward can make all the difference in the world to achieving your goal. If you’re a perfectionist, as I once WAS, you tend to look at situations with an “all or none” perspective. I’d like to offer the possibility of how it feels to reset your actions and to love yourself as you move forward with your goals to get the results that you want.

There is a quote by Max Lucado that says, “There is a reason the windshield is bigger than the rear view mirror. Your future matters more than your past.” How does that sit with you? Are you willing to try it the next time you slip up? Just look forward!

As the holiday temptations and stress come at you like a tidal wave, I encourage you to choose how you react to your mistakes. Will you restart or reset? How kind will you be to yourself? How will it feel when you decide your course of action? I can’t wait to find out what you decide…after all, you are empowered to make your own decisions! 

You’ve got this!

Georgette

(Not ready to try this on your own? Let me know and we’ll start to work together! I’d love to be your health & life coach! Contact me at glepage7@me.com)

   

Happy Tuesday! Ready or not, tomorrow is December 1st! The holidays are in full swing and how are you ready to be your best self? The condition of your environment plays a vital part in how you reach your goals, especially when it comes to your health. Clear the clutter is one of my favorite strategies to offer my clients as a first step toward a goal. It means simplifying your physical environment so that you can eliminate some stress and overwhelm which frees up energy for achieving your goals.

 

I suggest to my clients that they pick one spot in their home that overwhelms them on a regular basis as a starting point. A common area of the house is the kitchen, specifically the pantry. If your goal is to lose weight, it’s a good idea to get rid of foods that won’t serve you while you work hard to achieve this goal. It might be time to toss the junk food or to condense it to a much smaller space. You’ll feel relieved to throw away or give away unwanted items in order to set yourself up for success. It may mean adding new, more nutritious options to your pantry once items are neatly organized and easily accessible. We humans easily accumulate more than we need, which can feel overwhelming. It’s a good time to simplify your life by cleaning up your space.

 

Perhaps as you lose weight you  might have a love/hate relationship with your closet or your dresser. In that case, start with ONE spot and declutter it. It will actually inspire you to keep going once a space has been reorganized. Do you have a drawer in your house that you can hardly open? Is your car full of candy wrappers (although you can’t remember how they got there)? Look around your home and zero in on ONE space as a start. I promise that you will feel so good and light when you finish. In my closet, I have “the one in one out rule” to keep my space more organized. If I buy something new, something has to come out to be donated. Speaking of which, it’s always recommended to donate your unwanted items that are still in very good condition to those who are in need. That’s the easy part.

 

Does this sound like a fun way to set yourself up for less stress as you work on your health goals? Are you interested in starting with just one spot? Are you motivated to simplify your surroundings? I challenge you this week to get started! Let me know what you did and how that space feels now! You’ll be so happy with more brainpower left for more important things like improving your health! As I’ve said before, small steps lead to big changes! This is a fun way to give it a try! Careful–it can be contagious!

 

You’ve got this!

Georgette

                                                                   

 

HAPPY FRIDAY! I wanted to share my latest article published in Brainz Magazine! It is very timely now that the holiday season is officially here and you may want a little guidance on how to navigate through all of the temptations. Better yet, I talk about how to lose weight during the holidays, which sounds CRAZY and IMPOSSIBLE! Just read the article and have an open mind about another option this holiday season! Let me know what you think!

https://www.brainzmagazine.com/post/healthy-holidays-feel-better-and-more-joyful-by-losing-weight-before-the-new-year

You’ve got this!

Georgette

 

NOTE: I only have a few spots left for 1:1 coaching in December, so contact me today to have your complimentary discovery session to see how we can get started!     glepage7@me.com

Happy Tuesday! Happy Thanksgiving in a few days! The holidays are under way for sure! Given what the world has been through over the last 19 months, there is still so much out of balance and so many feelings of uncertainty and confusion. It feels like we should be able to ask “Are we there yet?” and get the response, “YES!” Unfortunately, we’re all still navigating through so many challenges in addition to managing daily life. Overwhelm has become an everyday feeling for so many of us. Does this resonate with you? Are you still treading water? How does that feel? Would you like to trade that feeling for a more uplifting one?

 

Once again, this is where choice comes into play. We can allow ourselves to feel all doom and gloom and helpless or we can look at our lives through the lens of gratitude. Which one sounds more productive? I’m not at all suggesting that we ignore real life and it’s struggles, don’t get me wrong. What I am offering is a double dose of gratitude each day we wake up and live another day. What would happen if one of our first thoughts of the day would be gratitude for all that we have and for all that we don’t have? How would you feel to set your intention each morning by being thankful for the people in your circle? How would you feel if you looked in the mirror and smiled back at yourself being thankful for your life? 

 

This week, I’d like to offer you the possibility of stepping back from the noise and chatter, taking a pause, and thinking about the ways that you are grateful for so many things, and then…saying them out loud! Go ahead and say it! I promise that it will feel so much better than keeping them silent! Careful…it is contagious and will feel so refreshing!

 

Need more guidance on your journey of better health (on the inside and out)? Contact me to set up a complimentary discovery call to see what I offer! You can’t go wrong!

 

You’ve got this!

Georgette

glepage7@me.com

Georgette LePage Health & Life Coaching

Happy Tuesday! So often we forget that life is 50/50: half positive and half negative. The good, the bad, and the ugly make up our life. The refreshing idea that I want to offer is that although you don’t choose what happens to you, you DO choose how you react to it! That is a powerful mind shift. It puts the ownership onto you. No more excuses, no more hiding or dodging how you show up to manage the circumstances of life.

 

One step at a time, you are empowered to choose the direction when faced with a situation. Have you ever thought about it this way? Have you given yourself permission to be more positive when faced with something? Have you thought about how to handle life differently in order to get different results? One of my favorite quotes is from Albert Einstein, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” My sweet husband reminds me of this from time to time when I fall into the trap of choosing different reactions to life’s curveballs.

 

This week, as we get closer to Thanksgiving and the tidal wave of the holiday season and all its overwhelm, step back and notice how you react to circumstances and get curious about how you could reframe and adjust your choice of reaction. I promise you that once you notice these habits, you’ll be interested in looking at ways to make changes in your choices one step at a time! Give it a try!

 

I’m working with so many clients who are making this habit change and they are seeing lasting results that decrease their stress and lead to impressive healthy lifestyle changes. I’d love to work with you one on one to guide you, too! Let’s get started sooner than later!

 

You’ve got this!

Georgette

glepage7@me.com

Georgette LePage Health & Life Coaching

Happy Tuesday! I am so excited to share that my first article with Brainz Magazine has been published! I am honored to join them as an Executive Contributor and will publish a new article each month! I absolutely love writing and now I have a creative outlet to share it with the world. Creating this blog on my website was my inspiration to reach more people out in the world through this amazing magazine. Please check out the magazine @ brainzmagazine.com to see how incredible it is with so many innovative and informative articles!

Here is the link to my November article: https://www.brainzmagazine.com/post/what-is-your-diet-like-this-is-a-trick-question

If this experience has taught me anything, it has pushed me out of my comfort zone to reach for the stars! What are you holding back from doing? Why? What do you have to lose?

I’m here to work with you if you need great coaching to get great results! Reach out to me to get started!

You’ve got this!

Georgette

glepage7@me.com

Happy Tuesday and Happy November! Now is the time to take a serious look at your health and ask yourself two key questions: Where am I right now with my health? Where do I want to be? In coaching, we look at the present and the future without looking back too much. What’s done is done, so take the lessons and move forward!

How do your clothes fit? Do you like what you see in the mirror? Do you want to shed some weight? I can’t say it enough that NOW is the time to make some small changes that will lead to weight loss. Why wait until AFTER the holidays? Why wait until you have nothing left to wear that feels good on your body? Why wait until you hide behind everyone in pictures again this year?

JUST. GET. STARTED. How do you get started? That’s a common question that I get from my clients all of the time. I tell them that one step at a time is how it happens. I will say that you MUST be kind to yourself on this journey. Talk to yourself the way you talk to people who you love. It starts there. When you work on the inside first, the outside results then happen.

So, as you think about making some changes soon, do one thing that is new to you. You could cut your portions in half, you could not eat after dinner, you could save your dessert for one time a week (i.e. Sweet Saturday, as we used to call it in my house), you could be mindful of how much sugar and salt you actually eat, or you could drink more water. These are simple ideas to get you started. Honestly, there is no magic pill or quick fix that has lasting results. There are as many ways to eat as there are different people. You have to put in the time and effort to find what works for your body.

I challenge you this week to make this November the time to take action. Start small so that you can change habits that will change your weight and your health. Not ready to try this on your own? Reach out to me to find out how I can help you! Put yourself first!

You’ve got this!

Georgette

Happy Wednesday! When you pay attention to how your body works and how your brain thinks, it’s a recipe for success with weight loss and a healthy lifestyle! This year, I decided to do something that I have done before: Have a sugar free Halloween! WHAT??? This sounds crazy, hard, and just plain impossible, doesn’t it? Not necessarily! If you do the work to train your brain to think about why you don’t need to fuel your body with sugar and how good you feel when you don’t, the magic of healthy eating takes over and becomes automatic. It’s a decision that is entirely up to you!

Research shows that sugar consumption harms you in so many ways and it is everywhere. Sometimes it’s obvious (i.e. candy), and sometimes it is hidden (i.e. pasta sauce). You have to be aware of how it shows up in foods. 

Did you know that sugar has been compared to heroin in terms of its addictive nature? Did you know that eliminating sugar from your diet has been compared to withdrawal from drugs? Did you know that sugar adversely affects your skin, brain, insulin levels, your heart, and many more parts of your body? That is pretty shocking but so true! Have you ever thought about how much sugar you consume? It would be worth the time to evaluate your relationship with sugar right away!

So, how can you have a sugar free Halloween like I am this year? Here are a few simple ideas:

  • Decide to skip the sugary Halloween treats this year and swap them for a healthier option like nuts or some fruit.
  • Keep the sweets out of your reach and out of your house. You can’t eat what isn’t there!
  • Hold on to fond memories of past Halloweens and remind yourself that you’ve probably had enough candy in your lifetime and it’s okay to pass on it this year.
  • Remind yourself that healthy fuel for your body leads to a healthier and happier YOU!

My challenge to you is to look sugar in the face and make the first decision to push it aside. It’s empowering and courageous as you treat your body to more love and attention than sugary treats! Give it a try!

Not ready to try this on your own? Reach out to me to find out how I can help you! This is a very common issue that many of my clients work on and are quite successful with! It’s your turn! Happy Sugar Free Halloween! (If I can do this, anyone can!)

You’ve got this!

Georgette

 

 

Happy Tuesday! It’s everywhere! I’m talking about Halloween candy; one of my biggest triggers all year long! Can you relate? Halloween is my favorite holiday because I think it’s fun, silly, and it reminds me of cozy fall memories. Growing up, of course, the sight of so much candy at once was exciting. Although I don’t remember ever eating all of the candy I collected while trick or treating, I do remember eating a lot of it…until a handful of years ago when I started to ask myself WHY! It’s not like I couldn’t eat candy at any time of year, so why was I overindulging every October? ALL. MONTH. LONG.

Once I thought about how it had become an automatic habit, I started to flip my thinking, and I came up with 3 ways to tame my inner Halloween candy demons:

  1. Plan your treats: Decide ahead of time what you are going to eat for a sweet treat and when. For example, we used to have “Sweet Saturday” in our house. On that day of the week, one sweet treat was planned and enjoyed without guilt or shame. When it was gone, it was gone. It truly became a treat and not a daily event. That made it more special and more intentional. It also made the other 6 days of the week without treats very doable. Perhaps it was the anticipation that was actually more delicious! Another example is sitting in front of the trick or treat bowl as you wait to pass out candy and selecting a few treats for yourself and enjoying that amount only. Again, when it’s gone, it’s gone.
  2. Celebrate Halloween on Halloween (October 31st). PERIOD. To me, this means enjoying a sweet treat or two on October 31st and that is it. This strategy takes some getting used to since we are bombarded with candy months before Halloween and temptations are all around us. It also requires you to remind yourself that Halloween is one day, not the whole month of October.
  3. Swap your sweets: It takes practice to find a healthier version of your favorite Twizzlers, but it can be done. In fact, you can reason with yourself that in your lifetime, you have eaten plenty of Twizzlers and it’s okay if this year you decide to bake some peeled apples with cinnamon to feel satisfied and to enjoy the flavor of a very delicious fruit. Another swap idea is to reduce the amount of candy that you eat. For example, you can choose a fun size candy bar instead of the full sized version. Eat it slowly and be mindful of the flavor to fully enjoy it. Portion swaps like this DO add up to noticeable weight loss as the habit becomes more automatic.

So, try to do one thing differently this year to push your weight loss goals further a little faster by trying one of these 3 strategies. Keep an open mind and take the first important step to a small change that can improve your health and help you shed some extra pounds. Give it a try and tell me what you think!

You’ve got this!

Georgette