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I have New Years resolutions for losing weight and being more active. I'm not even 2 weeks into it and already losing my drive. Are there any tips for sticking with it once and for all?

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Thank you for being courageous and sharing your challenge. Go easy on yourself, first and foremost. Rome wasn't built in a day, and it takes time and patience, perseverence too, to establish new habits. Perhaps take a look at whether you are working too hard toward your goal, overriding another important internal issue or value? Or perhaps your original intention and goal needs some revamping and upgrading to match who you are now? Acknowledge your difficulty and give it your full attention and kindness: Empathy, the way you would give your friend some empathy if they were having difficulty with something. Having good resources to walk your path and keep you accountable to yourself are super important along the way. Best to you and many blessings! Congratulations for taking steps to improve yourself.


I help career women learn how to use their innate gifts to maintain equilibrium and thrive in a disharmonious system.

Are you doing it for you or because someone else told you that you should lose weight and become more active? Other than that, breaking your journey down to small weekly or bi-weekly mini changes like, e.g., swapping out a can or two of soda for the same amount of water, could help you to see results in areas you didn't anticipate and improve your motivation.


My work exists within the states of healing, dreaming and thriving. I support others in their personal development to end old habits, remove roadblocks, and achieve their desired state of being.

Everyone here has given great advice already, so I am going to add something that works for me personally. I tell myself to do 10-15 minutes of breath and movement first thing in the morning. Before coffee, tea, phone, etc. I do a series that looks like this: 3 minutes of Breath of Fire, 3 Minutes of spinal flexes and body stretching, 1 minute of Stretch Pose, 2o Frogs, 3 Sun Salutations and a few minutes of meditation. You can do a quick internet search for these words which may be unfamiliar to you, or just make up your own series if you have some idea of what exercises are potent for your body. Try including a rapid breathing practice, provided you don't have any contraindications, and 3 minutes of meditation. Then if you have more time later in the day, you can always do more activity, but make it fun! Being active is healthy. When you're doing it for weight loss, it can become a chore and be harder to commit to. Think fun and you'll be in the right mindset. Speaking of, I'll also mention that meditation can be a powerful weight loss tool. Our bodies hold onto excess weight because of stress and the ways in which we consume food. Meditation more so than climbing mountains and running marathons helped me get to a healthier body weight for myself by reducing stress and helping me to make better food choices. Good luck, you've got this!


I approach everyone as a whole person.

Sticking with it is a constant practice. Get in touch with WHY you want to lose weight and be more active before you eat and do exercise. Be onto yourself about your self talk. Are you supporting and encouraging yourself to lose weight and be more active? That loving support gets you toward weight loss and more activity. Best of luck!


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I specialize in helping you heal your body from the inside out so you can be independently healthy & feel like a healer in your own home.

When my clients and I first start working together, the first thing we outline and get clear on is: Why is healing my (insert health goal here) so important? This answer is not always one sentence initially, but it can become one by the end of the exercise. For example, I recently worked with a 68 yo woman who initially came to me to make sure her ulcerative colitis didn't return and she wanted to lose 15 lbs. (She knew better than to eat so much take-out but was having a hard time breaking the habit and wanted my accountability as she put it: "To have that little nudge to get back on track.") But as it turns out she was also struggling with getting good sleep for the last 25 years (imagine this!). (It didn't surprise me that she was having sleep issues because the gut is where 95% of our serotonin is produced.) I digress. When I asked her why this (ulcerative colitis not returning) was so important to her (other than the obvious reason) she told me that she didn't want to be held back from traveling because of always being in fear of having to run to the bathroom. As we continued the conversation, what became apparent was that she wanted to be around for as long as possible so that she could continue hiking some of the most challenging mountains with her grandson who is currently six years old. She told me: "I want to be remembered!" When you have a mission and a vision that's as big and important as this, it helps you to stay connected to the steps that are going to get you there. Write down the BIG REASON you want to "lose weight and be more active" and see if you can go really deep here with the "why." I will also say that often times the reason why people lose their drive is that they're not informed with the "how" of what it looks like to lose weight easily and safely and they aren't dealing with the root cause of their (compromised) eating habits. I know this firsthand because I struggled for almost a decade before I discovered the simplicity to this process that eventually became my "Healing From The Inside Out Methodology." Having accountability with a health coach who understands and holds you true to your vision is one of the easiest ways to solve your problem by making sure you get immediate results with the proper action steps. : )


You are in good company. Change is never a straight path. Here are a few tips:
1. Do not let setbacks discourage you. You don't have to blame yourself for setbacks. It won't be the last one. It's a natural part of the journey and can be a source of learning and development of strength in and of itself. Use any setbacks as a learning experience.

2. Look at what motivated you in the first place. Reflect on your reasons for setting the goal and the difference it will make in your life.

3. Assess and adjust your goals. Maybe you fell off (or are on the verge of falling off) track because your goals were unrealistic. Break it down into bite-size steps towards reaching your goal. Setting certain realistic milestones in your journey helps you along the way, builds confidence, and gives you natural stopping points to reflect on what you’ve learned and accomplished, and where you need to make adjustments. Decide if you need some support to help you get back on track or maintain progress. This is an important part of the coaching process.

4. Give yourself a pat on the back when you reach each milestone. Don't wait until you reach your mega-goal to reward yourself. It's a great motivator to give yourself permission to feel good about yourself along the way.

5. Slow down. Don't rush the process. Take it step by step and let each milestone integrate into your daily routine.

I hope these tips help!


As a Health and Wellness Coach, my job is to help you discover the barriers that get in your way and help you realize the best version of yourself.

A resolution is like a wish. It comes from a hopeful place. However, for a resolution to have impact, we need to do more than just wish.

Try these 5 steps and make today the first day of your best ever new year.

Step 1: Ask yourself questions.
Why do I want this? What is so important that I want to resolve this problem? What is it about this resolution that connects with my core values? How will life be better if my wish comes true? Go back to these answers when you feel stuck. They will help you remember why you wanted to do this in the first place.

Step 2: Start “chunking.”
Go at this realistically. What is one action that you can take toward the resolution? Be specific, start small, and give yourself a deadline.

Step 3: Share your plan.
A funny thing happens when we say things aloud; they become more real. When we share our plan, we begin to create a community, which can build up our confidence. We may even find people that want to help make your wishes come true.

Step 4: Measure your results.
Write it down. Put it in your planner, your calendar, or on a scrap of paper attached to the bathroom mirror. What matters most is keeping track of this effort. When the deadline arrives, check in, reassess, and move on.

Step 5: Celebrate the win.
Each step is a guide. A step backward can have more to teach you than a step forward—if you are willing to stay on the path. Keep moving; take another chunk, another step – even if it is a baby step, and keep asking WHY.

Find a health & wellness coach to be that person who listens, understands your wishes, and keeps you in the driver’s seat to achieve them.


Health and Wellness Coach

Barb gave some really great tips! I would suggest, stepping back and taking a look at the lens you are looking at this through. Why is it that you have to set a news year resolution? Each day is an opportunity to take one small step toward a healthier life. I personally feel that New Years Resolutions hold too much power and make us feel pressured. We need to throw the idea of perfection at the window and start small. As Barb mentioned, write down the intentions/goals that you would like to set. Then write down some small action steps to help get you started on this journey. Also write down some things that you may feel would get in your way or reasons why you weren't able to accomplish these goals in the past. Sometimes seeing those barriers written out in front of us help us to achieve them from a different angle.


Ceritfied Life & Weight Loss Coach

Congratulations on your commitment to being healthier. There are a few different things that you can do to keep your resolution.

First, understand that the way you think about your resolution could be the culprit here. You don’t HAVE TO go from zero to active & on plan in January. I like to suggest that my clients ease into weight loss. Start with the low hanging fruit - what’s the easiest change that you can make? What’s ONE THING that you can do to improve your health? Maybe it’s eat an extra serving of vegetables, or go for a walk, or even go to bed on time. Do that. Commit to that one small thing. Eventually it will get easier & you’ll add the next thing. And slowly, over the course of the next few weeks & months, you’ll have changed your habits enough to make a difference. Often, we underestimate how little it takes to make an impact on our weight & we go all out & change a bunch of things that feel really super uncomfortable & we want to give up. That being said, when we start NYRs, I think we believe that we’re always going to be motivated to do the work. Motivation is a feeling that can’t be counted on to be around 24/7. There’s always going to be a day when we wake up & get on the scale & our brains are going to offer us the thought, “this isn’t working” or “this is hard” when we believe those thoughts, we feel discouraged & want to give up (probably where you are right now). If you can find small victories - proof that ‘it’ is working, it can help you to stay motivated. I tell my clients that they need to TALK to themselves more than they LISTEN to themselves. Eventually, as you keep commitments to yourself to do the things that you have made, you will build discipline which will carry over to every other area of your life. Good luck!! You’ve got this.


As a Health and Wellness Coach, my job is to help you discover the barriers that get in your way and help you realize the best version of yourself.

A resolution is like a wish. It comes from a hopeful place. However, for a resolution to have impact, we need to do more than just wish.

Try these 5 steps and make 2021 the year that makes the difference.

Step 1: Ask yourself questions.
Why do I want this? What is so important that I want to resolve this problem? What is it about this resolution that connects with my core values? How will life be better if my wish comes true?

Go back to these answers when you feel stuck. They will help you remember why you wanted to do this in the first place.

Step 2: Start “chunking.”
Go at this realistically.

What is one action that you can take toward the resolution? Be specific, start small, and give yourself a deadline.

Step 3: Share your plan.
A funny thing happens when we say things aloud; they become more real. When we share our plan, we begin to create a community, which can build up our confidence. We may even find people that want to help make your wishes come true.

Step 4: Measure your results.
Write it down. Put it in your planner, your calendar, or on a scrap of paper attached to the bathroom mirror. What matters most is keeping track of this effort. When the deadline arrives, check in, reassess, and move on.

Step 5: Celebrate the win.
Each step is a guide. A step backward can have more to teach you than a step forward—if you are willing to stay on the path. Keep moving; take another chunk, another step – even if it is a baby step, and keep asking WHY.

A health & wellness coach can be that person who listens, understands your wishes, and keeps you in the driver’s seat to achieve them.


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