habits of health

Stay Focused on Your Journey

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Sustaining and being consistent during your journey to lifelong transformation can be challenging at certain times. There are months when we’re more focused and goals are easier to attain, and there are months when staying committed can take more effort.

To help you stay on task and energized about your journey to Optimal Wellbeing, we’ve outlined the recommendations below from LifeOptimzer.org.

  • Stay focused. If you want to stay focused on achieving your dreams, make a list of everything in your life – like poor relationships, unhealthy food, or even television – that is a distraction from achieving your goals. It may be difficult to rid yourself of these things in the beginning, but you’ll thank yourself in the end.
  • Keep a written log. This can be a great way to eliminate negative thoughts and daily stressors, so you can focus on what’s really important. It’s also a great place to focus on your progress. Focus on areas of your life where you want to focus like finances, healthy diet, family and other relationships.
  • Keep your OPTAVIA Community close. There’s no better way to achieve your goals then by working with people that are on a similar path and looking to achieve Optimal Health. Join a support group or visit with your Coach or friends on a regular basis so you can discuss the things that are important to you on your journey.
  • Take time to recharge and refresh. Taking time off is sometimes important. There are different ways to enjoy time away like getting an hour massage, or taking a bath, or even reading a book. Whatever your choice, you are guaranteed to come back with renewed resolve and focus.

Join me this Wednesday, April 18th for our Habits of Health call for additional insight into how to stay focused on your journey.  As a community, I'm here to support you as we all achieve lifelong transformation, one healthy habit at a time™.

Journey to Success - Esther Hollander

Fulfilling Dreams

“My motivation to lose weight stemmed from my worsening physical and mental health. I despised the way I looked and was close to 300 pounds. My body was starting rebel.”

Esther Hollander was overweight as a child and for the majority of her adult life, hitting her peak at 320 pounds. But, as she turned 40, she was determined to make fundamental changes and see a different reality.

“Being overweight was tough. Because I had little self-worth and confidence, I shied away from seeking new friends and career advancement, and felt closed off to general opportunities and experiences.”

Esther was acutely aware of her size and felt like people were staring and judging her. She felt embarrassed and ashamed most of the time so she avoided activities that required too much exertion or activities where her size was prohibitive.

“My children were being parented by a mom who was less active, involved and energized. And, I felt out of sync as a wife. I was not setting a healthy example for my household.”

Changes began when Esther connected with her OPTAVIA Coach who guided and encouraged her. In the course of nine months, she lost 137 pounds*.

“My Coach believed in me before I could believe in myself. I was grateful to have found a program with structure and built-in support from its Community. I cemented numerous healthy habits that were not part of my previous routine. And, I now use those habits as my road map.”

Now, Esther pays it forward as an OPTAVIA Coach and she is humbled to motivate others. Since being on the program, her life has transformed dramatically, both physically and emotionally. She is happier, more vibrant, and more engaged in all aspects in life.

“Losing my weight has given me self-confidence not only because I accomplished a goal, but before, I just didn't feel worthy of happiness and fulfillment. Well, I am worthy. I believe in myself.”

Esther is still in awe that this is her life.

“If you believe in yourself and work towards your goals you CAN change the course of your life and fulfill your dreams!”

*Average weight loss for Clients on the Optimal Weight 5 & 1 Plan® with support is 20 pounds. Clients are in weight loss, on average, for 12 weeks.