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Look down at your feet, and think about the people you love...

📖Here’s the story of the AMAZING woman behind the feet:

"My name is Noelle. I have been obese most of my adult life. I avoided scales, mirrors and cameras for a long time. In June of 2016 I took my children to the zoo and they were forced to wait for me every 10-15 min due to back pain and exertion. This was not the life I wanted for my children. It was time for a change. I decided to face the scale, weighing in at 414 pounds. I was devastated. I decided at that moment that I had to completely change my lifestyle for good or I wasn't going to be around much longer. I started my journey July 29th, 2016 and on my 1 year anniversary I had lost 207 pounds (half my body weight). I feel amazing and have so much energy. I now get to enjoy my life with my children....hiking, zip lining, swinging and so much more."

But there is a story behind these feet and putting one in front of the other (pun intended) by utilizing all 4 pillars of our lifestyle program...

"Progress not perfection" Huge part of losing weight is believing You Can Do It and realizing it's not going to happen over night. Starting at 414 pounds, I set small achievable goals for myself. If I focused on needing to lose 200 plus pounds, I would've been easily discouraged and overwhelmed. I focused on getting to 399 and then set 20 pound goals for myself. I hit 4 plateaus that would last 2 to 3 weeks and one that lasted almost a month. I stuck to my goals through all of them....why? Because this is a lifestyle change. Whether the scale is moving or not, I am improving my health every day by making the right food choices and moving my body. "Remember to never give up what you want most for what you want today."

❤️💥Proud of you Noelle for not giving up on what you wanted... glad our program has been the fit to assist you in making lifelong transformation - one healthy habit at a time!😍😍

How to cope when feeling overwhelmed

When living above the line, you empower yourself to take ownership of all aspects of your life, you are accountable for your actions, and you act responsible.

Living above the line is not always easy and can sometimes feel overwhelming. In moments of stress, it’s important to take a step back and follow these steps to help re-center yourself.

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  • Breathe. Breathing is essential to life. Steady breaths can help you relax your body and ease your mind. Inhale for five seconds. Hold your breath for an additional five seconds. Finally, exhale for another five seconds. Repeat this practice for as long as you wish.
  • Stop and Visualize. When negative thoughts seem to fill your head, picture a ginormous traffic stop sign to help guide your mind to positive thinking.
  • Find Your Mantra. “I can do this!” When times are tough, it is important to have your own personal mantra to help guide you. Find your affirming phrases and keep it close.
  • Body Scan. Lay down and focus your attention on your body. Do a mental body check from head to toe. This self-realization will help to center you and make you more self-aware.
  • Sensory. Check in with your senses: taste, smell, sight, touch, and hearing. Name a handful of things you see, feel, hear, smell, and taste. Relax your mind by focusing on your immediate surroundings.

It’s time to take ownership and empower yourself. Ask me how you can use the above tactics to help center yourself when you are feeling overwhelmed.

Journey To Success - Katie

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"The trilogy of health has come full circle for me - healthy body, healthy mind, and now healthy finances. This OPTAVIA program has been a gift to me, and I just want to share it!"

Katie Mitchell struggled with her weight since college, but through her recent journey to Optimal Health, she realized she always had a poor self-body image and an unhealthy relationship with food.

"Looking back at pictures of myself in high school, I wasn't overweight, but I thought I was. Once I started college, I did gain weight, and I gained even more after having my first baby and losing my mom to cancer."

Katie turned to food for comfort. She took some weight off before having her second child, but gained it back with pregnancy and stress. The turning point for her was the summer of 2016.

"My family and I took a vacation to the beach, and I saw pictures of myself in a bathing suit with my family. I thought, 'Is that really me?' So I decided something had to change. I needed to get healthy for myself and for my family. I needed to feel better, gain energy, and set a good example for my children."

At that time, Katie reached out to her OPTAVIA Coach. She knew she could help. She began her journey in September 2016, and in seven months she lost 65 pounds* and reached a healthy weight right before her birthday!

"The gift of health I gave to myself is priceless. This program is a lifestyle change, and I have learned how to have a healthy relationship with food. When I look at myself in the mirror, I am happy with who I see, and I no longer have to worry about what clothes to wear. I also feel well and have increased energy to keep up with my two young boys."

Katie's body feels better physically, and she doesn't get overwhelmed with daily tasks. She's experienced freedom in so many ways.

*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.