5 Motivational Weight Loss Tips (This is no ordinary pep talk)

My small garden is being frequented by bunnies. I saw the funniest thing happening the other day next to the garden. A big bunny was chasing a baby bunny. I’ve never seen bunnies playing. I guess they were doing the bunny hop. Ha ha!
You don’t have to have a big garden to have a lot of produce if you plant strategically. You only need one or two of something to have what you need for table use. To make it super easy on yourself, you can put a couple of tomato or pepper plants in big pots on your porch or patio.
sedlakThe zucchinis are in! Check out the recipes below of the yummy dishes I made in the last week from zucchini.
Next topic: A patient called me the other day and asked me to give her a pep talk. There are times when we all could use one. Let’s face it, it doesn’t matter how positive you are, all days aren’t great days. Sometimes we fall off the wagon with what we know we should be doing and need a little boost to be motivated again. That’s why this month’s blog is purely motivational for your health and weight loss. This is going to be an entirely different perspective regarding anything you’ve ever heard about weight loss. see This is no ordinary pep talk.

click here 5 Motivation Tips to Inspire a New Vision for your Health and Weight Loss

 

1. You need to have a clear vision for your health and weight.

Most people are very vague when thinking and speaking about what they truly want for their health and weight loss. They say things like “I want to lose 30 pounds”, or “I don’t want to be fat anymore”. When you say something this vague it’s like wishing for something inexact. It’s like a wish but without a focused determination. Your brain can’t put what you’re saying into action because you have not given it the instructions it needs to start the ball rolling. The more clearly you can mentally see yourself defining how you want to be, the easier your brain will be able to set your health and weight goals into action. Someone told me long ago, wishing is like fishing without a hook. If you want to catch a fish by the end of the day, you need a fishing poll, the right bait, and a hook to catch it. Weight loss isn’t any different. You need to have a precise plan, the right tools to make your health and weight goals become a reality and a mental attitude of “I will do this” determination.
2. You need to be the one who takes the initiative.

Be proactive. Decide what the most important first step is for you. Then you can decide the next step. Only you can make decisions for your health and weight. Only you can take the first step and the following steps to make results happen. Sitting on the sidelines wishing and hoping for someone to wave a magic wand over you to cause results you want, isn’t going to happen. No one is going to go to the grocery store, make all your meals, and eat them for you. Sorry.
Stay positive. Your health and weight may not change overnight but the cumulative effect of acting on the right choices will make dramatic differences in your energy and health overtime.
3. Impact others.

I bet you’ve never heard this one before. It works. Instead of being negatively influenced by people regarding what you will eat and do to make a difference in your health and weight, turn their negativity around. Suggest to them they should make positive changes for themselves. Be the one who leads by example. Let them openly see what you’re doing and express to them the positive changes that you are experiencing like more energy, feeling good about how your clothes are fitting,  and an improved outlook. Take a stance for your health and you’ll be amazed how others will follow.
4. Don’t accept mediocrity for yourself.

Our society as a whole doesn’t encourage excellence as much as it embraces mediocrity. No longer is it a big deal to work toward winning an award in grade school. Instead all children win something for merely participating. This type of thinking doesn’t encourage one to achieve their full potential in academics, sports or in life. Accepting mediocrity is soon to become the norm if it hasn’t already. I don’t want that for you. Indeed we are all created uniquely with specific individual talents. Everyone can’t be a rock star or a pro athlete. However, you can aspire to be the best you can be at developing your own God given talents. What does this have to do with your health? Everything! If you don’t take great care of your body and your health fails because of it, you won’t be able to do what you were designed to do in life or at least do it as well as you could. When health deteriorates determination and enjoyment are significantly reduced.
When I was in fourth grade I had a very special teacher. Her name was Mrs. McCune. She was very strict about learning in her class. She wanted all of the students to pay attention and put effort into doing their very best. Everyone in the class (except me) disliked her. I loved her. When report card time came she sent a note home to my mother about my grades. I had all A’s and a B. What do you think the note said? Mrs. McCune wrote that she was disappointed in me because she felt I could do better. My mom was upset. My mom said, “How could she say that when you had almost all A’s?” I smiled and said because she believes I can do better and I will. I can still remember the feeling of being elated that Mrs. McCune thought that much of me to write that note. Up until that time in my life no one encouraged me to be beyond mediocre. That note changed my life. I felt like I was on top of the world and thought if my teacher thinks I can do better I can. Mrs. McCune caused a shift in my thinking that unlocked something in me. This boosted my self-esteem and gave me a reason to want to do my very best and excel at whatever I decided to do in life. What a great feeling it is to know that someone cares enough about you to want you to be the best you can be. Decades later Mrs. McCune came to my office with one of my patients. I had the opportunity to thank her and tell her what a strong influence she had on shaping my life. She only wanted the very best for all of her students. That’s exactly what I want for you. Which type of student will you be? ? ?
5. Embrace change.

The only constant in life is change. Don’t fight the change. Be the change. You may not be able to identify with this if you’ve never experienced extreme stress in your life.

This may not be a popular notion however it’s the truth. I know what I’m talking about because I’ve endured and overcome a variety of what others have described as extreme tests and life struggles. You can either embrace what is happening and grow from it (and continue to grow because of it) or you can create walls that block you from growing in ways only you were meant to grow. I know you may feel cozy in the protected emotional environment you’re in. But in order for you to grow into better health, physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually, it requires change.
Who is in control of your health? Would it be your spouse, your friends, your family, or worse yet, your emotions.  I want you to be the one who’s in control of you and therefore your choices. I’m not talking about eating the occasional treat. I’m talking about consistently looking to food for comfort. Honestly, if I didn’t think there would be any negative health consequences at least 75% of my diet would be chocolate in every conceivable form (for real).
Let’s be honest. Why should you make an effort to change your health and weight? The most obvious reason is because if you don’t you probably will end up with a chronic illness like diabetes, heart disease, cancer, etc. The best reason is because God gave you one body. It is yours to take care for your entire life. It’s your temple.
I am nudging you to go forward out of your comfort zone. Why? Because that is where the real breakthroughs happen and I want you to be the very best you can be. It’s just like what Mrs. McCune wanted for me.
I told you this was no ordinary pep talk. 🙂
I have so much more to share with you that will help you to take your health and weight loss to the next level. Keep your eye open for the next blog. Great things are in the works. For now that’s it.

I love zucchini! It is the most versatile of all vegetables. Because it doesn’t have much of a taste, it can be used in an endless array of dishes. There are about 20 calories in a cup of sliced zucchini and 2 grams of fiber. I’ve gone zucchini crazy again this year. I wanted to share some of my favorite dishes with you that I’ve been making with zucchini.
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Health benefits of zucchini
1. It will help you lose weight because its water and fiber content will make your stomach feel full.
2. The beta-carotene and vitamin C found in zucchini has anti-inflammatory properties, thereby naturally decreasing inflammation that is found with many ailments like osteoarthritis, asthma, and rheumatoid arthritis.
3. The manganese, potassium, and phosphorus found in zucchini helps to support healthy blood pressure, prevent heart disease, and a healthy prostate.

saladZucchini Tabbouleh Salad

This recipe makes a large family sized bowl.

Ingredients:
1 cup organic quinoa
2 cups water
2 cups diced zucchini
½ cup diced cucumber
1 cup chopped tomatoes
1 cup chopped parsley
¼ cup crumbled feta cheese
2 Tbsp. chopped olives
2 Tbsp. chopped mint
1 Tbsp. organic olive oil
4 Tbsp. lemon juice

Directions:
Prepare quinoa according to instructions. Let chill. Combine quinoa with oil first. Then add the rest of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and toss. Serves 10-12.


salad2Cucumber Zucchini Salad
I use half zucchini and half cucumber in this salad. Slice the zucchini and cucumber on a mandolin to create same size slices. Toss in some chopped fresh dill and diced tomatoes. Add salt and pepper to taste. I love this with just a splash of lemon juice for the dressing.

ribbonsZucchini Ribbons
Zucchini ribbons made on a mandolin
3-4 Fresh cut basil leaves
Feta cheese to sprinkle on top
Chopped tomato
Toss all ingredients together and salt to taste.
You can eat this totally raw or you can salt the zucchini ribbons and let them set for at least 20 minutes. Then rinse them and toss them in boiling water for 1-2 minutes. Drain well and pat dry.

pattiesZucchini Patties
Ingredients:
Approximately 2 cups of shredded zucchini
1/3 cup diced onion
1 egg beaten
½ tsp. of salt, pepper, turmeric, and marjoram
Olive oil to coat the pan
½ cup corn flake crumbs or ½ cup gluten-free bread crumbs (enough to form a patty)
Directions:
1. Place zucchini in a strainer. Mash zucchini with a potato masher to press out excess water.
2. In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together.
3. Form patties approximately 2 inches in diameter. Place patties on a baking sheet coated with olive oil.
4. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Flip and bake an additional 10 minutes or until brown on both sides.