Tuesday, July 31, 2012

30 Days of HOPE - Day 18

Carmen is DOWN 80lbs. and now has the FREEDOM to be active. What a privilege to exercise because it FEELS good instead of because you have to!

Monday, July 30, 2012

30 Days of HOPE, Day 17

This is Bethany. She lost 82lbs. & 60 inches...yes that is 60 inches of fat from her body. She is lean, energetic and passionate about health. Does this inspire you that something out there actually works?  

Sunday, July 29, 2012

30 Days of HOPE - Day 16

This is Tracy. She is a young mom who lost 155lbs in order to TAKE BACK her health. Amazing what HABITS of HEALTH can do, healthy body follows a HEALTHY MIND

Saturday, July 28, 2012

30 Days of HOPE, Day 15

Bruce CHOSE health at the age of 64 and LOST 70 lbs. He is now walking 4 - 5 MILES everyday and can keep up with his grandson's energy level! His daughter is so HAPPY to have her dad around for years to come. What an amazing GIFT he has given his family. Is there someone you know that needs the GIFT OF HEALTH? Please share! 

Friday, July 27, 2012

30 Days of HOPE, Day 14

Nicole is down 60lbs. and now she has freedom in many areas of her life. Can you imagine walking the stairs, caring for children, exercising or sleeping w/o the extra weight? Now she knows that fueling properly 6 times a day, drinking lots of water & doing moderate exercise are ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The best part is that she got to practice those while losing the weight w/ the help of a free health coach. Who is ready for freedom?

Thursday, July 26, 2012

30 Days of HOPE, Day 13

When Dustin decided to make some changes it took him A YEAR to lose the first 45 lbs on his own. Then he reached out, found support on this program and he lost another 50 lbs in 8 weeks!* The best part is that he is learning healthy habits for life! Congratulations Dustin, Way to go!!
(*Results vary-typical results are up to 2-5 lbs per week.)

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

30 Days of HOPE, Day 12

Laura battled Stage 4 gastrointestinal cancer for 9 years. Her doctor wanted to begin a new treatment, but told her she needed to lose 20lbs to do so. Here she is 40 lbs lighter feeling better than ever AND is now at a stage 0! The human body is so amazing! Do you know others who are looking to regain their health?

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

30 Days of HOPE, Day 11

Meet Carl & Molly. They went on a HEALTH JOURNEY, not a diet, and look at their life now. They are down 200lbs. together!

Monday, July 23, 2012

30 Days of HOPE - Day 10

Chelsey lost 116 pounds in 12 mo. & Matt lost 100lbs. in 9 mo. Many spouses choose to get healthy together, there is no better SUPPORT SYSTEM than each other. What a change they made in their QUALITY OF LIFE and the future of their family! Good job guys!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

30 Days of HOPE, Day 9

Hello Caitlyn! She is 25 years old and decided a few months ago to TAKE CHARGE of her health. She lost 33 POUNDS & 22 INCHES in 16 weeks. As you can see from her pictures she went from a size 12 to a SIZE 6, size XL/L to size S/M! Pretty amazing what HEALTHY HABITS can do for your life! 

Saturday, July 21, 2012

30 Day of HOPE, Day 8

This is Cambria, who lost 50lbs. I love that she didn't have to kill herself with exercise to lose the weight. Now she exercises because at her healthy size, it actually feels good to take care of herself!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Thursday, July 19, 2012

30 Days of HOPE, Day 6

This is Crystal who lost 40lbs in 4 months! She started at a very tight size 12 and is now comfy in a 4! Hello teenage body! What an inspiration to moms everywhere.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

30 Days of HOPE, Day 5

This is Amanda. She has lost 90lbs and is still going. The best part is that she is adopting the habits of health to make this a lifelong change. Way to go Amanda! 

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

30 Days of HOPE, Day 4

Lisa lost 30lbs. over 8 years ago and has maintained her health ever since. She is a walking example of the optimal health we tell others is available to them.

Monday, July 16, 2012

30 Days of HOPE: Day 3

Terry lost 100lbs. last year in order to surprise his daughter at her wedding. This labor of love also gave him his life back. I've heard it said you GAIN back 10 years of life for every 50lbs. LOST!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

30 Days of HOPE: Day 2

Gina lost 65lbs. in 6 mo. What a blessing to have her health back in order to take care of her 4 children. She just returned from Ethiopia where they added 2 baby boys to their growing family! Does she remind you of someone you know who needs energy & health restored?

Saturday, July 14, 2012

30 Days of HOPE: Day 1

Meet Eric, last year he weighed 354 pounds and was pre-diabetic. He joined our health program and lost 115 lbs! He has more energy than ever before and loves living life at his healthy weight! Great job, Eric!

Friday, July 13, 2012

30 Days of HOPE

This is what we do. Focus on what you want to CREATE in your life and not on the past. Get ready...for the next 30 days you will see some amazing pictures of HOPE.  If you need to know that something out there can help you or someone you love, then get ready! Check back every day for a new story, another dream realized.

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Cilantro Lime Shrimp with Green Beans

Here's another great Lean & Green recipe. This shrimp was divine and the flavors were amazing. It's a must try! Check it out and let me know what you think. Enjoy!

Cilantro Lime Shrimp & Green Beans
Servings: 4 • Serving Size: 6 oz shrimp & 1-1/2 cups green beans
Calories: 257.3 • Fat: 5.1g  Protein: 35.9 g  Carb: 17.4 g  Fiber: 4.1 g

  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 lb shrimp, shelled and deviened
  • 6 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 lime
  • salt and pepper
  • 6 cups green beans


Heat a large frying pan on medium-high heat. Add oil to the pan, when hot add shrimp. Season with salt and pepper. When the shrimp is cooked on one side, about 2 minutes, turn over and add garlic. Saute another minute or two until shrimp is cooked, careful not to overcook. Remove from heat. Squeeze lime all over shrimp and toss with cilantro. Serve hot.

In a separate pan, add 6 cups green beans, crushed garlic to taste, and season with salt and pepper. Cook on medium high for 2 minutes. Add 1/2 cup water and cover, cook for an additional 8 minutes. Uncover and cook until water evaporates. Serve hot on the side of shrimp. 

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Fitting In Fitness

No matter how fit you are, a several-week hiatus in exercise will mean a reduction in your endurance. If you’ve been running several miles a day and stop because of illness or time constraints, you’ll still have to ease back into it.

And if you’ve never exercised regularly? You’ll need to know how to start in a way that gives you the most results but the least soreness and injury.

Before you’re ready to engage in EAT (Exercise Activity Thermogenesis), you’ll want to increase your NEAT—(Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis). Move more. You can do that by parking farther away, tapping your feet while you sit at your desk, standing up more frequently, taking the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator.

When you decide you’re ready to get the heart pumping faster, be sure you’re healthy enough for exercise. This means getting the go ahead from your doctor—something that’s necessary for most of us, especially when it’s been some time between physical exams.

When you choose your exercise, be sure it’s something you will want to do!

It should be convenient.
There’s nothing more convenient than lacing up your shoes and heading out the door or hopping on the treadmill in your basement! Join a gym that’s close to you, so you won’t have to factor in all the extra commute time. You don’t need any excuses for missing a workout!

It should be enjoyable.
Always hated running? Don’t start with running. Did you enjoy riding your bike as a kid? Feel like a kid again. But if you don’t like your first choice, don’t give up! Too many people quit exercising altogether when their first choice isn’t suited to them. Find something you like.

It should be pain-free.
Nothing should hurt you—not your equipment or your body. Be sure your shoes fit and your bike seat is right for you. Don’t work out an injured body part. Sometimes early on worked muscles will be sore, and it’s actually good to continue your exercise so that your muscles don’t get stiff.

It should be maintainable.
If the thought of walking every day bored you to tears, change it up! Go skating, get on the bike, use a hula hoop. Put on your headphones, and work out to your favorite music. Prop a good book on top of the treadmill. Changing it up every so often will also help confuse the muscles and work some different ones.

What about time and intensity? After you’ve found the right exercise for you, go for time. On your first few days, work out for ten minutes. When you feel you can go longer, add five. Continue to add five minutes until you work up to a half-hour several days a week.

Once you are fairly comfortable with your workout time, add more days until you’re working out at least five days a week. Add intensity, too. Can you walk a mile in 20 minutes? Walk a little faster. Whittle it down to 18 minutes, then 16 minutes. Are you riding 8 mph on the stationary bike? Rev it up to 10, then 12, then 15.

Always increase in manageable increments to create a new healthy habit you’ll love forever.