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New Weight Loss Suppport Group – Are You Ready To Make A Change?

Slim and Sexy for Summer
                  A Three Month Weight Loss Support Group

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Are you ready to take action and make your health goals a reality?  Join me for this 13 week group coaching program that will help you lose up to 25lbs by May – as long as you are willing to do the work!  

Join the Slim and Sexy by Summer Program!    

When? Tuesdays from February 1, 2011 to May 3, 2011 5:30 – 6:30pm
Where? Orleans, MA (exact location will be sent out at time of registration)    

You could join a weight loss group anywhere.  What makes this one different?

  • Personalized attention.
  • Tons of tools.
  • Meal planning and exercise designed around you.
  • I have been trained in ALL dietary theories. I know which ones will work best for you.
  • We get to the root of your weight issue.  We don’t just tell you what to eat.
  • This is not a diet! It is a lifestyle change.


What’s Included (valued at over $800):
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·         Fourteen weeks of group counseling ($490 value)
·         Free Fitness DVD with 5 easy ten minute workouts. Do them at home without props, even when you’re short on time. ($20
          value)
·         Free Subscription to my monthly Ezine, healthy recipes and tips to help you achieve your goals.
·         Free Subscription to Eat Clean Magazine and Cleaneating.com, including recipes, meal planners and online support community.
          ($20 value)
·         Free Nutrition and Fitness tracker guaranteed to keep you in line with your calorie intake and fitness goals. Track your goals on
          online or on your phone!
·         Discounts on Personal Training at Fitness Revolution with Rich Murphy.
·         Weekly weigh ins
·         Recipes
·         Two different meal planners to choose from.
·         E-mail support from Chantell at any time between meetings ($200 value).
·         Discounts on Individual Health Counseling for yourself or any friend that you refer between February 1 and June 1, 2011.

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Let’s talk accountability

As a health coach one of the main reasons that clients look me up is to loose weight.  My practice is focused around women usually between 25 and 45 who are emotional or stress eaters.  When explaining this to someone most people assume that this means people who have an eating disorder.  That is not always true.  In fact, many people are emotional eaters.  Think about it – how many times have you or someone that you know eaten some ice cream because you are sad, had a beer after a stressful day at work, or gotten lost in a bag of chips while watching TV?  I have news for you – that’s emotional eating.

For an emotional eater staying accountable is key.  This is because they do not eat because of hunger.  When a person learns to be held accountable it teaches someone who usually eats because of reasons other than actual hunger to stay in touch with their emotions and check in with their bodies to see why exactly they feel like eating. This is a lesson that can make a profound and lasting, healthy change in their way of life.

One thing that I have picked up on though is that people do not want to disappoint someone else.   That’s why having a coach can be so valuable.  When people are checking in with their health coach daily or weekly, they think twice about fluctuating from a diet or lifestyle plan.

There are other tools that people can use too: try the buddy system.  Having someone there, especially a spouse, girlfriend or boyfriend can really help you to stay on track.  Other ways can include getting a food journal, a food tracking application, such as Spark People or My Fitness Pal on your smart phone. Applications such as these are great when on the run.  For some reason most of my clients seem to prefer putting their food on an application to sending me an e-mail.  These trackers include calories and also your workout schedule.  

Whatever your favorite way to stay accountable is, don’t wait to do it.  There’s no time like the present to get started.

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Crazy Bumper Sticker

When I was driving in South Africa this past week I saw this interesting bumper sticker “My smoking is my decision, so back the F*%$ off!).  Interesting!

It can make a person think about the mentality of people out there.  Where is the middle ground?

To me, if something I am doing is impacting people around me, I don’t take offense if they have something to say about it.  I also expect to be able to do the same if something that they are doing negatively impacts me.  I think that’s what a relationship is.  However, when I voiced this to my sister, her response was “No, then you have the right to F&%$ off.”  It’s interesting how the perspectives of two family members can be so different.

I wonder if this response is just because it is a smoking sticker.  I’m sure if I were a smoker I would feel like I was permanently getting “beaten up” by society.  Smokers are ostracized all the time.  I’m not a smoker, have never smoked and never will, but still I wonder: how many do so in public places because of habit and how many are doing it just because you tell them not too.  Does that five year old child that’s constantly testing boundaries living within us ever mature? I know that I have been guilty of stubborness before…doing something just because someone told me not to.

But when I voiced my thoughts to my sister I was thinking about our relationships in general, not smoking. 

How many marriages fail because people won’t compromise? Because people insist that it’s their decision, without taking into account the feelings of their partners? How many friendships have been lost for the same reasons?

Have a happy, healthy and considerate day!


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Getting out of the victim place

One place that we want to hide away from at all costs is the “Victim Place”.  What is that?  Well, that’s where you blame other people or circumstances for your life.  It’s true that there are some people who have had a “difficult life” or are going through a really hard time. 

When I think about this, it brings to mind the words of the Serenity Prayer:

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

The only power that we really have in our life is the power to choose how we react to situations that arise in our life.  What happens when the choice is to blame outside things for the quality of your life?  You give your power away.  You lend the power that you had to do something about the situation to that situation.  Then, what are you left with?  Weakness.  I don’t know about you but I have always wanted to be a strong person.  I don’t want to give my strength away.


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What’s to stop you?

Welcome to 2011! I hope all of you had a fantastic holiday season. Sorry for not wishing all of you earlier. 

2010 was the year that my mom started to battle cancer last year. I took a little step back from work when she was diagnosed in October to be able to be with her in South Africa (where I am from). Unfortunately she passed away in December. I again took some time off to come back to South Africa to spend time with family, plan the funeral and deal with arrangements for the estate.

It was not an easy time for me, but I also knew that I was doing what needed to be done. So many of clients and friends have called or e-mailed to check on me during this time. It’s a wonderful gift to be able to lean on each other in tough times. The lessons learnt (or re-learnt) in this experience are what I would really like to focus on with all of you this year. One thing that is brought to mind is our own mortality.

My mom spent her whole life looking after others and was looking forward to retiring so that she could focus on herself for once. How many of you have done this in one way or another? I know that I can be guilty of it sometimes too. If this was your last day on Earth would you have regrets? This year I want to support all of you to live the life of your dreams. What have you always wanted, but never make the commitment to achieving? What really makes your heart sing? Changes don’t have to be big to make a difference. In fact, the smaller changes make the biggest difference in your life. Let’s go for it! There’s no time like now to have what you really want, do what you really want to and live the life of your dreams.

Love, Chantell