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Monday, October 26, 2020

Optavia Week 2 - WEIGH IN 10/26/20

Week 2 went by so quickly! I practiced being mindful of what I eat, taking my time to enjoy each and every bite, and making a point to reflect and think on things each day. I made sure I drank all my water each day, and ate all five fuelings each day. I started mixing up when I eat my lean and green, and sometimes I eat it during the early afternoon instead of the evening because it works better with my schedule, and I like that timing a lot. 

The OPTAVIA Community is really helpful. I'm in a group on Facebook for our team and even though I'm not very active (ok, not active at all), I still gain from reading what other people post and share. 

I like the mental work of this program too. It's forcing me to recognize food as fuel, a necessity to keep going, and not something to avoid (and then binge). 

So here's my Week 2 details from my weigh in:

I lost 2.9 pounds this week! 

That brings my total in two weeks - just 14 days - on Optavia to -14.6 pounds. Wowza. 

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

Monday, October 19, 2020

Optavia Day 8 - 10/19/20 - WEIGH IN

 Today I started Week 2 of Optavia. 

First things first - I weighed in after finishing my first full week:

I lost 11.7 pounds! 

HOLY SMOKES! I can't even believe it. I started last Monday and I was super bloated so I'm sure that played a part in it, but WOW. Even with going to the mountains and being gone for almost 2 days and I still had this huge success my first week. I love it! 

I also looked at my sleep tracker on my watch and check this out. 

Deep Sleep

Quality Sleep

Sleep Rating

And that sleep rating is even with a night in a hotel room while traveling. I still can't believe how ridiculously easy this program is to follow. I kinda love it! Yay Optavia! 

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

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Optavia Day 7 - 10/18/20

 WEEK 1 and I'm finished with Day 7 on Optavia! I can't wait to weigh in tomorrow and take my measurements. I can't believe how stupidly easy this program is to follow. Even with traveling all day, I was able to stay on the program. I am not 100% sure about my dinner tonight but I followed the dining out guide and I think it was okay. That guide is super helpful. 

Today's fuelings were: chocolate cherry ganache bar, chocolate mint Cookie Crisp bar, honey mustard and onion sticks, creamy double peanut butter bar, and pudding. I had a #16 sub at Jersey Mikes with no cheese and no bread. It made me feel a little bloated (it's meat and I don't usually eat meat) but it was the best I could do while we were driving back from the mountains. 

I am really proud of myself for this week. I stuck to the program completely, with the possible exception of my lean and green today. I drank all my water. I made it through the feeling gross part of the first week and now I feel amazing. I'm really excited for this program and how easy it is. 

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Optavia Day 6 - 10/17/20

 Day 6 and I had my first not-at-home experience with Optavia. We left late afternoon to drive to the mountains for the night, got a hotel room, so we can drive the parkway tomorrow. I was able to pack my lean and green and eat it in the car, and I did just fine! We ordered Chinese to be delivered to the hotel for dinner and I wasn't even tempted - I am so proud of myself for that. It helped that I wasn't hungry. I prepped a brownie for my last fueling before we left, so it was already cooked and ready for me when we were at the hotel too. 

My fuelings today were: cranberry honey nut granola bar, chocolate shake, chicken noodle soup, honey chili cranberry nut bar, and the brownie. My lean and green that I packed for the road was salad with salmon and tomatoes, and the Walden Farms dressing. Somehow I even hit all the water for the day, even though I had to use a port a potty at one of the parks we stopped at on the way to the hotel. I brought my Ultima powder with me too and that was good. I feel like I prepared myself well for today and tomorrow and I'm excited to see the fall colors tomorrow! The weather should be amazing. 

Friday, October 16, 2020

Optavia Day 5 - 10/16/20

 Day 5 is finally here and I feel SO MUCH BETTER today. My stomach isn't bothering me, although I'm still a little gassy. My headache is GONE, whew! I slept great last night again. And I really like all the fuelings I've tried so far. I was down 9 pounds this morning when I weighed myself - whaaaatttt???!!?? 9 pounds! That's so amazing! 

Today's fuelings were: chocolate shake, honey mustard and onion sticks, brownie, cheddar herb biscuit (I cooked this in the Dash waffle maker too - so delicious!), and a double peanut butter bar. My lean and green was salmon with lettuce and cherry tomatoes, and Walden Farms French dressing. I am still hitting my water goal every day too, go me! 

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Optavia Day 4 - 10/15/20

 Optavia Day 4 - October 15, 2020

I feel like crap today. My head hurts, I'm gassy, I have diarrhea, I just all around feel gross. I'm sticking to plan though because this is what I was told would happen this week, just before fat burn kicks in. They said EVERYONE goes through this and then it's like a lightbulb goes off and everything is so much better.  I still am sleeping okay. 

Today's fuelings: chocolate shake, cinnamon crunchy o's, s'mores bar, oatmeal, and a double peanut butter bar. I had three Ultima electrolyte things today and it made a HUGE difference with my headache. My lean and green was shrimp, avocado, spaghetti squash, and tomatoes with some on-plan dressing. I like Walden Farms French dressing the best. 

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Optavia Day 3 - 10/14/20

 Day 3 - today I was super hungry and had a headache. I made sure to drink the Ultima electrolyte powder and that helped. My coach said I could have up to three a day. I guess this is the transition to being in Fat Burn like they talk about - the crummy feeling before the amazing feeling. I stuck to the program though. My fuelings today were: cinnamon crunchy o's, smoky bbq crunchers, spinach pesto Mac and cheese, honey chili cranberry bar, and a chocolate mint Cookie Crisp bar. My lean and green was lettuce, with shrimp, avocado, and on-plan dressing. 

I've been sleeping better at night, which is awesome. Like sleeping soundly and waking up feeling refreshed. 

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Optavia Day 2 - 10/13/20

 Day 2 and I was 100% on top of it! Yeah! Crazy that I'm eating so much more than I normally do, and so frequently. I guess I had all the knowledge on how to be healthy before, I just sucked at implementing it. This program is so easy and straightforward, it is ridiculously simple to follow. 

I am breaking the habits already. I was so used to taking care of everyone around me, that I forgot to take care of myself. I forgot to eat. I forgot to eat healthy foods especially, because the bad foods were easier. This program takes all the thinking out of it, and gives me easy and healthy foods to eat all day long. 

Today my fuelings were: maple brown sugar oatmeal, campfire s'mores bar, chocolate chip pancake (that I cooked in the Dash waffle maker - OMG delicious!), chocolate cherry ganache bar, and chocolate pudding (super yum!). For my lean and green, I had salmon with broccoli and cauliflower rice. And I nailed the water goal for today! 

Monday, October 12, 2020

Optavia Day 1! Monday, October 12, 2020

 Today is DAY 1 of my journey to health! I am so excited. I have alarms set on my phone for 8 am, 10:30 am, 1 pm, 3:30 pm, 6 pm, and 8:30 pm to remind me to eat - five of those are fueling times, and one is a lean and green time. 

I decided to keep it easy and I'm literally just following the plan. I see some people go out and try to split their lean and green into two meals and eat half at lunch and half at dinner, or try to "hack" their fuelings, but I'm not messing with all that. I'm eating a fueling by itself five times a day, and one full lean and green once a day. 

I don't really like meat, and meat doesn't really like me, so I'll probably have to eat a lot of seafood. 

The journal from the Optavia Guide is super helpful in keeping me on track so far. I started my day with a cranberry honey nut bar and then had a creamy chocolate shake mid-morning. I tried the rustic tomato herb penne at 1pm and then a creamy peanut butter crisp bar late afternoon, with my lean and green at 6pm with lettuce, tuna, avocado, and on-plan dressing. Before bed, I had a chocolate mint Cookie Crisp bar, and that was my five fuelings plus a lean and green for today. 

My coach checked in with me and I told her I feel like I've been eating all day long, but otherwise everything is good! I'm used to drinking a lot of water, so hitting 100oz wasn't a problem for me. 

She told me to dream big - average loss is 10lbs per month but she lost faster than that the first few months. 

Overall, it was a good day 1!

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Optavia Day 0 - Sunday, October 11, 2020

Today is Day 0 - the day before I start OPTAVIA. I received my box a few days ago and I'm excited to get started. I had my kickoff call today for new clients and it was really inspirational to get my mind in the right place. I also worked through some of the Lifebook, writing down answers and trying to figure out my WHY. 

Some of what I wrote down...

I am a mom, almost 40 years old. I mastered my digestive issues and now I need to tackle the weight. I want something easy to follow that doesn't take a lot of time to prep and shop. My weight goes up and down by 10-15 lbs regularly. My sleep and energy are mostly okay, I try to exercise a few days per week - walking or kickboxing - but I don't always do that. I tend to skip meals and then overeat with large portion sizes. I don't snack much, and I drink plenty of water. My mental health is okay but I'm tired of the way I feel inside my body. I don't have a lot of extra money, I am working on paying off debt, although I also try to make time for fun especially for my kids but also myself with my friends. 

I WANT TO BE HEALTHY. I want to set a good example for my kids, I want to fit into my clothes again. I want to feel better about myself. 

In the future, I want to travel - Alaska, Scotland, and Ireland are on my list. 

My financial goals need focus. 


I am ready to make a change. 

I am the heaviest I have ever been. 

I want to make a change. 

I am PSYCHED for this program. 

I am CONFIDENT in myself. I know I can be successful if I commit and don't sabotage myself. 

I want to make better choices. I want to lose weight. I want to feel better and fit in my clothes. 

Things I am going to do to start to install the Habits of Healthy Eating and Hydration:

1. Set a timer for fuelings

2. Drink 120 oz of water each day

3. Plan a lean and green meal each day

Things I can stop doing to help me eat healthier and hydrate better right now:

1. not planning meals

2. not tracking water

3. snacking on kids food

The beginning of my Optavia journey...

 November 13, 2018 

I messaged my coach asking about the OPTAVIA program. I had seen her progress online and was super intrigued and impressed. I'll be honest, the cost scared me away. She kept sharing her progress, and I kept thinking to myself, hmm I should really consider that, but I never made a move. 

Early June 2019

I am sick and tired of feeling sick and tired. I sent off for a food sensitivity test and it came back I'm basically sensitive to just about everything. I ended up ovo-pesco vegetarian eating gluten free, dairy free, peanut free, mostly soy free, plus avoiding a bunch of random stuff (artificial sweeteners, canola oil, apples, beer, most wine, mushrooms, black beans, yeast, celery, and probably some other stuff I forgot about). I spent over a year carefully adding things back into my diet and noting my body’s reaction. At the same time, I gained 20ish pounds, and my weight would fluctuate 10 lbs at any time (sometimes even within a day or two). I decided to keep up with the food process and not worry about the weight, because my gut needed time to heal. 

June 30, 2019

I messaged my coach again, asking for details on ingredients (specifically dairy and artificial sweeteners). Still didn't make a move forward with the program. Still saw her progress and maintenance of her progress online. 

April 20, 2020

My coach (who was not yet my coach) messaged me asking if I was interested. She followed up! I replied that I was still sorting through what I can and can't eat, what bothers me and what doesn't, and I wasn't quite ready to sign up (even with an amazing incentive). I was worried about the allergens and sensitivities I was still trying to sort out with my stomach, and even though I was doing mostly okay, I was worried about reintroducing foods I had been avoiding for months. It was still in the back of my mind though, because...

October 5, 2020

I messaged my friend and told her I was ready. My stomach and digestion issues had calmed down and I was ready to get going with OPTAVIA. I was done, absolutely done, feeling like I didn't even know whose body I was living in. I was tired of the extra weight, tired of being tired, tired of feeling sluggish despite eating all the "right" foods. I was skipping meals and then eating too much when I did eat. I was gaining weight despite not eating hardly any junk food or other unhealthy foods. I was tired of being bloated, and I was tired of feeling stuck. I ordered my kit. I was ready to do this. 

Saturday, October 10, 2020

New to Optavia? Starting Optavia? Intro and Overview

If you haven't heard of Optavia, here's a brief overview. If you're considering Optavia, the first thing you need to do is chat with a Health Coach. If you don't already have someone you're working with, please reach out to me - I would be honored to answer your questions and help you get going on your journey to health! I'm also happy to chat with you to discuss this information in more detail - it is sometimes hard to convey and understand the full scope of the program without talking. 

Our program is designed to change your body AND your mindset, and is comprised of four components that all work together throughout your entire journey: 

  1. Your Coach - That's me! The one-on-one personal support and mentorship is what makes our program stand out. As your personal coach, I’m here to guide you through the program and assist you with changing your lifestyle. I will support you in reaching your optimal weight. I’ll provide tips along the way and we’ll celebrate the successes throughout your journey!
  2. The Habits of Health transformational system - It’s not just about getting your body healthy, it’s also about getting your mind healthy. Our Habits of Health Transformational System is the educational component designed to help you strategize your plan for reaching optimal health and wellbeing. 
  3. The Community - In addition to me - your coach, our Community of like-minded people are all on the same health journey and focused on creating better health. From live and recorded Client support calls and webinars, our Community is a place where you can find support, share triumphs, and ask questions.
  4. Fuelings - Our nutrition plan is easy to follow - you don’t have to count calories or macronutrients, it’s all done for you. With our Optimal Weight 5 & 1 Plan, your body enters a gentle but efficient fat burning state. 
  • During this weight loss phase, you’ll have six small meals a day. Five of these meals are Fuelings, which are nutritionally interchangeable and provide vitamins and minerals along with probiotics which help support digestive health, as part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle. The sixth meal is a Lean and Green meal you will prepare yourself, which contains a healthy amount of lean protein and three servings of non-starchy vegetables. Additionally, you will be drinking 64 oz. of water per day*. 

I coach clients through all three phases of the Program: reaching a healthy weight, transition, and optimization. 

*We recommend drinking 64oz of water each day. Talk with your healthcare provider prior to changing the amount of water you drink as it can affect certain health conditions and medications. 

Once you've talked to a Coach, and ordered your first box of Fuelings (and your LifeBook and the Habits of Health book!) establish a start date with your Coach - my support (or your coach's support) is an important and integral part of your success! You'll have a Kickoff Call with your Coach before you get started, to ensure you fully understand the program and what YOU need to do to be successful!


Before you begin your program, we need to do a little work to prepare.  Review my Tips and Tricks for a quick overview too. You will need the following items on hand prior to beginning:

Everything else you need for success will arrive in your box!  


These are a few grocery items lots of people find helpful for preparing fuelings and Lean and Green meals. Please try to keep it super simple the first few weeks! It doesn't have to be hard or complicated! Here is a link to my in depth overview of what you eat on Optavia, although I included some excerpts below. 

  • PB2 powder
  • Liquid Egg Whites
  • Approved tomato sauce (Rao’s Marinara or Great Value brand)
  • Cauliflower rice
  • A dressing that can be used as a “condiment” (Bolthouse Farms, Trader Joe’s Green Goddess, or Walden Farms are all good choices)
  • Coffee supplies (unsweetened almond milk is your most flexible choice.  Any sugar-free, fat-free, creamer that contains no more than 30 calories and 1 gram of carbs is acceptable, but you don’t get much of these, and check your portion size!)
  • Easy meal choices for your Lean (chicken, 99% fat free ground turkey, salmon, shrimp, and lean beef are all good choices, as well as eggs)
  • Vegetables for your Green (Choose ONLY items from this list)
  • Laughing Cow cheese (any variety)
  • Spray oil (olive oil, canola oil, or Pam)
  • I have compiled a list of commercial food products and how they count, and if Trader Joes is convenient to your home, I also included a grocery list for Lean and Green ideas:
  • Optional Snack choices (LOOK AT CARB COUNT ON POPSICLES. APPROVED BRANDS HAVE 1 gram of carbs!)

Remember, it is best to keep things VERY simple the first few weeks. I found it helpful to keep my Lean and Green super simple at first as my body and my mindset adjusted to the program. Optavia has created an online cookbook filled with Lean and Green recipes you can explore as you get more comfortable with Lean and Green parameters. 


This program has been the ONLY thing I’ve found that has worked for me, mostly because it takes out the vast majority of the thinking/prep work for meals. The structured nutrition plan focuses on weight loss AND changing your habits, so clients keep it off. 

I'm currently on the 5&1 plan, which means I eat 5 of the Optavia meals/snacks (called Fuelings) a day and 1 Lean and Green meal I prepare myself each day. The Fuelings are high in protein, low carb and low calorie, and you're eating every 2-3 hours. Fuelings come in lots of choices like oatmeal, pastas, mashed potatoes, cereal, snacky-crunchy type things, bars, shakes, brownies, pudding, cookies, soup, and more. Then you eat what’s called Lean and Green for one meal a day -- Pinterest has a jillion recipes you can look at to get ideas, but it’s basically protein and veggies. The Fuelings are super easy to grab and go, so I’ve had zero issue with traveling or being out of the house when I’m supposed to eat - they’re perfect for people who are busy.

It takes a little less than a week of adjusting your food intake on the program to get into what they call "fat burn" where you start to feel REALLY amazing. It was Day 5 for me. As your coach, I will help you get all set up, provide lots of support while you get going, weekly meals ideas, and some secret FB communities.  There is also a big emphasis on retraining your habits around food while rebuilding healthy habits. There’s an incredible support system while you are on plan, and a really great transition out once you reach your goals, so that you don’t just rebound on weight gain. This makes me super excited for the program, because that's where I usually fail. I have no worries about maintaining or regaining on this program. That’s a very bare-boned explanation, but I know this is something SO many of us struggle with. 

I feel like this has been so easy and so successful for me, that I need to share it because I know so many people are dealing with the same issues I was. The tiredness, the exhaustion of prepping foods, of skipping meals because it's easier than eating sometimes, overeating when I skip too many, etc. I have friends who started this program 2 years ago, lost 50 or more pounds, and have maintained it since then, so I know it works. I also have friends who only wanted to lose 10-15 lbs that they were hanging onto, and it was wildly successful for them too, and they've kept that weight off. The nutrition plan is so easy to follow and takes all the guesswork and calculations out of it - everything is perfectly designed for the exact amount of calories and macros you need each day, and the five fuelings you eat each day include all the vitamins and minerals, as well as a probiotic, that you need for a day. Combined with the Lean and Green it is exactly what the body needs. Plus water! 

I'd love to help you on your journey to health, and I am happy to answer any questions. Please contact me - details in the sidebar.

Phone/Text (preferred): 336-202-3316