It’s all about goals

This will be another quick little post. I wanted to connect with my awesome readers and tell you what’s been going on in my neck of the woods.

Guess who had a birthday this weekend? Yours truly! Bdays are bittersweet. I love looking back on the past and recognizing all the things I’ve accomplished and I love looking to the future, setting goals and committing to a wonderful year ahead. I remember an old man once said, “let’s face it, I have more past than I have future.” For some reason that has really stuck with me. I don’t want to regret a minute of life. I want to live life to its fullest! I want to focus on the good in the world and hopefully add to it. I need to be the best me that I can be! Isn’t that what life is all about? Becoming better and helping others along the way? I like to think so.

Today while I was running errands this tip came to me. Have you ever known someone who constantly says they want to lose weight and yet nothing ever changes? You may think that you want to lose weight but it’s not worth giving up brownies, cakes, cookies, chips, soda pop, fast food or whatever your vice is. Sound familiar? You may think that it will be too hard, or that you are too far gone to ever change anything now.

I am here to tell you that it’s NEVER too late! You’re never too heavy or too old or even too busy to make your life better. We only get one life. One. We need to make it count, we need to make it matter. We need to have energy to get through our days, we need to be able to live and love and enjoy life!

So, today’s tip is to decide what you want and commit. If you don’t change, nothing will. Take charge of your precious life. It’s a gift.

The next step is taking action. Sit down and make an action plan. Write at least 3 specific goals that you want to achieve and do them.

If you’re interested in getting serious and need some help I’m here for you! I would love to meet with you (we can even chat over the phone)! We can figure out your health goals and put an action plan in place together…for free 99.

I want you to succeed. I want to support you. I want to answer your questions. So, email me: hc@laciegibson.com or leave a comment below. ūüėė

Weight Loss Tip Tuesday – Smile!

Have you tried and tried to lose weight and just can’t seem to drop any of those extra pesky pounds? Your attitude may have something to do with it!

That’s right! Having a positive attitude is CRITICAL when it comes to weight loss!

Most of the time when we look in the mirror and decide it’s time to lose a few pounds, we are filled with negative thoughts and emotions. “I have to go on a diet.” “I’m fat.” “I’m disgusting.” “I hate the way I look.” and the thoughts go on and on and on. Sound familiar?

We automatically assume that the joy will be sucked out of our lives if we choose to change. We feel like we’ll be deprived of what we want and it feels like it’s an uphill battle. Well, stop right there sweetheart! This couldn’t be further from the truth! Turn that frown upside down and stop that bad, negative attitude in it’s tracks!

Focus on the why. Why do you want to lose weight? What is the main reason behind this goal?

Is it so that you’ll have more energy to run around with your kids? Is it to get back to your pre-pregnancy weight so that you can feel lighter and fit into your favorite outfits? Is it to have more confidence so that you can accomplish your dreams? Is it to get rid of your aches and pains? Is it so that you’ll live to see your grand babies?

Establishing this nitty gritty reason is imperative. Sure, wanting to lose weight just to lose weight is ok, but you’ll be more likely to accomplish your goals when you have a solid reason behind what’s fueling your fire.

Positive thoughts can increase your motivation and your energy levels. They are empowering. They raise you up. Negative thoughts are self deprecating and really drag you down. These thoughts can lead to shame and guilt – this doesn’t make anyone feel good! Getting down on yourself and beating yourself up isn’t our goal. We need to love ourselves up. We need to tell ourselves positive things while looking at ourselves in the mirror. Our bodies are amazing things, no matter how big or small they are!

When we love ourselves, we believe that we deserve the best. We stop trying to sabotage our success, we stop eating chemically laden foods that we know are bad for us, we stop beating ourselves up. We are able to triumph, we are able to raise up and do good, we are able to think more clearly, we have more energy, we’re able to sleep better and handle stressful situations more gracefully.

Pay attention to what you think. Your actions are inspired by your thoughts. Focus on what you think. The average person has between 50,000-70,000 thoughts per day. That equals around 35-48 thoughts per minute! When you notice a negative thought creep in, change it to a positive one.

For example: Let’s say you have the thought, “I am fat” pop into that brain of yours. What can you change it to? Try, “I am strong.” “I am fun.” “I am lovable.” Anything positive and uplifting.

Before you know it, you’ll be a glass half full kind of person!

Now, to announce our contest winner! Congratulations to Sarah Longhurst! She submitted this gorgeous photo!

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Thanks to everyone who participated! There were so many lovely pictures, it was difficult to choose one winner. So, we’ll do another giveaway contest soon. Stay tuned!

Weight Loss Tip Tuesday – Eat the Rainbow

Hola peeps! It’s finally fall! Can you feel it in the air where you are? Here in the Northwest the leaves are changing, there’s a bit of a chill in the air and Halloween can be seen everywhere. Spooky stores are open, they’re playing Hocus Pocus on tv and there are pumpkins everywhere!

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Do ya’ll know what you’ll be for Halloween? I have no clue what I should be! Last year I was a scary skeleton, this year…who knows?! What are some of your favorite fall/Halloween traditions?

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I’ve been a bit MIA, so I’ll tell you what’s been going on in my neck of the woods. Last week we went somewhere I never thought I’d ever be. We went to an Elton John concert. Can you believe that? It wasn’t too bad ūüėČ He sang some favorites such as Candle in the Wind, Tiny Dancer, and my all time favorite…Benny and the Jets. After this, a nasty cold crept up on me. I am just now starting to get over it…2 weeks later.

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This was my 4th concert…I’ve also seen Lady Gaga (she kinda freaked me out), Josh Groban (he was hilarious and soooo good, totally not what I was expecting), James Taylor/Carol King (I’m pretty sure we were the youngest people in the crowd) and now I can add Elton John to my list.

Today’s weight loss tip is to eat the rainbow! This is one of my favorite tips, because it’s fun and pretty. Did you know that the colors of fruits and veggies actually have meaning? They tell us which vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytochemicals (disease fighters only found in plants) are in the foods we eat.

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Red: tomatoes, red onions, radishes, red cabbage, beets, red peppers, rhubarb, apples, watermelon, raspberries, strawberries, cranberries, pomegranates, cherries, grapefruit and red grapes

These are good sources of lycopene and anthocyanins. Lycopene helps prevent cancer and heart disease while anthocyanins boost your brain power and prevent urinary tract infections.

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Orange/Yellow: pumpkin, sweet potatoes, squash, carrots, peaches, oranges, apricots, mangoes, cantaloupe, nectarines, orange/yellow tomatoes, orange/yellow peppers, corn, pineapple and lemons

These are notorious for being excellent sources of beta carotene which prevents the risk of heart disease, and cancer. It also helps with your eyesight in dim light, increases your immune system making it possible for your body to fight against any illnesses, infections and even a pesky cold or flu. This group of colors also contains bioflavonoids. These work together with Vitamin C to keep our bodies healthy so our wounds are able to heal, prevent cancer, strengthen our bones, lower the risk of heart attacks and keep our skin healthy and glowing.

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Green: avocado, broccoli, artichokes, asparagus, green peppers, green onions, leeks, peas, green beans, zucchini, cucumber, celery, lettuce, spinach, arugula, kale, swiss/rainbow chard, watercress, cabbage, brussels sprouts, bok choy, green apples, green grapes, kiwi fruit and honeydew melon

This is one of my favorite colors to have on my plate! Eating dark leafy greens every day will give you tons of energy! These babies are loaded with lutein which helps you have healthy eye balls. This phytonutrient helps protect against cataracts and macular degeneration. They are also packed with indoles which fight against breast, colon and prostate cancer.

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Blue/Purple: eggplant, purple cabbage, blackberries, blueberries, figs, plums, raisins and purple grapes

These contain¬†phenolics¬†which help prevent cancer, heart disease, lower blood pressure and may prevent age-related memory loss, such as Alzheimer’s. These are also high in¬†anthocyanins¬†(see red)

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White: garlic, cauliflower, mushrooms, onions, shallots, potatoes, turnips, parsnips, bananas, white nectarines, white peaches, white raspberries

I know, it’s not exactly a color in the rainbow, but it’s still important. Think of them as the white fluffy clouds next to the rainbow. These guys have flavonols called¬†quercetin. This helps lower your risk of heart disease and helps block histamines which means they could help with allergies. Plus, these help reduce inflammation. They also contain an antioxidant called¬†allicin. This has been linked to reduced blood pressure and may even act as a natural antibiotic. IMG_1871

If you don’t remember all this, that’s ok! Just remember that¬†having a colorful plate will help you lose weight!¬†

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All of these fruits and veggies contain nutrients that kick disease out of your body, boost your metabolism, make you feel full and satisfied and help trim down your waist line. The best part is, it’s simple as ever to do. And it’s fun to make your food beautiful and colorful!

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Try to have every color on your plate at every meal.

Now for the¬†Contest Announcement! It’s fun to take pics of your beautiful food! Be proud and show it off. Take ¬†pictures and tag me in them (via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter). The winner will receive a Breakthrough Session with mwuah (regular value: $150) which includes a strategy for how to lose weight, a plan to accomplish your health goals, some amazing recipes and so much more! I will announce the winner next Tuesday (10/14/14). I’m so excited about this!

Weight Loss Tip Tuesday – The 80/20 Rule

Hey friends!

This weeks tip is going to be a quick one. It’s simple, it’s easy to implement and it’s amazingly effective.

Want to know one of the easiest tricks you can do to lose weight? It’s not about deprivation or feeling guilty that you ate one too many chocolate chip cookies, or working out and shaking that thang, it’s not even about using self control. It’s about freedom, happiness and loving yourself. Who doesn’t want that?!

This is a rule that I follow and that I LOVE. It’s called the 80/20 rule. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to eat healthy 80% of the time. The other 20%? You can eat whatever you want!

For me, this is kind of a relief. It means that I don’t have to be perfect. I can go out with friends and enjoy life! I never have to fall off the wagon again. I don’t believe in feeling guilty and beating myself up. What a miserable way to live. I like to be happy and have fun and love myself!

You don’t have to be perfect either ūüôā

Never forget, you’re all awesome!

Road Trip!

My hubby and I went on a little road trip these past few days. He needed to go to southern Oregon for work and I was able to tag along. It was such a blast! Oregon really is an incredibly gorgeous state. I was in awe at the scenery that surrounded us pretty much the entire time.

I knew that we were going to be taking this trip, and I wanted to be prepared because, let’s face it, it can be difficult trying to find healthy food on the road. Saturday we went to farmer’s market and picked up some beautiful bright red strawberries, delectable white raspberries, the sweetest rainbow of cherry tomatoes, juicy rainier cherries, and fresh little carrots. We went to the store and grabbed some raw nuts, Dave’s killer bread, peanut butter (only ingredient is peanuts…yum) and some raw, local honey. I snacked on PB&H and all my other lovelies on the road. I was in heaven!

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On our way down south, we were able to take a detour and see Crater Lake. It’s incredible! It’s actually a volcano and when it erupted a few thousand years ago, it lost too much magma, rendering it unstable so it caved in on itself and naturally filled up with water. The water is a combination of the prettiest blues I’ve ever seen! We weren’t able to get as many pictures as we wanted though, both of our phones died because it was so cold!

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For some reason everywhere we went, almost all the hotels were booked solid. Crazy! The last night was the most difficult but, we finally found a hotel. It was pretty sketchy. It definitely had a slight serial killer vibe. We said a prayer that we wouldn’t get murdered in our sleep and went to bed. Luckily, we’re still here!

Road trips are fun, but it’s true that there’s no place like home. I loved snuggling up in my bed last night! I’ve missed cooking…and it wasn’t even a super long road trip. I’m trying a new recipe tonight, I’ll let you know how it goes and post it tomorrow if it’s a keeper!

Happy Dance

Lately, I’ve been thinking about being the happiest you can be. In order to do this, it is essential to have gratitude and love in your heart.

The more I look around at the world, the less and less love I see. It’s so sad! But every now and then, a story pops up that restores my faith in humanity.

Rather than waiting to read or see something good, I decided long ago, that I would live my life in such a way that I would have joy and happiness and help others do the same.

Cue the song¬†“Happy” by Pharell¬†

There’s a challenge out there, have any of you heard of it? It’s called 100 days of happy. I LOVE what they’re doing!¬†Check it out!

I will be doing this, starting tomorrow. If you want to see what I’m up to and what makes me happy, follow me on Instagram @¬†L_GIBSON22.

It is vital for excellent health and wellness to harbor a positive mindset. I’m pretty sure this is one of the best ways to realize how blessed we actually are. Not to mention, it will help get you out of the same old negativity rut.

Who’s with me? Let’s do this! It’s happy time!

You deserve it!