Out with Resolutions, In with Intentions! A Powerful New Year’s Eve Ritual

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It’s New Year’s Eve!

I love this day. We're spending the day cleaning, clearing, wrapping up old projects, lighting some candles and writing New Year Intentions— not resolutions. What's the difference between Intention versus Resolution? Glad you asked.

Intentions transform your year and resolutions... well... they transform your first few weeks of January... then usually fail 80% of the time… before February. Ouch.

Growing up on the 90’s diet-obsessed culture I was inundated with New Year’s Resolutions to lose weight. Every channel on TV, every billboard, every ad— was about losing fat, getting thin and turning your life around. “This is the year you’ll do it” the ads promised. I watched too many people (including myself) fall prey to this cultural phenomenon, only to lose a little weight and gain it all back.

Simply put— a resolution is a resolve or a declaration of something you’re going to do better in the new year. It’s a call to action— a promise to yourself. America’s Puritan roots espouse this concept of purification— of losing what is wicked and striving to be the best people we can possibly be.

But let’s be real— left to our own devices, in the bitter cold and dark light of a North American January— there’s only so long restriction of rich foods, drinks and hitting the snooze button for those early morning workouts before we give in— and fail. Instead of making the new year better, we’ve crushed our egos.

A good intention isn’t a declaration, it’s a tone setter for the upcoming year. If your goal is to lose weight, a bad resolution is “I am finally going to lose the weight” and a powerful intention is “2019 is the year I get the support I need to transform my health— mind, body and spirit.”

Intentions consider all parts of you. You know that part of you that refuses to get out of bed for 6:00am workouts? There’s only so long you can keep them down before they start turning your alarm off while you’re unconscious (it’s happened to me, no joke). Start scheduling your workouts during times of the day you’ll actually follow through.

Intentions are realistic. And to be clear— transformations are very realistic but a healthy timeline is essential. If you want to lose fifty pounds, giving yourself the full year to meet your goal is super healthy and realistic. Maybe going on an intense restrictive diet isn’t a good idea— especially if you love warm food in the cold. Set an intention to eat clean, comforting warm foods instead!

Last year, I had a simple intention- to get out of my own way and create something better. I started my business back up, stepped into my dream career, met the most amazing clients ever, traveled, lost the weight that wasn't serving me, journeyed down to Costa Rica, met with patients in Chicago and virtually from my home office. The changes were drastic and much needed. I seriously don't even recognize my life anymore. I'm walking into 2019 with so much gratitude for last year's intentions!

Here’s how to set your New Year’s Intentions:

1. Get clear on your goals. (Ex: I want to get out of debt.)

2. On a piece of paper, write down your intention associated with that goal. (Ex: I intend for all forces in the universe to lead me towards the people, places and things I need to assist me in making responsible, healthy financial decisions that alleviate my debt.)

3. Make a promise to yourself to honor your intention by taking the action necessary for it to manifest. Intentions are active pursuits— they are not passive. Brainstorm ways to follow through that honor all parts of you and are realistic for where you are in life.

I personally like to burn the pages and throw the ashes to the wind. For me, this is a moment of release and contract with the universe— that I’m willing to go with the winds of change to actualize my goals and intentions.

Want to chat through your intentions? Shoot me an email to info@zachmoyer.com and tell me all about them! I'll get back to you this evening or tomorrow. Then, if you're ready to make 2019 your year, enter code 2019 on any session or package for 10% off.

Have a healthy and intentional New Year!

Lots of love,

Zach

F*ck Good Vibes Only!

As a health coach people assume I talk mostly about kale smoothies, but I spend just as much time— if not more, focusing on my client’s spiritual and emotional well-being. Why? Because emotional and spiritual well-being is of paramount importance— health is not just calories in and out— it’s about how you fully and authentically show up for life!

So naturally, few things bother me more as a coach, than when people post Good Vibes Only on their social media, stories, or blogs. I know this may come off blunt, but seriously, f*ck Good Vibes Only. In my opinion, this recent movement in the digital, self-help sphere enables toxic positivity culture and hurts people. If you’re still with me, read on.

Personally, I’m a big proponent of the concept that your vibe attracts your tribe. I love that— it can be very empowering! My clients and I talk about how like thoughts tend to attract other like thoughts and the importance of empowering, positive attitudes and belief systems. Also, I’m a huge believer in maintaining an attitude of gratitude. I make it a practice during my morning workouts to focus positively, listing things off mentally that I am grateful for each morning. It’s hard work but a great daily practice!

This is where the idea of “vibes” or vibration totally resonates with me. My clients and I believe that we are the architects of our lives and we are in charge. It’s time to roll up our sleeves and get to work! You do not have to be spiritual or religious at all to acknowledge that a positive, can-do attitude is productive and healthy. In fact, people with overall positive attitudes tend to live happier lives. The scientific community and psychologists have long accepted this fact and research points to this correlation (1).

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But some days, it is not possible to have a positive attitude. Sometimes horrible things happen outside our control. We might experience trauma, ourselves or others become ill— or those we love pass away. The furthest thing from our minds in that moment of pain, anguish and grief is to focus on Good Vibes Only. In our darkest moments, some of us may have access to hope and connection, but many do not have that privilege. Telling a true victim and/or someone in pain to just focus positively is victim shaming, abusive, emotionally repressive and unhelpful. It does not help, it just harms and further traumatizes them.

All emotions are valid. Period. The end. Our culture is so afraid of emotions that most children grow up in families that never properly discuss emotions, do not ask hard questions about the root of behaviors (parent and child) and stigmatize the need for mental health care providers. As a man, being masculine and strong (virtue traits) meant being positive, but not too positive, not showing big emotions and never—ever crying. As a naturally expressive child, this was an impossible standard for me to uphold. Yet, many people like me who grew up and later identified as spiritual, have internalized these harmful lessons from childhood. These are the people preaching for you to free yourself of victim mentality and focus on Good Vibes Only, when in fact no such thing exists.

I think that when we confront positivity culture with the idea that all emotions are valid, the assumption might be that we are enabling people to just wallow in self-despair for no reason— all day. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Some people may think I’m a negative person for even writing this blog and to be honest, you would be correct in that assumption. As someone who struggles from depression, anxiety and is in recovery from an eating disorder, I have long ago accepted (with the help of amazing coaches, therapists and teachers) that in life, all emotions are welcome. I am a positive, negative and neutral person who feels the whole spectrum of emotions.

Emotions are like waves, responding to our environment and I am riding those waves. Some are small, others can feel like tsunamis. A few things emotionally healthy people can do is take a pro-active role in creating an environment that brings them joy, by doing what they enjoy, seeking secure relationships, and seeking professional help if necessary so that in riding the waves— they have a strong support system.

Simply put, we’re all in this together! It’s equally important to accept our light and our darkness— the cast-away negative emotions, the parts of our personalities we never dare approach and the vulnerability of sharing, resolving and healing past traumas. Instead of Good Vibes Only, let’s be brave enough to feel our grief, shame and pain.

Acclaimed sociologist, researcher and author Brene Brown says “owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.” (2).

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It is not possible to fully embrace positivity-only culture without simultaneously repressing our own negative emotions and shadows. By doing this, we opt out of any meaningful self reflection, deeper understanding of our own toxic patterns in our lives and cast people, connection and relationships away with prejudice over what we perceive as their negativity— when it fact it’s our own fear of it.

In my personal relationships, I look for people who are in touch with their emotions— both the light and the shadow. As someone who has good days and bad days, I want to surround myself with people who can be with me where I am. When we understand and work with our negative emotions we start to understand that the negativity doesn’t swallow us and eat us whole. Ask anyone who has experienced a loss— they’ll tell you that the grief was initially unbearable, but over time, they slowly found a new normal. In less extreme examples, the same is still true— the only way out of a negative emotion, is by going through it. Underneath these negative emotions are often lessons and deeper understandings that help us move forward in life. Instead of running away, find healthy tools to navigate your big emotions, like the large, crashing waves that they are. They will pass.

It’s ok to not be ok. It’s ok to need help navigating your shadow side. It’s ok to have good days and bad days. Life rarely is pure Good Vibes Only. It’s full of contrast, light and dark, happiness and sadness, bliss and grief. As a health coach I encourage you to ask yourself, how am I denying or suppressing my negativity? How is that impacting my health and wellness? Keep looking for answers and you might just find treasure that was waiting for you all along.

Ready to transform this year? I’m currently accepting clients into my Health and Wellness Program, and we’re doing some seriously cutting-edge work. Take a chance to not only dive into food and movement— but also priming yourself to step fully into your power, embracing both your light and shadow. Let’s take a journey of radical self acceptance together and make 2019 the chapter in your story where everything transforms. Ready to do it!? Book a free consultation today!

Sources

(1) https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/prime-your-gray-cells/201108/happy-brain-happy-life

(2) https://cathytaughinbaugh.com/guilt-shame-and-vulnerability-25-quotes-from-dr-brene-brown/

How to Eat Healthy While Staying in a Hotel

One of my favorite parts about traveling is staying in hotels! I know so many people prefer airbnbs these days, but I’m a little more old school, I absolutely love the experience of arriving, checking in and staying in a hotel— it’s such a novel experience!

I recognize that if you’re on a typical vacation, you’ll probably eat your meals in restaurants. But maybe you’re on a budget or visiting for a long term business trip and you’ve been put up in a hotel. I get this question all the time— and it’s how to eat healthy!

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If you’ve ever spent a week or longer in a hotel room, things can get expensive pretty quick. Eating out every meal, or relying exclusively on the hotel buffet can be a risky and expensive way to throw off your health routine. You can always take a run in the hotel's free gym-- but what you eat matters too.

Well don’t worry any longer, I’ve got you covered. Here are my tips and tricks for maximizing your amenities, staying on budget and eating healthy!

Step 1. Find your mini fridge. Is it full to the brim with small liquor bottles? No worries. Carefully remove them and place them in sight, to the side (so hotel staff can see they’re not opened). Be realistic about the amount of space in there when planning what to buy. It may be worth taking an antibacterial wipe and quickly cleaning it out.

Step 2. Find your air conditioning or heat unit. If it’s hot out, identify where the A/C flows and blows the hardest. If it’s cold outside, identify where it’s the coolest in the room.

Step 3. Head on over to the nearest grocery store.

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— Nut butter of choice, find one with no added sugar or extra ingredients.
— Preserve or jam or choice, find one with no added sugars. Honey also works!
— Sprouted grain bread loaf, that can fit in the fridge.
— Hard boiled eggs in the refrigerated section, if you eat eggs.
— Hummus found in the refrigerated section.
— Almonds or a variety of other raw, unsalted, not roasted nuts.
— Avocados, a few ripe and a few unripe.
— A block of Tempeh.
— Bananas, for eating and also to help ripen the avocados.
— Grapes, berries, apples— assorted fruit to enjoy.
— A bag of spinach or leafy greens.
— Red peppers, baby carrots or a few other small vegetables.
— A non-refrigerated salad dressing like Annie’s Goddess.
— Healthy protein bars, or a protein powder to drink if you buy unsweetened almond milk.
— A few gallons of water, or water bottles if you don’t want to drink tap.

Do you have a microwave?

— A few healthy cans of soup, again— find low sodium, vegetarian. Annie’s soup is a great choice if you go this route.
— Some potatoes, like Yukon Gold or small red potatoes. Earth balance is a nice plant-based butter toe at them with, you can also buy packets of salt and pepper to season.
— Rolled oats to make oatmeal. Made with almond milk and then garnished with assorted nuts, fruits and some honey.

Step 4. Refrigerate perishables, like spniach, vegetables, hummus, sprouted grain bread, tempeh, hardboiled eggs, ripened avocados, almond milk, etc.

Step 5. Place all fruit in the cool area of the room you identified before.

Step 6. Place non-perishables in a drawer or cabinet for safe keeping!

There you have it! A perfect way to create a variety of meals and snacks! Here’s just a few examples, but keep in mind you can create so many variations.

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  • Peanut butter and jelly or honey.
  • Spinach salad with vegetables and tempeh.
  • Hard boiled eggs with avocado.
  • Avocado spread on bread.
  • Baby carrots and hummus.
  • Protein shake with a banana.
  • Oatmeal with nuts, berries and honey.
  • Apple and peanut butter.
  • Soup with bread.
  • Cooked potato with butter and a side salad.

Remember, less is more. You can always go back to the store to stock up again, but you can’t take it all with you when you go home!

Plan ahead, be realistic about how many meals you’ll eat in, planned meals out and how much you see yourself needing to eat. That way, you can save tons of money on your budget and eat out way less.

Hope this helps!

Zach

 

Yes It’s Okay If you Skip a Workout (Or Two) (Or Three)

The all too familiar sensation of regret weighed heavily on me. I laid in bed letting the sleep sink in. It was 7:10 and it was time to get up. The day ahead called forward, but something in my mind brought me backward.

I had officially missed three workouts. I immediately began justifying it in my head. “Well I needed extra sleep,” (but I got the same amount of sleep) or “My lower back was tight and needed rest,” (but yoga could of helped that), I”ll eat less today,” (but I don’t want to be hungry), or “we’ll compensate for it starting tomorrow.” (but you won’t lose enough weight before the weekend when you get pictures taken).

I pondered these excuses and rebuttals while I brushed my teeth. Yesterday morning I was supposed to go on a jog, last night I was supposed to go to yoga and this morning I missed my jog again. I wanted to spiral… How could I do this to myself? I was doing so well, was this going to be the beginning of the end of my wellness journey?

What’s strange is that for each workout— I had diligently planned and was prepared to attend, but when the time came, my alarms never went off and I mis-read the yoga schedule. As I made a hot cup of coffee before running out the door, I wondered if this was subconscious self-sabotage, or a message from the universe to take a little break.

As I got the idea to write a blog about this— the answer came to me. It is both. I am self-sabotaging but that’s required of me right now to better understand and commit to myself on a deeper level. Let’s dive in:

Over the past few months, I’ve gradually increased my workouts to a morning jog (3 times a week), lunchtime walks (5 days a week), yoga classes (3-4 a week), nighttime walks (2-3 days a week). I know it all may sound like a lot— but it’s a perfect balance to keep an active, happy and healthy lifestyle for me. This took over five months of shifting my routine slowly to get where I am.

For me, workouts are not punishment for what I’ve eaten. Instead, it is a celebration of what I can do, a release of old thought patterns and a mental refresh. My workouts make me happy and I almost always look forward to them.

The workouts I missed were no exception— I was looking forward to all three! In the spirit of not being super hard on myself, I wanted to know why I flaked when everything was going great. Recently I’ve been able to release a little bit of weight, my clothes are fitting great, I’m feeling more confident and rebuilding my self esteem. Going backwards is not an option for me.

Except it was this morning. Every single workout routine is ended by mornings like these, where we beat up on ourselves for not following through. We take on “all or nothing” thinking, assuming that now we’ve skipped a few workouts so all the sudden— what’s the point?

If your WHY is weak, so will your resolve. My WHY has been a commitment to living my best life, healing my body and rebuilding a healthy relationship with myself, food and movement. I know that seems vague— but I realized yet again in the depths of hell when I had regained almost all the weight I lost, that the only life worth living is one where I make peace with my body.

Hard times have a way of showing us our true, core values in ways good times simply cannot. We cannot truly know light with the absence of darkness. This logic is true for your WHY. You cannot know WHY without first knowing WHY NOT.

I used to workout just to lose weight, as a means to an end. I drew an arbitrary line in the sand that said once I hit this weight, I will be happy. The issue is, I reached that weight, and it wasn't enough. I sprinted towards the line, not realizing it was a marathon. The second I got winded, life caught up with me and I lost my WHY, I lost my resolve and stopped my workouts.

This past week I’ve been anxious over a photoshoot I’m doing this weekend. The pictures are for my social media accounts and website. I wanted to take some accurate, recent pictures so I can share with the world what I actually look like. Ever since setting the date, I’ve felt a wobble in my WHY. I’ve wanted to drop weight fast… so I could look good in my photos.

This weakened my resolve. The reality is, I won’t lose 20lbs in one week and whether I follow through on three workouts in the beginning of the week will not have a large impact on what I will look like in the pictures. It’s no surprise that I subconsciously sabotaged— because what’s the point? If I’m going to be triggered by the photos, if I’m going to just look the way I do— then what’s the point in trying?

We have to get brutally honest with ourselves when we don’t follow through. Just because you evolved your reasons why doesn’t mean that the older demons won’t reappear time to time. This morning I’m speaking directly to them. I’m welcoming them, inviting them in for a cup of coffee and reassuring them that their services, while appreciated, are no longer needed.

I decided to become a wellness coach to break the stigma about coaching, about imperfect wellness leaders and to show the world that just because you have fat on your body, does not mean you are “a work in progress.” We don’t have to change their minds about us— they can change theirs. Our job is to take care of ourselves and let the condition of the weight take care of itself.

Here’s my challenge— I’m going to look how I look in my pictures. They will be true, authentic photos. And that’s okay. I’ll survive and I’ll be proud of myself and my body. There is nothing wrong with yours or mine.

I do believe I will follow through on the rest of my workouts this week. Not because I’m trying to drop weight, but because my resolve is strong again. I got honest about why I did what I did; and in this place of vulnerability and authenticity (that I am very publicly sharing), I feel more motivated than ever to do it.

Love,
Zach

Ricochet

“No cheese this week, so no cheese today,” I tell myself as I rummage through the refrigerator. As many of my clients and close friends know, I am currently working in addition to wellness coaching. The balance between commuting, working out consistently, working my job and then coaching… can be overwhelming at times. It’s a lot in a day.

I made the decision to commit to this lifestyle for the time being. I didn’t see my life going this direction but life happened. I had to make changes— and that involved rolling my sleeves up and getting to work.

It’s been a major adjustment for me personally— but it has helped me see people in a new light. Now I can relate to others who live similar lifestyles and understand the unique situations so many people are in.

I realized I can make my work and the topics I’m passionate about much more relatable. Doing the 9-5 routine myself helps me see how the vast majority of my clients actually live. As a result, I’ve done some growing up.

I’ve realized that for many, committing and accepting the reality of a life where a work routine is consistent and will not change— means we are giving up some of our control. This is not necessarily a bad thing, it just means that the time we do have free in a given day, is within our control. And if you happen to be a control-freak like me, it poses its challenges.

Enter weight loss into the mix, and all the sudden we see a multi-billion dollar industry ready to offer solutions, diets, pills and workouts to satiate this need for control. We tell ourselves after a 12 hour day that we can’t have cheese with our dinner because this week we’re being healthy, so we can finally lose that 80lbs we’re holding on to.

I did not have cheese that dinner. I felt pretty good about it too. After all, I’m not a fan of dairy, the dairy industry and the thought of cows being factory farmed for it. But at the same time, since childhood, cheese has been a delicious, satiating and addicting comfort to me. It’s no surprise that as adults we gravitate towards it.

After restricting cheese, I felt determined to achieve this health goal. Even though I was going against my own advice, I said no to cheese the next day as well. But then something happened. I tried to be a straight shooter, by setting a target with the intent on hitting it but instead, I experienced a ricochet.

The next day, I was on my way to visit my baby niece, Ava. I had just come out of a yoga class, ran home to shower and left. I was hungry and had not snacked prior to coming over. When I arrived, my brother in law had set out a beautiful platter of wheat crackers, grapes, nuts, dried fruits… and brie cheese.

Without thinking, as it was offered to me, I piled my plate full of the cheese. I ate it so quickly and full of so much shame, that by the time I was done eating I felt like I had committed a crime. I couldn’t stick to my target, in fact, I got hit by my own bullet. And it hurt.

But who’s at fault here? The cheese? My brother in law? Me? It’s hard to assign blame to something destined to fail. When we take these shots, aiming for a weak target, its a miss. Probably because saying no to cheese isn’t really a strong enough reason not to eat it.

Emotionally, we feel in control when we commit to restriction. Restriction is our way of purifying our diets, so we can achieve this arbitrary standard of perfection. The illusion of perfection gets us into trouble, because no one, no diet and no food is truly perfect. Instead of eliminating our authentic comforts, we need to embrace them.

Had I let myself eat a little cheese after a long work day, I would have rationed it out in an honest way, savored the taste and enjoyed. Instead I restricted and then over ate. If our goal is to eliminate dairy, we need to get real about the role dairy plays in our lives. How emotionally attached are we? Do we risk another ricochet? Are there suitable non-dairy alternatives? Are those alternatives even much better for us?

We need to ask these questions— because at the root of food restriction is an unmet need for control. What does control feel like to you? For me, it feels like assurance, certainty and like I’m good. These are fundamental emotional needs of mine— and frankly, they’re non-negotiable. So the question is, how can I eat the cheese in a way that will meet those needs?

I tell myself that it’s just food. I’m allowed to enjoy it and let myself indulge in comfort once in awhile. I can have it both ways. I can lose weight and also love what I eat.

Tonight I’m having a little cheese with my dinner. As I eat it, I’m going to pay attention to how it makes me feel. I’m also going to pair it with a very healthy dinner that I know if fueling and nourishing my body. This is a stronger target, I don’t think this one will ricochet.

Now go out and hit your health targets dead on!

Love,
Zach

I’m a Proud Snowflake

Snowflakes are true wonders of nature. Each one has its own unique shape and design, falling from the sky gently with an astonishing ease and grace. It is remarkably short lived, the moment the environment doesn’t support this delicate flake, it melts, ceasing to exist.

As someone who grew up in the snowy suburbs of Chicago, I spent plenty of winters contemplating the intricacies and beauty of this phenomenon. I always know winter has begun during the first snow— the day we welcome back the snowflakes.

Unlike stones or trees, snowflakes don’t stand the test of time. Snowflakes are extremely delicate, unable to handle much temperature fluctuation, only existing when the conditions are perfect for them. They are apologetically passive, they aren’t trying to impress us with their grace; but somehow they manage to every single time.

In the 2010s, older generations created a derogatory name for young adults in their twenties. Observing our interaction with the world, they deemed us more prone to offense, for being less resilient, and being emotionally unable to cope with views that differ from their own. They cite our liberal agenda, trigger warnings, use of proper pronouns, and general unwillingness to deal with emotional, physical and sexual abuse— all as reasons to call us snowflakes. Insinuating that our generation, while believing we are unique and one of a kind, are as delicate and easy to melt or destroy as snowflakes.

Young people are attacked and called snowflakes constantly. This is because we are up against a generation that had a completely different experience in their twenties than we did. Not only has our economy changed, but the internet restructured the way the world works and how we operate in it. Plus, we were educated (by them) very differently and grew up in a different political environment.

It’s quite narcissistic to impose the idea that the generations below you need to be a carbon copy print of you in order to be helpful, useful and reliable. This defies progress and human behavior. As global citizens and Americans, we have the right to evolve, question existing structures and institutions and create a future better suited for ourselves and our children.

There is nothing admirable about enduring emotionally unhealthy relationships, jobs or systems in place. We are not resilient to them— because we are seeking to change them. We are prone to offense, because that is the regular behavior someone displays when you insult them. Plus, we can in fact handle other views than our own, we just have boundaries and prefer not to be publicly shamed, ridiculed and humiliated for speaking up. Instead we’re mobilizing, growing in numbers and preparing to take the helm from those in power currently.

The younger generations are being gas lit. We are insulted to our face for having an emotion; then told when we experience the emotion that snowflakes are hurting the world for being so unable to cope. Endure, have grit, deal with it— this is the message we get now, even though we grew up in environments where our efforts, feelings and small successes were celebrated with gusto. This is a confusing mixed message.

Snowflakes are helping to end the emotional dark age on this planet. We are redefining success, redefining life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Our generation has a unique approach and idea, and that makes us very special.

There’s nothing wrong with being unique and to express yourself in that true form. We cannot deny our true nature; when the heat is turned on aggressively, we will melt. Unhappiness, dread and aimlessness is a common theme among us. What are we here for? What are we supposed to do? It’s difficult to conform to what has worked in the past, because we are living in the present.

I look forward to a world where Snowflakes take the world back; and create lasting, fundamental change in society. I hope my children are raised to believe that they are special and can do wonderful things. In the meanwhile, I’m going to let myself feel how I feel, because I am a Snowflake.

What Even is a Coach?

I got used to the blank stares long ago. When I try to explain to people what I do as a coach, I’m oftentimes met with confusion or disbelief.

Over the past decade, the tides have turned and Millennials have caught wind of a growing market and opportunity— life coaching. What was once a title reserved for athletic coaches or Tony Robbins himself; ‘coach’ is a self-designated title that people like me give themselves.

There are quite a few title granting and recognizing institutions and organizations that offer coach training or credentials. While there are no formal higher-education academic programs or government agencies that directly oversee or regulate this industry, good coaches for the most part self-regulate. After all, it is our clients and patrons who bankroll our dreams that decide if we’re a worthy investment or not.

Our specialties are vast— coaches can focus on any topic, like financial, business, mindset, health, wellness, spirituality or lifestyle. Chances are, if you’ve ever met a coach, they have a specialty, or an area of focus they are particularly invested in.

Many of us choose the title coach over consultant because the word coach insinuates support, encouragement and challenge. Good coaches are forward moving, they are goal-oriented, they mentor, inspire, educate and assist and their clients. Whereas consultants are largely hired to fulfill one need, complete a job or role and move on— coaches only succeed if our impact survives and thrives beyond the services delivered.

This mission— to mentor, inspire, educate and assist, are not light tasks. Those of us who found ourselves in this line of work, often like artists, feel like our practice of helping others, defines who we are. For most coaches, there is no separation between their personal and professional lives— we are all in. The work we do for others is our life work and we are consistently improving, getting better and developing our skills and core offerings.

For me, I became a coach because I realized after college that the only thing I wanted to do was help others. I wanted to spend my time making life better for others; because in doing so, my own cup is filled. Plus, running my own online business from home and working with my clients online creates a lifestyle that is healthy and fulfilling to me. This lifestyle allows flexibility, travel and development in ways a traditional career could not.

Although being self-employed can at times be grueling, requiring upwards of 70+ of hours a week often for low pay, it is deeply satisfying. Coaches are living for the long-term. We’re in a disruptive industry that did not exist before the last decade. Coaches are transforming our online marketplace; turning personal services, like coaching, into a feasible transnational business. The thought of an economy where people pay other people for help is a comforting thought. I can imagine a world where we value each other’s contributions and more people can pursue their dreams.

Oftentimes, coaches do not hold higher-education credentials in topics they assist others with. It’s difficult to move away from the conventional wisdom that the only person who can help you is someone who is ordained with credentials. Going back to our mission— the job of a coach is not to diagnose, treat or cure. Our job is to get momentum going in our clients lives so they can live their best life.

I regularly refer clients out to licensed professionals who can go in depth on topics I cannot. Coaches are not always therapists; so I always encourage my clients to hire therapists they can work with regularly and long term. It is essential to have proper mental and medical health care. In a world where specialization is rampant; coaches help bridge the gap, tending to the entirety of a person, inspiring their clients into action. Often that means that our clients will surround themselves with supportive community and a team of professionals that are there to support them and all their needs.

Our love for coaching comes from a place of life experience or higher purpose. For me, I have struggled with weight my entire life. I’ve been up and down, went through more than most people my age have and along the way, I became obsessed with curating a lifestyle of wellness for my clients that would allow them peace and relief in their lives. When I’m able to positively impact someone’s life, it fulfills my purpose— and intrinsic, cellular experience that makes me relax, enjoy and bask in joy.

I am a adamant believer that our deepest wounds are the ones we’re meant to heal in others. Helping others helps me and this is something I have accepted and made peace with in my life. Although the path is not always simple and others will doubt it— I know it is right for me.

If you ask an artist why they are an artist— they feel similarly. They know its the work they’re meant to do and most of all— they love it.
I love what I do. I am proud to be a coach! It is a title I will not shy away from and will hold with pride and conviction in the work I do.

So what are you waiting for? Hire your own coach and get in on the fun.

Love,
Zach

Stay With It

My yoga class was starting to build in intensity. Just as my favorite song came on, we began flowing through multiple variations, connecting my breath with the growing heat building within me. Sweat began pouring down to the mat, and in the background I heard my teacher remind us of persistence. That in the battle between rock and stream, the water always prevails.

‘Be like the stream’ she says, ‘Persistence is the key to everything you want in life.’

I resonated with this advice— my teacher always has a way of giving me tidbits of advice in my life that I always seem to need in the moment.

Persistence is what got me through my practice. After a long day with a few unexpected twists, I came come from work feeling defeated and unsure of myself. The decision to follow through with my plan to attend yoga, was the most difficult part of my evening.

Recently I’ve been facing several major key decisions that will greatly impact the course of my life and career. I’ve gotten to a point where I know exactly what I want— which is to help others going through what I have and am going through.

My greatest joy in life is empowering others and watching them grow. Over the past few years I have coached dozens of clients. Many of them today run successful online businesses and have coaching practices that enable them to help others through what they have gone through themselves.

Over the past year I’ve stepped away from my career and stepped back in. The major element in my life that was missing was persistence. After two years of coaching, I found myself lacking the persistence to continue on, out of fear, concern and most important— lack of self-trust.

Like many others, I lost my own sense of trust. I fell into a slump where my confidence decreased, my motivation faltered, persistence was lost and all the sudden— I couldn’t trust myself to make a decision anymore.

From this space, I could not continue on. My fear of failure, the concerns over making a living and the threat of controversy and disapproval were too much for me to handle. I could not simultaneously decide to stay and trust myself enough to remain persistent. Instead, taking a step back and walking away felt like the best decision.

I took time to not know what I wanted. I took time to have a quintessential identity crisis and crisis of faith. I changed my mind multiple times, questioned relationships in my life, parted ways with some and was left raw, exposed and increasingly self aware.

A strange thing happens when you step away from everything you know. You’re left alone with yourself and your own thoughts. There’s no more distraction or noise, you have to face the one thing you have been avoiding most— yourself.

From this space, I began to ask myself what I truly wanted. The answers came slowly, over time. Truly all I want, is to once again be in a position where I can help others, and ultimately, myself.
This realization was not enough. I looked at the life I was living and know that changes need to be made and the path of persistence in my career is waiting for me, I just need to flow to it. As I was breathing through my intense yoga poses last night, I realized that as intimidating and scary as the rocks in my life appear to be, its not my job to fight them. I just have to flow past them and trust that the stream is taking me where I need to go.

It’s not easy to trust the flow of life— especially when you’ve hit the rocks hard along the way.

Persistence is the missing piece to my journey. After a turbulent past year, it makes me feel like I can handle any obstacle in my way.

The longer I stay persistent, the more I begin to trust myself again.

Perhaps the greatest challenge we face in our lives, is realizing what you truly want, and letting go, trusting it and having the courage to be persistent enough to actualize it.

Sometimes life will take us through the rockiest and most tumultuous streams to get us where we want to go.

Our job isn’t to fight it. Our job is to let go and trust.

Love,
Zach

The Importance of Finding Stillness

In years past, I would hear different teachers in the arena of health, wellness and spirituality talk about the need for stillness or meditation in our lives. I rarely listened because the thought of sitting still and meditating sounded impossible.

It feels impossible because my mind races, constantly. I believe it is both a weakness and a strength of mine.

It’s a strength because I can think quickly, I can read situations and people and I can make decisions quickly. It makes me adaptable in different situations and is satisfying when I can perform high functioning and very demanding tasks that require extreme focus.

It’s a weakness because when my thoughts wander and my focus shifts, the momentum of my negative thinking greatly impacts my mood and can tank an otherwise lovely day.

What we need to realize about thoughts, is that they help create our moods; and our moods are what create our experience. Since we know that the experience of our reality is impacted by our moods— shouldn’t our focus be on maintaining a good mood?

If we are always managing our thoughts and avoiding unwanted thoughts at all costs to maintain a happy, good feeling mood, we may create a good feeling life experience— but we are putting an extreme amount of pressure on ourselves to maintain perfection.

Sometimes we need to react, sometimes we need to get into the trenches of our pain and others’ pain and hold space for it. I believe that your best is good enough. We can do our best to think positive, try to observe more, react less— but of course there are limits to this. Compassion and empathy for ourselves and others is what makes us a human being.

If the momentum of our negative or unpleasant thoughts becomes a runaway train— our job is not to stand on the tracks, hoping that we can think enough happy thoughts to avoid the train running us down.

Instead, our job is to simply find some stillness. Whether that means a two-minute guided breathing exercise on our phones or putting on a pair of hiking shoes and taking a nature walk. Maybe it means getting under the covers and turning on our favorite show that makes us laugh.

Whatever we choose to do, remember that finding stillness helps us to slow down or stop thought, so momentum can subside and life can become pleasant again.

Many of us operate under the false premise that stillness meant an intensive sitting meditation where all thought stops. The expectation of this is akin to telling someone who has never run a day in their lives to compete in a marathon. Instead of forcing ourselves into a practice that takes years of focus and discipline, small steps in the meanwhile are just as effective and helpful.

This is why for me, running, yoga, hiking, cleaning— have all become great exercise, but the relief I get from them is less about the physical symptoms, but much more to do with the feelings of well-being, stillness and satisfaction that arise.

Stillness does not mean you have the be physically still. It's a state of mind, where your brain, or the engine of your consciousness, can get into a space where focus shifts into the now, into the present moment where thoughts can slow down, and the mind can take a breath.

Do your best to create a life experience that feels good, but when the negative thoughts and moods come— don’t fight them. There’s lessons to be learned, space to be held, and when it gets to be too much— remember, stillness is your friend.

Love,
Zach

When You’ve Fallen Down, Take Your Time

We have all heard the adage, “when you fall down, get back up.” Conventional wisdom tells us to always get back up on the horse. And while this advice is universally accepted as encouraging and helpful; for many of us, this generic advice only makes us feel worse about our predicament.

As someone who works with people trying to lose weight and achieve balance for a living; and as someone myself who is going through his own journey, I understand this issue all too well.

When you’ve fallen down again and again and again, time after time, despite changes, despite doing inner-work, despite yet another breakthrough— when you’re on the floor or at rock bottom again, we become less motivated to get back up.

We think, “what’s the point?” If I get up, I’ll just fall back down again.

Lately I fell into a similar slump; everything was going so well and I was feeling wonderful. Then, a series of stressful events hit me so hard, that I froze, and struggled to get back up.

I always tell people that your health is only as strong as your foundation. I discovered my once strong foundation was weak and falling apart. When the stressors came; they opened up deeper wounds and deeper issues. But this time I did what I’ve never done before.

I let myself stay down. I took my time.

I allowed myself to read the entire Harry Potter series for the fifth time. I let myself binge watch my favorite Netflix series. I said yes to the pizza and yes to fun plans. I allowed my existential crises to wash over me. I talked to my coaches and therapist. I had late night phone calls with old friends and my family.

I didn’t set any expectation for myself to get back into my routine or follow through on the things I felt pressured to do. Instead, I did the bare minimum. I took nature walks instead of running. I checked on finances when I needed to. I wrote when I felt motivated. I cleared my schedule and devoted time to filling my cup and allowing myself to completely feel everything I was feeling.

When you give yourself time; something amazing happens:

You start to realize how strong you are. You begin to see an inner strength come as a result of your willingness to bear the unbearable.

And then, getting back up doesn’t seem so hard. The inspiration to get back on your feet comes to you and instead of dread or apathy; you feel ready. Ready to face the world again.

Getting back on my feet has been a journey. I won’t say that I’ve enjoyed every moment of it; in fact many aspects have been very painful. But looking back on the past few weeks; I’m really grateful for everything that’s happened. Here’s why:

I am moving forward more sure of myself, more motivated and with an inner-strength that will lay the foundation for this next phase of my life.

Thank for being part of it.

Love,

Zach

I’m Not a Medical Professional, and That’s Ok!

My closest friends and family know that on the journey to becoming a public figure on health and wellness, I struggled quite a bit with the “public” aspect. Although I love writing and speaking about these topics, I want to make something clear:

I am not a medical professional. I do not have a degree in nutrition, psychology or medicine. And I am completely ok with it! Here’s why:

My whole life I struggled to find purpose. I was having existential crises as an eight year old and when my Hogwarts letter never came when I was eleven; I knew it was time to think about why I am here and my purpose on this blue marble.

I grew up to be highly ambitious, but splintered. I spent my youth acting in plays and musicals and my years in college directing large productions on campus.  While in school, I changed my major five times! I studied acting, directing, pre-medicine, nursing and creative writing but I ended up graduating with my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Studies after an academic mentor guided me on path.

When I left college, I did some interning and freelancing in the theatre world of Chicago. At this time, I noticed my perpetual existential crisis started to fade once I started talking to people about my weight and health journey. Nothing felt as satisfying as helping others through using my life experience.

But what was I? I had my degree in theatre! Who am I to help others?

Consulting was the word I found that best described the work I did. For the first time in my life, I knew I found my calling.

I love consulting, inspiring and motivating people to step into their health, balance and power. I think coaching is a talent like acting— you either have it or you don’t. I struggle with self worth issues, but I will make one concession: I am a great coach.

Here’s the thing…

I talk about health, wellness and weight loss— but I speak from a place of life experience. I may not have impressive credentials, but I have twenty five years of experience dealing with eating and weight issues. I’ve succeeded and failed but have learned along the way. Talking about these topics is my favorite thing in the world. I don’t care if I ever get well-known for this work. I love it so much, that it’s worth it.

Yet, I have strong values. I want to help, never harm— so here was the question posed to me:

Can I talk about health without a masters or doctoral degree?

Yes and no.

No to diagnosing people. No to prescribing treatments or medicines. No to offering therapies I am not qualified or trained in. No to falsely advertising myself. Most important, no to being the only person on someone’s care and support team.

Yes to inspiring and encouraging people. Yes to motivating them into healthier lifestyles. Yes to teaching about whole foods and healthy exercise. Yes to talking about body positivity. Yes to giving advice about managing emotions. Yes to creating vibrant lifestyles.

The biggest yes of my coaching career— is helping my clients get the full care they need. I regularly refer clients out to therapists and doctors because while I feel like I am a valuable part to their journey, I am not the end-all. We need many people on our care teams, not just one. I do not pretend to have all the answers— and no reputable coach should.

People seem to forget how effective modern medicine and psychology is. They are essential pieces to the puzzle. Just like having a coach who motivates you and inspires you is a big piece to the puzzle, so is proper medical and mental health care. Everything is important.

In a saturated industry where everyone seems to be peddling some type of diet, program, or product; it’s hard to find the diamonds in the rough. There are so many scam artists out there and so many people who value the dollar over someone’s well being.

What sets me (and my colleagues and mentors) apart from these folks is that nothing that I teach or talk about is out of line with the contemporary agreements and understandings about health. I am a proponent of integrative health— bringing the dialogue of holism into science.

I realized when I started coaching, that I can use my life experience to inspire others to find the well-being that I found. I love sharing what I know and being a support to others on their path. I know my life experience qualifies me to coach and nothing more; but to me that is enough.

I just want to help.

From this vulnerable space, I hope you understand who I am and why I do what I do. I love producing free content that helps people around the world. I love knowing that out of struggle, a business that fills me with purpose and joy has emerged where the sole intention is to help others.

Thank you for reading!

Love,

Zach

To Juice or Not to Juice, That is The Question

A few years ago, juicing took the health industry by a storm. Everyone was juicing and selling recipes and fancy equipment.

The premise is simple. Take a fruit or vegetable, mechanically strip it of its fiber and form into a liquid juice form and drink it immediately. By doing this, you are ingesting the pure nutrients, phytonutrients, minerals and substance of the plant without the need for mechanical digestion. The juice hits your stomach, is absorbed through into the intestines and the nutrients are assimilated into the body.

Many people went on juice fasts, meaning they would stop eating all food and only consume juice. Admittedly, I did this. The first time I tried to lose weight, I went on a four-day juice fast and lost quite a bit of weight… because I wasn’t eating. By the fifth day I was foaming at the mouth and ate a salad with no regrets.

So what do I think of juicing?

I conditionally like it.

Here’s why:

— Juicing high-sugar fruit is not good for you. Oranges and apples, for instance, are amazing for you and delicious. Their fiber, however, in their full form will cause the sugars in the fruit to be digested and assimilated slowly by the body, therefore stabilizing the blood sugar response and keeping you full longer. Fruit juice buy itself is like a shot of sugar and I am skeptical of it’s benefits.

— Only consuming juice is difficult on the plumbing. Your intestines are amazing! They innately push through and digest all your food through the process of peristalsis, assimilating the good and releasing the bad through urine and feces with a symphony of complex bacterium. This process is accomplished when there is actual food matter cooperating with the muscle contractions. Juice fasts often cause digestion distress and I am very skeptical of colon hydro-therapy as the solution to the constipation that sets in a week or so into the fast.

Here’s why I love juicing though.

— Juicing fresh vegetables (especially leafy greens) and drinking the juice is extremely healthy and good for you. But you have to drink it immediately, juices lose almost all their nutrition the longer they are exposed to oxygen post-juicing.

— Drinking a juice is a perfect way to start a meal. A vegetable juice of leafy greens and carrots would be phenomenal before a meal, especially if you aren’t planning on eating a salad.

You can blend it too!

I love a good smoothie. Berries, leafy greens, almond milk and spirulina is my go-to shake when I’m feeling a little sick. I like keeping the fiber because when I eat, I like to feel full!

Happy Juicing!

Love,

Zach

Three Things I Ate to Stay Healthy While Traveling

Back in 2015, I was a professional event coordinator. That meant that I would travel the world (often on little notice) and throw together entire seminars, gatherings, events and keep it all organized and concise.

My life was a logistical jig-saw puzzle. I loved it because it kept my mind occupied and constantly thinking and planning. I am the type of personality that thrives under pressure— give me a deadline and I will deliver. Give me an open-ended assignment and I will fail.

I traveled around the US & Canada, UK, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Many of the flights were grueling, especially the direct flight from Dallas, Texas to Sydney, Australia— 16.5 hours of pure endurance.

Over the two years I developed tips for healthy travelers and I am really excited to share it with you.

THREE THINGS TO EAT:

1. Raw, Red Peppers. Not only are they crunchy and delicious (I eat them like an apple) but they have one of the highest content of vitamin C in the plant kingdom (even more than oranges!). They are immunity boosters, fill you up, are hydrating and will keep you regular due their high fiber consistency. I would buy these everywhere I went and would start every morning by eating a pepper. After a night in a hotel, this is a great way to start the day off strong. Just don’t eat the seeds, throw away or compost the core just like you would with an apple.

2. Spirulina Powder. I know, it doesn’t taste that good. But it’s basically like taking ten green salads into powder form— it’s a total health food drug! I carried my powder around (got some looks from TSA officers) and would make sure once a day I took a teaspoon and mixed it into a glass of warm water… and then I chugged it— quickly. When we travel we often go for the warm, comforting carb-y foods, so taking spirulina is a nice way to ensure you’re getting your vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and sun shine that you would only get in raw fruits and vegetables.

3. Almonds. I can barely leave the house without a bag full of these miracle workers. When I traveled they were super important to me because sometimes I wouldn’t know when I would eat again when I was running large events. They are high in protein and fat so they satiate hunger and keep your blood sugar very stable for hours. Don’t be scared by their high calorie content— eat a small handful, get energy, and then when it’s time to eat a meal, you can make more informed decisions instead of over-eating from extreme hunger.

And of course, drink water! If you are on the road often, I recommend moving over to one brand of water or sticking with spring water until you’re home. The bacteria, mineral content and composition of drinking water is different everywhere you go— so do your gut a favor and stick with bottled water. But always recycle and re-use your bottle!

Love,

Zach

Too Unmotivated to Workout? This 5-Step Process is Magic!

Ah, the dreaded workout. Maybe it’s been going well the past week, month or even year because you’ve managed to get to the gym or get outside for your daily workout.

It was going well, until… it wasn’t. Eventually, everyone hits a wall. That’s normal and it’s part of human physiology.

When we feel unmotivated to workout, it means something within us needs to be looked at. Whether you’re overweight and just starting a movement routine or whether you’re a five time marathon runner, we need to consistently check in with our bodies and make sure our routine works.

We need to get real about why we feel unmotivated. Pushing through is not always the best option because when we ignore our feelings, we let the root issue fester and rot until we have no choice but to have a full out breakdown, or worse— just quit exercise all together!

Creating a movement routine that works with your body’s abilities is essential. As humans we need to move every day. How you move, well… that’s up to you!

My 5-Step Process to Motivate

1. Check in with your body. Start by closing your eyes, sitting or laying down and noticing if there is any discomfort. For example, you may feel a pull in your heart or a pain in your knee. Zoom in on whatever body part(s) are speaking to you, and listen to them. Ask the body part(s) the following question, “what can I do to motivate you to workout?” And then allow the answer to come. There are no right or wrong answers in this exercise. When the answer comes, take it seriously. The knee might say, you are running too hard or the heart may say, I feel like it’s futile because we will never get results.

2. Reset your goals. There is an infinite amount of possibilities for why you have lost motivation. It is so important to listen to your body and to honor its feelings. Based off the answer(s) you get from step one, you need to alter, revise or reset your goals going into the workout. Often, our high expectations sabotage our success. If your head is telling you that you’re too lethargic or tired, the focus of this workout should shift away from intensity and towards restorative movement. A yin yoga session, a leisurely nature trail walk or a soft elliptical session while watching your favorite TV show might be the best answer.

3. Drink some water. I know, this sounds so typical of a health coach, but I really mean it. Often, dehydration will cause us to feel sluggish, lethargic or hungry when the time comes to workout. Your hormones will be sending signals for you to rest and eat, but if you just introduced some water into your system, you can reset your hormones. So, find your favorite glass, pour some high quality water (I love spring water) and sip on it slowly until it’s finished. Set the goal to finish the glass and then wait five minutes. You should start to feel better.

4. Take some deep, restorative breaths. Just like the lack of water causes sluggishness, the lack of oxygen to your cells makes you super tired and unmotivated. I recommend going outside (even if it’s cold) and taking several deep inhalations and exhalations. I like breathing in for ten seconds, holding for five, and exhaling for fifteen seconds. Do this several times until you start to feel present in the moment or a little light headed. The light headedness is a signal it’s time to stop and sit down for a second and resume your normal breathing. After doing this, wait five minutes and you will feel more awake.

5. Inspire yourself. After you have completed steps one through four, take some time to find a playlist, artist or album that inspires you or makes you feel hopeful, optimistic, or even— motivated! I love listening to electronic music or binaural beats and I start visualizing things I want to happen and I let myself feel like it’s happening. Then, on that upswing, I start my workout. Don’t limit yourself just to music! Podcasts, seminars, speeches, or even television shows can be just as inspiring and helpful for you during this step. The goal is to follow the path of your highest excitement and once you feel good— you’re going to feel naturally motivated towards your new goal.

Happy exercising!

Love,

Zach

The ONE Thing the Weight Loss Industry Doesn’t Want You to Know

I’ve worked with plenty of clients who have their fair share of stories about weight loss programs. I’ve heard all about the fraud, the rip-offs, the one-size-fits-all approaches and the physical injuries.

I’ve also heard about how at first, a lot of diet, exercise, lifestyle or detox programs worked. They helped my clients drop weight, very quickly— even up to one hundred pounds.

The problem is, they’re still coming to me. Why is that? Well, it’s because something along the way went terribly wrong.

They gained all the weight back— and some.

But why? Was it the programs fault? Most programs are pretty clear that if you follow through, you will lose the weight and keep it off. They ask for your full commitment and pledge and then shortly after, you start to drop weight. Quickly.

But here’s what they’re not telling you:

The faster you lose weight, the easier it is to gain it all back.

Why would they tell you this? Because it is possibly the biggest buzzkill ever. The reality is, most scientists, medical doctors and dietitians agree that people who slowly and consistently lose weight are more likely to keep it off and maintain their body weight.

“Slow and steady” is not the sexiest sales pitch.

“Lose 20lbs in two weeks on this sketchy pill that definitely is some legal form of meth!”

Now we’re cookin’. (literally).

The fundamental issue is that most people are interested in short term solutions. They want to lose the weight quickly in order to/or before they… [insert thing here]. Culturally, we draw a line in the sand so that when we reach it (at a certain body weight or size) then (and only then) we’ll be socially acceptable or good enough to do it.

If we approached weight loss from the perspective of… do what you’ve always wanted to now, get happy, get healthy and let the weight come off slowly… no one would need to buy weight loss products and programs. This multi-billion dollar industry would cease to exist, at least in it’s current form.

I’m sorry for rocking the boat!

But let’s be honest about something. This industry might not be telling you this fact, but they are aware of it. And it benefits them tremendously. Here’s why:

If they could truly cure your weight problem, they would not profit off you.

On an NPR Planet Money podcast episode, they analyzed Planet Fitness and their unique business model. What they found is that although the monthly membership is between $10 and $20 per month, an average gym can fit about 300 people at a time, even though they sell about 6,500 memberships… per gym. If everyone showed up, the entire business would crumble to the ground. They rely on members not showing up, it’s how they make their money. When you stay at home, you are their best customer.

The same goes for traditional weight loss programs. They make tons of money off recruiting you, getting you started and selling you everything you need to start their program. If you lose weight, you are downgraded to their basic membership.

But if you lose weight quickly and gain it back because you can’t keep up with the rigors of structured dieting, you will recycle through every program as a high-ticket buyer until you find your way back to them. You are making them way more money than anyone who has successfully lost weight.

That’s why the emphasis in successful health programs is not to drop tons of weight. Instead, finding emotional, physical and spiritual solutions to every aspect of your life puts you in a place where weight management is a life-long option for you.

Personally, I feel the need to call this out because I am in the business of affecting lasting change and if you’re like me, you will appreciate the revolutionary approach.

Love,

Zach