Going in a New Direction!

Feeling fat? Overweight? Out of Control?

I'm very excited about the new Thinking Thin Lifestyle weight loss program. I'm looking for a pilot group of women who have 20 pounds (or more) to lose.  Anyone out there meet those two criteria?

The Orientation Meetings (which include: expectations in the 12 week program, cost information, sampling products, and, answering other questions) will be held throughout August. Weight loss classes start end of August.

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Let me know if you have any questions - I can be reached by clicking the "Contact" form (at this site) or emailing me at thinkingthinlifestyle@gmail.com



Ready for a Change?






Are you ready to challenge yourself? Think you can change? Give yourself just 90 days and see what you can do. Come to a Shake Taste Party and find out more about these delicious, protein nutritional shakes, and how they can help you with your 90 Day Challenge.

Saturday, January 12, 2013, 10:30-11:30 a.m., and, Wednesday, January 16th at 6:00-7:00 p.m., held at 4565 Wilson Ave. SW, Grandville, MI (on corner of Wilson Ave and Rivertown - right next to the SPRINT store). Go to wwwhendersoncounselingservices.com (Shake Taste Party tab) for more information


Women and Weight

Keeping a food journal and not skipping meals made a big difference for women trying to lose weight, researchers said in a recently published study.

My Skinny Friend Thinks She’s Fat!

Words of Wisdom

Often when we lose hope and think this is the end, God smiles from above and says, "Relax, it's just a bend, not the end!"

Need to Lose Weight – Try Something Different

"Thinking Thin" 7-week classes start in June!  Sign-up at www.hendersoncouselingservices.com or call 616-457-5001 with your questions and I'll send you information!

Pearls of Wisdom

Got the following "Pearls of Wisdom" sent to me by my sister - and yes, you could use the analogy for so many things but I thought it was most appropriate for those of us who need  inspiring weight-loss wisdom...

Do you know why a car's windshield is so large and the rear view mirror is so small?  Because our PAST is not as important as our FUTURE. So, look ahead and move on.

Conquer Your Cravings

Think you've tried every trick to squash food cravings? Try this new strategy:

Muscle through it: Next time a craving hits, make a fist or firm those biceps for a surge in willpower - then walk away. This technique helped people  choose a healthier snack in an April 2011 study in the Journal of Consumer Research. Why does it work? When we're determined to do something, like eke out the last difficult rep while lifting weights, we instinctively clench our muscles. In the same way, intentionally flexing a muscle can help us tap into that willpower, says study co-author Aparna Labroo, Ph.D.


Eating Well Feb 2012




Start Diet Today – Okay, Maybe Tomorrow for Sure!

Resolve to be different this year.

Oh boy, how many times have you started out that way? You love, love, love the Holidays and yet there’s a part of us that can’t wait to get ‘back to normal’ with our schedules and eating.  The beginning of a new year helps us to resolve to change. To act different. To eat different. To behave different. Or at least different-ly than we have just a mere short week ago.

Okay, so I admit, this is a great time of the year to start over. Why not….what else is so important than the thought of YOU focusing on YOU this January.

I enjoy reading the magazine Success, if you’ve never heard of it I will say it’s always packed full of good business and health information.  This month Amy Anderson wrote a small little article that I’d like to share. Enjoy.

New Year’s Resolutions - Resolve to be Different.

Do the New Year’s resolutions you make really reflect your personal goals? Or are you just making the same resolutions as every other 47-year-old college grad in your tax bracket?

A study by the Barna Group says that certain demographics are more likely to make certain resolutions. Here were the most common resolutions people made for 2011 and the types of people who tended to make them:

Lose weight/Get fit          30%    women, baby boomers, earners over $75K
Pay off debt/Earn more    15%    divorced adults, Gen X, Gen Y, earners under $20K
Improve relationships       13%    college grads, earners over $75K
Overcome addiction         12%    men, singles, Gen Y
Meet  career goals             5%    singles, Gen Y, Midwest residents, earners under $20K
Enhance spirituality           5%    divorced adults
Further education              4%    singles, Gen Y, Northeast residents

So are you making the same resolutions as others like you? If you are, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. What’s important is making resolutions you can stick to.

The study also found that 61 percent of Americans have made New Year’s resolutions in the past. Of those, about one in four say they experienced significant, long-term change as a result. But half saw no change at all.

To give yours staying power over the long haul, be specific, write them down and try to build in a way to measure progress---with weekly check-ins, time requirements, etc.  By February, you could be feeling results instead of regrets.

5 Ways to Start a Smart Exercise Plan

Do you struggle with making exercise a priority? I do! Sometimes it is VERY HARD to get motivated when the weather isn’t quite right, the gym is “out of your way,” or you’re just not feeling particularly healthy.

This re-post is worth revisiting. If you’ve ever have one of those days (or many of those days) where you are just feeling stuck and can’t quite make exercise a priority, here are some ideas:

1.  Start small and be realistic. Don’t set off on a 25 mile walk without building up to it. Your exercise goals should be small and realistic so you can have success at attaining something positive.

2.  This goes hand in hand with the previous mentioned but be specific with your exercise plan. Know what days you will exercise and for how long: “Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, 20 minute walks” and build up to more as your strength and stamina improve.

Don’t forget to change things up. Instead of walking three times a week, mix it up with riding bikes or taking a once-a-week exercise class.

3.  An exercise buddy can help you be more accountable to an exercise plan. Some people need that. Make sure that your exercise partner is reliable and encouraging and this could actually be a fun time to get together.

4.  Keep track of your progress. It can be as simple as putting a small letter and number, like W30 (for walking 30 minutes), or B15 (for biking 15 minutes) on the calendar on the days you exercised. Then at the end of the month, take a look back at all the days you accomplished your exercise plan.

Also, don’t forget those deliberate walks you take at work for your lunch time or break time – it all adds up!

5. Exercise can get a little….well, quite frankly, boring for all of us. Find a way to make exercise more inspiring and engaging for you by listening to music, or watching tv, or even reading while you‘re working out.