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LET’S TALK TURKEY

LET’S TALK TURKEY

I absolutely love Thanksgiving. Many of you that know me already knew I would start off like that. It’s my favorite Holiday. For me it is the start of the Holiday season. It’s not about shopping and gift giving — it’s about family and for being grateful for what you have and who you have in your life. And while it’s also a time to give thanks it’s also a time to pray and/or hope for those we lost and those less fortunate who are struggling. 

It’s also important for us to be grateful for the food on our table. How lucky are we all to be able to sit around a table filled with family, friends, love, laughter and a beautiful turkey with all the trimmings. 

So let’s plan for our TURKEY AND TRIMMINGS! It doesn’t matter if you do or do not like Thanksgiving food. As you may have heard me mention Thanksgiving is more than one day. It’s a 5 day social weekend where the average person gains 10-12lbs from start to finish. It starts Wednesday night and ends Sunday night. And if you don’t have a plan you are going to wake up a very unhappy person Monday Morning. So let’s talk about our Plans and Tips….

PLAN PREPARE AND FOLLOW THROUGH:

TIP: Whether you are cheating Thanksgiving or not – One of the best tips I can give you for Thanksgiving Day is to stay on program and go off dinner, dessert, drinks. Don’t starve yourself all day because if you do that you won’t be able to control yourself when you finally sit down. Instead follow your on program meals of Breakfast and Lunch or Breakfast and Snack and then go into your Thanksgiving dinner hungry but not starving.

5 HOUR FAST:  Unless you are on the 5 hour fast. If you are on the 5 hour fast you are already used to only eating in that time period and your body already knows how to control it. So if you are on the 5 hour fast stick to your 5 hours and make them to your Thanksgiving schedule. 

NAVIGATE THE TABLE:  Regardless whether you are doing the Signature Innovation or the 5 hour fast – When it comes to the food I would have your turkey and then take 1 large tablespoon or 1 small portion of everything else you like that is on the table. Sometimes you will find tasting them is enough. You can always go back for more of what you really liked. But if you fill your plate with everything you will most likely eat it all even if you end up not being crazy about something to begin with. Mentally we tend to finish what is on the plate whether you love it or not. So do not give yourself that option. Instead take a small portion or TBSP of everything you do like – try it and if you really want more go back for it or you might be very satisfied with what you had and be done and feel good. Same goes for the desserts. 

WHAT IS YOUR PLAN

PLAN 1: 

WEIGHT LOSS:  If you want to continue on your weight loss journey and continue to lose weight over the Thanksgiving weekend then you will either use Thanksgiving as your cheat day and do the rest of the week and weekend on program. OR you will be 100% on Thanksgiving and have turkey and veggies and have your cheat day on your regular weekend day that you choose. This is very doable. You can eat out and still be on program. You can have a drink and still be on program. So if you want to stay on program and continue to lose weight you can do this. Always remember you are 100% in control of your results. 

PLAN 2: 

MAINTAIN: NO Exercise: If you are okay with maintaining you can do 2 cheat meals and desserts. You simply pick two days— For example: Thanksgiving dinner and Saturday night and you only cheat dinner and dessert or dinner and drinks on those two nights. The rest of the day and the rest of the weekend is 100% on program. If you do this you will maintain this weekend and that is fantastic if you are okay with maintaining.

PLAN 3:

WEIGHT LOSS:  If you do everything I just listed for PLAN 2 above; but you add in at least 60 min of cardio each day then you have a really good chance of still losing this weekend. So basically it’s 2 Cheat meals with desserts or drinks and incorporate 60 min of cardio each day and you will see weight loss at your next weigh in.

After the weekend the most important thing is to get right back on program.  Because if you stick to your plan any new weight will be gone in a day or two and you can start losing again. The worst thing you can do is get into the mindset that Thanksgiving is once a year and you will be missing out if you don’t over indulge each day all weekend. I see it with clients all the time they want to lose weight but they don’t want to put the planning and work in to make it happen. You have choices. If you stick to one of the plans above and use the Healthy Tip – I promise you will come out of this weekend – feeling great and very grateful. 

HAPPY THANKSGIVING 

FROM ALL OF US TO ALL OF YOU

~LOVE TO LIVE HEALTHY WITH JOSEPHINE FITZPATRICK 

 

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WRITE YOUR OWN STORY

This week we have been focusing on NOT PLAYING THE VICTIM IN OUR OWN LIFE. To me that is such a powerful statement that we sometimes forget we have power over. That it’s actually up to us how we choose to use our energy in the challenges that we have. Do we play victim or are we leaders.

 When I say to a client stop playing the victim in your life they always respond with a questionable look – Like what are you talking about – but then within seconds they realize what I am saying and what they are doing. They are playing the victim in their own life. It’s a realization that is something we don’t always want to see about ourselves. And it’s certainly not easy to admit or even say out loud. Because the answer determines who we are. When we play victim we blame others but when we are leaders we take the responsibility. It’s two different types of people that only you can decide who you are and which person you want to be.

A VICTIM – is when something is done and it wasn’t your choice. But playing the victim – is when you choose to live your life based on that bad experience. Not playing the victim is when you look at the bad experience and think – I didn’t like it and I wished it wouldn’t have happened but I have to believe I was meant to go through it because it was a learning experience for me or an opportunity to grow in some way. That takes you out of playing the victim. Now understand this in no way has anything to do with those who victimize you. They have to deal with their own Karma. Whether it’s today or tomorrow it will always come around to them. So don’t put your energy into them. The universe will do it for you. Let go – Let God. 

Most of the time we don’t even realize we are playing the Victim. This could be in any part of your life it doesn’t matter whether it’s weight, family, career. Think about the words you say to yourself. They made me; I couldn’t walk away; I had no choice; I have no time…. It can go on and on. When I say I have heard it all I really have. But when I switch the roles and I put the realization on you to stop playing the victim. — Yes you can walk away, you do have time, and you do have choices – in fact not only do you have choices – you are the person who is writing your own story. It is then that we see our life in a whole different light. 

Of course this will only work if you want to change. Many times we play the victim in our life because we don’t want to put the energy in to make the changes that need to be made. You see whether you are playing the victim or you are playing the leader — how you use your energy is going to make the biggest difference how you live your life. And that difference could be good or bad depending on which way you choose. 

Think about the people around you. Who would you consider a person who plays the victim. Now think about the energy he/she brings into the room, into conversations. Even if you love them or love spending time with them – a person who plays the victim always has a negative tone of what happened to them or how someone did them wrong and why they can’t accomplish something – it’s never their fault.  You feel the negativity in the room and depending on the person and the energy it can sometimes be exhausting to be with them. 

Now think about your own life – what kind of energy do you manifest. What kind of energy do you distribute into a room, your family, friends, and universe. We all have challenges and bad experiences. Some worse than others. But how you learn from them, and how you use the energy from that learning is going to determine not only who you are as a person but also how you write the story of your own life. 

So I ask you to look at your life and ask yourself that question

What is the story I am writing about my life. 

 

You are the one who is solely in charge of your life, you hold the keys to your success, you can create the life of your dreams, you can live in whichever way you choose. Sometimes I think we forget that we dictate how we live. 

Every single day you write your story and you not only write the story you can change it at any time. The job you work in, the weight you are, the health you are in, the way you live, the people you surround yourself with is all your choice, you are the creator of your life, so why not create the best possible life for you. Yes of course there are some things which are destined for you, which you can not change or do anything about, but there are so many things about your life that you are in charge of as long as you put the work in.

So from this point on I want you to demand the best from yourself, raise the bar and push yourself, and stay consistent. We can get easily distracted and lose focus on our goals, but i’m telling you if you don’t demand the best from yourself no one is going to do it for you. You must get up everyday and write the story you want to live. You are not the victim you are the lead role in your life and you will learn from your experiences and you will put good energy into your body, mind, family and universe. You will keep moving forward everyday knowing the you want more and deserve the best life possible. You are willing to work hard and put the effort in everyday to reach your goals and create the life that you want. I really believe we are all capable of achieving anything, it does not matter where you are, or who you are, you have everything within you to become the person you want to be. 

Dream, believe, achieve. Live life to the limits.

~Love to Live Healthy with Josephine Fitzpatrick

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HOW TO STAY CENTERED AND FOCUSED WHEN YOU’RE STRUGGLING

Staying centered and focused on your goals is hard. In the beginning, we’re certainly motivated. But we all know how that motivation wanes over time. We get caught up, stuck, frustrated, overloaded, overworked, distracted, and we simply just veer off track. Clearly, it’s hard to stay focused when we have so much going on.

Yet, in the back of our minds, we know that those excuses will only take us so far. Yes, it’s easy to let life get the best of us, but it’s not okay to veer so far off track that we forget what we truly wanted out of life and why we really wanted it. So staying focused on our goals is not only important, it’s crucial.

When you’re not in a good place, it’s hard to stay centered

“Staying centered” is an internal experience of feeling calm and confident within yourself

 It’s a feeling of deep trust in one’s abilities or intuition. 

Over 10 Years at Innovation I’ve learned the number one thing that clients struggle with the most is staying centered, focused and in control of what they want. There is just so much temptation and quick fixes it’s so easy to fall into what you don’t want instead of working hard for what you do want. 

Clients ask me all the time how I stay centered and focused and I always explain how being consistent and planning and preparing my routine, food, and exercise not only keeps me centered – it also manages my stress. 

Once you start to feel off-center, it becomes the snowball – you start stress eating, and sleeping less, and because you are not eating on program you stop exercising because you make yourself believe – why should I exercise if I am not eating well— Sound familiar? I’m sure it does, because when you’re feeling out of control and off centered one or more of your good habits is bound to fall. But at the end of the day for me – it’s just not worth it. I know that I function my best when I am doing the right things. There are so many times I would like to grab something on my non-cheat day but I don’t do it. Is it will power? Maybe. But what I really think it is more than anything — is Positive Thinking. I am always reminding myself what is important to me and even in the most negative times I will look for the positive. Another big thing for me is Consistency. When you do something over and over (good or bad) you form habits that you live by. I am focused on what makes me feel good and I know what doesn’t and it’s never worth it. I know whatever I am grabbing for will be there on my cheat day and I almost never even want it when I can have it. Same with exercise. I run every day because I love to run. But there are days that I don’t want to go but I never give myself a choice because I know when I am done I am so happy and if I don’t go I am never happy about not doing it. Many times we get in our own way of what we want and what we don’t want. Many of us have a way of making life so much harder than it has to be. What it all comes down to is it’s not that difficult to do the right thing. If we have a plan and follow it through and we stay positive – we can accomplish anything. 

HERE ARE 10 TOP TIPS ON HOW TO KEEP CENTERED, FOCUSED AND IN CONTROL:

1. Positivity. I truly believe In the power of the positive mind. I believe we can talk ourself into being whatever we want to be. It’s the power of manifestation at it’s highest level. It starts with your own positive energy and what you put out to the universe and to others. That means sharing the love, giving compliments, not gossiping, and most of all believing in yourself.

What I find to be the most damage to clients is the negative they put upon themselves. Living in a negative state is so destructive to you and everyone around you. How you think and feel and how much negative or positive you put into your mind, your words and your life is going to reflect on you and it’s going to affect everyone around you. So this week listen to your words and work hard to turn the glass half empty into the glass half full because I promise you when you live in a positive mindset it’s going to be life changing. 

2. Non-negotiables. First of all, you may be thinking “what in the world are non-negotiables. Well, non-negotiables are those things in your routine or your lifestyle that are must-do’s that you prioritize to stay healthy and feel your best. For me my non-negotiable are eating on program, running, and family time. So I make those things a priority in my day that I have to incorporate around my work day. No matter what I get them done because they are non-negotiable and they must be included every day. I will not trade off one of them to do something else – that is why it’s non-negotiable. — Today take time to reflect on your lifestyle and decide what things you need to feel 100% and at your best every day and make them non-negotiable in your day.

3.  Routines. You may have heard me speak of it in an earlier blog or podcast. Creating and practicing a routine is one of the most powerful things you can do to train your body to stay centered, focused and in control. There is great power in starting my day feeling calm and in control – and my routine gives me that. 

4.  Reflect.  I always take 5 minutes a day to reflect on my goals. I tell clients all the time – take a step back and look at where you were, where you are now and where you want to be. Sometimes we can forget why we are working so hard and sometimes our goals can change. When you take a step back and reflect you can revisit your goals and make sure that you are still on the right path to reach them. 

5.  What do you want – what is your goal?. Get clear on what YOU want first – So many are conditioned to pay attention to what others want, they forget to think about what they want. Getting clarity FIRST on what you want is critical. 

6.  Journaling.  Now you know what you want – it’s time to write them down. When you don’t write down your goals they stay in the abstract. They are less real, even if you think they are as real as they can be. You have to write them down and get very specific about them. Writing out your goals and specifically about what you want is the smartest goal setting method you can do. If you want to stay centered, focused and in control then you need to ensure you are doing it the right way. If you are serious about your goals and what you want, then you have to actively set them and detail them out. Simply create as much detail towards your prospective goals as you possibly can and you will achieve them

7.  Listen to your Intuition.  I am a very intuitive being. Most of the time I know what people are thinking and what they want before they even tell me. We all have an inner voice. Give yourself the quiet time to listen to your intuition. Stop “Doing” for at least10 minutes each day and start just “Being”. We’re called human beings and not human doings for a reason. I actively do this when I am running. I am listening to my thoughts and feelings. Listening to your intuition will tell you what’s really important to YOU. It will give you clarity on what you really want and it will give you greater confidence to get it.

8.  Pay Attention to Your Energy. Make a list of what energizes you and what de-energizes you. This could be related to your work, your friends, your exercise. Then spend more of your time with what energizes you and less on what doesn’t. You’ll be surprised at how much more powerful you will feel.

9. Be in competition only with yourself.  I am a big believer that we should only try to be better tomorrow than who we are today – and better today than who we were yesterday.  It shouldn’t matter who has what or more than you.  Our thoughts and emotions have an incredible ability to either give us power or take our power away. Every time you compare yourself to others, you give your power away. Start to watch your thoughts and emotions almost like an outsider and then focus on the ones that give you more power. When you focus only on being the best person you can be and doing it by being a better person each day – that is when you will really see yourself gain power. Be your best self – and let everyone else be theirs. 

10. Manifest It:  Manifestation is based on The Law of Attraction, which, in simple terms, is the ability to bring things into our realities through energetic attraction. Essentially, like attracts like, what you are putting out into the world is what you will receive back from it. Remember manifesting will only work if you believe it will. So if you believe that you are going to be healthy, happy, thin, and wealthy – and you put that into the universe, you work hard everyday for it, believe in it, and stay positive every day about it —I really believe it will happen. It might not be overnight but the more you believe in it the more you will see it. 

If you read the list above you will see how the list goes hand in hand.  You can’t manifest the positive in your life if you are gossiping and putting out negative for others. You must live what you want to manifest. So start by being positive – have your non-negotiable that are important to you – make sure you are following your routine daily so you feel your best – be clear on what you want and then journal about it. Listen to your intuition – Pay attention to your energy -be your best self everyday – and manifest exactly what you want and how you want your life to be. Think about it right now. If you could plan your dream life what would it be …..— these are the energies you put out into the universe everyday and you will see and feel the universe return abundance.  

When you live this way daily you will find that you stay centered, focused and in control and day by day you will be reaching your goals. We all have the power to be who we want to be and live how we want to live. If you haven’t already – then start today. I promise you will be so happy you did. 

IT’S ALREADY YOURS

YOU JUST HAVE TO BELIEVE IT

~Love to Live Healthy with Josephine Fitzpatrick

 

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MIND GAMES TO MOTIVATION

MIND GAMES TO MOTIVATION

From Graduations to Starting Camp — this time of year is all about endings and beginnings for all ages. We are all experiencing happy tears in all kinds of celebrations. So how do we stay motivated to stick to our program and lose the weight when we have temptation at every turn? Here are some tips that will help you get past the mental games we play – the self sabotage we do -and keep you motivated and happy to stay on your path. 

MIND GAMES: You know that 90% of weight loss is mental. As soon as you can’t have it you want it. You want the weight loss so bad but at the same time you can talk yourself into cheating in seconds. You are so quick to notice when someone takes advantage of you but do you ever realize when YOU are the one taking Advantage of YOURSELF. 

EXAMPLE: MindGame— You step on the scale mid-week because part of you thinks— If I lost I will keep going but if I didn’t lose I’m giving up and eating— but the truth is you have only been on program 3 days so you didn’t even give your body enough time to lose the weight. 

EXAMPLE: MindGame— You make deals with yourself — Im going to have extra today but I will eat less tomorrow (even though you know that will never happen – once you eat off program you will be lucky if you even get back on the next day- never mind eat less). 

SOLUTION: The truth is when it comes to Mind Games we get into negative thinking because it’s always going to be easier to do the wrong-thing than do the right thing. The only way to stop playing mind games with yourself is to be brutally honest. When you see you are questioning your original plan – think about why you are doing it, and if you are being honest with yourself you will acknowledge that maybe it’s because you are tired or you are hungry and you feel mentally weak. Sometimes when you ask yourself the honest questions you will give yourself the honest answers and then you can move away from the mind games and focus on the truth of what you want and what it will take to get it. 

SABOTAGE:  Self-sabotage is when you actively or passively take steps to prevent yourself from reaching your goals. When you are constantly sabotaging your own thoughts you are taking yourself off the path that you know means so much to you. There are many reason why we self sabotage such as – Instant gratification – and/or avoiding what needs to be done. But at the end of the day the Why isn’t always as important as learning to STOP. 

The best way to stop sabotaging is to Plan your day. The reason for this is because when you have too much freedom and no plan it creates lack of self regulation. When you have a plan it immediately creates control from within. When you have control from within and you plan your day – as long as you follow that plan – you will be less likely to self sabotage. 

MOTIVATION: If you are not disciplined enough to just walk away or just say NO -how do you stay on your path and lose the weight. MOTIVATION! Motivation represents the willingness to put your efforts in a particular direction so you can achieve your goals. Motivation is what makes you perform- It energizes your behavior and directs you to perform the activity by using your own enthusiasm. So a great example of this is when you give yourself that one solid week on program and you see your results – those results motivate you to do it again. But you have to start with putting the work in to that one solid week to create your own motivation. 

VISUALIZE: This is big on my list these days. Don’t just think about it – but actually visualize it! When you visualize you are giving your brain a clear picture of what you want to feel and look like. When you do this the visualization sends a signal to your body to start behaving consistent with the image. It’s such a powerful skill most of us don’t even know we have. One of the best things you can do is think about an event you want to go to. It could be one day or multiple days. It could be as big as a wedding or as small as a beach day. The idea is to think about how you want to to look and feel that day. Think specifically about what you want to wear – and how you want to look and feel in it. Visualization is a simple technique that you can use to create a strong mental image of what you really want. 

FINAL THOUGHTS…. Think about the end of the day and tomorrow. You finished your on program day. You are laying in bed a little hungry but not starving. You immediately feel lighter and healthier. You can tell in your body you have done the right thing – it doesn’t even matter what the scale says you know you are lighter. You followed your program and had a great day. You wake up the next morning and you feel even better. When you wake up after having an amazing day you can literally feel how light your body feels. And instead of dreading getting dressed you are excited about it. Happy and feeling good – that is always how you want to end and begin your amazing days.

The words you tell yourself everyday

will either Lift you Up

or they will Tear you Down

~Love to Live Healthy with Josephine Fitzpatrick

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EASTER & PASSOVER – WHEN AM I CHEATING?

PREPARE FOR THE HOLDIAYS

Whether you are celebrating Passover – Easter or both! – you want to incorporate your Cheat day into your celebrations. Here are some helpful tips:

CHEATING MORE THAN ONE DAY: Split your Cheat day and do Cheat Meals. Instead of having Saturday as your Cheat Day – do Friday night and Saturday night – back on program Sunday. Or you can do Saturday night and Sunday night back on program Monday. Any two nights you want to do cheat meals instead of a whole day. You want to have cheat meal dessert and drinks (optional). Remember when you split your cheat day it’s one less day of the week you have to lose weight.

CHEATING ONE DAY: If you know you are cheating only one day you always have the option to keep your Cheat Day to one day. One cheat day a week will always give you the best results. But only do this if you are certain that you are not going to be tempted at other holiday celebrations.

VACATION: If you are going on vacation – do not cheat before you go. Stay on program and pick one cheat each day to enjoy while on vacation. Any meal – dessert or drinks. You choose each day one thing that you want to indulge and enjoy. This will help you maintain the week. If you want to lose while on vacation then you must stick to your One Cheat day a week and stay on program on Vacation. Sounds hard? It’s not as hard as you think

EXAMPLE:

  • Egg whites for Breakfast
  • Grilled chicken salad for lunch
  • veggies and hummus at the pool or beach
  • Fish and veggies for dinner
  • choose your dessert whether it’s a drink or fruit

If you want more than this then you should be prepared to maintain or possibly gain. Remember your actions = results.

PASSOVER CHOICES:

INCORPORATE PASSOVER CHOICES IN YOUR DAY

BREAKFAST & LUNCH CHOICES YOU CAN INCORPORATE PASSOVER WEEK:

• MATZAH-2 Matzah with 1tbsp of peanut, almondor SunButter, or 1/2avocado

• MATZAH AND FRUIT: 1 Matzah with 1 tsp of pb or sunbather with 1 piece of fruit

• MATZAH AND EGGS- one Matzah with 3-4 egg whites and 1 cup of veggies

• ANY Kosher Meat no sauce no marinate no butter

• Light tuna or chicken salad or egg white salad with 1 matzah

• Chubby Potato: 1 large white potato or sweet potato with 1 cup of veggies on top and 1/4 cup of cheese and bake 🙂

• 1/2 cup park skim Cottage cheese with 1 cup of fruit 

• Popcorn

• 15-20 Any nuts

• Think Thin Bar

• Matzoh ball soup without the Matzoh ball

• 2 slices of low fat cheese or 1 light part skim cheese stick with 1 Matzah

 • non fat greek yogurt with 1/2 cup of berries

• 1 cup of any berries with 2 tbsp of cool whip

 

 

INNOVATION FOOD AND PASSOVER:

1) IF YOU are NOT STRICT and ALLOW FLOUR FROM OUR VEGETABLE PROTEIN you can have anything in the store

2) STRICT – NO WHEAT OR ANY KIND OF FLOUR

— All our Gluten Free Muffins, GF Cookies and GF Bagels

— Our Entire Ketovation line contains no wheat or flour 

Cauliflower Pizza

Turkey Taco

Chicken Salad

Tuna Salad

Sweet potato fries

Tomato Soup

Broccoli cheddar soup

Bisque Soup

Pudding

Rice Sticks and Hockey Puck Rounds

Chocolate mousse cake, & Cheese Cake & Gummy Bites

All Innovation nuts regular, chocolate and mixed

Popcorn

Licorice

Detox

The Staff of Innovation wishes everyone a healthy happy Holiday 

~Love to Live Healthy with Josephine Fitzpatrick

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HELLO MARCH

What is your MARCH GOAL?

With Spring and Summer around the corner – March is a month of Irish kisses and Shamrock wishes and an amazing month to focus on a goal. Yes ONE goal that you want to achieve in March.

What is a goal: A goal is what a person is trying to accomplish, it’s the object or aim of an action. It is usually something that is difficult to achieve, but doable. We know that waiting, wanting and hoping for a goal to happen – does not make it happen. You have to visualize, define and plan your goal. You have to put the work in to get the results. But before you can do that you must know what your specific goal is.  

Your goal must be clear and well defined. Vague or generalized goals are unhelpful because they don’t provide sufficient direction. Your goal should be very specific. The more specific, the easier for your brain to achieve it. Your goal should also have a deadline – in this case our deadline will be March 31. What do you want to achieve by March 31? 

Why only one goal: Choosing one goal will allow you to decide which area you want to work on first to best improve your life! What is most important for you to achieve right now? What will make you happy? What will make you feel good? What will improve your life both mentally and physically the most.  

When you make the decision to go after one goal with a deadline it will also help you gain a sense of purpose. With purpose, we can better focus on what we want to accomplish in our day – knowing each day is attributing to this one goal. This purpose gives us drive and motivation to keep pushing! 

TIP: you want to keep the goal doable. It’s one month that you have to achieve this goal. So think of it like a mini goal each month that will keep adding up and contribute to your big goal.  

So what is your specific goal for March? 

Here are some examples: 

  • Fit into a specific size pants by March 31
  • Fit into your favorite shorts or bathing suit
  • Maybe it’s to clean up your weekends and only have one cheat day a week and not 3 mini ones.
  • Stick to your meals and snacks without eating in between
  • Fasting and eating only in the 5 hour period each day. 
  • Exercise 5 days a week
  • Run 1 mile everyday 
  • Text Josephine EVERY night
  • Lose 10 lbs (2 lbs a week) 

Once you figure out what your ONE specific goal is – then you can put all your focus on achieving it.

Goals should always be challenging, they should force you to leave your comfort zone. Contrary to what may seem, when a goal is difficult it actually generates more concentration and is more likely to be achieved. Of course they also need to be realistic and doable. They have to be possible.

Once you decide on what your goal is for March – now you have to put the work in. Any goal requires determination, discipline and a lot of hard work. Like I mentioned earlier – you will never reach a goal by just wanting or wishing for it.  

Bottom line is Action: You know your goal now you plan each day for it. You prepare how you are going to achieve it and you follow through everyday with your plan. If your goal is to do the 5 hr fasting — then you know it will require you to plan your hours that you will fast – and you have to know what you are eating each day and you have to follow through with that plan.  It’s always going to be more than just having a goal and all about putting the action in to achieving that goal.  

Final thoughts……Know your specific goal — put all your focus on it and work hard everyday for it – you will feel so accomplished and thrilled when March 31 comes around (so quickly) and you have one of your mini goals achieved and you will be ready to plan your next goal for April. 

“The difference between who you are and who you want to be is What you do”

~Love to Live Healthy with Josephine Fitzpatrick

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FEBRUARY GOALS

HELLO FEBRUARY:

February is one of those months that arrive fast and exit even faster. And yet so much is going on in such a short month. We have Valentines day and President’s day weekend and Winter Break. So much fun so little time! 

LET’S TALK ABOUT GOALS:

The beginning of the month is the best time to plan for your goals. Take a look back at January – did you accomplish all you wanted? If not – why? Be honest with yourself because at the end of the day you are only hurting yourself with excuses.   

FEBRUARY GOALS:

Before you make your February goals – make sure whatever goals you choose they include what is going to make you happy. Make sure you are making them for the right reasons. Because in order for you to reach your goals they have to mean something to you. Because when they mean something to you that is when you will do everything you possibly can to reach them. 

Start by deciding what your goals are and then think about how much do they mean to you. How hard are you going to work for them. Always remember making goals is the easy part – putting the action and work into achieving them is the hard part. We all want success – but actually doing the work is what creates the success. And when it comes to weight loss it’s as much mental work as it is physical. When you make those goals you have to include being willing to with walk away from temptation and being okay with eating less and dealing with those little hunger pangs. It’s not just “I want to lose weight” it’s about everything that goes along with losing weight. It’s hard work. But if you really put 100% thought into this and you tell yourself everyday how important it is to you – then you will achieve it. Because our mind is so powerful we can believe anything we tell it to – but of course that road goes both ways. Always remember it takes just as much energy to be negative as it does to be positive. 

CLIENT STORY:

I would like to tell you about one of my clients. She is a young mom of 3 who was overweight at 180 pounds. When she first came to me she was sure she wasn’t going to be able to lose weight. She was very depressed. She tried every quick fix diet and felt completely defeated. I explained none of that mattered – what was important right at that moment was that I was going to hold her hand throughout the program – all she had to do was trust me and trust herself and if she was really willing to work for this as much as she said she was – then we would do great. 

She started in September and now February 1 she is down 52lbs. Some months she lost more than others but even through holiday months she always had weight loss. What was most amazing was she never gave up. She worked so hard every week to stay on program – even with the temptations that were in front of her everyday. She always remembered what was important to her and what she wanted most of all was to feel great by Winter Break because her family was going away and she said her last trip she was so miserable and insecure and wore cover – ups the whole time. She said it ruined her trip and she ended up comforting herself with food the whole time. She was so tired of that feeling.   

One of the reasons I am telling you this story is because I think it’s so important to understand and really think about goals. She didn’t just WANT this she was willing to put the work in day after day and week after week. This trip kept her motivated throughout. For her It was more than just the weight loss. She said she avoided stores and places to go to because she didn’t feel good about herself. She was upset with herself because she felt 20 years older than her age and she didn’t know what to do about it. For her it was so much more about her confidence and this winter break all she wanted was to walk on the beach in her bathing suit and feel confident. We recently did a phone call and she cried and said to me — she never really understood how unhappy she was in her body until the weight loss. She said she knew she wasn’t comfortable in her body but didn’t realize how unhappy it made her. And only when she lost the weight and became really comfortable in her skin again — was when she knew how much this all really meant to her. She felt truly happy. — and that is something we forget. Happiness isn’t a thing – it’s a feeling. And maybe her goal wasn’t really about weight loss it was about feeling happy again. 

I think one of the most important points of this story is it’s not just about the number on the scale. It’s not about a size of clothes. This is about not settling for less than what you deserve because it’s easy. This is about not telling yourself that you did your best if you really didn’t or that you are happy if you know deep down that you are not. This is about digging down deep and working extra hard for something that means everything and that could even be potentially life changing for you. Yes im talking about weight loss but this can apply to anything in your life that you know you haven’t worked hard enough for. And while it may sound silly to some – I mean how can weight loss be life changing? Well waking up and going from feeling unhappy to feeling happy everyday is life changing. Those of you who have gained and lost weight know exactly what I am talking about. It’s life changing when you feel comfortable in your body and how much confidence you suddenly have because you feel good in everything you put on. When you feel good in your body everything changes for you. You feel healthy, energetic, you love to get up and get dressed. It can make the smallest things in life feel exciting. All because you are taking care of yourself and doing the right things.  When you think about it. It’s really not too much to ask of yourself. I mean just by doing the right things and making the right choices you get to live a life in a body that makes you feel HAPPY everyday. And that is life changing to a lot of people. 

Whatever your goals for February are – make sure they = happiness 

Love to Live Healthy with Josephine Fitzpatrick
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LIMITS EXIST ONLY IN THE MIND

YOU DON’T HAVE TO HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS – Life isn’t supposed to be easy. You don’t reach a certain age, a certain social status, a certain position in your career, and suddenly have it all. There isn’t a secret potion, a lucky token, or even a prayer that will change the course of your life with a snap of your fingers.  And sometimes not knowing can be uncomfortable. But when it comes to weight loss – what we can find comfort in is that when you plan – prepare and follow through with your menu – and when you don’t eat in between your meals, and you work really hard – and be consistent – you will absolutely see results. And you know this because you have seen the results of so many clients around you.[dt_sc_hr_invisible_small]

 

RESULTS: When it comes to weight loss the best way to see results is to just start. You have to work hard, push yourself and be okay with being outside of your comfort zone. Sometimes we feel we need to have all the answers or it has to be the perfect time but the truth is there is no perfect time and you will never have all the answers. What is most important is to just start – follow and be consistent. What you need to know is that every day that you follow you will learn more. Every day that you are consistent you will see results. It’s okay to feel out of your comfort zone. Many of you who first started the Innovation program and now the Ketovation program were completely out of your comfort zone. Yet, you trusted me, you listened, you followed, learned – worked hard-and the results have been absolutely amazing. [dt_sc_hr_invisible_small]

 

YOU CAN GET PAST THE CHALLENGE: Life is supposed to be challenging – and when we talk about challenges Weight Loss is right there at the top of the list. But we must remember it’s the challenge in life that makes you learn so much. And it’s the challenge that makes it so exciting. As you succeed with each challenge, you trust yourself to overcome future obstacles. You gain great advantages when you overcome your challenges – most of all discipline and control.  [dt_sc_hr_invisible_small]

 

CAN YOU DO IT: You know deep down you can do this. You can do anything you want if you put your heart and soul into it. It takes a positive mindset, hard work and consistency and you will get to where you want to be. You have to learn to talk yourself into it and stop talking yourself out of it. Instead of looking for excuses to go off program you have to make all the excuses why you should stay on program. [dt_sc_hr_invisible_small]

 

WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO STOP MAKING EXCUSES FOR YOURSELF: Aside from the fact that they are probably not true – more important is when you say them or when you think them, they are causing you to limit yourself. These excuses keep you going down the same old path, preventing you from reaching your goals.  If you really want to lose weight, feel great and have control over your life and your happiness – then stop making excuses of why you can’t do it and just do it. [dt_sc_hr_invisible_small]

 

WHAT DOES IT TAKE: It takes following your menu – not eating in between meals and snacks – having the the discipline to want it more than just wishing for it and talking about it – it takes planning, preparing and following through with your day – it takes not making any excuses on why you should go off program. It takes consistent hard work – And most of all it takes you loving yourself enough to walk away from the temptations. You have to be willing to put your “immediate wants” aside for your “future results”. When you can do that you will see the very best results. [dt_sc_hr_invisible_small]

 

STOP BEING AFRAID AND START BEING EXCITED

~Love to Live Healthy with Josephine Fitzpatrick

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Ketovation Information

STARTING SEPTEMBER 8TH

KETOVATION

SO EXCITED ON ALL THE FEEDBACK

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What Is It:  Ketovation –   Very Low Carbohydrate, High Healthy Fat, Medium Protein diet – Cycled with weeks of Innovation- Low Calorie,  Low Fat Low/Medium Carbohydrate,, High Protein diet.[dt_sc_hr_invisible_small]

 

How does it work: The Ketovation diet forces your body to alternate it’s fuel sources between ketones and glucose.  Two weeks the Ketovation diet relies on the liver to break down stored fat into molecules called ketones. As carbs are reduced the fat is increased, the body enters a metabolic state called ketosis.  [dt_sc_hr_invisible_small]

 

When you are on Ketovation your body will be in ketosis – it will take from stored fat on your body to use as energy – creating faster and significant weight loss results right from the start.  [dt_sc_hr_invisible_small]

 

We have learned through our Ketovation cycling – we are increasing our long term weight loss results on Ketovation. When we do 2 weeks of Ketovation then cycle in Healthy Carbohydrate days – the cycling increases your metabolism helping the body to react continuously to the ketosis. Producing faster, and continuous weight loss. Another added benefit is clients have an easier time both mentally and physically of staying on the program because while you are cycling in your Innovation healthy carbohydrate, low fat, high protein days – you are seeing faster and continuous weight loss making it more doable to stick to the program overall. [dt_sc_hr_invisible_small]

 

*The most important thing is you have to be 100% the first two weeks of Ketovation with no Hiccups. 

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*INNOVATION: Low Fat 5%; Low/Medium Carbohydrate 25-30%; High Protein 65%.

 

*KETOVATION: High Healthy Fat 70%, Very Low Carbohydrate 5%, Medium Protein 25%

 

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1. First two weeks you will follow 100% Ketovation which is very low carbohydrate, high healthy fat program for 2 weeks and incorporate in one cheat meal and one cheat snack each week. On the 3rd week you will incorporate one full week of your regular Innovation Program and then cycle back to 2 weeks of Ketovation. Continue this rotation until you reach your goal.[dt_sc_hr_invisible_small]

 

2. First Two weeks of 100% Ketovation with one cheat meal and one cheat snack. Continue on Ketovation and in the 3rd week on your cheat day you will incorporate and Innovation day with One Cheat Meal and One Cheat Snack (Two meals and Two Snacks from your Innovation menu and One Cheat Meal and One Cheat Snack on the same day once a week. Continue until you reach your goal.[dt_sc_hr_invisible_small]

 

3. First Two weeks of 100% Ketovation each month – following with your regular Innovation Program low fat, low/medium carbohydrate, High Protein Program for 2 weeks. So it’s 2 weeks Ketovation and then 2 weeks Innovation. Continuing this cycle until you reach your goal.[dt_sc_hr_invisible_small]

 

4. Two weeks of 100% Ketovation as a Jump start and then back to 100% Innovation Program and remaining on your Innovation Program until you reach your goal.[dt_sc_hr_invisible_small]

 

How Do I Get a Menu?: Starting Wednesday September 8th, we will have FREE menu’s at the store or you can download them on our website Innovationweightloss.com. Thes are for customers who are NOT on program.[dt_sc_hr_invisible_small]

 

The menus will consist of all Innovation Ketovation food – and the best way to incorporate the meals and snacks into your day to get maximum weight loss[dt_sc_hr_invisible_small]

 

If you are on program (online or In studio) you will receive a personalized menu 24/7 support, & weekly weigh- ins.[dt_sc_hr_invisible_small]

 

In-Studio Sign-up: email innovationjeff1@gmail.com or call the store to make an appt 516802-5055 [dt_sc_hr_invisible_small]

 

Online Sign-up: you can go rigth to our website to join and in the profile page write Ketovation Program or Innovation Program. innovationweightloss.com

 

You can also stop in Innovation Store I will be there most days to answer any questions.[dt_sc_hr_invisible_small]

 

Do I have to Only Eat Innovation Food To Do Ketovation:  No! Just like our Signature Innovation Program you do not have to eat only Innovation Foods. But because our food is delicious, easy, portioned and balanced perfectly of 70% healthy fat, 25% protein and less than 5% carbohydrates for the Ketovation Program you will want to incorporate it. But as always if you are an online or in studio client your menu will have Non-Innovation options as well. [dt_sc_hr_invisible_small]

 

Can I drink alcohol on the Ketovation Program:  Yes! If you are over 21 you can have Vodka, Tequila, Gin or Whiskey[dt_sc_hr_invisible_small]

 

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF THE KETOVATION PROGRAM[dt_sc_hr_invisible_small]

 

  • You are not giving up carbohydrates  because it’s impossible to live without them.
  • The Results are Faster, Significant, AND consistent weekly weight loss
  • Balances hormones
  • It acts as an appetite suppressant because of positive changes in hunger hormones, including leptin
  • Improves insulin sensitivity – which helps fuel utilization and metabolism
  • DECREASED BODY FAT – Ketovation promotes the loss of body fat, especially unhealthy abdominal fat.
  • Decreased Stored Fat – Because excess carbs are stored as fat when there is minimal intake of carbs – your body uses your stored fat for energy creating the weight loss
  • The Ketovation diet drastically reduces chronic inflammation
  • Increased Fat Burning during rest, and daily activities [dt_sc_hr_invisible_small]

 

Check out our Love to Live Healthy YouTube Channel for more information

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wvxf1FfnUnA

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IN STUDIO APPOINTMENTS

STARTING IN SEPTEMBER

IN STUDIO PROGRAMS

FALL SESSIONS START WEEKEND OF

SEPTEMBER 17 / 18. 

 FRIDAY AND SATURDAY SESSIONS AVAILABLE

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You can choose to do any of the following programs:

  • Our Signature Innovation Program– Low Calorie, Low Carb, Low Fat, High Protein Diet
  • NEW Ketovation Program – Medium Calorie, Very Low Carb, High Healthy Fat, Medium Protein Cycled with the Innovation Low Calorie Low Carb, Low Fat, High Protein Diet
  • Fasting – Is optional and can be incorporated into any of the above Programs

 

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Unfortunately at this time we can only take a limited amount of In-Studio Clients to meet with Josephine.

All In-Studio Clients meeting with Josephine Must Show Proof of Vaccination.

If you want to be an in-studio client please make sure you sign up with Susan or Jeff at the front desk in order to secure your appointment. Innovationjeff1@gmail.com. or call the store 516 802-5055

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12 Sessions: $699 

Includes: 12 In-Studio Session 

24/7 Text Support

Personalized Menu 

Must be completed within 6 months

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6 Sessions: $499

Includes: 6 In-Studio Session

24/7 Text support

Personalized Menu

Must be completed within 3 months

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ONLINE PROGRAM

ONLINE: If you can’t come in you can join the Online Program – Includes personalized menu, and 24/7 support with Josephine. Sign up online:  innovationweightloss.com or through Jeff innovationjeff1@gmail.com or call store for more information 516 802-5055

 

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ON YOUR OWN 

ON YOUR OWN: You do not have to be a client to shop in our store or to do our programs. You can do any of our programs on your own. Just head over to the website: Innovationweightloss.com and purchase and download any of our menus that fit your lifestyle. (Our Ketovation Program will be uploaded September 7th.) Come in to our Woodbury Location and shop or shop right online.   **These are general menus and are not personalized and do not come with the 24/7 support

 

~Love to Live Healthy with Josephine Fitzpatrick