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“Taking Action vs. Contemplating Action”

“Taking Action vs. Contemplating Action”



There are two ways to deal with change.  One is taking action and trying something new and different, sure to produce an outcome and the other is inaction, resulting in things staying status quo; or essentially the same.


Taking action has to be enacted when one is fed up with the way things are to the point they are willing to do things differently.  No one can want it for you, as you’re the one who needs to be ready to do the work.  Inaction is ultimately more frightening, leading to frustration and the inability to change and grow. Inaction is like a paralyzed state of being. Most of the time inaction is a way of saying “I’m not ready to change.”


At Balanced Habits we understand how difficult it is to take that first step.  Asking for help can be difficult.
“I should know how to do this,
what’s wrong with me?”
We believe that asking for help is actually a sign of strength that you are ready for the support of an expert and you are acting on it vs. contemplating it. That’s the sign of someone strong and ready to grow.


I encourage you to take action today by scheduling a Discovery Call, using this link, with one of our Expert Food Coaches to support you to reach the goals you have for yourself. Get a customized road map for your nutrition that is simple, sustainable and just makes sense.


Carolyn Fetters of Balanced Habits, LLC


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Is There Such a Thing as WILLPOWER?

Is There Such a Thing as WILLPOWER?



Lately lots of folks have been asking me if I believe in willpower.  I hadn’t given much thought to this, until recently.  When people suggest that I must have incredible willpower, my response has always been the same.  No, I have incredible commitment to my goals.  Same thing?

Last week I suggested you identify your “why.” I did so because it is my belief that when you have this in mind, the commitment to your goals takes on a deeper meaning.  Is this willpower?  I don’t think so.

I recently read a great article by Jessica Gross. She is a NY based writer who was delving into the studies of researcher Brian Wansink and the notion that eating well and willpower do not go hand-in-hand.  You may have heard of Mr. Wansink.  He authored a book called Slim by Design.  Please take a minute to read this article/study.

What is clear is that willpower has nothing to do with eating right.  We are motivated by our environment, and our peers and we make decisions based on these factors.  You’ve heard the saying “don’t eat with your eyes.”  That is exactly what Mr. Wansink uncovers in this research project.

I think we all intuitively know strategies to not have to make constant choices about how much or what we eat but how well do we do with implementing these strategies?  In example, opaque containers, no cookies jars on the counter, smaller plates…things that don’t require “willpower,” or in truth, making a choice to eat it or not to eat it.  Lessening the chances of indulging in a sense.

Now that you have identified your “why,” and are aware that willpower has nothing to do with losing weight, the next step is to identify what your goals mean to you and how committed you are to reaching them.  On a scale of 1 – 10, how committed are you to x?  Remember please to remove trying to be perfect from the equation.  Perfection has nothing to do with commitments.

You could say that your why now has momentum to take you to the next stage of your journey, or whatever it is that you are committed to.

If you feel you would benefit from having a Food Coach support you with your journey, we have someone waiting and willing to work with you on that.  We have a plan for you and believe that everyone needs a plan (designed exclusively for them) to forge a new path to success.

Get into touch with us now that you’ve identified your why and your goal and let us devise a plan to help you stay committed to the journey.


Carolyn Fetters of Balanced Habits, LLC


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What Does Being Healthy Mean?

What Does Being Healthy Mean?



This is a totally subjective question and as they say “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”

I did find a super cool video though that shows the how cultures are in a sense responsible for their unique ideal female body type. It’s a fun watch.

Let’s uncover a little deeper conversation regarding female bodies than just from a visual perspective.


The trend these days is body acceptance and “skinny is out, strong is in” way of thinking.  Gotta love that.  But lets dig deeper to what “healthy” is, and this can get controversial. “Healthy” means different things to different people.  Here are three different versions of women I found when I Googled “healthy female images.”

When you look at these three images, which one looks healthy to you? All of them? One or none of them? The truth is, it doesn’t matter.  We always remind our Balanced Habits LIFE clients, that it’s ok to want to get better, but to be happy where you are in the moment matters more.


However, at Balanced Habits, we believe that being healthy should mean from every angle. Actual health of the body, level of fitness and health of the emotional state.  That’s a healthy person. Health isn’t a “look.”


Health = wealth of all things important in life. The goal to lose weight likely is present, but the perspective as to WHY you want to lose weight can shift for a higher purpose.  When I stopped trying to be skinny (in my early 30’s), my life took a massive shift to a much more accepting and loving perspective.

There is a great book called The Shift, by Tory Johnson. Check it out!  Ms. Johnson uncovers the mental state when it finally “shifts” into a direction that you are ready to take.

What is the quality of your life worth to you?  How committed are you to reaching your goals? Until you can give yourself a “10,” you’re not fully committed. Keep digging. How healthy are you from all the angles I mentioned? If you feel you can benefit from a coach, we’re here to support you.

Get into touch with us now that you’ve got a stronger reason to.  Our BH LIFE Program is offered virtually in 3, 6 or 12 month terms, depending on what needs to be accomplished and the amount of support you’re looking for with your Food Coach.


Carolyn Fetters of Balanced Habits, LLC


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