Ready or not, it’s time to rock the uncomfortable vibe.

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You’ve heard the saying, “If you do what you’ve always done you’ll get what you’ve always got.” Yes?

Do we make the same mistakes over and over and over again until we learn from them and change our behavior? Perhaps. Hopefully. And hopefully we have a short learning curve.

Like the idea of, “Try, try again. And then quit. There’s no sense in being a fool about it.” HA.

But it’s HARD to change behaviors. It’s completely uncomfortable. New. Unknown. It’s work. It’s taking a risk. It’s BELIEVING in yourself.

Holy shit. There’s an idea.


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Friends + Sunshine + Inner Wisdom = Happiness

A Note From Sara

You cannot beat a sunny spring day! I’m writing this with toes in the grass and the sun on my shoulders from my backyard in Eau Claire, Wisconsin! Raja – our beagle/coonhound mix – is LOVING it too! For her it doesn’t get much better than chasing squirrels and making sure all the neighbors know that this is HER yard. It’s tough being a dog at our home. Real tough. 😉

And this time in the sun is exactly what I needed! It’s been a crazy, CRAZY, few months here at the Hefty Household because my side of the family is going through some major STUFF right now. And I was letting their stuff dominate MY life. I was focusing on them and the past, and it was bringing me down. Hard. So I’ve been working on forgiving, letting it go, and getting back to my life and what makes me happy. (YAY, sunshine!)

Life’s reminded me that it’s important to recognize what one can and cannot control. I can control where I spend my time, what I think about, and whom I chose to be close to. It’s said that we’re a combination of the five people we spend the most time with. And if, over the past few months, I’ve learned nothing else, I’ve learned for the sake of my happiness and my health to pick my five carefully! The hubby’s definitely one of my five. Now, to go out in the world and connect with the other four…

Much love,
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P.S. – A big, warm “Welcome home!” to all of you new readers who joined my “tribe” of compassionate lifestyle-changers over the past two weeks! You’re going to LOVE the inspiration, the articles, and the resources you find here to help you achieve your greatest health potential – enjoy!

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Featured Article: Inner Wisdom or Diets

You can’t turn on the TV, drive down the road or go to a party without being confronted with America’s hottest obsession: weight. Diets are a billion-dollar industry; companies spend millions and millions luring you to try the latest diet (low carb, high protein, low fat, no fat, you name it) with promises that this will (finally!) be the solution—your shortcut to a thinner body. Advertising efforts also deeply affect our children, who develop distorted body images and are often on diets as early as nine or 10 years of age.


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Spring Moxie

A Note From Sara

New office, new look for the website! Gotta love progress.

Speaking of progress, one month in and my clients are ALREADY making huge lifestyle changes!!! I’m so, so, SO proud of each and every one of the ladies I work with! SO. FREAKING. PROUD! I’m talking that these change-ready women are FINALLY carving out time for themselves and building the life they truly want to live. From installing bike racks to getting dolled up to cooking more to realizing they’re worth taking really good care of to laughing and being happy to planning fruit and vegetable gardens, it’s been amazing the difference one month has made. And to think I have the honor of supporting all of them for another five months! I’m stoked and absolutely excited to see how far they’ll fly.

And it all started because they reached out to have one brave conversation. One. Brave. Life-Changing. Conversation. A conversation I recently dubbed “Moxie Meet“. (Much better than “Health History”, don’t you think?) So, this Moxie Meet is the big, scary step. And it’s the scary step because it’s the first. It’s the step where we connect, catch up, and start rocking the universe. It’s an awesome step. It’s a liberating step. It’s that step you take when you’re SO OVER being a hot mess and are ready to be the most excellent version of yourself. You know the one. Thee freaking hottie who knows what she wants out of life and is going for it. Yeah, that girl. The one your childhood-self adores.

Are you ready to be brave? Ready to meet your moxie? Awesome. Let’s do this!

Much love,
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P.S. – A big, warm “Welcome home!” to all of you new readers who joined my “tribe” of compassionate lifestyle-changers over the past two weeks! You’re going to LOVE the inspiration, the articles, and the resources you find here to help you achieve your greatest health potential – enjoy!

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Spring Cleaning

People like “stuff”. We tend to hold onto it year after year. We save and stock up on things that we don’t know what to do with anymore. Maybe we keep things because they hold precious memories of days gone by, or they remind us of our parents, grandparents, past loves or childhood. To part with these precious possessions seems out of the question. There is a saying that goes, “You have to get rid of the old to make way for the new.” If you are feeling stuck or stagnant in your life, try spring-cleaning. Throw out some of that stuff, say goodbye to your past and welcome the new energy of your happy, healthy future. Try these three ideas:

1. For good mental and physical health, we actually have two “houses” that need to be spring-cleaned: our physical homes and our physical bodies. Just as we accumulate “stuff” in the form of outgrown clothes, magazines, rusty bicycles, tools and random keepsakes, so do our bodies accumulate old food residues and toxins that need to be cleaned out.

2. To spring clean your body, give it a break from rich and complicated foods by either cleansing or fasting for a short period of time. Cleansing means paring down your food to just simple fruits and vegetables, lots of water and perhaps whole grains. Fasting means limiting most foods and drinking lots of water, fresh vegetable and fruit juices, teas and soups. Without much energy going toward digestion, more energy is available to the rest of your body and mind. Cleansing and fasting can sharpen your concentration, help you gain insight and promote spiritual awareness. It can also bring improved immune function and better digestion.

3. While you’re cleaning out your body and home, don’t forget to spring-clean your heart. Throw away negative thoughts and habits you’ve been harboring that no longer serve you. A clean, open heart will allow you to receive all the good that awaits you each and every day. If your heart and mind are cluttered, there is no room for life’s gifts and surprises to enter.

xoxo,
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“How you present yourself to the world sends a message about how you view yourself.” – Institute of Integrative Nutrition

 

It’s such a pleasure to help those closest to us become happier and healthier. Please forward this blog post to friends, family members or colleagues who might be interested and inspired by it. – SH

About Sara

Sara Hefty is the Founder and Chief Health Coach of The Lux Health Coaching in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and a member of the International Health Coach Association. Step-by-step, she works with change-ready, compassionate women who want to: rock life, liberate abundant happiness, ignite confidence, illuminate beauty, and empower feminine brilliance by taking ownership of their health, home, and legacy. Sara studied health coaching at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City after completing her undergraduate degree in entrepreneurship, management, and finance at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Learn more about Sara’s professional background at SaraHefty.com.

Embracing the “no”

A Note From Sara

Whoo hoo! EXCITING NEWS!!! I’m proudly writing this post from my new office space, which I’ve dubbed “The Lux”. On Monday, Brian and I moved over a half-ton of furniture out of our home (some of it found a new home here, but most of it went to the dump). We got our work-out in, that is for. SURE. And I started seeing clients here on Tuesday! It’s been a BIG WEEK! I’m so grateful to be moving forward with my work as a health coach and cannot WAIT to be doing this FULL TIME! I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!

Let’s get to this week’s featured article, shall we?

“No.” One hundred times.

Are you freaked out by the IDEA of someone telling you “no”? Do you come up with a bajillion reasons to put off asking something because you fear rejection? Um, hello and welcome to my world! Before I came across the idea of embracing “no” and turning the experience of hearing “no” into an exciting moment, I trapped myself in an anxious state of fear, planning, perfectionism, and worry.

And then I learned to embrace “no”. To look FORWARD to hearing that little, tiny, POWERFUL word. How? I decided that I will not plan my trip to Paris until I’ve heard “no” one hundred times.

Talk about motivation! I’m stepping OUTSIDE of my comfort-zone and asking people all sorts of things that I NEVER before had the courage to ask. Why? Well, I really, REALLY want to get started on planning my Parisian vacation. And the excitement behind planning my trip gives me the strength I need to (wo)man up, put myself out there, and ask for what I truly want and desire.

And an odd thing happened. It’s been challenging to get a “no”. I’ve actually set-up a spreadsheet to track each and every “no” so I tell how close I am to Paris. So far, I have just four…FOUR. That’s it. From the ENTIRE MONTH of February. But, on the flip side, I’ve had a TON of new opportunities and amazing situations come my way as a result of stepping out of my comfort zone and asking.

Apparently, it’s time to ask bigger things. I suggest you do the same.

Much love,

 

“No matter where you go or what you do, you live your entire life within the confines of your head.” – Terry Josephson

 

It’s such a pleasure to help those closest to us become happier and healthier. Please forward this blog post to friends, family members or colleagues who might be interested and inspired by it. – SH

Is your thyroid healthy? Really?

A Note From Sara

Hey there ladies and gents!

It’s been FAR too long, hasn’t it? Long story short, MUCH has happened since my last post in early January. I’ve moved back home to Wisconsin from Arizona (yay!), my business now has a brand identity (“the lux”…more on that later! But trust me, it. is. FABULOUS and I cannot WAIT to roll it out for you!), I’ve started taking on clients, AND I’ll be moving into my office space on MONDAY.

Holy shmoley…it’s been a BIG couple of months.

Time to come up for a breath of air and get back on track with posting here. Because, let’s be honest, you guys are freaking awesome and I’ve TONS to share with you! That said, expect a fresh-off-the-press post here every Thursday. Yup, EVERY Thursday. Awesome sauce, right?

Here we go…

Healthy thyroid?

Recently, through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, I was introduced to the work of John Douillard. He’s into Ayurveda, a traditional form of medicine native to India. And by traditional form, I mean it’s been around for thousands of years. Instantly, I was intrigued. So, I joined his email list.

And sure, I’ve heard that people have thyroid issues. Who hasn’t? But scrolling through his article on the subject was EYE-OPENING…to say the least. In fact, here’s his “Step Two”:

John Douillard’s Step 2: Take the following yes-or-no questionnaire.

•    Are you fatigued or lethargic compared to how you’ve typically felt in the past?
•    Do you have aversion to or intolerance of cold?
•    Does your mind feel foggy?
•    Has your memory declined recently?
•    Do you have an increased need for sleep?
•    Are you experiencing slow and steady weight gain?
•    Are you constipated?
•    Do you have dry, coarse skin?
•    Have the outside thirds of your eyebrows become thinner?
•    Are you experiencing hair thinning or hair loss?
•    Do you have high cholesterol?
•    Is it difficult to get out of bed in the morning?
•    Is it difficult to enjoy life because it takes too much energy?
•    Do the muscles in your arms and legs cramp for no reason?
•    Do your joints hurt?
•    Do you find it difficult to concentrate?
•    Do you just feel “off” and can’t really explain it?
•    Are you fingers and toes always cold?
•    Are you feeling depressed?
•    Do you find yourself cancelling evening or weekend plans regularily because you just don’t have the energy?

All of the above are signs and symptoms of a low-functioning thyroid. If you answered “yes” to 5 or more of these questions and your first morning axillary temperature test is below 97 degrees, you may have a thyroid condition.

Here’s the questions that hit-home with me:

Of course, this isn’t an end-all questionnaire. And just because a person answers “yes” to some of the questions does not mean he or she has a thyroid issue. However, isn’t it interesting?

I’ve yet to take my morning auxiliary temperature (honestly, I’m not even sure I own a thermometer at this point). Add THAT to the list… But the outside thirds of my eyebrows are definitely thinner AND I’ve been shedding like crazy for months and months. Poor Brian. He’s had to unclog the shower drain how many times? (Yes, our lives are glamourous!) Just keeping it real folks… just keeping it real.

Definitely check out John Douillard’s video and article on Home Thyroid Screening. Totally free. Totally worth the time.

Much love,
P.S. And in other news, Carlson Farms will be continuing into the next generation of the family. We’re doing grass-fed beef. The parentals are stoked. Not their words…all the same. Does anyone’s parents out there use the word stoked?

 

The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine OR the slowest form of poison. – Ann Wigmore

 

It’s such a pleasure to help those closest to us become happier and healthier. Please forward this blog post to friends, family members or colleagues who might be interested and inspired by it. – SH