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The Only Way is the Best Way

It was pretty early in my life I first heard this maxim:

"The best way out is always through"

When I was younger I thought I knew everything. Now that I have over 5 decades under my belt, I realize just how much I still don't know. Some would call that Wisdom. 

Maturing into wisdom causes us to realize that most times there is no "easy" way to success. Yet we still try to find shortcuts, "hacks" and tweaks to get where we want to go just a little bit faster. We think WE are the one who is going to make lots of money without working hard, get great sleep every night and still drink 6 cups of coffee a day, and get into the best shape of our lives without consistent hard exercise.

The result is that 10 years down the road we are still broke, tired and overfat. Does that sting a little? I wish it had stung me earlier in my life than it did, because that last sentence is autobiographical.

For many years of my early adult life I chased the quick way to results; whether it be the next great business "opportunity" or the newest supplement to lose 50 pounds. We (and I) allow ourselves to be manipulated by slick promises of "quick and easy", even though deep down we know better.

You know when results came? When I stopped chasing and starting working. Hard, consistently and with purpose. The dirty little secret a lot of people don't want to hear is that most successful people didn't get that way because they were lucky. They didn't steal it, and they didn't take shortcuts. They put their head down and got after it.

That doesn't mean we stop learning and take advantage of things that can make life a little easier. I have no desire to head down to the pond to wash my clothes; the washer and dryer work just fine, thank-you. But stepping on a machine and jiggling weight off isn't going to happen.

If you want the ultimate shortcut, here it is. Plant this thought deeply and permanently in your mind. You cannot go around, over, or under. The best way out; out of whatever "lack" you have in your life, money, fitness, health, relationships; and into success, whatever that means to you, is to do the hard work it takes to fight your way through. 

The good news is you don't have to do it alone. Your Cr8 family has got your back.

Let's make it happen together.

- DC

Mind Tricks to Eat Just the Right Amount

In nutrition, it is suggested that you eat until you are 80% full or until you have eaten just enough. Its like Goldilocks. You don't eat too much and you don't eat too little but just the right amount of food for you. When your desire is weight loss then adjusting the right amount or the right foods is the trick.

I often have a struggle when trying to decide when 80% full is. True confession: "I eat too fast and nibble too much." 

But if I think to eat just a tad bit less than usual, I accomplish the same thing.

I've tried the mind trick of using a lunch plate instead of a dinner plate for a few days. And it does work for awhile. I am smart enough to know I can push the food together a bit more or pile it a bit higher to FILL my lunch plate. 

I use that trick, but once I realize it isn't working, I play another one. I eat just a bit less. I don't leave food on my plate because that goes against my frugal no wasting policy. I just tend to take a smidge less of each serving of menu items at each meal. 

I eat 20% less. It almost doesn't even show on my plate. Three to four bites less at each meal for the whole meal. Easier to do for me than to try to figure out 80% full. 

There are times, like holidays or vacations, when I focus on 'No Seconds'. By doing that I can enjoy what I would like but I limit the amount by keeping to one plate full. 

I'm hoping these Mind Tricks help you like they do me.

To Your Best Health,

Coach Nancy

And the Winner is…

​Katie Bean from Team MTXE!

​I am so proud of all those that participated in Sizzlin 'Summer Slimdown 2018. This year our challenge was a Coach driven as each person chose a coach to work with for six weeks. It was a group effort and we all need peeps.

​We also awarded the individual with the biggest percentage of inches lost from their hips and waist.

Katie chose Team Mental Toughness- Extra Effort. With her team behind her she won the Grand Prize of over $2400. I'll let Katie tell you more of her story.


​"In April of 2017 I began my weight loss journey. The ​gym I go to runs a weight loss challenge every spring. I hadn’t been going regularly, but decided to finally get serious about losing weight. I started off at almost 180 lbs - always tired, in pain, and depressed. I struggled to keep up with my young son. During the 8 week challenge, I lost 25 lbs. I continued to lose over the summer and by October I had lost almost 45 lbs. Then my mom got cancer, and things got stressful and the pounds started packing back on. I stopped going to boot camp and gained 15-20 lbs back over the winter. I was sad and frustrated because I had been so close to my goal.

Fast forward to this April. I was really looking forward to the weight loss challenge because I was set on reaching my goal, and hopefully winning the grand prize. It wasn’t always easy, but I stayed focused with the help of my family and coach. I ate clean, got back into hiking, ran up and down my driveway too many times, and push mowed my lawn with my old jalopy mower (the one that caught on fire last summer, lol).

​During the challenge, I lost 19 lbs and several inches off my waist and hips (the inches were what counted in the contest). I’m down almost 50 lbs from last year and only 6 lbs away from my goal weight. This past Saturday was the reveal party to announce the winner... I knew I did well, but I had no idea how well others had done (there were over 200 people participating). To make this long story short, I did it - I won!

I’d really like to thank my amazing and patient husband Jon who was there to listen to me stress, help me out, and who was happy to stay home with Jonathan while I was off hiking or exercising (even on Father’s Day). He even ate veggie wraps that tasted like lawn.

Also a huge shout out and thank you to my coach, Nancy Carlson. You make training personal and fun, and you’re always there to push me harder or email me when I don’t show up. You changed my way of thinking and taught me how to eat right and not diet, which is huge. And, you are a huge inspiration to me. During training I always think, what weight would Nancy pick up? You’re old enough to be my mother and you’re still stronger than me (and you have a great sense of humor, lol).

So in closing, here are some before and after photos, my coach and I, and a photo of my first purchase with my prize money - a new push mower!"


Katie did an amazing job. She rocked it and so did many of you. Katie didn't stop after S3 last year. She kept on pursuing her goal. The take away is life can get in the way if you allow it or you can make a decision and keep on going until the job is done.  Katie has more to go and with that new lawn mower and all of Get Fit NH behind her, she will be there soon. 

Keep Making It Happen,

Coach Nancy

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