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NEW You in Charge of Yourself Series
Part I: Structural Tension

We’re excited to announce a new, four-part series for OPTAVIA Clients called, “You in Charge of Yourself.” We will touch on a four-step process to help you build and maintain the Habits of Health and set yourself up for success! This four-step process can be used for the rest of your life and will allow you to take control of your health and wellbeing. Let’s get started!

The first part of the series is about creating structural tension. What exactly does that mean? According to Co-founder and independent OPTAVIA Coach, Dr. Wayne Scott Andersen, structural tension gives you a direct, visual way to compare your current reality with your desired outcome. The relationship between where you are now and where you want to be created a dynamic tension that serves as a powerful motivator.

The best way to create structural tension is to develop your own “chart” to follow. Get started with these steps:

  • Define your current reality. When you are self-aware and recognize your current state, you will have a much easier time deciding your future desired outcomes. As your independent OPTAVIA Coach, I recommend writing down your weight, waist measurement, or anything else you would like to focus on!
  • Select your MacroHabit. Optimal health and wellbeing are built on six primary areas that together create a healthy lifestyle. These foundations of health are the MacroHabits. Choose which of these areas you want to focus on first. (Tip: most people begin with the Habit of Healthy Weight Management)
  • Select your action steps. These are the choices and behaviors that support reaching your desired outcome. So, if you’re focusing on Habits of Healthy Weight Management, your action steps could be following plan, eating five Fuelings and one Lean & Green daily, drinking at least eight glasses of water a day, and working on portion control!
  • Define your desired result. Your desired result is your future desired outcome. So, now that you’ve defined your focus and your action steps, it is time to define your end goal! Whether it is to achieve a healthy weight, increase your daily motion, or get more sleep, I am here to guide you!

Next week, we will expand upon part two of this series, where we will discuss how to create a habit loop. Stay tuned!

Schedule time with me, your independent OPTAVIA Coach, as you begin to create your structural tension chart. If you have questions, or need guidance, I’m here to help support you on your journey!

Thanks to OPTAVIA of setting us up for success!  Carol Roman






Now that you have learned the importance of eating every two to­ three hours in Element 08, let us­ focus on what you will be eating.

OPTAVIA Fuelings are integral to most OPTAVIA plans and are designed to help you reach optimal health and wellbeing by removing the guesswork and offering a simple, nutrition-dense, delicious variety of choices to help you build new healthy habits. Our scientifically proven plans and products were developed by physicians, dietitians, and scientists and are enjoyed by more than 2 million OPTAVIA Clients.

Each OPTAVIA Fueling is scientifically formulated with the right balance of carbohydrates, protein, and fat which helps promote a gentle, but efficient fat-burning state. Check out these additional benefits:

  • OPTAVIA Fuelings are lower in fat and nutritious, providing essential vitamins, minerals, proteins, and carbohydrates.
  • Fuelings contain high-quality protein, which helps retain lean muscle mass, and probiotic cultures, which help support digestive health, as part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle.
  • They may be used interchangeably, and each Fueling has a nearly identical nutrition profile making them easy to swap!
  • They are portable or easy to prepare, making them convenient for a busy lifestyle or traveling.

What is your favorite OPTAVIA Fueling? Connect with me, your independent OPTAVIA Coach, for additional information on the benefits of OPTAVIA Fuelings.  I can also share with you this amazing resource for regaining our health….Your Lifeboat.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Every October, the color pink pops up in full force. From pins to sports uniforms, people integrate pink into their wardrobes to support breast cancer awareness month.

From awareness and public health education, advances in research are possible. Follow the tips below, in addition to screening and early detection methods, to raise awareness and stay healthy:

  • Get active!  Find a breast cancer awareness walk near you! It’s great way to get active, while also spreading awareness. If you are not ready to implement exercise yet, that’s ok! Attend the walk and cheer on everyone participating to show your support. Click here to find a race or walk near you.
  • Donate By making a donation, you can honor of a survivor, loved one, or help those who have breast cancer. Check out Breast Cancer Charities of America (BCCA) for a list of ways you can help women and men who are battling breast cancer.
  • Rock your pink! Who doesn’t love the color pink? Show your support by wearing pink all month long. Grab a themed tee shirt from a non-profit that donates to breast cancer awareness organizations or hospitals.

Ask me, your independent OPTAVIA Coach, about other ways you can give back and pay it forward as an OPTAVIA Client.





Join this week’s Habits of Health® Webinar, Your LifeBook— Element 08: How to Fuel Your Body for Optimal Health, on Wednesday, April 21st at 8:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. CT/5:30 p.m. PT, hosted by Independent OPTAVIA® Coach Lisa Castro.
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The recent era of technology has made life easier in countless ways.

While your electronics can sometimes be obstacles in reaching optimal health and wellbeing, you can also leverage the useful tools in your smartphone to help you stay on Plan.

Here are some healthy ways to utilize your smartphone while working towards a health goal(s):

  • Set reminders. Setting reminders during the day is a great way to ensure you incorporate the microHabits of health, like a healthy mind or motion, into your day. Try setting a reminder to take a short walk, practice deep breathing, and get up during the day to stretch and recalibrate
  • Exercise your brain. During your drive to and from work or while going for a walk, try listening to an audiobook, a Habits of Health webinar recording, or a podcast. This new information will not only stimulate your brain, but you’ll learn something new and get the benefits of healthy movement!
  • Track your sleep. Try the Sleep Cycle alarm clock! This app monitors your sleep patterns and gently wakes you up after at least eight hours of sleep, at your designated time in the morning, helping you feel refreshed! You can also track your sleep each night to ensure you reach recommended hours.

Ask me, your Independent OPTAVIA Coach, for more ways you can harness the power of your smartphone to help you achieve optimal health and wellbeing.

**We recommend drinking 64 ounces of plain water each day. Please talk with your healthcare provider prior to changing the amount of water you drink, as it can affect certain health conditions and medications.