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New Parents lose 80 lbs combined on our weight loss/ optimal health program

Sunday, October 6th, 2013

Shane and Susan have lost 80 lbs total combined and kept it off for over 3 years and Shane’s blood pressure is now within a healthy range.  After Susan had their second child she tried to get back to her pre-pregnancy weight by exercising 5-6 days a week with little success and had lost hope believing this was her new reality.  This program has not only helped them get to a healthy weight…it has helped them create the lifestyle and habits to keep the weight off.  They are now thriving in all areas of their life and have the energy to be active with their kids…biking, swimming and on the fields coaching their sports teams!

31 Days of inspiration 

Shane and Susan have lost 80 lbs total combined and kept it off for over 3 years and Shane's blood pressure is now within a healthy range.  After Susan had their second child she tried to get back to her pre-pregnancy weight by exercising 5-6 days a week with little success and had lost hope believing this was her new reality.  This program has not only helped them get to a healthy has helped them create the lifestyle and habits to keep the weight off.  They are now thriving in all areas of their life and have the energy to be active with their kids...biking, swimming and on the fields coaching their sports teams!
I lost 80 lbs and have kept it off for over 3 1/2 years.  It’s now my passion to pay it forward and help others on their journey to Optimal health.
Please contact me for a free consultation to see if this program can help you too.

New FitBit Zip & FitBit One Wireless Activity Plus Sleep Tracker

Monday, September 17th, 2012

I love my FitBit

In my past post Here  I told you about my new FUN fitness tool that has me adding more steps in my day and tracking it all.

The company has just come out with two new and improved versions of their product.  With even more bells and whistles. Check them both out. The 99.00 one tracks your sleep. They now have a battery and don’t need to be rechanged on a base. They sink with lots of options and make it easy to keep pace with your friends.

I lost 80 lbs and have kept it off for over 2 1/2 years.

I’m now paying it forward to help others lose weight and get healthy.

Please contact me if you would like more inforamtion on how I can help you and your loved ones.

I’m  FREE Certified Health Coach NatalieJo



Vacation Exercise Me and My FitBit

Monday, August 20th, 2012

We ended each day with the sunset on top of Brockway MT.


I just got back from 1 week camping in Copper Harbor on the Keweenaw Peninsula in the UP of MI. I never hiked so much in my entire life. 80 lbs ago I would have never been able to do it.  My husband goes to CO every Sept to hike the 14’s but I stay home. So he is the expert.

On this trip I had my fitbit on everyday and we both did the same hikes just the two of us.  Most days we never saw another hiker.  We hiked different trails everyday. It’s a great place for hiking and biking.

Here are my totals for sun Aug 11th -19th

107,420 steps

554 floors up

47.78 miles

Plus 12 miles of bike riding the fitbit doesn’t add that in but I have a computer on the bike.


For some reason I thought the hiking was easier then the bike riding maybe because of the hills or wind.

My muscles or feet never hurt and each morning we got up and found new trails. We picked up a great book that helped us to locate each trail and yes we still did get lost some days but that made it exciting.

I’m not one to have fun exercising and some days the Mountains were no fun but I enjoy taking photos along the way. I’m very proud that I could do it am I’m thankful for the life I have now at goal over 2 1/2 years.

Here we hiked up a cliff to an old railroad bridge to get a good shot of the waterfall.

Here we biked to the beginning of HWY 41 where it starts In Copper Harbor UP MI and you can follow it 1990 miles all the way to the other end in Miami FL.

I loved it up there no cell reception unless you were on top of the MT. The internet reminded me of the good old days when you were kept waiting for every page to load.


FitBit My New Best Friend For Exercise

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Click the FitBit above to take you to a store to purchase it.


First let me say I don’t like exercise.  I lost 80 pounds and have kept it off for over two years.  That was my first journey and now I’m looking for activities I like to do to keep me in shape.

Recently I have seen a lot of talk about this new little pedometer the FitBit.  People claim it gets them moving and working harder. I saw it in the Target flyer this week so I ran out and got one last night.

My first test was wearing it to bed. It tracks your sleep don’t ask me how.  It said I woke up 5 times and I walked 46 steps. As far as I know I never stepped foot out of bed so I don’t know where the steps came from but I scored 98% on my sleep.  There is a website where you track and enter info.  You can set goals, list what you ate and it will track calories consumed and burned.

Well today just for fun I asked my husband to drive me up Rib Mountain so I could climb the look out tower and see how many flights of stairs it would track.  To my surprise it even tracked the walk up the hill to the tower how does it do that?  When I got to the top I had 18 flights of stairs.  When I got home I had an email from FitBit.  I earned my first badge.

How cool was that.  By looking at the site I found I could earn another badge for 25 flights good thing we have stairs in the house so I ran up and down them a bunch of times and I got my second badge of the day before bed.

I did real well on my climbing 250 feet up.  My total steps were only 4000 so far.  They say you should aim for 10,000 per day. I’ll have to work up to that. FitBit also has a social side where you can make friends and compare scores.  On our weight loss site they are walking across the US as a team virtually with FitBit.

So my first day using the FitBit has been a success.  I got in more stairs than I would have.  I’m having fun learning all the tools on the site and I think it will be a great tool to make my daily activity measurable and fun!

Update before I went to bed I just had to get a steps badge for 5000 steps I was only a few hundred steps away so I went walking around the house up and down stairs in circles.  Glad noone was watching and I got to 5000 steps.  Here’s my badge to prove it.

I never thought a little gadget likt this FitBit would have me walking all over the house at 11:30 pm just to get an email badge sent to me.  Who knew something as simple as that could do so much?

If you would like more info on the program I used to lose 80 lbs and keep it off for over two years you can learn more on my site I’m Coach NatalieJo




Exercise For The Weekend Playground For Adults

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Playground For Adults

Last year I discovered a new playground for adults.  It’s called an RV
show.  You start at one end of the building and climb onto and walk through each
trailer and then back down the steps and off into the next one.  It takes about
2 hours of walking to do the entire show unless you stop and start talking with
a rep.  In Wisconsin they are held indoors this time of year, so it doesn’t
matter what the weather is. We went to two big shows this year so far and hit a
smaller one on Saturday. We really are shopping for a new trailer but you don’t
have to be you can just go for the entertainment and exercise.
Then today Sunday my husband and I hit the trail with our snowshoes on.
Close to home we have a quarry trail part of the Rib Mt State Park and we spent
two hours hiking up to, then up and around the top of the quarry.  It was a
perfect sunny winter day with no wind.  The hike back down was a lot easier.  I
always do the uphill first.  That way what I remember last is the easy part. I
took a few pictures to share. I hate the word exercise I like to think of it as
a fun way to get out and take pictures.
These are all activities I would not and could not do before I lost 80 lbs.  My life is so much different now then it was before.  My husband is happy I now go on hikes and bike rides and get out more. He no longer has to go alone.
If you would like to know more about THIS PROGRAM I used to lose 80 lbs and keep it off for two years now please view my site for more information at
I’m a free certified health coach paying it forward to help all I can.  I’m Coach NatalieJo

“Most Unhealthy Product Of The Year” For Weight Loss

Friday, December 16th, 2011
OK so I got in my exercise yesterday.  I spent 4 hours dashing through the
snow and high winds running in and out of about 6 stores and stopping to fill
the car up with gas.
The crowds were heavy in about half the stores.  Not many shoppers buying
office supplies or bath and bedding yesterday. Did I mention I hate shopping and
I also hate exercise put them together and it makes the perfect storm a lose,
lose situation. I lose money, patients, calories and time, I could be doing
something I do like to do.
So as I meandered down each aisle looking for that just right gift for each
person on my list in each store one common new product kept jumping out at me.
I swear they had this thing at ever store.  I just want to say, from a person
that has lost 80 lbs and maintained it for two years now, this product is
getting my award for “Most Unhealthy Product Of The Year”.
OK you’ve waited long enough my award goes to (drum roll please) The
Emerson Motion Activated Candy Dispenser
Candy Dispenser
Haven’t you seen this thing everywhere this year? It’s the must have gadget
of the season. Move over old fashioned gumball machines where you had to turn
the knob, now you just wave your hand and candy appears. Doesn’t this country
not already have a problem with eating too much sugar? Now this will just make
it easier for them. This product retails from $20-$50.00.
Here’s a product description: Entertain in style with
the Emerson Automatic Candy Dispenser. This intelligent candy dispenser not only
looks sleek, but includes a motion sensor which causes candy to dispense
automatically in perfect handfuls. Make movie nights even more special or
modernize your special events. With it’s ergonomic design, the Emerson Candy
Dispenser delivers hard candies, jelly beans, peanuts and more! Combines modern
technology with old time fun. Features 3 different portion settings. Dispenses a
range of snacks and candies. Requires 4 AA batteries (not included).
If you buy this product I’ll agree that the intelligent one will be the
candy dispenser and only it will look sleek. Good thing they added the 3
different portion settings because perfect handfuls are different for a child,
teen and adult. The only way this product could possible be a healthy choice is
if you filled it with peanuts set it to the smallest portion setting and only
waved your hand under it once a day.  My guess that’s not going to happen.  To
top it off batteries are NOT included.
On further thought, I think they are going after the wrong market.  The
perfect market for a motion sensor candy dispenser is the front desk of a
restaurant in place of the bowl of pastel mints.  A bowl of mints set out in a
public area is very unsanitary and after many studies they have nicknamed them
pee mints or ur _ _ _  mints.  I don’t make this stuff up people.
My advice is if you are trying to stay on plan or keep your weight loss off
there are many healthy gift choices out there now go out and find some.
What gets your “Most Unhealthy Product Of The Year” award of the
year? Leave a comment

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THIS PROGRAM Halloween Tricks

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Now for a little Halloween advice.

The Doctor has info below but I have a few tricks of my own.

We all know Halloween is all about the CANDY right? So in order to change the focus I like to think of it as a few hours of exercise and make a game out of it. Each time I hear the door bell ring I jump up and run to the door and give them a candy treat as a thank you to those little ghosts and goblins for giving me a few extra steps in my day. Keep track of how many times you get up or how many kids come to the door or wear a pedometer and see how many steps you took. Our family tradition on Halloween was to have chili and THIS PROGRAM has chili so I never had to miss that longtime tradition.

Halloween doesn’t have to be SCAREY!

From The Doctor

When I think of Halloween I think of Candy!!! Loads of it…and that can be
scarier than the goblins toting it around!!! For those of us with a sweet
tooth…what is to become of us on Halloween night?! I don’t want to turn into the
fat lady!

Well, there are a few helpful tips to remember when your sweet
tooth is twitching…..

  1. DO NOT buy any Halloween candy! Or, buy candy that you do not like. It isbetter to give out small packets of pretzels or play-do or fruit roll ups.
  2. Keep in your mind that there will always be candy, but you are choosing toimprove your health right now, and candy will not help you reach your goal!
  3. Make your own fudgesicles by freezing the chocolate shakes.
  4. Freeze crystal light for a fruity, candy-like desert.
  5. Sugar free jell-O is a great candy-like snack
  6. Do not stay at home on Halloween handing out your treats. Instead, grab abottle of water and take a nighttime walk around the neighborhood to take in all

    the ghoulish sights!

  7. Bring healthy snacks to work (see Healthy Snack list) to keep from beingtempted by candy in the office.
  8. Cut up a program bar and put it in a baggie. Freeze it for a sweet treatlater!
  9. A great idea to help keep the piles of candy from going into your children’sbody…Have them pick out 5 pieces of candy out of their bag and “buy” the rest of

    the bag from them for 10 dollars and then take them to the toy store to get a

    prize! Remember to throw the bags of candy away or give to a shelter!!!!!!

  10. Stay in touch with your Health Coach, he or she can help you stay strong

Remember, a great analogy is the concert pianist… If you were a child, and
you wanted to be a concert pianist (primary goal) you would need to practice
every day (secondary goal), and make choices that may not be your favorite (not
get to play with friends, travel, lessons, miss parties, miss play dates, etc…)
But… you would perform these secondary goals if it helps you to reach your
primary goal.

Well, we are doing the same thing… our primary goal is to lose weight and get
healthy. Some secondary goals are…exercise daily, drink water, stay away from
extra carbohydrates and starches, do not drink alcohol, possibly decide not to
go to some parties, and do not eat Halloween candy! And we will make these
secondary choices because it will help us to reach what is most important to us
right now… to lose weight, feel great, and to look and be

If you are ready to change your life and get healthy

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Weight Loss Journey Continues… Photos of Sparta, WI. Bike Trip

Thursday, July 14th, 2011
My photo “activities” continue.
I don’t like the word exercise.




On Sunday my husband loaded up the travel trailer and our bikes and headed
out to the Biking Capital of America Sparta, WI. There were severe weather
warnings early so we waited till they passed.  We pulled in and set up camp and
then headed out for the closest tunnel #1 before dinner. The trail is on an old
railroad track with 3 tunnels.
Tunnel #1 is 1694 feet long, inside it’s totally BLACK you do need a flash
light and you have to walk your bike. Inside it was a cool 60 degrees. There’s a
mist outside the opening.  The big doors were used to keep the snow out for the








We continued to the town of Kendall took a rest and headed back for dinner.
We rode 10 miles the first day.

We had storms overnight but the sky’s cleared and we were back on the sunny
trails heading the other direction by 10 am.  This time we were heading for
tunnels 2 and 3.








Here I am in front of a caboose in Wilton, WI.




Tunnel #2 That white spot is the other end it’s a straight shot.




Tunnel #3 was like a wet and wild water ride.  There was water dripping on
our heads, water under foot and running down the walls.  It felt very good on a
90 + day after riding 15 miles one way.  That was as far as I could go so it was
another 15 miles back. I wish I could say it was an easy ride but for me it was
hard, what looked like a flat trail was hard to go 6 miles per hour a few areas
we coasted going 13 mph but it felt like it was uphill both was and against the
wind in 90 degrees. Once again my legs held up but my butt didn’t.  My husband
thought we should go the 8 more miles to reach Sparta but I assured him I was
fine with NOT reaching the end of the trail. After all that 8 miles turns into 16 more
when you ride home.



We had our picnic lunch in Norwalk in the shade and I did spot one black
squirrel.  We made it back to camp around 3pm rested and went for a swim in the pool
before dinner. We rode a long 30 miles on day 2.

Just so I could say I was in Sparta the next morning it looked like rain so
we headed out in the truck and drove to Sparta and took some photos.  We also
went to the Deke Slayton museum of space and bikes.  While there we watch a
movie about these two guys that rode a tandem bike from CA to NJ in 7 days. Lon
Haldeman and Pete Penseyres set the record on May 16 1987. Jim and I rode 30
miles in 5 hours the day before now I have a real goal to work towards:)


Proof I made it to Sparta!
Here’s one of the bikes the record breakers rode.

So over the two days we clocked in 40 miles of bike riding, some great
photo’s and fun memories forever.

My favorite shot of the trip that’s my husband out front.

I’m holding my own at goal now for 17 months enjoying my NEW healthy lifestyle after losing over 88 lbs.

I wish you new, fun adventures on your weight loss journey.

Weight Loss Adventures Continue…

Friday, July 1st, 2011
June 24 Friday night my husband and I took a bike ride till sunset.  I clocked in 15 more miles on my new bike. As I have said in the past it’s not exercise to me just a photo opportunity so I’m sharing a few of my favorite shots of the day.
This is my favorite rest stop along the route it comes at about mile 6 after a long uphill ride.  I need to write a thank you note to the family that donated it and placed it in the most perfect spot.
My favorite flower shot of the day.  I took a break on the bench and let my husband get in a few extra miles uphill while I rested…I mean took photos. This was taken while sitting on that great bench.
June 25th 2011
I made it another 30 days at my goal weight of 150 so that makes 17 months now.
THIS PROGRAM  helped me lose 88 lbs and I’m keeping it off. As a certified  health coach I can help you for free and save you money on your food purchases.  Contact me at ihelpweightloss@gmail for more info. Visit my site to learn more.
July will be a very busy month with a 3 day camping trip with day time bike rides and a 10 day trip to FL for fun and convention. One trick I learned while on THIS PROGRAM was how easy it made my travels to always have my meals on hand so I didn’t need to stop and buy fast food. They work great in the car, camping, planes and even hotel rooms. An added bonus is I save money on food and come home a few pounds lighter.
THIS PROGRAM will come out with 5 new foods this month and they present them at convention so keep your eyes and ears open so you don’t miss the big announcement.
Good luck to you all wherever you are in your journey.

My Weight Loss Journey Continues and new photo opportunity

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

The weather finally warm up and dried out here in Northern Wisconsin.

Here’s my new bike I got for my 50th birthday ready for it’s maiden voyage.  That’s a Flavor Infuser in that water bottle.

On Mother’s day my husband and I took a 13 mile bike ride out to Blue Gill park in Wausau, WI from a trail head near our home.

It’s NOT exercise It’s a Photo Opportunity

This week my husband and I took a 16 mile bike ride on the Mountain Bay Trail near our house. The weather was perfect 62 and sunny. I wore a thin knit jacket to cover my arms since I burn easily. I did get some color on my hands. With much effort I was able to pull on my old gel seat cover from my old bike. At first it felt great but after a few miles I was reminded that I still haven’t broken in my seat, if you know what I mean. Guess it will take a few more rides for that.

Heading out to Ringle seemed up hill and against the wind but the trees showed no breeze. Then I figured it was just because I was riding so fast. After we turned around to head back home the ride was a lot easier. I love my new bike it’s a great improvement over my last one. We discovered a new park along the river and I did have to stop to take some pictures.

My life is so much more active now that I have the excess weight off. I’m enjoying activities I never even tried before.

That’s 29 miles on the new bike so far.

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