Calling On All Mason County Business Community…..A Way to Give Back!

What a blessing to have a local business contribute $500 recently for the Saints’ Pantry Backpack Program. Shelton School District has identified 387 students who are either homeless or extremely low income.  With this contribution, 21 students will receive 60 child sized meals of nutritious non-perishable protein that tastes great and feeds the body with quality nutrients,vitamins, minerals, protein and fiber so critical for healthy body growth and brain development.

The need has never been greater with a reduction in food stamp allotments, nationwide drought & a significant decrease in food pantry donations by faithful food contributors.

Here’s how you can help.  Simply donate $24 per one non-perishable protein pouch (feeds 60 child sized meals).  Your $24 goes farther with the Community Challenge…as the regular price per pouch is $49.  Your $24 gets matched and is shipped out on your behalf directly to the Saints’ Pantry at no cost to the food pantry and with free shipping. These bags are given to the Shelton School District Liaison to these at-risk kids.

You can put out a “Community Challenge” with your business, members, customers, church congregations and individuals.  Simply take the funds you receive and order the “Community Challenge” pouches directly through Saint David’s Parrish “Giving: website.  http://saintdavids.visalusgiving.com

Imagine making the difference in the lives of children in our own community.

You can reach me with any questions @ coachcathyfitness@gmail.com

Our goal is reaching every one of the 387 students!

Blessings!  Coach Cathy ❤Image

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“Game On!” The Shelton Challenge Missing Link ~ Accountability & Competition!

So I got a phone call from my oldest daughter, Jacque, who lives in Orlando. At the moment I was in Safeway going through my Safeway Mobile App for screaming deals…when the phone rang.  The joy of hearing my daughter, who in her first 28 years of life was never more than 80 miles from me, tops my day, any day!

Jacque has no idea about “The Shelton Challenge” that God placed on my heart back in January 2012, that gets my community up and moving AND (KEY***) eating for health.  My obstacle was the accountability portion.  How do you make getting fit & eating healthy exciting for each person while incorporating some accountability to the equation?  That was my road block…obstacle that has loomed over my kicking this challenge into full gear.

Here in the aisles of Safeway, she shared with me a book that incorporates getting fit & healthy into a fun game with a specific format that breaks down ALL the obstacles! WoooHoooo!

The book is titled, “The Game On! Diet,” by Grey’s Anatomy writer, Krista Vernoff and her personal friend and fitness trainer, AZ Ferguson.  I do want to warn you, as Jacque did we me. The language Krista uses at times, is definitely not what would ever come out of my mouth.  However, the content, humor and game plan is absolutely brilliant!

Click on the book image below to get to browse inside…get a glimpse of this powerful tool..then get back to me to get going on building your team and opponents.  Yep, Game On!!!

Browse Inside The Game On! Diet: Kick Your Friend’s Butt While Shrinking Your Own by Krista Vernoff & Az Ferguson

Watch this video in which Krista and AZ share some of Game On! details as well as hear from some Game On! success stories.

I see this as a perfect balance between…for me “The Body By Vi Challenge” kicked into high gear.  For you, it may be the BBVi Challenge or you might be incorporating another weight loss/fitness platform.  Bottom line: Find what program works for you and kick it with Game On!

It’s Your Community!

Part of the joy, I’m learning, living in a small community, are the many opportunities of standing in the gap for helping others.

It all started by connecting with Steve Russell, the Executive Director of The Saints’ Pantry this past February.  I had a wonderful conversation with him regarding the ability to bring quality nonperishable protein to help feed the hungry and homeless they serve through the ViSalus Community Challenge.  Steve was extremely grateful, as that’s one area they are limited in providing for complete nutrition for those they serve.

Steve shared the 30 year history of this organization and their mission.  What they are able to accomplish and reach even outside their walls is remarkable.

We need to let people know that we are here,
willing and able to help, with compassion and
without prejudice. All we need to know
is that they are hungry and we will feed them.

— Steve Russell, Director

  The Saints’ Pantry Food Bank214 S. 2nd Street, Shelton WA 98584Mailing address: P.O. Box 1064, Shelton WA 98584

Phone: 360-427-8847

Web:  www.saintspantry.org

Email:  webmaster@saintspantry.org

About The Saints’ Pantry
What we doSince 1981, The Saints’ Pantry Food Bank has been working to make sure that no one in the Shelton area goes hungry. Through a network of community partners, we collect, sort and store canned goods, fresh produce, and other household essentials so we can provide food to those who need it most.Food Distribution

Last year, The Saints’ Pantry provided 557,371 pounds of food to 13,471 families (and the 55,075 individuals in their households).

The Food Bank is open Tuesday and Wednesday from 9:30 am to 12 noon. Because of the high unemploy-ment rate, demand is growing. Lines now reach around the corner and we sign up an average of 20 new families each week.

Nutrition Counseling

Food Sense Nutrition Program:   Dieticians from the WSU Extension Program prepare nutritious recipes with food available at The Saints’ Pantry. Samples and recipe cards in both English and Spanish are available to our clients.

Community Services Literature Rack

The Saints’ Pantry provides a literature rack at the Food Bank so our clients can learn about services available from local agencies including Mason County Literacy, Turning Pointe, and the Crime Victims Advocacy Network. WIC provides immunizations, health plans and dental care, and the Community Action Council provides housing, help with phone and electric bills, dental program, senior services, etc.

Community PartnersOur dedicated Volunteers sort and distribute food.Church Partners collect food from their congregations:

  • St. David’s Episcopal Church
  • St. Edward’s Catholic Church
  • Faith Lutheran Church
  • Calvary Fellowship
  • Shelton Presbyterian Church
  • Mt. Olive Lutheran Church

Food Network Partners:

  • Northwest Harvest
  • Food Lifeline’s Grocery Rescue Program with area grocers including Walmart, Safeway, Fred Meyer, and Healthy Benefits Market.

Local Organizations:

  • WSU Extension Program (Food Sense Nutrition)
  • School Food Drives
  • Empty Bowls event sponsored by the Shelton Arts Commission
  • U.S. Postal Service Food Drive
  • Curves for Women Food Drive
  • Edward Jones Food Drive
  • Mason County Public Hospital Food Drive
  • Food Bank Gardens sponsored by Master Gardeners
  • The Food Bank Garden at the Washington Corrections Center

We thank all our partners for caring
and for sharing to help
hungry families in our area!

The Saints’ Pantry is an approved recipient of ViSalus’s Vi-Shape Nutritional Shake Mix.  It’s packed with high quality protein and nutrients many families don’t have access to.   Individual’s can donate $24 to feed one child 60 meals (4-12 years old) or 30 adult meals (over 12 years of age).  ViSalus then matches that $24 contribution and sends it to a local approved community food bank/pantry.  For the Shelton Community, that charity is The Saints’ Pantry.

ViSalus Community Challenge

This video shares the nutrients (equivalent of foods)  in the Vi-Shape Nutritional Shake Mix.

 Stay tuned for Part 2 of “It’s Your Community!”

Foods for a Healthier & More Powerful You!

Food for Better Health & a More Powerful YOU!

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Food for Better Health & a More Powerful YOU!

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Food for Better Health & a More Powerful YOU!

Food for Better Health & a More Powerful YOU!
Food for Better Health & a More Powerful YOU!

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Food for Better Health & a More Powerful YOU!

Food for Better Health & a More Powerful YOU!
Food for Better Health & a More Powerful YOU!

Food for Better Health & a More Powerful YOU!
Food for Better Health & a More Powerful YOU!

THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION FOR KIDS: THE GREAT CAFETERIA TAKEOVER

THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION FOR KIDS: THE GREAT CAFETERIA TAKEOVER

by The Weight of the Nation on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 9:28am ·
The Weight of the Nation an HBO Documentary

The Weight of the Nation an HBO Documentary

FIRST IN A THREE-PART SERIES FOR FAMILIES,DEBUTS MAY 16, EXCLUSIVELY ON HBO

According to a survey published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2009, roughly 94% of schools served a lunch that failed to meet federal standards for healthy school meals, and 80% of the lunches served in those schools exceeded federal recommendations for total fat and saturated fat. Armed with these startling facts, a group of New Orleans kids – who dubbed themselves the Rethinkers – set out to make a difference in their community during the post-Katrina rebuilding period.  THE GREAT CAFETERIA TAKEOVER shows how they transformed their school lunch menu when it debuts WEDNESDAY, MAY 16 (7:00-7:30 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO. Other HBO playdates:  May 19 (2:15 p.m. ET/1:45 p.m. PT), 21 (3:15 p.m.), 24 (9:00 a.m.), 27 (11:00 a.m.) and 30 (2:35 p.m.) HBO2 playdates:  May 25 (6:00 a.m.) and 29 (noon) THE GREAT CAFETERIA TAKEOVER is the first film in the three-part series THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION FOR KIDS, which is a companion to the four-part, multi-platform documentary series THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION, spotlighting the facts and myths about America’s obesity epidemic.  THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION is a presentation of HBO and the Institute of Medicine (IOM), in association with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and in partnership with the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation and Kaiser Permanente.  All three films in THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION FOR KIDS will air during back-to-school season this fall. In their campaign to change school lunch menus, the Rethinkers surveyed students at schools in their community and issued annual report cards to attract media coverage and capture the attention of decision-makers. The Rethinkers met with school officials and corporate executives from Aramark, one of the nation’s largest food service providers, to get them thinking about the quality of school meals and how they could be improved. Using the report cards and survey results, the kids negotiated with Aramark to provide healthier food choices. When a general agreement to provide more local, healthy food did not result in change, the kids held the school officials’ and the company’s feet to the fire and finally arrived at a specific agreement to serve fresh, locally produced food at least two times a week. Among the young people featured in the film are:

Lucy Tucker – A passionate student who is dedicated to presenting adult decision-makers with student survey data that they can use to provide healthier food options.

Victoria Carter – A student who cares deeply about the goals of the Rethinkers and wants adults to listen and act.

Ron Triggs – A younger student who is pleased to deliver the results of the report card at a Rethinkers’ press conference highlighting each school’s “grade.”

“Thirty-three percent of people within the State of Louisiana are obese,” says Johanna Gilligan, an adult advisor to the Rethinkers. “People are finally realizing that they have no idea where their food has come from, they have no idea what’s happened to it before it got to them.” “We, as Rethinkers, know that adults will listen to us if we have great ideas and solutions, instead of just complaining,” says Carter. “We are very excited about our new agreement,” adds Rethinker Jada Cooper. “We hope as the years go on, school food will continue to improve, and that every child in New Orleans will have a healthy school lunch with fresh local food, school gardens and food education.”

Three years in the making, THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION offers an unflinching look at the severity of the obesity crisis, highlighting the groundwork for the societal transformations that must take place in order to slow, arrest and eventually reverse the prevalence of obesity and bring the nation to a healthier weight. It is one of the most far-reaching public health campaigns on this epidemic to date. The multi-part, multi-platform series comprises four documentary films, a three-part series for families, 12 bonus shorts, a robust website and social media campaign, a book published by St. Martin’s Press and the free distribution of DVDs and comprehensive discussion guides to more than 40,000 community-based organizations working to fight obesity around the country. To reach the broadest possible audience, HBO will use all of its services, including the main HBO channel, multiplex channels, HBO On Demand, HBO GO and more. All films will be available in English and Spanish, and will also stream free of charge on HBO.com, as well as on multiple platforms by participating TV service providers. For more information on THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION and the screening kits, please visit hbo.com/theweightofthenation.

 

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Twitter profile and hashtag: twitter.com/weightofthentn #weightofthenation

Promotional content: youtube.com/hbodocs

IT’S ALL YOUR FAULT!

Just had to share this powerful post from Eric Wang, Pharm.D. Candidate.  We can come up with so many excuses why our weight is where it is, or our health.  Thanks Eric for hitting it right on the nail.  Just like the caption….

 

No more excuses!

Are you unhappy with your life right now? Are you upset with the way things are or have been for the last couple years, maybe even decades? Well, it’s YOUR fault. Yeah, that’s right. It’s your fault! Don’t blame anyone else. You caused it!

I think George Washington Carver said it best: “Ninety-nine percent of all failures come from people who have a habit of making excuses.”  If you are not successful, chances are you’re making excuses. You’re rationalizing your lack of success: “Oh well, I have the genes for fatness…it’s not MY fault. My life sucks because my parents were never there for me…I can’t be successful in life because I look ugly and I can’t afford facial reconstruction surgery…I can’t be happy because blahsey-blahsey-blah”

As Tony Robbins says, “the only thing keeping you from getting what you want is the STORY you keep telling yourself about why you can’t have it.”

If you don’t like your outcomes, change your responses. You can’t control what happens to you, but you can choose the way you respond to what has happened. In fact, you have the “response-ibility” to choose your response.

If you’re following my blog and you don’t want to take 100% responsibility for your success or lack thereof, unfollow me right now. I’m serious. Unfollow.

If you’re following my Tumblr, Facebook page, or Youtube channel, I expect you not only to read or watch what I post. I expect you to apply it. Live it. Every single day of your life, ask yourself how you can improve your life and the lives of those around you. I want you to succeed. And, I know you can succeed. I’m holding you to a higher standard now.

Maybe you didn’t realize that the moment you subscribed to my YouTube channel, the moment you “liked” my facebook page, the moment you clicked “follow,” you’ve unofficially enrolled in my exclusive coaching sessions. I’m your coach now.  And, as long as you are under my coaching, there will be no settling for less than you deserve. There will be no blaming or pointing fingers at anyone except yourself.  If you’re not ready to make that commitment, it’s ok. Come back when you’re ready.

If you are still with me, I want to share this tip with you that I got from reading Jack Canfield’s book “The Success Principles” last night. I highly recommend this book. Please do yourself a favor and buy it and apply it!

Here’s the tip: if something doesn’t turn out as planned, ask yourself the following questions:

How did I create that?

What was I thinking?

What were my beliefs?

What did I say or not say?

What did I do or not do to create that result?

How did I get the other person to act that way?

What do I need to do differently next time to get the result I want?

Genuinely answer those questions every time you get a sub-optimal or just unsatisfying result, and before long, you’ll find yourself on the fast-track to doubling your health, your fitness, and your income in half the time. Guaranteed.

-Eric

Eric Wang, Pharm.D. Candidate

Who is The Shelton Challenge for? The extremely obese to elite athletes…listen to their stories.

The Shelton Challenge, powered by the Body by Vi 90 Day Challenge, has the ability to not only help those who have significant weight & health issues, but also seasonal to elite athletes.  The Challenge is a platform to help us be more aware of the foods we are putting into our body so we can make better decisions on avoiding the foods that damage our bodies.  Getting out a moving, simply 15-30 minutes a day can be a tremendous beginning for some while others will focus on raising their level of current activity.

Enjoy hearing from Courtney Cummings & Eric Rose.  May it inspire you to take on The Challenge.