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President's Day is a time to reflect on the leaders who have shaped our nation and inspired us to strive for our best selves. This year, we want to take a moment to celebrate President's Day with gratitude and recognition.

Just as presidents have led our country, each of you is leading your personal journey towards health and well-being withOPTAVIA. This President's Day, we acknowledge the dedication and commitment you've shown to your health and happiness.

OPTAVIA is more than a program; it's a community of individuals working towards their goals, supporting each other through ups and downs. In the spirit of President's Day, let's reflect on the principles of leadership, resilience, and determination that have guided us as a community.

As we commemorate this special day, consider taking a moment to reflect on your own journey. How have you embodied the qualities of a leader in your pursuit of optimal health? What challenges have you overcome, and what victories have you celebrated?

President's Day is not only a time to honor past leaders but also an opportunity to celebrate the leader within each of you. Your commitment to your health is a testament to your strength and determination. Together, we are a community of leaders supporting and inspiring one another on this transformative journey.

In the true spirit of President's Day, let's continue to strive for our best selves, lead with purpose, and support each other in achieving our health and wellness goals.

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In the tapestry of health and wellness, each day is an opportunity to weave threads of proactive choices that lead to a vibrant and fulfilling life. This month, we're diving into the importance of staying proactive with your health goals and fostering a mindset of continuous improvement.

  • Embrace Everyday Choices: Your journey with OPTAVIA is a series of daily decisions that contribute to your overall well-being. Whether it's choosing nutrient-rich Lean & Green meals, staying hydrated, or engaging in physical activity, each small choice adds up to significant progress. Embrace the power of your daily decisions.
  • Set Personal Milestones: Celebrate your victories, no matter how small. Setting personal milestones creates a roadmap for success and reinforces positive habits. Whether it's reaching a specific weight loss goal, mastering a new healthy recipe, or consistently hitting your step count, acknowledge and celebrate your achievements.
  • Stay Connected with the OPTAVIA Community: Community support is a powerful motivator. Connect with fellow OPTAVIA members to share experiences, exchange tips, and encourage each other on this transformative journey. Your OPTAVIA Community is a valuable resource for inspiration and motivation.
  • Prioritize Self-Care: In the hustle and bustle of daily life, don't forget the importance of self-care. Prioritize moments of rest, relaxation, and mindfulness to recharge your mind and body. A well-nurtured self is better equipped to stay proactive and focused on health goals.
  • Adjust and Adapt: Flexibility is key to long-term success. Life is dynamic, and so are your health goals. Be willing to adjust and adapt your plan as needed. Embrace challenges as opportunities for growth, and don't be afraid to tweak your approach to better align with your evolving needs.
  • Celebrate Progress, Not Perfection: Perfection is a myth, but progress is real. Instead of aiming for flawless execution, celebrate the progress you make on your health journey. Recognize that setbacks are a natural part of growth and use them as steppingstones toward future success.

Remember, staying proactive is a journey, not a destination. Your commitment to your health is a testament to your strength and resilience. Keep making those proactive choices and watch as they transform into a life of optimal well-being.

As your Coach, I'm here to support you every step of the way. If you need guidance, motivation, or just a friendly chat, reach out. Together, let's make each day a proactive step toward a healthier, happier you.

Yield: 4 servings

Per Serving: 1 leaner, 1 healthy fat, 3 green, 3 condiments

Total Time: 3 hours


1¾ lbs. pork tenderloin

1 tsp salt, divided

6 tbsp sugar-free barbecue sauce

1½ tbsp yellow mustard, divided

¼ cup water

4 tsp extra virgin olive oil

¼ cup cider vinegar

½ tsp caraway seeds

6 cups chopped cabbage


  1. Whisk together the barbecue sauce, one tablespoon of mustard, and a ½ teaspoon salt.
  2. Rub barbecue mixture over pork, and place pork in a slow cooker.
  3. Pour water over top and cook on low for 7 hours until very tender.
  4. Remove pork from slow cooker, reserving liquid for later use, and shred using two forks.
  5. While the pork is resting, pour the reserved barbecue liquid into a large saucepan. Stir in the extra virgin olive oil, ½ tablespoon mustard, vinegar, ½ teaspoon salt, and caraway seeds. Bring to a boil.
  6. Add the chopped cabbage, and simmer gently until just wilted, about 3 to 4 minutes.
  7. Divide the cabbage slaw into 4 equal-sized portions and serve each with 6 ounces shredded pork.


Nutrition Per Serving: 300 calories, 10g fat, 10g carbohydrate, 43g protein

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Choosing Life

In 1996, Martha faced a daunting diagnosis – Breast Cancer, a seemingly inherited curse in her family. Every woman in her immediate family had grappled with it, and they were all carriers of the BRCA1 gene. Determined to break this generational cycle, Martha vowed the curse would end with her. However, destiny had other plans, and in 1996, she received her own diagnosis.

Six months of chemotherapy and five years of Tamoxifen followed, as well as significant weight gain. Concerned doctors urged her to prioritize her wellness. This prompted years of relentless efforts to shed the pounds. It wasn't until 2018, through a friend's transformation post on Facebook, when Martha discovered OPTAVIA, and her life took a transformative turn. Now, she stands 67 pounds lighter*, not just in body but also in mind and spirit.

For Martha, OPTAVIA meant more than weight loss; it brought about changes she didn't realize she needed. The ripple effect reached her daughter, son, and husband, leading each of them into their own health journeys. Unhealthy habits were replaced with wise food choices, and snacks no longer constituted a food group.

Motivated by her own transformation, Martha became an independent OPTAVIA Coach. What started as a desire to help a friend evolved into a mission to assist others in their journey to healthier lives. Through her actions, she aims to demonstrate that sustainable, lifelong changes are possible.

What makes this journey truly special for Martha is that she is not alone. With a Coach and a supportive Community, she found encouragement on both good and challenging days. Her fellow Coaches and Clients are more than just companions; they are family. Together, they inspire, learn, and grow, making each of them better versions of themselves.

Reflecting on this life-altering decision, Martha is grateful for stumbling upon her friend's transformation post on Facebook. It was a divine intervention that steered her toward OPTAVIA. This journey was a choice between choosing a healthier life and accepting defeat, and Martha is immensely thankful that she chose life.

*Average weight loss on the Optimal Weight 5 & 1 Plan® is 12 pounds. Clients are in weight loss, on average, for 12 weeks.


Rebecca Lange
Independent Certified OPTAVIA Coach
P.O. Box 38941
Greensboro, NC 27438

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