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In Element 13, we’ll explore the tools to assess your progress on your journey to optimal health and wellbeing. The key is to track details and experiences of the day you just completed while applying your learnings to plan the day you will have tomorrow. By tracking these results, you can easily identify your patterns and behaviors and make corrections early on as needed.

In addition to the Habits of Health® App, which tracks your daily actions by recording the number of consecutive days that you install and build new habits, Your LifeBook creates an interactive structure allowing you to fully immerse yourself in what it takes to become optimally healthy.

In Element 13 of Your Lifebook on page 254 , Dr. Wayne Scott Andersen provides a daily log template to make it easier to learn and install healthy habits. The daily log and checklist is designed to help you and your OPTAVIA Coach identify areas to improve in the MacroHabits of Health. Here are some tips to keep you motivated as you’re recording your progress:

  • Create realistic goals. Drastic change doesn’t happen overnight which is why it’s important to implement small, healthy habits and create a realistic timeline to achieve your goal. Remember, it’s a marathon, not a sprint!
  • Reward yourself. Discover what makes you happy that doesn’t involve food and reward yourself for reaching small milestones along your journey. For example, treat yourself to a movie or a massage if you’ve eaten five Fuelings every day for a week.
  • Ask for support. Your support system can help you handle difficult situations, find resources, and motivate you to succeed. Reach out to loved ones, your OPTAVIA Coach, and others in our OPTAVIA Community for support and advice on how to achieve the necessary milestones involved in your journey to optimal health and wellbeing.
  • Use visuals. Sometimes we need visual reminders to keep us motivated. Find pictures that symbolize experiences, feelings, or material items you want to have in your life. A vision board or desktop screensaver are great ways to keep your goals top of mind.    

In addition to the daily log, it’s important to track your weekly and monthly progress. The weekly tracker (page 260) allows you to measure trends without overanalyzing daily results. The monthly tracker (page 262) allows you to see the progress and transformation you’ve made throughout the   year.

Discuss this Element with your Coach and make a plan to start tracking your progress as you create your health story. In Element 14—transitioning to eating healthy for life—we’ll examine how to transition from Phase I to Phase II, which focuses on making choices that support long-term weight management. 

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Join this week’s Habits of Health® Webinar, Your LifeBook—Element 13: How to measure your progress beyond the scale and stay motivated on Wednesday, November 6th at 8:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. CT/5:30 p.m. PT, hosted by Independent OPTAVIA® Coach Susan Labelle.

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While physical fitness is a major component of optimal health, a healthy mind is critical for managing stress and overall wellbeing. Strengthening our mindset also contributes to our health in other areas. In fact, the more you help your mind, the more you help your body and vice versa. Here are some tips for achieving a happier and healthier mind:

  • Practice meditation. Meditation and mindfulness can benefit your health and wellbeing by training your mind to observe your thoughts as they come and go. Just like physical exercise, there are many different forms of meditation so find what works best for you! If you don’t like the idea of sitting still, try mindful walking. Simply pay attention to your steps and what is going on around you as you’re moving.
  • Have a healthy sleep routine. Quality sleep can increase cognition, concentration, and productivity.  Having a healthy sleep routine helps prepares you to start the next day with an optimal state of mind. Aim to get between seven to nine hours of sleep each night and make sure your bedroom is a healthy sleep environment.
  • Surround yourself with like-minded people. Having people around you that listen and understand what you’re going through can. Reach out to a friend, loved one, or the OPTAVIA Community to share your goals, obstacles, and successes.
  • Find a passion project. Take some time to figure out what your passions are and use them as a creative outlet. Pursuing your passion can give you creative energy and helps you tap into your inner motivation and drive.

Ask me, your OPTAVIA Coach, about other ways to build a healthy mind on your journey to Lifelong Transformation, One Healthy Habit at a Time®.

Per Serving: 1 Lean | 3 Green| 3 Condiments       

Yield: 4 servings

Total Time: 45 minutes


2 cloves garlic

2 scallions, chopped

1 lb. tomatillos, trimmed and chopped

2 serrano chilies, seeds and membranes removed, chopped

8 large romaine or green lettuce leaves, divided

½ tsp dried Mexican oregano (may use regular oregano)

1½ lbs. boneless pork loin, cut into bite-sized cubes

¼ tsp each: salt & pepper

¼ cup cilantro, chopped

1 cup sliced radishes

1 jalapeno, seeds and membranes removed, thinly sliced

4 lime wedges


  1. Combine garlic, scallions, tomatillos, serrano chilies, 4 lettuce leaves, and oregano in a blender; puree until smooth.
  2. Place pork and tomatillo mixture in a medium pot. The pork should be covered by 1-inch of puree; if not, add water until it is. Season with salt and pepper, cover, and bring to a simmer. Simmer on low for 20 minutes.
  3. Finely shred remaining lettuce leaves.
  4. When stew is finished cooking, garnish with cilantro, radishes, finely shredded lettuce, sliced jalapenos, and lime wedges.

Per Serving: 370 calories | 36g protein | 14g carbohydrate | 19g fat

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A Lifetime of Optimal Health

“After reaching my highest weight, I knew I had to do something. I tried different diets and even three different diet pills with only minimal success. I then reached out nearly a year later to my husband’s aunt, who is an OPTAVIA Coach, for help.”

Karen knew that she wanted to lose weight but she also was hoping to feel better overall. After being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, she was constantly fatigued and suffering from joint pain.

“I had blamed my autoimmune disease for how I was feeling. I really didn’t know that my weight was causing so many underlying problems with my health. I thought that fatigue and joint pain were my new normal.”

Since starting the OPTAVIA Program, Karen has lost 55 pounds*. She has much more energy and is able to do activities with her two active children.

“I am finally drinking enough water, getting a good night’s rest, and my body feels so much better since I have been eating healthy. I love that I am fitting into smaller clothes and that I can run up and down my stairs without getting winded. It’s so fun to get compliments from others about my transformation. I even fit into my wedding dress again after 17 years.”

Karen is thankful to her Coach and the OPTAVIA Community for their encouragement throughout her journey.

“My Coach has cheered me on and has always been there to answer my questions or concerns. I have learned a lot about myself and how to handle emotional eating. It’s been so great to see the successes of others in the OPTAVIA Community.”

After a few months on the Program, Karen decided she would like to pay it forward and help others feel as great as she did, so she became an OPTAVIA Coach.

“It’s been so exciting and rewarding watching others transform their health. I’m so grateful I found OPTAVIA. I am looking forward to a lifetime of optimal health.”


Kathy Glazer
3 Washington Circle N. W. #303, Washington,D.C. 20037, Also Falls Church,VA

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