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Exploring Element 02 in Your LifeBook includes charting your path to transformation. This is the next pivotal phase involving pinpointing your desires, crafting a blueprint, and assessing your readiness. To embark on this journey, it's crucial to define your aspirations precisely and delineate the milestones that pave the way towards the life you envision.

Your LifeBook serves as your compass, housing gauges of willingness, confidence, and preparedness for each overarching Healthy Habit. Evaluating your position on these gauges offers insight into your progress and primes you for the leap to the next level.

To better understand yourself and align your goals for optimal health and wellness, consider the following:

  • What Change Do I Seek? Pinpoint three priority areas for immediate change. Begin broadly by selecting a Healthy Habit category, then focus on refining the specific alteration you aim to achieve.
  • Deciphering this Element's Significance Once you've marked areas for change, dive into how these translate into your daily routine. Perhaps it involves substituting sugary drinks with water or cultivating a positive mindset. If you need clarity on an Element, turn to me, your Coach, for guidance and support.
  • Reflective Insights from this Element Pondering the implications of the changes you commit to is as crucial as executing them. Recognizing the benefits and understanding how they align with your aspirations is pivotal for a sound mind and will fuel your commitment to lasting change.
  • Action Blueprint Following the selection of your improvement areas, it's time for actionable steps. Collaborate with me to devise a strategy and a set of actions that not only drive desired outcomes but amplify their impact.

Once you identify the areas you want to transform, lay the foundation for motivation and gain clarity on what truly matters to you. Start annotating Your LifeBook today!

Feel free to consult me, your independent OPTAVIA Coach, for additional insights on charting your course towards Lifelong Transformation, One Healthy Habit at a Time. Together, we'll navigate your aspirations and bring them to life.

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As we observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a time of reflection and action, OPTAVIA stands committed to fostering the spirit of service within our vibrant community. This occasion honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., inspiring us to engage in meaningful acts of service, compassion, and empowerment.

At OPTAVIA, we believe in the transformative power of service. It’s not merely a day off but an opportunity to embody Dr. King’s vision of unity, equality, and service to others. Our OPTAVIA Community is more than just individuals—it's a tapestry of diverse voices and stories, each woven with the common thread of making a positive impact on the world.

This MLK Day, we encourage everyone to take part in acts of service that uplift and empower those around us. Whether it’s volunteering at a local shelter, organizing a food drive, or reaching out to support a fellow community member, every action, no matter how small, contributes to a collective wave of positive change.

The essence of OPTAVIA lies in its people—our Coaches, Clients, and partners who embody the spirit of support and encouragement. By joining hands on this day of service, we strengthen our bonds and reinforce our commitment to creating a world where kindness, empathy, and support are the guiding principles.

As we commemorate this day, let us also reflect on the strides we’ve made and the work that lies ahead. Dr. King’s dream of a just and equitable society resonates deeply within our community. Let’s channel that energy into initiatives that promote wellness, unity, and empowerment for all.

We invite you to share your MLK Day of Service experiences within our OPTAVIA Community. Your stories of impact and service inspire us all and remind us of the power we hold when we come together with a common purpose.

Together, let’s honor Dr. King’s legacy by turning our collective compassion into action. Let’s make this MLK Day a celebration of service, unity, and empowerment within our OPTAVIA family and beyond. Thank you for being an integral part of our mission to create a healthier, happier world—one act of service at a time.

In solidarity and service, 


Yield: 2 servings

Per serving: 1 Lean, 3 Green, 3 Condiments

Total Time: 30 minutes


2½ cups diced eggplant (about ¾-inch cubes)

½ cup chopped tomatoes

1 tsp dried oregano

¼ tsp kosher salt

⅛ tsp ground black pepper

1⅓ cup part-skim ricotta

2 eggs

3 tbsp grated parmesan


  1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  2. In a medium nonstick sauté pan, sauté the eggplant until soft and light golden brown. Add the tomatoes, oregano, salt, and pepper.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for about 1 to 2 minutes.
  4. Divide the eggplant and tomato mixture between 2 (7-inch or ½ quart) non-stick baking dishes.
  5. Combine the ricotta, egg, and parmesan in a medium-sized mixing bowl.
  6. Top the eggplant dishes evenly with the ricotta mixture.
  7. Bake on the top rack of oven until bubbly and golden brown, about 15 to 20 minutes.


Nutrition Per Serving: 370 calories, 20g fat, 18g carbohydrate, 29g protein

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Breaking Generational Cycles

McKenzie always felt a profound calling to assist others, aiding them through their traumas, bolstering their self-esteem, and guiding them through negative cognitions. Her belief in people's resilience was not just theoretical. As a trauma therapist, she had witnessed firsthand the human ability to overcome struggles and thrive. McKenzie held a deep-seated desire to help, a passion which led her to add the role of an independent OPTAVIA Coach to her repertoire. Little did she know the profound impact it would have on her life.

In a short span, McKenzie shed over 40 pounds*. Yet, what she had gained surpassed mere physical transformation; she now embodied her true self, authentically, as a wife, a mother, and a professional.

As a therapist, McKenzie comprehended the significance of both internal and external health. Prior to embarking on her health journey, she believed herself to be healthy internally. However, the need to lose weight for her own external health and future persisted. Past attempts at various programs left her feeling that something crucial was always lacking—either her mindset wasn't addressed, or the support didn't meet her needs. McKenzie found herself caught in cycles of brief success followed by abruptly quitting, leading to a deep sense of shame and guilt that left her feeling like a failure. To cope, she resorted to self-soothing mechanisms like food and alcohol, a roller-coaster cycle she desperately wanted to break.

Reflecting deeply on her choices, McKenzie traced her coping mechanisms back to her childhood experiences. Her hard-working mother emphasized helping others but struggled to prioritize self-care or model healthy habits due to an upbringing of adversity and Midwestern comfort foods. Her father, grappling with substance abuse and mental illness, further contributed to the dynamics shaping her habits and beliefs. McKenzie understood the generational impacts of trauma.

 Yet, McKenzie was determined to break this cycle for her own family, especially her 2-year-old daughter. She recognized the danger of perpetuating these patterns and the burden it might place on her child. OPTAVIA's Habits of Health system became the tool that allowed McKenzie to halt this cycle, enabling her to set goals from a new place of empowerment rather than quitting due to exhaustion.

Her transformation extended beyond weight loss; it encompassed a newfound energy, confidence, and a set of self-care skills she now possessed. McKenzie's passion for life reignited, fueling her desire to help others and embrace new experiences. Her changed outlook and habits were not just for herself but for the generations to follow. She’s since positioned herself within a cycle of self-love, care, and vitality that she’s determined to continue.

*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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