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Oh my! October is just around the corner and fall is in the air. Cooler weather is already being reported in some areas, fall vegetables are being harvested, football is in full swing and signs of Halloween approaching are in the retail stores. Some of you may even be planning your Thanksgiving or holiday travel or meals.


Remember to take time for you as the holidays approach.  Starting today you can pay attention to the commitments and promises you are making that might turn into overwhelm and overcommitment down the road. Because it is crucial to your well-being, I am dedicating this newsletter to boundaries and standards as we move into this potential hectic quarter of the year.  


As for me, I am rolling out my programs for the remainder of the year.  Product Development for 2012 is going great!!!  Can't wait to launch and share an amazing 2012 with all of you.

Also, please check o
ut a work in progress website,  www.femaleandfab.com 
that I am developing for online tools and resources. Visit it often as I am updating content and products daily. This site is a compliment to my main site, http://www.empoweringpotential.com 

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Boundaries & Standards

Boundaries - That which indicates or fixes a limit or extent, or marks a bound, as of a territory; a bounding or separating line; a real or imaginary limit.


Standards - a basis for comparison; a reference point against which other things can be evaluated;

The above are dictionary definitions. For the sake of this conversation, allow me to give you additional context that I use in some of my courses.


Part of creating a life we love will often be met with disappointment and disapproval from the people in your life. Especially if your intentions are to get different results than you have been getting.  It will become necessary for you to be deliberate about identifying and declaring what is important to you. With that consciousness your actions and conversations are more likely to be in alignment with what matters instead of at the mercy of what others want or need you to do for them. To help you create a structure to maintain your integrity, it would serve you to set standards and boundaries.     


Standards - Can be seen as the guidelines by which you live your life. Standards are for and with yourself. They are your value system, your code of ethics, the level of required action on your part for your authentic expression to emerge. The choices you make are in alignment with your truth, integrity, and what you say is important to you. Standards are your daily or ongoing practices that you engage in-because you say it matters. It is where you choose to spend your time, energy, money, and resources.
For now, let's just say setting standards provides the consciousness, support, and ability for you to discern and make choices in alignment with what is meaningful and important in your life in the midst of any situation.
The trap is to set unrealistic standards which set you up for disappointment, sabotage, or failure. This will only serve to feed the negative internal chatter of how you are wrong, bad, or a failure. Besides the lofty expectations you have of yourself-you will want to also be mindful that the tendency to adopt other people's standards will be at play here. Do your own work in
identifying and declaring your authentic standards.

Keep in mind that the people in your life may or may not be aware that you are transitioning and you may be required to set boundaries as you integrate new actions into these relationships.
Boundaries - are for and with others. They provide structure as we live and work in communities. We set boundaries with others on what we will and will not tolerate, associate with, or deem acceptable. This allows for creating a clean space to coordinate action-these are the spoken and implied rules of the game.
If you are setting boundaries, then the question becomes, are you enforcing them?
_______Yes      ______No
What agreements do you have with other people? If you don't have agreements and boundaries, don't expect anything to change.  Now is not the time to think everyone will know or care that you are up to creating a life you love. You will have to be rigorous to not fall into the trap of old habits and patterns.
The trap with boundaries is we may use them as a way to shut ourselves off, stay safe, isolate, or distance ourselves from people while maintaining the illusion of taking a stand or bringing
forth dignity.  

Standards and boundaries are crucial in taking responsibility for living a life you love!   


I am your partner in possibilities!  Contact me to take the next step in creating a life you love.

denise@empoweringpotential.com or (985) 860-8861 

 Current Course Offerings 

90 Days to Habits of Health Challenge. Oct. 3 - Dec. 31, 2011.

Living Fully Expressed - 6 week tele-seminar beginning Wed., Oct. 5
click course title for details


Awaken To Your Untapped Energy and Potential -   Oct. 8, 2011
click course title for details


Healing Your Heart - click course title for details 


Best Year of Your Life - click course title for details


Contact me to explore what might be next for you!


I have a limited amount of appointments available for individual coaching. Call or write now to secure your spot!


Denise - 985-860-8861


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What Is Take Shape For Life?


Creating health, starting with weight loss

Optimal Health is a whole new approach to well-being that is based on creating health with the Take Shape For Life Program. Three unique components- your Health Coach, the Medifast 5 & 1 Plan, and the Habits of Health-create the foundation and long-term support that will guide you along your journey.

  • Start by losing up to 2 to 5 lbs per week, quickly and safely
  • Learn the Habits of Health that can create health for a lifetime
  • Become a part of a thriving Bio-Network of Clients and Health Coaches who are taking back America's health and wellness
How is Take Shape For Life different?

Take Shape For Life starts with making the decision to get healthy-now.

Achieving a healthy weight is the first step in along the path to Optimal Health. The Take Shape For Life program offers you a free personal Health Coach who will guide you as you lose weight on the Medifast 5 & 1 PlanŽ, by using the clinically proven, doctor-recommended, portion-controlled nutrition of Medifast Meals. Along the way, your Health Coach will share with you the Habits of Health that can help you to make the choices that will allow you take charge of your health for the long term. Reaching a healthy weight is just the beginning-there is much more to come.


The Path to a Longer, Healthier Life


 Take Shape For Life really is "for life." We offer much more than just fast, safe, effective weight loss; it's your key to better health. Through the Habits of Health, you learn a healthier way of living. You also get the continuing advantage of personalized one-on-one coaching from a Health Coach, who can keep you on course to help you achieve the results you desire.


Choose Optimal Health today, and become a part of the Take Shape For Life Bio-Network and the thriving, vibrant, grassroots movement of Health Coaches, Health Professionals, and Clients who are redefining the path to health and well-being.


The Solution

Take Shape For Life is a company committed to taking back America's health, one person at a time, through:

  • High-quality, portion-controlled nutrition with Medifast Meals
  • Free one-on-one support from a Health Coach
  • Learning The Habits of Health that help you achieve long-term Optimal Health
  • The infrastructure of an ethical, financially sound, publicly traded company (NYSE: MED)
  • The ongoing support of the Bio-Network-a community of doctors, nurses, dietitians, and other health professionals, along with Health Coaches-who are working together, sharing information, and inspiration with one another 
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