It’s Time!!!

It’s Time!!!

Don’t wait until you are desperate to change your life.


My responsibility as a practicing health&life coach is to always be honest with you, with no sugar-coating. Nobody will come to save you. No genie, no magic potion, no-one.


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What do I mean: nobody can help us if we don’t want to accept responsibility for our thoughts and habits. It’s time to wake up from the illusion that some people have it all figured out while others do not.
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It’s just not true. Most of us, regardless of where we are on the scale of personal growth, still experience negative thoughts and insecurities.
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The difference is in the level of our self-awareness of these thoughts. Do we allow them to affect us, or do we let them go with ease?
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Thoughts are neutral. Their meaning is not. It’s dependent on our emotional state.
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Behind every reoccurring negative thought, there is an underlying need that needs to be expressed.
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When it’s not expressed, it becomes a compulsion that leads to addictive behaviors, chronic discontment, and lack of fullfilment. 
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The positive meaning of stress, fatigue, and self-sabotage is they can serve as a catalyst for the URGENCY to take charge of your life and take better care of yourself.

Don’t wait until it’s urgent to prioritize your emotional and physical health.

Take an action step right now!

How to take action:
1. Be mindful of your thoughts.
2. Don’t act on your thoughts.
3. Replace negative thoughts with their empowering reframing.
4. Don’t quit on yourself when things don’t go well.
5. Find a mentor/work with a coach/join a support group online/distance yourself from people who don’t aspire you to be the best version of yourself.

What happens is that we often wait to be desperate in order to change.

I am here for you if you need to ask any questions.

You are not alone! We all have our struggles.

~ Ana-Maria

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Accept and Let It Go: How To Use Less Control and Be At Peace

Accept and Let It Go: How To Use Less Control and Be At Peace

True acceptance means letting go. 


What does it mean to let go of attachments? It means to accept what you cannot change and be at peace with the outcome: regardless if it is what you thought you wanted.

Life is an intricate balance of a constant push&pull. When we don’t resist the flow of the Universe, we flow effortlessly with its messages.

What we resist, however, always persists. We attract the same people and situations when we stay confined in the limitations of our mental conditioning. 

If you don’t make the conscious decision to change your reaction to events, you remain enslaved to outside influence. WHEN WE LEARN HOW TO WITNESS CHALLENGES WITH STILLNESS, PEACE, AND EMOTIONAL NEUTRALITY, WE EVENTUALLY LEARN THE LESSON AND GROW FROM OUR MISTAKES.

The practice of acceptance and letting go means we stop waiting on other people to “complete” us, make us feel loved, seen, wanted, appreciated, and recognized for our accomplishments. 

No one can complete us if we don’t already feel whole and complete in ourselves. If you don’t think you’re worthy of love, success, and happiness, life will confirm these beliefs.

Loving yourself is far different from being prideful or self-conceited. The practice of conscious self-love means you accept your imperfections and feel comfortable in your skin without searching for outside approval. 

We only have one” now” to love, accept, and appreciate ourselves. We either seize it, or we miss another day to shine and thrive.

It isn’t our responsibility to monitor other people’s perception of us but is our responsibility to project clearly our boundaries and self-respect. 

When we take a step forward toward valuing ourselves more, our relationships begin to shift and transform towards mutual trust, respect, and acceptance. 

How do you practice letting go? Let me know!



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Learn How To Protect Your Energy

Learn How To Protect Your Energy

If you are surrounded by people who bring you down, you’re very likely to succumb to their negativity. But that shouldn’t be the case! 

1) Accept that you’re not responsible for other people’s behavior.

But you’re responsible for your reaction to what happens around you. Forgiving injustice doesn’t mean you condone it. It means you choose to protect and honor your sanity. You forgive in order to set yourself free from grudges! Forgiveness is an act of self-care. 

2) Accept that suffering often drives progress. 

Think about it: if your job makes you miserable, your relationships don’t fulfill you, or your body doesn’t deal happy and healthy — that in itself is a baddass motivation for moving on and changing your life! If it is unbearable to remain stuck in unhappy life, it becomes bearable to face your fears, seek help, and move on. 

3) Accept that reward is on the other side of sacrifice.

What happens after a sweaty exercise that kicked your butt a hundred times in a row? You brush off the sweat and feel amazing! The endorphins kick in and you forget about how hard the workout seemed in the beginning. Now you’ve entered the joyous state of victory and self-accomplishment. 

Yes, hard work is hard. Change is hard. But it pays off!



Ask yourself: do you prefer to pay the price of stress and misery or do you prefer to pay the cost of changing your mindset, and to improve the quality of your relationship to yourself and others?


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What Are The 5 Most Important Steps of A Successful Transformational? Read Here

What Are The 5 Most Important Steps of  A Successful Transformational? Read Here

Have you found yourself stuck in an area of your life that you want to change, but don`t know how? Read these tips!

Sometimes we want big results fast and we imagine that means pushing ourselves as far and fast as we can go. But we often set ourselves up for failure that way.  Slow and steady, consistent follow-through is what gets results that create true lasting transformation. If you want to create a long-lasting change, you really have to learn how to be patient with the process.:)

STEP #1 of 5: Step Back

Stepping Back is about moving from being “in” a situation to an “observer” of a situation.
The reason it’s essential to Step Back and get distance between you and your programming is that the distance opens up the opportunity to see a situation from a new perspective. Your programming is what you were given at a very early age to make decisions about yourself and the world. When you can see a situation from a new perspective, you are likely to create more choices and possibilities.


STEP #2 of 5: Let Go

At its core, transformation is a continual process of letting go. This step is all about giving you a
way to release old beliefs and create new ones. Please check out my free tips on letting go here.


STEP #3 of 5: Say Yes to Self


This step is about anchoring in new beliefs that reflect your true self now. Once we’ve let go of the dysfunctional beliefs that no longer serve us, we get to choose what we want to believe and who we want to be. Not sure how to execute this step? Check out this article.🙂


STEP #4 of 5: Take Empowered Action


When you feel completely grounded in yourself and your truth, you are in the perfect place to
take empowered action.
Why is “empowered action” specifically important? If you’re taking action from a place of fear, “not enough-ness”, doubt, confusion, or worry, then you aren’t coming from an empowered place. Here are some tools how to combat your fear.

STEP #5 of 5: Set Up Accountability (Support AND Stretch)


Once you are commited to changing your life, then you want to set up the type of accountability that makes success inevitable, which means you must have support and you must have stretch. What are the conditions that set you up for inevitable success? One way is to surround yourself with people who have the belief systems and outcomes that you want to have.

Need more accountability in your life? I am here to support and guide you.:)

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Forget the diet. Discover the optimal foods for your body and health.

Forget the diet. Discover the optimal foods for your body and health.

Dieting does not work. Deptivation does not work. Feeling lost what to eat is exhausting.

The hack to attaing your ideal weight is to figure out the 5Ws.

  • How to eat
  • What to eat
  • When to eat
  • Where to eat
  • Who are you when you eat

In my coaching work, I can help you to uncover what’s been stopping you from achieving your goals before; teach you how to create a powerful vision of what achieving your goals will do for you and for your relationships; help you discover which foods and lifestyle habits are getting in a way with your optimal wellness; and, most importantly, encourage you stay committed to your new habits until they become your second nature.:)

In this 90-day program you will receive:

  1. on-going support from me (via texts, emails, and weekly check-ins)
  2. on-going guidance on nutrition and mindful eating
  3. new meditation recording each week for inner peace and calm
  4. customized affirmations that assist you to visualize and attract your end goal

Upon completion, you will achieve 3 major outcomes:

  • Setting up the conditions for inevitable success
  • Finding out which foods are right for your body
  • Converting these new healthy habits into behaviors that last!

If your goal is not not only to shed the stubborn weight but to feel more energized, vibrant and lighter, this program is for you!

It is your time to feel confident, alive and energized!

I honor you for taking this step and look forward to supporting you on this adventure.

~ With love and care,

Ana-Maria

Recent Testimony

Dear Ana-Maria, I want to thank you for sticking with me to help me shed over 25 pounds! You helped me change my diet for the better. Previously, I was afraid of food. You taught me about foods that I had never heard of before. You taught me how to “eat my greens” and really like it. You taught me quick, easy meals and some of them are portable…We also worked on my mental “baggage.” There were issues from my childhood that were still weighing me down with fear and self-doubt. The affirmations you sent to me were wonderful, for 2 reasons: (1) because it was obvious that you really heard me, and (2) because addressing my issues as they came up over the months, you helped me teach my brain how to set these things aside in appropriate wats through the affirmations and meditaions of the week…I feel great. Now that I have less weight to move around I move around much more easily. The little aches and pains that are usually attributed to getting older are a non-issue. I am dancing more, I am walking more, I am enjoying my life more…Issues that used to get me down or make me angry no longer tun my life. I don`t dwell on them like I used to. They no longer hold power over me. – V. R. 


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Thank you, Ana-Maria for your patience and understanding.  I recognize that being healthy is about more than just food, it includes stress issues and exercise.  You have been so patient with me, helping me past my natural resistance to change, helping me get restorative sleep, dealing with my likes and dislikes in foods, and giving me personal exercises that I can do.  The personalized meditations are outstanding.  You help me to let go of my fears.  The weekly check-ins are so beneficial.  During the week you send me wonderful recipes and you listen to my feedback on them and adjust them as needed.  I never got much from affirmations that I learned from other “coaches” because they didn’t understand who I am and what I do.  The “one size fits all” didn’t fit for me at all.  The specific affirmations you have given me, make all the difference.  When I tell you the negative things in my life, I am confident that you take these in confidence, but the cool thing is, you carefully turn them into positive goals without ever mentioning the negative place they came from.  I expected to go through some changes with my body, and I expected that some changes might be hard to handle, but you helped me through it all with new techniques I had not heard of before, which made the changes easier and the results are terrific. Already I am healthier and stronger than I have been in quite a while.” – Ginger R.

Before booking, please allow me to emphasize that carrying an extra weight usually means some sort of imbalance between yourself and your body. However, my job is not to assist you to chase an unrealistic weight-goal for your frame, but to help you arrive and maintain at the weight that is uniquely perfect for you.

This holistic weight-loss program is designed to give you great results within 90 days; however, you may continue to work with me after the three-month frame 🙂

To book an introductiory session (and/or) inquire more information, please send an email to contact@lunavoda.com. I will contact you back within a 24-48h frame.:)

It is Your time to feel confident and empowered!

Disclaimer:

Health coaches trained by the Health Coach Institute achieve “habit change” via coaching and do not diagnose or treat disease, prescribe medication, or perform the functions of clinical occupations. Always consult your doctor. Your health coach is happy to work with your physician’s guidance to best support your wellbeing.

How To Create Change That Last: 3 Strategies That Will Help You Stick To Your New Habits – FOREVER!

How To Create Change That Last: 3 Strategies That Will Help You Stick To Your New Habits – FOREVER!

Change is hard. It is supposed to be hard. This is how our brain is wired. And our brain`s main responsibility is to keep us safe. From an evolutionary point of view (1), change equals danger; danger equals lack of safety; lack of safety equals predators; predators equal potential death. No wonder lasting change is trickier than it seems.

I hope this is an AHA moment for you: our brain doesn’t differentiate between actual and fictional danger. For the critter brain, every time when you try to make a change (despite your positive intention behind it!), your innocent attempt triggers a fight or flight reaction. Why? Because your brain cares for you and wants you to be safe. Once you understand that your body`s only goal is to keep you alive, you begin to shift your mindset from reactivity to positivity. To make any change STICK, you have to win your brain over first. And do it in a way that makes both you and your brain FEEl good.

So, instead of beating yourself for not sticking to your new year`s resolutions or your last week`decision to adopt a healthier diet, exercise more, stress less/etc., understand that it literally takes time for the body to drop its defenses and become an ally to your goals, and not a foe.

  • In order to shift gears towards your goal, you have to act as the architect of your most ideal future and not a slave of your behavioral patterns.
  • To receive a level of self-actualization (your innate ability and right to reach your highest creativity potential), you have to first strip the layers of cognitive baggage piled in your subconscious mind.
  • In order to shift from the role of spectator (ofWhat happens To you) to a creator (of a Life that happens FOR you), you must stop sabotaging yourself with negative self-talk and victimization. This is KEY!
change your habits. change your life.
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These are my three fundamental strategies for creating long-lasting change instead of temporary breakthroughs:

I HAVE AN INTENTION

Decide what you want; then break it down to an attainable goal. 
I recommend you to breakdown your goals into a longterm goal and short-term goals. Be realistic what you can and can`t achieve in a six or three months frame, and focus on the progress you make, and not on the areas you`re still working on. The bigger the change you want to make is, the smaller the daily changes should be. You can`t possibly outdo years of behavioral patterns in one month regardless of your discipline and motivation. The body has to trust you first and welcome the change, instead of fighting you on it.

Science says

“Neurons that fire together wire together.”

– Donald Hebb, a Canadian neuropsychologist known for his work in the field of associative learning.

II PAY ATTENTION

Stepping back and identifying what your self-defeating habits are is one of the first steps of the change process.

Be curious to monitor your actions (without judgment!): are they moving you towards your goal, or do they pull you away from it? Most importantly, monitor your self-talk: how many times in a day do you speak kindly to yourself as opposed to the times you lash out and say things you would never tell your best friend? (more about building unstoppable confidence you may read here). Be adaptive to change and the breaking of old habits. Often, it has taken you a lifetime to build them, so it takes time and patience to reformulate your routine around them. Habits are literally wired in your brain. And I will repeat this again, because it is so important:any lasting change begins in your mind first before it gets translated to your behavior and habits.

As Goethe wisely pointed out: “Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.”

III ALWAYS BELIEVE

Stay optimistically realistic. Momentary set-backs are inevitable. Giving up is optional. 
Believing in your deservedness of happiness, confidence and self-love is the only way to preserve your enthusiasm to keep going when you stumble through obstacles. They’re there to test your will. And expose you to your fears so you can dissolve them and move forward. Face them, love them, and keep going. At its core, change is a continual process of letting go. This step is all about giving you a way to release old beliefs and create new ones. When you change a habit, you CHANGE a part of how you act, and when you change how you re-act, you start to change who you are in a triggering circumstance… when you begin to change who you are (when you don`t like yourself), you start to fall in love with your-true-self and your life.

In conclusion, please remember that habits are AUTOMATED behaviors and, as such, they are prone to change.. While some habits are health-promoting, others are health-destroying. And here we talk not just about physical health but about your mental and emotional health as well.

To make any change last, you need to feel good about it in your heart first.

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~ With Love and Care,

Ana-Maria

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Further Reads:

(1) I dearly recommend you to read Dr. Rich Hanson`s books: Resilient and Hardwiring Happiness. I mention his work in this article as well.

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