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We date online why not diet online?  More than one of my clients have credited various apps for helping them drop a few pounds, improve their food choices and get fitter faster.  And now Greatest Loser guru Jillian Michaels throws down another challenge by partnering with Dietbetter. https://i2.wp.com/www.dietbetter.com/images/jillian-michaels-main-page.png

Dietbet is a four-week social dieting challenge. According to the company 96% percent of DietBetters lose weight, with an average of over six pounds in four weeks. You could drop those pounds and pick up some cash in the process.

Michaels’ DietBet starts on September 24 and runs through October 21.

The rules for The Jillian Michaels DietBet are simple. Players all bet $30 into the pot to begin. Everyone who loses four percent of their starting weight over the course of the four-week game splits the pot equally at the end. Dietbet is not winner-take-all; everyone who reaches the finish line is a winner and receives an equal share of the pot. To validate weight loss, players submit multiple photos of themselves on their scales to DietBet’s human referees.

Find DietBet on Facebook and Twitter. An iPhone mobile app is also available.

Good luck and let us know how you do!



When it comes to achieving health and fitness goals, the buddy system has a proven success record.  It keeps you accountable, provides companionship on the journey, and gives rise to a little competitive spirit. Just yesterday a client of mine was talking about how she starting a walking program.  Her daughter, 14 years old, wanted to run but mom didn’t want her jogging around their neighborhood alone. They found a nearby outdoor track where mom could walk and keep an eye on her daughter. Within a short while, mom started running too.

Include both short term and long term goals to help you stay on task.  For example, if you want to lose 10 pounds, set a realistic target weight loss date (say 2 months) then set mini goals along the way (about 1.5 pounds per week). Then work your plan with your buddy.  Hold yourselves accountable and perhaps include a challenge – the person who wins is rewarded with a professional massage, paid for by the loser.  If you both win, treat yourselves to a spa day.


Everyone has a reason for wanting to losing weight or get more fit.  Be specific.  And remind yourself often.  One person may want to lose weight to be a better role model for their daughter; another to more easily trek during the next exotic vacation; or just to look sleeker in a slinky summer dress.  What matters is that it matters to you. 

Purina and Jenny Craig have teamed to help people and their pets slim down. It’s called the Power of Two program. “The support of a weight loss buddy can be invaluable, and a four-legged friend fills the role without judgment,” says Purina Certified Weight Coach Heather Prendergast. She adds that exercising with pets can actually help boost both the duration and intensity level. According to researchers in Canada, dog owners walk nearly twice as much as people without dogs, and a University of Missouri study determined that walking speed increases 28 percent with a dog.

Among the special offers with sign-up is a choice of a free consultation from Jenny Craig, for up to 90 days (plus the cost of food and shipping if applicable), and a $15 veterinary visit rebate with the purchase of Purina Veterinary Diets® OM Overweight Management® Canine Formula, available by prescription only.

So grab a buddy, build plan and reach your goals, together.



Do you want to lose weight? Stress less?  Exercise more?  Thrive instead of just survive?  A wellness coach can get you there.

I know you’ve heard these promises many, many times before.  Weight loss is a multi-million dollar industry.  There are countless books, seminars, and workout DVDs that promise you’ll lose weight and feel great.  Some with outrageous claims like lose weight while you sleep, or the all chocolate diet.

Why does wellness coaching work where other programs fail?

Because it is designed specifically around you. Wellness coaching inspires you to reshape your life using your personal strengths, motivations, and passions.  It’s about looking at what’s right, what’s working and how to use that positivity to fuel your wellness goals.


An athletic coach helps athletes reach their highest athletic potential; a wellness coach helps you reach yours. Wellness coaches are specially trained professional who help you design and reach goals specific to you. No one-size-fits-all diets, fitness, or stress-reduction programs here.  The whole process is designed around you.

How?  By asking the right questions and setting the right goals at the right time.  For example, what motivates you to lose weight?  Motivations are personal and include everything from desiring to play with grand children to feeling sexier to walking pain-free during exotic hiking treks. Motivations inspire your journey. Your existing strengths empower to stay the course.


It’s exciting to discover your unique strengths.  Everyone is good at some thing.  At many things really. In wellness coaching, we use these strengths to catapult you toward reaching your goals.  For example, perhaps “love of learning” is strength for you.  Then reading articles about health and fitness; experimenting with new fitness routines; and/or trying new food combinations might be relevant to you.  Or perhaps “passion/zeal” is top strength.  Discovering what you’re passionate about and using that as tactic will help you reach your goals in way that is interesting and fun.  To discover your top strengths, take the VIA questionaire. (scroll half way down the page for quiz)


The process of wellness coaching progresses through several stages:

  • You provide background information through a well-being assessment so that you and your coach are well-informed on the key issues, including medical considerations.
  • During the first 60-90 minute coaching session, you identify your priorities and develop a personal wellness plan including a vision, three month goals and the first steps.
  • In subsequent 30-40 minute weekly coaching sessions you and your coach review the progress toward your vision and goals, explore and resolve the most pressing issues, learn something new, and then agree on a set of goals for the following week. You will enjoy plenty of ah-ah insights along the way.
  • By the end of three months, you can expect to reach more than 70% of your three-month goals and feel energized and confident to embark on new areas with or without your coach.


We all need someone to believe in us, help us, and inspire us. I believe that we can reach our wellness goals. But we need to give ourselves a true chance. We need to accept that long lasting changes require time, patience, a sense of a sense of humor, and lightness of being.

I’ve helped clients make inspiring discoveries about their motivations and be surprised by their capabilities. As a wellness coach, I can help you uncover and use your strengths to get you where you want to be.  It’s an exhilarating journey!

If you’d like more information or a free mini-session, contact me at JoAnnMil@comcast.net

In Health,

Jovanka JoAnn Milivojevic

Self-Control Secrets

Self-Control Secrets!

It’s not easy to have self-control these days – don’t smoke, eat less, exercise more. At the same time we are bombarded by endless commericals of gooey pizzas and rich chocolate candies. Talk about conflicting messages! It’s a wonder we have any self-control at all.  In my Health Talk, the Seven Secrets of Self-Control, I share what I learned from top researchers and behavioral and sports psychologists. I discovered a lot about what sabbotages self-control and more importantly, what we can do about it. Here are a few insights:


  1. Expect to Fail. Self control is about behavior change and whether we want to lose weight, stop smoking or eat more heathfully, we have to learn to do something new.  Failure is a natural part of the learning process. Like learning to ride a bike, at first you don’t succeeed. You bobble and may be even fall but eventaully you self-correct and riding that bike becomes second nature.  So, too for healthy habits.
  2. Shift Your Attitude.  We often beat our selves up instead of self correcting: I blew it, I’ll never get it right, it’s too hard! Sound familiar? Instead, ask yourself: what happened? Is there anything I can do about it now?  And what can I do to prevent this from happening in the future?
  3. Create a Supportive Environment. It’s easier to avoid the cookies and chips when they’re still in the grocery store.  It’s easier to control portions when you don’t have large bowls of pasta on the kitchen table. Studies show the people with whom we eat can affect our behavior too. If you’re friends eat well and are active, chances are you will do the same. The buddy system works. So grab a buddy and support each other in meeting your health goals.

Click here for more information about my Health Talks.