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  • Ruth Mayer Silverstein, M.S., Health Coach

The Option to Fail

Our best-laid plans can go awry in a flash. So it is that my intention to write a new blog post each week was already sidetracked by a family health issue, but it has meaning and lessons for all of us on our journey toward better health, fitness, education, relationships, or whatever path you want to be on. Because nothing in life follows a straight line, it serves us well to expect those diversions, recognize them as such, make a plan to get back on track, and not let them count as a failure.

Bringing it back specifically to health, fitness and nutrition, we are notorious for starting a "diet," "cheating" on that diet, and then bagging the whole thing because we "failed." Sound familiar to anyone? If I can make any impact as a health coach, I would love it to be the eradication of this way of thinking. First and foremost, let's bust the idea of going on a "diet." Just using that word conjures up "restriction," right? Do you or anyone you know wish you could live a life of restrictions? Do you look forward to waking up each day and think about what food you CAN'T eat? How long does that diet last before you "cheat" and go back to old eating habits? Is that how you deserve to live? I don't believe you do and hope you agree.

But how can you be successful when you've only "failed" in the past? When we work together, we will find the truths that resonate with you - what you can live with and what you can't live without. How certain foods make you feel - in a positive or negative way. What motivates you and where you get stuck. What might be going on "under the surface" that blocks you from achieving your best health.

I've been reminded these last two weeks that life is precious, people care, and each of us has the power to improve ourselves, no matter what level we start from. I'd love to chat with you about your hopes, dreams and goals for leading a healthier life. Let's talk...send me a message here, drop me an e-mail at, or give me a buzz at 301-793-6995.

In good health,


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