Note: Take a Chance Day was April 23.

It’s easy to get stuck from time to time. It may be the daily grind at work, commuter traffic as you come home, or the “same old, same old” for dinner that you always have on hand. We all get stuck in our lifestyle from time to time. But we remain stuck because we don’t want to fail, lose out, or run the risk of rejection. That’s why you need today-Take a Chance Day-to give yourself permission to say goodbye to what you know and walk straight towards the unknown.


Are you ready to shake some things up?

Do you want to boost your confidence and look amazing in the skin you’re in? Then prepare yourself…because when you learn to give yourself a chance by stepping out of your comfort zone (and truly take a chance on something new and different) you’ll find a new you ready to take on those curveballs that come flying!


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When you feel stuck, consider those feelings of boredom and complacency the nudge you need to move, to think differently, and to change up what’s no longer working in your life. For example, if you’ve struggled to lose weight, poor eating habits may be to blame. Succeed by stepping up and loading up the veggies on your plate while passing on dessert (instead of pitying your slow metabolism or genetics). Not feeling so great about the skin you’re in and desperate to look at yourself in the mirror while thinking, “I look sexy!”? Take a chance on yourself-and for yourself-by stepping outside of your comfort zone and taking action.

If you want toned arms, look into personal training sessions. If you want to be self-employed, start planning a different career path that will allow you to build a business of your own (something I took a HUGE chance on a few years back). The world is your weight room-exercise the parts of your life that you want to change.


All It Takes Is One New Choice (in Order to Make Everything Change in Your Life!)

Spend today just doing one thing that scares you, intimidates you, or makes you feel downright self-conscious. Hire a personal trainer (don’t forget about our complimentary consultations), or start a detox program, or just start following a blog that will teach you about eating foods that will nourish you instead of bring you down.

Are you lacking energy?

To perform at your best (and live life at an optimal level), you need to treat your body right, first and foremost. It’s the cardinal rule. It’s the yellow brick road. It’s your golden ticket to a life you deserve to have-because if you’re not changing things up and stepping outside of your comfort zone from time to time, how can you expect anything else to change in your life?

When you want to do anything-stop arriving to work late, biting your nails, eating processed foods, picking the wrong romantic partner to be in a relationship with, or sacrificing your daily exercise for TV watching instead-you have to take a chance. Otherwise, you’ll continue to produce the same results as you always have. It’s madness. In fact, it’s a definition of insanity: continuing to do the same thing while expecting different results.

Go ahead. Take a chance.

Make today the day you give yourself a chance and take a chance. Take just one step towards a healthier and happier life, and I guarantee that everything else you want will begin to move towards you. Obstacles will plow out of your way. Opportunities will come into focus. When you step out of your comfort zone just a tiny bit, the body you want, the good health you seek, and even the sexy you you want to bring back will all unfurl and come into fruition.

Take a chance on yourself today…and then (out of habit) keep it going all year long.


Take a Chance, Get That Killer Body!

You didn’t hit your prime when you were 20 something and with your whole life ahead of you. It’s happening right here and right now. But what’s to come is up to you. Your mind calls the shots, with your body being a representation of how you think, feel, and act. Spend today (and every day that follows) choosing to take a chance on yourself first and foremost. Eat nutrient-rich foods to boost brain power and lead you down that road less traveled (and a far more exciting journey to success).

Put your health as your top priority by scheduling your exercise as a non-negotiable appointment in your calendar. Keep moving throughout your day..: Skip the elevator and head right for those stairs in your office building. Or walk to your local grocery store instead of driving there. Try out a new fitness program or exercise class you’ve always wanted to try-but have been too scared to commit to until now. What you will find will surprise you: Once you step out of your comfort zone and take a chance on something new and unfamiliar, you may wonder what took you so long to get here!

In honor of Take a Chance Day, begin by asking yourself:

  • “What have I always wanted to try?”
  • “What do I want to achieve?”
  • “What changes in my life am I committed to?”

No matter how long it may take or how impossible it may seem to achieve, you deserve to give yourself the chance to find out what lies beyond. Take just one first step that’s different from your “usual,” and then keep going. This is your day-Take a Chance Day-so give it all you got. You’ll be amazed at what unfolds!




”  A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing ” – George Bernard Shaw 




No Bake Peanut Butter Granola Bars
(Serves 12)

7 large pitted medjool dates (about 1/2 cup packed), soaked
5 tablespoons hot water
1/2 cup natural peanut butter (with salt)
3 tablespoons brown rice syrup (certified gluten-free if necessary; can also substitute with honey)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups old-fashioned oats (certified gluten-free if necessary)
1/4 cup chia seeds (certified gluten-free if necessary)
2 tablespoons ground flaxseed (certified gluten-free if necessary)

Line a shallow baking dish with parchment paper (or wax paper). I used a 7 inch x 11 inch glass dish.

Place pitted dates in a bowl. Cover the dates with boiling or very hot water (I used my tea kettle) until full submerged. Allow them to soak for at least 10 minutes.

Strain the soaked dates and place them plus 5 tablespoons of water in a blender. Blend until combined. The mixture will be very thick

Place date mixture, peanut butter, brown rice syrup, and vanilla in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir until well-combined and heated through.

In a large bowl, combine oats, chia seeds, and flax. Stir in wet mixture until combined.

Spoon mixture into the baking dish, pressing very firmly so mixture is evenly spread throughout pan. It should be very compact. Place another piece of parchment paper on top and press down firmly. Remove top piece of parchment and freeze bars for at least 2 hours.

Cut into 12 bars. Store in the freezer.

Nutrition Information

Serves: 12 |  Serving Size: 1 bar

Per serving: Calories: 198; Total Fat: 7g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 3g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 39mg; Carbohydrate: 29g; Dietary Fiber: 5g; Sugar: 12g; Protein: 5g

Nutrition Bonus: Potassium: 137mg; Iron: 9%; Vitamin A: 0%; Vitamin C: 1%; Calcium: 5%
Recipe from AllRecipes.com.