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July, 2010

You’ll Never Know Unless You “Tri” | Julie Thoma’s 5 Ingredient Chicken Guacamole Pita Pizza

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E-Newsletter, July 2010

Welcome to TASTE LIFE!! Life is easy and we make it hard. The purpose of this monthly ezine is to empower you to take charge of your health, have more work/life balance to create more time for YOU, and to fully taste the life you love.

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Top 5 Ways to Achieve 110% of Your Goal
Coaching Question that Could Change Your Life
Tasting Life Real People Examples
You Will Never Know Unless You "Tri"
Taste Life Balance July Recipe - Julie Thoma’s Chicken Guacamole Pita Pizza
Where is Chere Speaking?


  1. Know precisely what you want. For a dream to be a goal it must be specific.
  2. Write it down and tell everyone.This is called accountability to yourself and others!
  3. Buy, or borrow the necessary tools or equipment for the goal.
  4. Schedule time on your calendar.
  5. Create your support team.
  6. Identify family members, colleagues or friends who are committed to your success


What simple decision do I need to make that will influence my physical and emotional well being?

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“Everytime I’m with you I feel as though I’m on an “elevator going up” You continue to amaze me with your positive attitude, it’s so refreshing to read about how one can make their life more positive.” —Linda

Sweet words Linda. I work on “flipping the switch” to positivity every day. I was not born naturally positive. And now it is even more important to discovering ways to be positive as science has discovered it is the KEY to being happy!

I Received many emails about the relationships article in last month’s Taste Life Ezine.


“I loved your E Newsletter, especially the article about relationships. I am always telling my daughter that she needs to cultivate her relationships rather than just sitting back and waiting for people to seek her out. I have lots of friends, both casual and close, and am always doing something.

My 86 year old mother, who rarely leaves the house and is not in contact with any friends, is always giving me a bad time about how busy I am and how I am always doing something with someone. I tell her that I am never going to be like her as I age because I see the value of relationships and keeping busy. For me it is all about the connections I can make. I always strike up a conversation with total strangers when standing in line or when I’m in a group. I have met some of the most interesting people and learned a lot just by putting myself out there.

My friends ask me if I talk in my sleep since I talk so much when I’m awake! I bet you and I both do!!!!! I know you do that too as evidenced by the notes you received from the person at Target and on the plane. Keep the newsletter coming!!!!! “ —L

L, Danielle was three when I first realized I talked to myself. We were driving in the car and from the back seat she asked, “Mommy who are you talking to?” I will never forget that moment.


“I wanted to let you know how appropriate the timing of your monthly newsletter seems to be. Every time I am struggling with a part of my life your newsletter comes and helps me reset my work life balance and this month was no exception. Your newsletter on relationships was perfect as I struggled last night with too many things to do and not enough time to manage them all while having a family with young kids who want to spend time with their dad.

It is refreshing to know that you spend so much quality time with those that matter most to you. After reading your note about spending time developing and appreciating relationships it made me realize the list of things to do at home can wait and the time spent with my family is far more important. Thanks for your motivational words and encouragement thru your monthly news letter.” —Todd

Todd, my mantra is people over paper or project and that way I win and my kids and Gary win! Your email refreshed me!

“You have the power to change your life IF you FIRST change your thoughts!”

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Once upon a time, during my dietetic internship at Milwaukee County, I (“lover of shopping malls, fashion and clothes”) met an outdoor adventurer athlete type guy named Gary. We fell in love and got married. Through the years I learned how to cross country ski and camp outside without flush toilets, while Gary learned how to patiently help me shop to find the “best outfit.”

Pushing my limits
To celebrate my 55th birthday in February, Gary and I went dog sledding. Dog sledding was awesome, but what was more awesome was that I felt so in charge of my life. The weekend I was dog sledding I thought what else could I do that would push my limits. I really wanted to sky dive, but after talking to Michele, my physical therapist sister, we decided a sky diving adventure was not worth knee surgery. That same weekend Gary brought along a pair of swim goggles for me. It was the first time I swam a length of a pool with my face in the water. Watching Gary swim laps that weekend gave me the idea of doing a triathlon. Boy would that be out of my box or what! What could push my limits more?

I was almost afraid to tell Gary I was thinking about doing a triathlon. I knew he would immediately love the idea and get me outfitted for whatever I needed for a successful triathlon. By March I had the perfect triathlete outfit and all that was missing was the courage. I thought, all I have to do is try!

Training doing the minimum
From March to the end of May, Gary bugged me about training. I was in the contemplation stage of change and Gary thought I needed to be in action. I was not sure I wanted to start training but thought again, all I have to do is try. Memorial Day week I finally swam my first laps in the pool. One time I ran .3 miles and ended up with a locked knee and at the orthopedic surgeons office. I was told my right knee is bone on bone and I will eventually need a total knee and will have to walk not run during the triathlon. Boy did that bum me out, but again, I thought, all I have to do is try.

I started to ride my bike the absolute minimum number of mile as the race – 12. When I was in Milwaukee I walked with my sisters the absolute minimum miles as the race – 2. Linda Beduhn taught me how to walk faster a few weeks before the race, which was much harder than I thought. The week before, Sarah Mullaney and Georgia Kandiko helped me train with a bike ride, fast walk and swim in the lake. It was the first time in probably 15 years I swam in a lake. Thank goodness it was crystal clear Sugar Lake!

Race day
I did not sleep. I woke up exhausted and with a stomach ache. We had a hour drive to the race and I was trying to forget where the car was headed. I was so nervous I told the body marking lady who writes numbers on your body I was number 130. I was 30! We got my bike all set up and an older lady named Kathy from Appleton noticed me and I guess she thought I needed a pep talk. She told me the lake was greener than she had ever seen it. I asked her if she opens her eyes when she swims. She replied, “The lake is so green you will only be able to see your hands.” Now I really wanted to watch this race and not participate. A green lake!!

Thank goodness I was in the second wave of the race as I didn’t have time to think about what I was doing. The gun went off and I gingerly stepped in the water as people were diving right in all around me. Danielle said it looked like someone had pushed me on my back and I just fell into the water. Ick. Green! Squish!! I like pools! My heart was beating so fast and OUT of my body. As I passed the first lifeguard I swallowed a big chunk of green water and started coughing. The lifeguard offered me a noodle. No way was I going to swim with a noodle with my daughter Danielle watching with a camera in her hand. I never caught my breath the entire swim and even ended up swimming on my back. I never even considered the back stroke during my training and high school was probably the last time I swam on my back. As I was seriously choking on these green chunks of water I just kept on thinking…you just have to try, Chere. I was so sick of swimming I thought why not stand up and run out of this green lake. I tried to stand and my feet landed on jagged rock full of moss. More Ick! So I plunked my body back in the water and swam a little bit more. I could not get out of that lake fast enough. As I left the green swamp I waved to Danielle and my mother in law letting them know I was still alive.

Next, I hopped on my bike for the 12 mile bike ride. I was seriously out of breath until mile 7 when I finally relaxed and noticed the gorgeous scenery around me, Norman Rockwell-like red barns surrounded by wildflowers and cows munching. As I rode I thought “calm confidence.” As I pushed my left leg down I thought “calm” right leg push “confidence.” Calm Confidence! Calm confidence - two of my client’s favorite words. It seemed to help my speed. With wobbly legs, I got off the bike dying of thirst. Why didn’t I drink from my water bottle during my bike ride?

As I walked, everyone was running past me. I saw one other person walk. I tried to remember what Linda Beduhn told me “Heel, toe, short strides Chere!” My shins felt like they were on fire. I just kept on telling myself, “Come on Chere, just try!” I love people watching and because the race course was a loop and I was walking I had plenty of people to watch. The time flew! All of sudden I only had one more mile to walk and I thought. “Holy cow, Chere, you ARE going to do this!”

All of a sudden, I could hear music and the race announcer and before I knew it Gary was next to me cheering me on telling me I was almost there . No time to cry - just get going – only 200 yards away from being a “triathlete.” Crossing the finish line was sweet, and filled with unlimited confidence that I could do anything.

Life is what you think
Life is full of limitations IF you think so. The biggest limitations are your beliefs and your creative imagination. Our creativity is so ingenious we stop before we even get going or before we even start to try. The good news is we can change our thoughts. To mentally train for this race I placed the book, “As Man Thinketh” by James Allen next to my computer to remind me “men do not attract that which they want, but that which they are.” Meaning where you are today is where your thoughts have brought you and you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you. When I look at this book it reminds me to ask the question, “Who do I want to be today?

If I can do a triathlon anyone can
If I can train and accomplish a triathlon, anyone can. I really don’t like to run, swim or bike fast. Key word is fast. I like to engage in those activities as I talk to a friend and take my time. But there is something so magically sweet about attempting to do something you thought you could not do. It is a spirit booster that gives you calm confidence...and unlimited possibilities!

What could you achieve if you took away your limiting beliefs? What area of your life could use a little more confidence? Pick something today that you want – go for it! There are no limits; knowing your destination is all you need to get there. And remember, you will never know unless you try! Or should we spell it "tri"…as in triathlon….

Your challenge: Make a decision to try something that would push your limits. I would love to hear more about you have accomplished when you had no limits on my blog. With a smile and energized abundance.


Don’t forget to savor your life today!

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Julie Thoma’s 5 Ingredient Chicken Guacamole Pita Pizza

While Gary was on another “bucket list trip” rafting the Salmon River in Idaho, I invited myself over to the Thoma home. I love hanging out with Mizz creative Zoe and curious Zack. Julie is always whipping up a new healthy dish. Every time she cooks for me I just have to have the recipe. This recipe is easy and quick and healthy. Perfect for a hot summer day and lounging by the pool!

4 pita breads
1 cup spicy salsa
Chicken cubes, cooked (can be poached, sautéed or grilled)
1/2 cup Guacamole
1 cup Mozzarella Cheese, Shredded

Preheat the oven to 425. Place pitas on baking sheet and bake until crisp – about 5 minutes. Spread guacamole on pita. Top with chicken, salsa and shredded cheese. Lower temperature of the oven to 350 and bake 5 more minutes or until the pita bread has reached desired crispness and cheese is melted. Serve immediately with warm conversation and a fruit salad. Serve whole, or cut into slices.

This recipe fits perfectly in the Mediterranean diet. Read more on my blog

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Where is Cherecoach in the media and speaking?

July 8, 2010, Article Chanhassen Villager, “Delicious living summer recipe

Swimming, biking and walking extra fast all month getting ready for my first triathlon!!! Yes!

July 22, 2010, Coach U Newcomer Sig Teleclass, “Coaching Welcome Packets”

Savor Your Life Today! Eat Smart New York Conference, Albany, NY

What participants loved best:

  • Great examples that made me laugh and good tips I can apply immediately
  • The speaker was phenomenal and I learned to let go
  • I needed to hear her message today
  • The speaker was humorous and interactive and she made you think
  • Very engaging and connecting personal experiences to ideas/objectives presented
Their action steps to be taken:
  • Follow principles Chere gave in handouts and presentation and do the things (changes) I set out to accomplish in the letter to myself
  • Stay focused on physical activity
  • Make my spouse responsible for his own happiness and enjoy my puppy everyday
  • More “me” time and filling time with meaningful events – not just watching TV/computer

Sandy Borrelli, Eat Smart New York Conference Coordinator, writes,

“Chere, your invigorating keynote greatly impacted our participants. Already they are dumping stressors to embrace a healthy life balance savoring each day!”

Sandy Borrelli
ESNY Coordinator
Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance
Albany, NY

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