Wow, I had never seen a woman eat like this before… I was sitting on a plane from Denver to Phoenix last week, and the poor woman beside me was eating as fast as… Bally the Dog!

But we can forgive this woman. You see, she made a classic diet mistake… you might even call it The #1 Afternoon Diet Mistake. Let me explain…

I fly a lot, and I’ve noticed that most folks fail to plan ahead. So while I ate my healthy snack of walnuts and an apple, the poor woman beside me was getting hungrier and hungrier.

In fact, there’s no doubt she was officially “HANGRY” (Hungry + Angry).

When the flight attendants finally got to our seats in the back of the airplane, she was starving.

“I’ll have a Ginger Ale and a snack box,” she said, handing over her credit card.

She immediately ripped it open and “went to town.” First she hoovered back the chips and salsa, then the hummus and pita chips, and then a second glass of soda to wash down the chocolate covered Acai berries that were her dessert.

(Warning: You should never eat a high-sugar meal like that for lunch, let alone on an airplane. And you should NEVER drink soda – or carbonated beverages – on an airplane. The gas expands in your digestive system, giving you what flight attendants call, “jet belly,” a big bloated stomach that can hang around for days.)

After she vacuumed up every last crumb, she turned over the empty packages and read the ingredient list and calorie counts. I could see the disappointment on her face out of the corner of my eye.

Her HANGRY had turned to Full-Shame Fullness.

We’ve all been there. We’ve all made the #1 afternoon diet mistake.

You get home from a busy day. You haven’t eaten in 6 hours and you’re starving, and worst of all, your kids are full-blown HANGRY.

So you go into Emergency Response Mode, creating the fastest meal you can… it might be Mac’n’Cheese, or hot dogs, or heck, even something out of a can. They eat a little bit, enough to stop screaming, and away they go…

… leaving you to wolf down their leftovers because you’ve lost all willpower. The next thing you know your hand is in the cookie bag. In a trance, you just can’t stop eating until…

… suddenly – 6 cookies later – you snap out of it.

Another day’s diet ruined.

But it doesn’t have to be like that.

What’s the solution?

A little over a year ago I was introduced to the top personal trainer here in Denver, Missi Holt. She taught me her Hunger Scale Solution. It’s a super-fast, super-effective tool that helps you avoid binges, cure your cravings, and finally eat for both fullness AND fat loss – guilt-free! I want you to meet this trainer…

Hi, Missi Holt here, and I want to add a few things to what Craig has Missi
mentioned. In my 14-year career I’ve helped hundreds of clients fix
their diets, lose weight, and transform their bodies.

As a Master Fitness & Nutrition Therapist, I’ve discovered delicious and filling nutrition tricks and recipes that help you burn fat and overcome cravings and binge eating. And with the Hunger Scale Solution, I’ll walk you through how to cook for your family and prepare for parties so that you can eat and be satisfied while still fitting into your favorite party outfits.

Take a look at what some of my current coaching members are saying about it…

“Understanding my hunger was new to me and it has made me much more aware. Thank you Missi!” – Deb Boehm

“Thank you Missi for all the encouragement and enthusiasm. Thank you for the tools and the unique perspective to mind and body change. It is a journey for me and I feel I have come a long way. This has really helped me focus on making changes and making good decisions. Choosing a different way is also satisfying and I feel more in control. I love my body now and my husband certainly thinks I’m sexy so I’ve gotta love that!!!” – Emma Kipps, 45, Wollongong, Australia

I’ve finally broken this plateau that’s lasted for over a year. Using the Hunger Scale & changing my self-talk has made a huge difference.” – Leslie Townsend

“Missi came into my life at exactly the right time. The negative voice in my head is completely gone and I have not had ONE negative thought. It’s like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders and I feel free.– Karen Check

“Missi’s Hunger Scale, along with the idea of not settling for less than I deserve has been driving me forward. I feel like I am up to the challenges of making good choices and resisting bad influences. Wow! What an incredible change! Thanks, Missi.” – Christine B.

That’s why I’m dedicated to giving YOU the same life-changing results so that you lose weight, LOVE your body, and finally feel free.

But we need to work more closely than just through email.

You need me to coach you through the first few weeks of your Hunger Transformation.

Here’s what you’ll get from me in our private coaching…

  • The Secrets of Nutrient Timing – It’s possible that you’re eating perfectly healthy already, but the one thing that’s holding you back is the TIMING of when you eat certain foods. When you learn about Nutrient Timing, you’ll find that just a few slight shifts in when you eat can dramatically boost how quickly you burn off fat.
  • How to “Think Yourself Slim”– This will be one of your favorite parts of the 30-day makeover because you’ll discover how to look amazing… simply by feeling good! If you’re like a lot of my clients, stress is absolutely DESTROYING your chances of weight loss, simply because the body clenches onto fat very tightly if we worry too much. That’s why I’m giving you PROVEN ways to enjoy peace of mind AND lose weight at the same time. Some of these only take a couple minutes before you start noticing a difference!
  • Quick-Start Age-Reducing Emotional Cleanse – Just like stress affects your body fat, there are tons of emotions that affect your entire body’s health. Once you let go of guilt… regret, shame and doubt… you won’t believe how much many compliments you get for how young you look! This will not only make you more beautiful… you’ll feel ten years younger and love living in your younger years again.

… And you’ll get many, many more of my proven transformation tools in the next 30-days inside the private Facebook coaching group!

But perhaps most important of all, you’ll get…

Your NEW Flexi-Perfect Delicious Daily Eating Plan

Some of my clients love being taken by the hand and coached on what to eat… every meal… down to the last ingredient.

… While others really want to have the freedom & flexibility to decide on their own…

In this program, we make sure you have the best of both worlds. You get a complete shopping list with substitution suggestions, along with delicious recipes that will amaze even the most vocal food critic in your family.

More importantly, you’ll have the 5 Healing Food Principles so you’ll be able to whip up your own food creations if you’d like to be a little more creative in how you eat.

Either way, you’re totally covered for your eating plan… whether you want to be cooking fabulous dishes or just opening a bag of easy snacks. You can love every moment as you get more slim & sexy.


Whew, Craig here again. That’s a lot of info, but it just shows how AMAZING Missi is when it comes to fixing your nutrition.

So listen, if you’re tired of making the #1 afternoon diet mistake and giving into your hunger with another food binge (and thus wiping out all of your progress), then you MUST get Missi’s advice and her Hunger Scale Solution.

It cures you of your dieting demons. It helps you lose unwanted pounds. And it FIXES your relationship with food. You don’t have to fear eating anymore. You don’t have to worry about food causing your heartbreak, guilt, sorrow, or shame.

You can be in charge. You can take control.

It all starts with Missi’s expert coaching in our private transformation group.

Join the Private Transformation Coaching Program today

Giving you control over your health and hunger,

#1 Afternoon Diet Mistake 2 - Florida Independent

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

PS – You can – and WILL – do it. Here’s why…

Whatever is in your way, you’re stronger than it, you’re tougher than it, and you’re better than it. You’re going to beat it. You must truly believe in yourself. You must end the “I’ll give this a try” mindset, and switch to an, “I’m going to succeed” belief.

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Have you ever asked yourself if it’s too late to achieve something worthwhile in life. These two most upvoted responses by Marcus and Jim respectively on Quora will help you if you still have doubts about what you can do at any stage of your career.

1. Marcus Geduld, Shakespearean director, computer programmer, teacher, writer, likes dinosaurs.

Too late for what?

If you slept through your 26th birthday, it’s too late for you to experience that. It’s too late for you to watch “LOST” in its premiere broadcast. (Though, honestly, you didn’t miss much.) It’s too late for you to fight in the Vietnam War.

It’s too late for you to go through puberty or attend nursery school. It’s too late for you to learn a second language as proficiently as a native speaker*. It’s probably too late for you to be breastfed.

It’s not too late for you to fall in love.

It’s not too late for you to have kids.

It’s not too late for you to embark on an exciting career or series of careers.

It’s not too late for you to read the complete works of Shakespeare; learn how to program computers; learn to dance; travel around the world; go to therapy; become an accomplished cook; sky dive; develop an appreciation for jazz; write a novel; get an advanced degree; save for your old age; read “In Search of Lost Time”; become a Christian, then an atheist, then a Scientologist; break a few bones; learn how to fix a toilet; develop a six-pack …

Honestly, I’m 47, and I’ll say this to you, whippersnapper: you’re a fucking kid, so get over yourself. I’m a fucking kid, too. I’m almost twice your age, and I’m just getting started! My dad is in his 80s, and he wrote two books last year.

You don’t get to use age as an excuse. Get off your ass!

Also, learn about what economists call “sunk costs.” If I give someone $100 on Monday, and he spends $50 on candy, he’ll probably regret that purchase on Tuesday. In a way, he’ll still think of himself as a guy with $100—half of which is wasted.

What he really is is a guy with $50, just as he would be if I’d handed him a fifty-dollar bill. A sunk cost from yesterday should not be part of today’s equation. What he should be thinking is this: “What should I do with my $50?”

What you are isn’t a person who has wasted 27 years. You are a person who has X number of years ahead of you. What are you going to do with them?

* What I’d intended as a throwaway comment, about the difficulty of second-language acquisition after childhood, has generated interest and disagreement. I will admit upfront I am not an expert on the matter, and was mostly informed by research I’d read about.

It claimed there’s a window of childhood, after which the brain stops being able to hear certain sounds—one’s not used by a child’s native language—which is why it’s so hard to learn to speak a second language without an accent.

Some people may master it, but not many. (How many people do you know, after 25, learned a foreign language and can speak it so well, natives have no idea they’re listening to a foreigner?) It’s also challenging to learn all the idiomatic expressions that native speakers have known since they were small children.

However, since having written this answer, I’ve learned that the Science behind this is very controversial. As I’m not an expert, let me refer you to the wikipedia article (and it’s linked resources).

“In second-language acquisition, the strongest evidence for the critical period hypothesis is in the study of accent, where most older learners do not reach a native-like level.

However, under certain conditions, native-like accent has been observed, suggesting that accent is affected by multiple factors, such as identity and motivation, rather than a critical period biological constraint (Moyer, 1999; Bongaerts et al., 1995; Young-Scholten, 2002).”

2. Jim Lawrenson, Still driving…

Unfortunately for ‘real’ people, the media is obsessed with the tiny minority who succeed early and display this very publicly.

This is then amplified by the high profile ‘subject’,  for PR purposes, to perpetuate their success.

Justin Bieber, Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, River Phoenix, Justin Timberlake, Bill Gates, Jimi Hendrix, Steve Jobs, James Dean, Richard Branson, Whitney Houston, One Direction, Amy Winehouse, Mark Zuckerburg. Need I go on.

Notice a trend in there somewhere?

You are probably being influenced, (like all of us), in how you assess your own progress, compared to these people. It can be a dangerous game to play.

It takes a tremendous amount of luck, as well as talent, to get into the right position at the right time. Not many people who make it will tell you that, often preferring to put it down to their hard work.

That is because they believe that this is the case, not because they are intentionally misleading you. I know that because, to an extent, I’ve done it.

You also may not have considered that even if you were on the list of young successes. It is very hard to follow that early success later in life. Your expectations of yourself are higher and based on that youthful virtual reality you experienced once, you can never improve on your past.

That can be a tough pill to swallow and despite all the money in the world, many struggle with that.

Look at any list of young successes from just 10 years ago and count the number who have disappeared, died or been in rehab. Lots.

Half the list of super successful people above are dead for a start off.

This is not an excuse for you to give up trying however. 

Try to think of life as a long road journey.

The journey can be as exciting or as boring as you choose to make it.

Wherever you are on the journey, there are new experiences, as long as you welcome them and seek them out. Some you can plan in advance.

Often, you need to get out of the car to experience them. Otherwise, you will see them flash past the window and feel like it is too late to stop.

  • Do something every day which contributes to your progress on the journey and always be learning and experiencing new things.
  • Don’t put off experiences which can be done today by getting out of the car, for a tomorrow which may never arrive.
  • Build a vision of where you want to get to in 1, 5 and 10 years and then think about the steps you need to complete in the next 30 days to move towards it, but don’t set deadlines that are too harsh. Do the first step on the list today.
  • Like any long journey, you will hit diversions, obstacles, traffic lights, speed bumps, closed roads and all manner of other problems. There will be crashes – you might be involved in them. Like any long road journey, if you want to get the destination enough, you won’t turn back, you will reroute. The car might break down or need repairing. Just accept it will happen now, and carry on.

Most importantly, don’t wait for all the traffic lights between your house and your destination, to turn green at the same time, before you set off.

They won’t!

Get in the car and start driving.

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