Helping People Reshape their Baggage and their Bodies  

Lynda Wise B.Sc., C.P.C.C.  
Weight Loss and Wellness Coach

February '12
Issue 81

What's in it for you?  A connection, some challenges, a few questions to encourage you to simply reflect about how you currently live your life versus how you want to live your life.  Feel free to share your thoughts with me;  I'd love to hear from you.  This is an invitation to focus on where you'd like to change and grow.  

1.  PERSONAL LIFE COACHING:   On Being Positive

Less is More

3.  THOUGHTS FROM MY SWING:   My Love-hate relationship

1:  On Being Positive

For many people, it's just so easy to be judgmental and critical of other people and situations.   The image of a 'half empty' glass appears before the image of the 'half full' one.   So what????   When bad things happen, it's soothing to wallow in 'woe is me' and 'self-pity'.   But the soothing part doesn't last long and it ultimately detracts from our happiness and well-being.   If thinking negatively comes automatically to you, it isn't easy to change.   But here are a few suggestions to help turn the negative, not-so-great events in life into more positive, tolerable and non-destructive ones.

  1. Try reframing: Look for a possible up-side to an unexpected challenge thrown at you.   Cutbacks at work?   Maybe this is the impetus to look for something that suits you better.   Close friends move away?  Maybe you'll have more time to spend with your art.   Forgot to stop for groceries?  Great night to try the new bistro around the corner.   Dwelling on the negative is a perfect recipe for early aging.
  2. Eliminate 'if only'.   Accept what's happened.   Not all gardens grow orchids.   Try to make peace with what is.   'I know I can deal with this', repeated several times each day will indeed make it easier to deal with.
  3. Pepper your thoughts with happy topics. There's no point in denying what has happened.   You can face it and you can refuse to let it overtake your life.   Watch a funny movie or TV show, tune into a couple of YouTube excerpts, or save a special birthday card and pull it out when you need a lift.  
Changes take time.   Determination, repetition, perseverance--------and don't give up!  The negative thinking comes from YOUR brain and ultimately you're the one with the control!
lyndawise@yahoo.com or 416-225-3535

2:  Less is More!

How many times have you heard this?   It applies to many areas of life but this time it's about eating breakfast!   So, the direct application, simply stated, is that people who don't eat a healthy breakfast (that's the 'less' part) on the whole are more overweight (that's the 'more') than the ones who do get a nutritious start to the day.   A simplified explanation is that after a long night of inactivity.  your metabolism is inert.   The food intake re-awakens the system and your body can begin to burn calories once again.

Here are a few more impressive reasons to eat breakfast:
  • you'll have more energy throughout the day
  • you'll wake up your brain
  • you'll start consuming your fruit and veggy quota for the day
  • you'll get control of your hunger and make better choices through the day
  • good breakfast often means lower cholesterol - better for the heart
  • antioxidants found in good breakfast food lowers resistance to disease
  • consuming the body's calcium and vitamin D requirements builds strong bones and muscles
Next month - What constitutes the best breakfast?

3:  My Love-hate relationship

Sometimes the internet becomes a best friend.   When I accidentally over-salted cauliflower soup, I googled 'removing salt from cauliflower soup' and received great answers......and the soup was saved!

But then there was yesterday!   I wanted to share some fabulous oranges with a friend who is suffering badly from arthritis.   So I googled 'arthritis and oranges' and the websites listed in first and second spots, both contributions from medical doctors, offered the following answers: The first one said that the best thing one can do for arthritis is consume lots of vitamin C and recommended lots of citrus fruit, highlighting oranges and grapefruit.  The second one said that one of the greatest contributors to pain from arthritis is the acid found in citrus.....and at all costs, stay away.   At the risk of furthering my friend's pain, I kept my fabulous oranges to myself.

We try to make informed decisions by checking with the experts - one or maybe many more.   It's sometimes hard to remember that even the experts don't have all the answers.   So we weigh the info and take the plunge and hope for the best.  

And technology......  aaaaah?   or ouch!!!!

Wishing you what you wish for yourself.

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