WISE WORDS
Helping People Reshape their Baggage and their Bodies  

Lynda Wise
B.Sc., C.P.C.C.
  
Weight Loss and Wellness
416-225-3535 or lyndawise@yahoo.com
www.wisecoaching.ca

Jan./Feb. 2014
Issue 102

Welcome!
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:  
What Makes People Happy?

2.  THOUGHTS ON HEALTH AND WEIGHT:  
You Might as Well get the Most from your Efforts!

3.  THOUGHTS FROM MY SWING:  
The Struggle

1:  What Makes People Happy?

Remember how you felt when you bought your first car?  home?  bracelet?  fabulous dress?
How long did that feeling last?

In our society, a lot of value is put on material goods but do they really make us happy?

Here's something to think about.  Maybe spend a bit of time pondering what really makes you happy.  Think about it, talk about it, write about it and if you feel like it, share your thoughts with me: lyndawise@yahoo.com

And we can look at it again next ezine!

2:  You Might as Well get the Most from your Efforts!

For many people, finding the time to exercise is a huge challenge.  So any time of day that you can work it in, works.  However, scientifically speaking, the benefits of exercise do vary according to the time of day and other factors.  I cannot stress enough that the time that's convenient for you is the right time!!!  If the suggestions below fit into your life, great.  If not - the exercise you do will benefit you whenever it's done.....  I promise!

The optimum time to exercise is roughly between 6 and 8a.m.  That's because Cortisol, a fat-burning hormone in our body, spikes at that time.  This means that the exercise will have a greater impact burning calories.

It's important to eat a little before your workout, even though it's usually pre-breakfast time.  Enjoy a combination of complex carbohydrates and protein, totaling 75-150 calories.  A few suggestions for a pre-workout mini-meal are the following:  a small slice of whole grain bread with a little peanut butter;  a mini cheese with a few whole grain crackers;  a fat free or low fat Greek yogurt with a small banana and a half cup of whole grain/high fiber cereal with milk.  I suggest you check out the calories on the labels so you don't overdo it.  If you don't include the carbohydrates, your workout will cause your body to burn muscle instead of fat!!  Oh, NO!

And guess what?  Your breakfast, after exercise, is still very important but should be proportionately reduced.

Any questions?  lyndawise@yahoo.com or 416-225-3535

3:  The Struggle

The struggle is mine.  Part of it is my conflict about whether I should write about it.  I've hesitated so as to avoid being seen in a vulnerable place, but here I go, since I'm hopeful that some of you can identify with my struggle and perhaps benefit from how I dealt with it.

My holidays were busy and good.  They included quite a bit of busy time along with some down time.  With family get-togethers, catching up with friends, movies, lots of games and spontaneous this 'n that, it was lots of fun.

The issue is what followed that interval.  When the smoke cleared, here's what I saw - my usual time consumers had been neglected - some work responsibilities as well as home responsibilities.  My success at avoidance (e.g. my January ezine) made me edgy and made catching up difficult.  At first I busied myself and did everything in my power to avoid the stuff that was getting farther and farther behind.  Part of me acknowledged that this couldn't continue, but the bossier part squelched that voice.  Fortunately, the guilt voice soon became the loudest since I was doing nothing to help my struggle.

So here's what I did.  I applied my "bit-by-bit" weight loss philosophy to the neglected stuff.  I was struggling because of an underlying feeling of overwhelm and I was stuck.  What got me moving again was the recognition that everything was not going to happen in a day or two.  My route to catch-up would have to be slow and steady and deliberate.

Here's what the plan was.  Every day, upon wake-up, I'd make my carved-in-stone to-do list.  The list had a few elements: previous commitments, activities with deadlines, chores that needed to be addressed in order to keep things from sliding backward, one or two of the neglected items, and a half hour of play (reading, Sudokus, Scrabble, etc.).  If time and inclination allowed, an additional previously neglected item was included, with no pressure at all.

It's still a work in progress but it feels so good, knowing that I'm approaching the catch-up place.  I'm not sure I'll ever totally reach it, but it feels so much better knowing I'm moving on it and making progress.

Wishing you what you wish for yourself!
Lynda



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