WISE WORDS by Lynda Wise
37 Rockland Dr
Toronto, Ontario
M2M 2Y8
Lynda Wise, B.Sc., C.P.C.C..  
Personal Coach
Weight Loss and Wellness Coach
January 2006
Issue 9

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

  1. Personal Life Coaching: DESIGNING 2006
  2. Wellness: IF YOU DON'T LOOK AFTER YOURSELF WHO WILL?  Who's on first?
  3. Weight Loss: FOOD FOR THOUGHT AND THOUGHTS ON FOOD.  To snack or not to snack!
  4. Thoughts from my Swing: THE RETURN OF THE NOVEL

1: Designing 2006
An extended study of Yale graduates revealed a significant difference in annual earnings between two groups.   Upon graduation, all the participants of the study were asked to reveal their financial goals.   Based on their goals, the graduates were then divided into two equal groups.   Group 1 was asked to write down their goals and group 2 simply asked to verbalize theirs. They were tracked and compared after 20 years.   And the difference?   Group 1 averaged double the earnings of Group 2.   Over 90 % of group 1 had earnings exceeding their goals!  

Might I suggest that you revisit the heading for this section?   Have you seriously contemplated how you want 2006 to be for you?   Consider some of these areas: career, relationships, physical health, spirituality, money, intellectual pursuits and fun.   Now write down your goals in each area.   If the results of the Yale study apply to your personal success, 2006 could be fantastic!

2: Who's on first?
This isn't about baseball.  It's about your priority list.   Where do you place yourself when looking after the needs of the people and circumstances around you?   Often we find ourselves sandwiched between the call of aging parents and the expectations of our children.   Have you ever changed your own plans when a neighbour or friend requests your help?   Maybe you've stayed at work late to support a co-worker or to get a jump start on the next day instead of going to the gym.   What about the ringing telephone when you had planned on a few minutes of long-awaited relaxation?

Living in a social environment comes with certain obligations.   Emergencies arise.   You want to be helpful to those around you and you want to be seen as a helpful person!   But at what point are you willing to put yourself first?   Are you worthy enough to be at the top of your priority list sometimes?   What would it take?   And what is the difference between being selfish and looking after yourself so you will be around and able when others really need you?

3: To snack or not to snack - what's the best answer to promote weight loss?
The simplest answer is this: Never let yourself get to the point where you feel that you're starving.   If you approach temptation, i.e.  food, with a muttering belly, you'll be a lot less capable of exercising appropriate control of the items and quantities you consume.   Having a snack to control appetite can be a tricky business.   A 100 - 150 calorie healthy snack at 4:00p.m.  helps bridge the gap between a 12:00 lunch and a 6:30 dinner.   So what might this snack be?   20 almonds or 40 pistachio nuts, 2 slices of lean turkey, a piece of fruit (watch bananas - great potassium, but they disappear so quickly and have a high sugar content), celery with 1 tablespoon of peanut butter, etc.   What is your favourite healthy snack?

4:The return of the novel.
For maybe the fourth or fifth occurrence, I returned from time away in December, with a terrific novel partially read.   Then, as usual, I returned to life and resumed reading an array of work-related materials, newspapers, magazines, surprises that came in the mail, etc.   The novel started off in a conspicuous place and slowly but surely got buried.   In the past, by the time it was unearthed, I'd forgotten enough so that continuing it wasn't realistic, but remembered enough that rereading seemed somewhat boring.  In early January, with the novel still nagging at me, I was assisting at a coaches training workshop and was coached by an enthusiastic participant to actually schedule three, half-hour reading time slots in the following week.   I did the first chunk that night - loved it and even did 10 extra minutes!   Over the course of the week I easily satisfied my promise to myself and the coach.   I've almost finished the book and I am loving the moments that the escape offers me.   I'd almost forgotten the joy that reading simply for pleasure can bring.
How are you doing at finding time for pleasure and relaxation?   I'd love to hear from you.

May you find the time for all you need to do and much of what you want to do.   Actually, I'd rather say, "may you create the time for all you need to do and much of what you want to do".

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