Helping People Reshape their Baggage and their Bodies  

Lynda Wise
B.Sc., C.P.C.C.

Weight Loss and Wellness

January '13
Issue 92

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.  

Down with Resolutions!!!

Chicken Soup.

To speak or not to speak: that is the question.

1:  Down with Resolutions!!!

Here we are, the end of January, and most new year's resolutions have died.

My December ezine (http://wisecoaching.ca/newsletters/ezine_Dec_2012.htm - in the first section, just in case you wish to refresh your memory) advocated honesty and specificity in looking ahead to 2013 and determining what you really want for your future.   I gingerly avoided words like 'resolutions' and 'goals'.  But now that some time has passed and the pressure is off, it's a perfect time to relook at goal-setting as an ally that enables you to take stock and recreate!

You might be familiar with S.M.A.R.T. goal setting.  If so, you may benefit by refreshing your memory on it and then going a step further, by using guidelines for the "S.M.A.R.T.E.R." goals' steps outlined below.

So if you consciously wish your life to 'move' and 'progress', give consideration to what follows, for creating the most likely-to-reach goals.

S. - Make it Specific - be clear in your mind what you're aiming for!.  Be sure it's not vague!
M. - Make it Measurable - something concrete
A. - Make it Attainable - within your reach!  Be realistic.
R. - Make it Relevant - how will it matter?
T. - Make it Timely - give it a 'sooner rather than later' deadline
E. - And then Evaluate it - mark your calendar and consciously take stock of how you are doing.  Next, tweak it if you need to tweak it in order to get more on track.
R. - And lastly, Re-evaluate it - again mark your calendar to check how you're doing.  And repeat this until you're living your success.

e.g. Jan. 30.  I will shop every Thursday for fruit and vegetables, buy at least 14 serving of each.  I'll incorporate a minimum of 2 servings of each in my eating plan each day and write it all down.  Feb. 28 - I'll check my log and make any changes necessary to perpetuate my new healthy diet.  March 28- I'll do another check and tweak!

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2:  Chicken Soup

Sadly, it sometimes feels like the healthiest foods are not necessarily the tastiest ones:  and the tastiest ones are often those that we're warned to stay away from.    But thank goodness there's CHICKEN SOUP - thus once again, the exception proves the rule.    For most palates, it tastes great and the added good news is that it packs a wallop of benefits:

  1. Chicken soup has anti-inflammatory qualities.    When struggling with the runny or stuffy nose, sore throat or even sneezing, a dose or two of chicken soup can actually show medicinal qualities and minimize symptoms.   It improves air flow to and from the lungs and minimizes phlegm.
  2. Most chicken soup is made with some vegetables which encourage hydration and increase energy.    And the carrots do indeed help your eyes stay healthy.
  3. The soup also contains a good dose of protein along with amino acids.    Thus it can help avoid hunger and build muscles and other tissues.
  4. When you start your meal with chicken soup, you'll squelch your hunger and bring on satisfaction, which, in turn, will result in your needing a smaller portion of the main course.
  5. It just feels - and tastes - so good!

3:   To speak or not to speak: that is the question

So, over the holidays, I took my granddaughters to an indoor playground.   As the girls played and I chatted with the mom of another family, I noticed a large label of washing instructions sown into the side seam of her pretty, sparkly sweater.   Seems the sweater was inside out.    Thus my dilemma: to tell her or not to tell her.    If she was going right home after, telling her might just embarrass her.    If she was out for the day, she could be relieved to find out and easily fix it.

This brings to mind copious, much-more-serious situations in life where I might be on the fence about opening my mouth - with friends, grown children, business associates and yes- even clients.   Sometimes speaking up can save someone embarrassment, time, money, energy, to name a few, and some people speak up all the time. Sometimes keeping quiet can save embarrassment, time, money, energy, to name a few, and some people stay silent all the time.    There are no public rules: what are your rules?

And...   what would you have done regarding the mom at the playground???

I'm wishing you whatever you wish for yourself!!

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