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Helping People Reshape their Baggage and their Bodies  

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

July '11
Issue 74

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.  

IN THIS ISSUE:  

1.  PERSONAL LIFE COACHING:   Taking the Risk

2.  FOOD FOR THOUGHT AND THOUGHTS ON FOOD OR WEIGHT:  
Not a Good Enough Rationale to Justify a Cinnamon Bun

3.  THOUGHTS FROM MY SWING:   Always Counting

1:  Taking the Risk

How much risk do you allow yourself to take in order to create change, energy and excitement in your life?

Recently, my dear friends took me out for a birthday dinner.   They chose a terrific sushi restaurant.   They chose sushi because they know it's a favourite of mine.

For some reason I later thought back to my first raw-fish-experience and how hesitant, squeamish and skeptical I was.   Thank goodness for my persistent friend Lisa who promised me how delicious it was and convinced me that I'd like it.   She patiently coaxed and talked me through that first daring bite of raw salmon...  and the rest is history!   I cannot count the number of great sushi meals I've enjoyed.   Nor can I measure the pleasure.   The risk sounds miniscule but to me, at the time, it was big.   I'm so grateful to have run the risk.

Obviously, this is a pretty trivial example of risk-taking paying off.   Suppose I'd hated the experience?   So what?   So I experienced yucky and never had to eat sushi again.   No big deal.   Unfortunately - or fortunately - many of the risks we're faced with have a much greater positive impact along with a hugely more significant stake if things don't pan out.   Might this be a bit about "no pain - no gain"?

This all makes me contemplate some times and places in my life where I took big risks - career-wise, physically {riding the dolphins (before it was considered cruel) - an outstanding high!} socially, et cetera.   It also makes me wonder about times when risk-timidity held me back.

Some of us are natural risk takers; while, others of us play safe at all cost.   And the good news - there's no right or wrong way to be!   Just be aware that without risk the limits and the outcomes of your decisions are mostly predictable and safe.  

So the big question; "Are predictable and safe enough for you?" Simply something to think about.  

2:  Cinnamon - Not a Good Enough Rationale to Justify a Cinnamon Bun

Amongst the most recently identified "wonder foods" is Cinnamon.   Here's what's being said:

  1. Cinnamon + Whole Grain Toast = Increased Energy and Speedier Slimming (iVillage).   The cinnamon supposedly maintains blood sugar at a healthy level, slowing down digestion and postponing hunger.   There's also some evidence suggesting a link between cinnamon and diabetes control.
  2. Cinnamon's bacteria-fighting quality helps combat yeast infections.
  3. Cinnamon's anti-inflammatory properties helps fight heart disease (Andrew Weil, M.D.  Natural Health, Natural Medicine).
  4. When combined with fibre, cinnamon helps prevent damage to colon cells and thus may prevent colon cancer.
  5. And here's the kicker you'll really like...  just smelling cinnamon can help with memory and in performing other mental tasks.
These benefits have been medically tested; but, if you surf the net enough, you can likely find evidence which conflicts with these claims.

Do NOT go cinnamon crazy!   Remember the 'moderation' mantra - which in the case of cinnamon is not more than 1 1/2 teaspoons/day.   Cinnamon can be toxic in large doses.  And please recognize there are lots of healthier ways to consume cinnamon than via cinnamon buns!   Fresh cinnamon sticks last for about a year and ground cinnamon lasts for about 6 months.   A favourite treat of mine is worth repeating!   Fat-free Greek Yoghurt atop some cut fruit, drizzled with honey and sprinkled with 1/2 t.  cinnamon.

3:  Always Counting

I cannot believe that my oldest niece is turning 50.   Yes, I remember how excited I was when she was born and I wonder how 50 years could have whipped by, already.   Her birthday card says "That's only 500 months, or 18,257 days, or 438,168 hours or 25,290,080 minutes or 1,577,404, 800 seconds.   But hey, who's counting?".

I don't know who's counting but I do know that they all count.   The reminder for me is to live time consciously.   With my constantly-growing-and-changing list of what I need to accomplish, the most challenging issue is remembering that every minute need not be productive in order for it to count.   Not every hour must be purposeful.  Not every day must be overflowing with "todos".   The consciousness is about allowing myself to create a balance of satisfying/rewarding activities, while not shortchanging the pieces of time used for pure pleasure - like chilling on my swing.

My web expert, Kate, reminded me recently that living 114 years means living a million hours.   Sounds like so much- but when I recognize the alarming speed of my niece's 50 years, it reinforces that even procrastination can be valuable in leading the kind of life you choose, so long as it has boundaries and is done with awareness. Too much thinking?   I agree!

Wishing you what you wish for yourself,  
Lynda


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