Helping People Reshape their Baggage and their Bodies  

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

July '13
Issue 98

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.  

Thinking about Your Impact

To Carb or not to Carb... that's the dilemma...

Really? Another reminder?

1:  Thinking about Your Impact

So, I was off to a not-too-fancy business event.  I'd spent time getting ready, as in choosing what I thought was an appropriate way to dress and generally how to put myself together.  I was feeling pretty happy, had a smile on my face and was delighted both with the turnout at the event and that I was there.

And suddenly it all changed when a colleague came up to me and said "You're looking really tired, Lynda.  Everything okay?"  In no way am I faulting her.  She was expressing a concern in the nicest way.  She certainly meant no harm nor hurt.  But, the impact of her comments hit hard, initially, and left me feeling totally different.

The following day, I tried to process what had gone on and my thoughts spread to supposedly innocent comments that I had made to others on various occasion.  Wow!  What a good lesson that was for me.  Even a well-intentioned comment can be unsettling and can have an extremely negative effect.

By the end of the processing, I was actually grateful for my colleague's comment and the lesson that I had learned.

2:  To Carb or not to Carb... that's the dilemma...

So often, individuals trying to lose weight, AGAIN, opt for a no-carb or very low-carb diet, because of the promises of quick weight loss.  So many studies have been done on this topic and here are some of the findings that provide support for why not to do it.

  1. Glucose gives us energy.  Carbs are the source of glucose!
  2. At Arizona State University, researchers discovered that a very low carb diet increases fatigue and minimizes the desire/ability to exercise after only two weeks.
  3. Good carbs (for example whole grains, fruit and veggies, in particular - legumes) contain tryptophan: tryptophan allows the brain to produce serotonin: serotonin regulates mood.
  4. Carbs that contain fibre can actually help you lose weight.
  5. Good carbs can help lower bad cholesterol and raise good cholesterol - and that is good for your heart.
  6. Carbs are often what 'treats' are made of and having occasional treats allows us to not feel deprived and subsequently maintain a healthy combination of foods and remain on a sensible eating plan for the long term.
The special challenge from carbs???  Just don't forget the 'M' word... moderation.

3:  Really? Another reminder?

Recently, Toronto experienced the biggest rainstorm ever.  The news was loaded with resulting problems, frustrations and sadly, accidents and mishaps.  Power was out throughout most of the city - duration ranging from a flicker to some areas where it was out for three or more days.

After climbing the eleven flights from car to condo, I diddled away the hours, scrounging for a heat-less dinner, talking on the telephone to family and friends and eventually playing solitaire!  My power returned in the middle of the night.  The experience?  Inconvenient but okay.  Those I had spoken to bemoaned the situation.  The obvious winner in topics of conversation was the weather, the power outage and related bi-products.

Then the morning after, on the radio, I heard a smiling dad who talked about the great time his family had when the power was off.  With no electronic games, the family resorted to board games that they all played together and miracle of miracles...  the kids loved it!

So the reminder?  So much is about perspective!!!  Another dad might have beefed that he had to entertain his kids.  The dad that I heard saw and grabbed a rare opportunity that I suspect they'll all fondly remember.

Your perspective is your choice!  Remember that!  This little story is all about power!

I'm wishing you whatever you wish for yourself!

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