Helping women reshape their Baggage and their Bodies  

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

June 2009
Issue 49

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.  If you don't look after yourself, who will?:
What's your mindset?

2.  Food for thought and thoughts on food and/or weight loss:  
Money is the root of...

3.  Thoughts from my swing:  
Are You My Type?

1:  What is your Mindset?  

My special friend, Diana Epstein, emailed me this idea after the May ezine.   I wanted to share it with you even though I haven't yet had the opportunity to read the book she speaks of.   It simply felt like a great platform for thought and even debate!

From Diana:   "I've just started reading, "Mindset:   The New Psychology of Success" by Carol S.  Dweck.   Very briefly, her research points to two mindsets:  the fixed-mindset and the growth-mindset.   The fixed-mindset is the grounded belief that talent is genetic--you're a born artist, point guard, etc.   The fixed-mindset believes it's entitled to success without much effort and regards failure as a personal affront.   When things get tough, it's quick to blame and/or withdraw and/or lie, and even avoid future challenge or risk.   Conversely, a growth-mindset assumes that no talent is entirely heaven-sent and that effort and learning make everything possible.   Because the ego isn't on the line as much, this mindset sees failure as opportunity rather than insult.   When challenged, it's quick to reassess, adjust, and try again.   In fact, it relishes this process.   (I took most of this description verbatim from a Reader's Digest article I read)."

Here's what I'm wondering:

  • Are the 2 mindsets distinct or can you combine parts of each?  
  • How does one change from one mindset to another?  Or can one change?  
  • Could it be that sometimes one of the mindsets serves you while at other times the other one does, depending on the situation?
I suspect that these questions and many more are all answered in the book.   I invite you to formulate some personal opinions before reading it, if you wish.

At the risk of being predictable:  Where does your own mindset align?

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2:  Money is the root of...

The Journal of the American Medical Association recently reported on a study to examine how money could be a motivator for weight loss.   There were 3 groups.   In one group, participants had invested their own money and could win it back twofold.   In a second group, they were eligible to win money in a daily lottery as long as they lost weight.   In the third group, there was no money incentive.   What do you think happened?  

Well, the two groups that had the money incentive lost significantly more weight!  

Unfortunately, the study stopped when the experiment was over.   I'd love to know what happened a year after the study was complete.   Once the money dried up, I'll bet that the will power did as well!  

I've seen one of my own family members lose weight on a bet.   He won the bet...  but lost in the long run since all the weight (and then some) came back!

Everyone knows the keys to weight loss.   But unless the incentive is a lasting one, the keep-off-the-weight failure rate is enormous.   Focusing on health, energy and longevity is really the prescription.  Or...  find someone to pay you a handsome sum to stay svelte!   (And maybe you could make even more money by sharing the name of your sponsor!)

The 12 WEEK WEIGHT LOSS TELECLASS will begin again in September.   Please, let me know if you cannot wait!  
Individual coaching begins anytime that you're ready.   Know someone who's struggling?   Want to help them lengthen their life and enjoy it more?  Feel free to pass this information along.  
lyndawise@yahoo.com Set up a free 30 minute pre-session to learn more. Or visit http://wisecoaching.ca/WL_teleGroup.htm

3:  Personality Typing

Are you familiar with The Enneagram?   It is personality typing in the extreme.   You can actually type yourself by analyzing what inspires and inhibits your behaviour.   If you're curious about your type, try the test at http://similarminds.com/test.html or http://www.enneagraminstitute.com/Tests_Battery.asp.   You could also check out the book "The Essential Enneagram", by Daniels and Price - an interesting overview, also with a good test.  

The Enneagram was based on ancient wisdom and became a vehicle for personality typing in the 1960's.   The Enneagram offers deep insights into understanding our compulsions.   Underneath each of the nine patterns is a basic belief about what one needs in life for survival and contentment.

I'm an Enneagram novice:  I know very little and yet I'm hooked on it!   I find it amazing that this fairly brief self-testing has helped me discover what makes me tick and can lead to conscious, deep change in certain of my behaviour patterns that don't always serve me.   It also reassures me that lots of others in this crazy world actually think and feel in a way that's similar to me!

Here's what I'm working on:   one of my patterns is over-focusing on doing while resisting just being.   Part of my "work" is to hang out on my swing and simply reflect - just be.   However, when I reflect, I soon find myself drifting towards my to-do list.   Sometimes I pull back and begin again - going in circles.   Notice the word CHALLENGE.   If you remove the middle 3 letters, what do you get?

This change is one of my summer challenges.   And what's yours?

Wishing you what you wish for yourself.  

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