Helping Women Reshape their Baggage and their Bodies  

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

March '10
Issue 58

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.  




3.  THOUGHTS FROM MY SWING:   A Handicap - in the eyes of the beholder

1:  Staying With It  

Sadly, there's often a certain amount of mental decline that comes with aging.  We cannot control the hereditary factor but more and more evidence is surfacing to help us fight the environmental influences.   The broken record continues to play!

There have been countless studies on the effects of exercise on brain function.   Some of these studies focus on aerobic exercise and some on muscle strengthening.   The results are all pointing in the same direction.   Decreased probability of dementia appears to be the direct result of aerobic exercise because of the increased blood circulation to the brain.

The link between mental capacity and muscle development appears to be the same - though not yet as conclusive.   But thus far, the news is good for all of you weight lifters out there!   There seems to be less muscle mass in study participants with Alzheimer's disease.   There appears to be a cause and effect relationship, though there are other factors still under scrutiny.

Bottom line - strong muscles and bones are particularly important, as we age, for preventing osteoporosis and falls.   If research proves that there’s a benefit to the brain as well, then that's a bonus.

If you're not finding the time, energy and motivation to "move" on a regular basis, maybe this will be an added incentive.   And......if exercise is STILL not your thing, we need to talk!

lyndawise@yahoo.com or 416-225-3535

2:  Eye-Balling

When overweight individuals estimated their caloric intake, a huge majority underestimated what they had eaten.   Here's what "Hungry Girl" found out when they looked at individuals doling out their morning cereal.

  • MORE THAN HALF of our participants overestimated a single serving by 25%
  • A THIRD over-poured by a whopping 30%
  • ONE-SIXTH of those who took part overestimated their servings by a ginormous 40%!  That means the supposed 120-calorie, 3g-fat serving really contained closer to 170 calories and more than 4g.  fat.
Why is this 50 calorie discrepancy such a big deal?   Because if you do it daily, you're looking at over 5 lbs per year!  ...and that is a big deal!

Suggestions!   Keep a measuring cup in your box of cereal.   And evaluate..........where else in your food selection are you underestimating?   And furthermore, where else in your life are you underestimating?

Want to talk?  416-225-3535 or lyndawise@yahoo.com

3:  A Handicap - in the eyes of the beholder

Last month I asked myself "What can I do to make people feel better about themselves?" The more I thought about it, the more questions I came up with rather than answers.   Here are some of my thoughts:   it seems that experiencing pride in one's self allows for acknowledging and supporting others in the way that benefits them the most.   It's often about encouragement, suggestions or even a bit of hands-on help, shared in such a way so that the receiver can still feel capable.

With this in mind, I have such awe and respect for the parents of and others who are connected with the Para-Olympians.   What could be more difficult than standing by and watching a physically challenged individual compete?   How does one hold back from darting in to improve the odds?   How much pushing is the right amount?   And how does one know when to step up or step back??

Consider the recent and repeated gold medal winner in the Paralympics, Lauren Woolstencroft - Alpine Skier.   Lauren was born with one arm and no legs below the knees.   In her own words, referring to her parents, she says, "Their attitude and commitment to success and being happy inspired me".   Regarding her personal success she says "Ultimately it's about believing in yourself".   She's an electrical engineer by profession and enjoys cooking and entertaining among many other activities.  

So how did Lauren develop the belief in herself?   And what can we learn from her life journey and apply to our own lives to develop a belief in ourselves?

Hope you are celebrating the upcoming holidays and life in general with much love for yourself and other special people in your life.

Wishing you what you wish for yourself,

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