Helping People Reshape their Baggage and their Bodies  

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

March '13
Issue 94

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.  

Out of Sight...

Out of sight, out of mind.

Your choice!

1:  Out of Sight...

In "The Wealthy Barber Returns", author and financial expert, David Chilton (of "Wealthy Barber" fame) discusses the frequent economical faux pas of overspending.  We commonly need bigger, better and more - confusing needs with wants and then spending accordingly.

Here's an oversimplification of why this happens.  He discusses the findings of neuroscience, explaining that the sections of the brain can be lumped into one of the two very different ways of processing information.  One way, "the executive", helps us reason logically and create plans.  The other way, the "lizard", responds to emotions and immediate satisfaction.  Research evidence consistently points to the lizard being the stronger part of the brain.  So temptations such as a friend's great new outfit, your brother's new car, or window shopping can be extremely damaging to financial health and well-being.  This might explain why some advertising is so damned effective.

The same holds true regarding the decisions one makes in other aspects of living.  If you don't think that a weekly drive past your favourite, fabulous, restaurant will increase your tendency to stop in, think again.  Similarly, but working to your advantage, belonging to a nearby gym can increase your likelihood of using it.

Face it.  Temptation is everywhere.  Yes, you do have some control over your decisions, but why make it tougher for yourself?  Become more aware of the environmental features that make it harder for you to live like you ultimately want to live.  Plan carefully to make some changes that will help you avoid pursuing temptations that will rob you of your future security, contentment and happiness.

2:  Out of sight - out of mind....... maybe.

The "lizard" comes out in full force when it comes to temptation and food.  One could live a month or even a year without french fries, croissants, candies, bacon, or all the other empty-calorie treats you don't normally see.  But, put them within arm's reach and the story can completely change for many people.  And having them in sight turns them into sin magnets.

Food in social situations is often beyond our control.  But, food in our home environment can make or break healthy eating habits and we can almost always control it.  Here are a few suggestions to help reduce temptations and increase sensible choices:

  • Hide the junk that's in the refrigerator.   Keep ready-to-eat fruit and veggies, low fat protein and healthy drinks up front where they're seen first when you go browsing.  The easy-to-eat unhealthy leftovers (from last night's take out) go in the crisper with any desserts and other 'no-nos' that your family indulges in.
  • Hide the junk that's in the freezer.  Keep the low-sugar juice bars and the low-fat yoghurt bars up front so they hide the less nutritious possibilities.
  • Hide the junk that goes in the cupboards.  Keep multigrain cereals, brown rice, quinoa and other healthy choices up front and on visible shelves.  Hide the simple carbs - white rice, sugar cereals, candy, cookies and similar items, far away at the top or in the back.
Think you get the idea now?  Yes, the "executive" part of the brain can be extremely logical about the healthiest choices but the "lizard" part of the brain is often seduced on sight and oh-so-powerful in overruling its counterpart.

And if you're serious about healthy change, feel free to start with a complementary call - lyndawise@yahoo.com or 416-225-3535 to arrange it.

Confession: several of my clients have recently dropped me!  Yes - in spite of that, I am still extremely happy for their successes.  But, I'm seriously looking for some new clients who are seriously looking to losing weight, or make other changes, forever, and want some great support.  And I've reduced my rates by 25% for anyone signing on in March or April until my load fills up!

3:   Your Choice!

"Sustaining good health" is such a loaded phrase.  Of course, it includes mental, emotional and physical elements and scarily can be a full time job.  The last thing I want is for you to obsess about every decision you make in every facet of your lifestyle.  What I do wish for you is ease.  And so I point out some ways that you can enhance awareness, minimize temptation and increase your quality of life by taking some preparatory steps to facilitate the "executive" part of your brain operating at full force.  By eliminating some of the obvious, predictable temptations and distractions, life, along with self-benefitting decisions, becomes easier.  And do let the "lizard" have some fun - on a leash!

I'm wishing you whatever you wish for yourself!

*It will be my pleasure to treat you to a gift certificate for each referral who becomes a client!

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an interactive coaching workshop,
or a speaker for a meeting or a conference,
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416-225-3535 or lyndawise@yahoo.com
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