WISE WORDS by Lynda Wise
37 Rockland Dr
Toronto, Ontario
M2M 2Y8
Lynda Wise, B.Sc., C.P.C.C.    
Personal Coach
Weight Loss and Wellness Coach
May 2006
Issue 13


What's in it for you?   A connection, some challenges, a few questions to encourage you to simply reflect about how you live your life versus how you want to live your life.   Feel free to share the answers with me:   I'd love to hear from you.   It's an invitation to focus on where you'd like to change and grow.

  1. PERSONAL LIFE COACHING:   Just one decision!   
  2. IF YOU DON'T LOOK AFTER YOURSELF WHO WILL?   Wake Up & Shake Up Your Self Esteem!
  4. THOUGHTS FROM MY SWING:   Swinging in the Rain.

1:  Just One Decision:

I feel privileged to know a wise and wonderfully energetic gentleman in his eighties who is a genuine inspiration in the way he approaches life.   Here's how he says he begins each day:

"When I get up in the morning, there's just one decision to make.  Is this going to be a good day or a bad day?   My decision is 'good day' and then I proceed to live the day."

His mindset is extremely powerful.   He is able to appreciate the positives that one can see with wide-open eyes, while identifying the "small stuff" that he glides over.   He handles the challenges as challenges and not as blockages to those things he wishes to accomplish.   His attitude along with his abundance of interests and curiosity makes him the kind of person whom many friends and family members seek out regularly.

How would you benefit by asking yourself the same question when you started each day?   How would the answer "good day" shift you to the action gear that would help you to realize the daydreams?  Even more interesting might be considering how the "bad day" answer might give you permission to be unmotivated, self pitying and stagnant.

May I challenge you to reignite your life by asking yourself this simple question?   I'd love to hear about your answers.  lyndawise@yahoo.com

2:  Wake Up and Shake Up Your Self Esteem.

At times you might allow yourself to imagine a different life:  ecstatic in another career, wonderfully content in a relationship of more depth or scope, immersed in extreme comfort in a new home, delirious with more time or extra freedom to make the choices that are important to you, or .....whatever you dream of!

But, soon reality returns with a ho-hum voice:  and life goes on.

What's holding you back from attacking and mastering change?  Each of us has established life-long patterns and has personal answers.   However, common to many is the question "Will I succeed in something new?".   It often comes down to having the confidence to take the risk.   The old and familiar gives comfort:  the expanse of new and/or different takes guts and can echo fear of failure.

Here is an opportunity to take that first step towards functioning in a more confident way.

Wake Up and Shake Up Your Self Esteem is a one hour, over the telephone group workshop.

Participants will:
  • Rediscover their backbone.
  • Uncover the comfort of saying no.
  • Resource the energy to break free!
Date:  Thursday, June 1, 2006, 7 -8 p.m.
Location:  In your home, on the telephone Cost:  $19
For more information:  Please contact Lynda Wise 416-225-3535, lyndawise@yahoo.com or Amanda Martin 905-410-1067, amandamartin@rogers.com.

3:  Restaurant Fare

Restaurants lure you in any way they can.   They need you.   Without you, there would be no need for them.  That's why restauranteurs should be doing handstands to make you happy.   That's why you are entitled to make requests to accommodate your desired eating style and health.

First of all: The portion sizes in restaurants are preparing you for running a marathon or a massive fast.   Often, a double or triple portion is disguised as a single serving.   Obviously, sharing with someone saves calories and of course money!   But let's assume that you order your own favourite.   If you are tempted to overeat simply because copious amounts of food are facing you, try asking your server to put half of your meal in a doggy bag before bringing your plate.   If you aren't a doggy-bag-kind-of-person, ask for a half portion of everything except veggies.   Just because your meal is super-sized, it doesn't mean your pants have to be

One more suggestion: Ask for your food to be prepared with very little oil or butter.   Remember you are entitled!   It's your body and your health!   If all you did to cut back each day was to consume 1 less tablespoon of fat, after one year you would weigh about 9 lbs.  less.

Look for additional healthy restaurant tips next month.

The 12 Week Weight Loss Group is in progress, now.   In case you or someone you know missed this opportunity, the next one is starting in September.

4:  Swinging in the Rain

I had one last errand when the drops began.   I hustled through the drug store, quickly returned to my car, zipped home, rushed inside and the downpour began.

Whew!  Perfect timing!   Dry.  Cozy.   Done with outside!

But the magnetism of my porch swing yanked me outdoors!  And there I sat with a whole mass of thoughts that were a very different twist from the thoughts of 'doing' earlier in the day.  The rain was rhythmic, soothing and oh, so forceful.   Its force was bifold.   Immediately, it hit the ground with tremendous pressure and determination.  And that same determination promised an array of miracles of new growth bursting to happen.

Spring is the time in nature for possibility so why not in humans?  So many New Year's resolutions have now vanished so why not renew thoughts of possibilities in the spring?   Would it not be easier to focus now on what might be, when we feel so much better.  Nature paves the way to new beginnings - so why not take full advantage and follow her example?  What's next for you?

To arrange for a complimentary coaching call,
an interactive coaching workshop,
or a speaker for a meeting or a conference,
contact Lynda Wise at Wise Coaching
416-225-3535 or lyndawise@yahoo.com

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