Helping People Reshape their Baggage and their Bodies  

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

May '12
Issue 84

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.  PERSONAL LIFE COACHING:   Procrastination

Eat More - Lose Weight!

3.  THOUGHTS FROM MY SWING:   More on Gratitude

1:  Procrastination

I'm definitely going to write about this next month when I've had much more experience and time to think about it.

2:  Eat More - Lose Weight!

Don't you wish that always worked?

It sounds gimmicky - too good to be true, but it can be really effective as a technique for weight loss - as long as you're eating the right 'more'.

Here's an example: Start your meal with a filling, low fat/low calorie starter like Broccoli Soup.

  1. Gently, on low heat, cook a couple of sliced onions in a Pam-coated big pot for 10 minutes until soft, not brown.
  2. Add a bunch or two of cleaned broccoli pieces (use frozen to make this even easier).
  3. Add chicken or vegetable stock, any type that tastes good (I like store bought reconstituted Osem brand) to just cover the broccoli.
  4. Bring to a boil, and then lower heat to simmer. Cook for half hour or so.
  5. Puree, taste, add salt and pepper.
  6. Savour and Enjoy!
Notes!   This refrigerates well for a few days.   Freezes well.   Enjoy it hot or cold.    What?   Don't like broc?   Try using cauliflower, kale, or other favourite veggies...

It takes your body about 15 minutes to acknowledge it's being fed.   Starting with a healthy, low fat course and eating leisurely means that you'll not be as hungry when the main course comes.   This means greater resistance when 'seconds' are offered... or when that decadent dessert is calling your name!

Alternate starters?   Salad, of course, with a measured amount of low fat dressings, or half a grapefruit or even half a banana, sliced with low fat yoghurt.

Want to share your thoughts?   lyndawise@yahoo.com

3:  More on Gratitude

In many places I look, I find kudos for Gratitude.   I've read it and written about it.   I've no doubt about its benefits and how acknowledging the good stuff leads to a better and happier life!

Just in case you're not familiar with the protocol, here's how it usually works in a somewhat formal way (lots of variations as well):   Each day, in a journal exclusively for gratitude, you list 5 items for which you are grateful - 5 issues that are present in your life, which enhance its quality.   The main purpose - awareness!

So, awhile back, it sounded like a winning idea and I did it for many months...   until I realized that my daily entries were basically identical!   Great!   It required very little thought - a very easy exercise!   Result?   Very little benefit.   So I quit.

I'm now prepared to begin again but with some new rules for me.   My fabulous 5 will be carefully written on the inside cover of my journal - something like this:   1. My healthy, happy, family - my children, their spouses, my amazing grandchildren, sibs etc.   2. My personal health and well-being.   3. The special friends in my life.   4. My home and physical environment.   5. My Coaching.

I'll read them every day but the 5 daily entries must be different.   In my NIA (dance exercise) class, yesterday, my terrific teacher, Bettina, was illustrating how easy it is to find things to be grateful for and used the example:  "When I wake up in the morning I can even feel grateful when my toilet flushes".

Keeping this type of journal forces personal awareness of how lucky one is, meanwhile distracting some of the attention from the bad stuff that creeps in.   The journal doesn't make the bad stuff disappear - it helps with our perspective on things...   and often that's exactly what we need.

Willing to try it?   I am.

Wishing you what you wish for yourself.

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