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
November 2006
Issue 19


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.   And if you stumble on an area that needs some coaching, feel free to arrange a complimentary call to discuss how you wish to create a more fulfilling existence, a new perspective on life or simply more fun.


Unfinished Business.  

Ouch - Once again.

Drinking your Calories

The Law of Attraction

1:  Unfinished Business.

Just when 2006 is starting to roll off my pen more easily, it's almost over. Lots of questions are bouncing off the boundaries of my brain.  Where did it go? How did the time pass so fast?  How many of the things on my to-do list were completed?  What personal growth do I look back and see?  How am I better in the world now than I was a year ago?  How happy was 2006?  What gains?  What losses? What was my most significant contribution?  What's left to be done?

There are too many questions to answer in a paragraph but the most significant undertaking for me was completing the CTI Co-Active Leadership Program.  Its focus was discovering how to bring out personal strengths and apply them to wherever one happens to be in life and within their own community.  Then, take the new-found qualities out to where their community or world needs to be changed and instigate the change.  It was a fabulous learning and the four trips to northern California weren't too hard to swallow either.  Meanwhile, I grew, I risked, I failed some, and I learned tremendously.  And, I'm still learning and plan to continue to do so.

My community project is definitely a work in progress.  I'm in the process of creating a program for teenage girls with issues around self esteem and being overweight.  I'm finding the greatest challenge is getting girls to volunteer for the program.  If you have access to this population of individuals (only need a half dozen or so), I'd be happy to volunteer my time.

And in the meantime, what questions are you asking yourself about your life in 2006?  Any unfinished business?  Need some help?  Just ask. 

2:  Ouch - Once again.  Holiday Stress

There are some really big expectations at this time of year.  There's likely to be more eating and drinking than usual and less sleep and exercise.  There's much more to do and maybe less energy to do it.  The streets and stores have more people jams and you have less time to get places and do your shopping.  The whole process can be financially and physically draining. 

But, maybe this is a great time to summon up your innate resources! Try planning lighter eating on the day of a party!  Consciously focus on what you might give up for awhile to accommodate some extra zzz's and additional responsibilities - maybe get some help for any extra cleaning - or give up reading your least favourite section of the newspaper.  Perusing the flyers in the newspaper might point you in the direction of some helpful bargains so the money spent on gifts becomes more manageable.  Also, remember that scheduling in exercise can actually keep you sane.  And if you do reach a state of acute frustration, moan a bit to a friend.  It can be very therapeutic to simply share what's going on within you. 

Hopefully, we can all keep in mind that the holidays provide such perfect opportunities to keep in touch with special people whom we don't get to see or hear from during the year, spend extra time with close family and friends and if you choose, celebrate the spiritual offerings that enrich your life.  So at all times, but especially now, put your self care at the top of your priority list.  Be acutely aware of what you say "yes" to.  And, may you thoroughly enjoy all of the possibilities in the month ahead!

3:  Drinking your Calories

It's hard to believe that about half of all extra calories consumed are liquids. How many of these liquids are included in your daily intake?  Orange, apple, cranberry, pomegranate or other juices?  Wine, beer or other alcoholic drinks? Soft drinks?  Fruity drinks?  Water?  Coffee and/or tea with cream/milk/sugar or cappuccinos, lattes or spin-offs?  Milk?  Slushies?  And who could forget eggnog?

Drinking lots of fluids, i.e.  keeping hydrated, is fundamentally important for good health.  A body without adequate liquids quickly becomes dehydrated and may experience heartburn, arthritis, back pain, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol and depression.  Prolonged constant dehydration may cause loss of libido, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis and Muscular Dystrophy.  (for more information go to http://www.inspiredliving.com/dehydration/a~dehydrationeffects.htm)

So, getting the right amount of liquids without getting too many calories is definitely a place to look if you have a weight problem and an issue to be taken seriously by everyone.

Having one cup of coffee with 1 tablespoon of cream and 2 teaspoons of sugar can have up to 80 calories.  Fruit juices have terrific benefits, containing many vitamins and antioxidants but unfortunately hold a significant number of calories:  8 oz.  orange juice ~110 and pomegranate juice ~145.  Milk has 85 to 150 calories (CAUTION:  reindeer milk has 580 calories per cup).  Smoothies and shakes can contain the same number of calories as a whole meal.

My suggestion is this:  start with water - drink 8 8-ounce glasses throughout the day.  It's easier to chug-a-lug if it's not too cold, but that is your choice. Then, drink consciously and moderately.  Consider the option of low calorie varieties of soft drinks and fruity drinks.  Remember that soda water has no calories and can be mixed wonderfully with wine to make a spritzer.  Or use soda water to dilute cranberry or other juices for a refreshing, reduced calorie alternative.

Ask yourself "Is it worth it?" before drinking your calories.  Personally, I love the texture and the chewing of solid foods and would much rather my breakfast include the longer, more luscious experience of the biggest orange I can find rather than a 60 sec.  glass of juice.

When you use discretion in choosing your liquids the occasional glass of wine that you so deserve will taste even better!

4:  The Law of Attraction - LOA

Have you ever heard any of the following?
  • What you sow you reap.
  • Like brings like.
  • Birds of a feather flock together.
  • What comes around goes around.
These are all expressions concerning the Law of Attraction.  Another way of expressing LOA is that positive thinking attracts positive results:  the reverse is also true.  It takes lots of practice and hard work for it to be thoroughly in effect.

Remember last month, I talked about getting Streisand tickets? (http://wisecoaching.ca/newsletters/ezine_Oct_2006.htm) That was an illustration of how LOA can help you create more of what you want in your life.

"What the Bleep" and "The Secret" are two movies that you might wish to see.  They present some scientific evidence and lots of examples of how the Law of Attraction works.

I'm at the kindergarten level regarding LOA and hope to share more as I learn more.

Here's a yummy thought:  isn't it marvelous to think of this additional power that we have to manifest more of what's exceptional in our lives?

The 12 WEEK WEIGHT LOSS GROUP will begin again in early January.  Losing weight is not an easy task.  Keeping off the weight is even more challenging.  If you wish to consider this a project for 2007, surround yourself with others who have similar goals!  You will lose weight, develop a lifestyle that will help maintain the weight loss, feel supported, develop significant coping strategies and learn to love your self regardless of what the scale says!  For an application or to ask some questions call or email me.  416-225-3535 or lyndawise@yahoo.com

Wishing you what you wish for yourself,

Note:  Please let me know if you receive this newsletter filled with gremlins - those funny symbols that seem to replace normal punctuation.  Some of you have already let me know that there's a problem.  I'm working on it with Enflyer - the company that sends out the newsletter.  Many thanks.

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