Thursday, July 24, 2014

What about cancer and belly fat?

If you are into the science: Worried about cancer and belly fat? Me too! Here's an explanation on how consuming soy compares to eating meat from one of my favorite researchers, Dr Michael Greger. (Warning, his info may really change your thinking and your eating!!)  

The weight loss program I'm using and coaching with uses Medifast Products which are soy based.  This is one of the reasons the "5&1" Program is so effective. The soy actually prevents fat uptake from the foods we eat and can prevent and decrease belly fat. I really love reading the studies and increasing my confidence on how foods work in the body!

If you'd like some tofu cooking ideas, let me know ... here's a nice sight for low glycemic index recipes using tofu

I hope your summer is going really well and that you are appreciating what we have with the Medifast foods, Take Shape Program, and free coaching!  Remember to vary your vegges, drink lots of water, and keep moving.

Thanks for your business and referrals.
Polly.

Health Coach Resource provides health and wellness coaching for individuals, families, and employee groups.  We guide clients through our medically directed program of rapid weight loss, transition, and maintenance. We also offer training for qualified individuals who are seeking health coaching jobs and careers. Health Coach training and certification lights up our lives as it lightens the burden of hopelessness and disease caused by poor habits and obesity in America.  Click Here to learn more. 

Call 503-313-4820 or E-mail me today ... just put, "I'm Ready!" in the subject line! Polly@HealthCoachResource.com

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Are you Ready to Take Action?

Quick check-in - let me know how your week has gone and how you are facing down obstacles and continuing your determination to gain great health!

Questions: 
  • Where's the Pain? 
  • Why is taking off the layers of fat so important to you? 
  • What frightens you and slows you down?
  • Is Failure an option? I blogged on this during the week, Failure IS an Option and would love to hear your thoughts.
Take Action:
Share this site with friends and family members who might appreciate the info and connection!
Call, Text, or email me - let's set a time to do a Structural Tension Chart together.
Dust off you copy of Dr A's books.
Get out your Quick Start Guide and reread it - if you don't have it, let me know.
Draw pictures of your feeling and take lots of photos of your progress or lack of progress ... Keeping a visual journal has helped me and many of your fellow Take Shapers!
Post "Before and Afters" in your bathroom ... others have gained health, so can we!

Favorite Quotes this week:
In answer to your question last week about how this summer is different since taking off the excess pounds, I wouldn't have traveled like I have this year. Israel and Jordan, California, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, England, and now Fiji and Australia. I have been able to do all the activities, even keeping up with teenagers! Not bad for 69 plus! Did all the above and worked three part time jobs. I thank the Lord for all of His provision of the above.
 
Well over a year later, maybe even almost 2, I am ready to do this! I have had many obstacles, good and bad, that have kept me from focusing on my health but now is the time. Fill me in on how things are running these days and I will get on the site and place my first renewal order for food and goodies.  
 
Oh Dear! I stepped on the scale ... ahhhh ... back on program and love that "fat-burn" feeling, energy and results!!  Down three pounds so far, back on track!!!

Have a great week and Thank you for your business and referrals!
Polly.

Health Coach Resource provides health and wellness coaching for individuals, families, and employee groups.  We guide clients through our medically directed program of rapid weight loss, transition, and maintenance. We also offer training for qualified individuals who are seeking health coaching jobs and careers. Health Coach training and certification lights up our lives as it lightens the burden of hopelessness and disease caused by poor habits and obesity in America.  Click Here to learn more.  

Call 503-313-4820 or E-mail me today ... just put, "I'm Ready!" in the subject line! Polly@HealthCoachResource.com

Saturday, July 19, 2014

What's a Structural Tension Chart?

I use the Structural Tension Chart method daily!  Dr Andersen describes it in his books - if you don't have his materials, let me know and I can help you decide which one to get.

Robert Fritz, Dr A's colleague and mentor, introduced us to the technique of making and using a Structural Tension Chart to propel us forward towards goals with systematic ease.  Here's an example my friend, Susan, sent me of how she is using a Structural Tension Chart to help her focus on what matters most for a family picnic.

At the top, you'll find Susan's "Vision."  This is the reality she intends to create.  At the bottom you will find her "Current Reality" ... this is where she recorded what she was feeling in her darker moments of early stress and worry.  In the middle are the little "Baby Steps" that she will use to help her keep her eye on the prize - to help her stay focused on the Vision and the reality she intends to create!

Notice that the structure reads from bottom to top ... all the energy belongs at the top.  It's important to acknowledge the "Current Reality" at the bottom but put NO Energy here! All the energy goes into building and supporting the Vision!  The Baby Steps should all be doable, small, simple, easy actions that are all directed towards the creating the Vision.  We can add more as the day goes by.  By the way, this is just one example of how the Structural Tension Chart can be used.

Susan's Intention & Vision is to:
Radiate happiness, trust, and joyfulness
Infuse every interaction with kindness
Build wonderful memories
Have plenty of food and games

Baby Steps:
  • Choose comfortable clothing.
  • Arrive early and prepared
  • Be lovingly detached
  • Have an "escape route" planned
  • Clear my mind & heart of old resentments  
  • Avoid being drawn into criticism and gossip
  • Remember that it's ok that I am not perfect, look for the shining light in everyone 
  • Spend time sitting at the level of the little ones to be available, attentive & playful 
  • Keep a safe distance from chips, dips & desserts, alcohol and other poisons 
  • Plan a "re-entry" strategy or way to be of service that allows me to relax.
Current Reality:
I'm aware that I talk too much and listen too little ...
I know I hurt my cousin's feelings last time we met.
Feelings of inadequacy are in abundance
I'm feeling rushed, under-appreciated, irritated with myself
Missing my grandmother ... know that I'll never be able to fill her shoes

You can read more about Robert Fritz in his wonderful book, The Path of Least Resistance and learn more at his web site, www.RobertFritz.com 

Health Coach Resource provides health and wellness coaching for individuals, families, and employee groups.  We guide clients through our medically directed program of rapid weight loss, transition, and maintenance. We also offer training for qualified individuals who are seeking health coaching jobs and careers. Health Coach training and certification lights up our lives as it lightens the burden of hopelessness and disease caused by poor habits and obesity in America.  Click Here to learn more.  

Call 503-313-4820 or E-mail me today ... just put, "I'm Ready!" in the subject line.


Friday, July 18, 2014

Failure IS an Option!

I hate to fail ... but we've all done it a million times ...
On the other hand, I love getting back up, resetting my compass, and feeling the resilience, the bounce, as I go for it again!

Currently, we've added a new puppy to our household ... he "fails" to make it up the steps repeatedly but that doesn't seem to cause him any unhappiness.  In fact, each time he "fails," he gives a bark and goes at it again.  I'm focusing on being like the puppy, setting my sights on what I want, and going for it every day! 

This is an excerpt from Barry Motz's book, Bounce:
Failure thus can be viewed as an escape hatch for each step. Finding out what doesn’t work is as important as finding out what does — and there is no doubt that failure teaches us what doesn’t work. When we fail, we have eliminated at least one of the possibilities. Failure actually can be very cleansing. It gives us the ability to start anew with a modified or entirely new direction or outlook that has a new opportunity (and probability) for success. The moment we jettison what happened, we have a fresh chance to succeed (or to fail). We can get moving once again and begin a new streak.
Health Coach Resource provides health and wellness coaching for individuals, families, and employee groups.  We guide clients through our medically directed program of rapid weight loss, transition, and maintenance. We also offer training for qualified individuals who are seeking health coaching jobs and careers. Health Coach training and certification lights up our lives as it lightens the burden of hopelessness and disease caused by poor habits and obesity in America.  Click Here to learn more. 

Call 503-313-4820 or E-mail me today ... just put, "I'm Ready!" in the subject line! Polly@HealthCoachResource.com

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Can Drawing Help Me Reach My Goals?


Question: Can the act of doing simple line drawings help us follow the program, reach our health goals, and live the "BeSlim" lifestyle? YES!!!!!

Announcement:  I have a new skill to help us reach and keep our improved health. We've been using the Structural Tension Chart and I've learned the power of doing the chart using simple line drawings. Call me! Let's do this together!!

As many of you know, Greg and I are five years slim ... reaching the goals in the spring of 2009 wasn't as difficult as I thought it would be. The Take Shape Program is incredible and our coaches have been wonderful. The ongoing challenge has been revising life-long eating habits and staying slim! (Thank goodness for Dr Andersen!) And part of the joy has been the privilege of helping others do the same.

Since drawing these pictures, I've felt more confident in my eating patterns. The temptation to grab and eat every chip in sight has subsided and I've put my scale away. I can hardly wait to hear how this process might benefit you too. 

Request: Since you have also decided to reinvent yourself, I have a special request ... get a scrap of paper (do it right now before you have a chance to talk yourself out of it!) and do a line drawing of your Current Reality and your Desired New Reality.  In between the drawings, list three bold action steps you can do today to help you make the shift. Snap a photo of your drawing and send it to me by text or email. I can't wait to see your "Health Transformation" art!

For more inspiration: Check out the work of Patti Dobrowolski, Drawing Solutions. Her work has inspired me to to explore how simple drawings can reveal deep issues, solidify goals and help us heal from old wounds.

Health Coach Resource provides health and wellness coaching for individuals, families, and employee groups.  We guide clients through our medically directed program of rapid weight loss, transition, and maintenance. We also offer training for qualified individuals who are seeking health coaching jobs and careers. Health Coach training and certification lights up our lives as it lightens the burden of hopelessness and disease caused by poor habits and obesity in America.  Click Here to learn more. 

Call 503-313-4820 or E-mail me today ... just put, "I'm Ready!” in the subject line!  Polly@HealthCoachResource.com.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

What's Good with You?

Good Morning Take Shapers,
If being a Health Coach was a "regular job," I'd just want to hear about how your dietary efforts were going ... that and the referrals are what keep me in business.  However, this is not a regular job! It's a long term relationship and that means I'm looking forward to hearing how you are, what you're up to, and what life changes you are seeing since making the decision to improve your health!

As I follow my personal path to improve my health and coaching skills, deepen my understanding and expand core happiness, I've run across some incredible teachers and guides. Recently, I was at a coaching presentation with Patti Dobrowolski who explained how doing simple drawings of your "Current Reality" and "Desired Results" is even more powerful than making a written list. I'd love to explore these techniques with you if you are interested. The basics can be found in part one of  Dr A's Habits of Health, chapter 11 in Discover Your Optimal Health, and throughout Robert Fritz' Path of Least Resistance,  Adding the element of very simple drawings engages the right side of our brain and make our goals clearer, and more sustainable. 

The quotes today are all from clients and coaches who, once they figured out how to set positive changes in motion for their health, began using the same skills to make positive changes in their lives. 

I let go of a number of relationships that were dragging me into chronic gloom, gossip, and self doubt. I feel so much happier, positive, and capable! My body is less burdened and so is my mind and spirit!
 
My desk is clean and orderly - who would have thought it possible? (She sent me a before and after of her work space!)
 
The past two years have been amazing, I accepted the fact that I'm an artist and that I want to focus the rest of my life creating beautiful works and collaborating with other artists.
 
My kids are so important to me - as I've come face to face with my carboholic-ism, I've been feeding my whole family better!
 
I'm "All In!"

So, What's Good with You today??? 
Check-in and let me know how you're doing on program, what changes you are seeing and making, and who else we can help!!!

Happy Memorial Day!! Here's my note from Memorial Day last year - did you see it?

Health Coach Resource provides health and wellness coaching for individuals, families, and employee groups.  We guide clients through our medically directed program of rapid weight loss, transition, and maintenance. We also offer training for qualified individuals who are seeking health coaching jobs and careers. Health Coach training and certification lights up our lives as it lightens the burden of hopelessness and disease caused by poor habits and obesity in America.  Click Here to learn more. 

Call 503-313-4820 or E-mail me today ... just put, "I'm Ready!" in the subject line! Polly@HealthCoachResource.com.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Finding and Staying in Balance!

Developing and maintaining a sense of balance continues to be a challenge for me ... you too? Of course, it all begins in utero as we float to the rhythmic heart beat of our mothers but then, we run out of space and get shoved out! In a twinkling of an eye, we figure out how to cruise our domain then walk, run then dance, ride a bike then ski and kayak, etc. Eventually, good balance keeps us from falling over as we age ever so gracefully!
Michael Grab's art and meditation.

The emotional balancing act is a bit more subtle and tricky ... thankfully, relationships help me stay poised and stable even when the earth seems to shake, winds are relentless, and I feel overwhelmed or "beside myself!" 

The work of Michael Grab offers an inspiring example of how to illustrate our desperate need for balance tangible! How do you keep your composure and stay in balance??? 

Check this out! It Rocks

"Michael Grab has mastered the art of stone balancing. He explains how he does it. “The most fundamental element of balancing in a physical sense is finding some kind of “tripod” for the rock to stand on. Every rock is covered in a variety of tiny to large indentations that can act as a tripod for the rock to stand upright, or in most orientations you can think of with other rocks. By paying close attention to the feeling of the rocks, you will start to feel even the smallest clicks as the notches of the rocks in contact are moving over one another. In the finer point balances, these clicks can be felt on a scale smaller than millimeters. Some point balances will give the illusion of weightlessness as the rocks look to be barely touching. Parallel to the physical element of finding tripods, the most fundamental non-physical element is harder to explain through words. In a nutshell, I am referring to meditation, or finding a zero point or silence within yourself. Some balances can apply significant pressure on your mind and your patience. The challenge is overcoming any doubt that may arise.”

Health Coach Resource provides health and wellness coaching for individuals, families, and employee groups.  We guide clients through our medically directed program of rapid weight loss, transition, and maintenance. We also offer training for qualified individuals who are seeking health coaching jobs and careers. Health Coach training and certification lights up our lives as it lightens the burden of hopelessness and disease caused by poor habits and obesity in America.  Click Here to learn more. 
Call 503-313-4820 or E-mail me today ... just put, "I'm Ready! in the subject line! Polly@HealthCoachResource.com.