Saturday, March 28, 2015

Can I do "This" for the Joy of it???

Good Morning Fellow Take Shapers
My question for the week is: Why don't we just make the necessary life-style changes for the pure joy of it? 

Most of us are highly motivated by fear and desire. They drive us to make changes, but what if we focused on the fun? What happens when we focus on those aspects of a healthy life-style that really support us long term? This is what I'd like to explore! I want to hear from you about falling in love with healthy foods, dancing, laughing and cheerfulness! 
I had an interesting conversation last week with a dear friend ... we were discussing "Success." It's interesting to me that we often kick ourselves or discount what we've done so far. We continually worry about our future. This keeps us in the mundane and "There's always something bad about to happen" space. ​This is miserly thinking, stinking thinking. We are afraid our luck will run out and that we might "over spend" our direct line to spiritual abundance!

So, let's continually redefine success and congratulate ourselves for every positive step. When we are happy, we can use the tools (like the Medifast 5&1 Program) with more confidence and comfort. We achieve our goals more quickly and are able to maintain our new-found health with ease. 

I'm attaching Amanda's "Before and After" as a reminder of what fun looks like - fun is to feel good and be able to connect and play with those we love!

I hope this weekly note is fun and helpful - I really enjoy the replies, appreciate the referrals, and am grateful for your business! 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

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Ready for Spring?

Good Morning!
I'm working with a program called, The Artist's Way and am looking at how my personal perceptions and feelings have changed and continue to change. I'm surprised to find the many little sorrows that I've been hanging on to and the many wonderful achievements I haven't been acknowledging. This personal work is right in line with the experience of Springtime - a time to de-clutter and reassess, let go of old STUFF and welcome the new. 

In addition to excitement and curiosity, this process involves a little bit of angst and grieving. Sometimes I feel a little lost, like: "If I'm not who I was and am not sure who I am becoming, then, Who Am I Now??? ... "

How about you? Here's one of my favorite passages in the The Artist's Way:
​As we clarify our perceptions, we lose our misconceptions. As we eliminate ambiguity, we lose illusion as well. We arrive at clarity, and clarity creates change.
 
I'm grateful that the Take Shape program and weight-loss experience has worked so well for me and many others ... I know that the "old" me always wants to return to old habits and an old chubby self. But Been that, Done there! 

Are you ready for Spring? Are you ready to take the next steps in your inner and outer rejuvenation and transformation? Send me photos - It helps all of us stay committed!!!

Check-in often, let's do it together!

Here are the questions from last week:
​What are your bench marks?
How will you know when you get there?
What do you do to celebrate your successes?​
How do you keep it light, playful, and fun?​

In Joy and Gratitude! 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, March 7, 2015

Health For A Lifetime: Pastor Jason's Story


Paster Jason
Congratulations Jason and family!

Pastor Jason has not only discovered health, but has reclaimed his life and what matters most to him. He says, "Over the last several months I have been on an incredible journey to reclaim my health! 

It really began in the summer of 2014. I had a wake up call that included a tumor and the potential for the dreaded "C" word, cancer. Thankfully it turned out there was no cancer. It did awaken me to the need to make positive and intentional changes to my lifestyle.

After searching for several months, I discovered a total health program that really worked for me. Since mid October, 2014 I have lost over 60 lbs! It is an amazing feeling to help coach my son's wrestling team without being out of breath. 

I know there are many people in the same boat as I was and I really have a desire to lend a helping hand in helping them rediscover what health means for a lifetime!"

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

Sunday, March 1, 2015

There's a Quiet Place of No Words

Greg and Katy in deep conversation!
In Start With Why, Simon Sinek describes the place deep inside each of us that is called the "Limbic Brain." It's a place of feelings where decisions are made and actions take root.  This place is referred to when we say, "I knew it in my gut," or "I felt it in my heart." It's also the place we go to when we sit quietly and turn off the negative self-talk. We go there when we meditate and pray, when we laugh and smile. We feel it when we hug a returning loved one, cradle a sleeping child, or help a stranded stranger find her car in a snowy parking lot. It's a place of "knowing" everything will be ok.

This feeling center, that has no words, is also vulnerable. It can get drowned out by the noise and demands of the "Season." Many experience vague feelings of guilt - it seems that we've never done, given, or been quite "enough!" The marketing companies love this! Those media experts, news choosers, non-nourishing, too-fast-food-pushers, and toy makers are aiming their messages directly at our not-so-logical feeling center.  They encourage us to "make memories" with expensive cameras and gifts, "show her you love her" with jewelry we can't afford, and "make this the greatest holiday ever" by purchasing lovable stuffed toys and action warriors. Then we can celebrate and numb our feeling center further with "spirits" of specialty beers and wine!

Whew! It's time to slow down, regroup, recenter, re-focus, get a grip, touch base and re-charge! Revisit this core, feeling center again and again. Breath in and out deeply. Choose to be mindfully in the present moment and ridiculously happy. Everyone benefits when we take care of ourselves and consistently do, give, and be our best.

The next step is to create the vision of the results you want to bring into being. More on that later this week. For more information on the Habits of Health and the support Take Shape for Life can offer, go to www.HealthCoachResource.TSFL.com. And, don't let anyone mess with your Limbic Brain!


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, February 21, 2015

How Do I Feel About Success?

16 pounds made a real difference!
Good Morning Take Shapers!
Heads Up! A new Health Challenge is fixin' to begin on March 1st! Click Here to check it out and get started!!!

Last week, I suggested we define "Success." We all know that when a goal is well defined, it's easier to aim at and achieve. Some cool responses came in! Here are my Favorite Quotes:

How do you define success?

Success is when I stay centered and don't allow myself to overindulge ... I'm in maintenance and haven't always found it easy to keep the pounds from sneaking back on. Currently, I'm tracking my habits, watching for the moments when I'm most likely to fall off my wagon. I've been keeping a small notebook on my kitchen counter and recording what I eat after 5pm each day ... It seems that I eat normally throughout the day until it's time to fix dinner! Knowing what's throwing me off has been really helpful in keeping me mindful, satisfied, happy and trim.
​How do you know you are on the right track?
(From a client who is down 37 pounds and has a bit more to go) I know I'm on track when I set out my Medifast meals for the day and smile with gratitude!!! I love feeling the fat melt off me! I love it that I just make ONE decision each morning and evening - it's the decision to stay true to the program and feel it work for me!!

What are your daily, weekly, monthly, and annual desired achievements? I made a list of all the things I've been successful at in my life - I've done lots of cool things but being healthy hasn't been one of them. So, I asked myself how I could use the "Decide, Focus, and Get-er-done" tactics I've used so successfully in the past ... it's working!!! (Down 17 pounds to date)

What are the Baby Steps that need to be taken every day?You know this one! I call you!! Thanks for helping me - once we broke it down, I wasn't so overwhelmed ... I can do this!! (Down 56 pounds, stalled, regained 8, back on program!)

Share the thoughts that come to YOUR mind! The remaining questions on last week's list are:
  • What are your bench marks?
  • How will you know when you get there?
  • What do you do to celebrate your successes?​
  • How do you keep it light, playful, and fun?
​Most of you know my story, my sweetheart, Greg, was dangerously obese and I had tried for years and years to get and stay slim. Teaming up with Take Shape for Life changed our lives! Be sure to check out Dr Andersen's Blog - there's soooo much good info here!

Finally, take a look at the two photos of me - you can see how I feel about success by the look in my eyes!​ I have coaching call time slots open on Mondays and Wednesdays - let me know if you want one of them. Check in over the weekend - I can't wait to get your updates!

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

Friday, February 13, 2015

How Do You Define Success?

Last week I was looking at "Recidivism" and how to re-define "Failure." I received several replies. It's fun to see how readily we can adjust our concepts and take good care of ourselves without making excuses or being in denial. Many breathed a sigh of relief that they weren't being judged and were free to fall down and pick themselves up as often as necessary! This isn't about dieting and weight loss ... it's about gaining good health in every way!

This week, I'd like to encourage you to define "Success." 
  • How do you define success?
  • What does it look like to you personally, in this moment?
  • ​How do you know you are on the right track?
  • What are your daily, weekly, monthly, and annual desired achievements?
  • What are the Baby Steps that need to be taken every day?
  • What are your bench marks?
  • How will you know when you get there?
  • What do you do to celebrate your successes?​
  • How do you keep it light, playful, and fun?
Share the answer just one of those questions ... it will be fun to see what you come up with!

The only "Bad" thing to do is to do nothing! Making a mistake, falling off your wagon, refusing to learn or continue towards your goals - these are the true errors. Thankfully, we have chosen to do this together!!! Call me, check-in, click REPLY, text, or whistle loudly - let's stay connected!

My favorite book of the week is The Gift of Imperfection by Brene Brown ... check out her Reader Worksheet and Book Club Guide.

Click Here for more motivational quotes - have a favorite you'd like to share??? 

Thanks for your referrals and have a great week! 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, February 10, 2015

A Mayonnaise Jar and Two Cups of Coffee


I've heard several versions of this story and never tire of it!

"A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with an unanimous "yes."

The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.

"Now," said the professor as the laughter subsided, "I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things--your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions--and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.  The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car.

The sand is everything else--the small stuff. "If you put the sand into the jar first," he continued, "there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.

"Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal. Take care of the golf balls first--the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand."

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented. The professor smiled. "I'm glad you asked.  It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend."


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

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