Tuesday, July 31, 2012

I ate cookies ... a whole bag of them!

Journaling and sharing experiences has been proven to be one of the most effective ways to address and change habits ... it's all part of the process of getting to know ourselves, then caring for ourselves, and consistently supporting ourselves to becoming who we are meant to be - vibrant, happy, productive, and loving people.  Loving and accepting others can begin with loving and accepting ourselves.  Enjoy the tender journal entry by "ShrinkingLuLu!"

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Nashville Takes Action

In the southern United States obesity rates are running at some of the highest levels in the Nation.  In this "Weight of the Nation" segment, we take a look at what one community, Nashville, is doing to battle this epidemic.  Whether on a personal or community level if we do not make the decision to take action, obesity will destroy us.  Let us stand together, support each other as individuals and take collective community action towards better health for all.  Heath Coach Resource is here to support you in your efforts to make a difference.  Contact us today for information on how to get started on the path towards greater health.

HBO recently released a new series entitled "The Weight of the Nation."  HBO is offering this presentation to anyone that wants to take action to help reverse this epidemic which is crippling our nation and the world.  Over the summer Health Coach Resource will be sharing short sections of this series as well as hosting a community showing and discussion this fall.  This is a message that needs to be shared everywhere, so please go online to http://theweightofthenation.hbo.com/ and share with your friends and community.  Take action for better health now ... don't hesitate, contact us today!

Friday, July 27, 2012

The Virtue of Creativity

Creativity is Power 
Creativity is the power of imagination. And it has been said
that anything we can imagine is possible. When we channel our creative powers towards any positive outcome that our heart desires, we can set a new course for ourselves in life.  What is a challenge in your life right now that could use a creative solution? 

Imagine the power of creating health in your life.  With a sense of purpose and the right tools you too can create a healthier life.
Though many of us use weight loss as an indicator for success, losing weight can be done in many ways and, sadly, is often a temporary achievement.  

At Health Coach Resource, we are focused on sustainable changes.  Using our
System, we create new habits that lead to lasting wellness and vitality.  So, be creative with us ... Let's re-invent ourselves together and create a healthier, happier life!  Call us at 503-313-4820 for free consultation ... let's get you started now!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Is there a Science to Procrastination?

Sometimes I feel scattered and can't get focused ... on those days, no matter how hard I try, getting anything on my priorty list done is illusive.  It's times like this that I clean out my purse, wash a load of clothes, and call a friend and end up chatting for an hour or two.  This helpful article came across my radar screen and I think you may like it too.  It recommends a book by Dr Piers Steel called The Procrastination Equation.  It looks like a good read ... as soon as I wash the dog, I'll put in an order ... 

The Science of Procrastination and How You Can Use It to Change Your Life

Decode the truth about procrastination and learn what you can do about it ... By Wee Peng Ho

If you ever wonder why you keep putting off things that you should be doing, like exercising, eating healthily and working on that pile of month-long paperwork, this post may offer the clarity and help you’ve been looking for.   Click here to read more!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Engaged in a Personal Wellness Revolution!

We are engaged in a Wellness Revolution - a very personal Stand Against the Status Quo Rebellion!

Of course, we could just accept the frustration of the status quo.  Though the news, tabloids and common sense tell us that rates of "Diabetsity" (Diabetes and Obesity) will continue to double exponentially, there's no mention of how the dollars spent on the epidemic fuel our economy - many industries benefit from our unhealthy state and established habits including fast food chains, agricultural giants, pharmaceuticals, sickcare systems, hospitals, dialysis units, furniture makers, medical supply and equipment makers.  If we as a society decide to get and stay on the trail to better health, these industries will suffer because we aren't.

According to Simon Sinek, author of "Start With Why," people and organizations use several tactics to get us to change or buy something.  He refers to these tactics as "carrots and sticks."  The tactics include manipulation, sales, promotions, fear, aspirational messages, peer pressure, and novel gimmickry.  (By the way, the $50 "incentive" I've been offering for referrals through 12/24 fits right in there ... reading his material has helped me realized that this promotion is a bit manipulative and a little embarrassing!)  You can learn more about Simon and his approach by going to a talk he gave.  This is one of my all time favorite talks!  http://www.ted.com/talks/simon_sinek_how_great_leaders_inspire_action.html.

Finally, there are 10,000 TSFL Health Coaches in the US ... Thank you for choosing Greg and I!  Please remember us to those dear to you.  We want to connect with them, hear their stories, help them join you on your journey, and have success!  Together we can win this Revolution!!  Polly

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Self-Discipline & Well Being

Self-discipline is key to well-being ???
"Being healthy in the modern world can be very hard for us and in affluent countries we all eat too much! Restaurants give us enormous portions; one portion today would have fed three people 30 years ago. Supermarkets now offer unimaginable temptation designed to encourage you to buy far more food than you need and we can all easily end up over-fed." Src: Arab News 

While I agree  with the above paragraph I wonder about the word “Self-discipline” in the title.   If you read any authors such as Robert Fritz you will understand that the difference between self-discipline and self-determination is subtle but profound. When we try to use will power to overcome something, we are continually locked in a battle with what we don't want.  In order to have lasting change we must be creative and determine what it is we do want.  We have to ask, what do we want our lives to look like and then, work towards that goal. 

Fritz uses the terms "structural conflict" and “structural tension" to describe these two models.  Structural conflict or will power manipulation bounces you back and forth in the arena of what you do not want.  Structural tension on the other hand uses the creative process to move you towards that vision of what you do want to create in your life.  The paradigm shift is tremendous.

For information on how to create “Structural Tension” that propels you towards a goal of health and well being, contact us!  We offer much more than weight loss ... We are committed to coaching you to "Take Shape for Life!"  Call us today for information on our proven Program.  We'll get you started and help you succeed. ... What have you got to lose???

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Is Excess Weight Something We Inherit?

"The Weight of the Nation" asks several questions in this section.  Is the tendency to gain weight and become obese something we inherit?  Yes.  Is weight gain or weight loss about lifestyle choices?  Yes.  Henry Ford said, "Whether you believe you can, or believe you can't, you are right."  Though many of us have felt helpless when it comes to our body size, we don't have to stay "stuck."

The individuals on our team of Health Coaches have "Been That" and are "Done there!"  We're committed to helping anyone who wants to join us on the journey to better health! 

HBO recently released a new series entitled "The Weight of the Nation."  HBO is offering this presentation to anyone that wants to take action to help reverse this epidemic which is crippling our nation and the world.  Over the summer Health Coach Resource will be sharing short sections of this series as well as hosting a community showing and discussion this fall.  This is a message that needs to be shared everywhere, so please go online to 
http://theweightofthenation.hbo.com/ and share with your friends and community.  Take action for better health now ... don't hesitate, contact us today!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Coping with Body Image Now!

New chairs to accommodate our expansion ...
How do we maneuver through an "obesigenic" world, bombarded by fat-food, grab and go goodies vs the unspoken standard that insists only stick thin models are beautiful?  We hope our blog is helpful as we look at these issues, problems, solutions, and commit to building a healthier, happier world.

Given that obesity is being recognized as an epidemic, how do we cope NOW?  When we are carrying excess weight, the feeling of heaviness come from many sources. Clients report that their pants feel tight, knees are painful, and chairs seem rickety ... We see our reflections in mirrors, windows, and in someone's glance ... We hear our slim friends complain about their weight, our gorgeous kids say, "I'm fat, I'm ugly," and we hear our own inner, negative self-talk.  And, we cannot ignore the data, our lab reports, or our doctor's dire warnings.  So, we must make informed decisions, gird up our courage to move forward, find support, and care for ourselves gently along the way.

We are here to help!  Contact us when you're ready to re-invent yourself and want a health coach to provide guidance, accountability, and encouragement.  Here's a recent article from Spark People on boosting your body image. Click here to read more and let me know what you think ... whats working for you?  Polly.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Monday's Note for July 16-22

Good Morning Happy Slimmers!
Summer is in full swing - time for vacations, company, travel, entertaining, and movement!
With all this activity and potential distraction going on, what are the key thoughts/habits to help you keep on track?

Check out Chapter 12 in Dr A's Habits of Health ... we have each made the decision to re-invent ourselves and we have everything we need to continue going forward.  Each of us has:
  • A "Vision" of what it will look like, feel like, be like as we slim down and gain health
  • Support from your very own coach and the entire team 
  • A system of nourishing / fueling our bodies every three hours
  • A growing understanding of how to keep our "Insulin Switch" Turned OFF! 
  • A new freedom of movement as we burn through each heavy, toxic pound ... methodically and patiently
  • Motivation, tangible evidence that the weight loss Program works (Oh Hurray!!!), momentum, and a passion for vitality and well-being is every area of our lives
If you haven't watched the new short videos in the last week or so, watch them again now and think about how you might like to document your own story!  Please send me ideas!  
Favorite Quotes of the Week:
We can see major changes in how we look and certainly how we feel almost daily. When I tried on a pair of jeans today, it finally hit home. I have dropped from a very tight 50" waist to a snug 44". I was stunned, to say the least, even though I knew I've dropped 6" in belt notches....I guess it just never registered until today.
(My wife) has dropped so much weight that the clothes she was saving for such a time are too large and she's been having a great time passing them on to her cousins!  I guess what I'm saying is that the weekly numbers are great, but the feeling of having power over food and eating habits is the greatest!

I'm down 20 pounds so far!  Oh and I got a manicure yesterday to celebrate me being on plan for another week ...  With my schedule, pre-planning and organization are vital to success.  I have found that on my day off it is easiest to plan my meals for the whole coming week but also to pull the items out for each day and wrap them with a rubber band and a post it that says what day the meals are for and what times to eat that day. 

Greg has been making a wonderful "Bruised Kale" Salad ... I'll get him to post it later today.

If you've been camping (or are planning to go camping soon) please write me back and tell me how you stayed on program during your adventures!  What tips would you like to pass along ... what are the pit falls and temptations that you encountered?  How would you coach someone who's planning a trip or hike into the wilds???

I'm headed to Washington DC for the annual TSFL conference and I'm sooooo excited!  I'll post something each day about my experience and what I'm learning. 

it's not about:
 "How can I lose weight?  It's all about gaining new habits for a life time of better health and vitality!!!!  Have a GREAT week!  Polly.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Using an understanding of Personality Styles ...

Recently, a long-time client of mine complained that she's fallen on and off the wagon numerous times.  She's taken off a substantial amount of weight but has a ways to go and can't seem to muster the motivation to make additional progress towards her goals.

We discussed the possibility that she may have to have additional knee surgery if she continues at her current weight and agreed that a few photos might help. Helping a client "paint the picture" is one effective way of helping an individual make the little choices that contribute to daily habits and eventually result in the big changes they desire.

When coaching clients, it's helpful to consider their personality and decision making style.  If, as their Health Coach, we can adjust our speed, cadence, and approach to the client's, the lines of communication can be opened with more ease.  Communication leads to understanding, empathy, and effective intervention. There are a number of ways to do this, here's my favorite resources at the moment - please share yours!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Habits of "Dis-Ease" are hard to spot ...

The "Habits of Dis-Ease" aren't always easy to spot ... they seem tiny and insignificant.  Like a slice of pie, a helping of Aunt Susie's potato salad, or nightly popcorn with butter while watching TV ... the habits of disease have become part of our normal lives.  Habits of "dis-ease" get confused with habits of "ease." We love the ease in which that bite of pie fits on the fork, awakens the palate and slides down with a cup of tea and chat with a friend.  We like the "ease" that comes with complementing Aunt Susie by having a second helping of her famous salad.  And, we love the "ease" of putting our feet up with a whole bowl of hot, aromatic popcorn ... it's supposed to be a "healthy snack" right? Wrong!!!

Let's delete the habits of disease and establish the Habits of Health together, Contact us and we'll make a plan together!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Need a Coach?

There are all kinds of coaches - coaches for baseball, and other sports, coaches for acting and math, coaches for careers and life!  We are "Health Coaches" and we chose this new profession because the crisis of ill health - much of it being driven by the obesity epidemic - is completely out of control!  We can't rely on physicians, pills, potions, and surgery to create a world of wellness ... Wellness is a personal responsibility and we must chose it for the vitality of ourselves and our families.

Challenge: Surprise your doctor at your next annual visit with your good health!  Call us and let's make a plan to delete the habits of disease and implement the habits of health as soon as possible!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Healthy Foods and Obesity

There should not be foods that nourish and foods that take away health, but there are.  "Weight of the Nation" examines the link between the food we eat and the increasing incidence of disease and obesity.  Choosing nutritionally dense meals may not always be easy in the society in which we live today.  However, understanding and consuming healthy foods will lead to weight normalization and health improvement.

Our team of Health Coaches is committed to helping clients, friends, and communities prevent obesity, lose excess weight, and improve our collective health, well-being, and productivity.

HBO recently released a new series entitled "The Weight of the Nation."  HBO is offering this presentation to anyone that wants to take action to help reverse this epidemic which is crippling our nation and the world.  Over the summer Health Coach Resource will be sharing short sections of this series as well as hosting a community showing and discussion this fall.  This is a message that needs to be shared everywhere, so please go online to http://theweightofthenation.hbo.com/ and share with your friends and community.  Take action for better health now ... don't hesitate, contact us today!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Success Begins with Happiness!

Note to Self: Success begins with Happiness, not the other way around!

Working on a Saturday could be a real drag except that it means connecting and feeling so inspired hearing your stories!

Here's a little "gift" that a friend passed on to me this morning:
Happy Secret to Better Work on Ted Talks with Shawn Achor.

Click it quickly before you decide that you already know everything you need to know about happiness ... this changes everything! (Thanks Jan!)

Friday, July 13, 2012

"It's changing my life!"

"This is changing my whole life!"

Being on Program is not just about losing weight ... it's about finding our selves, conquering our cravings, and getting on a path to a sustainable future of happiness and health!

Call us today, we'll be happy to be your personal Health Coach and get you on a plan to success!!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Digging a Vegetarian Diet

Plant-Based Eating Can Reap Rewards
Vegetarians miss out on lots of foods. No grilled burgers or franks at picnics. No holiday turkey or fries cooked in animal fat. Strict vegetarians may even forego honey made by bees. But vegetarians also tend to miss out on major health problems that plague many Americans. They generally live longer than the rest of us, and they’re more likely to bypass heart-related and other ailments.

The fact is, eating a more plant-based diet can boost your health, whether you’re a vegetarian or not.
What is it about the vegetarian lifestyle that can protect your health? And are there risks to being vegetarian? NIH-funded researchers are looking for answers. They’re exploring the many ways that diet and other factors affect our health.

As Greg and I continue the Transition and Maintenance process, we've come to appreciate recipes and foods based on vegetables more than we could have imagined when we started this journey 3+ years ago.   It's not just about losing weight, it's really about having a Plan for getting well and staying healthy for a life-time.  Thankfully, we linked up with our TSFL Health Coach ... thankfully, we decided to reach out to others.  This has kept us accountable and brought us personal joy as we help others lose weight and gain health too!  

When do you want to get started?  Give us a call today.  Our coaching is complimentary when you get on the Program!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Knee Pain and Weight

One of the most effective ways to reduce knee pain, as we get older, is reduce that excess weight we tend to accumulate over the years.  A recent article in Reuters Health News found that loosing weight for obese individuals may not make the  knee pain go away, but can decrease and make the pain much more manageable, giving those who suffer, a better quality of life.

Even if surgery may be required to fix those aching knees, getting that excess weight off will insure a better prospect of successful  recovery.  Having coached many clients that have been to see their orthopedic surgeon, Health Coach Resource is here to assist you.  We know it not only shedding those excess pounds.  As health coaches, we assist our clients to develop a lifestyle that will promote well being.  We are here to help, when you are ready to start.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Monday's Note, 07/09/12

Good Morning!
Check-ins and connections have come in all weekend and I'm really grateful to be on this journey to better health with you!

Greg posted a note Thursday on supporting each other and celebrating each victory ... occasionally  the victories are big ones, but most times they are the small, day by day, stepping stone variety ... all the baby-steps, headed in the right direction are worth sharing and celebrating! You'll also want to watch a "bonus short" from the documentary on Weight of the Nation on "Poverty and Stigma."

We know that what you are doing, by attending to your personal health, burning through accumulated fat stores, and resetting your body size, is highly unusual!  In addition, we are all part of a health reform movement that can actually make a tangible difference in the lives and happiness of many, many people!  Good Work!!!!

Recipes: I just made a batch of muffins and a batch of brownies.  I put them in the freezer and will pull a couple out each morning for breakfast.  Send me your favorites!!  I'd like to post them in our web/blog site.

Studying the Habits of Health: A small group of us have been moving through Dr A's Habits of Health together.  We are on chapter 13 which focuses on movement and burning more calories "inside and out." Click here to read more.

Tip for the week:
  Drink your water and get plenty of sleep!  We need lots of both to process the remnants of the spent fuel.  This process was evident when a client weighed very early in the morning and emailed me to say he was "only"  .3 pounds down in a week.  He wrote:  

After I emailed you earlier today, I went back to bed and slept for about 3 1/2 hours, then got up had my breakfast.  I then weighed just before I got into the shower, and my weight was ...  DOWN 1.8 from last week.  Not believing this, I did it three more times ... So I am down almost 2 lbs from last week.  Who says you can not lose weight when you sleep?  

Of course, no one recommends weighing frequently but it's rewarding to see your body respond to the program with ease!  Speaking of ease, read on!

Favorite Quotes of the Week:

I'm down the first 10# like you said I would be ... can it really be this easy???  What a relief!!!

Our branch manager treated all the staff with pizza this afternoon ... I really enjoyed smell and was really surprised that I didn’t want it!  Usually, I'm the first one in line!  I'm so surprised that that I wasn't feeling the old cravings ... in the past, I'd eat too much, become itchie with hives and have to stay close to the bathroom if you know what I mean.  It seems that for my whole life, I was always fighting the cravings.  Now I understand that the starches and white flour were messing with my blood sugar, releasing insulin, and driving the cravings!   I'm loving this program and am feeling very protective of this new feeling ... It's so nice and I'm very grateful.  I feel calm and I'm thinking clearly ... I know I’ll be able to move steadily towards my goals! 

OK, Check in and keep the updates coming!  Let me know who you are reaching out to.  Remember, it's not all about losing weight, it's about gaining health!  Together, we can help a lot of people live longer, happier lives! Polly. 

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Celebrate the Victories. Go For It!!

Robert Fritz tells us that..."One way to support your creative process is to support the creative process of others.  Root for them, wish for their success, celebrate their victories, empathize with their setbacks, and egg them on." 

There is joy, sometimes there is pain and there is always something that we are learning.  This is life and the more we encourage and support each other, the easier it will be to make it through those tough times and the more we will enjoy those milestones when reaching goals.  Always feel free to contact us for support or questions and allow us to help celebrate your victories.  Polly and Greg, along with the rest of the Health Coach Resource team, are on your side.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

"Forks Over Knives," The Choice is Yours.

Click here to see the trailer!
This promotion of the documentary, Forks Over Knives came across my desk this morning.  Even if you do not choose to be a vegetarian or vegan, the message still applies.  

Dr Anderson, in his book on the
Habits of Health, says that we have to "stop, challenge and choose."  What we choose to put, or not put, in our mouths does make a difference.  Think about the choices you have made and how they've contributed to your current circumstance.  What serves you?  What harms you?

Remember, we have the ability to make a different choice right now!  Call us, we can help you make a plan to get you where you want to go!! 

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Care for yourself so you can care for others well ...

Sometimes it’s important to be a little selfish … you know how the airline steward tells us to put our own mask on first?  Deciding to nourish your body and make joyful movement a priority is in the same category. It can feel selfish. 
In reality, caring for ourselves well, means we can care for those we love better. When we take good care of ourselves, we can perform our jobs with more stamina, think more clearly, feel more self confidence, experience less depression, have less pain, and use fewer medications.  Congratulations!

We have two new, short videos that you might enjoy.  The first is on the Program, and the second is on Coaching.  Like an Oxygen mask, a picture and story can save a life or two … perhaps a nation!  

Should I Avoid Fruit during Weight Loss?

It depends on what kind of program you are following.  I am such a "Nuts and Berries" person that understanding why I needed to avoid fruits and berries during my weight loss experience was difficult.  If you are doing a a calorie deprivation plan, fruits are a good choice.  They are filling and very nutritious.  If you are using a fat-burning program, fruits, because of their high carbohydrate content, are avoided temporarily as you tap into, use and burn through your own stored fats.  Click here to read more on fat-burning and Click here to learn more about our program of weight loss and health gain.  Contact me today to get started!!!