Sunday, February 23, 2014

Check-in Time!

Good Morning Purposeful Transformers!
I've really enjoyed the check-ins recently!! 
As a coach, I resist the urge to "chase" clients ... this means, when you're struggling and celebrating, I'm not going to know about it unless you call, text, or email me!  Since I try not to chase, I may never generate stock piles in the bank, but I am wealthy beyond belief as relationships and connections flourish! My business grows due to your success, determination, transformation, and referrals!!! Check-in often and whenever needed.

Medifast is offering $40 off their popular Variety Packs through March 2nd!!! Let me know if you need help getting your order in. Of course, you can always call Client Services for assistance if I'm not available, 1-800-572-4417.

This week's Question: What sweet surprise made you want to pinch yourself this week? 

Last week I asked, What made you laugh?!? Here are three of my favorite replies:
I'm almost 70 and I went out and refereed five basketball games for LEST. (Can you picture this??? DJ started out with us carrying over 100 pounds of stored fuel ... he shared that he felt like he was dying under the weight. Now, he just refereed FIVE basket ball games!!! Good work!!) 
 
The most amazing thing happened on Saturday!  I decided to open a birth center in Las Cruces on March 1.  Life is changing by the moment ... I'm so excited that I forgot to breath! (This is from Katia, another incredibly determined Takeshaper who has shed over 100 pounds!)
 
I strained my back stepping off my porch (not funny!) However, I am not/will not give up. It may take me longer to get there but then the rewards earned with be that much more cherished! (So right!!!)

Be sure to check out my blog and facebook posts ... make comments, make connections!!!!  

So, have a good week, keep track of happy, wealthy moments ... Like you, I'm so surprised that I just want to pinch myself! Together, we are doing something that thousands yearn for and few people actually get to do, we are taking shape and transforming ... one baby step, one habit, and one friendship at a time!
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, February 22, 2014

Asking for help and finding role models

Asking for help and finding effective resources isn't easy!  So many people love to give unsolicited advice and some just hunger to share their story. Sometimes it's scary to ask the "real" questions underneath the polite questions. 

One source of authentic, bluntly delivered, and effective info on the process and experience of rapid weight loss can be found in Freya Taylor's lovely book, Suddenly Skinny.  Here's an excerpt: 

Weight Loss Role Models
There really are people who have done it. They have lost 50 or 150 pounds and have kept it off. They have radically changed their lives.  Best of all, they know how they did it.

They can tell you:
  • The diet they used and why it worked for them.
  • The diets they tried that didn’t work for them.
  • What changed in them between being unsuccessful and successful.
  • What pitfalls to watch out for.
  • When you’re talking like an addict and need to have some sense beat into your head.
  • What it’s like being thin after being fat for a long time.  They can describe the joy, the freedom, the energy, the life they have access to.  They can inspire you like nothing else, until you have your own successes to keep you motivated.
  • Tips and tricks for filling snacks, strategies to make it through hungry days, warnings about whose diet salad dressing tastes like Vaseline, and how to really liven up a diet shake with some sugar-free salted caramel syrup.
  • How a thin person orders in a restaurant and avoids the buffet at cocktail parties.
  • That you’re not alone.  They can reassure you that the isolation, fear, anxiety, panic, or sadness you’re feeling is totally normal.
  • To believe in yourself.
  • That change is possible.
I'm looking forward to working with you ... we aren't simply after weight loss and change, we are each seeking transformation and optimal health for a life time! If you're hesitating - get over it! Give me a call and let's get you started right now!!

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 21, 2014

How to Swim with Sharks


I'm giving a presentation to a group of students tomorrow and as I wondered what words of wisdom and tools I could impart, one of my all time favorite set of instructions came to mind! Enjoy!!

How to Swim with Sharks
by Voltaire Cousteau  

Forward
Actually, nobody wants to swim with sharks. It is not an acknowledged sport and it is neither enjoyable nor exhilarating. 

These instructions are written primarily for the benefit of those, who, by virtue of their occupation, find they must swim and find that the water is infested with sharks. It is of obvious importance to learn that the waters are shark infested before commencing to swim. It is safe to say that this initial determination has already been made. If the waters were infested, the na├»ve swimmer is by now probably beyond help; at the very least, he has doubtless lost any interest in learning how to swim with sharks.

Finally, swimming with sharks is like any other skill: It cannot be learned from books alone; the novice must practice in order to develop the skill. The following rules simply set forth the fundamental principles which, if followed will make it possible to survive while becoming expert through practice.

Rules
1. Assume all unidentified fish are sharks. Not all sharks look like sharks, and some fish that are not sharks sometimes act like sharks. Unless you have witnessed docile behavior in the presence of shed blood on more than one occasion, it is best to assume an unknown species is a shark. Inexperienced swimmers have been badly mangled by assuming that docile behavior in the absence of blood indicates that the fish is not a shark.

2. Do not bleed. It is a cardinal principle that if you are injured, either by accident or by intent, you must not bleed. Experience shows that bleeding prompts an even more aggressive attack and will often provoke the participation of sharks that are uninvolved or, as noted above, are usually docile.

3. Admittedly, it is difficult not to bleed when injured. Indeed, at first this may seem impossible. Diligent practice, however, will permit the experienced swimmer to sustain a serious laceration without bleeding and without even exhibiting any loss of composure. This hemostatic reflect can, in part, be conditioned, but there may be constitutional aspects as well. Those who cannot learn to control their bleeding should not attempt to swim with sharks, for the peril is too great.
The control of bleeding has a positive protective element for the swimmer. The shark will be confused as to whether or not his attack has injured you and confusion is to the swimmer’s advantage. On the other hand, the shark may know he has injured you and be puzzled as to why you do not bleed or show distress. This also has a profound effect on sharks. They begin to question their own potency or, alternatively, believe the swimmer to have supernatural powers.

4. Counter any aggression promptly. Sharks rarely attack a swimmer without warning. Usually there is some tentative, exploratory aggressive action. It is important that the swimmer recognize that this behavior is a prelude to an attack and takes prompt and vigorous remedial action. The appropriate countermove is a sharp blow to the nose. Almost invariably this will prevent a full-scale attack, for it makes it clear that you understand the shark’s intention and are prepared to use whatever force is necessary to repel aggressive actions.

5. Some swimmers mistakenly believe that an ingratiating attitude will dispel an attack under these circumstances. This is not correct; such a response provokes a shark attack. Those who hold this erroneous view can usually be identified by their missing limb.

6. Get out of the water if someone is bleeding. If a swimmer (or shark) has been injured and is bleeding, get out of the water promptly. The presence of blood and the thrashing of water will elicit aggressive behavior even in the most docile of sharks. This latter group, poorly skilled in attacking, often behaves irrationally and may attack uninvolved swimmers and sharks. Some are so inept that, in the confusion, they injure themselves.

7. No useful purpose is served in attempting to rescue the injured swimmer. He either will or will not survive the attack, and your intervention cannot protect him once blood has been shed. Those who survive such an attack rarely venture to swim with sharks again, an attitude which is readily understandable.
The lack of effective countermeasures to a fully developed shark attack emphasizes the importance of the earlier rules.

8. Use anticipatory retaliation. A constant danger to the skilled swimmer is that the sharks will forget that he is skilled and may attack in error. Some sharks have notoriously poor memories in this regard. This memory loss can be prevented by a program of anticipatory retaliation. The skilled swimmer should engage in these activities periodically and the periods should be less than the memory span of the shark. Thus, it is not possible to state fixed intervals. The procedure may need to be repeated frequently with forgetful sharks and need be done only once for sharks with total recall.

9. The procedure is essentially the same as described under rule 3: a sharp blow to the nose. Here, however, the blow is unexpected and serves to remind the shark that you are both alert and unafraid. Swimmers should care not to injure the shark and draw blood during this exercise for two reasons: First, sharks often bleed profusely, and this leads to the chaotic situation described under rule 4. Second, if swimmers act in this fashion, it may not be possible to distinguish swimmers from sharks. Indeed, renegade swimmers are far worse than sharks, for none of the rules or measures described here is effective in controlling their aggressive behavior.

10. Disorganized and organized attack. Usually sharks are sufficiently self-centered that they do not act in concert against a swimmer. This lack of organization greatly reduces the risk of swimming among sharks. However, upon occasion the sharks may launch a coordinated attack upon a swimmer or even upon one of their number. While the latter event is of no particular concern to swimmer, it is essential that one know how to handle an organized shark attack directed against a swimmer.

The proper strategy is diversion. Sharks can be diverted from their organized attack in one of two ways. First, sharks as a group, are prone to internal dissension. An experienced swimmer can divert an organized attack by introducing something, often minor or trivial, which sets the sharks to fighting among themselves. Usually by the time the internal conflict is settled the sharks cannot even recall what they were setting about to do, much less get organized to do it.

A second mechanism of diversion is to introduce something that so enrages the members of the group that they begin to lash out in all directions, even attacking inanimate objects in their fury.
What should be introduced? Unfortunately, different things prompt internal dissension of blind fury in different groups of sharks. Here one must be experienced in dealing with a given group of sharks, for what enrages one group will pass unnoted by another.

It is scarcely necessary to state that it is unethical for a swimmer under attack by a group of sharks to counter the attack by diverting them to another swimmer. It is, however, common to see this done by novice swimmers and by sharks when under concerted attack.

(Little is known about the author, who died in Paris in 1812. He may have been a descendant of Francois Voltaire and an ancestor of Jacques Cousteau. Apparently this essay was written for sponge divers. Because it may have broader implications, it was translated from the French by Richard J. Johns, an obscure French scholar and Massey Professor and director of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, The Johns Hopkins University and Hospital, 720 Rutland Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21203. Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 1987; 30: 486-489.)

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.



Monday, February 10, 2014

Defining Success ...


What's better than "Success?"  

Play time with granddaughter in 2007
Robert Fritz, the author of The Path of Least Resistance and mentor for the leadership of Take Shape for Life says, "Living a life in which you are involved with your own life-building process" is better than our common notions of success.  He suggests that reading about success in self-help books and magazines puts the focus on what we think "Success" will bring us and how our lives will improve as a result. Whereas, the focus should always be on the process of creating a life that matters to us. Fritz goes on to say: 

"There is a distinction between success, and creating those things that matter to you. Success has to do with identity and self-definition. It is not about the actual accomplishments you have achieved. Rather it is how you see yourself by having achieved them." Click here to read more!

Sometimes it seems that my whole adult life has been focused on goal setting and striving for a series of successful moments ... I really like what Robert Fritz has to say and with that in mind, I'm celebrating the process of creating my life around what matters most and brings me the greatest joy!
 
Success during this past week's Northwest ice and snow storms included:
  • Visiting our moms - Greg went to California for the week with his mom and I drove south for several days with mine - very precious time!
  • Getting home safely even though I needed to pull off the freeway mid-trip and get a motel for 24 hours. (Thankfully, Greg's plane arrived safely, on time, and between storms.)
  • Sorting fabrics and craft closet after un-boxing supplies that I haven't seen since moving several years ago ... I'm excited for the projects yet to come!
  • Getting a head start on tax prep ... it always feels better after it's done!
So today's question might be: How do you identify success on a daily basis?  How is success related to Happiness, Health, and Wealth for you personally?  What are your next steps???

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.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Muddy Puddle Story

Photo by Heidi Brand
In her book, The Passion Test, Janet Atwood explains that when asked "What's really important to you?" the answer we give may reflect what we sincerely believe however, it's our actions that will tell the real story. Our actions really do speak louder than our words.

So then, the question arises, if I'm being and doing what brings me the greatest joy and happiness, is that being selfish? The truth is, when I show up in life as my happiest, most courageous, authentic, grateful and joyous self, then everybody wins! On the other hand, if I spend my time worrying about everyone else, ruminating about who said what and why, and desperately trying to fix everything so that everyone else is happy, the result is that I am spinning my wheels and am probably interfering, judging, and dabbling in everybody else's business.  Then, arguments, resentment, unsolicited advice, frustration, depression, and alienation abound.

It reminds me of a story I was told years ago about a person who was searching for answers. While she walked along, deep in thought, she noted a beautiful scene on the road ahead ... crystal blue sky was reflecting up from a rain-filled puddle. Perhaps the answers she was looking for were right here! So, she grabbed a stick and began to poke around. Of course, this just disturbed the reflection and stirred up the mud below the surface. Solutions to our challenges and the problems of those we love, are not to be found in the muddy puddle. Why look into a muddy puddle when we simply have to look up and tap into oceans of love, encouragement and guidance? Why would I look in a muddy puddle when I have concourse of assistance just waiting to refresh, support, and assist me to calmer, happier shores?

Note to self: Free yourself from limiting thoughts.  Stand in this place of creative courage, ride the magic carpet with confidence into the unknown. Thankfully, its not for me to organize the universe!  I'll play my part, strive to serve with a pure heart and delight as the world unfolds before me!

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.