Thursday, January 26, 2012

You CAN Change Old Habits

You become what you tell yourself you are, so speak encouragingly to yourself, just like you would a beloved friend.

I have been trying this experiment. I really want to be a bright, sunshiny morning person, but for the most part, I am not.

I keep telling myself over and over again how much I LOVE getting up early and getting so much done early in the day.
As I'm trying to wake myself up in the morning, I tell myself over and over again. "This is the new Lynda, the early-bird, the one who LOVES getting up early and getting so many things done".
And you know what? It is working. Not every day, but there are a lot of days now when I'm up bright and early and getting a lot done!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

My friend Denise's Story

I'm a sucker for a great story. Here is one of my fellow health coach's great story! Yes, I had to put the disclaimer at the end...
Denise lost 143 lbs!
"My husband and I think it's funny that he's been accused of cheating on me... One person even thought we'd gotten divorced and my husband had remarried!"
Even in high school I was overweight, and over the years I had just resigned myself to being heavy. I was always told I was beautiful, but by the time I was in college I was a size 20 to 24, and didn't feel beautiful. I tried to be outgoing and funny to cover my insecurities.
I started having a lot of health issues, including swelling in my foot that required me to wear a boot for six months. My husband was afraid for my health, and worried that I wouldn't be around to raise my children.
I attended my employer's health and benefits fair, where a Take Shape For Life Health Coach introduced me to the program. I knew at the time we couldn't afford it, but I kept it in the back of my mind. Two years later my husband and I agreed that we would find the money and that I would do this. I lost 18 lbs the first month!
My family and friends can't believe my physical and emotional transformation. I no longer have knee pain or huff and puff as I walk upstairs. I especially enjoy doing things with my kids, and flying in a plane without worrying that the seatbelt won't fasten. And clothes I would never have dared to even try on before look amazing on me!

*Results not typical.
Typical weight loss on the Medifast 5 & 1 Plan is up to 2 to 5 lbs per week.
The success story represented in this advertisement is a Health Coach for Take Shape For Life®, a Medifast support program.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Getting ready for the New Year!

People feel like they have to wait until January 1st to start eating right. 

Let's break that diet mindset and just start TODAY taking care of yourself! 

If you eat 6 small meals a day, that is 180 choices to make between now and the New Year.   If you even make 170 correct choices, don't you agree you'd be better off?

Contact me and we'll work out a plan together!

Lynda Waldron

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

It's the little things!

Today I go in for a simple dental appoitment to get my teeth cleaned.  Did you know there is an extra piece of the guard they can put on you during the x-ray process that covers your Thyroid Gland in your neck?

Don't you think something like that would be standard procedure?  Are there people out there that WANT their Thyroid Gland to be exposed to radiation unnecessarily?

I asked about it and the technician gladly went and found one and used it.  I had read about this in a health magazine and suddenly remembered it today.  It got me to thinking about how many x-rays I've had in the past and no one bothered to tell me about it.

This shows me that we have to be on the alert, educate ourselves and take care of the little things and maybe one day we won't have to face the BIG thing!

Friday, September 23, 2011

How do you feel AFTER you eat?

You know the feeling, that bloated, stuffed sensation after you indulge a little too much.  Mad at yourself for giving in?
An experiment to try: Instead of imagining how good something will taste, or how much you deserve it, try and think about how uncomfortable it is when you know you just ate something that is not in line with the goals that you have set for yourself.
Research shows that getting into the habit of looking past the pleasure to the consequences of daily choices can have a major effect on lifestyle.
When temptation strikes, get busy!  Go for a walk, take a shower, paint your nails, re-roof the garage, anything to get your mind off whatever you are craving!
It's your life and youor choice, go for the good life!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Vegan or Vegetarian?

As you all know, I work with clients daily to help them lose weight and improve their health.

Lately,  I've worked with a few strict vegetarians and it has inspired me to give it a try!  I am attempting a completely plant-based diet, nothing radical or political, just trying something new.  I will eat the occasional low-fat or no-fat cheese.

Depending on who you talk to or read about, there seems to be the idea that perhaps even genetically triggered cholesterol problems may be helped by a plant-based diet.

I will let you in on a dirty little secret...(that got your attention, huh)?  I have been a health coach for 3 1/2 years and yet my cholesterol is still very high.  So, I will be the guinea-pig for the rest of us. 

I will try the vegetarian diet, mostly vegan and at the end of September, I will have my cholesterol checked and let you know how this little experiment goes!!

The Medifast/Take Shape for life program that I use with my clients has a vegetarian option, so I will be getting a lot of my ideas from there.

All aboard and let's see how this train rides!!

Your Past Doesn't Predict Your Future!

Every moment can have "historical significance" as we make choices… and of course, the choices we make become our history. Minute-by-minute we make choices that dictate where we will be for the following minute. IF we are making unconscious choices, and simply relying on the templates of the past… our future will strongly resemble our past (we will repeat history). IF, however, we are making conscious choices, we can decide where we will be a minute from now.

• Where do you WANT to be a minute from now? What feelings/emotions do you want to be experiencing a minute from now… a day from now… a year from now?

• What actions can you take RIGHT NOW that will increase the likelihood of you being/feeling the way you want in the future?

So, from my perspective, our history can only predict our future when we let it… by making unconscious choices and/or simply following an existing pattern.

Something that helps me is reading and re-reading material about living a healthy life. I know for a fact that on days that I have educated myself about good health choices that I make better decisions. There are also ways to sign up for newsletters or even daily health tips to be sent to your in-box or phone.