09 Aug 2012

What Michael Phelps Taught Us About Redeciding

As of this week, Michael Phelps now has 22 Olympic medals to polish and is heading into the swimming sunset.  This is nothing short of total, brilliant, pure athletic awesomeness. I am impressed by this. But I am even more impressed by something else. You see, last week, he almost didn’t qualify for one of the races he entered.  It looked like he had the...

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26 Jul 2012

5 Simple Ways to Protect Your Brain as You Age

Development of dementia is a process. Part of this process may be genetic and part may be due to lifestyle and exposures to toxins over the lifespan of a person. Some of these factors can becontrolled. Here are 5 easy tips that will help you protect YOUR Best Thinking as the years go by. Exercise.Moving stimulates formation of new blood vessels in the brain AND...

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19 Jul 2012

The Joy of Feasting

A feast is a ritual that sets an activity apart from ordinary life in a way that emphasizes beauty and pleasure for those that participate. Feasts touch all the senses of taste, smell, sight, touch and sound. It gives you true nourishment by feeding your true self physically, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually. How to Build Your Own Feast Create a ritual to put parentheses around...

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12 Jul 2012

Whispers, Taps and 2x4s

Sometimes, it starts as a whisper from the little voice in your head…”psst…psst…ya know, with your family history, you’re gonna need to pay attention to the choices you make.” Or, it could be a not-so-gentle tap on your shoulder….”Mrs. Jones, you have diabetes.” Or, the 2 x 4 might smack you squarely on the head (from the back of an ambulance) as you find yourself...

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06 Jul 2012

Keep Your Best Thinking Train on the Tracks: 3 Easy Ways to Avoid Travel Trip-Ups

Your body is the baggage you must carry through life. The more excess the baggage, the shorter the trip. -Arnold H. Glasgow Picture this. You’re making some excellent life choices using your very best thinking. You’re feeling stronger, healthier and you are totally on the right track. You’re super-proud of yourself! And it’s time for your vacation. You have visions of fruity drinks, palm trees...

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28 Jun 2012

Knowing is Not Doing

  I have a lot of really smart clients. They know lots of stuff. Many of them work in healthcare, so they keep up with the latest recommendations about how to stay healthy AND they see the results of not doing these things played out every day by the patients they care for. And even though they know what to do, they come to me…overweight,...

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21 Jun 2012

When is a Rule Really Just a Suggestion?

If you obey all the rules you miss all the fun. -Katharine Hepburn When is a rule really just a suggestion? And when do suggestions morph into rules? Our world is full of rules. Signs tell us where to go. Written instructions tell us what to do. Emily Post tells us how to act.  And if this isn’t enough, we start making internal rules for...

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14 Jun 2012

5 Tips for the Care and Maintenance of Friendships

Social and emotional support is very effective in helping us handle stress. A strong sense of community can be just the thing that anchors us and helps us feel connected when the going gets rough. Emotional support buffers us against the extremes of emotions that cause increases in adrenaline and cortisol (both of which can contribute to chronic disease and weight gain). Recent studies have...

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07 Jun 2012

I Do What I Do Because I Believe Everyone Deserves to Live A Happy, Healthy Life

At my recent Mastermind meeting, I had an opportunity to do an exercise that blew me away. My coach, Christine Kane, had us write 5-7 guiding principles for our businesses. Quite honestly, I had never thought about this And here’s what I discovered. There are many days when I get lost in the “to-do’s” and feel like I am doing nothing but putting out fires....

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10 May 2012

The Power of an Attitude of Gratitude

One of the first things I ask my new clients to do as we begin to work together is to start a gratitude journal. I do this because many of them have problems they focus on with such intensity that they forget to see what’s right with their worlds. The shifts that happen when they spend 5 minutes each day doing this exercise are very...

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