Road Map for Successful Health and Wellness Outcomes

Hi, been a while hope all is well with you?  I have just arrived home this week afer a fantastic 10 day holiday.  Drove from Toronto to Fort Myers Beach and back.  It was really nice to be away, sun, sand and ocean along with great company.  But I digress!

While I was driving I had a thought about road maps.  You see we had a very detailed map in the car with us.  We knew exactly what highways to take, how long in time we would be on that road and how many kilometers each highway we would be driving on was.  When we started we actually knew exactly how many miles we were going to travel.  We knew the outcome before it happened.  Awesome, right?

Well it got me to thinking that this is a great necessity to have in life.  How many times do we start anything and don’t really know what the outcome will be.  Actually most of us don’t even know what we want the outcome to be?  So how do we get there?  Throw as much stuff on the wall as possible and see what sticks? That is how I was raised.  No one taught me about goals.  No one taught me about outcomes however I did play sports and in sports there is always an outcome.  You win or you lose.  Same in business.  Same in Weight Reduction.  Same in Fitness.

When I was working on reducing my weight many years ago I actually began with the outcome in sight.  I would decide how many sizes I would reduce by in what time frame.  Then I would work toward that.  It was easy, I could see my results over the weeks getting closer to my outcome and it was exciting!  I was moving in a direction that I wanted to go.

So where are you now?  Do you know what you want as your outcome in your Health, Wellness, Fitness, and/or Weight Reduction plan?

This is where you must start.  The New Year is almost here now is a great time to consider what you want and begin to exactly plan the outcome, then take massive action to get there.

If I can help let me know.  info at@ visionquestwellness .com

In health,

Wendy

 

 

Digestive Problems can be helped with In-Liven

A number of years ago I was having big problems with digestion.  At that time I was was introduced to a Certified Organic Personal/Wellness Product line to use.  In fact I have been using this product line for almost 4 years now.  There are a couple of products that are my favourites.  I purchase a Certified Organic Mint Toothpaste and Certified Organic Deodorant each and every month.

Now over the last couple of years my hair has turned really white!  Not grey, not salt and pepper, white.  So I thought it might be from digestion problems. And with that I began to take the In-Liven Superfood Probiotic and to my surprise and delight my hair is getting darker.

Health really does begin in the gut and so here is some info on my new favourite product from One Group.

Inliven

 

 

Take Control,

Wendy

 

 

 

Exercise and Aging, is there a connection?

Ok I really do like to exercise.  I do something everyday for myself.  I life weights, move kettlebells, ride a bike, go for a walk or run outside, in the summer I cut grass for many hours, and for the most part I enjoy it all.  Exercise or movement makes me feel alive!  It is challenging physically and mentally.  And keeping active helps control weight which is definitely important to slow the aging process.

I am always looking for  information that will help me and my clients age better!  And what I mean by that is to be healthier as we get older.  To me there would be nothing worse than getting older and being unable to enjoy life.  So I keep moving to be able to keep moving.

Here is a quick video on the 7 Deadly Causes of Aging and it is quite interesting.  Dr Aubrey de Grey, Chairman Chief Science Officer, Methusalah Foundation discusses the 7 deadly causes of aging

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Dr de Grey discusses Resveratrol and the possibilities.  Resveratrol comes from Red Wine and in fact is called the French Paradox.  The French drink Red Wine and tend not to suffer from the Diseases of Aging like North Americans.  Thus the French Paradox.   I have been taking Resveratrol for the past many years in a product  called Genesis with X’Tranol 24  I like it very much and because he included it in the video it is my feeling to include it here.

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Take Control and let me know if I can help you.

Wendy

Ooops! Metabolic Typing Part 3

Metabolic Typing is powerful for great health.  Hopefully you have seen for yourself by watching the first 2 videos in this 3 part series.  It has definately done wonders for my and it might be able to do the same for you.

 

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If I can help let me know.

 

Just a thought, Wendy

Metabolic Typing, Part 2

Metabolic Typing is a powerful diet that helps clients customize their diets to be free of food cravings, reach ideal weight, have high energy and prevent disease.

I say customize their diets because we as humans are all different.  We may have similar characteristics as a type within the Metabolic Typing Diet however we will work to customize what is the best for you.

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In Health,

Metabolic Typing and Eating Right For Your Type

In my Personal Training and Wellness business I provide a number of services for my clients.  One of those services is Metabolic Typing.  What is Metabolic Typing?  “Metabolic Typing is a groundbreaking technology that takes the guesswork out of nutritional science.  It is a system you or anyone can use to cut rapidly through the information glut of confusing fact and opinion in order to identify your own unique nutritional requirements.”

I am a Protein Type and within 2 days of eating for my type I began to feel like a different person.  The digestive challenges I had been having at that time disappeared.

Metabolic Typing is a science that with Dr. Weston Price in the ’30’s.  He was a dentist who began to see so many Americans with extensive tooth decay, and gum disease.  He also found structural problems like small dental palates crowded with poorly developed and crooked teeth.

Here is Part 1 of Bill Wolcott discussing Metabolic Typing: [grandflv id=205 w=520 h=304 autoplay=false]

Part 2 to come tomorrow!

 

 

 

What will it take to make change?

Change.  What does that mean to you?  To me it means improving on who I am.  It means growing as a human being.  It means getting better at this thing called life.

Why I am writing about change on my Personal Training & Wellness website?  Isn’t change the goal when we decide to begin an exercise program?  Isn’t change the goal when we decide to reduce our weight?  Isn’t change the goal when we decide to eat Organically grown food?  Isn’t change the goal when we decide to quit smoking, eating junk food?

Change: “Make or become different”.

A friend recently told me that when it comes to exercise, changing some of the not so good habits she has there is no incentive to change.  She knows she is not doing enough when it comes to exercise and diet yet it is not important to her.  I totally got it!  She is a very smart gal, has a great job, works a lot, plays golf, goes to the cottage, has a life.  She might not feel a 100% however her family history is long, with no real serious health issues and she has no real reason to make any changes  because of that.

I was told once that for most of us to change our health we must be sitting on the cliff with 2 wheels already over and the car teetering!  This is when we begin to pray and ask for help to make the changes necessary for a good, long healthy life.  Why must it get to that point?

So my question is what will it take to make change?  What will you do to improve your thoughts?  What will you do to move more?  What will you do to eat less food that does not fuel your body in the best way?  What will you do to drink more water?  What will you do to get better sleep?  What will you do to bring more joy & laughter into your life?

Today I am adding meditation to my wellness plan.  It is a challenge however calming the mind, calms the body and if I can do that it is a good thing.  20 minutes a day.  I have 20 minutes and can do that.

Just a thought!  Wendy

 

Supplements, Yes or No?

The question of supplements is something I always come back to.  Partially because I take quite a few each and every day and have for many, many years.  I started taking nutritional supplements way back in my bodybuilding days.  At that time no one really even knew about them however someone in the gym suggested I take a multi and I did.  That was the start.

Over the years I have taken many different brands of supplements.  Some better that others.  What I found is taking a high quality product has kept me in good health.  Prior to taking supplements I used to get sick in September and some time in May feel better just in time for allergy season!  Over the past 15 + years that I have been a regular supplement taker I no longer get sick in September.

Over the years people have laughed, kidded, judged me as being a bit ridiculous for taking supplements.  I have been strong in my resolve to be as healthy as I can be.  A colleague said to me a few months ago that everyone knows they must take at least a multivitamin because there are so many commercials on the TV telling them so!  Well that thought just fascinated me.  Well speed forward to last night.  Again watching the TV and isn’t there a commercial for dog vitamins.   My first thought people will be heading off for the pets stores on mass to get old Fido his multi.

Then I found this today:

JAMA and Harvard Researchers Recommend Vitamin  Supplements.

After 30 years of viewing the use of vitamin  supplements as unnecessary, the American medical establishment has reversed  itself and is beginning to recommend that all Americans need to supplement to  remain healthy.

For over a quarter of a century the American medical  establishment fought against the use of supplements but several years ago,  after thousands upon thousands of studies,  finally reversed themselves  and they now recommend that all adults take a nutritional supplement daily.

Here, in part, is what the Harvard medical school  researchers said:

“Vitamin  deficiency syndromes such as scurvy and beriberi are uncommon in Western  societies. However, suboptimal intake of some vitamins, above levels causing  classic vitamin deficiency, is a risk factor for chronic diseases and common in  the general population, especially the elderly.

Suboptimal  folic acid levels, along with suboptimal levels of vitamins B(6) and B(12), are  a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, neural tube defects, and colon and  breast cancer; low levels of vitamin D contribute to osteopenia and fractures;  and low levels of the antioxidant vitamins (vitamins A, E, and C) may increase  risk for several chronic diseases.

Most  people do not consume an optimal amount of all vitamins by diet alone. It  appears prudent for all adults to take vitamin supplements.'”

From:

the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA,2002, 287:3116-3126)

So I remain solid in my vitamin and supplement regime daily.  What about you?  Will you develop a daily vitamin and supplement program for yourself?  Or Will you develop a program for Fido?  Would love to hear your thoughts?

 

Just my Thought.  Wendy

I am doing it!

After a year of illness, injury and enormous stress I have committed to ride the Friends for Life Bike Rally this summer and couldn’t be more excited. 

It is a bike rally from Toronto to Montreal.  There will be anywhere from 300-400 people who will be riding – to raise money for the Toronto People With AIDS Foundation .  The ride happens this summer starting July 24th to July 29th 2011. 

So my commitment is not only to do the ride it is to begin preparing, training for the ride both physically through exercise, bike riding, going to seminars to learn the basics of bikes and riding in a group.  All of them I find interesting.   I must raise $2200.00. I am already 27% to my goal.  I haven’t done this sponsoring thing in years.  It is amazing how wonderful and supportive people are.  Thanks a million!  If you might want to sponsor me on the ride just click the logo and you will go to my secure page.

Just got a new bike yesterday, put 10 k on it already.  Going out for our first training ride in a couple of days.    I am looking forward to posting on this experience. 

From the perspective of how do I Re-Invent myself back to health, energy, vitality and a sense of joy.  And I will do that in part through sport.  I have begun with my training, exercising, spin bike riding. More to come. 

So appreciative of this opportunity. 

  Hope your day is wonderful.

Courages is in the Showing Up

I was actually in a gym yesterday.  Because I train at home in my own gym I have not had the need to be in a gym in a long time.  I forgot how a gym environment feels like.  There is a silent support system there just because each person shows up.  It doesn’t matter the reason they show up, just the fact that they did there is support at the gym. 

The courage I saw yesterday was that a few of the clients were either obese or obviously ill and yet they showed up.  They had community with each other.  They seemed to know each other, support each other and work out hard for them.  This is courage.  They have a lot of work to do and it seems they are willing to show up to do the work.  Seems they are willing to put in the time to be healthier, stronger, fitter, in better shape, living with less weight and they are doing it in community.  The camaraderie between these women was awesome to see and yet I could feel it as well.

I have heard it said many times before that “showing up is half the battle”.  So where are you showing up in your life when it comes to your health, wellness and fitness goals?  Are you showing up at the gym?  Are you showing up to meet a friend for a walk, to exercise, to move and to connect?  Are you showing up with your kids to play in the park, backyard? 

It would be great to hear all the places you show up even when you don’t want to.  All the courage it takes you to show up to reach your health and fitness goals.

Until my next post, Be Courageous, Show up!  Wendy