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3 Ways a Health Coach Can Assist You

3 Ways A Health Coach Can Assist With Weight Loss

One of the ways to be your healthiest is by reaching your ideal body weight. This can be a challenge to do if you have a lot of excess weight to lose. The good news is you may have higher success by enlisting the aid of a health coach to assist you in reaching your goals. Being aware of how this professional can be of great assistance may motivate you to begin your weight loss journey. Remember ever the top performing achievers have coaches.

Provide expertise: You may be unsure of the right foods you should eat for optimal nutritional benefits. This can be hard for any individual to do and the key to making the best choices may rest in working with an expert in this area. Getting the right amount of protein, fat, and carbs in your day is the key to enjoying good health and working to reduce weight in the process. Of course, you will want to choose foods that are low in calories for speedier results.

Accountability: One of the hardest things to do when it comes to losing weight is sticking to a diet regimen and exercise program. There are sure to be times when you just don't feel like doing the right things to assist you in reaching your goal. However, by having a health coach to be there for you, this will allow you to have an individual that you must be accountable to at all times. This alone may be the motivation you need to start your diet and stick to it in the process.

Assist with exercising: It's a fact that staying active can be a real challenge for millions of people. Meeting the demands of life is sure to be one of the reasons you may not get in the appropriate exercise each day.When you have a professional you can work with, and that will guide you through your exercise routine, you're much more likely to stick to it. Additionally, you can learn the proper form to take with various exercises. Paving the road for optimal health is in your hands. You will need to take charge of your life and your health by doing all you can to reach your ideal body weight. The health benefits of doing so are well worth the efforts you put forth to make it happen. Be sure to check with an exercise specialist in your area to find the best coach to assist you today! Contact us at Raindrop Enterprises, for more help.

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New Year – New Goals? Probably Not – Maybe?

Yes the first of a New Year is fast approaching and the 2018 year has come and gone.  How do you feel? How did you do on this past years goals? Are you confused as to why you set them? Maybe confused as to how they fit into your big picture. Here is a quick test on your goal setting & achieving ability. Can you easily find your goals you set at the end of 2017 to launch you into 2018?  The smart people say to WRITE THEM DOWN! So where are they? In the front of your journal or note book? Or scattered on a todo list? Or did you give up and take them off your todo list all together.

So what is your bigger picture for this year? What are your goals? AND WHY? Let me rephrase this… How do you rank your sources of personal meaning?

One of the greatest gifts we have as humans is to make meaning out of experiences. Let me demonstrate:

1. We have individualized experiences that shape the way we see the world.

2. Then we experience something that thwarts our current world-view and we have to revisit the meaning we personally assigned and perhaps assign new personal meaning. In short, we strive to answer the, “Whys?”

We may need to revisit our sources of personal meaning multiple times throughout our lives. Generally, individuals experience a few bigger events (what could be termed as life-changing events) that cause this self-reflective process to take place. Oftentimes we go through this during adolescence, emerging adulthood, and if large and unexpected events cause us to scratch our heads and say, “Wait, what?”

Just when you think you have it all figured out… Well, I would like you to try something. I’d like to thank Dr. Kent M. Keith from the Green Center for Servant-Leadership for inspiring this exercise…

Rate the following as sources of personal meaning in your life, 1-10. Be true to yourself as this is the first step of Spiritual Well-Being (SWB).

  • Giving and receiving love
  • Importance of Meaningful Happiness
  • My family
  • My friends
  • Power/influence
  • School
  • Money/wealth
  • My religious faith
  • Being appreciated
  • Nature
  • My personal sense of mission
  • My hobbies
  • Being creative
  • Being physically fit
  • Winning
  • Continuing to learn
  • A sense of accomplishment/personal achievements
  • The “little things”
  • Serving others
  • God/Higher power/universal power (you choose)
  • Living my values
  • Overcoming obstacles (resilience)
  • Attaining and using wisdom
  • Doing my personal best
  • Donating to good causes
  • Other

How would you rate the amount of personal happiness & meaning in your life? What are your top 5 sources?

This is important to know about yourself. Cultivate them. Why are they meaningful? What experiences have you had that make them so?

Now back to priorities. Time for me to get personal. Staying physically active is very important to me. It affects every area of my life. When I let it fall lower on my priority list I become unhappy. Therefore, this is a big priority for me. In fact, the only thing that really rivals it daily are the important people in my life and obligations with pressing deadlines. I sometimes even get out of balance with sleep and nutrition.

Recently I realized just how important my spiritual well-being relates to my personal relationship with God, and somehow this has dropped on my priority list as I have experienced some major life changes that caused me to question, well, everything. I have made a commitment to put God first. This doesn’t necessarily mean chronologically, but each day will be dedicated and focused on making this aspect of spiritual well-being my greatest priority.

After months of choosing to question this source of peace, I received inspiration that this would be the biggest contributing factor towards my confidence in the future as well as a daily dose of personal peace. And I relate spiritual things to physical things so often because it helps me understand. Just as I need exercise to be a regular part of my life to keep me happy, I need to practice faith and obedience to my greatest source of personal meaning in order to feel spiritual peace. I need it daily.

I could put many disclaimers on the statements that I have made. I choose not to. You must decide what your greatest sources of personal meaning are and why. They may change depending on experiences, like I said before. Once you assign personal meaning to the experiences you are having, awesome or awful, you will feel greater peace and contentment in your life, I promise. If this takes you longer than you thought it would, the eventual meaning will be one of the greatest treasures you will ever possess. Please don’t forget this.

I suggest getting in touch with your higher power first then write your goals on your mirror with a dry erase marker.

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Solitude vs Loneliness

What do you think of when when you hear the word solitude? How does your response differ when you hear the word loneliness?

Both connote being alone, but the feelings associated with being alone should not be stressful or dismal, but rather, a rejuvenation for the self. Is this woman in the picture about to jump, or is she living and loving this moment? Maybe she is missing a loved one and she feels lonely, but not in despair…

It is normal to grieve the loss of someone important and beloved in our life that has disappeared for a time. This shows that you genuinely cared for someone and became vulnerable. If they are not coming back, your entire being needs to heal, and that takes time (we’ll talk about this in a future post). If they are coming back, then what an opportunity! But, if you are simply alone and wishing you weren’t, this is unhealthy. And there is a better place to dwell.

No one can make you lonely. In fact, if you feel what you term as lonely, often, then this is a signal for you. Your spirit needs some attention and you’ve let it get out of balance. It is healthy and uplifting to be around others, but remember the first domain of spiritual well-being… We must learn to love ourselves and have a strong conviction about our mission, our unique strengths and talents, and our individuality. This is a foundation, and something that centers our personal peace. Building this identity and sense of self is critical to our enjoying moments of solitude. When we are connected to ourselves and our spirit, we need and welcome solitude with a smile and sigh of relief.

Oftentimes people try to escape themselves by spending every spare minute around others or staying busy, so they will rarely encounter moments of great solitude. Think of yourself standing as this woman on that island. How long could you stand it? Why would it be uncomfortable for you? Simply thinking about these questions is healthy; to know one’s self. We are not offered opportunities to explore our bodies, minds, and spirits enough.

When we do have moments of solitude, we should enjoy them. If you spend less than 60 minutes in solitude each day, then you may need to find more “you” time. If you don’t particularly enjoy “you” time, then you haven’t found yourself yet and you should spend some time being uncomfortable on this metaphorical island. On the contrary, if you are spending your entire day in solitude, this is also unhealthy.

Think about this in terms of balance. On a continuum, one side being solitude and the other being lonely, where would you say you fall?

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Spiritual Well-Being

Spiritual Well-Being is critical. We often hear more about physical and mental well-being because it seems more practical in application. However, spiritual well-being also has practical application… and this is the sole purpose of this site. I would like to share with you many sources that can support you in achieving greater balance in your life.

First off, I would like to make the distinction between religiosity, spirituality, and spiritual well-being.

Spirituality and religiosity are considered as independent, but overlapping constructs. Many definitions have evolved over the years that vary among disciplines and individual research studies. Religiosity includes institutional beliefs, practices, rituals, and symbols that facilitate closeness to God or a higher power (King & Benson, 2006). Religiosity attaches importance to a higher power and usually involves growing within institutional beliefs and practices. Furthermore, religious development is a developing relationship between the individual and a particular institution or community, seeking truth and knowledge related to a higher power.

Spirituality on the other hand is more individualized in nature and is often expressed in experiential forms. John E. Fetzer (1999) states that spirituality refers to a universal human capacity or a quality of a person’s character, personality, or disposition with tendencies towards transcendence or connectedness beyond the self. It is often related to a manner of living that is carried out with a deep awareness of self, others, and the Divine (as cited in King & Benson, 2006). Spirituality is a personal mission statement derived from understanding personal meaning and purpose that direct one’s actions. Personal conviction of self and one’s role or purpose within a larger context are of a spiritual nature. Yet, spirituality is hard to pin down. It is different from person to person and therefore, a very abstract concept that is hard to teach.

Both spirituality and religiosity are respected, and are set out as previously described to provide a premise for spiritual well-being as a form of health that anyone and everyone should be aware of and tend to.

Spiritual Well-Being acknowledges spiritual development as a lifelong effort, but contains separate and distinct domains, serving as a more pragmatic way to reach SWB as an outcome. Ellison (1984) interpreted SWB as a lifelong pursuit of spiritual growth in these four areas: a) personal, b) communal, c) environmental, and d) transcendental.

Growth and understanding about these domains does not move smoothly from one to the next throughout life. But simply understanding each of the domains may be an enlightening experience for some. So here goes:

Personal Domain: Progress in this area means understanding oneself, developing a sense of identity, self-awareness, inner peace and joy and meaning in life.

Communal Domain: We are not alone. We should each be part of a community helping and cultivating meaningful relationships. This includes developing a love for other people, forgiveness, trust, respect, and kindness towards others.

Environmental Domain: Despite our knowledge or personal experiences, we are part of something bigger; inhabiting a living planet with numerous plants, animals, peoples and cultures. Development in this area includes oneness with nature, awe at breathtaking view, and harmony with the environment.

Transcendental Domain: Development in this area includes developing a personal relationship with the Divine, worship of the Creator, and mediation.

Now this all sounds academic and wordy. In future posts, I will make sure to give tips and application to achieve greater spiritual wellness and obtaining a healthier outlook on the meaning of life.

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The Organic Experience

What do you think of when you hear the words “Plant Based / Organic”?

I believe most would correlate the words with food (some think of manufacturing plants). Food that has not been genetically modified and produced without the use of chemicals and pesticides. This could also be termed as clean, natural, and as close to the original form as possible or Non-GMO = Genetically Modified Organisms.

In America, we live in a fast-paced, productivity-driven society. Fast food, GPS systems, curbside garbage pick-up, supermarkets, Google fiber, and on-line shopping are just a few examples of how we have sped up processes to accomplish more. Efficiency is liberating. Without these wonderful manmade tools, we could be spending time simply sustaining our physical selves. But because of these tools, we are able to utilize that extra time to focus on the emotional and spiritual realms as well! But how do we really use our time? And is the efficiency of the food we eat contributing to greater health and wellness?

I’m going to advocate for a simpler life and how it contributes to SWB (spiritual well-being). If we could use the word organic and its characteristics to explain lifestyle choices, it might make more sense why we should actually spend MORE time doing some things rather than LESS. Sometimes being efficient comes at the expense of something else. For example, speeding home, stopping off at the fast food joint on the corner to make it to the next deadline or appointment seems normal and expected these days. But the stress of deadlines could cause high blood pressure, the speeding could cause a fatal accident, and the fast-food may have long-term or short-term health risks. In fact, if these sound all too common, chances are you are pushing yourself to your limits and simply surviving, and not thriving. And I bet you are justifying this behavior in your mind because it is what is expected and “normal” in our society.

Creating these efficient systems and processes that take us further from the natural state have not come without negative outcomes. Our society feeds and fuels us for greater output. So, the constant battle we face in our society is balance. Although there are wonderful benefits to these manmade advances, we must not become too far removed from our natural state because it contributes to greater SWB.

If you’d rather live a happier, healthier, and longer life, then some lifestyle changes may need to occur. You may need to foster organic experiences for yourself and those around you. Here are some suggestions:

1. Take time to understand the processes. Understanding more about your food, where it comes from, and how it gets to the supermarket may cause you to change your behavior. Learning more about your waste, where it goes and how long it takes to decompose might also be alarming. Visiting another country or studying other cultures where they spend most of their time growing and preparing food may also open your eyes.

2. Take time to be still. Ponder the complexities of life. Take time to contemplate why you are feeling a particular emotion or why you reacted in a way. Take time for yourself, because thoughts and inspiration come to you during still moments. And these experiences may bring tears to your eyes, and they should be embraced.

3. Take time for others. Listen to others, share your life and knowledge with others, and spend uninterrupted time with those you love. How often do others need you, but you don’t feel like you can come to their rescue? How often do you need support? A good rule of thumb: Give more than you get. It turns out you will get more than you feel you gave.

4. Spend time restoring yourself. Go outside. Certain activities, places, and people rejuvenate the soul. Take the time, take it often. If you take care of yourself, everyone will enjoy being around you more.

5. Cook. Take the time to obtain, prepare, cook, and eat a beautiful meal. If you find no satisfaction in this activity currently, find a way to make it more enjoyable. Get the whole family involved, rotate days, try new recipes. This is one of the best bonding activities for families and therapeutic activities for singles… to create something new. It hits the highest level of the pyramid. Learn all you can about food and how what you put in your body determines a great deal of your future ailments. A lot of current diseases are preventable by living a healthier lifestyle. Try whole and organic foods, then go gluten-free, then try vegetarian or vegan. Your body and your brain will thank you. I have several resources if you are interested…

6. Take time to exercise. Your body was made for moving. Another negative outcome for gadgets that complete tasks for us (even while I’m sitting here writing) is that we are not restoring our bodies and using the energy we are consuming. The biggest stress relievers are not medications… they are exercise, sleep, and a healthy diet.

These activities are muddled and confusing in the media today. Take the time to research and try out a few of these ideas and assess how you feel when you do. Assess how you feel when you eat something or don’t eat something. Use your body, mind and spirit as an experiment for better living. These ideas may not come easy at first, but once you adopt small changes into your lifestyle, they become easier. Start simple. Use the slogan as inspiration. What organic experiences would you like to have?