Archive for ‘Health & Fitness’

December 31, 2011

“The Gift of Presence” by Ellen Palmer

“This year I was given a present so valuable that I couldn’t possibly keep it all for myself.   So today, I am paying it forward.

It all started this summer when I had a simple accident at the shore that resulted in a serious concussion.  I tried blowing it off, but ended up with a CAT scan and the following advice from my doctors “no activity and absolutely no multitasking until the headaches subside in a few months.” A few months?!  They further explained that no activity meant no TV, no reading, no movies, no talking on the phone, no running, jumping or playing, no computer and no working.   Seriously, there wasn’t much left except staring at the wall, sleeping, and observing.   So that is what I did, I observed the following:

1)    We are bombarded with noise, images and multiple simultaneous tasks all day. It’s amazing that we can hear ourselves think let alone be present to truly listen to someone else.

2)    We are rushed and we are rushing.

3)    Because we live in this rushed, distracted world, it is very hard to stay focused on who we are with or what we are doing at the time.  We are not truly engaged in the moment.

4)    If we aren’t present in the moment, we aren’t really listening and connecting with those around us.  We are disconnected, separate and often at odds.

5)    If we are at odds, we aren’t usually feeling happiness or comfort, but we are too busy to know how to fix it.   Good news ~ I now know.

Because we couldn’t have any noise in the house this summer, I would sit with my family at night and we would talk or play cards together.  There weren’t any “screens” to distract us and we had some of the best conversations we’ve had as a family.   We truly engaged with each other because we weren’t rushed.   We were actually paying attention to what each of us had to say!   We were present in the moment.  We all felt loved and that time together was one of the most rewarding, unexpected gifts I have ever received.

Many of us are missing the truly joyful connections that come from being present in the moment. Perhaps like us, you didn’t intend to be distracted or disconnected from the ones you love.  It just happens.   When life returned to normal after the concussion for us, we crept back into a few bad habits, but we now know what to do.  We took the “day off” together yesterday, went out to lunch and went to the movies.    We made time to truly engage with one another.

The holidays are the perfect time to reconnect.   Perhaps the least expensive, yet most rewarding gift you can give this year is your presence.”

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Ellen Palmer is a People Biz client that attributes her recent positive changes and insights to her participation in the Leading Change Program.  Ellen Palmer is a Holistic Health Counselor, LIfestyle Change Coach and Public Speaker. She works with individuals to help them achieve optimal health through nutrition and lifestyle changes. She address digestive issues, symptoms from menopause, weight loss, Candida, Fibromyalgia, Diabetes and other chronic conditions. Ellen also hosts workshops and does public speaking on wellness topics such as: Hitting the Restart Button~ Integrating Healthy Habits In The New Year; Healthy Foods That Are Making You Sick, Sugar And The Mood Food Connection, Wellness In The Workplace and others.

June 21, 2010

The Middle Way is Very Simple ~

The middle way is very simple. Keep it simple and you will find the balance you have been yearning for. All extremes are fear based and destructive. Should you eat all the time? Well no, that would not be good for you. Should you stop eating all together? No, that would not be good for you. I could ask you the same questions around exercise,  work, play, relationships and on and on.  From science, we know that if you pull a pendulum 30 degrees to the right it will swing 30 degrees to the left. You do not need a philosopher to understand this.  

Sometimes an extreme solution feels like a good idea. For example; if you are always alone, eat alone, go to movies alone, watch TV alone, and work alone. Being in a relationship where you are together all the time may sound good to you. The reason it seems like a good idea is that you are living in the opposite extreme. However, if you then entered into that relationship, it would not be long until you needed your space. Learning to swing your pendulum less to the left or to the right is the middle way. The middle way is that place where you are not forcing or pushing against anything.  

The energy is balanced. You must first realize that everything has its opposite. This means everything has a middle point as well. Awareness of this makes the middle way possible. When you stop swinging between the opposites, you will discover far more energy than you ever imagined. What takes others hours will start to take you minutes. The things that wear other people out will not even faze you. You will learn how to manage your energy efficiently. 

I am saying that most of us waste tremendous energy on extremes. The inefficiency of your actions are determined by how off center you are. When you spend lots of time trying to maintain an extreme, nothing moves forward. You get stuck in a rut. You become stuck working too hard or too little, eating too much, not sleeping, being depressed.  

How do you find the middle way? How do you stop the pendulum from swinging back and forth so violently? Amazingly enough, you do this by leaving the pendulum alone. It will not keep swinging to extremes unless you feed the extremes with energy. Stop participating in the extremes and your pendulum will come to center. You will be filled with energy because you have stopped wasting it on extremes.  

This is quite different from how most people live. Someone cuts you off in traffic and you could be upset for an hour or more! If you are operating it the middle way.  Things happen and they pass. You do not get pulled into upset easily. Someone cuts you off in traffic and you feel pulled towards upset…then being aware, you open your heart, release and move on. Continuous upset is a signal that you are operating in an extreme. We all get out of balance. It can be a great way to discover the middle way actually.  

Awareness of your emotions will keep you from being stuck. The middle way is blind. You cannot see where you are going instead you use your cane to feel where you shouldn’t go thus finding your path.  

Excerpt from Healthy Solutions Program http://www.peoplebizinc.com/lifeworks/healthy-solutions/ 

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June 15, 2010

Ask an Expert, Pieter J. Dewet, “Heal Thyself”

Join our Ask An Expert session in August – Dr. Pieter DeWet- Heal Thy Self  

Pieter J. DeWet, M.D., M.D.(H), FAAFP, ABHIM
Holistic Medicine, Integrative Medicine, Homeopathy,  Family Practice, Chronic Disease Management

Dr. Pieter J. DeWet has been in private practice, practicing Wellness medicine since 1997 and is the owner and medical director of Quantum Healing Institute in Tyler, TX.  Dr. De Wet graduated medical school in 1985 and has been a family physician since 1991 when he obtained his Board Certification in Family Medicine through the American Board of Family Medicine.  He has been a fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice since 1994 and completed a fellowship in Faculty Development in 1994.  He has been a Diplomat of the American Board of Holistic and Integrative Medicine  since the year 2000.  In 2007 he also received his Arizona Homeopathic and Integrative medicine license. 

Dr. DeWet completed his residency in family medicine at the University of Texas Health Center at Tyler in 1991. He pursued a career in academic medicine at UT Health Center starting immediately after his residency until he left UT Health Center in 1997 to go into private practice. Dr. DeWet was associate professor of family medicine and associate program director of the family practice residency program. He was intimately involved in the development of numerous chronic disease management programs at the University of Texas Health Center. He was also the founder and director of the Center for Nutrition Preventive Medicine there from 1995-1997.

Dr. DeWet has been co-host of a nationally syndicated radio program called Healthy, Wealthy & Wise since 2004. He and his wife Cindi are currently hosts of their own XM radio program called “The Quantum Healing Hour” on XM 170 every Saturday 4-5PM CST. Dr. DeWet has spent his entire career in medicine starting from the time he entered medical school to search for the most effective, least harmful and the most cost effective methods to treat patients with complex health challenges, and currently treats patients from all around the country and worldwide for diseases and health conditions ranging from the most simple to some of the most complex. Dr. DeWet approaches all patients holistically, which means he focuses on body, mind and soul and routinely addresses and assists in the treatment of patient’s physical, emotional, social, mental, environmental and spiritual issues as it relates to their overall health situation. He is determined to find and treat the root causes of illness in each patient that he sees which is one reason why Dr. DeWet is credited for getting very good results with the majority of his patients, especially those that are willing to make the commitment to heal all aspects of their health challenges.

Date & Time: Wednesday, August 11th, 2010 at 3PM CST.


Call               (512) 989-2230         (512) 989-2230 or email rsvp@peoplebizinc.com.  
 No cost to attend.  Reserve your space today!

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May 19, 2010

Possibility Thinking: So You Think You Have it Figured Out?

The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity.  ~ Einstein

The cycle of natural learning is curiosity> inquiry> knowledge> application. 

We are wired to naturally learn as we go through life.  However, many of  us so called “adults”  however seem to  have given up on this type of thinking and learning, opting instead for finding the “right’ answer.  Why is being “right” more important than learning? 

We all do it in one way or another…  reach for what we know versus what we could learn? I guess it is easier? If I already know how my husband is there is no need to listen, inquire or really communicate. If I already know how my employer is there is no reason to ask for a raise.  The list goes on and on.  Maybe it is some kind of risk management mechanism that our mind likes to play? Keeping us from really engaging in life. Life becomes dry and uneventful. We have been there done that.

As a result, many of us have stopped learning.  The job of a coach is to develop people’s natural ability to grow and learn. When we open ourselves up to the question versus the answer anything becomes possible. Our child-like wonder is awakened.  We experience more and more joy. Opportunities arise. Why? When we are in “the know” we cannot see our own incompetence. Unfortunately, the people around us can! We stay blind to what would be possible if we were to stretch and grow. 

To start opening up to what you could learn, just ask yourself:  “What could I become curious about?”  Or challenge yourself:  “Maybe I could learn something here?” or “What if that isn’t true?”  The question is always more powerful than the answer. Start with all the places you are absolutely certain you are right. Start questioning the validity of your point of view. Be curious, not judgmental. There is a night and day difference. Play with possible points of view, ask: ” How else could someone see this?” or ” what is another possible way to interpret that?” . Remember, your point of view is limited to what you can see. From wherever you are, you can only see part of something.  Thinking our way or opinion is right is what shuts learning and growing down.  All of your answers come from the past.  Aren’t you tired of living there?    

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August 27, 2009

Leadership Institute

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WHEN: Thursday, September 24th thru Saturday, September 26th, 2009

WHERE: Office Depot headquarters in Boca Raton, Florida.

We at Count Me In believe that entrepreneurship equals leadership, and so do our partners at Office Depot. Leadership takes vision and discipline, creativity and tenacity, risk-taking, earth-shaking, courage, confidence and commitment. It also takes a strong community– this one. Our Leadership Institute will help you successfully grow your business and yourself.

Featured Workshop: Select, Hire & Retain Top Talent – Alicia Marie Fruin

Want To Create Your Dream Team? Now you can! In this workshop you will:
• Craft a strategic plan to build your team
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• Get great interviewing tips and a FREE CD of materials you can use in your business.

Here’s what you’ll experience:

* Two tracks of powerful workshops taught by experts in their fields
* Elevator Business Pitch Updates
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* Panels, speakers and some creative surprises
* Plus lots of time to share with and learn from each other, one of the hallmarks of the Count Me In community
* Shuttle service between hotel and Office Depot available
* Valet Parking at Office Depot

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August 19, 2009

Healthy Solutions Program – Get Healthy From The Inside Out!

Healthy Solutions is a path to a powerful relationship with your body, food and exercise. Coaching is an opportunity that few have experienced and yet so many acknowledge the wisdom of it!

Everything we want to accomplish with our health first needs to happen internally. Do you sense the truth here, but prefer not look at it? This program is for people who are finally ready to look. If you have tried everything, if you are convinced there is not a quick fix, sign up for this program. This program is for courageous people. This program is for people who do not quit.

I have been teaching health principals for several years and know one thing for a fact:
“Your habits, thoughts, language, memories and your personality have everything to do with your health! All of which have the capacity and tendency to change and grow. You have the power to start choosing rather than being at the effect of this natural tendency to change and grow!”

In the Healthy Solutions Group Coaching Program, you will:

 Create your own meal and exercise program
 Establish specific measurable goals and a plan to achieve them
 Study, investigate and learn about nutrition and health
 Handle un-addressed health concerns
 Uncover un-investigated stories that are persisting your health issues
 Discover what is true and what is not in regards to your health
 Identify situations that are likely to get in the way of your plan and create strategies
 Learn to be sourced by the future rather than the past
 Tap into resources
 Forgiveness ; “heavy thoughts make you heavy” “un-easy thoughts create dis-ease”
 Improve Body image
 Having and being enough
 Keeping your word as well as giving it!
 Being Consistent
 Judging and assessing
 Being athletic
 Vision and action
 Play!
 Personal power versus manipulation
 Fear or love motivation
 Faith
 Gratitude

This program takes 25-assignments/ weeks to complete. The cost is $180 per month (4 sessions) for six to eight months. A physical prior to starting this program is a requirement. Permission from a doctor to participate must be received by 1st session of program.

During your first few sessions, you will develop a plan to aspire to, just drop the perfectionist attitude now! We will put in place actions that are systematic and repetitive. Exercise is a natural outcome and result of being healthy. You will do exercise purely for health reasons, not for a great looking body. We will work on being healthy together; you will create your exercise program.

This is really where your program begins, you see most of us know exactly why we have the results we have. So, why don’t we do something about it? The resignation runs so deep; we just cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel.

In this program, you will get to the root of what stops you. You will confront your entire relationship to food, your body and your overall well-being. You will see that your entire identity is going to have to transform for your body and health to change.

This is where one coaching call per week as well as one call with your program buddy for 25 weeks come in. As you might have guessed, this is going to take something beyond money and time. This will take perseverance. It is much easier to ignore our health rather than pay attention to it.

If as a group, we do not complete each week’s assignment, we may not advance to the following week.

If you choose to do this program, expect to be challenged in every way. You will love and hate your coach. You will win and fail! You will experience every imaginable emotion. You might miss the calls and/or avoid your buddy. You will forget why you are doing this and your group will remind you. Your coach and group will be your commitment when you have forgotten yours. Sometimes you will feel like quitting. Your coach and your group will demand that you keep your word and that you see yourself as the healthy, successful person that you already are!

Please visit http://www.healthysolutionsprogram.com to learn more.