A Wellness Pearl By Dr. Eileen O’Grady
A Weight Loss Success Story:
Shaping a Destiny
Last Fall I received a call from a young mother, LW, ho was given 6 months of wellness coaching as a gift. She wanted to be a size 12, she felt sad, overwhelmed, and was very fearful about
her and her family’s future.
Having been overweight all her life, she had never had a single
successful experience in weight loss. The
first revelation came when she realized she was addicted to sugar.
Its Always Hard to Leave Home: The Challenge of Change
“Change always comes bearing gifts”
Pritchett, PhD Change Management Expert
Five months into
the “New” year how many of us have broken promises to
ourselves? New research suggests that it is not due to
inertia, laziness or lack of willpower. Harvard professorsKegan and
Laheyhave discovered an emotional immunity system in play, which hinges on
competing goals. The problem is that most change is adaptive, requiring us to change our thinking and
perspective AND our behavior.
"Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is
our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our
freedom." Viktor Frankl
Besieged at every turn with stress,
work, family, and traffic? Ambushed by the emotional wake of others or a
toxic food environment? Have you tried to make some changes but they last hours
or days and can’t find a way to make changes stick? Why is it that
some people firmly decide to make needed changes and are successful, while the
vast majority of others appear to be stuck?
Vulnerability (latinwounding first known
"No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear"
When we are going
through an exceptionally hard time in our life, we may find it irritating or
insensitive to hear about the tenants of positive psychology.
Worry is a Choice
Worry: wor·ry ˈwərē/ old English-to
To worry is to feel troubled and uneasy, true fear is a gift,
is a curse and misuse of imagination.
An excessive degree of
worry impacts our health and well-being. Many of us latch onto some imagined
catastrophic future that never comes. Learn the difference between fear and worry and how to banish worry from our lives. Fear is an energizing response--it causes our bodies to take action even without our awareness.
Achieving Goals vs.
The Anti- New
Does your New
Year’s resolution look like this? Of the 45% of Americans that make resolutions,
only8%achieve their goals. This bleak
picture may stem from not applying proven methods in human change science. In order to avoid magical thinking on setting
New Year’s goals, the strategy of
contrasting can help you backward plan from the goals. This involves contrasting your desired future
with present reality.
Clearing Clutter* to
Honor the Self
Clutter (noun) \ˈklə-tər\ middle English first used in 1556, Cloterne:
We shape clay into a pot, but it is the
emptiness inside that holds whatever we want. Tao Te Ching
I wish that every human life might be pure transparent freedom.Simone de Beauvoir
The 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiologywent
to scientists who discovered the intelligence of cells was not its nucleus, but
its membrane. The cell membrane, it turns out, is the “brains” of the
cell and is fully in charge of how it responds to its environment. It has
its own aptitude about how to transport cargo in and out, when to release cargo
it no longer needs, when and with whom it will dock with, and when to call in
Let yourself be
silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love.
Almost universally, when a person is feeling overwhelmed in
life, it is due to the tragic expression of unmet needs. We are all dealing with the demands to do
more with less, we have multiple, and
sometimes conflicting roles (parenting vs. career- building) and research suggests
that if we get less than 6 hours of sleep
a night, our judgment is equal to that of DUI
We have 24 hours in each day, and if we are not thoughtful
about how we invest our time, we can quickly become very inhospitable to
others, monster-like even.
Change your state of mind by firing every thought you ever had and have
re-interview for its position Gretchen Pisano
One of the five central components of human wellbeing is the
ability to feel positive emotions, really feel them. Feeling positive emotions is not the same as
thinking them. It means letting the positive emotion land and
pausing to truly feel it.
Feeling positive emotions is strongly linked to the