Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Eat Right

Having a nutritious diet is critical to your overall health.  This is true during all stages of your life, from when you were a toddler to when you retire.  Sometimes when we go through challenging or stressful periods in our lives, we slack off on our better eating habits, but that can be more harmful than beneficial. Many brides are concerned about their weight or fitting into their wedding gown.  Some go on fad diets or exercise rigorously just to meet those weight goals.  Other brides may be less concerned with their weight, but are so busy preparing for the wedding, they forget to eat or eat too little to keep up with all the energy they are expending.  None of these scenarios are healthy or practical.  Our bodies need food to help us maintain the energy we need to stay active and to provide us with the right vitamins and minerals to keep us healthy.  Neglecting a balanced and nutritious diet means our bodies suffer.  And while you're planning your wedding, you want your body to function properly.
So much can be found today about proper nutrition.  You can also consult your physician or a registered dietitian to get you on the right track.  Choose healthy foods and a proper balance between your food groups.  If you know you're going to be busy running around all day, pack a healthy snack and lunch to take with you.  That increases your chance of making good food choices and not relying on fast foods or quick fixes.  Giving yourself a little extra time in the morning to eat breakfast can make a big difference in starting your day off right too.  And if there are times you're too busy to cook dinner, then schedule a date night and go out with your fiance or friends to make sure you get a healthy meal in.  Eating right means choosing to put yourself first so you can accomplish your everyday goals in a healthy, sensible fashion.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Is Coaching Right for You?

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and your New Year is starting off prosperously.  As 2013 gets underway, people have been asking, "how do I know if coaching is right for me?"  Great question!  Coaching works well for a lot of individuals, but it may not be the right fit for others. Coaching comes in many different forms.  It can be motivational, organizational, relationship based, spiritual, and everything in between.  The important thing to remember is that it is future focused and intended for people who want to actively work on reaching a goal.  It means you usually have homework to do.  And you thought those days were over!  The working relationship with a coach is the springboard to getting a lot of people into action.  It's sometimes easy to find excuses not to get things done; having a coach holds you accountable for following through with your intentions.  Some people are better suited for therapy, which can be a more lengthy, intense, and emotional process, as you work through your feelings.  A good coach will tell you if therapy is better for you.
As a life coach specializing in working with brides, I want you to remember that your emotional wellness matters!  If you are feeling overwhelmed and stressed out with all the changes and excitement that comes along with planning a wedding, you may want to consider a coach.  Having an impartial professional work with you to problem solve, stay organized and motivated, and transition into a new phase in your life can help improve your emotional well being, so you can focus on your wedding.