TCOY = Take Care of You!

2014 July bridge JOURNEY bwMy life’s personal journey and career experiences as a former professional athlete and coach (30+ years) have taught me a lot about the human body, commitment, choices and discipline.  LIVING WELL

Finding your purpose in life and living it out daily is a great source of fulfillment.  For me, I know mine, Coach and Life Enthusiast.  Decades of experience and being true to my belief’s, values and lifestyle have given me great personal satisfaction.  Being able to empower others gives me great joy as I witness lives being transformed through intentional living.  My book Putting It All Together provides my stories on living well.

Coaches, teachers, and mentors provide insight and guidance through knowledge and expertise.  With decades of experience of living the TCOY (take care of you) lifestyle, my clients are empowered and endorse my coaching due to the outcome based results.  Inspiring Well-Being

My TCOY philosophy is to focus on total well-being:  Mind, Heart, and Body.  Simple disciplines or errors in judgment over time will reveal themselves in life.   Where you spend you time, energy, and money reveals your priorities.  As a coach, we work together and I challenge you to take inventory and make the changes as needed.  The bond between a coach and client is one of respect and commitment.

Are you taking care of everyone but you? A valuable lesson people need to be reminded of is:  “take care of you”; thus “TCOY”.  We can be of little help to ourselves or others if our personal health fails.

Someday is another word for procrastination.  In regards to your well-being, the sooner you begin to take care of your body, the better off you will be.  When you create a mindset for wellness, your lifestyle changes and your Quality of Life improves. Every human being is the author of his own health or disease.

  • If you don’t take care of your body, where will you live? 
  • Are you overwhelmed by demands on your time, choices to make and simply do nothing. WARNING:  choosing to do nothing is a choice too. Avoidance is not a solution and it can cost you your life!

Focus on what you want in your life and take action to receive it. Change is hard.  Seek wisdom and support from one who has achieved what you desire. I’m not saying it will be easy but it will be worth it!  Neither wellness nor sickness occur over night, they are a result of choices over time.  

ACTION REQUIRED – Your health is my business!  Together we can create a better YOU from this day forward.

Some excuses that can cost you your life:

*I just can’t change.
*I feel pretty good right now.
*I don’t have the time or energy.
*I am not sick, so I’m healthy.  Right?
*I can’t afford it, my budgets too tight.
*I have more important things to think about and do.
*I get confused and overwhelmed about where to begin.

I welcome the opportunity to provide guidance for sustainable wellness and more joy in life.  

TCOY = Take Care of You!

Coach Lucy

Life Enthusiast & Coach

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Take Care of Yourself

A special thanks to Dr. Michelle Robin, Your Wellness Connection as she featured me in her August Blog.  LINK

Like many, I have fond memories of being active in my childhood.  There was always something to do, explore, or be involved in and most, if not all of it, didn’t cost anything.  Good times consisted of two elements: being active and having fun. Fast forward to today, times have changed with the introduction of cell phones, computers and other advances in technology. Being active and playing outside has become secondary to computer time and schedules with limited physical exercise. What message is this giving our children? Are we teaching our children TCOY?

Today, people of all ages are suffering physically, psychologically and financially due to lack of being active. Chronic disease has reached epidemic rates. If nothing changes, it’s not a matter of if you’ll be sick, but when.

In 1999, I enlarged my coaching arena from racquetball to include wellness. TCOY Wellness provides the guidelines and coaching necessary to empower the wellness mindset and lifestyle.  TCOY = Take Care of You. The same disciplines and mindset I used to become a world-class professional athlete are provided in my TCOY Wellness Experience Training Program.

The first thing the program addresses in starting a life-changing wellness journey is to know your why. Why do you want to be healthy? It’s essential to understand your priorities and put emotion to it.

My initial “why” to be healthy was so I could be a professional athlete. My “why” changed when I became a divorced mother. Everything in my world was centered around being the best parent possible and meant I needed to take care of myself so I could take care of my daughter.  Shortly after, TCOY Wellness was launched so I could also help others improve their quality of life.

Wellness is easy to do, but it’s also easy not to do. Most people fail because they feel over-whelmed and quit, or never even try. TCOY Wellness empowers and encourages. “What if” is seen as a positive visualization of the life you want to live, full of joy and vitality.

At the foundation of the program is simple movement, gratitude and laughter. Whatever activity you choose, make it fun and sustainable. Learn to be kind to yourself and others. Laughter puts everything in perspective and is an instant vacation.

Racquetball is my lifetime sport. It gives me great joy physically, mentally and socially. What’s yours? Explore and find an activity that you will look forward to doing and then immerse yourself in scheduling time to do it. This new perspective will change how you view fitness fun; it can be called a “fun-out” instead of a “workout.”

Take time to improve your physical well-being and it will positively impact all areas of your life.  If you want more vitality, something needs to change. Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Whatever your age, the body needs movement. A workout is a reboot for the mind, body and spirit. TCOY is more than a mantra, it’s a way of life!

In 2015, I became the Health & Wellness coach for TVH Americas. TVH is a global parts and manufacturing company with 900 employees. My focus has been to create and develop a healthy workplace that also empowers employees. The wellness mindset and lifestyle I share impacts not only the employees, but their family and friends; thereby creating a rippling effect into the community and beyond.

Being able to help others improve their quality of life is my calling in life. So often, it’s simply a matter of putting things in perspective and encouraging people along the journey. Former US President John Quincy Adams said it well,

“The influence of each human being on others in this life is a kind of immortality.”

Life is as complicated as we make. Daily choices matter and a healthier lifestyle starts when you are ready to make your health a priority. I recall a client telling me,

“I think you care more about my health than I do.” My response, “A coach sees your potential before you do.”

Another client with Parkinson’s who suffers with a lot of pain and tremors now plays racquetball ten hours a week and has told me, “When I play, it’s the only time I’m not in pain. The workouts have dramatically improved my quality of life.”

A group of ladies participated in a racquetball clinic on a Saturday morning. When I saw them on Monday, I asked what they thought and if they’d be back. They replied, “Oh, our sides hurt so bad afterwards.” I looked at them a little confused and she added,

“Our sides hurt from laughing so much…that was so much fun!!”

Once again, it was not a workout but a “fun-out.”

The TCOY Wellness program approaches wellness from a completely unique perspective. With over 30 years of coaching experience and walking the talk, my real life approach of building layers upon layers of simple, fun and sustainable actions has transformed hundreds of lives. The complete program consists of 40 weeks of 30-minute weekly class sessions. Think of it in these terms. A full term pregnancy is 40 weeks. Retraining habits, creating the right mindset, and learning how to live the wellness lifestyle will take 40 weeks as well.

The gift of wellness is a gift that you give yourself.  It begins and ends with you.
TCOY… for the health of it. Action Required!

Coach LucyWith over three decades as a professional racquetball player and coach, Lucy DelSarto has what it takes to demonstrate and teach wellness like no one else.  She lives and breathes wellness and determination on and off the court; and has done so throughout her life making her a key mentor and role model for all who come in contact with her.  Lucy’s combination of captivating public speaking skills, practical and comprehensive knowledge of health and wellness, unique style in motivating others and keeping them motivated, all entwined with quick wit and humor makes Lucy the total package you don’t want to miss!

 

HEAT EXHAUSTION

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Summer is in full swing!  Be sure and be mindful of being HYDRATED and know the signs of heat exhaustion.

Keep Calm

       &

Keep Cool

Below is helpful information with Hyper-Links for more details.

Coach Lucy

 

Heat cramp symptoms can include:

  • Severe, sometimes disabling, crampsthat typically begin suddenly in the hands, calves, or feet
  • Hard, tense muscles

Heat exhaustion symptoms can include:

Heat exhaustion requires immediate attention.

Heat stroke symptoms can include:

Heat stroke can occur suddenly, without any symptoms of heat exhaustion. If a person is experiencing any symptoms of heat exhaustion or heat stroke, GET MEDICAL CARE IMMEDIATELY. Any delay could be fatal. Seek emergency medical care for anyone who has been in the heat and who has the following symptoms:

  • Confusion, anxiety, or loss of consciousness
  • Very rapid or dramatically slowed heartbeat
  • Rapid rise in body temperature that reaches 104 degrees to 106 degrees F
  • Either drenching sweats accompanied by cold, clammy skin (which may indicate heat exhaustion) or a marked decrease in sweating accompanied by hot, flushed, dry skin(which may indicate heat stroke)
  • Convulsions
  • Any other heat-related symptom that is not alleviated by moving to a shady or air-conditioned area and administering fluids and salts

 

A professor stood before his philosophy class with some items in front of him. When the class began, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar, and began to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full, and they agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous, yes.

The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.

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His point from everything he did was that the jar represents your life. The Golf balls are the important things – family, partner, health, children – things that if everything else will be lost, they are the only once who will remains and still your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like – job, house and car. While the sand is everything else meaning all the small stuff.

If you put the sand into the jar first, there is no room for the pebbles and Golf balls. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important. Always pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Know your priorities because this will only result everything that will happen in your life. Take care of the Golf balls first – the rest are just pebbles and sand.

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented. The professor smiled.

“I’m glad you asked,” he said. “It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple cups of coffee with a friend.”

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day is not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the two cups of coffee.

Everything that we do in life always end up in choosing which should we prioritize first and which we should treat as an option. We might not end up as successful or just living plainly, but we should know who will be there when everything goes down in your life and who will be there to stand up for you when life is a bit hard. Don’t ignore the important things, because these important things are the only one who can help you stand up and make everything go up.

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Sleep …zzzzzzzzz

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The Science of Why We Sleep

–by Maria Popova, syndicated from brainpickings.org, Oct 05, 2015

“Something nameless hums us into sleep,” the poet Mark Strand wrote in his beautiful ode to dreams. But what is that nameless something, exactly? By now, scientists know that sleep obeys our complex internal clocks, affects our every waking moment, and even tames our negative emotions. But even as they’re beginning to shed light on what happens while we sleep, they don’t yet know why we evolved to sleep in the first place.

In this fascinating short video, PBS’s Joe Hanson explores the mysteries of sleep, synthesizing science from David Randall’s excellent Dreamland: Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep (public library) and other scientific curiosities, from how tiny ocean-dwelling worms explain our brains’ response to daylight and darkness to Edison’s power-napping strategy for success.

Complement with the chronobiology of why you’re so tired, the science of sleep and the teenage brain, andthe relationship between dreaming and depression, then revisit this visualization of famous writers’ sleep habits vs. creative output.

EXCELLENT VIDEO – Take a few minutes and be enlightened with the information!

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Sleep might be the single most important behavior that humans and other animals experience.

Fear Unwrapped

zen habits: Fear Is Why We Have Too Much Stuff


Fear Is Why We Have Too Much Stuff

Posted: 01 Apr 2016 11:58 AM PDT

By Leo Babauta

While we might want to get out from under the mountain of possessions we have, and have all the best intentions of simplifying our lives … the truth is that we continue to have too much stuff.

Part of that is laziness, an attitude of “I’ll get to it later” … but the real driving force behind our too-much-stuffitis is fear.

Fear is what causes us to buy things we don’t really need. Fear keeps us holding onto stuff we don’t need.

Consider:

  • You pack too much when you travel, and have a garage full of stuff, just in case you might need it. This is a fear that you might need something and not have it. It’s fear of lack of safety and certainty.
  • You buy a lot of things for an upcoming event or trip because you don’t know what you might need. Your fear is that you’ll be unprepared. Again, it’s fear of lack of safety and certainty.
  • You hold on to things you don’t use anymore because you might need it someday. You probably won’t, but you’re really not sure. Again, it’s fear of lack of safety and certainty.
  • You keep books and other aspirational items (guitar you never learned, elliptical machine you don’t use) because you hope you’ll get to them someday, and letting go seems like a loss of hope. You fear not being the person you want to be. This is a fear of not being good enough as you are.
  • You hold on to sentimental items, because you don’t want to lose the memories, or because it means a lot. Really, you’re afraid you will lose the love or relationship that these items represent (grandpa’s jacket represents your loving relationship with him). You fear the loss of love. This is a fear that the love you have now is not good enough.
  • You don’t want to get rid of things because you paid a lot for them, and you fear that letting go would be a waste. Actually, if you’re not using them, it’s a waste to keep them. It’s hard to say what the fear is here … but you likely fear that if the original purchase was a mistake, things might not turn out well in the future. This is a fear that the present moment won’t turn out OK, or again, a fear of uncertainty.
  • You keep a lot of clothes (or other similar items) because they’re a means of self-expression for you … and getting rid of many of those clothes would feel like you’re limiting your means of self-expression. You fear not having those options, not having the ability to be who you want to be. This is a fear that you’re not good enough as you are, without those items.

I could go on, but nearly all our possessions that aren’t absolute necessities (shelter, a bed, very minimal clothing, food, personal hygiene stuff, etc.) are bought and kept because of fears.

We want these items to comfort us, to help us cope with fears and anxieties, to help us feel prepared and more secure, to help us feel that we’ll be OK, to help us feel more certain about the future.

And of course, these items don’t actually do any of these things. We hope they will, but they never do. We never have more certainty about the future, and we continue to want more things to cope with fears that we’re not good enough, that things won’t turn out OK, and so on. The cycle doesn’t end.

So what’s the solution?

A Better Way to Cope With Fears

If we could find a different way of coping with these fears and anxieties, we wouldn’t need the stuff. We could pause before buying something out of fear, and decide not to buy it. We could finally get rid of much of the stuff we have lying around taking up space and mental energy. We could downsize, and live a more minimalist life.

So what’s another way to cope with these fears? Try this:

  1. First notice that you have fear. Notice that you’re being motivated out of fear. Notice that there’s some anxiety, some worry about uncertainty or insecurity, some desire for comfort.
  2. Stay with the fear. Our tendency is to run away from the fear, to try to seek comfort by buying something or eating comfort food or doing something relaxing. Running from the fear is what causes many of our problems. Stay, sit still, face the fear, breathe. Find the courage to go to the places we’re afraid of.
  3. Smile at the fear. Face this fear and smile at it. It is just a scared child inside you, nothing to run from, nothing to be upset about. It’s perfectly OK, perfectly natural, for fears to arise in us. Accept this fear in front of you, and smile at it. This smiling dissipates much of its power.
  4. Develop a friendliness with it. Be open and curious about your fear, see how it feels in your body, what is its quality? Investigate it with friendliness, get to know it like a new friend. Once you really learn what this fear feels like, really become unconditionally friendly with it, you begin to trust that you’ll be OK, that it will float away eventually like a cloud in the wide open expanse of the sky of your mind.

Friends with this fear, you can now decide how to act, unencumbered by the need to alleviate the fear with possessions. You can close the tab with your favorite online shopping site, you can put it on a 30-day list to look at later, when the urge has faded and the fear is no longer with you. You can let go of the possessions you do have, finally freeing yourself of this burden.

And in the end, you’ll find that you’re perfectly OK as you are, without needing to change, without needing anything to “express” who you are or improve you. And that’s worth more than all the possessions in the world.

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Here’s a great way to fill your tank…nutrition tank that is.  Don’t skip breakfast…BREAK THE FAST!  LINK

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