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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You Don’t Have To Be Sick To Get Better!

The Power of CHOICE

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Each of us have the FREEDOM of CHOICE in our life.  Our daily choices become habits and those habits develop into our lifestyle.

“You have brains in your head.

You have feet in your shoes.

You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.”

~ Dr. Seus

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TCOY!

Have you watched KID PRESIDENT’s YouTube video yet?

May and June are all about GRADUATIONS.

CONGRATULATIONS to 2015 Graduates ~ Your Commitment paid off!

Enjoy KP’s video:

CLICK HERE

*Stop hitting Pause…start hitting PLAY!  Make the IMPOSSIBLE, POSSIBLE!

You are AWESOME & treat others that way too.  

You’ve got LIFE ahead of you.  Go LIVE it!”  

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Butterflies are a reminder of how BEAUTIFUL things transform over time.

a catipillar has hope

One of the absolute BEST Commencement Speeches EVER!  

It is something I would recommend everyone listen to and take to heart.  So many wonderful nuggets of wisdom and truisms with in it.  Two enthusiastic thumbs up for Admiral William H. McRaven.  YouTube Video of his 2014 Speech

~ THE WARRIOR is WITH YOU ~

Warrior Pose

10 Life Lessons from Basic SEAL Training

1. If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed. “If you can’t do the little things right, you will never do the big things right.”

2. If you want to change the world, find someone to help you paddle. “You can’t change the world alone—you will need some help— and to truly get from your starting point to your destination takes friends, colleagues, the good will of strangers and a strong coxswain to guide them.”

3. If you want to change the world, measure a person by the size of their heart, not the size of their flippers. “SEAL training was a great equalizer. Nothing mattered but your will to succeed. Not your color, not your ethnic background, not your education and not your social status.”

4. If you want to change the world get over being a sugar cookie and keep moving forward. “Sometimes no matter how well you prepare or how well you perform you still end up as a sugar cookie*.” *For failing the uniform inspection, the student [in Basic SEAL training] had to run, fully clothed into the surfzone and then, wet from head to toe, roll around on the beach until every part of your body was covered with sand. The effect was known as a “sugar cookie.” You stayed in that uniform the rest of the day—cold, wet and sandy. There were many a student who just couldn’t accept the fact that all their effort was in vain. Those students didn’t understand the purpose of the drill: You were never going to succeed. You were never going to have a perfect uniform.

5. If you want to change the world, don’t be afraid of the circuses. “Life is filled with circuses. You will fail. You will likely fail often. It will be painful. It will be discouraging. At times it will test you to your very core.”

6. If you want to change the world sometimes you have to slide down the obstacle head first.

7. If you want to change the world, don’t back down from the sharks. “There are a lot of sharks in the world. If you hope to complete the swim you will have to deal with them.”

8. If you want to change the world, you must be your very best in the darkest moment. “At the darkest moment of the mission—is the time when you must be calm, composed—when all your tactical skills, your physical power and all your inner strength must be brought to bear.”

9. If you want to change the world, start singing when you’re up to your neck in mud. “If I have learned anything in my time traveling the world, it is the power of hope. The power of one person—Washington, Lincoln, King, Mandela and even a young girl from Pakistan—Malala—one person can change the world by giving people hope.”

10. If you want to change the world don’t ever, ever ring the bell. “In SEAL training there is a bell. A brass bell that hangs in the center of the compound for all the students to see. All you have to do to quit—is ring the bell. Ring the bell and you no longer have to wake up at 5 o’clock. Ring the bell and you no longer have to do the freezing cold swims. Ring the bell and you no longer have to do the runs, the obstacle course, the PT—and you no longer have to endure the hardships of training. Just ring the bell. If you want to change the world don’t ever, ever ring the bell.”

THE POWERFUL RECAP:

“Start each day with a task completed.

Find someone to help you through life.

Respect everyone.

Know that life is not fair and that you will fail often.

Take some risks, step up when the times are toughest, face down the bullies, lift up the downtrodden and never, ever give up.”

It matters not your gender, your ethnic or religious background, your orientation, or your social status. Our struggles in this world are similar and the lessons to overcome those struggles and to move forward—changing ourselves and the world around us—will apply equally to all.”

 

Honoring Mom

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This Sunday is Mother’s Day.

Let me encourage you to think AHEAD and write a handwritten note to you mother as well as those females who have stepped up to be a positive influence in your life.  This can include aunts, sisters, teachers, neighbors, etc. — it takes a community to raise a child.  Here is an opportunity to show your gratitude.

I listened to a video clip interview from the lead sing for NEWSBOYS regarding their song “THAT HOME”.  It made me smile.

I have always known I was incredibly blessed with an amazing mom…she was an angel that walked this earth.  If I am 10% of what she was to her family and others, I’d delight in that.

The song WIND BENEATH MY WINGS reminds me how my mom was always there for everyone, lifting us up emotionally, spiritually and physically.  We were fortunate to have you at home and surround you with our love and provide care for you during your final weeks, days and minutes.  As always, you were beautiful, giving and graceful.  The next day, the rain came, I’ve no doubt it was the angels tears of joy and God saying “well done my faithful servant, well done”.  Miss you mom.

Although there is a void in my heart, I know one day we will be reunited.  Until that time…thanks for the memories and all you did mom, I love you!  Thank you, Thank you…for every little thing you did.  Love is… MOM.

Your presence and absence

Happy Earth Day!

When was the last time you slowed down and spent at least a few hours enjoying MOTHER NATURE’s BEAUTY?

Don’t get so busy you miss the free show that is happening 24/7 all around you!

Enjoy this breathtaking video!!

Go outside and experience God’s gift:  NATURE!

Seek and you will find…

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FUN FACTOR

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You don’t need to go buy a membership, expensive technology or toys…kids want TIME with YOU.  Keep it simple and have some good ol’ fun.  Less Tech More Connect.   *Remember, you are creating their vision of what FAMILY TIME is all about.  Break out the board games, cards, puzzles and balls to have some fun times and create lasting memories!  Coach Lucy approved. :)

Burning The Candle At Both Ends? Enjoy The Power Of Rest.

Burning the Candle at Both Ends

Are you guilty of pushing through your days without adequate rest?

Most of us know that getting a good night’s sleep is important, but too few of us actually make those eight or so hours a priority. For many, a life with sleep debt is the norm. They have forgotten what “being really, truly rested” feels like.

To further complicate matters, stimulants like coffee and energy drinks, alarm clocks, and external lights—including those from electronic devices (smart phones, etc.) interfere with our natural sleep/wake cycle.

There are many causes of sleep deprivation and the impact, if not addressed, will have a high cost mentally, physically and financially.

Negative Effects of Sleep Deprivation
Sleep deprivation is a key factor in accidents, as well as declining physical and mental health. In addition, lack of rest increases irritability and burnout in work and personal relationships.  Demands for our time, attention and energy come from all directions. Failing to set boundaries can be disastrous.

If we take on more and fail to eliminate something, there is less of us to give. The result can include compromised health, resentment, sub-standard work performance, memory and cognitive impairment, and strained relationships.

The internet and technology has dramatically changed our habits. Within just a couple of decades, cell phones have transformed communication; we are available 24/7 and many can’t imagine being without their phone or computer.

Texting is an excellent example of how we have become addicted to technology with most keeping their phones near them when they sleep. A recent study by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers’s annual Internet Trends report indicated people check their phones 150 times a day.

The market for ‘energy products’ is ever growing but these are a Band-Aid at best and can cause serious health issues. I personally know a good friend who was taken to the ER for a heart issue that was contributed to drinking an “energy drink.” Fortunately, the lesson was learned and he will not make that mistake again.

Assess Your Individual Needs
Learning to be more self-disciplined in regards to rest and diet choices is a far better choice for increasing energy levels. We create our comfort zones and lifestyles. For some, this will require a change in habits. It’s important to pay attention to your own individual needs by assessing how you feel on different amounts of sleep.

• Are you productive, healthy and happy on seven hours of sleep? Or do you require more to feel rested?
• Do you have health issues such as being overweight? Are you at risk for any disease?
• Are you experiencing sleep issues?
• Do you depend on caffeine to get you through the day?
• Are you drinking 6-8 glasses of water daily?

Don’t Sacrifice Your Health for Wealth
Being busy often has a status of importance connected to it, as well as the draw to make more money. The sad truth is many are sacrificing their health to acquire more wealth and then will later spend their wealth in an effort to retrieve their health.

Work from your REST and REST from your work.
Where your time and money goes indicates your priorities. Are you making time for exercise, family or friends or do you find your frequent reply is, “I am so busy, I don’t have any time.”

Eight Tips to Pave the Way for Better Sleep:
• Practice a relaxing bedtime ritual.
• Stick to a sleep schedule, even on weekends.
• Get moving – walk or do some type of exercise every day.
• Evaluate your bedroom to ensure ideal temperature, sound and light.
• Sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillows.
• Best sleeping positions are on your back or side with pillow between knees for proper spine alignment.
• Beware of hidden sleep stealers such as alcohol and caffeine.
• Turn off electronics 30-60 minutes prior to bed.

My TCOY (Take Care of You) mantra is something to embrace as a daily reminder in living well: If you don’t take care of your body, where will you live?

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