Posts tagged ‘Sports’

Who is that girl?

Honored to have been featured on p. 32 in the YOUR NEIGHBOR edition in the May 2014 Johnson County Lifestyle Magazine – LINK.

My good friend and fellow racquetball enthusiast, Bill Severns is featured on p. 18.  We share a lot of the same passions.  Check out his book “Keepers of the Sandlot”.  This is a great read (also on audio) which is also a good gift idea for Father’s Day!

Be Well and remember to:  TCOY!








Racquetball provides an excellent opportunity to improve health the TCOY way: head, heart and body.


HEAD – With MINDFULNESS being a buzz word these days, I can assure you this:  YOU WILL BE MINDFUL WHEN PLAYING RACQUETBALL!!  Where else does a ball go flying around at 60-100 mph?  LOL


HEART & BODY – You will get a great cardio workout PLUS, the friendships you develop are true treasures.  I have racquetball friends from the ’80’s and all I have to do is give a phone call to re-ignite a friendship even if we haven’t talked in years!


The sports can be completely recreational...a person entering the court for the first time can have fun and get a workout.  Don’t be intimidate and think you can’t do it…YOU CAN & I BELIEVE YOU’LL WISH YOU HAD TRIED IT SOONER!


My TCOY Challenge…if you would like to attend one of my clinics or an open play session, simply contact me and I will give you the details.  I’ve got the equipment, you simply need to SHOW UP!  That’s for an offer you can’t say no to!  Call me at 913-709-6059 or email at


Why am I so passionate about getting people on the court?  I want to see lives changed…for the better.  Your health is your greatest asset.  Please, don’t wait for a crisis to realize this.


Below is a great article released today about a racquetball friend who received a grant to play in the Nationals.  Congrats Josh!  You are a walking testimonial of my mantra:  I PLAY. I WIN. 



You are a WARRIOR too. 

In life, we have many battles to fight for well-being. Be pro-active!  

TCOY = Take Care of You! 

Coach Lucy




Colorado Springs, CO – USA Racquetball today announced the recipient of the 2014 John LoMonaco Grant.  Josh Paul of Bettendorf, IA has been selected from among a record 29 applicants to receive the all-expense paid trip to compete in the 2014 U.S. National Singles Championships in Fullerton, CA.  As an active-duty police officer, Josh also qualifies to compete in the Heroes Divisions.


Not many players can say that the greatest accomplishment of their racquetball career is helping save a life.  Josh Paul can say he has helped save two!


Josh is a police officer and trained first responder.  In October 2013 at the US OPEN he was on the scene when Rick Schacht suffered a heart attack while competing.  Josh was the first to perform CPR on Rick and along with a team of good semaritans and trained professionals helped save Rick’s life that day beyond all odds.


In a way, Josh has helped save his own life through racquetball.  After beginning work in the sedentary occupation of law enforcement, Josh saw his weight balloon to 240 pounds.  After returning to racquetball, a sport he picked up in college, he now sweats away calories five days a week playing racquetball at three different clubs.  He’s back in shape and has shed 40 pounds.


Josh also makes significant contributions to the sport at the local level.  He promotes leagues, assists in directing two annual tournaments, maintains local and state racquetball websites and volunteers as Treasurer of the Iowa Racquetball Association.  Having contributed so much to racquetball by the young age of 32, the sky is the limit for his future in the sport.


Josh has long dreamt of participating in the USA Racquetball National Singles Championships.  Thanks to the John LoMonaco Memorial Grant, he’ll live that dream this year.  Josh will be documenting his experience with images and stories to share with the USA Racquetball family.


A “HOT” Valentine’s Gift


TCOY Cracked Corn Heat Packs …made by Elf Lucy

By popular demand, I’ve sewn together a limited supply, just in time for Valentine’s Day and blizzard cold winter conditions.  Simply put in a microwave for 2-3 minutes and the heat remains for 30-45+ minutes, ahhh. 

Great gift for yourself or for that hard to by for person from College kids to grandparents or co-workers.  

  • Quick, Fast Warmth
  • Moist soothing heat (recommended by Physical Therapists) for aches
  • Made with TLC by Elf Lucy in Olathe, KS
    Four new materials:


LIMITED SUPPLY – TCOY Special pricing:   Only $10. 

Yes, I can ship.   Lucy 913-709-6059.  When they’re gone they’re gone.  Call now.

Mikaela Shiffrin – GO GIRL GO!



2014 WINTER Olympics will soon be here – I’ll be highlighting athletes in the next couple weeks. Mikaela Shiffrin’s family get first honors as they focused on the PROCESS not results and kept family as a priority. Exactly what I focus on with TCOY WELLNESS.  She’s set for life because she has an awesome foundation!

In a society that strives so much for success measured by fame, goals, money; this family demonstrates the power of normalcy, family love, maximizing opportunity, hard word and enjoy the journey.  Two ENTHUSIASTIC THUMBS UP!

THE MINDSET – Thanks Mom!

“She truly believed that the focus should be on the process of getting better and not race results,” Dwyer said. “She does that to this day. Everyone on the World Cup says they want to race like they practice, but how many actually do it? Mikaela can because she’s not thinking about trying to win. She’s thinking about getting better.”

Go Mikaela you’re a WINNER inside and out.  I was equally blessed and this is why I chose to develop my TCOY Wellness program to provide a fundamental pathway into a life well lived.  Coach Lucy

ARTICLE:  NY TIMES – Bill Pennington blog post

October Newsletter

Dreams do come true…Perseverance Required 


Never, Never, Never Give Up!

Your body is an amazing machine and it fights every day for your health.  Wellness requires TRAINING too. 

As your wellness coach, I provide solutions.  We partner together to make changes and enhancing your well-being by addressing head, heart and body. 

If you desire vitality, joy and increased energy, I’m a walking testimonial of my TCOY Wellness Program.  Your health IS my business.  Call me, if not now, when?

Every man dies, but not every man really lives. TAKE CARE OF YOU is a proven guide to a life well lived.

We cannot change life!  We can only change the way we live life. 

*** TCOY ***



Have a DRINK on me! H2O that is :)

Summer is HERE! One thing I cannot emphasis enough as a Wellness Coach is DRINK WATER…your body IS NOT requesting coffees, sodas, juices (that’s what your mind has become programed to by your behavior).
Please…have a drink, or two or 8 on me…H2O does your body good!

Are you drinking enough WATER?

Warning signs of dehydration: dizziness, headache, heaviness in the head, flushed skin, weakness, fatigue, dry mouth, loss of appetite.

Are you drinking half your weight, in ounces, of water? WATER is an essential nutrient that is involved in every function of the body. It transports nutrients and waste products in and out of cells. It is necessary for all digestive, absorptive, circulatory, and excretory functions, as well as the utilization of the water-soluble vitamins. Yet most people don’t think about drinking water throughout the day.

Dehydration is the leading cause of mid-day fatigue. When you are dehydrated, your body temperature increases and you lose not only water but also valuable electrolytes such as the essential minerals potassium and sodium.

Dry mouth and being thirsty is one of the last indicators of dehydration in the body. Being thirsty can be confused with hunger because both sensations are similar in the way they register in the brain. You may be reaching for food when you should be reaching for water.

Make sure you are drinking half your weight, in ounces, of water each day. If you weigh 140 lbs. you should be drinking 70 oz. of water each day.


Alkaline Water!!!  I am a HUGE advocate for drinking KANGEN WATER (8.5 – 9-5pH)

Learn more DEMO and let’s talk…if you’re in the KC Metro, let’s connect up so you can try it too!

Top 10 First Aid Mistakes & The Correct Response


     According to the Red Cross, these are the 10 most common first aid mistakes and what to do for each situation.

By knowing the correct response in an emergency you can help someone survive until help arrives, and make recovering from personal injuries faster.

Mistake #1: Putting butter or ice on burns.
Do This Instead: You should rinse the area with cool water and cover with a sterile dressing so you don’t damage the skin tissue. If the burn is severe, see a doctor.

Mistake #2: Inducing vomiting with your finger or by taking “syrup of ipecac” when a poisonous substance is swallowed.
Do This Instead: Call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 or your doctor. Inducing vomiting can be even more harmful. Don’t eat or drink anything unless directed by a medical professional.

Mistake #3: Treating a bleeding limb by applying a tourniquet.
Do This Instead: Pad the wound with sterile gauze, apply direct pressure and wrap the wound securely. Get medical help if the bleeding doesn’t stop, the wound is deep, or is caused by an animal bite.

Mistake #4: Applying heat to a sprain, strain, or fracture.
Do This Instead: Put an ice bag on the injury for 20 minutes to reduce swelling, and use a barrier between the ice and skin.

Mistake #5: Moving a car accident victim away from the scene.
Do This Instead: Leave the injured person in place until paramedics arrive – unless the car is on fire, in an unsafe location, or the person is not breathing and you have to perform CPR on a flat surface.

Mistake #6: Rubbing when there’s a foreign substance in your eye.
Do This Instead: Rinse the eye with tap water. Rubbing it could scratch the eye.

Mistake #7: Using hot water to thaw a cold extremity.
Do This Instead: Gradually warm the extremity by soaking it in lukewarm water. Drastic temperature change can cause further damage.

Mistake #8: Rubbing alcohol on the skin to reduce a fever.
Do This Instead: Lower the fever by giving ibuprofen. If a high fever continues for several days, see a physician or go to the ER. Using alcohol may cause alcohol poisoning, especially in young children.

Mistake #9: Treating an allergic reaction to bee stings at home.
Do This Instead: Call an ambulance if the victim has breathing problems, tight throat, or swollen tongue. Delaying professional treatment for a respiratory reaction could be fatal.

Mistake #10: Applying ointment to a cut or scrape, then covering it with a bandage, and leaving it untended to heal for a few days.
Do This Instead: First, wash the wound with soap and water. Bandage it and change the dressing twice a day. Since fresh air allows the wound to heal, it’s best not to use ointment, which can keep the wound moist. Use a looser dressing at bedtime so the wound can get air.


The Greatest Moment of My Life…

So you’re looking through the magazines, watching TV shows or movies and seeing all these “PERFECT” people in perfect scenes right?

Wrong…call it photo-shop and editing.

It’s great to have goals; yet, I’d suggest focusing on the progress. Perfection is short lived if at all.

The process and strive is where the greatest moments live. I just completed a goal I called “Team Kupish”, I experienced many great moments along the way during my training. Obtaining my goal was a highlight but it was only a fraction of my joy.

Micah Bartel summarizes this point with a great video with some very funny commentary too!

“This IS the greatest moment of my life…so close. This is wasting all my battery,”

Enjoy the practice and remember not to take yourself so seriously, no one else does. :)

Coach Lucy

Are You Guilty of “Goal Vaulting” In Life?

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Are You Guilty of “Goal Vaulting” In Life?

Decades ago I heard the term “goal vaulting”. It was a real eye opener about the way I was reacting with my personal competitions and in some areas of my life.  Awareness is the first step in change and I’m happy to have learned this lesson sooner rather than later in life.  Allow me to explain the concept and how it may be impacting your life too.

As a competitive athlete I am very determined, disciplined and committed.  Any strength can become a weakness if not balanced. My desire to be a professional athlete meant daily training and competing in two or three tournaments every month. I put a tremendous amount of pressure and demands on myself during my highly competitive years.

Granted, I had numerous sponsors and the prize money was only given to first and second place finishers but, there’s more to competing than winning or losing.  The mental aspect is as important as the physical.  I was “goal vaulting” my performances.  I would train and focus on competing in a specific tournament, play well, and even win. However, while driving home I was already diminishing my victory and thinking about my next tournament.

Goal vaulting is jumping from one goal into the next goal without taking time to acknowledge and celebrate your efforts and achievement.  As you can imagine, this can create burnout and other challenges.

Have you ever had a project in school, at work or at home that involved an intense amount of time and effort to complete?  Once finished, did you immediately immerse yourself in another project or did you take some time to reward yourself for all your hard work?  This can even apply in relationships; parents often fail to realize the effects of their influence until after their child becomes an adult.

Sadly, I feel today’s society focuses far too much on just the end results, pushing many to the brink of exhaustion striving for constant perfection.  Therein lies the misconception, perfection is short lived, if obtained at all.  Life is not about perfection nor the destination; it is about the journey and what happens along the way.


One of my all-time favorite books, which later became a movie, is The Peaceful Warrior, by Dan Millman.  The story contains great insight and wisdom and, because it made a profound impact on me, I highly recommend it to others. Live in the present moment not in the past or the future.  Enjoy the journey, be happy and find the joy in life.

My competitiveness is still alive and well but my focus is on striving to be the best I can every day in every situation, on and off the court.  We can only control our efforts, not the outcome. Worrying is negative goal setting for the future and fear-based.  Let go of the past and spend time focusing on the present, in faith.

Our greatest fear isCLICK HERE (this is true for everyone)!

January is, for many, a time to set goals with the start of the new year.  My advice is: focus on your WHY.  Knowing “why” attaches emotion to the goal and this internal motivator will inspire you when the external factors begin to press down on you.

It is never too late to be what you want to be.  Every day provides new opportunities.

Interested in learning more about my personal wellness coaching, company wellness program or learn more about my speaking engagements?  Contact me ~ Video Business Card.    Confidence comes in DOING…so let’s DO WELLNESS together.  Until next month…TCOY

Coach Lucy

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