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The Art of Aging
And it is an art and it is an art worth learning. Due to the fact that we’re living longer, to live that time comfortably and with a quality of life to enjoy our lives, we must take steps now to age well. Don’t wait until you start showing signs of aging. I know it seems like we’re going to live forever, and aging is so far off that we’ll never get old, but we all do. Furthermore, it’s never too late to make changes. Eventually, it happens to all of us, if we’re lucky. The alternative to aging isn’t so great.
So, here is our list.
Everything on this list supports one if not many of the organ systems and sometimes all of them. Support your organ systems and your social system and you’ll have the secret to aging well.
I can remember watching movies where people searched for the fountain of youth. They never found it, or if they did, they died and it got covered up again. At this point, we won’t live forever, but we live long enough that it’s important we take care of ourselves or learn to live with or manage chronic health issues.
The research took us system by system and we gathered the remedies from the experts. This is a partial list of steps to take to support your organ systems and your social system.
Art of Aging Steps
Eat to live
Get regular exercise
Build your brain
Get enough sleep
Get regular doctor checkups
Don’t abuse alcohol, drugs, or tobacco
Maintain a healthy weight
Mind your medications
Maintain sex and intimacy
Take care of your gums and teeth
Care for your skin
Motivation and Incentive Built-In
This program discusses each organ system, how it ages and what we can do to help. There are specific detailed steps to take to age well. Going through the program will be an eye-opener. Understanding the scientific reasoning as well as the correct way to approach each issue creates motivation and dedication to the purpose. It isn’t often that you get that facet of the goal setting and success process. I feel like this program is going to have an extra element to it, not found in other programs to support, encourage, and ensure success.
Art of Aging
We’ve done so much research for this particular program and have referenced hundreds of documents, scholarly articles and studies. We have some great programs and this one stands alone in fact and potential for transformation.
While I was writing our new program, Art of Aging, the suggestion of vaccines for the flu was a remedy for a lot of what ages some organ systems. While I have never intentionally left anything out of what I presented, I was tempted beyond belief. I didn’t do it, I was surprised that so many medical documents insisted on flu shots. In fact, many authorities recommend flu shots. I have a hard time suggesting a flu shot when I’ve seen its damage. Consequently, I did the right thing, we included the expert advice with a warning and suggestion the reader do further study and finally discernment before getting the flu shot.
Because of all that we’re subjected to, we start aging faster the minute we’re born. As a result, it’s not exclusive to middle age, just a little more urgent. The more toxins that are in our foods, medicines, air, home, and earth, the earlier we need to concern ourselves with aging well. Maybe age 1 or before is a good time to start. Since we have so many toxins we’re exposed to, maybe earlier.
43% of our children in America suffer from chronic illness, not including obesity. That’s Forty-three percent! Compared to their parents, today’s child is four times more likely to have a chronic illness. (And I have goosebumps while I’m sharing this.) To define, Chronic Illness is a health condition that lasts from 3 months to a lifetime.
From The American Acadamy of Pediatrics
“The use of vaccines has led to major improvements in child health over a relatively short period. Many of the infectious illnesses you or your parents had as children, from chickenpox to polio to measles, no longer affect most children today. If you follow the immunization guidelines recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), you can help make your child healthier than was ever possible in earlier generations.”
Haemophilus influenza type b (Hib)
Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
Rubella (German Measles)
Varicella (Chicken Pox)
This link takes you to a page filled with results of studies on vaccines and the American Academy of Pediatrics concludes that vaccines are safe and have eradicated 16 diseases and have saved millions of lives in the last 50 years.
This link, especially relevant, explains their position on the side-effects of vaccines.
The Mawson Study
This study that Mawson conducted had 666 American homeschooled children between the ages of six and twelve years and parents around the age of 40 with an income of $50-100,000 annually. It compared 261 children with vaccinations with 405 partially or fully vaccinated children. The study reported health based on the parent’s report of immunization and the physicians’ diagnosis of illness.
Mawson selected homeschooled children because a higher proportion is unvaccinated. It’s a problem in the US to find unvaccinated children. As a result, there really haven’t been enough studies. Mawson states that vaccines are among the most significant achievements of biomedical science and one of the most effective public health interventions of the 20th Century.
The Presumption and Problem with Vaccine Studies
…Vaccines are acknowledged to carry risks of severe acute and chronic adverse effects, such as neurological complications and even death, but such risks are considered so rare that the vaccination program is believed to be safe and effective for virtually all children.
There are very few randomized trials on any existing vaccine recommended for children in terms of morbidity and mortality, in part because of ethical concerns involving withholding vaccines from children assigned to a control group.
One exception, a measles vaccine, was withdrawn after several trials in West Africa showed that it interacted with another vaccine, resulting in a significant 33% increase in child mortality. Evidence of safety from observational studies includes a limited number of vaccines, but none on the childhood vaccination program itself. Knowledge is limited even for vaccines with a long record of safety and protection against contagious diseases. The safe levels and long-term effects of vaccine ingredients such as adjuvants and preservatives are also unknown. Other concerns include the safety and cost-effectiveness of newer vaccines against diseases that are potentially lethal for individuals but have less of an impact on population health.
Results of the Study Show Vaccinated Children Were:
four times more likely to have Autism
30 times more likely to have allergic rhinitis
22 times more likely to require allergy medicine
five times more likely to be diagnosed with a learning disability
340% more likely to be diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
5.9 times more likely to be diagnosed with pneumonia
3.8 times more likely to be diagnosed with a middle ear infection
700% more likely to have surgery for ear drainage tubes
2.4 times more likely to be diagnosed with a chronic illness
No evidence that vaccinated children were less likely to get vaccine-preventable diseases
The study is fascinating and I added a link to it below if you’d like to read the full review.
Ingredients in Vaccines
In addition to the weakened or dead disease antigens (either virus or bacteria) vaccines contain small amounts of other elements.
Download to see vaccinations and their ingredients (from Children’s Medical Safety Research Institute); if you check the ingredients, you will look at some problems, google ingredients like thimerosal. Finally, they’ve stopped using Thimerosal in most vaccines. It is still in some flu shots, and you HAVE TO REQUEST not to get it.
So, here’s a study that shows that the kids who aren’t vaccinated are not more likely to get the diseases anymore. And the children got a lot more than they bargained for and we know for a fact that vaccinations cause some terrible, irreparable harm.
BUT, although their study went a lot further than many other studies, or even bothered to study, I still have questions and don’t know the answer.
First of all, what if ALL those children who did have the vaccine, didn’t get the vaccines, consequently, they’d get all the diseases they didn’t get before. As a result, might we have deaths and epidemics again?
Secondly, are we over vaccinating? When I was a kid, we got chickenpox, as a result, we missed some school, took a lot of baths and itched a lot and got better and went back. Those vaccines were in studies when my kids were small; I refused to get them. Because the didn’t get the vaccine and they were exposed, they got chickenpox, and we washed a lot of sheets, took a lot of baths, the kids itched terribly and went back to school when they were better.
Then, there’s the bigger morality question. Are there more being saved than being hurt? I’d hate to tell that to the mom with a beautiful child with life-altering results.
I’m not a disease specialist and only know what I’ve researched and seen. There ARE real-life stories of people – I’ve seen them with my own eyes, intelligent, healthy, happy adults who’ve had vaccines for the flu and it’s ruined them for life. Why do we have to ask for a non-poison ingredient? Why don’t they just take it off the market?
Time for More Testing & Substitution
If nothing else every effort should be going into replacing the ingredients that are causing destruction. I see a rush to save lives and am not a chemist, but there has to be someone backing up the people in a hurry and fixing the problems instead of continuing to use the same ingredients that are proven to cause such damage.
I am thankful my children and grandchildren have not visibly suffered from the ingredients in vaccinations. My heart breaks for those who’ve experienced the side effects.
The only decision I have now is for myself. Although all the research says to age well, you should have flu vaccines and now other vaccines too, I won’t be getting them. Where do you get your flu shots? I get them at the doctor, and I don’t know that I trust them to know what’s in the vaccine. I used to get it at the outlet mall from visiting nurses when I went to visit my Mom in Florida. Before that, we had a benefit that I paid for that brought nurses to give flu shots to all my employees. An employee wellness program. I can’t even imagine what I would have done if something happened to someone from a vaccine I got for them.
Worst of all, all you have to do is see the destruction of a human being from a vaccine, meant to make him healthier and it’s the only decision to make.
I hope they have it figured out by the time I have great-grandchildren.
“This pilot study shows us that if mainstream medicine and our public health agencies are really interested in children’s health, not just vaccine profits or defending vaccine religion against blasphemy, what is needed is not the will to make everyone believe, but the courage to find out.” Celeste McGovern, Children’s Medical Safety Research Institute
The program is written, and in doing the research on pro-aging I sure learned a lot. Probably enough that it’s changed my life and due to this, I’ll probably never miss another workout again.
First of all, I took the organ systems of the body and looked at how they aged. In addition, I looked at what steps could be made to slow or stop the normal aging process.
Also, I did a spreadsheet that had each organ system and then marked the action the experts recommended to remedy the situation. As a result, I noted there wasn’t any organ system that didn’t benefit from regular exercise. Especially relevant, all organ systems did better with a healthy weight, whole-foods, eight glasses of water a day, and a good nights sleep.
Seems like all the lifestyle changes that health coaches support, also support pro-aging.
Also, I included another system that isn’t the organ system. Another system we looked at was habits and social. While exercise is almost certainly the physical front-runner in what you can do to age well, your social life also seems to have a massive impact on quality of life and longevity.
Also, all the studies are showing that staying connected and belonging are probably as important as the physical changes we make.
I saw a Ted Talk this week and snapped this screenshot. Susan Pinker was asking the question “What reduces your chances of dying the most?” While this question is a little different than “what allows us to age well?” The results are surprising. Consequently, in my research, I came across an article by an exercise physiologist that brings the placement of results shown into question, most of all the placement of exercise.
Regardless of placement, the fact that social interaction is vital in aging is indisputable.
Social Interaction is Important
So, what does that mean for those of us who are introverts? Are we doomed to live a shorter life due to our discomfort in social situations? Not necessarily. Extroverts become invigorated with groups of people, in comparison, introverts find it draining. Consequently, it’s especially relevant for introverts to find a way to be social within their comfort level. It seems like smaller groups and social media are two ways that an introvert can embrace becoming more social.
What about making new friends? Probably not the best solution for an introvert, yet it would sound good to an extrovert.
Here’s another idea, and it will give you double points in aging well – volunteer. Find a way that you can contribute and volunteer. In contrast, there is a purpose to the gathering and there would be work to do or someone to help, teach, or cheer on. As a result, the energy and focus would not be on the introvert. Additionally, living life with meaning is one of the ways to age well, so not only would you get out and belong, but you would also be doing something meaningful.
People who are extroverts will be naturals, but longevity is not yours alone. Most of all, loneliness can be a real problem as we age, leading to depression and health issues. It is worth getting out and making an effort. Find a way that works for you.
Art of Aging
If you are a health coach and work with clients who are age 30 and beyond, who may be concerned with aging well and the best possible way, be sure to work with this program.
If you are 30 plus and wanting to age well, let me know, and I’ll get you in contact with a health coach who is working with this program. It’s going to be a “quality of life saver.”
The first issue with getting started with daily meditation is where to find the time.
To be honest, I’m still working on that. I’ll always be working on it! I began with guided meditations, which help me stay focused. I had never been particularly good at sticking with meditation, so I made a commitment that I would meditate every day. I kept hearing it would change my life. I loaded up my iPod with guided meditations; you can find them free all over the internet. I was then stressing about having TOO many meditations! Not a great start.
You have to stick with it and keep on meditating, even if you feel like you spend more time thinking about all the laundry you should be doing. My mind runs at 100mph most of my waking hours; I wanted to learn how to turn it off on occasion! It does get better and better as you practice. I’m probably about five years into it now, and I see the benefits every day. The more I practice at quieting my mind for meditation; the quicker and more comfortable I am to calm my mind is in my everyday life.
It’s so important to isolate yourself when you start to meditate. You need to shut out the external and internal distractions as best you can. Not an easy thing to do, unless you live alone, with no pets. My initial goal was to try to meditate first thing in the morning and the last thing before I went to sleep. That almost never happens. I already get up before 6 am every morning, and unless I don’t get out of bed before I meditate, something grabs my attention first. I have to tiptoe into the bathroom and hope the puppy doesn’t hear me! Not likely!
I downloaded some meditations to my phone so that on weekday mornings I can just grab my phone, literally before I even get out of bed, and start my day with some quiet time.
You can also bookmark meditations on YouTube, which are easy to find on the fly. On weekend mornings I get up, take care of the dog, get myself a cup of tea and head back to my room or out to my deck to meditate. I love morning meditations; it’s incredible to start your day with a clear mind.
Evening meditations are lovely; you’re sleepy, so it’s a very different experience. There are some beautiful guided meditations that are designed to be listened to when you’re going to sleep. It’s a fabulous way to wind down your day and calm down your mind for a good nights rest. If there’s something in your life you’re hoping to manifest or focus on, meditating on that topic before you go to sleep is said to tune your dreams and soul into those desires. I find I dream so much more when I meditate before sleep! I’m also keeping a dream journal, that’s a topic for another day.
I’ve tried to meditate during the day. On weekends that’s do-able, on weekdays it’s a riot. I’ve tried to find a quiet lot, in my car, sitting in a pretty place, hoping no police come by and knock on my window wondering if I’m alive!
There’s the delicate balance of needing the car battery on so I can listen to the meditation and since it’s cold so that the heat can run. I don’t want to asphyxiate myself, so then there have to be open windows, you’re starting to get the picture. Not exactly the stress-free environment I’m shooting for.
Meditating, for me, is starting to feel like a splurge on myself, fabulous!
Making time to meditate is now as wonderful as making time for pedicures and massages. I had no idea I would be so enthusiastic about it! I love the little bit of tranquility it brings to my life. With all of the decisions that I have to make on a daily basis, this tranquility is much appreciated.
What is your experience with meditation? Share in the comments below.
There have been several blogs over the last few years to help you to learn the art of growing your list. Just because we get questions every day and I want to drill the importance home…..here is one more…
Please read it carefully and if you want to have an online business…quit selling in the Facebook groups and start growing your list. Then sell to the people who really are interested in your product and have shown a specific need that you can fill.
If you are doing business online, your list is potential customers and you’ll be selling to them.
There is a lot of confusion. Some people think you are supposed to find a social media (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest) group and advertise to them for free – over and over and over again.
Not a Good Idea
Why not? WELL…You run out of new people to advertise to…you look spammy, and you limit your growth.
What’s the Solution?
You need to build a list and email to them. That is right! Don’t do the actual selling on Social Media. Build your list, divide them into interests and email your offers to them.
How to Build A List
Give your ideal client what they want – for FREE. That means – valuable tips, education, e-books, videos, courses…whatever they will find irresistible. This takes getting to know your ideal client – INTIMATELY. If you have one product…all you need is one irresistible offer.
This is called an opt-in…you are offering them something and they are going to find it so interesting that they want more. That is why they offer you their email so you can share more information they may find interesting. If you have more than one product, you will want to offer them more offers. When you do this, you match the offer to the product that interests them and you have even tightened up your niche a little bit more. You can mail pertinent offers to only the people who are interested. That way you don’t bother them all the time.
Clarify your ideal client.
Choose 1 or more offerings.
Create the offerings or (purchase from us for reuse)
Offer you offering to an elite group to acquire testimonials.
Promote your offering on social media and webinars to folks who match your identification of your ideal client.
Make sure your opt-ins get the product you offered for FREE and know how to use it.
Give your opt-ins additional valuable info.
Make your products available to the opt-ins who match your identification of ideal client for each of your products.
Contact your clients regularly.
Start and stop communication.
Promote and stop.
Advertise for too long without adjustments to the look and feel.
Choose a schedule and stick to it.
ALWAYS grow your list. Advertising for opt-ins with free offers should be done daily all year long. No breaks.
Change the look of your offer to maintain interest.
This is the low down. If you are ready to get started, go back and review the following blogs:
Internationational Women’s Day 2018
I came from a generation where my mom stayed home and took care of us. There were six kids in my family and I was lucky to have my mom at home. Most of my friends’ moms were at home too.
It was a different time then. My mom put lipstick on and fixed her hair and had us all looking halfway decent when my dad came home at 5:30 every night. My dad was an entrepreneur who was president of a food brokerage corporation. They made me go to an all-girls private high school. I didn’t want to go. It’s probably the best thing that ever happened to me. Thirty years after I graduated, the principal told me that they graduated women who were leaders. She was referring to me.
Here’s the truth, I didn’t want to work for someone else because I didn’t want to be limited. I worked for other people enough to see that there wasn’t actually a future for women as an employee. If there was a choice between a man or a woman for advancement, the men were it. Then there was sexual harassment. If it wasn’t me, it was my friends. It wasn’t if, it was when. You just had to know how to handle it without getting fired.
My dad didn’t believe that women belonged in business. It wasn’t him, it was the culture of the time. My three brothers took over his business. My businesses started from scratch – and without the support that my brother’s had. It made me strong. Before he died, my dad told me how proud he was of me.
I still had the desire to live the life my mom did. That’s how I was brought up. When I graduated from high school, I wanted a husband and babies. After that happened, I found that I wanted more. My family stayed my priority, but I worked the heck out of my business because I loved it. My business not only makes money, it gives me a creative outlet, the ability to help others and freedom.
The fields I’ve worked in were fields that were pretty much ruled by women. First Interior Design, and now, health coaching. So I can’t speak to all entrepreneurial fields, but since I’ve been the boss – there is no gender bias or preferential hiring or advancement practices.
If you’re in business for yourself, as a woman, you are a minority in the eyes of the government and get preferential treatment. The government procurement departments are required to do a percentage of their purchases from “women-owned business”.
In the last 40 years, women HAVE moved forward. If you look at the numbers, though, not enough. There is still a huge gap in pay, there is still sexual harassment in the workplace and there are still more men in management positions than women.
One more thing, women are often as much to blame as men. We are in a funny place in time where there is a lot of confusions and conflict in what we want for ourselves. Speaking for myself, I would like to be taken care of – that’s never been a thing for me, I was the breadwinner and for the last 20 years my husband took care of me by doing the laundry, grocery shopping, and cooking. About 10 years ago I reconciled myself to that and appreciate it. So how can I want to be taken care of and run a company and be the boss of everyone? It’s gender conflict that comes from the culture I was raised in. I pay the bills, carry the stress and responsibility that my dad used to for our family, but I sit in church and listen to the priest tell women to bow to the wishes and needs of our husbands. I laugh, but I don’t think it’s funny at all. When roles and expectations are that deeply ingrained, it’s amazing we’ve moved this far forward.
I started my business because I didn’t want to send my kids to daycare. So, like my mom, I stayed home with my kids. Unlike my mom, I ran a business at the same time. It’s a different world and if you’re not careful, sometimes the kids suffer. I was only able to do it for a very short period of time without getting help. If I picked between going to a hockey tournament and staying home to clean the house – I hired someone to clean the house. As an entrepreneur, I could hire people to come to my house and babysit with me there. There are more options for entrepreneurs when these conflicts in needs come up.
My answer for women, strategically plan your life. Be in business for yourself, Employ women, empower yourself if no one else will. In this world, we have so much potential, especially with the whole world opened up to us with the internet. Do it for yourself, and do it for all the “women to be”. Set an example for the next generation. I guarantee my kids and grandkids don’t have any of the limiting beliefs that my generation and my mom’s generation had.
Now that my kids are grown, I have another issue – global family. My son moved to England with his wife and baby. I was in Omaha. If I were working for someone else, I’d have to wait for time off. As an online entrepreneur – I can indulge my motherly (grandmotherly) desires to be close and visit them without sacrificing my job or pay.
What is my point? Women, please take advantage of every tool and change in the world right now. Don’t ask for permission, take what you need. Being an entrepreneur can put you in a power position to write your own check, design your own life, and step away from the existing inequality in the world by gender. Not only can you do this for yourself, but you can also do it for others by creating the atmosphere in the workplace that we want and deserve.
This article isn’t just for women with children. As a human being, whatever your priority is, is important. Being an entrepreneur enables you to do anything for yourself without the constraints that society and culture put upon us.
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Well, that sounds pretty funny. Who would want to get a head start on aging? Me!
A big plus to marrying a man 10 years older than me, aside from being the man of my dreams for nearly 40 years, is that I get a 10-year warning on everything. Last month my husband, Gary, had both knees replaced. He’d put it off for 10 years already. Every time we went out of town, he’d go get cortisone shots in his knees just to enable him to walk on our trips. He waited about a year too long. By the time he scheduled his surgery, he had days that he couldn’t walk. He went to bed every night with a 10 on the pain chart.
Gary was a cross-country runner in high school and since then he’s been bow-legged and his knees have been working on borrowed time. For the last 30 years, Gary has gone to the gym 3 days a week for strength training and in the last 5 years, he’s added a small amount of cardio. He’s very active, he golfs a lot and doesn’t ride in the cart and never sits still. He’s like a kid that you can’t keep track of because he’s always up to something.
Double knee surgery is nothing to make light of. Gary got the okay for it at the age of 70 because he was in such great physical shape. He found out he had a narrowing of an artery going into his heart (circulatory system) the week before the surgery. He’d had rheumatic fever as a child and I guess it’s common, but it was news to him. It required that his stress test be chemically induced, but he did so well that he was still approved for the surgery. (He’s going to love me sharing this).
I thought I was so smart, getting someone to help with the house, grocery shopping, laundry, and cooking. I figured I could keep on working and we’d just put him someplace until he could walk again. Never in a million years could I have foreseen what was going to happen.
The surgery was over four hours long. The guys in the operating room took these awful pictures of his knees before they replaced them. Gary got through the surgery fine and came out with two new knees and a BIG smile. He was ready for anything (the pain medicine was still making him pretty happy).
He was up and walking the first night. He was also 1 inch taller and no longer bow-legged. His knees didn’t hurt, at least anything like before he had them replaced.
The second day, he started to fall apart, or that’s how it seemed. He’d lost 30% of his blood, his lungs weren’t getting oxygen, and they’d taken the catheter out and were trying to chemically get him to urinate so he could go home. That was awful.
Thank God for his surgeon. We’ve been going to him since my son broke his collarbone in hockey and the surgeon had been very young then. He was quite a bit older now, but I can tell that he admires my husband. We had some condescending nurses and a doctor who was treating Gary like an old man who came in with bad health before the surgery. I know that Gary’s surgeon had a talk with them, because, after his visit, they were respectful and helpful again.
Gary went into the hospital strong and confident and very positive. That second day, he was thinking he’d made the biggest mistake of his life and he was going to die. Because of insurance, they made him leave on the fourth day and he wasn’t ready. He was on oxygen, lightheaded and losing more blood and they had to put the catheter back in. Still no pain in the knees, but all his organ were going down the tubes.
I thought I was taking him home to die. I honestly was ready to call 911 or take him back to the emergency room. But that time didn’t come.
He also needed a full-time nurse, and his insurance would have covered it, but he wanted me. So, I’m now the queen of Ted-hose and maneuvering ergonomic medical furniture.
The next couple weeks were interesting. Gary had the catheter taken out and put back in. Had hallucinations that turned out to be caused by a urinary tract infection. (URINARY SYSTEM) He was still on oxygen (RESPIRATORY SYSTEM). BUT, his knees were great. (SKELETAL SYSTEM)
His knees were great because he’d been systematically working on his muscles to support the extra strain of the new knees (MUSCULAR SYSTEM). He’d eaten well. Not as good as I eat, he still has candy and brownies and red meat, but he eats whole foods and is conscientious about eating healthy foods. He had Hodgkins Lymphoma 10 years ago and had radiation therapy. He’s taken pretty good care of himself since then (LYMPH SYSTEM). His hormones are checked, and everything’s been fine there, no thyroid or male hormone therapy (ENDOCRINE SYSTEM).
He was anemic from the blood loss, so we were sure he got lots of protein. He took probiotics to offset the emergency doses of antibiotics (DIGESTIVE SYSTEM). He was freezing most of the time (CIRCULATORY SYSTEM), but no fever and he only took his TED hose off for a few minutes a day, so he didn’t get any clots. He just wore gloves when he got too cold.
He’d already sent the visiting physical therapist home, who he said wasn’t working him hard enough. He needed to get out of the house anyway so he arranged to go to the physical therapist in the morning on the way home from me taking Sykora to school and then the house helper picked him up and brought him back. He loved the new physical therapist (and still does) because he’s tough on him.
Gary was still feeling like he’d aged a million years in 2 1/2 weeks and was a little depressed going into the surgeon for a follow-up. He had the catheter bag taped to his leg and refused to take the oxygen with him. (It had been improving though). God bless that doctor. You could tell he was a little fazed when he saw the bag – but looked Gary in the eye and said to him that he came through that surgery great. If it hadn’t been for those couple of issues with the lungs and urinary tract, it would have been a perfect recovery.
His surgeon looked him in the eye and told him that ALL that was going to get better. (BRAIN)
They had said that he wouldn’t be able to drive for six weeks after the surgery. Since Gary hadn’t taken any pain medicine, Dr. Burt told him that he could drive. He just suggested to practice in a parking lot to be sure he had control so he wouldn’t hurt anyone. (SKELETAL, MUSCULAR, NERVOUS SYSTEM).
So, we left the doctors office about 30 years younger and full of optimism. One week later he is off the catheter and the oxygen. (URINARY, RESPIRATORY SYSTEM).
As I write this, it’s four weeks past the surgery. Gary is driving, going up and down steps, doing the grocery shopping and back to leading a completely normal life, only he’s taller and isn’t bow-legged and has no pain in his knees.
Why am I telling you all this? I’m sharing this because this IS the Art of Aging in one of the more extreme forms. If Gary hadn’t smoked until he was 40, he wouldn’t have had the lung problem. BUT, if he hadn’t quit smoking, I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t have had the surgery. If he hadn’t taken care of his muscles and bones and lymph system, it would have taken a lot longer for his legs to recover and he may have suffered more complications.
The younger we are when we make changes, the better. We can do things right now to make our lives better. Some of us get to an age and are pretty happy with everything we did to get us here. Some of us need to make more changes than others.
It’s not too late for anyone, and if we get our minds pointed in the right direction with optimism and hope and some good old-fashioned self-discipline, we can add years to our lives and life to our years.
What are some things that you can do today, proactively to be sure that if you need to recover from something that stresses your body, that you’ll be able to handle it? Share in the comments below.
It’s the typical setup, with modules, workbooks, audio, AND video.
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There is a lot of misunderstanding and confusion and I feel like most health coaches really need a clearer understanding of how things work.
There are some people who “get rich quick” online. You hear of the overnight successes with launches that net them a million dollars.
Most of the time, the work is done methodically and with care and it takes a little time. The thing is, you need to know what you are working toward and then set up your system. If you do this right, consistently, analyze and tweak, you can do it. If I could…you can.
I am tired of seeing the confusion out there…Today I am going to give you what I hope is more useful information than you have ever had before on online business. I hope this helps to clarify and put things into perspective for you.
Picking who you want to be on your list and knowing where to find them online.
Knowing what you can give them that will solve their problem and answer their prayers or needs and calm their fears and make their lives better.
Giving something to them in exchange for their email address to get them on your list.
Nurturing them continuously from that time forward.
Now, put that to the side…it is its own system and it can go on forever and continue to build your list and dedicated following/community.
When your community is ready (in their own time) you will have:
A product, program or service that will fill their needs.
Service to support that product, program or service and your new client.
It isn’t so complicated, is it? If you break your business into understandable chunks like this, it is easier to slide the other things in and know how they serve your purpose in the big picture.
Organizational Systems (DropBox, Evernote, etc)
Employees, Professional Support and Management
Video Tools and Storage and Retrieval
These are the tools that you will use to support your business plan. A beautifully branded website is important, but what many coaches don’t understand is that more important than that, your website needs to support the big marketing plan (above). If you keep this in mind for every business decision that you make, your marketing will run as a well-oiled machine. It really is that easy. Set it up, analyze it, be consistent and it will work and allow you to do what you set out to do.
Are you ready now to build your online business? My goal was to build a multimillion-dollar business that would help to change the lives of others, allow me to work from anyplace in the world and be with my family …and even better, run day to day without me.
What is your goal and what is your next step to make that happen?
The Coaching Session, Step-by-Step
What should your coaching session look like? Some people lead with a health history, others wing it and asks what the customer wants to discuss, some coaches have a list of questions to go through hoping not to run short on questions and long on time. The truth is, a good coaching session runs a middle road where you’re organized but flexible to change course when needed.
This doesn’t cover coaching techniques. Listening, decision making, goal setting, problem-solving, behaviors, assertiveness, and other coaching skills are not included in this article. We’ll be talking about the technical and mechanical steps to prepare for, meet and follow-up.
This is based on a one-on-one coaching appointment and can be applied to any type of coaching. If you have a group coaching situation, depending on your goal as a coach, you’ll want to keep the group small and time everyone’s participation.
First – Choose your tools
If it is a weight loss program, Physician’s Weight Loss (Healthy Habits) is the best. It can be used with a group or an individual. It does not promote a diet theory but offers recipes for plant-based, standard and paleo. It gives you and your client absolutely everything a health professional could provide to succeed; videos, workbooks, modules, daily emails and accountability and support.
If you’re leading someone through a Plant-based transition, PURE is the program of choice. It’s a 12-week intensive course is followed by months of support and additional information.
Life Coaching would require upLife or A Lighter Life, or a combination of both and maybe a Spiritual Cleanse.
As a customer of The Health Coach Group, you have a lot of tools in toolbox box. The 12 Day Detox and 28 Day Programs are meant more as lead-ins to a solid one-on-one health coaching program.
We are going to suppose that this isn’t a weight loss client (or, you are not sure yet – you can always move them up) So, we are going to choose the 6-month program (from the 3-6-9-12 Month Program). The program is not really meant to do the coaching for you – but to educate your client and support your efforts. It is designed to be modular to customize to the needs of your client. It starts out VERY basic and modules may be shifted for advanced information on nutrition, exercise, and other needs.
You can do this online with a tool like Appointmentcore (the online software I use). It collects the money, lets you schedule available times, posts the appointments in Gmail and allows the customer to schedule at their convenience. I put it in a tab on Facebook. There are many others too…this is just one to give you an idea and that I am familiar with and works with Infusionsoft.
You can set the appointment the old-fashioned way…by phone or email. That takes a little longer and requires messages back and forth, but it establishes a human connection. It requires that you carefully schedule (don’t double book and be careful to transfer to your calendar). Email is sometimes easier than reaching each other by phone.
Decide where the meeting will take place
You may meet in person – at your home, a Whole Foods or your office. It is easier to read nonverbal communication and it is more personal. For clients dealing with important issues, it is not always the most comfortable.
You may meet by phone, skype or conference call. If you meet by conference call with screen sharing ability, that can give you options to share materials in a new way. Skype allows you a version of the more personal one on one “in person” meeting. It may take a little time for your client to become comfortable. The phone is not as personal but can be more convenient and comfortable for the client. You may not be able to read nonverbal cues, but pauses and raising or lowering voice may be easier to perceive over the phone.
Sometimes this isn’t a choice. If you live in another country or, even city or state, Skype, phone or conference call are your alternatives. Be sure you are in a quiet space where you will not be interrupted and don’t multitask – pay attention to them just as if they could see what you are doing.
Decide how to deliver your client’s materials
You will want to provide the modules, workbooks, preparation materials and emails to your client on a regular basis.
Healthie is the easiest and most professional way to deliver materials. Your programs are loaded in and preset to deliver on cue. Your client pays for it through your site, they automatically receive access to the prep materials in a membership download page, they are scheduled to receive the modules and emails at just the right times and you are hands-free (except to meet with your client).
You may also set up an autoresponder and a place to hold your larger modules (to give you a URL instead of a big package you can’t deliver). You will then schedule each client to be emailed as you want them to receive the program (1 week before your meetings).
You may also print and hand your client the modules in person at your meetings…for them to read for the next meeting. The programs are expensive to print and use up natural resources, digital is preferred, but sometimes touching and notating is the preferred learning method. Then, you will still want an autoresponder to email regularly.
OR, you may manually email one week before each meeting. This is a lot harder on you.
Prepare your client for the meeting
If you have Healthie, this is done for you. Otherwise, send the materials or access to the materials for preparation to your client.
Wish List (what they want to accomplish in the next 3 months)
Health History (if allowed in your state)
This preparation package covers 3 months. You will send another preparation package in advance for the next 3 months.
Send the first module ahead for reading. (#1 of 12 for the 6-month program)
The actual meeting
Your First Meeting:
This is it!
You will go over:
the agreement, clarify expectations and roles
health history (unless you aren’t allowed in your state or you used the health history as a sales aid and it is already done).
This meeting is for getting comfortable with each other and goal setting. Of course, if your client needs to talk about something else…just be ready to ask questions or listen. Just because the module material covers something, doesn’t mean that you have to stick to the module. You are the coach and will get a sense of what your client needs. Goal setting should be a part of the first meeting…even if it is to set a small goal and action steps.
A Typical Session
Start off with any educational material you promised from the last meeting.
Go over (5) wins (positive changes since your last visit), what did they do well since your last meeting.
Go over tangible results.
How did they move toward their goal(s)?
What are 5 things they can do in the next week or two to bring them closer to their goals? (new action steps)?
Are there any new concerns?
Are there any new goals?
Some things you may want to check on: How did they feel; energy, sleep, weight, and/or mood.
If you’re working with a coach/client program, this will all be in order and planned out for the coach. If the client is keeping a daily journal, you can go over the items in the journal, specifically set to lead them toward their goals.
Our programs have assessments that the client completes – or you go through with the client to manage and monitor their progress.
Once you get to a point (like a movement from 6-12 month), be sure to ask for referrals and a testimonial. Expand on new growth opportunities and offer a program that suits their next step.
You did it! The meeting is over – now what?
Make good notes. Spend a few minutes after your meeting being sure you have right session notes so next time you meet – you know what you covered before and can pick up from there. If you promised to get the additional educational material, note it and schedule a time to follow through on your calendar.
If you have Healthie – all you have to do is take notes and show up for meetings and listen and ask high mileage questions. If not, schedule time into your calendar to follow up on emails and delivery of modules. With Healthie, you’ll also be able to follow up through the actual software platform, and the client can quickly check in with you. Be sure to use the app and the tracking features.
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