Jan 25, 2005 Volume 2 No. 2

Commit to New Beginnings

At the heart of every successful person is the quality of commitment -- an unswerving dedication and discipline to do what you say you will do. In his best selling book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen R. Covey refers to commitment as the essence of our growth. The great news is that every year, every month, every week and every day we get an opportunity to grow in this area!!

Enjoy the newsletter and have a Blessed Two Weeks!!

Cathy Morenzie

"In every phenomenon the beginning remains always the most notable moment."

- Author Unknown

The Word of God starts with these three words "In the beginning..." and it proceeds to relay to us one of the greatest events of all time – the story of human Creation. Today we have been blessed to participate in the unfolding of yet another year and upon the doorsteps of our lives laid countless opportunities, challenges and victories, yet to be unwrapped, yet to be explored, yet to be conquered.

With the formulation of every goal and the conceptualization of every dream we have the opportunity to write our stories on the pages of time. Yet it often seems that the process of beginning is the hardest thing to do. I encourage you this year to write your story boldly and fearlessly, embrace life and all that it has in store for you without feelings of unworthiness or doubt. Too bitter is the taste of untapped dreams, unfulfilled potential and unfinished tasks; try enjoying the sweetness of success and completion. Let 2005 be your year of new beginnings and may the words at the end of your story be the same as those at the end of the Creation story, "... and indeed it was very good."

~Nadia C. Thomas




An indicator of good health is not only a healthy body fat percentage but also where on your body your fat is distributed. The waist to hip ratio is a simple and effective way to assess your body fat distribution. Most people store their body fat in two distinct ways: around their mid-section (apple shape) and around their hips and buttocks (pear shape).

Increased risk factors for cardiovascular disease, diabetes and stroke are more commonly associated with obesity when fat is located around the abdomen (apple shape). The waist to hip ratio (WHR) measures the waist circumference divided by the hip circumference

used as an indicator of trunk fatness. A value under 1 for men and 0.8 for women is desirable. Values in excess of these may be associated with increased risk.

In order to calculate a correct ratio, your waist and hip measurements should be taken at their narrowest and widest points respectively, that is, at the navel and over the buttocks.



Renew your Commitment- Weekly

So you've got your goals on paper. Now how do you live them out each week? Once the hype of the New Year starts to fade, the reality of your commitments kicks in. One of the realities is that very often you will not feel like doing what you committed to. You might feel too tired to exercise or too busy to prepare a healthy meal. Don't lose sight of your goals. Keep them front and centre so that you can refer to them daily.

Your goals will also be the cornerstone of your weekly planning. Take an hour or so at the beginning of the week (preferably before the week starts) and plan out your week. As you make your plans, ask yourself a few questions: Have you prioritized your commitments? Does your schedule allow for some down time? Is there a good balance of work, family and leisure time? Are there tasks left over from last week that need to be rescheduled? Are your time lines realistic? (does your exercise time include time for changing, parking, showering)? This small investment of time at the beginning will have a huge effect on how your week unfolds!

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