Tuesday, March 28, 2006


Non-stop cardio

Are you always on the run? Signs you are vary: you run late often if not always; your medical keeps on being postponed; you often work overtime at night and bring work home on the weekend or regularly drive to work for a couple of hours of work on the weekend; you don't necessarily feel tired, you just don't feel much; your mind constantly runs, reminding you of things you need to do; you need to get away for your holidays, because you just don't know how to simply relax at home, etc. etc. etc.

I am on holidays this week - at home, relaxing, reading, doing some work and relaxing some more. I went swimming today and found myself rushing to get the most laps done in the shortest amount of time. I need to do cardio but today I had already rushed doing errands in a a few stores and what I needed was to just breathe. I slowed down and practiced slow, deep breathing. A couple of laps at that reduced speed and I could feel the stress of the morning falling off.

Rushing all the time does not count as your cardio, so by all means, do your cardio, whether you run, speedwalk, dance or swim. If you recognize yourself in the description above, add a couple of minutes at a much slower pace and do a dozen slow, deep breaths. To be on the safe side, do the slow, deep breathing even if you feel you're not Miss Type A. To your health.

Your coach
Marguerite Tennier


Tuesday, March 14, 2006



Do you sometimes ask yourself whether you should continue what you are doing? Continue in the job? Continue in the relationship? In your business?

One of the best ways to help you answer the question is to look at the long term results you are getting? Are you getting the results you want? If not, why not? If you have a new business, are you following your business plan? If you are and the results are not matching, what do you need to change?

All endeavours require work - be it a job, a relationship and definitely a business, and at some point, you should see results.

Women are especially good at hoping that things will change and we often don't know when to call it quits until our physical health is affected. Monitor how you feel on a daily basis and set deadlines.

Give everything a chance but remember to know when it's time to change course.

Your coach
Marguerite Tennier, M.A.


Friday, March 10, 2006


Attention deficit.

Do you sometimes feel you are developing an attention deficit problem? You are not alone and it has nothing to do with you. We are bombarded daily with hundreds of advertisements, in the newspapers, in your mailbox, on your computer, by phone and even at the door. Companies spend billions annually to try to get your business. This constant assault tempts you to spend more but it is also an assault on your mind.

If you are stretched for time, make a conscious effort this week to bypass any advertisement. Turn down the sound during commercials on TV, watch less TV, much less, screen your calls and if you do answer telemarketers, ask them to take your name off their list, stop reading the newspaper for a week, throw all junk mail/flyers without looking at it.

By taking simple steps, you will bring more silence and peace in your life and regain precious minutes.

Your coach
Marguerite Tennier


Sunday, March 05, 2006


Your gut never lies

"Whenever you have to consult with other people for an answer, you're headed in the wrong direction." Oprah, O, The Oprah Magazine, March 2006

Good morning on this beautiful, almost Spring Sunday.

When I look back on my life's biggest decisions, from choosing to fall in love (yes, there is a choice there), buying a house, deciding to take a leave of absence from work to attend university fulll time, studying to become a coach or leaving a relationship, divorcing, selling a house and moving, I see that when I trusted my guts, it was the right decision. The love or friendship may not have been reciprocated or lasted a lifetime, the house may have had a few drafts, school required some sacrifices and divorce a few challenges, but when choices are gut-based (read intuition, heart),I had the strength to face the challenges inherent in any decision.

On the other hand, when I thought about making a decision and found it necessary to ask someone's opinion, which I must confess did not happen often, it was because somewhere the choice was not a perfect fit.

Following your gut does not mean guaranteed results, but it will give you an extreme sense of satisfaction and it is a sure way to strengthen your decision-making muscles.

Your coach
Marguerite Tennier,


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