Actually I have two scales in my downstairs bathroom. One was made of clear glass with just a simple digital number panel. Don’t ask me why, but later I decided I needed one that could measure body fat.
Some days my mood was determined by the number that popped up. If I didn’t like the number, I’d tilt slightly to one side to see if went down. Or I just knew that taking my socks off would shave off o.1 pounds.
Can you say scale slave? I was trapped in an all or nothing mode, letting a machine decide whether I’ll have a good day or a crappy one. I let the scale determine how much I was going to beat myself up for sneaking in that bowl of ice cream the night before. I allowed my scale immense power over me, and you know what? IT DIDN’T HELP!
It didn’t get me to consistently eat less or healthier. It didn’t push to get to the gym more often. I still “cheated” on my diet and made excuses for why I did.
Here’s what I didn’t pay any attention to: HOW MY BODY FELT.
Like millions of others on diet programs, I read all the material and followed the directions. That turned me into a food robot. I was so busy counting fat grams, weighing my food and inputting everything I ate into a spreadsheet that I didn’t allow myself to assess how I was physically feeling.
I’m proposing a new focus for you: TO FEEL GOOD.
Let your body be the guide to that. Start learning to be intuitive. After you eat something, listen for your body’s response. Are you sluggish, wired, overly thirsty, bloated, still hungry? Mentally keep track of these messages. The amazing thing is that your body is really programmed to want to be fed well — like a well-oiled machine.
What will not be well-oiled right now are my scales. They will sit, broken and untouched — powerless.
Now tell me, how will you start applying body intuition?
No, I didn’t go prospecting in a Texas field, but I want to share with you something that’s enriching my health big time.
Most of us go through our lives reaching for over-the-counter remedies any time we have an ache, pain or discomfort. I thought nothing of taking a pill for this or a syrup for that. I popped ibuprofen like they were candy. Any small twinge and I’d reach for some chemical concoction.
Well, I’m fighting back with essential oils. Essential oils are derived from flowers, seeds, shrubs, trees, roots and bushes. The aromatic oils are extracted from these plants and distributed to us in concentrated form.
I’ll admit I was very skeptical at first because how could oils take the place of stuff I get at the drug store? And if they were so great, why aren’t more people using them?
Well, I did find out a lot of people do use essential oils, and it just takes spreading the word about the awesome benefits.
Here are some of mine:
- I haven’t had to use allergy medicine since I started taking lavender.
- Ibuprofen and I are no longer buddies.
- A drop or two of lemon oil in a glass of water is super refreshing — goodbye soda!
- I sleep like a baby after using a combination of oils for peace and calming.
- Oils have taken the edge off stress.
- Peppermint eases my stomach, unclogs a stuffy nose and gives me a natural jolt — without the caffeine.
It feels so good to slowly begin to detoxify and knowing I have a choice of trying something that Mother Nature/God provided for us first before resorting to something created in a lab.
If you decide to try essential oils, go for quality. I use Young Living.
Take charge of what you put in and on your body — your organs will thank you.
For some people, the answer is that they never have. The images, comments and the peer pressure of having the perfect (whatever that means) body is so overwhelming. We’ve been trained from a young age to loathe certain parts of us, to live in fix-it mode and to be in conflict with our bodies.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not advocating sitting on the couch all day, filling your body with crappy food and mentally zoning out.
What I AM saying is that you are a LIVING MASTERPIECE. Emphasis on the word LIVING.
Just like an artist, we can fine tune, emphasize, tone down or however you want to tweak, but this all takes place WHILE you are living — in the present.
WHILE you work on making a career change.
WHILE you say yes to speaking in front of an audience.
WHILE you make plans to go dancing.
WHILE you shop for clothes that fit and flatter (forget about the number on the label)
WHILE you put up a picture and profile on a dating site.
WHILE you are doing your best loving between the sheets.
We are in the habit of putting ourselves down in front of our friends and family. The thought that we can never do enough or be enough has become second nature. Then we justify putting our lives on hold until we get to just the right number on the scale or until we can squeeze into a pair of jeans we’ve been saving as “inspiration.”
I’ve been there, done that — until I figured out how much it was costing me: time, happiness, freedom, fun, opportunities, connections, deeper friendships, career changes.
What are you giving up while you’re waiting for just the “right” moment?
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We’re always on the run.
Rushing to get to work on time. Chaperoning kids from one activity to the next. Figuring out what to make for dinner. Finding time to work out. And of course all the stuff that needs to be done around the house.
We check off our to-do lists and I suppose that’s one way to measure accomplishment, but I want to suggest another gauge: HOW DO YOU FEEL?
Do you feel good at the end of the day? Do you feel good about the direction you’re heading in life? In your career? In your relationships? In your health? In your spirit?
In our harried lives, we’ve forgotten what makes us feel good. We put our desires aside. We tell ourselves there’s plenty of time later on to focus on our needs. Maybe the better question to ask yourself is HOW DO YOU WANT TO FEEL?
Do you even know? I didn’t, until I sat down and thought about it. It was powerful. You’ll see.
Right now, think of 5 ways you want to feel.
I’ll do it with you.
My 5 are: healthy, present, connected, sexy and purposeful.
Now try to match them up with what your day is like. Any alignments? If you said no, I bet you’re in the majority. But the beauty of this exercise is that you are now aware of what you want to feel, so start doing WHATEVER IT TAKES to get there.
Walk or bike to the store. Leave a lunchbox love note for your spouse or children. Spritz on your favorite perfume. Eat fruit instead of cookies for dessert. Ask that person out on a date. Start planning your spring and summer garden. Freshen up your resume because you can’t stand your current job. Take a 20-minute nap — the dishes aren’t going anywhere. Make love in the afternoon.
Let me know what you are going to do to feel good.
Wellness is about feeling good — mind, body and soul. It’s the path where you’ll begin to attract people and success with ease. Give me 90 days and I’ll help get you to your place of wellness. We can kick off with a free 30-minute session. Email me at email@example.com.
We’ve been conditioned to hang on to the hurts, the pains — whether it’s been inflicted on us or something we generated.
Those feelings stay with us, gnaw at us and sometimes eat us alive. They slow us down, make us think what we want is impossible, and then we’re stalled and afraid to break out of imaginary boxes.
What would it be like if we forgave ourselves — even just one little bit in one little area?
- For taking on more than you want to handle
- For eating that second helping of dessert when you were already full
- For yelling at your kids because you were exhausted and impatient
- For not speaking up when someone said something discriminatory or tasteless
- For hurting someone’s feelings
- For saying yes when you meant no
- For breaking your diet for the 23rd time
- For going along with something because you didn’t want to be the odd person out
- For saying nasty things about yourself that you wouldn’t say to your best friend
So please release the crud that’s weighing you down. Choose to let bygones be bygones and start over. New beginnings are always waiting for you.
Free yourself because the mental, physical and spiritual costs are just too high.
Can I tell you how awesome January is?
It’s month No. 1, new beginnings, fresh starts, clean slate, first steps — new, new new.
A time to shed any of the yuckiness you may have experienced in 2011.
A time when there are NO excuses to postpone projects, whether you want to kick ass at a new health regimen or kick ass launching a business. JUST KICK ASS!
A time to say YES to living how you truly want to.
This is not the time to SHRINK back from what you are meant to do. I know you feel it in your gut. Your grand plan really wants to come into the light but your fear is keeping it in the dark. That fear is telling you that you might fail, that you’ve got too much to lose, that not enough people are going to support you, etc. etc.
BUT … What would it be like if did not hand YOUR POWER over to the fear?
You OWN the power — don’t even think about giving it away.
Be selfish with YOUR power.
USE that power to propel you.
Now that’s what I call hot living.
I’m also thinking about …: Yes, I am on a health kick like everyone else since that is also what January is about! I’m currently going through the book “Crazy Sexy Diet” by Kris Carr. You can read up on her at www.crazysexylife.com. She’s got an incredible story, and it motivated her to reevaluate her food choices. Now, she practices a vegan lifestyle.
Has anyone read her book or done her cleanse?