Monday, April 10, 2017

Nothing But a Number

In this day and age, when people are worrying about their BMI, and weight, their age, and clothing size, we forget to live.

These items - the numbers - in our lives do not define us, nor should they really be given the attention we all pay to them.  For example, P!nk, recently released a photo of herself at the gym working out, indicating that by standard medical information, she would be considered obese.  Yep - me too!

I'm not in the shape she is in, however, I am healthy, and happy and love myself (well most days).  I stopped stepping on a scale a while ago, because it causes me stress and helps lead to bouts of depression in me.  I instead, go by how my clothing is fitting.  I am working on improving my health, by adding in additional nutrients and working to eat less processed sugars and carbs. 

How's this for reminding yourself that you can do anything you set you mind to?  This past week, I had the distinct pleasure of volunteering some time to help with the Master's Curling National competition.  It is a national competition for those who curl and are 60or older.  At the competition, a woman, arriving from New Brunswick with her team, came to play two games every other day at the age of 83.  A great feat in itself.  Even more so?  She had broken her arm before coming out and played the 11 games they had in 7 days with a casted break in her arm as well!  She was jovial, and laughing, truly soaking in the experience.  She curled well, and had a good record, finishing in the middle of the field of 16, in eighth place overall.  A great showing for her first National Competition in a while.  And at 83!

Shows that not only can you do anything you put your mind to, you can do it no matter your age! 

So, let's start today with changing the mental speak in your head.  Take that scale and use it for what it is meant - a way of tracking your progress on your goal.  Not something to define yourself by, or berat yourself with, or to allow to get into your head.  Heck - toss the sod out in the garbage and measure yourself by how loose your clothing is getting.  I have a pair of jeans that started as my skinny jeans, and haveno become my comfy jeans.  The only part that touches and is considered "skinny" are my calves at the point.  It is the only point on my body that fills out the jeans the way a "skinny" pair is meant to.  The rest?  I have to belt, because if not, I get the droopy draw thing in the butt and legs and the pants could literally fall off from that point.  A MUCH better way of measuring my progress these days.  I enjoy when I put on something I thought I didn't look good in, to find out that I do look good in it!

I do not care that I am of a certain age - having just celebrated a birthday.  I feel great!  I'm loving myself and my life again!  I laugh.  I cry.  I get angry and frustrated.  I can articulate these feelings in a constructive and meaningful way that helps others understand me clearly. 

It is as life should be.  I work each day to pay attention to my self-speak now.  And I'm teaching both myself and others how best to love me because I learn each day what that means and looks like for me. 

Weight ain't nothin' but a number!  Age ain't nuthin' but a numba too!  If you want to look better, go get it!  If you want to feel better, find things that make you happy and do them - repeatedly!  If you want to improve your health, make yourself a plan and go get that goal.  It doesn't matter how long it takes to get there. 

Take it from someone that took, in total, 15 years total to complete a degree and a diploma in post-secondary school.  From intake year, to graduation of my degree, it was 15 total years.  And feels a heck of a lot better than saying, I want to feel better, but not doing anything about it. 

So, today, I'm throwing most of the numbers out.  Today, I'm setting a goal for myself to fit into a clothing rack size 12 regular (not plus).  I have pieces of clothing I can not yet fit into, that will be fitting a little big by this date in 2018.  My goal is to be healthier, happier, and more fit than I am on this day.  I do not care about the scale number, because it is inches and muscles I'm toning and improving.

I'm going to be the best version of myself everyday for the next 365 days!  Incrementally better each day than the last.

Monday, March 20, 2017

A Health Filled Journey

As I work on my gratitude daily, I am reminded that I also work on my health daily.

Making good food choices, is like constantly being asked if you want to use grab gasoline or good gasoline for your car.  Blends are different, performance of the vehicle changes, and pricing is key.  It's the same for the fuel we put in our bodies.

I've been working with a few items as of late and doing research into a few different styles of eating out there.  Great success has been had on many plans.  it is the guts to stick to the plan that is the key factor in that success.

For example, I started taking some extra boosting nutrients in my diet.  Nothing that replaces a meal, or causes you to not eat whatever you choose, just a product that provides me with my 8 servings of fruits and vegetables every day regardless of how I eat.  I drop a little pouch into about 500ml of water, shake it up and drink it down.  It tastes like berries, so it makes them go down better.  Added to that I eat a little chew - that looks like the size of a starburst candy - and packs the anti-oxidizing power of two cartons of blueberries into the pair of them.  Tastes great and I get the bonuses of my body getting what it needs!

It is like hitting the easy button on my nutrition each morning, between breakfast and lunch.  I do not hit a wall in the afternoon any longer.  I feel great, have great energy and move through my day feeling better.  It took a little while to get there though, so this isn't an instant fix.  It is an improvement with some time.


You see, I have adrenal fatigue in the worst way.  And I have a liver that has been working overtime to help my body do its regular things with limited success.  So the greens and chews support everything, and help my liver clean itself and my body, as well as move my body to a more alkaline state. 

Adding one more product really kicked my health game up a notch.  I'm sourcing improvements to what I put in my body every day and am enjoying new ways of exercising as well. 

Spending time each day to fuel my soul by looking at all the great things that are available in life to me, as well as working on the fuel I put into my body, have helped me transform my life in ways I couldn't fathom.  I'm having great success fighting through my mental ailments as well. 

It is amazing how a few simple changes to how one fuels one's body can be expressed in the reduction and elimination of all kinds of symptoms.  The root cause to many things is the nutrition we give ourselves - or the lack thereof for that matter. 

How many of you eat paleo, or keto, or clean, or low carb?  How many of you are trying greens and not enjoying their taste so you've improved your smoothy game?  I'd love to hear your experiences and what you are doing!

If there was a way to take two starburst candies and get all the nutrients your body requires in a day, would you do it? 
If you had the ability to add a pixie stick to your water and get 8 servings of fruits and veggies into your body, would you find that easy? 
If you could add one pouch of health boosting nutrients to your water, or juice, or smoothy or coffee every day, would you do it?