Silly Season is fast approaching and for many the diary is about to fill up with numerous events that involve lots of finger food eating in excess and an abundance of alcohol and all round good cheer. Everyone begins a period of living in the moment of indulgence and taking most things to excess. You might replace your training sessions for after work catch ups with friends and sleep off the hangover the next morning to get the energy to do it all over again for the next couple of months.
While it is great idea at the time and there seems to be every excuse to treat your body badly.
"Christmas time only comes once a year!"
"I have events that I can't not attend",
"I don't want to be the odd one out not enjoying themselves".
"I can always be healthy in January."
But how are you going to feel when you finally reach the tail-end of the silly season? How does it feel to wake up with a hangover on a daily basis? What are actually doing to your internal system?
If each year you get to December 31st with a chronic hangover, fatigue, poor sleep, indigestion and a few too many dress / shirt sizes larger then perhaps NOW is a good time to prepare your body properly for this years ambush of invites and make a commitment to a healthier more vital body.
A lot of people feel that if they were to make changes too close to party season then they would struggle with obligations to participate in excess drinking and eating (who's running your body?). Have you ever thought for a moment why you have a need to go along with the crowd and fall into unhelpful patterns of behaviour?
How do your want to feel this Summer?
Do you want to look and feel your best at every function you attend?
Do you want days filled with plenty of energy and vitality to get through all that you have to before Christmas?
If you were to start your New Years Resolution today how would this change your New Year? Could you potentially hit some serious health and wellbeing goals well before Christmas is at the door?
I am now half way through my own cleanse and not only do I have more energy than I have in a long time, I am sleeping better (this is huge for a Mum with a child that doesn't sleep so well) and I have clearer focus and concentration. More importantly, I have dear clients who are smashing through their goals and making shifts that they haven't been able to make before now. This is what inspires me to be able to support others to share this success.
NOW is the time to move as we are a month away from Summer and it is the perfect season to be looking at giving your body the best nutrition that it deserves, the new training regime tailored to your personal goals and the best positive support that you can personally get in coaching you through.
I look forward to seeing more and more incredible results as we create these personalised programs for more people who really need it and demand more from their life than just following the masses in excess Christmas indulgence this year.
How do you want to feel, look, be when you wake up January 1st 2017?
The time to start working towards it is today. X
When I started this cleanse deep down I knew I was ready to make some big shifts in my habits. I had convinced myself that they "Weren't that bad." "I needed coffee if my days were starrting at 4am without a great sleep and continuing on through 'til late to get everything I needs to accomplish in.
How do you see your body? Do you look at it with judgement? Do you wish it were different? Do you compare it to other people? This is all lead by your ego, the part of your that doesn't want you to realise how powerful you are and your real reason for having a body in the first place.
If you think about it really carefully...What is your body's purpose?
We spend so much time hating on our body for not being enough yet do we stop to think about what a disservice this is really doing?
Our body is an incredible vessel that allows us to have a human experience. If we give it love, honour it and provide it with adequate nutrition and physical training we can often surprise ourselves with what we are able to achieve.
At the close of the Noosa Triathlon this weekend there was an incredible athlete competing who is completely blind. Paralympian Gerrard Gosen's comment on the race was a complaint that his guide was too scared to take him to to 100km/hr down Garmin Hill, so he really missed out on his adrenalin hit.
Here is a man who embraces life for all that it is without getting caught up in how his body may or may not compare to another's. This guy has climbed Mt Everest, competed in Dancing with the Star's and continues to achieve in everything he puts his mind to. Noose Triathlon 2017 Gerard Gosen's
Embracing our body as it is and then nurturing it towards new realms of performance is something that we can only do when we create a compassionate relationship with our body. When we fuel it rather than gorging it with junk and when we honour it rather than torturing it with hateful words. When we see our body as a powerful machine that requires real food nourishment, loving words of encouragement and quality physical activity we can take it beyond its previous comfort zone and experience so much more in our lives.
Think about the area of your body that has been lacking in self care. In discussions on body image I have heard many. My knees are too knobbly, I'm too short, I'm too tall, I don't like my nose, my butts too big, my butt's not big enough, the list goes on however what if we are to look at the function of your most disliked part of your body. How would you go without it? What is it's real function and what has this given you in your life? Can you transform the way you see your body by changing the language that you offer it on a daily basis?
For the next day notice how many times you:
If you could fuel your body with foods that nurture and train your body in a way that built strength and function. What would your goal be?
Write a list of ALL the amazing things that your body can do. You would be surprised how many you are completely disregarding. I don't see many of you verbally instructing your heart to beat to keep you alive.
I had a comment on a social media post the other day saying "I would love to be able to do that, I need to lose some weight and practice my yoga though." While the latter would be of great assistance, you can achieve movement at any weight if you are looking after your body. When you are completely IN your body you become more attuned to the bodies real needs and with the assistance of a cleanse program such as the one you are on, you begin to really listen to what it is asking your for as the noise of bad food, constant snacking and emotional eating have been removed. All you are left with is your naked self.
What would happen if you realised that you are okay right now as you are and that every moment you have an opportunity to look after this beautiful vessel that allows you to experience life.
Quitting comes up a lot in our lives. If you think about it we have moments where we want to quit every day. When we commit to something it is so fresh and new and there is so much
My Day 2 has been an interesting one with all the symptoms of a really bad head cold and getting through with an unwell child attached to my hip. Today really challenged me personally in so many ways and it was really helpful to know that I wasn't alone on this journey.
It was amazing to get the feedback from everyone on how well they are doing and how committed everyone is to their own personal wellbeing goals.
Each of you has a different motivation and it is so incredible that you are taking the time to really think about your own self care routines and what habits you are really shifting in these 30 days. The longevity of the results are completely reliant on what you learn and then apply daily during this time.
There will be a video uploaded tomorrow for a mini HIIT session. It is really simply designed to make it easy to be able to achieve this in your living room or the local park.
You have options to work at a high intensity or a lower intensity depending on how you are feeling and where your fitness is at.
Have a great nights sleep.
How to make this 30 days work for you longer term.
Anyone can go on a strict regime and get results, this is called a fad and is not something that I am an advocate for. You will end up worse than you started if you are focused on "just getting through" and not paying attention to what is happening and the subtle shifts that you have an opportunity to make if you embrace this program and let go of what is no longer serving you.
The purpose of this 30 Days is to get a clearer view of what is and isn't working in your wellbeing regime. To take some time to modify what is not working and assess how you would like your lifestyle to look like moving forward. There is a huge difference between occasional indulgences and daily habits that lead to poor health and it is up to you as to which of these stays and which of these goes.
Your daily tracker allows you to assess your days and over the week you will notice some patterns of behaviour that may be at the root of your health concerns. It might be a thought pattern, an eating habit of an avoidance technique that you use to get out of exercise. Whatever it is, once you have written it down and acknowledged that it exists it is your choice what you would like to do with it. Fast forward 6 months and project what kind of impact this might have on your life 6 months from now. If the effect is negligible then no need to change however if you can feel that this might be impacting you from leading a fulfilling life without self limitations then maybe it is perfect timing to be working through this.
Make some decisions daily about where you are and where you would like to be with your health. What you are willing to change right now and what you believe is not negatively impacting your life and you are happy to keep in perhaps smaller doses. There is no bad food in my opinion, the only time a food becomes unideal is when it is impacting you in a negative way. The old rule of everything in moderation still reigns true not matter what the latest health magazine is trying to jam into your head.
The first week is always the toughest but also the most incredible time to listen to what is really going on. Our reactions are heightened, our desire to quit is at its peak and we are most likely to discover where our real weaknesses are. So just like being dumped in the surf or in life in general. Embrace it as an incredible opportunity to learn more about yourself and shift from a state of aggravation and frustration to one of curiosity and learning. What can you learn about your sneaky habits from this experience.
"Take your hands off the steering wheel. Be able to say to the Universe, 'Thy will be done,' and to know it within your intentions. Spend time in this thought. Consider what it means to say, 'Thy will be done,' and allow life to go into the hands of the Universe completely." - Gary Zukav The Seat if the Soul
In a world where we feel torn between the various roles we play in your lives and there always seems to be somewhere we need to be or someone we need to be doing something for it is not surprising that there is a growing need for re-prioritising our self care.
What is Self Care
Looking after ourselves really should be a priority given that without looking after ourselves we not only lack the ability, energy and physically capacity to support those we care about but not looking after ourselves can lead us down a steep path towards longer term more chronic and debilitating health conditions including unwanted weight gain, low energy levels, depression, fatigues, sleep problems, low self worth just to mention a few.
I recognise when I begin to come unstuck as I feel drained and emotional, I become forgetful and worry over things that would not normally effect me. Ideally if I catch this in time I pull back and create space for myself to re-set and prioritise what's really important to me.
This is very easy to say and not so easy to do. It can help to recognise that by pulling back a little temporarily to take care of yourself you can slingshot back into a more productive and healthy existence.
How do you look after yourself? Everyone has their own list of things that bring them back into balance and they are usually simple things that when applied to our life bring it back into balance. Here are a few that you might be missing right now.
Taking time to be completely disconnected - Disconnect to Reconnect
When I worked in an environment where I was talkng to people all day I found that a day of complete silence allowed me time to reconnect with that inner space where I could get guidance and check in
Reconnecting With Nature
Drinking More Water
Getting Good Quality Sleep
Prioritising what we see as Urgent
Surround yourself with people who make you see the lighter side of life
Eat Foods the Nourish your Body
when you have other people relying on you but when you flip the p
Live in the Sunshine, swim the sea and drink the wild air.
- Ralph Emerson