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
"If I had 8 hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend 6 sharpening my axe." - A-Lincoln
Preparation for a program is key to starting out strong. With everything organised you are more likely to embrace Monday with a sense of readiness. In this post I will cover a few areas of preparation that spending some time on now, will serve you well so that you can hit the ground with a gentle, calm ease to begin your RESET on Monday morning.
Complete your Questionnaire and make sure you have enough daily tracker sheets for your week ahead. Find some space to be on your own and really invest time to write about your purpose for committing to this and the outcomes that you desire to achieve. Setting out with the end in mind will assist you in re-focusing during those moments of doubt. Whenever doubt comes up for you over the coming weeks you can re-read your purpose and remind yourself why you started in the first place. Why are you really doing this and how your life might be different after 30 days or sticking to a wellbeing plan?
What would it feel like to have a clear head when you wake up without the coffee or the hangover?
How would it feel to have sustained energy all day and be able to accomplish everything you set out to do with ease?
What would it be like to experience high-quality sound restful and rejuvenating sleep at night?
How will you feel when you are really absorbing all your nutrients and performing at an optimal level?
Something that is not often talked about when people commit to a serious change in their health habits is the effect it can have on your emotions. While the outcome can be a beautifully uplifted calm state in which you handle stress well and are more attuned to your emotions there is a path that takes you from where you are now to that state and along the way you may experience some fluctuating emotional days. Planning your management strategy now will assist you to move through these emotions with grace and acceptance and learn and grow from the experience.
If you were to have a day where you were feeling really drained and low on energy. What is your management strategy? How will this effect your mood and what are you going to do about it? What steps will you put in place for self-care on these days and can you boost yourself with some additional support from the people you love and others on the program who may be going through a similar experience.
You know yourself better than anyone so it is time to reflect on what you might have experienced in the past when you have made changes in your life and choose now how you would like to manage this time.
The fun part. Time to get all your healthy food ready for a week to keep your energy levels sustained and avoid any unnecessary energy lows. It is completely normal to feel a little lethargic if you are doing a complete cleanse and really important that you are gentle with yourself (particularly in this initial stage). Depending on your goals, you will organise your snacks to meet your energy demands and it is important that you remember that the focus here is not to starve your body in any way but to fuel yourself with nutrient dense snacks.
Here are some examples that you might want to add to the grocery list:
Hydrate Hydrate Hydrate
This is the one point that I cannot emphasise enough, The weather is getting warmer and your body needs water. If you feel hungry always grab a large glass of water first as we are often really thirsty and our first response is to grab something to eat.
Ways to add to your water.
Divine timing is everything and I am not one to shy away from a challenge. My challenges these days tend not to come from a person but from guidance within. Whether you are spiritual or not we all have an inner guide that provides us with feedback and when we choose to listen with love it is incredible where this guidance can take us.
It is that which challenges us most that allows us to expand our experiences and grow beyond our comfort zone and lead us to a future where we are able to support others going through a similar process.
As a Wellbeing Coach I am pretty switched on my own health. In saying that it has been a while since I have foregone my morning coffee or my glass of wine on an evening and feel it is time to make some changes. While my vice' s are minor they do create a crutch in my life and I catch myself saying "I can't function without my coffee." or "I really need a glass of wine after a day like today." We so often shy away from really feeling our emotions particularly if they are giving us a message to make changes in our lives. Whether it is food, alcohol or drugs, we look for ways to escape to make us feel better in that moment because we can't bare to feel what is really going on. When we remove all the false security we are faced with our real fears and it is when we actually face these fears head on that we can see them for the false limitations that they really are and resolve them for good.
When you are faced with a real moment of truth in your life and you begin to reach for that distraction be it chocolate, a bottle of wine (or few), or your Facebook feed. STOP. Feel it and then ask the question.
How would you treat your best friend in this moment you're experiencing right now?
The past week in preparation for my 30 days I have really made myself aware of the language and unhelpful strategies that I use and have been face to face with much unhelpful dialogue. In each moment I choose to see love and this has shifted my perceptions greatly. It doesn't always work and it is definitely a work in progress but it is the desire to change that keeps us re-directing ourselves back to where we really want to be.
By removing the external crutch there is no where to go but within. It is time to ask some really important questions that will hopefully provide another leap of faith forward.
"I lose the world from all I thought it was and choose my own reality instead."
Personal Goals include:
With so much going on in my personal and professional life it is time to really focus on giving me the best chance possible to perform at my optimal and be of service to others. The way we achieve this is personal to everyone and for me that means a RESET cleanse and removing coffee, alcohol and anything that distracts me from my goals.
I have extended an invitation to friends and clients to join me on my RESET journey knowing that I am diving into this particular method as a skeptic who is open to using myself as a test case. Alongside this actual cleanse program which is not my own I am providing my support, coaching and training.
This blog includes my own personal insights and experiences as well as anonymous insights from participants that may help someone else who makes a decision to follow my Reset program in the future.
I have very strong views on replacing real food with a liquid meal as this is often used as a short term bandaid solution to losing weight and from personal observations rarely shifts the longer-term lifestyle habits or behaviours. In saying that a nutrient dense smoothie can be a great way to ensure good nutrition when you lead a busy life and if this works for the individual and provides them with good quality nutrition this can be a useful tool. Post program support is key and introducing healthy eating habits from well supported guidelines is important to ensure maintenance of benefits gained by the individual.
I have no doubt the cleanse will work however I want it to work in a constructive and supportive way and this is where the test really is.
By supporting others and writing daily I am locked in and will have to confess any sneaky coffee or wine therefore you will be my support team to ensure I stay on track.
4 Days to Go!
Live in the Sunshine, swim the sea and drink the wild air.
- Ralph Emerson