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Movement Practice

Above all, do not lose your desire to walk.  Every day I walk myself into a state of well-being and walk away from every illness.  I have walked myself into my best thoughts, and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it.  ~Soren Kierkegaard

This month, I’m joining Jamie Ridler and others to start a “movement practice” whereby I’m committing to consciously move my body at least 10 minutes a day.  I know…this sounds like so little time.  But I’m going from unconsciously AND consciously moving my body next to zero minutes.  I also know that once I start moving each day, it’ll be more than 10 minutes.  It’s a way I use to “bribe” myself to get moving, “it’s ONLY ten minutes–you can do THAT!”  And I find that once I’ve started moving it feels SO good (the body IS MEANT/BUILT to move!) and I just want to keep going…and going…  I’ll tweet each day how many minutes I moved, as well I will log it onto myfitnesspal.com newsfeed. 

If you are seeking creative ideas, go out walking.  Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk.  – Raymond Inmon


Wishcast Wednesday – What do you wish for your health?

There is no short cut to health.  It’s an investment you make in yourself every day!  – Oprah Winfrey (heavy sigh–I’m going to miss her!)

It’s another Wishcast Wednesday (well Thursday for me as I didn’t get around to responding yesterday).

This week, Jamie Ridler asks,  What do you wish for your health?

This is a really easy question for me to answer as I am in a period of self-care and that is where the majority of my focus is.

I wish to continue my 12 step journey regarding my eating compulsions, continue being abstinent of the foods and behaviors which had been robbing me of living my life fully, and continue to use my newfound energy for building my healthier life.

As you all wish for yourself, so I truly wish for you!

Eat with love
what’s grown with love,
prepared with love,
and served with love.
– Basic Principle of Soul-Full Eating

Healing Cards – The Root Cause of All Disease…

A few weeks ago, I was inspired to purchase some Healing Cards which I wanted to write about each week.  For the last several months (at least), I have felt that I really need to heal a lot of things about myself.  To back up a bit…Over the last several years, I have done a lot of soul searching, internal work, peeling back the layers, of my thoughts, past hurts, emotions…a TON of work!  I feel that in so many ways I think the way I want to think and, for the most part, believe I have a pretty positive attitude.  But…physically, I seem to keep deteriorating–I know that it doesn’t make sense as the mind and body are so closely aligned, but I know that mentally and emotionally I am such a more mentally balanced person than I spent the early part of my life like.

So…over the last 15+ years I have gained a lot of weight and have a few health issues in relation to my obesity–sleep apnea, low motivation for physical activity, cravings for low nutritional foods, achy joints, and a few other things that I will keep private.  I know, logically,that in order to lose weight I need to eat less, exercise more, sleep well and that once I start changing some of my bad “habits” or negative beliefs about my obesity my health will improve.
And so back to the Healing Cards…I think that they might assist me in changing my mindset about my physical health.
Here’s today’s, which I’m sure you can see is very appropriate, and, since I draw the cards at random, let’s me know that Spirit is on my side.
The Healing Cards are by Carolyn Myss, she calls for drawing a new card each day, but I tend to need to sit and live with new things for a while–let the new ideas grow within me.
The root cause of all disease is a negative attitude about taking care of yourself.
How do you define “taking care of yourself”?  Create a new self-care practice today.  Observe your comfort level when it comes to being good to yourself.  Discomfort is a wise teacher.

Some of the additional notes that come with the card state that Ayurvedic tradition teaches that the main reason we get sick can be reduced to a lazy or perverse mental attitude, which leads us to ignore the basic principles of good health…Yet even though we know better, we sometimes act as if we’re not worthy of a truly healthful, supportive life, as if we don’t deserve to be taken care of…

And so I wonder, do I believe that I deserve a healthy life? 

I’ve been thinking about that question for the lat 25 minutes…On many levels, the answer is “yes” I do believe I deserve to be happy.  I do many things in order to try to maintain my health, I eat a lot of products that are very good for my health:  bran, Omega 3, soy milk, chicken, tea, don`t add salt while cooking or eating, etc., etc.  I wash my hands, keep my house clean and tidy, try to sleep as many hours as possible during the week and rest on the weekends, etc., etc.

But…all that being said, there must be some part of me who doesn`t think I deserve to be healthy, otherwise I would be more active–like I used to until my mid to late twenties.  I would eat a lot better than I did–again, like I did until my mid to late twenties.  So…I see a pattern there, something changed at my mid to late twenties and that was my abusive relationship, interesting that I took ownership of that relationship as mine?  Let me rephrase…that was when I was in an abusive relationship.  My eating and activity levels changed dramatically during that relationship.  I changed to suit him…the path of least resistance.  Why does that time keep haunting me?  I have done so much work on processing that timeframe in my life but it appears that it till continues to have control over my life.

I guess there`s still work to do….

Wishcast Wednesday – What leap do wish to take?

Time again for Wishcast Wednesday. This week’s prompt is a fabulous one. What leap do you wish to take?

There are sooooo many leaps I wish I could take, but I think the most important one for me is the full commitment to my health by eating foods that heal, energize, and help to reduce the 100+ lbs I feel I need to lose. I have just found it so hard to get out of this comfort “rut” that I’m in and I get going and then feel like I get “sucked back in” to my rut.

Other leaps I wish to take:
– Be a public speaker
– Be a mom (although time is really quickly slipping away)
– Walk a marathon or bike a marathon
– Find my loving soul mate
– Remove the “lack” phrases in my head that keep my income and expenditures to a level that I live pay cheque to pay cheque. I want to have money come to me easily and to make money spending decisions that reflect my best life and values.

There are more, but these are the ones that keep me up at night, sometimes.

Life is What You Make It

I haven’t written here since July, and it’s because I’ve been so busy. It seems that I’ve been saying “I’m soooo busy” so often that I’ve created a very busy life. That is not what I’d like to have so I’m going to have to stop saying how busy I am.

I got a new puppy last weekend and she’s a gem!!! Her name is Ruby, she’s 4.5 months old, and she is a super happy and friendly puppy.

Here’s a picture of her–I don’t think the picture does her justice so if I get a better picture, I’ll post it.

Also, about 4 weeks ago, I joined Weight Watchers. The first four weeks went pretty good, down 12.4 lbs, but then I had a week where I ate too much and was retaining water, etc…So, this weekend I re-committed to my weight reduction and have had a better week of taking care of myself by eating lots of fruit, veggies, and lower carb and fat counts.

I just need to keep reminding myself why I’m trying to take care of myself. I want to live my best life and I know that my weight is part of what holds me back from doing so.

I’m slowly getting things accomplished around my office and my house so I’ve been feeling better about that–I had kind of let things go a bit around my house with the “busyness” I had created in my life.

Hope your day is great!