Sunday, July 01, 2012
Our bodies and minds are meant to be challenged and to neglect them is to be closed off to challenge yourself in every aspect.
I know so many people that let life get them down and their only "challenge" is to "survive" life. They feel that they should not push themselves mentally or physically because they would be doing more harm than good. In fact the truth is quite the contrary, if we don't have a challenge, we won't ever discover what we are capable of and how well we will truly feel!
I must agree that it is difficult to go beyond our comfort zones and try new things but it is necessary. I am not saying that it is a bad thing to stay in your comfort zone occassionally but it shouldn't be a permanent resting place.
Our bodies are meant to move and our minds are meant to flow freely without limitation. If we restrict our bodies and minds with limitations that we impose, we become ill.
We must not get stuck in the mentality that after a hard day at work or a day caring for our children, we should just rest. We need to eat within limits and we need to exercise. We have to realize when we are "cheating" ourselves out of happiness because of disorderly thinking!
I recently took a challenge that a friend asked me to partake in with my husband, it was a 7 Kilometer Spartan Race with 15 obstacles including jumping fire, running up a mountain in the forest and crawling under bobwire fence in the mud, rocks and tree roots. This is the 1st race I have ever undertaken and it was an extreme challenge for me. The challenge made me question what my routine should be and whether or not I should sign up for any more races.
I was open minded and I definitely like to challenge myself but I am not sure I am want to do anything like that again. I was hyperventilating while I was running and I wanted to quit. That medal and Spartan Shirt waiting for me at the end of the race was a good motivation to complete the course and I did. My husband wants to do a lot more of these races and while I love to challenge myself with him, I am not so sure.....I have a lot of prepration to do myself, mentally, spiritually and emotionally if I do another race.
In my mind, I would like to compete in the great challenge but emotionally and physically I am not so sure! I have come a long way in 2 1/2 years, over 100 lbs lost, more confidence, and I have done a lot of fitness activities to be in good shape. I have completed over 1 year of zumba 1 hr classes several days a week, several 2 hr Zumbathons, 2 years at a gym-personal training sessions, individual workouts designed by trainers including weights and cardio, 3 hr walks, bicylcing, etc. After the race I realized that you really have to train for what you do in the race, running which I have never been good at and crawling in rocks and tree roots.
I have been torn as to what I am going to do with my fitness routines and I have returned to my 1 hr Zumba classes. I have realized that I truly want to stay in Zumba classes because it is my passion. But I still have the desire for a challenge!
Saturday, June 30, 2012
With the myriad of decisions to be made in this life, it is very difficult to make a choice. Once you make a choice, you are opening the door to make more choices. The first choice you make has a consequence leading you to make yet another choice to live the way you want.
The problem with some choices is that the consequences are not reversible and your future choices can be very difficult to rectify the situation you find yourself in.
From a very young age, I developed a coping skill for dealing with stress and the action that I used lead me to a life I haven't enjoyed living. My choices to rectify the situation have led me to a better life but that old coping skill comes back to haunt me and I find myself unhappy with the life I am living again. I must CHOOSE to using the coping skills I learned at the age of 25 to deal with all the things in my life that were not what I chose, just environmental and natural factors.
When I find myself making bad choices, I must make a good choice, no matter how difficult it is to rectify the life I find myself living.
Abnormal eating can be disguised as so many things and telling the difference between what the problem is and what your eating habits are is not clear for someone who copes with problems by eating.
When I find myself feeling emotions I don't know how to deal with, I have a CHOICE as to how I will to rectify my feelings. I am a very emotional, sensitive person and eating has been my coping skill for many years of my life.
At the age of 25, I had to seek professional help because I needed to find a solution to my emotional problems and see the grand picture.
I found the help I so desperately sought and attained valuable skills for life to cope with emotion. A grandiose picture of the events of my life and my reactions were clear. What I had to CHOOSE to do became clear in order to make my life what I wanted it to be. The realization that I had a lot of work to do on myself was a very daunting thought but I am a survivor by character and action.
After 2 years of a Weight Loss Program, 8 hrs a week at the gym, counseling and reiki, the strongest physical me came about but all of the emotional problems still were not healed.
I was left with coping skills and a vision of what I CHOSE to do to attain the life I desired. I have a lot of work to do yet on my emotions and the healing of the occurrences of my life. I work hard at changing me and attaining the life I dream of.
There arises a question, "Why bother to change?" . The answer is very simple, the environment and circumstances you find yourself in are not optimal for the life you want to live. In order to find happiness, you must work hard to mold yourself to be the best you can possibly be!
If you quit on your dreams and your life, you are simply going through the motions of necessity to survive. You deserve more than a basic life in which you accept circumstances that come along.
Weight loss is a CHOICE, not a choice to take lightly either because you have to admit you have a problem and rectify it over a long period of time. Knowing how to lose weight is an exact science but common sense sometimes can go a long way.
You know that certain foods are composed in such a way chemically that you must limit your intake. Portion control really is the key to having a healthy weight. You also know that bodies are meant to move, we cannot sit idle and be capable of doing any activity life presents us.
We must be aware of how much we should eat or drink of a certain food and consistently strive to stick to that.
We must know how to safely and practically partake in physical fitness.
We must negate all excuses to not do what our body and our mind requires.
So many people are not successful in weight loss because they have not changed their mind. In order to physically change, you must contrive in your mind that your eating and your fitness have to change to see results.
To add insult to injury, on top of changing habits, muscle weighs more than fat and retaining water causes weight gain. In your efforts on the fitness front, you see fluctuation on the scale in both direction.
You must be courageous, you must not quit, you must consistently eat portionally and exercise regularly.
I make the CHOICE to eat properly.
I make the CHOICE to exercise.
I make the CHOICE to feel well.
What do you CHOOSE for YOU?
Saturday, June 23, 2012
Above is a weak moment for me on the night of December 31, 2009, 2 years after I completed a 187 lb weight loss and 3 years of 8 hrs a week at the gym. My inner strength was just beginning to resurface in this picture but 153 lbs too late.
Above is me in 2007 after the 187 lb weight loss and 8 hrs a week spent at the gym. At this time I had fully discovered my inner strength.
After 2 years of weight loss from 2005-2007, I knew what a strong, beautiful lady I was and just what I was capable of. The past traumas of life came back to haunt me as I was talking to my mother about trying new water adventures. She discouraged me from going kayaking when I expressed my interest. That is all it took to start binge eating to comfort my distraught emotions.
How is that someone was so strong for 2 years and did everything right for their health suddenly is self-destructing? The answer is the mind, unhealed trauma can take you to the lowest depths and you feel completely helpless. I sought Counseling and Reiki to get my emotions and healing in order. All the help in the world didn't stop me from gaining 153 lbs. I gained the coping skills and healed from my traumas but I didn't find that inner strength once again.
The one thing that changed my mind to get back to good health was I saw my dreams unfolding to truth. I met a man that I have been married to for over 2 years and this is a dream come true.
I dreamed of being married and having a family and a house, I am married and I have a new house. My work to have a family is in progress, I have to finish losing the weight to accomplish that. 102.2 has been lost, 50.8 to go.
The one thing that can get us through the bad times is realizing we have the inner strength to handle it. That inner strength is the tool that will keep you in good health.
We must believe that we are worth good health and we must use our inner strength.
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