Thursday, July 28, 2011
I only came in on the tail end of this challenge, but the greatest part for me was finding such an amazingly beautiful group of women who are all so supportive, understanding, inspiring, motivating, encouraging....the list could go on and on! I feel truly blessed to have found the Sunny Gals. They're drawing me out of my shell and I feel more involved in SP, which of course is a wonderful reward in itself. I've been on SP for three years, and have honestly never experienced such a tight knit group. It's an awesome feeling to be that supported during this journey. I love that it's a giving and receiving environment - everyone is truly there rooting for one another. It's just a beautiful thing!
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Mixing up the weekly work out led to the discovery of belly dancing!
I felt silly!
I blushed an insane amount!
I giggled as much as I blushed!
I felt bits jiggling and shimmying - some in bad ways, others in great ways!
I certainly did not look like the instructor, nor could I shake what God gave me the way she could!
BUT, I finished the whole work out and felt like an absolute Goddess! My soul is happy, and so am I!!
Friday, July 08, 2011
Due to my upbringing, I grew up learning how to bottle my emotions. I'm a very private person and it's difficult for me to open up about things. So in the past when I needed to deal with an emotional issue, I ate. And I ate. And I ate. If I was happy, I ate. If I was depressed, I ate. If I was lonely, I ate. If I was angry, I ate. Even if I was sick, I ate. Notice the pattern? So what do I do now to handle an emotional day?
During my journey, I was blessed to meet an incredible man whom I can now call my husband. I let down my guard and let him fully into my heart. He's my best friend, and I tell him everything. I didn't at first. I was hesitant. I was scared. He'd think I was a freak if I admitted to binging and purging. At first it was a long distance relationship, so my chaotic relationship with food was still easily hidden. But once we moved in together, how could I hide that? He got home from work 2 hours after me, so it was easy to fit some gorging into that time frame. Or it would be those sneaky moments to the pantry or the fridge when he was preoccupied and cramming something into my mouth! But in time as I worked through some issues, I realised that he fell in love with ME. He accepts all parts of ME. He wanted to marry ME. I'm not going to scare him away because HE LOVES ME!!
So now when I have an emotional day, I tell him what happened. I tell him how I want to go into the kitchen and just binge on something. So instead of doing that, we talk. We cook a healthy dinner together. It helps to just get things off my chest!! Enough with the bottling. Enough with the self hate. Enough with the horrendous food secrets. Enough with the guilt. So what really works for me on a bad day? Love; not just for my husband, but also - FINALLY- for myself!
"All You Need Is Love" ~ The Beatles
Thursday, July 07, 2011
My favourite health resource outside of SP has to be "The Amazing Adventures of Diet Girl." You can find her website at www.dietgirl.org/
Let me just say that Shauna Reid is absolutely brilliant! It all began when I read a review about her book, "The Amazing Adventures of Diet Girl," and had to get a copy of it for myself! She's an Aussie like me who has been transplanted into another country; in her case it was Scotland. I just felt connected with her as I read her story. It was so similar to my life, and so incredibly funny and witty! The girl can surely spin a yarn! She is such an inspiration and I can't recommend her book enough!
But her website is such an awesome resource as well. She has recipes, links to other sites for diet, health and fitness, a wicked podcast that she does with Carla (Mizfit, whose website is also fantastic!), FAQS, photos, her amazing story and she blogs regularly with great info.
I just adore her. She's so smart and witty and funny and as cute as a button! But I can relate to her, and that's what keeps me coming back for more!
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