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Thursday, February 07, 2013

I am a voracious reader. Today, I was reading about how Buddhist values would benefit the Western world and it got me thinking about how I can use some of his principles in my own life. I know this quote is kind of out there but it really speaks to me. I find that most of my self-defeating behavior begins with a negative thought that then spirals into a negative action. That is why I put such a great emphasis on mental health- I think it is a direct reflection of physical health. However, there is definitely a LAG! It takes awhile for my body to catch up with my mind.
The best way for me to strengthen my mental health is through taking the time to focus on only me. It requires taking a time out on the daily chores, responsibilities, and commitments and scheduling a time just for yourself. I am not sure if any of you are using Spark Coach... I just purchased it and I am enjoying it so far. One of the lessons was on scheduling fitness activities as you would anything else. I have actually been doing this for awhile! I strongly recommend sitting down for 5 minutes in the morning and making a specific schedule... However, I take it a step forward and also plan deliberate time to focus on myself and something I enjoy. It is not always easy- and sometimes I have to get up a little earlier- but for me it is worth it.
One thing I have found to be really helpful is meditation. I don't necessarily mean you have to pull out a yoga mat and a candle (although, yeah, sometimes I do!) but even just taking five-ten minutes to take a break and notice how you're feeling has left me feeling more calm and capable. If you are an iphone addict like I am there is a great app in the Apple store called Headspace. I definitely recommend the ten day program! It only last ten minutes and it has been one of the most relaxing things I have ever done!Another way I relax is to sit down with a book (bet you didn't see this one coming.) If you are looking for a great weight loss book- I REALLY enjoyed Women Food and God by Geneen Roth. It was written beautifully!
I just completed the Sparkpeople stress buster program and I thought it was great. It really backed up all the research I have read about the correlation between stress and weight loss. Go do it emoticon
As far as my own personal journey- I stayed the same this week! I feel good about that because I have been losing really fast the past few weeks and also because I indulged myself a little bit more than usual this week! I am having trouble staying motivated/happy this week as my boyfriend is going through personal struggles right now which have him understandably upset. This blog is a huge reminder that I need to focus on my own well-being and health when it comes to stress relief and positive thinking so that I can be up-lifting rather than compounding the problem!
My run training is also slowing down because I have developed HORRIBLE shin splints! I have gotten new insoles, wrapped my legs, tried shin work outs...and I am still in lots of pain! I am definitely going to take it slower but it is so hard because my next run is in less than a month! AH! Let me know if you have any advice!

I would love to hear what you have to think about the mind/body connection! Also, let me know if you have any tips! I am in desperate need of them this week.
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    Excellent insight!
    1919 days ago
    Nice blog! I have the book 'Women Food and God' on my shelf to read 'someday' but I haven't gotten to it yet. I'm glad you recommend it!
    1928 days ago
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    Awesome Blog!!! You might look in to doing Chair Exercises too. That could help. We have a Chair Exercse Team here on SparkPeople. Hope this helps. God Blessings to You and Have a Super Great Day. Take Care and Slow down.
    1929 days ago
    I think you have found the key,that's what I think!
    Take care....!
    1929 days ago
    That statement is not out there at all!
    It is so true. The power that our minds have is amazing!

    Not sure on the shin splints. In the last 6 months I have started walking a lot and sometime even jog. if I have a hurt- I don't push myself. I probably take more time off than I should- but I can't afford to be hurting for long periods of time.

    There are other ways to exercise besides running and I think you need to incorporate that a couple of days a week.

    I am going to add you as a friend because I have enjoyed these last to blogs and want to keep in touch.
    1929 days ago
    inside out weight loss is all about the mind/body connection. I recommend it highly. We have a team on SP (IOWL) and here is a link to all the podcasts:

    1929 days ago
    I really love your blog! Geneen Roth rocks!!! I have her 6-cd set called "When Food is Food and Love is Love," I think that's the title anyway. She helped me SO much (I, too, am a book junkie, so I have about 6 of her books - thank god for Amazon.com!).

    Shin splints: I am not a runner by nature (chest does not permit, lol), but I did run in track, in high school, and developed awful, chronic ones like yours.

    Sorry to say, but sometimes the only thing you can (and may HAVE) to do is stop doing the thing that caused the injury (i.e. running), for a good long while; otherwise, regular ice packs on them for 20-30 minutes at a time (1-2 X per day); and if it is in your budget - go to an athletic shoe specialty store. They will take the time to watch you walk/run in your running shoes and perhaps walking shoes. Then they'll tell you what kind of shoe you need. Oh, orthotics may also help. Sometimes, it is our "gait" flaws (i.e. issues with the way we move when we walk) that cause problems for us from foot up to even our neck (even headaches).

    Hope that helps, and no, I don't think the Buddhist title of your blog is "out there!" I LIVE by it!

    Thanks, may you heal very soon....

    Lori emoticon
    1929 days ago
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