What If You Woke Up With a New Body ?!

surprizedConsider this interesting question: What if, by some miracle, you woke up in the morning in the body you want (not somebody else’s…I mean YOURS, in decent shape). What would you do? How would you feel? Would you leap and laugh and pinch yourself? Would you try it out…maybe power-walk a few miles or dance the cha cha or run around the house in your underwear?

This is really fun to think about – and it leads us to the next question:
 What would you do to keep it? How would you have to live in order to hang onto this new healthy body?

What kind of eating, moving and intentional care does it take to have the healthy body you want?

Since the chances of this morning-miracle happening are slim – how about the chances of it happening backwards instead? What if you started caring for the body you have right now just like it already is the new one you want? That new body consistently eats mindfully and moves intentionally – even when it doesn’t want to – because the pay off is so worth it. So what’s our big take-away?

What if you started waking up each morning and living like you have a healthy body:

You choose like you’re fit.

You eat like you’re fit.

You move like you’re fit.

You live like you’re fit.

You think like you’re fit.

You see where this is going…  You would end up quite fit!

Not by in the morning, but you would certainly end up feeling like doing the cha cha in no time.

So go ahead…stop wishing things were different. Stop hating on your body. Turn on some salsa music and jump start your miracle right now!

Where Is Your Mind Taking Your Body?

blogLet’s take a vacation…an imagination-vacation. Envision yourself living in your body at the weight and health you want. Imagine that you feel as wonderfully fit as you want to feel – right now. You have plenty of energy. You feel light in your body. You feel great in your clothes. You’re not stressing over food. You’ve discovered the lifestyle that makes you feel fantastic and you’re living it.

Close your eyes for a few minutes and soak up the joy of feeling this good.

Now imagine how you’re eating in this scenario. What kinds of foods are you enjoying? What quality? What amount?

My guess is that you’re enjoying a beautiful array of fresh foods. When I ask people to take this mental journey they almost always describe eating a rich variety of scrumptious whole foods. In fact, I’ve never had anyone describe a steady diet of heavy meals, fast food or grazing on snacks all day while living out their dream of vibrant health. We instinctively know what it takes to feel great.

This brings up an important point. Where is your focus? Diets have taught us to focus on the number on the scale, exact count of calories or fat grams, our thighs, our size…scrutinize and criticize. And to what end? This focus has given us crazy food behavior, anxious feelings and, for most of us, weight gain.

Focusing on problems is draining. It stalls forward momentum, or worse.

Now go back to your imagination exercise. What would happen if you focused on feeling great? On high energy, on positive ideas, on feeling agile, flexible, strong, on eating and sleeping and moving in a way that makes you feel vibrant?

Focusing on what causes you to flourish is invigorating and empowering.

We know this instinctively: we naturally drift toward what we are focusing on.

So today. Right now. Acknowledge what you’ve been focusing on. Decide what you want your focus to be. You’re in charge. You’re free to choose your own inner dialogue. Then, someday soon that imagination-vacation will not be imaginary…

Close your eyes and think on that.

You & Your Body’s Noble Gift to the World!

happy2Our image saturated culture gives us one clear and shallow message over and over again: Look perfect. That’s all, just perfect. Oh…and young. Yes. Young too.

One of the greatest gifts we can give to those younger than ourselves is the gift of highly valuing our body at every age and stage. For them to see us age gracefully, embrace and enjoy our wrinkles and changes, walk with confidence and joy, laugh easily, and stay as active and vibrant as each year will allow – to intentionally choose not to give off the distinct message that we wish we were “young again”—this is a profound gift to the next generations.

         Flaunt your fifties and sixties.
         Enjoy your seventies and eighties with reckless abandon.
         Be proud of your nineties and beyond.
         Make ’em wish they were YOUR age!

A dear friend of mine passed away at 114. She embraced each year with gusto. Knowing her has had a profound effect on me! May we also pass on the priceless legacy of joy and gratitude at every age, inside and out. Those coming behind us just might escape the badgering of the relentless media if they see us, in large numbers, growing more vibrant and alive and at peace with ourselves with each passing year.

It’s not about the number on the scale or the year on your birth certificate. It is about your genuine, grateful joy and the sincere, intentional care of the one mind, body and soul you’ve been given.

This is our noble work.

The Crazy Thing About Real Food*

candyFirst, some background:

  • I was stuck in the diet/binge cycle for 30 years
  • Sugary packaged foods were my binge-drug of choice
  • It felt terrible physically and emotionally
  • The more sweet stuff I ate, the more I craved

But now:

  • No more diet rules, just reasonable guidelines
  • No foods are forbidden so there is no guilt over eating certain foods
  • I love feeling good so it makes sense to do the things that make that happen
  • Eating mostly whole foods and being physically active give me what I want

LESSONS LEARNED ALONG THE WAY:

Once I stepped away from dieting I was free to eat anything, even the foods that made me feel crappy. And I did. But I also began to listen to my body instead of diet rules…and soon I began to want to feel good.

I REALIZED WHAT I TRULY WANTED:
1. To feel vibrant in mind and body
2. To eat foods I enjoy
3. To LIVE whole-heartedly, which meant being life-focused, not food-focused

Over time, it became evident that eating real food (most of the time) got me what I wanted. Eating processed foods eventually left me feeling “wanting” – not good enough or full enough for long enough.

Some things I discovered about real food:

  • What I eat really does have an effect on how I feel, especially my energy.
  • It’s easier to stay at a weight that feels good when I eat real food.
  • Whole foods keep me satisfied longer so I don’t feel like prowling. .
  • Eating real food helps regulate my hypoglycemia (blood sugar) so I don’t feel crazy as often.
  • Real food has more fiber so it keeps me reg’lar.
  • I have WAY less cravings when I eat real food.

That’s it. I CAN EAT ANY DANG THING I WANT!!!! And – over time – I have genuinely come to crave whole foods most of the time.

BIG TAKE-AWAY: Eating nutritiously naturally happens as we become more intuitive and mindful. It’s a process – not a “program”. It takes time, honesty, grace, a lot of relapse along the way, and encouraging support from others who are on this same path.

If I can help you on your path in any way please let me know!

*Whole food (real food) is in it’s natural state – not processed and refined. It is close to the way it was originally found. An apple is a whole food. Apple Jacks is not.

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W-W-W-Wait Four These!

Sometimes it’s helpful to boil things down to their essence.                                   W-W-W-Wait Four These

Let’s take a fresh look at the basic things that work for us when it comes to living well with food.

4 Basics:

1. WAIT. Eat when you are physically in need of fuel.
2. WANT. Choose food that you want to eat.
3. WOW! Eat it in a way that is truly enjoyable.
4. WELL-FUELED. When you’ve had enough, stop eating and leave the rest behind.

These four things will make all the difference in our lives, our health, our energy and our peace of mind.

Consider the possibility that these four things might just be easy for you…