Day 19: To Lean or not To Lean…

As you are getting closer to wrapping up your 21 Day Challenge to LOVING YOURSELF: MIND BODY AND SOUL….here is something to think about….

Being super lean isn’t always healthy!!!
This is so cool…it was from last year…
yet how perfect to reflect on the words…
ON JESUS!!
Do you struggle with wishing you could have six-pack abs?
Do you wish you could have striations on your legs?  Your arms?
Do you want veins popping out on your arms? Rounded shoulders?
For some being this kind of lean comes natural….for others it’s not part of their genetics.  This doesn’t mean a person isn’t healthy or fit or strong or fast….it might just mean that your body doesn’t “show it off” the way some others do.
A better way to determine good health…good strength..is for a person to love the body they are in…to not fight it!
I have read so many testimonies of women who have gotten super lean for competitions, for personal goals, for all sorts of reasons….and they ALL talk about the down side of getting too lean.
Besides the psychological down side there is the physical negatives.  It disrupts a woman’s cycles.  Okay yo may say “yes…no period!”…but when you disrupt this natural rhythm to your body you are messing with nature…your body…and in my opinion disrespecting God’s beautiful plan for our bodies!
It can effect so many things: hair, lubrication, libido, skin, energy, vitality, bone density, strength…etc..
Then there is the psychological…it can create a drug-like effect.  Therefore, when a woman isn’t in that super leaned out mode or cycle or goal…she can have feelings of being “fat”, even feelings of being judged by those around her.
She can have feelings of being “heavy”…and body distortions.
This can all lead to lack of self worth…lack of self-love…and even lead to food disordering.
When a person becomes obsessed with what foods are “good” or “bad”, they forget food is neutral…it has no moral tag.  Food can nourish us…or be gunky… but it is not evil.
Hormonal imbalances create all sorts of distortions within a woman.
So today as you near the end of your 21 Day Challenge really reflect on:
Are you a person who is naturally leaned out?
Are you putting unrealistic expectations on yourself?
Are you truly loving yourself properly to be able to go through physical changes that will or could create up and down emotions?

Day 16: Mind Musings on Monday

It is Monday…

We so often use Mondays to punish ourselves of deciding…ugh…I was terrible this weekend with not exercising…or drinking too much…or eating too late…or sleeping in…or not enough sleep…or not enough prayer….then we resolve to be too harsh on Mondays…

Isn’t this quote from Joyce Meyer so perfect…it doesn’t matter if
you are a mom or not….it is a fabulous thing to reflect on…
WE ARE NOT PERFECT…HE IS!!!

Instead I want you to view Monday as a day to…

Muse…

Meditate…

Marvel…

be Mindful…

Thus today….think of how you can respect yourself…love yourself…and not beat yourself up for be amazingly human and enjoying this amazing life we have been given.

If you need some extra encouragement…extra motivation on this Monday check out a great interview with Molly Galbraith on Mind Body Musings.  Molly talks about truly respecting the body you are in.  I love how she shares about she is curvy and how she had to learn to truly respect that and love it.  She has friends who lean out in the legs naturally….she leans out in the waist naturally…some lean out in the arms more….etc….but the point is to love the body you are in, even when you are wanting to make changes to still love it right now!!!

You can also find out more about Molly at GIRLS GONE STRONG…this is one of my favorite websites to read and learn from….

GO FORTH AND LOVE THYSELF!!!

Hugs and prayers always,
~Kelly

Day 14: Unexpected Changes

We all have moments where we set a goal and life decides to give us a curve ball.  

What do you do?

Use this bible verse today to reflect on curve balls you may have.
And instead of getting frustrated…lean on Him.

Do you stomp and have a tantrum?
Do you throw up your hands and say “fine”?
Do you push through even if it isn’t wise?

OR…

DO YOU TRUST AND GO WITH THE FLOW OF LIFE….AND DETOUR YOUR GOAL?

I started out this year with setting a goal to train for a Spartan Race.  This week was the week I was going to start putting into place my build up.  Then I went to the doctor to just have him take make sure I didn’t have strep…that it was just upper respiratory gunk.

Instead I received all sorts of other instructions of what I need to do for my health for the time being. One of them was the realization that training for a Spartan unfortunately is not the healthiest plan for me right now.

Part of me wanted to rebel…to say “I’m going to train anyways”…part of me wanted to defy the doctors recommendations and say “ah…it’s not that bad”….but…

It is not about what I want….it is not about my desires…it is not about MY WILL…

It is about ensuring I can one day do a spartan when I am healthier….it is about being able to pursue other desires and dreams right now and putting that one on hold….and it is about abandoning my will AND TRULY LIVING IN HIS WILL!

I must remember God is in charge and and His wants…desires…dreams for me are greater!!!

Are you experiencing a Challenge within this 21 day Challenge that has had to make you pause and realize when you started this pursuit…or even another goal….that your challenge has taken a bit of a detour….a different route!?

Maybe…just maybe…when you pause take a moment…reflect…journal about it….you will find that God has some big plans for you…for your MIND BODY AND SOUL challenge!

Reflect…pray…and see how this challenge is drawing you nearer to Him in your pursuit of true self love of MIND BODY AND SOUL!

Day 10: Pedestal of Pressure!

I feel for the individuals who are in the profession…business…careers of health and wellness; whether it is as a doctor, a personal trainer, a nutritionists, those selling products/services in a store or an at-home business.

The pressure each of these must feel to have that “perfect” look according to the worlds visual standards; it must be overwhelming for some.   After all we are bombarded each day with billboards, ads, movies, and stores to name just a few, of what we “should” look like.  Therefore putting the pressure on these individuals to “look” the part because after all if you look thin then you must be healthy.  After all if you have amazing muscles you must have a great gut.

And what about the pressure those must feel when they don’t “look” the part?  Is that doctor taken serious?  Do we not take into account that the personal trainer is wanting to just relax for awhile and not look competition ready?  What if the nutritionist is dealing with hormonal issues?

There is more important things to think about with our health than just “looking” healthy!  Our health is deeper!!!

There are many women I follow about fitness, nutrition, health….they all advocate how having a healthy attitude…healthy gut…healthy mind…healthy strength….healthy movement….healthy love of self is so much more important than the ascetics.

I am sure they feel like a broken record….I know I do sometimes…..but I am passionate and committed to convince all individuals….especially women and young maturing girls to be HEALTHY in their MIND, BODY AND SOUL!  To not focus on: pride, vanity, and ascetics…..and that should include all those who are in these professions.  After all if they are walking the walk of true health then their presence alone will attract others to them to have a true, real, whole life, wellness attitude and approach to living a full and rewarding life!

And we as patients, consumers, clients, followers…need to not have the bar set so high or expect so much from these individuals that we put them on a pedestal of pressure!

What can you do today to take the pressure off of them…off of yourself to be “perfect”?

What scripture can you lean on that will redirect that focus?

Here are my top 10 women/sites I go to for motivation:

Joyce Meyer
Girls Gone Strong
Real Life At Home
Diane Sanfilippo
Sarah Fragosa
Dr. Sara Gottfried
Liz Wolf
JJ Virgin
Katie – Wellness Mama
Mind Body Green

***I purposely didn’t add their links so you have to do a little bit of leg work yourself to find what fits you best for motivation.  Plus some of the list names have several avenues of following them, therefore rather than limiting you to my pick…you pick!

Day 5: Food for Energy

During this 21 day challenge as you are learning how to find our MIND, BODY, SOUL connection of your FAITH, FOOD, FITNESS think about how you connect with your food.

Eat to the point of energy not fullness…not sluggishness…not for punishment.

Eat in celebration of nurturing your body properly.

CPDR:  Cephalic phase digestive response….this is when you truly connect and are in the moment of eating.  Thus eating when truly hungry…being present in your eating experience.  Not running around while eating….not eating to the tv….not eating at the computer…not even eating while reading!  By becoming aware when you eat your able to not only become present to celebrate your experience but you are able to recognize the signal of fullness, satisfaction but you are able to create a more efficient metabolism.

ENS: Enteric Nervous System.  This is the interconnection of your brain to your digestion.   This is when we listen to our gut brain; when our nutritional and metobolic needs are being met.

Day 3: Groove to the Gilmore Girls

This was on a shopping back for a business in Colorado…
….I loved what it said!

I have learned exercising, fitness, movement has cycles and I MUST listen to what my body needs.

I approach raising my daughter in a very similar fashion.  I take note of things she is interested in and use that to my advantage to accomplish a goal or growth opportunity I may want her to experience.

She recently has been interested in using her first morning hour before lessons to watch a bit of tv: Jesse, Once Upon a Time, or Gilmore Girls.

I have wanted her to have a bit more structured or consistance exercise in her every day life.

 I have always enjoyed working out first thing in the morning before she wakes up.  I usually work out while praying my rosary or watching something insirational or educational or both :)…..

Out of all that….ah…..the birth of my outside of the box approach of her recieving what she wants while I recieve what I want….and we get to do it together…bond…and have a built in support system for each other.

I have embraced the shift of my morning and am enjoying having the opportunity to remember to take each opportunity to learn and grow with and from each other.

So…this is what my morning looks like for now…who knows how long this season will last…but for now I love it…and am embracing it….

Upon waking I have been praying my rosary while “walking” throughout the house sweeping, mopping, laundry, dishes….meal prep.   This gives me a great way to warm up my body with nice simple movement, get some household things done, all the while remembering how Mary truly walked away from her will inorder to live and breath ONLY God’s WILL!  What a beautiful and lovely way to start my day.

Then once I wake my dynamic daughter….I set up our living room for our movement/workout session to Gilmore Girls….or Jesse.   It’s perfect.  It allows us to do a HIIT kind of workout.  We rotate between the mini trampoline, stepper, weights, and/or body strength movements.  I set the timer for 2 minutes and we have to rotate between stations every 2 minutes.  We proceed to watch, laugh, move, sweat, and have lots of morning moving fun!

What can we all learn from this?

What do you like doing first thing in the morning?  Can you add even 10 minutes of movement/strength in a HIIT fashion workout that gets you breathing heavy, moving fast, gaining strength and raising your body temp!?

Do you watch the news?   Set a timer for 1 minute jumping jacks, 1 min push ups, 1 min. lunges….repeat 5 times….you’ve accomplished 15 minutes of a simple work out, caught the news and are ready to conquer the world.

Do you have to run around first thing in the moring getting kiddos ready, making lunches, convinced you don’t have time for strength….a working out?!

From room to room, do lunges instead of walking.  Do 10 burpees at each kiddos bed; jumping jacks while you are waiting for your coffe to brew.

When you make movement a normal part of your life, you feel normal, you feel alive, you find yourself not focusing on negative thoughts and not obsessing about unhealthy attitudes toward yourself.

Huge bonus to all of this?  You are setting an excellent example for your children (especially daughters)  how to love yourself and do something for yourself that includes them in your everyday life….your everyday way of nurturing yourself: MIND, BODY, AND SOUL!

Todays scripture to focus on is also a prayer….reflect on….

HAIL MARY….FULL OF GRACE….THE LORD IS WITH THEE….BLESSED ARE YOU AMONG WOMEN….AND BLESSED IS THE FRUIT OF YOUR WOMB….JESUS….

HOLY MARY….MOTHER OF GOD…PRAY FOR US SINNERS…NOW…AND AT THE HOUR OF OUR DEATH…..AMEN!!!

Selfies: 10 pound follow up!

JANUARY 2015 – gotta love my daughters mirror!

I’m not a huge fan of selfies….

Yet, I was refelcting the other day of the time when Sarah Fragosa wrote a fabulour post “Own It”.  She was able to show all her hard work in the posting.

I recently shared about the difference of ten pounds and how it can or can’t look on a body.  I realized sometimes a person can talk and talk and share but another just won’t believe it unless they see it.  Oh how very doubting Thomas of us, right….lol!

Thus, here it goes…

This picture is of me when I met with Jason Seib back in July.

JULY 2014 – 

Last week I took the two pictures on the right with basically the same outfit.

I share this because WOMEN….GIRLS….LADIES….and even men…..I want you to understand YOU ARE NOT THE VALUE OF THE NUMBER ON THAT SCALE!!!

JANUARY 2015 ~side shot…

Don’t let that rediculous tool take hold of your happiness!  I  truly do not care what that number says.  That number will not, does not, define my happiness.

I don’t care if I am not “twiggy” this year….or ever again…..we are all unique and beautiful and amazing!!!

How about a unique and different kind of challenge; one that has nothing to do with how you exercise, what you eat, what you want to change physically…..

What if instead… for 21 days you challenged yourself to truly love yourself exactly where you are at!?

What if, first thing in the morning you said:

GOOD MORNING…
YOU BEAUTIFUL AMAZING CREATURE OF GOD!
YOU ARE AMAZING!
YOU ARE STRONG!
YOU ARE LOVED!

Then pick movement that inspires you.

Eat with passion not punishment.

The cool thing is you could start your 21 day LOVE MY BODY, LEARN FROM MY BODY, LISTEN TO MY BODY….this SUNDAY, January 25th!  And complete it as a Valentines gift of love to yourself!!!

Google Marc David.  He is a great resource to help you shift your mindset about eating for your body, mind, and soul.  Check out all he has to say about the psychology of food.  He has a fabulous book, “The Slow Down Diet: Eating for Pleasure, Energy, & Weight Loss”.   An excelllent read.

And then there is Dr. Sara Gottfried….she has a fabulous podcast….THE HEALTH BRIDGE….helping others learn and understand the psychology behind food as well as the hormones that effect our mind, body, soul experience of food, fitness, and fun!

I feel committed to help you with this journey so I will post something for 21 days, starting on January 25 thru February 14.  I will post something short each day that will be encouraging, loving, inspiring for you  on this journey of change….in all the different ways to love yourself through mind, body, soul experiences….whether it be with nurishing recipes, health changes, movement, encouraging scripture,  great reads…..and so much more…

Join me for 21 days to not only change your body, but change your mind, to enlighten your soul!   

What better gift to give yourself for VALENTINES DAY but to start loving yourself RIGHT NOW….EXACTLY WHERE YOU ARE AT!!!

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