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!

Refreshing thoughts on Thursday!

Sarah Fragoso is probably my hero in the paleo world….with the balanced bites ladies coming in on a very close runner up!  That’s for the powerful paleo gals!  
As for the guys….well…Sarah’s podcast partner and friend, Jason Seib is probably my hero with Mark Sisson right after him!
It speaks to the heart of what these two stand for with the Paleo lifestyle.  And it speaks to what I try to not only live but to express to so many!
I don’t think they can talk enough about people (especially women) being metabolically broken.  My thoughts are that when a person is metabolically broken they are also mentally and possibly spiritually broken.
After all how do we get to be metabolically broken?  We get there because we are feeling desperate.  A person isn’t liking what they see in the mirror and how they feel.  They get desperate and go to extremes.  
My thoughts on getting desperate is great if a person chooses to kick themselves in the butt and really hit their nutrition hardcore, thus in return having them lose a bunch of weight real fast….but then stick with it!
Have that quick start be the turning point to make real life changing choices for the longevity, for the journey of life. 
Thirst to be more!
Be thankful for ALL that God is.   
Thankful He is always present!
Thirst to know Him better. 
Thirst to serve Him better.  

As you are thankful and thirsty for Him you are able to learn some amazing ways to be thrifty! 
Teresa had to have thirsted for our Lord! She had to have thanked him for all He is!
Thrifty tip for the day:
Use coconut oil for your face and hand cream.  You’ll save sooooo much and actually reap health benefits.   Plus the added bonus of not having to wash the lotion off when you cook!
I would imagine if I designated just one jar for my hand and face lotion it would last me the entire year for $10!!!!
I use to spend $35 on face cream every 3 months and $10 on body lotion every 2-3 months. 
Go forward today thirsting for God…
Thanking Him….
And honoring Him by being thrifty!
Hugs and prayers,
K 🙂

FRIDAY’S FIGHTING CHALLENGE OF A LIFE TIME!

I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts during the holidays….months and months ago…

 I absolutely loved what Jason said about challenges….whether it is a paleo challenge or any other type of challenge.

The question we should all ask ourselves is why are we doing a challenge?  Is it to get healthy?  Is it to lose some weight?  Is it to lose body fat?  Is it just to see if we can do it?

Having been on this lifestyle journey of living real, eating real, being real started about 4-5 years ago.  I never thought it would truly change my life but it has.   What is great is I have learned something new each week, each month, each year, and each day!

So for me what may have started as a spiritual journey of a Daniel Fast and pray…..brought me to where I am today with my mind, body, soul, well being of living Paleo.

Thus what really spoke to me about the 69th podcast of theirs, that took place on Christmas Eve, is that I too see friends and family who have a scale goal….or say they are going do something with their eating/diet/exercise for a specific designated time frame.  But then what?  Do they go back to sloppy eating and then get frustrated because they put back on all that weight and then some?

What breaks my heart is how they have now broken their metabolism.  They have to work even harder the next time.  They have broken their spirit; now they are disappointed or frustrated with themselves.

I’ve been there in the past.  Living Paleo has changed that so much for me.  Have I hit some rough spots during this journey?  Of course.  Just because we learn a healthier way of living doesn’t mean that life just becomes easy.  It doesn’t mean temptations aren’t there.  It doesn’t mean I don’t have a meal, or a day, or even a week where I make choices that I may not be so happy about the outcome the next day or next week.

But the difference is I MAKE THOSE CHOICES WITH A CONSCIENCE DECISION!

So whether I choose to have a piece of cake at a wedding to celebrate that couples union, or I have too many drinks over the holidays…..I knowingly make a choice that I may not feel so great in my mind and gut the next day…..thus I have to decide if I am willing to wait out it clearing through my system to get my hormones, my mind, my body back into balance.

There is not stop and start…on and off…..challenge or no challenge for me…..it is Paleo Power all the way for me!

Now for me a challenge is more of a: do I want to try to train to be stronger for a couple of months, or do I want to increase my speed on a run.   Heck I have been even pulling more away from running so much and really adapting what is talked about on Marks Daily Apple.

I know it is not easy for any of us who have struggled with weight due to genetics, poor eating habits, or hormones…..but it is possible to abandon the “sad” (standard american diet) way of living….and truly live 100% authentic!

Thus my CHALLENGE to every friend, family member, EVERYONE….is to quit yo-yo-ing…..and start eating, exercising, praying for life….forever!

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