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personal wellness ~ nurturing your body con’t.

Posted Oct 04 2011 11:00am

This post is part of a series on personal wellness ~ nurturing your mind, body, spirit, and soul

Last week’s post had me huffing and puffing on many an adventure all the while my weight continued to climb… And readers…how can you get any more authentic than sharing a bunch of bad pics of yourself? You’re welcome /grin.

Now where was I….ah yes…the weight started melting off

Was it because of yoga? Was it because I had a near-death scare ? Was it because I suddenly changed my mind-set ?

I’m not 100% entirely sure why the weight started coming off so easily (I was going on 40 after all…)but I have some pretty strong theories that have held true (for the most part…when I’m not being a  gluttonous   depressed fool!) for the past few years.

I cannot stress enough how important it is to listen (and then honor). Your body is literally telling you what it wants, needs, and craves.

Your body is not craving inactivity…it is craving movement.

Your body is not asking for processed low-cal, no-fat/low-fat foods sadly lacking in nutritional value….it’s asking for whole, read foods that provide the nourishment your body needs to perform optimally.

Your body sometimes may want something sweet…or it may just be thirsty. You need to learn how to differentiate between the two.

Sometimes you will just need to eat a piece of chocolate cake…that’s ok but trust me…your body is not telling you every day that it needs chocolate cake! But when you indulge in that cake, make it the richest, most decadent chocolate cake you can find (or preferably make)…don’t settle on a bland cake made from a box off the grocery store shelf…you’re worth more than that! If you’re going to indulge…INDULGE!

  • The daily aches and pains upon waking aren’t normal for a healthy woman in her late-30s. And I’ve always had bad knees but that crackling I’m hearing can’t be good
  • Plantar fasciitis is kicking my ass…ouch! Am I seriously going to hobble around the rest of my life?
  • I keep gaining weight year after year in spite of eating low-cal, no-fat, low-fat…and I’m hungry
  • My belly is so bloated and I keep hearing belly fat is the most dangerous kind and diabetes runs in my family…
  • I feel so gross after eating a heavy dinner on top of a heavy lunch
  • I need to be moving some fresh air through my lungs!
  • I’m thirsty
  • Explored various activities including kettle bells, running, Pilates, yoga, zumba, and weight lifting. I settled on yoga and zumba as my favorite activities and then found teachers and/or DVDs that keep me inspired. Yoga gives me long, lean muscles and amazing core strength (I have some pretty killer inner thighs as well) and zumba burns a bunch of calories, pumps a ton of oxygen through my body, and shapes my curves into something pretty darn dangerous /grin. Plus stretching my feet in yoga literally made my Plantar fasciitis go away and it didn’t take all that long
  • Read a few books on nutrition that made a ton of sense  and started making changes in how I approached food
    • Real Food: What to Eat and Why by Nina Planck – she had me at full-fat dairy and happy, healthy chicken skin. Seriously! I switched from skim milk and sugary but non-fat yogurts to whole milk and whole-milk plain yogurt (sweetened with stevia, honey, or maple syrup) and guess what…the weight came off; I was more satisfied and my body was getting the nutrition it was craving (skim milk and non-fat sugary yogurts really don’t have any nutritional value…)
    • Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual by Michael Pollan – simple rules that make so much sense…eat greens and less meat, if you can’t pronounce it don’t eat it, don’t eat anything with more than 5 ingredients, etc
  • Eat a lighter dinner if I have a heavy lunch. Or eat minimal carbs for lunch if I had a heavy carb breakfast or vice versa. I love a comforting bowl of oatmeal for breakfast but I don’t need to follow that up with a sandwich for lunch when a salad chock full of tasty veggies and lean protein is just as easy to make. Carbs and fat are not the enemy as long as you’re practicing balance and moderation most of the time
  • Your body needs to move in some fashion or another. It’s an indisputable fact. Find an activity you enjoy and make time for it. You’re worth it but only you can prioritize your life. The time is there…trust me
  • Eat more real, whole food and less processed food. I started eating like a queen and lost weight. Real food has so much more flavor and nutrients than processed foods. You may need to retrain your taste buds but it’s so worth it. You should be able to taste the natural sweetness of vegetables and most fruits should almost be too sweet for you
  • Know yourself! Know what you’re willing to change and where you just draw the line. It’s ok! I have my lines…I won’t give up Diet Mountain Dew even though I know it’s about the worst possible thing I can be putting into my body. I also won’t give up indulgences like my husband’s amazing ribeye steaks off the grill, ice cream , or chocolate. Again – indulge BIG and then go back to relatively clean eating. Nothing is off limits as long as you can practice moderation. I personally strive for 80% clean eating (real, whole, and minimally processed foods) and 20% indulgence…don’t even try for 100% unless you know you can do it (and if you know that…why aren’t you?!?)…set yourself up for success…not failure!
  • And if you do fall off the wagon, give yourself a big old hug, recognize that you are in fact human, and eat as clean as possible for a few days before indulging again

It really has been that simple for me. I truly don’t work that hard at it. I practice lots of self-love by telling myself I am worth it (food full of nutrients and moving my body), I forgive myself if I slip up, and I enjoy life and all it’s little indulgences.

Do I have an ideal body? I have my ideal body and that’s what matters. I feel good, I feel confident, I feel strong, I feel sexy, I feel whole.

When you’re nurturing your mind and body , the weight will start coming off and before you know it…you’re sunbathing topless in Mexico with your hubby.

topless in playa

You didn’t really think I was going to show you those…did you? For shame /grin!

Have you found the right combination of food and activity to nourish your body so it can continue supporting you on all life’s adventures?

peace, jen
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