Healing Self

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Losing weight requires us to heal ourselves. Every pound shed carries past wrongs, other people’s opinions, and old paradigms. It’s a process of healing self.

You become the caterpillar transforming into the butterfly. . .

So. . .reached a plateau?

Or. . .feel uneasy at your new weight?

It’s worth taking the time to look and remember what it is within yourself at this new weight. Memories are energy, and we store them in our bodies.

I finally reached “that” zone where I need to look inward, and allow myself to heal. Whether it is my father’s voice screaming at me about “killing” my mom as she was dying from cancer at the hospital or the harsh words of a former employer, I need to look at these issues and let them go.

These “things” only hurt me, and damage my physical body. I cannot control other people, but I can control how I take these incidents. I can keep the unkindness, or choose to let them go. It comes down to the question, “what kind of person do I want to be?”

Challenge for Those Who Accept. . .Stuck at a specific weight? Take time to journal about your feelings. Look at the words, and decide if you need to change.

To Wellness for All. . .Karen

Fitness & Wellness Coach

 

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Wait a Minute. . .

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Wait a Minute. . .what do you mean my clothing from last year will not fit me this year?

This is what happens when divesting your body of excessive weight. It means those clothes worn last year that fit will be too big this year.

What an amazing realization!

I’ve lost 30 + pounds, and all the warm clothing I wore last year will be too big. . .really too big. I’ve moved down clothing sizes!

It becomes a journey of re-discovering yourself. All those amazing “little” clothes will now fit, and look good. This little fact requires a lot of change in how you view yourself.

What to do you do?

I went window shopping. I looked at all the really cool lacy tops and jackets, slowly realizing that I could wear them without looking like I was “stuffed” into them. I could wear the smaller sizes, and “feel” comfortable.

What does it mean to be smaller in size?

Besides the health benefits, there is a huge psychological boost. It becomes easier to look in the mirror and feel good. People begin to notice you in public, and say hello. Self-esteem comes back. It’s easier to choose to feel happy.

I think the list is endless, and different for each person.

Challenge for Those Who Accept. . .keep a record of the changes in yourself as the weight comes off. Take time to adjust to the changes. It makes it easier to keep the weight off, and make permanent lifestyle changes. Maybe, go window shopping, and try on clothing. . .

Wellness to All. . .Karen

Fitness & Wellness Coach

Afraid of Change. . .

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Afraid of Change? Don’t like Change? Have difficulty with Change?

If so, know that you’re not alone. Many people are afraid of or have difficulty with change. Yet, change is the only constant in the Universe.

Think about this. . .

Our body weight changes daily. Friends come and go. Family relationships are in constant flux. We are mobile and constantly moving. Our workplace is in constant change due to the business climate.

Even our personal lives are in constant change, even if we want to deny it.

Being in the present means embracing the constant change, celebrating it, and adapting to it with a positive attitude. It is truly up to us to create the atmosphere in our own lives.

On a personal level, a lot of the changes are fueled by our personal choices, view points, and attitude. Don’t like something? Make a conscious decision to change it. It may not happen immediately, but the change will happen.

Part of the journey of weight loss or fitness is embracing change. Our bodies are going to change. Our clothing sizes are going to change. Our reflection in the mirror is going to change. Our attitudes are going to change. The people around us are going to continue to change.

Weight loss and fitness gains is about change! If you want it, expect and embrace the changes that will come your way. It will happen!

Challenge for Those Who Accept. . .Do you like change? If not, why not? How can it become easier to accept change? What would you need to do to accept changes in your life? Journal writing is a great way to explore these ideas. . .

To Wellness for All. . .Karen

Fitness & Wellness Coach

Too Busy?

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The easiest excuse for avoiding weight loss and fitness is “I’m too busy!”

Now, let that sink in a bit.

How can one be too busy to take care of themselves, their health, and their state of being? I think the answer is should be “I’m too afraid to face _______.”

We don’t put on the extra pounds due to being part of the present and enjoying life. The extra pounds come on because of something. It could be an injury, an illness, a health issue, a psychological issue, stress, trauma. . .I think you get the picture.

We store the energy of these “things” in our bodies. It manifests itself as extra weight, physical and/or emotional pain, our attitudes, and in other ways both seen / unseen.

The first step to “finding” the time is to make fitness and wellness a priority. When we decide something is important, we give our time freely to the activity.

There is always time for what we truly want to do. . .

Challenge for Those Who Accept. . .Is weight loss, wellness, or fitness important to you? If so, are you will willing to invest the time into yourself? Scared? Explore the reasons why through journal writing or other self-exploration activity. Find ways to overcome the fear, and become part of your life. . .

To Wellness for All. . .Karen

Fitness & Wellness Coach

Holidays & Food Consumption

 

The fourth of July is tomorrow. It’s a great day for picnics, barbecues, fireworks, and outdoor activities. Usually, there is food. . .lots of food, and not necessarily healthy food.

What to do?

Make smart choices.

I avoid hot dogs, but am happy to eat a hamburger. Hot dogs have too much fat and too little nutritional value. I will eat chips, but a small amount. Potato salad is wonderful!

So, it goes to portion sizes, or skipping something else. I tend to eat in moderation. It’s okay to feel a little bit of hunger.

Basically, I’m not going without. I’m taking care of myself, for myself and those I love.

I tend to think about portion sizes. I don’t worry so much about everything needing to be healthy food. I find that if I deny myself the opportunity to choose, I crave the item I’ve band from my diet. I guess it’s true that we want what we cannot have. . .

Challenge for Those Who Accept. . .Have a wonderful holiday! Eat food you enjoy! Work on controlling the portions, and don’t worry about the rest! Remember moderation. . .

To Wellness for All. . .Karen

Fitness & Wellness Coach

 

Doing What You Love!

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While your reading this, I’m on the Oregon Coast teaching a weekend long digital photography workshop. I LOVE what I DO!

I’m a professional photographer and freelance writer by day, and fitness & wellness coach by night! In between, I work as a professional house cleaner and in medical billing. Even when you follow your dreams, you need to make sure that the bills are paid and there is food on the table.

I’ve made a conscious choice in each of my money earning opportunities. I am grateful for each. It all works with my lifestyle.

In addition, I help my disabled husband and teenage son through their challenges and growth opportunities.

This is my chosen Lifestyle! I could not survive 40 hours a week in a corporate cubical. Been there. . .Done that!

What about you?

Challenge for Those Who Accept. . .Are you happy? If not, what would make you happy? What would it take to make it happen? Are you willing to take those steps?

To Wellness for All. . .Karen

Fitness & Wellness Coach

Letting Go of Stress & Weight Loss

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One of the biggest byproducts of our modern, industrial world is stress, and there is plenty of it going around right now. Stress plays a big role in eating and weight loss.

Stress interferes with all aspects of our lives.

It affects our attitudes and adds to moods. It increases depression and anxiety. It taps into our basic survival skill set, and amplifies our emotions.

It can trigger binge eating and loss of sleep. We forget about our good eating and exercise habits that are being built, because the stress can become overwhelming. It can consume our energy, and leave us feeling drained.

So, how do we combat it?

Focus on what is important. Make conscious decisions on how you are going to spend you life energy.

Define the stress by asking yourself questions:

How big is the issues?
Is it an immediate threat?
Will it hurt you or your family?
Can you affect it?
Is it really important?
Is it a small thing blown out-of-proportion?

Stress can be lessened by knowledge. Stress sabotages weight loss and fitness goals by distracting you from what is important in your life.

Challenge for Those Who Accept. . .Is your life filled with stress? Then, take time to define what is causing the stress. Ask yourself the questions listed above. Then, decide what you want to work with, and what can wait.

Note: For those struggling with figuring out what is important and not important, I find this book helpful – The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, by Steven Covey.

To Wellness for All. . .Karen

Fitness & Wellness Coach