Mind + Body + Spirit

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Mind + Body + Spirit = Fitness

What does this really mean?

We are more than a physical body. Our logic may deem that losing weight is solely associated with the physical body. The physical body reflects the physical aspects of too much weight. It harbors painful joints, illness, or chronic sleep issues.

If you think about it, what are the reasons the extra weight crept on, and you were unable to stop it from happening?

Our minds think thoughts all the time. The mind doesn’t shut down, unless we allow it to be quiet. To reach this “quiet” state, we can meditate, drink a glass of wine, or exercise. The question becomes, do the thoughts stop, slow down, become clear, or continue uninterrupted?

What are these thoughts say about ourselves, our family, our situation, someone else. . .

Do these thoughts sound like our parents? Our partners/spouses? Our friends? Our children? Our self?

These thoughts are an integral part of whether we will be successful in losing excessive weight. Our self-talk reflects our feelings about our self, and only our self. It can be our private “hell” or moral support.

The spirit portion isn’t necessarily clear cut as the body or the mind. It is something less physically tangible. Part of it is the energy flow through the physical body, mind, and energy field surrounding the body. It is the soul essence. It is that part that is activated when following “your heart” or dreams.

Each of these 3 pieces influence our physical presence in the world. Each is equally important to address, when making life changes. Losing weight is a major life change. It takes courage, strength, and determination. It is one of the most important choices we can make, and it’s solely for ourselves.

Our self esteem is derived from a balance of these 3 pieces in our being. I’ll be talking further on each piece in upcoming blog entries.

Challenge to Those Who Accept. . .Take an inventory of these 3 pieces of your being. Try to be unbiased in your assessments. Think about what is working, and what may need to change. More later. . .

To Wellness for All. . .Karen

Fitness & Wellness Coach

 

Changes in the Closet!

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Benefits of Losing Weight. . .

  1. More closet space
    The clothing worn at smaller sizes use less fabric, thus taking up less closet space. The plus side is that you could own more clothing in the same space, or you could gain space for other things.
  2. Less food stored
    It takes fewer calories to maintain a healthy diet and weight. This equates to more space for healthy food, or gaining area for storing kitchen gadgets.
  3. Less Illness
    A healthy body is less likely to become ill. The body’s ability to protect itself from infection it stronger.
  4. Saving money
    Smaller clothing sizes cost less money than larger sizes. Less trips to the doctor for illness cuts down on medical expenses.
  5. Feeling better
    Less weight equals less pressure placed on joints and muscles. Less pain allows us to feel better overall. It becomes more comfortable being in public places. Our attitudes seem to improve with successful weight loss.

Challenge for Those Who Accept. . .Think of 1 to 3 things that would be better if you lost weight. Write these things down into your list of goals to accomplish on your weight loss journey.

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

Is Self Care Selfish?

 

Self care is not selfish! It’s selfish to not take care of yourself. It’s selfish to allow your physical, mental, and emotional bodies to fall into disarray. ┬áIt’s selfish to allow extra weight to continue to consume your health, wellness, and well-being.

It’s selfish because it is the bases for expecting others to care for us when we become disabled or sick from our lack of self-care.

This may seem harsh, but think about it. Do we enjoy caring for others who have fallen ill from excessive weight or from other issues that could have been changed by the person?

The di-eases that excessive weight contribute to are diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and others. A di-ease is an imbalance created in our lives either by ourselves or by allowing circumstances to dictate our actions.

Does this mean we shouldn’t care for an ill person? No. It means we should work on not being that ill person.

We can choose a healthy lifestyle that minimizes the opportunity for illness and injury to become part of our lives. We can choose to care for ourselves, therefore minimizing the need for other’s to address our issues (major illnesses).

Yes, there are environmental causes that contribute to illness and injury. We do have a voice to change the environmental issues. We can choose to be part of the solution or part of the problem.

One of the best “weapons” against obesity, illness, and injury is food. Nutritional food can help the body heal from nutritional deficiencies and health-related issues (including excessive weight).

It’s not hard to make these changes. I choose to drink my nutrition through Shakeology. It’s combination of super nutrient rich foods is key to the changes I’m making in my life. Exercise is as easy as a walk in the park on a beautiful summer day. Combined, these 2 items are contributing to the health and fitness changes in my life.

The key is to choose what is important in your life. . .

Challenge to Those Who Accept. . .Think about what you would like your life to be. Then, think about small changes that can move your life to your desired lifestyle.

To Wellness for All. . .Karen

Fitness & Wellness Coach