Holiday Stressors & Food!

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We’re coming into the holidays, and often becomes the most stressful time of the year! There is all the “things” to complete, decorations to put into place, shopping, parties, family gatherings, and the holiday food. Sometimes, I think we cram a year of “everything” into the month of December!

How can 1 person orchestrate and accomplish all this in 1 month (on top of their normal schedule)? It’s no wonder that people gain weight during the holidays!

Is it possible to enjoy all the festivities, and maintain / lose weight during this time? YES!

Here are a couple ideas to consider, to ease the holiday stress and bring more joy into the season.

First, it’s not about material items. “Life is about the journey, not the destination.” We place undue expectations on ourselves to be the “perfect” hostess, mother/father, or ___________. Perfection is truly a culmination of imperfect events that are perceived through our collective experiences. It’s really about doing / being the best we can. The holiday season tends to bring up memories (good or bad), while we strive to achieve impossible goals for others. Remember, we are one human being, and capable of a limited amount of “things” we can accomplish in a short period of time (aka the Holiday season).

Second, people love you for you, not for what you can do for them. Love isn’t conditional! Love is accepting, forgiving, and compassionate. The Holiday season is richer with these ideals, instead of the mass consumerism that begins with huge crowds on Black Friday. There is greater value in life experiences, instead of one more toy, piece of jewelry, or tool under the Christmas tree. It is nice to give gifts to those we love and care about. It’s just not the only thing that matters. Relationships are more important that “things.”

Feeling stressed and overwhelmed with the season? Try closing your eyes, taking a few deep breathes, and repeating a mantra that helps you calm down.

Life is Good!

Wellness for All. . .Karen

Fitness & Wellness Coach

Time for Self Care

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Self care is healing to the self. It is the moments in our busy lives we stop and honor ourselves. We momentarily let go of the budget, family issues, work challenges, and focus on quieting the inner self. We invest in our own well-being.

What does this mean?

We are taking time to work on ourselves. It is the time where we can find clarity in our thoughts and emotions. It is like a mini-spa moment in our daily life.

What is self care?

It is different for each person. It could be a long walk, or a journal entry. It could be a personal ritual to find inner peace, like meditation or yoga.

What does self care effect?

Self care changes the way we feel about ourselves. It allows us moments of being ourselves. It heals our spiritual / soul (energy field) wounds. This is a portion of the “spirit” in Mind + Body + Spirit = Fitness.

Challenge for Those Who Accept. . .What self care practices are currently in your life?

To Wellness for All. . .Karen

Fitness & Wellness Coach

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

 

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

 

Tips for Self Care

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Self care is the foundation of fitness and wellness. Both are part of self care.

Some tip ideas. . .

  1. Take 5+ minutes a day to still your mind.
  2. Walk a little further each day.
  3. Turn off the television by 9 pm.
  4. Go to the park.
  5. Eat less Fast Food.
  6. Decrease sugar intake.
  7. Replace food with a walk or meditation to cope with stress.
  8. Get enough sleep (6 to 8 hours per night).

Challenge for those who accept. . .Try one or more of the items listed above, and notice the small changes in your life. . .

To Wellness for All. . .Karen

Fitness & Wellness Coach

Fitness is a Lifestyle. . .

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Fitness is a Lifestyle. . .just like Addiction is a Lifestyle. It takes the same amount of time to put on clean blue jeans, as it does torn ones. It comes down to our choices. Some of these choices are automatic or habits.

Fitness is a form of self-care. We are caring for our body, mental well being, and perceptions of self. We become strong, caring individuals that are able to bring our innate gifts to our families, work place, and the world.

True fitness begins in our kitchen. The saying “we are what we eat” is true. Our food is our fuel for our body, and poor quality fuel creates issues in the body. It cannot run at optimal performance, and we experience increased illness / disease.

The next part of fitness is getting up and moving. If we are out-of-shape, it may take baby steps to walk around the block or take the flight of stairs without being “winded”. This part takes determination, focus, and belief.

The last piece is finding yourself. This could be meditation, writing a journal, or simply a walk in nature. It requires finding that quiet space within, and self-acceptance. This may be the hardest part with our busy Lifestyles.

Challenge to those who accept. . .Take 15 minutes everyday to find your quiet space within. 

To Wellness for All. . .Karen

Fitness & Wellness Coach

Taking Time Daily. . .

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Ever hear “Stop and smell the roses”? It’s a simple concept that gets lost in our modern age of technology and schedules. All it means is to get outside and enjoy small natural things. Find the beauty in a flower or bird.

This concept is part of wellness. It is a moment where we slow down enough to see what is around us in the world. It’s drinking in the beauty of nature. It has a calming affect on the mind, body, and spirit. It’s that moment we have the opportunity to feel at one with all things.

This concept goes hand-in-hand with gratitude. It is the art of appreciation. Once we can appreciate something, it has value and we can choose to be thankful it’s part of our lives. It helps us refocus our priorities, and have clearer insight into our lives (and busy schedules).

Challenge for those who chose to accept. . .stop and find the beauty in the natural world every day for a week. Observe how it affects your perspective of the world. Natural beauty can be found in our yards, parks, or local plant nursery.

To Wellness for All. . .Karen

Fitness & Wellness Coach