After Luke's walk, I attended my book club call. While on the call I ate my second meal of the day which was roast beef and asparagus. We discussed chapters 2 and 3 in the Elon Musk book that we are reading. It is quite interesting to read about how his life has unfolded so far since he is such an influential person. We talked about the importance of preparing our children for life and how we feel that there are some important things such as values, right and wrong instead of judgment, and money that are not being taught to children these days. We talked about how important it was as parents to ensure that our children were getting this information. It was another interesting discussion with many differing ideas. I love to hear what others read into the words that is different or similar to my interpretation.
After the call I did some work and then headed to my friend, Ted's, for lunch. There I had pork roast and Brussels sprouts. We caught up on our lives since we last visited.
I then headed back to my Mom's to work for the rest of the day. I ate my fourth meal of the day which was pike and broccoli before heading to get Ethan from school.
We then headed home and had dinner. I had my other superfood protein shake with chia seeds in it.
After dinner we headed to Ethan's guitar practice. It was a different night this week due to his hockey on the Tuesday night.
After guitar, we headed home to take Luke for his walk and then got ready for bed. We read some in The Land of Stories and then headed off to sleep. I'll sure be glad when my body recovers from this current state of depletion that I put it in! I am really looking forward to getting back to training and to feeling more like myself again!
I wanted to check in to see how your New Year's Resolution is going. Did you make one? Are you still going strong?
It’s hard to believe that another year has begun and we are already into the second month of that year! If you’re anything like me, you have great intentions in the new year to change your health or some other aspect of your life. In fact, each year- end in December, I work to set 100 goals for the coming year in each of 10 areas in my life. This sounds like a lot, but really, it is 10 desired outcomes in 10 key areas of my life with 9 supporting sub-goals that will help me to achieve those 10 main desired outcomes.
I prefer to call them desired outcomes as I have learned that there is a certain stigmatism with the word goals. It almost implies future failure. With desired outcomes, there is a feeling that they are already done and that you are at your current point on the path to that desired outcome. Does this feel much better to you? It sure does for me. I like to do everything that I can to set myself up for success. One thing that I have found very beneficial towards my success is changing my language.
Getting back to your New Year’s Resolution, I'm wondering if this looks like how your January unfolded? The first step looked like you making the big commitment to begin a lofty exercise and eating program and then you joining the gym. Things began well. You went to the gym each of your committed days for the first week and you stuck to your new eating plan like glue. Then you checked your progress by weighing yourself and you realized that you had only lost 1 pound or perhaps you even gained a pound.
The second week you weren’t feeling quite as committed to your new goal since you hadn’t lost that 10 pounds that you were wanting to lose and so you missed a couple of days at the gym and you decided that eating those candies or pastries as a cheat wouldn’t hurt or perhaps you went to a birthday party and had a few beers. The third week you weighed in again and realized that you are either exactly where you were the previous week or that you had even gained a pound or two. I bet that you were feeling really discouraged then!
Did you then decide that your new goal was just not attainable, I mean you tried after all and didn’t have any success, right? So, you gave up and went back to your old way of life – perhaps coming home from work, crashing in front of the TV with take-out and believing that this is the way that life is meant to be. You resigned yourself to gaining that 10 pounds or so each year.
I invite you to look at the release of 1 pound in a new light. Here is a visual of 5 pounds of fat compared to 5 pounds of muscle.
measurements with a tape measure along with weighing yourself as this will give you an accurate picture of what is happening. Some weeks you may see weight release on the scale and some weeks you may seen weight gain on the scale, but your inches are going down. This is good news! This means that you have likely released fat (which takes up more space) and gained muscle (which takes up less space – hence the weight gain but the released inches). You can also check the way that your clothes are fitting to see progress. All of these combined strategies will help you to stay motivated on your new path.
A key aspect of weight release is good quality protein that is easily assimilated by your body. Your body is actually built in the kitchen and not in the gym. In fact, when you work your muscles with weights for example, you are actually tearing the muscle. It is with the quality nutrients that you eat that you repair those muscles and build strength which in turn assists your body to release fat. Your hard-working muscles need good quality protein, complex carbohydrates, and fat. Yes, I said that you need to eat fat – good quality fat. This does not mean vegetable oils. This means fat in the form of butter from grass-fed cows, coconut oil, avocadoes, flax seeds, hemp seeds, chia seeds, olives, etc. Complex carbohydrates mean whole grains such as quinoa, brown rice, oats, etc. I don’t recommend whole wheat for most people as they cannot digest it well.
I invite you to look at this year, 2017, in a new way! What if you started thinking about health as a journey instead of a destination? What if you started taking small steps and working slowly towards a desired outcome? What if each small change that you made, over time, led to that desired outcome and it was easy? Think about it …. What if?
Health is a journey not a destination. When we diet for a short period of time and work towards a specific weight or size, we are treating our health as a destination. This is the definition of yo-yo dieting. Health is really consistent, changes made over a period of time. I also believe that health follows the 80/20 rule.
What is the 80/20 rule, you ask? Well, it means that you eat well 80% of the time and have treats (as opposed to cheats) 20% of the time. Again, here we demonstrate that language is a huge part of the process. Over the coming year, I’m going to delve into what healthy eating means and how health is a lifestyle. It is not something that you do for a while and then quit.
Health means putting quality nutrition into your body each and every day. Health means having balance in your life. Health means having treats once in a while because it is a lifestyle after all. When you approach health in this way, you will achieve your desired outcome of a healthy weight and release weight in a healthy way for your body. Again, we see the importance of language. For me, weight loss means that I will find the weight again. With weight release means I am letting it go.
I invite you to look at 2017 differently. I invite you to link arms with me over the coming year and make your health a journey instead of a destination. I look forward to sharing more health information in the months to come! If you found this information helpful, I would love to set up a time to chat further about some other changes that you can make to begin your path for healing! My email address is Tracy@PathsForHealing.com and my phone number is 613-540-4515.
Here’s to your health!