Fiftyfive and Fabulous
Not another diet plan!
Before I begin I would like to state that I am not a doctor, nor am I any kind of expert in diet and nutrition. I am writing this blog for anyone who has ever been stuck in the diet wobble. The wobble is a place of wanting to lose weight, starting the diet and exercise plan, and then blowing it off one or two weeks later. This is also written for anyone who is annoyed with those of us stuck there. I mean we should know better. Right?
The answer to that is yes! We do know better. Being overweight, a lot or a little, is not something anyone aspires to. We know it is not healthy. And it has been made clear how much we offend others by our mere existence. So far I have not met the woman who enjoys the leers and hrrmphs from a teeny-tiny ten dressed in her white yoga pants! The world can rest assured that most of us would very much like to be in perfect health.
Aside from the physical and emotional conditions that trigger overeating and complacency, there are other variables affecting us. And no matter how hard some of us try, we may still fail at losing the pounds.
I will not make a list of foods to avoid, exercises to tighten the booty, or herbal remedies to achieve weight loss. I am only a woman who is going to turn fifty-five years old next month, and I have been on the diet wobble for the last two years. During this time I found one sure thing that affects my weight loss. When I am stressed, or depressed, and in the mindset that I have to lose weight, I gain weight! When I feel good, and I’m not thinking about how much weight I gained, I lose weight!
I am convinced that the changes we make today regarding our emotional well-being, will make a significant impact on our health tomorrow. Nothing too new really, I mean you hear about mind, body and soul all the time. But personally I have not found much information that focuses on the latter- our souls. In this blog I will share encouraging, inspirational and hopefully funny stories that will help us all reach a higher level of love and acceptance toward self. Sounds challenging? Read on.
Try standing naked in front of the mirror and tell that stranger, “I love you!” (This has been suggested by others who are probably not weighing in at 175 pounds.) At first the words may not be sincere. You may want to throw the 5 pound hand weight and risk being handed 7 years of bad luck. I implore you to refrain, nothing is worth making this harder.
Instead, force yourself to say the words, "I love you." Then make it a habit. Do not think anything negative about your body. If you start to fall into that old habit, excuse yourself and correct the thought or the statement with “I’m sorry. I love you. Please forgive me.” Then let it go and move on!
Continue to say and think the positive. “I love who you are inside. I love who you are now. I love you so much, that I want to help you feel better. I love you so much, that I want to you to be here to play with your grandchildren. I love you so much, that I want you to be happy.”
The next morning try starting with, “Hello, Beautiful! This is your day to feel good all over. Keep up the good work!”
Don’t worry, we can work our way up to naked yoga!
Throughout the day when a low point sets in, or some stresses get your heart thumpin’, put on the Gayantri Mantra or the 528 hz frequency to the Tibetan bowls. Both are very relaxing and empowering vibrations. I use 528 hz often when I cannot sleep.
Next, look for a creative outlet such as painting, making jewelry, or decorating your home. I just completed writing my first novel, a fiction story for children. Nothing during my thirty-five year career has ever given me such satisfaction!
Finally, surround yourself with people who you respect and love, and vice-versa. This may be difficult to achieve for some people, but it is important. Healthy relationships are one of the most important ingredients to a soul’s health.
I look forward to hearing back from anyone who tries these soul exercises. For me consistency is important- after only one day of meditation I felt wonderful. But since making these habits part of my daily routine I have begun my journey back toward ultimate health.
Here’s to Happy!
© 2015 Anne T Kerrigan