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Mindfulness and Ageing Well

As I have mentioned, the concept of Mindfulness is everywhere lately.

 

I listened to a podcast discussing mindful meditation and the research that has been done on this topic.  What caught my attention was a discussion on the effect of mindful meditation on the length of telomeres.

 

I know, the first thing you’re asking right now is: What is a telomere??

 

Telomeres are the protective caps at the end of our chromosomes.  They break down over the years as we age and our chromosomes replicate as part of our natural body function.  They appear to have a connection to how we age.

Summary: telomeres are considered to be linked to how quickly we age – improve the length, slow down your ageing!

 

There is research going on that looks at the telomeres and the role they (and the corresponding enzymes, telomerase) play in the role of health and ageing.  It appears that the telomeres reduce in length when the body is stressed, so mindful meditation can reduce the stress, see this review/study. Though, as with much research, more research is required.

 

There is a great TEDx talk on mindful meditation by Diana Winston, if you wish to learn more about this type of meditation

 

And, of course, there are free guided meditations available here.

 

So, why did that catch my attention?

 

Well, mainly because I use a product that is to aid the telomerase and consequently reduce the shortening of my telomeres.  Since I’ve been using this proprietary herb blend, it has been commented upon that I am looking younger.

 

Am I really? I’m not sure myself, but then it’s not my opinion that counts, but that of those having to look at me regularly! I’m certainly feeling a lot less stressed, my health is great (in my humble opinion) and I’m looking amazing (again, my humble opinion!) – check out the selfie from last month!!

 

April 2014

April 2014

 

Another way to address the stress your body is put under and to assist in reducing this oxidative stress and the resultant ageing process, is to address your nutritonal status.

 

Did you know that putting your body through a high stress load on a continual basis increases the oxidative stress on your body’s cells?  This increased stress can result in a faster ageing process.

 

Looking at keeping your nutrition, meditation and stress within a healthy Life Journey plan is the way to go!

 

 

 

 

Easy steps to breaking habits

I know that it is difficult to get into good habits, but how easy is it to break those habits?  I remember reading somewhere, once, long ago, that it takes 3 weeks to create a ‘good’ habit, and 2 days to break it!

 

Well, for the last month, my routines have gone out the window.  However, in my mind I have been

  • blogging daily,
  • writing out my gratitudes daily,
  • writing up my daily intentions,
  • exercising daily,
  • maintaining my healthy eating routines,
  • working on my business
  • and generally doing all my routines!

 

Does this work for you? Did it work for me?  Well, the answer to this is yes, and no.

 

I did keep up with running every second or third day.

I did mentally, and electronically, ‘write out’ my gratitudes, intentions and blogging ideas.

All this occurred while I was on holiday in New Zealand.

 

The ‘trouble’ was when I came home!!  How crazy is that? I immediately stopped my writing, I did keep up some exercise and generally healthy living options.

Though, to put it into perspective, when I came home, it was a short work week, I took the Thursday off as it was my birthday (perks of ‘knowing’ the boss!!), then it was Easter and now we’re coming up to Anzac Day weekend.  All up, many more days off my routine than my mindset had prepared for.

 

So, at home, the routines had gone out of the window, as I had prepared for the change of scenery while I was away (even when my plans changed dramatically), but not for the change of daily routine when I was back.

 

This made me start to think this week about how important my organised routines were in my daily maintainence of my healthy living journey and my mindset around them also.

 

I’ve now implemented my routines again, so I’m back on track!  The daily writing is occurring again, the healthy living routines are all occurring again and being more organised is definitely returning.  Life journey back on track!

 

How important are your routines to you? What happens when they are disrupted?

 

Where are your routines taking you?

Where are your routines taking you?

Change – The Secret Guide To Change

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What is Change?

Change Mahatma Gandhi

What is Change?

Have you been saying things such as

  • why do the whales gets hunted?
  • why is there so much hunger in the world?
  • isn’t it sad to see so much war in the world?
  • isn’t it awful that those children were molested?

These questions make us dwell on what is not right in the world, or even in our world. Mahatma Ghandi stated that WE must be the change we wish to see in the world.

This is so very important when we are wishing for things to be different, we need to begin within, to make the changes we wish to see. One person can start a change.  Are you that person?

How do you begin to change?

Change Winston Churchill Quote

How do you change?

Change begins one step at a time.  I have been listening to some podcasts recently, and a couple of their favourite sayings are:

“A Master was once a Disaster”

“Fail falling forward”

In other words, each step forward in the direction of your ultimate goal is a learning step, whether you are taking a positive or a negative step, while always remembering that those you aspire to be like weren’t born a master at the skill. It takes practice.

I find this is a great way to keep focused on the change I am making to my life, rather than focusing on the negative feedback that often occurs in your head when we are making these changes you seek.

What are the first steps to change?

Change Lao Tzu quote

Steps to change?

  • Always the first step is the hardest – now where have I heard that before?? Oh yes, it’s the lyrics to a song!!

But how true is it? To break a good habit seems to take but a day, to create a good habit, practice, practice and practice again, for 3 weeks according to some studies!  It always seems so easy to slide back into bad habits, but difficult to create new habits.

Sometimes the language you use is the obstacle.

Reflect on the sentence above “….difficult to create…” do you notice the obstacle here?  Yes, it’s the word DIFFICULT!

Changing your language can be one of the first steps you can take in beginning a change. Instead of using,

…..difficult to create….

TRY

…..easy to create……

This can be the very first step you undertake when making changes.

  • The next step to change is working outside of your comfort zone.

Extend yourself in areas you have not been comfortable in.  Examples of this may be to talk in front of a group of people, where before you were not able to undertake this task.  Use groups in your local area to gain the confidence to do this, e.g., the local Toastmasters, or join a new interest group and try talking one on one to a stranger. Remember, it’s all about one step at a time. Extend yourself and you will grow, with growth comes change.

  • Lastly, give yourself a daily internal shower

Whenever we are considering change, we initially look at ourselves externally, thinking this will make all the difference to how we move forward in our lives, e.g.:

  • new clothes
  • new hairstyle
  • new appearance
  • new tattoo
  • new makeup

Does this make a change that is significant to our lives? Does this really allow you to fail falling forward, to learn new ideas or concepts that are outside of your comfort zone?

You need to consider cleaning up the inside of your body as  well as the mind!! By cleaning out the toxins that sit within your cells, that eat away at you as much as the negative thoughts eat away at you, you begin a new journey, you take on board CHANGE!

Why change me?

Change AC Benson Quote

Why change me?

The eternal question:

why do I need to change?

If you have not achieved what you are looking for, is it the scenery that needs to be changed? Or is it you that needs to change?  There is a saying that is often reiterated throughout the internet,

…….if you have not got what you want, doing what you are currently doing,

then you need to change what you are doing……

This is a lovely set of reasons for instigating change in you.

What do you feel you are missing in your life?  Is it freedom? What does that type of freedom mean to you? Is it financial? Is it time? Is it materialistic? Is it spiritual?

First discover what you are searching for, it makes it easier to instigate the changes you are dreaming of.

Thank you for reading my blog on change, and all of the blogs from the Health & Happiness Collective. It’s been a fun time about change, and if you wish to instigate change, please contact me.

Change Flyer March 2014

Life Journey Update

I’ve been following a life journey over the last 7 months.  It’s involved a changing body shape and interestingly enough a changing mental shape too.

I wanted to give you an update on where I’m at with my physical body – today I weighed in at 100g under my personal goal.  I set this goal when I first began back on 23 July 2013. The last time I was this weight (60kg) was in 1999 and I think I maintained it for all of a month before slowly following the typical rebound scenario, up and up and up and oh yes, up again!!! Until finally arriving at a never before reached peak of 82kg.  Isn’t this the typical scenario for so many people?

Avoid Yo-yo Dieting

Avoid Yo-yo Dieting

This is called Yo-yo dieting in the media today.  It’s also a heartbreaking situation.  For those of you who, like me have been through all of the different types of diets recommended, pushed, tantalisingly held in front of us over the last 30 years, you will know that I’m at a point of ‘how long will this last”.  Physically though, I now know about nutritional rebalancing as a lifestyle, I’m confident this won’t occur because my insides have had a shower!

However, interestingly, things have also changed for me mentally this time.  Usually I think great, and I slow down everything I’ve been doing, hence the yo-yo scenario begins.  BUT, what I’ve learnt over my last 6 months journey (by the way, this was 18 months faster than the last time I reached this goal) is that it’s not about reaching the goal, it’s about maintaining the lifestyle you have created.

About a month ago, my gym membership ran out.  At that time I was stil 3 kg away from my goal weight.  I had to make a DECISION.  The decision was about whether or not I would maintain my exercise regime, was it important enough for me to maintain it without the incentive of a gym to attend?

My DECISION was that it mattered to me for my health and for my well being and sense of joy in life to have the purpose in my morning routine to still get out of bed and attend my gym sessions.  Yes, I’m fortunate enough to have a treadmill and weights station conveniently located on my back patio!

My DECISION was also that it was about more than just the weight, it was about me showing and mentoring others into believing there was another way, that yo-yo dieting does not have to remain in your life.

Over the last 7 months, my personal development journey has been along the lines of self-belief and also about understanding WHY I’m here, what is my role in my life journey.

My WHY came in for me with a bang on Tuesday!  Here it is: 
I believe that everyone deserves to be nurtured to step into their Greatness,
with love, integrity, strength, passion and fun
I’m here to do that for others.  I’ve always understood that my role in life is one of servitude, that I’m here to serve mankind, but to truly discover what it is that I’m to do in that servitude has given me a bounce, a joy and a passion that is beyond description.

In my mind this blog today was to be an update on my weight loss journey, so I’ll also give you those details now, not just my passion about my WHY!!I began my journey at 82kg, I’m now 60kg, a loss of 22kg (or 48.5lb).

My waist has gone from 95cm (37.5inches) to 75cm (29.5inches)

My chest has gone from 105.5cm (41.5inches) to 92cm (36inches)

My buttocks have gone from 110cm (43inches) to 92cm (36inches)

My abdomen has gone from 107.5cm (42inches) to 85cm (33.5inches)

I’m feeling AWESOME!!!

Here are some before and after shots as well

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26 July 2013

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7 Sep 2013

 

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10 Dec 2013

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5 Feb 2014

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5 March 2014

 

Thank you universe and followers for making my journey so enjoyable.  

This journey will be continuing as it’s only just begun – my mission now is to help others achieve their greatness – come along for the ride, it’s going to be filled with passion, love and fun!!

Contact me today! Places are filling fast!

Contact me today! Places are filling fast!

Change – and the Fertile Body

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Fertile Body

My wonderful colleague Peter has described some changes that need to be addressed when infertility is an issue for a couple.

Infertility

Infertility

Peter’s Blog highlights some great changes the infertile couple can instigate as first steps to change when looking to have a MASSIVE change in their lives!  If you are looking at this type of change in your life, consider these steps!

How to Get Fit for Summer!

It doesn’t matter whether it’s summer you’re toning up for or whether it’s a new beginning on your life journey, these tips will help you begin that journey!

 

I have definitely used the measurements ideaMeasurements and it certainly helps maintain a sense of joy when the scales are not showing a downward curve!! The mind is a powerful thing, and if we see any negativity it is easier to give up than it is to persevere, so do take the measurements, they are so crucial in the life journey to a better, healthier you!

Enjoy the read

Joy, Fitness, & Style

Fit for Summer Challenge

It’s Time for the “Get Fit for Summer” Challenge!

We all want killer abs, a tight tush, and to look great in that swimsuit this summer.  Well, make it happen!  Make March your month to stay active and get serious about your eating habits. There really is no secret to weight loss (or weight gain), it’s the energy balance equation.  The energy (food) you put in your body vs. the energy you burn (physical activity and your body’s metabolism).  Yes, there are some health issues that may effect your energy input or output, but overall it’s calories (energy) in and calories out.  Now is the time to get in shape!

Here’s what you do…

1.  Weigh yourself and take measurements. 

Measurements

You need a starting reference (and re-measure every 4-6 weeks). Stand with your feet shoulder width (closer than shown above) and weight even on both legs, then measure:

  • Center of bicep (widest…

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Change – Paleo Diet

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The Health & Happiness Collective Blog Hop has been hopping along quite well – I’ve been really enjoying the variety of ideas so far on Change and what it means to my fellow bloggers – truly inspiring.

Today, Sarah, from The Wellness Ninja, takes a look at the concepts of a Paleo Diet.  I’ve been reading a lot lately about this particular diet as many people are now aware of it, it’s also listed on best seller lists, so it’s definitley popular.  What I have been noticing though is that there are many different interpretations of what is a Paleo Diet.

I really enjoyed Sarah’s take on what constitutes living like a Paleolithic man.  It is so incredibly accurate – I loved it!!

Scotts Gap Farm

Farm life

I suppose a lot of the reason that I like Sarah’s blog so much, is that it reinforces exactly the style of diet I have been maintaining for a lot of my adult life.  Growing up on a farm, the majority of our food came from the paddocks (or fields for those of you who grew up in a different country to me!).

If we didn’t grow it, or harvest it from within a 2 hour drive from home, we didn’t get to eat it.  Yes, we preserved fruits when they were harvested in season near home, and yes, we froze meat once our nice friendly animal was raised and ready to harvest (apologies for the vegetarians out there, but it was our protein source, free range, grass fed, hormone free, kept on the best pasture as the animal was to be our food, never moved with the use of dogs barking at them, always allowed to have a peaceful lifestyle).

Enjoy reading Sarah’s blog, pop over and have a great big smile at the video at the end of her blog – that was an awesome find – love it!!

Inside Flower Essences

“By plucking her petals, you do not gather the beauty of the flower”

This quote by Rabindranath Tagore highlights exactly the thoughts behind flower essences!

The beauty of the flower is far deeper than merely the visual sight of the petals, it runs into the wholistic view of the flower,

  • the spiritual energy,
  • the roots under the ground,
  • the leaves that surround the stem,
  • the strength of the stem,
  • the flower is part of the crowing glory,
  • and the fragance is another part of the crowning glory

The flower is not the sum total of the whole, merely a part to be viewed.

Flower essences take into account the wholistic view of the  flower and have been used for many years in the field of natural therapies.

This week I have had a Blue Ginger plant flowering outside my clinic – it’s been a joy to view, so I’ve done some investigating into the wholistic view of this beautiful flower.

My Blue Ginger

My Blue Ginger

 

According to Grail Haven, who make the Blue Ginger Flower Essence, this flower is the “gateway to higher consciousness”.

The Devic message from the plant itself is:

“I am the Burning Ring of Fire. I am for those who cannot find a way out of their inherent patterning. I burn into the third eye and create revelations of Truth”

 

This conjures up a lot of ideas for me.  It’s about supporting the following changes in our lives:

  1. change in how we interpret our world
  2. seeing our true path, our internal WHY
  3. beginning to listen to our own truths
  4. start believing in your intuition
  5. moving ahead in your true path, KNOWING you are on the right path for you
  6. building trust in your inner knowledge, your intution

By not listening to our intuition and what we inherently know to be the right path for us, we see often that obstacles come into our paths, struggle occurs and anger builds at the injustice of nothing happening in the right way for us.

This beautiful flower essence will certainly allow you to change what you hear, to begin to develop your intuition further, to trust that what you are feeling, hearing, seeing and believing is meant to be for you and your journey.

The Blue Ginger is ruled by the element of FIRE, so you will see passion coming through this too, passion in your truth!

This weekend, take some time to visit the Grail Haven site, and have a shuffle of the Oracle Cards, see which flower is right for you (they cards to shuffle are at the bottom of the page, so scroll down to have a play)

Let me know what card you came up with – are you seeing that flower around you often?

 

Change Your Life In 90 Days

I’m undertaking a heartfelt project where I am transforming 10 people from tired, overworked battlers into funloving, vibrant, healthy and financially free people living the life they desire within 90 days. Who do you know that would be interested in this project?

Enjoy this video from Eric Worre, he’s an amazing motivator and I use him in my business daily!