What happens when you go off the rails? (part 2)

Funniest_Memes_chocolate-comes-from-cocoa-which-is-a-tree_3180 And when I tell my clients to fill half their plate with salad and vegetables…little did I know that they could be indulging in a chocolate feast!!

Of course they’re not, they wouldn’t dare….. so I need to listen to my own advice and practice what I preach!

If you read my last post – part one – you’re up to date with how over the last few weeks I’ve left my health and waistline on the backburner. As I sit here right now, I’m literally feeling the consequences….on my tummy, thighs and as I was drying myself off this morning post shower, I found a new wobbly bit on my upper arm! I’m sure there was a toned muscle there not so long ago….. Arggghhhh!

So what to do and what have I done since I fessed up that not all is perfect in my world? I think assumptions are made, that as a mindset nutritionist I have it under complete control. That I do all the right things… eat all the right things… cook all the right things and do the right exercise.. all the time.

But I’m happy to admit that ain’t the case. I love living on the healthier side of life. When you’re in sync, I love how it makes me feel and the energy that I have. But sometimes, often when you least expect it, life throws curve balls your way and you can be taken off course. I recognise this has happened to me of late and that is the first step in making positive change.

There are three requirements for change:
  1. It’s a problem to YOU
  2. You know it can be different for You
  3. It’s up to YOU to make it different.

Once you accept this then who says change has to be difficult?

You can choose to change quickly if you want to. You can decide to change easily or not.

You have the choice… and so do I.

If I choose I can continue to leave my health and wobbly bits on the back burner or not. It’s my choice. I can’t blame other people or other events for what I don’t achieve, because in the end I control me …no one else does.

SO rather than see these past weeks of havoc as a failure I can take the time now to look at this curveball as one of life’s little setbacks. Take a deep breath ..again… finds its purpose, learn from it and move forward..without the chocolate and ice cream!

There is no failure only feedback. If you’re not getting the result you want then it’s time to do something different.

It’s time for me to do something different!

Be Healthy, Happy & Amazing !

Caroline x

What do you do when you go off the rails? (part1)

breathe-sign   Yes taking a big, long deep belly breath is, if you know me well, my answer to many things. Why? Because it works.

Taking a deep breath (or 10!) allows you to…

1) deeply oxygenate yourself rather than the shallow breathing we/I tend to do

2) allows your body to calm down, moving you away from a stressed state to a more relaxed state, and

3) pause and centre yourself.

So after you’ve taken that deep breath, take the time to ask yourself what is going on?

This is the conversation I’m having with myself right now and you, my friend get to listen in.

Over the past weeks a lot of ‘stuff’ (such a highly technical medical term!) has happened in my life that has derailed me. I don’t need to go into the nitty gritty as every one of us has unwanted stuff that goes on in our daily lives, so I’m sure you can relate.

What I’ve discovered about me however is, this storm has taken up time, emotional space and a lot of my energies are completely zapped. So guess whose health and waistline has been put on the backburner?  

Mine! OMG I am my own client!

Due to my headspace being taken up by this tumultuous tornado, I’ve left all of my own teachings in the gutter. Forget the whole notion of practicing what your preach! My monkey mind alarm system alerted me to this, I’d have the conversation with myself that went something like this..

Caroline: ‘I’m just going to have a some chocolate’

Nutritionist: ‘No you do not need it, 1) you’re actually not even hungry and 2) you’re only eating it to distract you from how you’re feeling. The thing is the distraction will only last for a minute then you can throw the emotion of guilt onto your already full emotional pile!”

Caroline: “Butt out, go to talk to someone else, I’m doing it anyway!’

So what exactly have I been doing?

  • eating in repsonse to my emotions not my hunger
  • eating too much
  • having a drink/s (alcohol!!) on all most days
  • reaching for the not so healthy comfort foods think ice cream and too much chocolate.
  • finding many an excuse to give exercise a miss
  • once I had the excuse, the exercise didn’t happen!

So as I lie here (yes it’s late and I’m posting in bed – another cardinal sin!) I’m not at this point madly in love with myself, in fact quite the opposite. I feel very bloated, lacking energy and I’m noticing wobbly bits that should not be there!

Yes I’m more than happy to admit I’m guilty of picking on myself and pulling my body parts apart just like you.

In fact I do it often and more often than not it starts with my thighs. I don’t like them and I think they know that! It is my thighs which have become the most wobbly and untoned body part (x2) and if I was ever to travel the road of cosmetic surgery, it would not be a face lift but a thigh lift. Or to be exact I would take the excess overhang from above my knees (I can create a swiss roll effect!) and also from my inner thighs and pour it down the drain.

Maybe then they’d resemble Steffi Graf’s (best legs in tennis!) or Maria Sharapova’s!!

But my friend I’m not booked for surgery anytime soon and my tornado is still playing havoc in my life, so what must I do?

Take that step…

I’ll share in part 2, cos its late and as I tell my clients blue light before bed interferes with your sleep. I’m tuning off this blue light!

Be Healthy, Happy & Amazing 

(not feeling it!)…Caroline x