Why I'm not making any New Years Resolutions!
Every year, in January people all over are making new years resolutions, to get fitter, healthier, slimmer and all the rest! However I'm no longer one of these people, not because I don't believe in making new years resolutions but because of how my life has evolved over the years.
What I've learnt is that every day gives me an opportunity to do something towards becoming that healthier version of myself. When I open my eyes after a good nights sleep I'm blessed with another day and new beginnings. What I choose to do with this is up to me!
There was a time many years ago, when I would wake up so tired I could barely drag myself out of my bed! A time when I would feel bloated all the time, or lack the energy to get through the day, or suffer from chronic lower back pain and migraines! When I look back at that time I realise that I had been suffering from FLC syndrome (feeling like crap), a phenomenon that has become far too common in the 21st century. The only reason I may struggle to get out of bed now is because I'm far too cosy!
I can remember the thought of starting off my morning with some form of exercise was far to much for me to manage. Now I enjoy getting out of my bed and starting off my mornings with some healthy movement. So much so I studied to become a Pilates teacher.
My morning vice used to include a cup of strong tea, with milk and two sugars. Now I don't leave my home without having my mug of warm water with freshly squeezed lemon juice (organic of cause) or 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar (with the mother)! How times have changed!!
I love to walk, and often walk to my local shopping area which is a 50 minute round trip down and up hill. Not including the time spent walking from shop to shop when I'm there. I usually carry a couple of over the shoulder cloth bags with me, or if I know my load is going to be a little heavy a rucksack, to balance it out as I make my way back home up hill! This is one way I ensure I get in my weight bearing exercises both for my legs and my back.
I eat a 100% plant-based (vegan) diet with more than 90% of it being made from scratch by moi. I don't count calories, or weigh myself on a scale! However, what I now do is follow an intermittent eating regime, with longer periods of time spent fasting (so my body has the time and space it needs to heal, repair and regenerate) and shorter times spent on eating to give my digestive system a rest.
My approach to life is much more relaxed, which is good for me as I used to be highly strung! I try to take a more 'mindful' approach to making decisions that fit with me as an individual rather than the status quo! The mind body connection is hugely important to me too, as what I've learnt over the years is the way in which my body communicates with me through various signs and symptoms. I like to live an anti-inflammatory life-style as much as possible. Which helps me to remain in rest and digest, so my body is able to function more optimally rather than fight and flight which triggers the stress response!
And this my friends are the reasons I no longer have to make new year resolutions, as I live the life I want to live each and everyday, one step at a time, one day at a time.......
Here’s wishing you happiness, health and wellness.
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