I know many times this has been true. Most times, if you include emotional illness. Make time. You are worth it. Fill Your Cup
If you believe that (Fatness kills) and you decide it’s worth it to change your lifestyle consider these 4 – hardest of your life, but totally worth the effort – steps:
1) Dream a new you.
2) Dig deep in the emotional challenges that lie under the habits keeping you from your dream.
3) Work hard.
4) Keep going it takes lots of practice.
As a society we don’t practice or exercise our tenacity through difficulty very often or very well. We quit our diets, we quit or relationships, and the most heartbreaking thing to me is that we quit on our own dreams.
When Erica of my last post, the Runner’s World cover girl was six years old did she dream she’d have the thighs of a linebacker when she was a grown up lady? I don’t think so. So why does she promote this reality that isn’t her dream?
Because it’s so damn hard to live in alignment with your dreams.
It’s hard for her in ways I can’t possibly know. But I will tell you this, living a life true to my dreams is hard in ways I never expected it would be.
There are challenges that you don’t see coming, things you never imagined would change do, and you have to hold on to what you believe in like it is life or death.
When you waiver from a life in-line with your dream (and everyone does for a moment) collect your head, accept the work it takes and go back to the dream. Amidst the challenge you have to know for certain what your dream looks like, feels like and smells like so when the cupcakes are delivered (or how ever things get hard for you) you can stay true to your dream and the life that aligns with it.
Don’t give up on your dreams or yourself. Remember exactly what you dreamed in the first place and attach your discipline to that dream!
Weight loss plans are not published if they have never been successful and yet most of the diets out there fail more people than they serve (yes sadly even Fill Your Cup.) The 2 thoughts that determine your success are:
#1) I believe this process can and will work for me.
#2) I am worth the effort.
If those two thoughts ring loudly in your ears every minute of the day, they will become beliefs. When those two thoughts are big, you can feel them in your heart and in your gut. Then your weight loss process will be successful.
When people fail at their plan it is because one (or usually both) of those beliefs are faltering. People failing, have gotten more weak in their belief than their appetite is strong.
Stay strong. Believe in your process. YOU ARE WORTH IT! Fill Your Cup.
This link inspired a bit of controversy with in me and I’ve been deciding how to write about it for a few weeks. Please watch. What do you see or feel?
There’s a part of me that applauds this and says right on! Keep moving no matter what you look like on the outside. How you feel is more important. I decided what bothered me was not knowing if this video was an early step on a woman’s upward trend toward health or is the video condoning a lifestyle for complacency about weight?
If this is video is one of the first steps out of obesity then, lets say it again, RIGHT ON! But if it is saying fatness is my way of life and I accept it then, WAKE UP! Obesity is a lifestyle that will kill you. Cancer, diabetes, and heart disease all kill the obese more than everyone else. And yet, obesity is now the norm, 66% of Americans are on their way to a morbidity statistic. There are macro concerns like healthcare costs but I’m more interested in what chosing to be obese, (an overfed version of the human form) which everyone knows is unhealthy, does to your headspace.
Hey lady in the Video, Is the exercise you demonstrate with passion step one of your multi-step plan to health and wellness? Or should we say with Somecards…
In an effort to improve self-esteem, we have lost integrity. “You are okay and I’m ok” but we have the hope and inner strength to be more than ok if we will enact some discipline. With out a full night’s sleep, or careful attention, it is easy to confuse self-acceptance with complacency. If you are living a life that demonstrates your values then you should carry self-acceptance. You are living with integrity and honoring yourself, you deserve it.
If you aren’t then have the discipline and self-respect to change. Our meaningful challenges are not ones we conquer in a week or a month or even a year, our meaningful challenges are those we struggle with and work on most of our lives. In the work, we make progress. If you find yourself running into a challenge (time after time) and then accepting yourself as you are and giving up the work, you are complacent. Self acceptance isn’t possible from there because you have no integrity.
Live, as you believe. You are worth it. Fill Your Cup.
On first glance I thought this article would prove delayed gratification or holding hunger longer helps you make better decisions. It talks about that and goes deeper, it says highly sensitive people with a large and accute appetites make the best decisions. So for our purposes it proves that the detailed body awareness of Pilates helps with decision making. For years I have said that Pilates makes a person sensitive enough to know the difference between hunger and empty, (the nuance of appetite) this article explains why. Thanks Rebecca Clyde for finding it!
CLICK on the title above to read the article!
While teaching a pilates reformer class at 6 am today I heard myself say “If you don’t work the inside, (I was referencing pelvic floor and postural muscles) you can expect less from the outside.” I believe if you don’t have a clear sense of your inner core it is hard to do any core work. In other words, if your deep core isn’t active and alive – the outside is simply a shell, sometimes a misshapen shell.
The same is true for our headspace, if you don’t have a clear sense of your beliefs and values how can you possibly live by them? What does your shell mean and how easily can it be misshapen?
With Fill Your Cup weight loss, appetite is the core. There are hundreds of weight loss plans and formulas, all of them work if you can muster up the self-control to have an appropriate appetite. The reverse is true, none of them work if you can’t.
So, go inside a moment to the dark, deep center of your being? What do you believe about your body? And how do you wear that belief? Remember, that converting to new beliefs is possible if you want to.
Fill Your Cup.
“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” – J.K. Rowling
With almost every weight loss coaching client there is a conversation early in our work about a binge eating situation usually when they have downtime in life. Since I don’t believe in “free foods or “cheat days” to shove their discomfort into I had to direct people to good choices. It is important that the choices are good for them, for their moments where the indulging is eminent and so I ask for a list.
What are 10 things you can do all by yourself to make yourself calm/happy/full/fulfilled?
For me today (it changes often) here’s my list of good choices rather than taking down time to snack:
1) Spend time improving my garden
2) Chopping vegetables to make something yummy, for later
3) Check the Linked In of my cousin who is rebranding herself and make a positive notes in cyber space
4) Listen to my best friends’ incredibly talented daughter’s podcast http://www.rrpod.com/hilarious-online-reviews-out-loud-podcast and laugh till my side aches (hey it’s core work)
5) Put pictures in my children’s photo albums
6) Go for a walk
7) Make a new playlist
8) Clean a drawer with the intention of giving 5 items to goodwill
9) Leave a positive voicemail for a friend
10) Read one of the 4 books my husband is sure I will love! (and I will, I just haven’t made time…)
What are 10 things you can do all by yourself to make yourself calm/happy/full/fulfilled?
Go out there and make good choices! Fill Your Cup….
This recipe idea was born from scanning from several internet sites that came up on my smart phone while I was waiting with Andy at the DMV for our truck title paperwork. Normally when I’m waiting in lines in the every-day-adult-job-kind-of-way, I practice pelvic floor work. After all, no one can tell what you are doing. But since I was with Andy all weekend with no kids, I thought “that” was covered so I started asking my smart phone about squash blossoms. We have a raised vegetable garden in Park City that is growing the most incredible blossoms and I couldn’t remember if they were edible or not.
I found that they are edible! So taking some suggestions from Google and then add the Julie-flavors you will recognize from my twitter feed as my favorite ingredients avocado, honey, sweet vinegar, and seeds, I came up with this:
I tossed the butter lettuce, a sliced avocado, prosciutto, with dressing whisked from a honey vinegar (I found it at a specialty market in Salt Lake City called Caputos.) olive oil, sea salt, a bit of mustard, orange and lemon zest. Then scattered the stuffed squash blossoms and a few sesame seeds for texture – and a bit more protein – over the top. It was a nutty, earthy, savory, sweet, light and healthy cup.
Traveling can be difficult, schedule a little time each day for your body maintainence. A little core work and a little cardio each day can keep your energy level high and protect your body from injury.
Advanced Pilates students who have good midback and shoulder strength can try this:
Click here for core work from a treadmill > Treadmill to Obliques
Those who regularly read the blog, know that I am married to a Rocket-guy named Andy. He’s Director of Commercial and Missile Defense Rocket Motors for ATK. For my birthday this week I met him in Cocoa Beach to see his industry in action. A Rocket is launching. This launch is for a GPS Satellite.
During the day we got to see the rocket up close, Andy and the PR director Trina explained the rocket boosters, component parts and some of the structures were all made by ATK. There was a nervous excitement in the air.
Some of the reporters at this prep time were reporting for news stations, some for educational and industry science websites others seemed more like students of Science Fiction trying to extract vocabulary for the next issue of their graphic novel. But everyone was excited to be part of the launch.
The tower backs away from the rocket that stands over 200 feet high.
Photographers scurry and we all look up in awe at the majesty. The Rocket represents a billion dollars invested by over 100 companies and thousands of people who bring this dream to the physical monument before us. It’s just huge – people on the mechanical scaffolding look like insects as they prepare for launch.
Next they fill the tanks with liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen.
They have to complete that fueling process with no lightening and we’re in Florida where storms are eminent.
We, the reporters, leave for the afternoon storm and hope the evening skies clear.
They fill some balloons with lighter than air gas, the balloons carry weather instruments to report back about winds, and if the clouds are too dense they can’t get the data back about the winds. You’d think these clever people who defy the laws of gravity could get past a balloon failure, right? I asked a first ever asked space question, what color are the balloons? The engineers had to ask around and found out that they were off white, so I sent them a link to 99 Red Balloons. CLICK >
But the balloons can’t manage the weather and the launch is Scrubbed (that means cancelled) for the night. They must remove the liquid Hydrogen and Oxogen, but it is okay they can remove the fuel and refill the rocket tanks 3 times. Everyone is deflated (balloon pun intended) this moment but since tomorrow the weather looks 90 percent good, we’re all very hopeful the launch window is set for 8:08pm tomorrow.