"The thing is, we all just want to be loved. All of us. Deep down, every decision we make is based on our wanting to feel accepted and cared for. We all want to be loved and we can use that longing to create both heaven and hell. Trusting in life, seeing the goodness in the people around us and learning how to stay present in our day-to-day actions will draw us towards love. We'll feel like we are flowing with life, things run smoothly and there will be a deep sense of calm beneath the ups and downs of our life situation. Moving towards love will always lead to more love. It's when we let the fear of not having enough take over that our decision making takes a wrong turn. Suddenly we start directing our attention away from our true purpose and instead move towards ego, judgement and material things. Instead of trusting in the bigger picture we let fear take the reigns and everything will change. Suddenly, we get easily agitated. Stressed. Angry. We start looking at other people and feel threatened, jealous and insecure. You'll know that you're on the right track when you can look at someone succeeding in the same field as you and feel genuinely, truly happy for them. Can you? Take a step back and look at your current state of mind. What does your life look like right now? Are you moving in a direction of love? Or are you letting fear run your life? Do you feel safe or insecure? Trust or doubt? Here is the key: Always choose love. Every time. That doesn't mean that you'll be avoiding difficulty for the rest of your life - it simply means that you make the decision to let your heart guide you instead of your mind. Let feelings of insecurity be a sign to take a deep breath and become aware if what's stirring within you. Listen to the nudges of irritation that we are all overcome with from time to time. They are here to teach you great things! Every difficult moment is an opportunity for you to choose love over fear. Be grateful for the lows as much as you cherish the highs. Move with love and love will move with you. Give love. Give all you got. You can never run out."
I really like this quote by Earl Nightingale. It is very true. Whatever your dream is, the only thing that matters in order to accomplish something is how you decide to spend your time. Time will pass anyway. Where do you want to be in a month? A year? 5 years? How will you get there?
I think I might print this out and put it in my office. Maybe it can help motivate a couple of students that struggle to find the will to do school work...
What do you have a body for, if not to embrace life? Keep moving, keep your body strong, keep your body well nourished with healthy foods. Enjoy the outdoors, enjoy cooking food from scratch and eat it together with loved ones. Enjoy growing plants, enjoy being creative, enjoy trying new things. There is no limit. Just because you can't do something now, it doesn't mean you won't be able to do it tomorrow.
Life is beautiful, take up as much space as you want, stay active, don't let anything hold you back from doing the things you want! Life is too short and too precious to be held back. Keep you eyes in the goal/target and stay focused. You can do it.
Savour the moment. Feel the warm sun on your face or the cold rain down your cheeks. Smell the newly cut grass, the seaweed, the trees. Smell the apple pie, the bonfire, the cool air. Smell the coffee, the freshly baked cinnamon rolls, the christmas tree. Smell the earth warming up after winter, the first blossom and the first BBQs. Listen to the sounds around oyu. What can you hear?
Feel you body, feel the warmth, feel your heatbeat. It is beating for you. Think of your feet, how they can walk anywhere, take you places. Think of how the grass feels under you bare feet, how the sand feels between your toes. Think of your legs, your calf muscles, knees and thighs. Think of how they help you jump, run, swim, walk. Think of the touch of a loving hand on the inside of your thigh. How it tickles, how it smooches. It is soft and accepting. Your legs are beautiful.
Think of your stomach, how it is working for you every day, digesting your food and converting it to energy of life. How it is keeping your intestines in place. How your stomach helps you to sit up, lie down, laugh hard and deep and being able to bend your body. Think of your arms and hands. How they help you carry things, pick flowers, draw, write, cook, sew, take photos, build, repair, create, caress, hold...Think of you body, how it keeps you alive, how it loves you.
Think of how it feels to be embraced by someone you love. Feel their arms around you, keeping you safe, just as you keep them safe. You wouldn't want them to be harmed and they don't want you to be harmed. They love you, every inch of you. Every self-doubt, every thought of self-hate is harmful and destructive to your happiness. Your mind is your most powerful tool. How you feel and think begins in your mind. Make peace with yourself and focus on what makes you feel good. What you think you become.
Monday: B:Porridge with banana, berries and peanut butter. S: ½ avocado and 1 pear. L: Minced meat, black beans and turnip "stir-fry" with broccoli. S: 1 orange. D: Baconwrapped chicken with sauteed courgette, carrot and sundried tomatoes. Bonus: Ice-cream "yay"
Tuesday: B: Sweet scrambled eggs with berries. S: ½ avocado and 1 fruit. L: Chicken and sauteed veggies. S: Seed cracker with ham. D: Oven baked cod with cauliflower mash, asparagus and hollandaise.
Wednesday: B: Eggs on seed crackers and a smoothie. S: Home made "protein" bar. L: Cod from night before. S: Fruit. D: Chickpea curry with low-carb wraps.
Thursday: B: Overnight oats with berries and peanut butter. S: 1 egg + fruit. L: Cichpea curry from night before. S: Home made "protein" bar. D: Rice noodles with pork and veggies.
Friday: B: Scrambled eggs with smoothie. S: Home made bar. L: Noodles from night before. S: Fruit. D: Halloumi salad.
I think if you are looking to became a healthier, more active person, the most important thing to do is not to feel sorry for yourself for what you can't eat or do anymore. Because it isn't a case of "not being allowed". It's a case of choosing the better option, and see what benefits and good it does for you.
I think many would need to stop and think to themselves "How do I feel? How does my head feel? My muscles? How am I sleeping? How's my mood?"
I think a lot, and I mean a lot, of our wellness comes from what food we eat and how we exercise. Sugar, for example, causes our brains to behave in the same way as cocaine. It is also now related to diseases such as alzheimers and dementia, because it affects the nerval endings in our brain. Scary, huh?
So what are you actually missing out on? I think we need to become more aware of the direct chemical effects food have on our bodies. We must not forget that our bodies will digest, and process all the food that we eat in order to fuel our cells. It does make a difference if you choose to eat a bag of sweets as a snack or a couple of fruits.
Of course you can still eat sweets, cake and all those nice foods, but that should also be a choice. Not because you have an addiction to it and just grab it in the shop every time you go shopping. You can say yes to treats, but you should also be able to say no.
Back to the positive thinking then. Imagine loving yourself. Looking at yourself and accepting yourself. Look at what you do for yourself and your body. If you think something should change, make the change, see the possibilites. You are strong enough, because you can only gain from doing a positive change. You can start by saying "I love my body for what it is, and I will treat it the way it deserves". Feed your body all those delicious, lovely and healthy foods, that will not only make you feel happier chemically but it will also make you happier psychologically. Exercise because not only will it make your body stronger, but it will boost your confidence and self-love. That is proven.
So what are you waiting for? :)
Today was Saint Lucia. It was nice. Also went over to a friend's for some mulled wine this evening which was nice. Sat and chatted for about 3 hours! Anyway, really looking forward to Christmas now, can you feel it? :-)
Source: 1: pinterest.com. 2-4 prettybalanced.
Friday! Off to work for a few hours soon, and then later tonight we are treating ourselves to a meal out and the cinema! Sooo looking forward to it! The sun is out so hopefully I will fit in a long walk later, maybe even a run :-) Hope you all have had a nice breakfast and started off the day with a smile!
I just got home from Varberg, and am going to take the rest of today off! Me and Chris are going to go out on a bike ride, and I will bring the camera. The trees are fantastic right now and it would be a shame to miss the opportunity to take photos of them...
Until then, some inspirational peptalk...
I must start practicing more yoga, it is really relaxing, strengthening and "feel good"! I'm really tempted to sign up for a new gym, my problem is though, that I am not sure I will go there often enough. Oh, I wish gyms would let you have a "trial" month for a smaller fee, so that you could really see if the gym is good for you. Ah well, enough of that. Can't wait for my fiancé to come home! Been a lonely evening, but it's been good.
See you tomorrow!
Picture from Gran Canaria in June 2012.
New week tomorrow. Staying postive, being brave and eating a good breakfast are my best tips for starting tomorrow morning with a smile on your face.
For next week I'm looking forward to:
- Cycling in the rain (yes, I look forward to it)
- Singing in the choir
- Eating healthy breakfasts (my favourite meal of the day)
- Using my new workout clothes, more than once!
What do you look forward to doing next week? :-)
Pictures from pinterest.com
Healthy foods are vibrant in colour, flavour and looks beautiful. Choose natural foods, colourful fruit and vegetables for each meal and don't get bored. Try new things, find inspiration. Being healthy is not a short-term diet, it's a lifestyle and it's fun!
From beautiful Taralynn. I'm sure we all can squeeze in a 30 minute workout this Saturday ;-)