BELIEVE YOU CAN DO IT
A huge aspect of making life long changes is believing that you can do it and breaking your goals into small, achievable steps. My goals are ALL based on how I want to FEEL. (You can read more about that if you’d like, here.)
Let’s talk about making a commitment to your health, disease prevention, and feeling fantastic every second of the day…not dieting. Take a deep breath right now. Imagine how amazing that would feel in your body, and believe it is possible. Wow, right?
- I consciously commit to flexibility and detachment.
Now, let’s integrate affirmations and journaling. Is it possible to start setting your alarm a few minutes earlier and taking the time each morning to check in with yourself? Morning is a wonderfully intuitive time of day, as our minds are bridging between the unconscious sleep mode and the conscious “doing” mode.
I NEVER set my alarm, but beginning tomorrow I will be. I’m going to create this new habit to re-enforce what I already KNOW to be true…I did this for a short time earlier in the year and found it made a big impact on how I felt. I got sloppy, lazy, and OR life just got in the way…and again, I didn’t make myself a priority. So I quit doing it. I LOVE the early morning hours. Dr. Wayne Dyer says that when you wake between 3 & 4 a.m., you are the closest to God that you will be all day. I believe it. Quiet. Silence. Presence.
If you find yourself making excuses that you don’t have the time to do this, examine why you might be avoiding checking in with yourself. Even just a few minutes will reap benefits, and eventually this will become as integrated into your morning routine as brushing your teeth. (And I KNOW you’re making time for that!)
You could start by stretching and moving your body in whatever way it wants to move. This doesn’t have to be a full on yoga practice or workout; it can be as simple as a few neck rolls, side stretches and a luxurious bent-knee forward bend. Isn’t it remarkable that we have to give ourselves permission to do this?
Yoga mat is standing at the ready. If it’s out of sight, I don’t think about it. An alarm set on my phone can help with this too. I know that the next few weeks are crammed FULL and we will be busy, so committing to a full on workout may not be the best option for me right now, but doing 10 minutes of yoga several times throughout the day, now that will work.
Take a few minutes to close your eyes and breathe. Connect with yourself. Move into your affirmations by either saying them out loud or writing them down. Continue with your journaling now so you don’t make excuses later in the day. By journaling daily, you are writing down how you envision your new life, gradually changing the picture in your head of what’s possible. We are setting the stage for new behaviors, which is essential for lasting results.
I have my daily affirmations/declarations written on the wall in my office. I love reading them out loud to myself. When I say them out loud, I really put FEELINGS behind it. I DECLARE! Try it.
Example challenge: I had something happen to me today that really tested me, and instead of grabbing something to eat (like I really wanted too!), I made a conscious choice to go inside of myself and check in. I knew that I wasn’t hungry and it was only my mind wanting to grab for food, not my body. So I stopped. I almost cried (out of pure frustration). I really wanted to FEEL the feeling and just be with it. I also wanted to blame and point fingers. So I did. For a second. (And I’m glad Joe wasn’t around…especially since he had nothing to do with it!) It was just a little pity party for myself. It lasted for only a moment and then it was over. It felt good though. I acknowledged that it was “ME” I was pissed off at…and no one else. I stayed present. I didn’t bolt. I didn’t run. I accepted it and then I released it. I forgave myself and moved on. That felt really good. Powerful. Do that more.
[Makes 2 servings]
2 tablespoons coconut oil
¼ cup onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 large eggs
1/3 cup organic tomato sauce
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
Salt and pepper to taste
½ cup spinach
Preheat the oven to 400° F.
In a skillet, add the coconut oil on medium-high heat, and then cook the chopped onions and garlic until translucent.
In a separate bowl, beat the eggs. Then, add tomato sauce, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and mix.
Add spinach to the skillet and cook until slightly wilted. Turn the heat down a bit, then add the egg mixture to the pan and gently stir by scraping the bottom of the pan with a spatula. Once the sides have started to cook a little (2 to 3 minutes), put the skillet in the oven.
Cook for about 10-20 minutes. Let it cool for about 15 minutes before serving.