Friday, June 08, 2012
This has been a boom of a week. I have been attending a chiropractor for the past year and a quarter, and at the beginning of the year we moved beyond healing and into health. I was able to discuss with my chiropractor the goals I have for my life, not just my personal health goals, but the big things like being a seriously successful writer and a powerful contributor to the world community. These adjustments have not just been an adjustment to my body, but to my life. Sometimes, after an adjustment, it is as if I need to hold on for the ride, as things within me connect in new ways and so cause the world around me turn in wonderfully different directions.
These shifts have changed who I am. I noticed that while travelling a couple of weeks ago, I was not as agitated. I like to travel, but in the past I have felt detached by the process. This time I was anchored in myself. I enjoyed the journey. I was able to relate to others better, and as a result they related better to me, too.
I have also begun to look at my long term goals in different ways. My children are growing up, and so I don't need to be as much of a hands-on mum anymore. I am leaving it up to them, and have changed my focus from making sure they have everything they need, to teaching them how to make everything they need for themselves. While there are times when a great deal of effort is required, these skills have big pay-offs for the kids. They are more independent and resilient. They take on larger challenges in the rest of their lives. They know they can achieve. What's more, our relationship has changed, and it is easier than it used to be because I don't need the vigilance I once required.
This means I can take my focus off their needs, and start thinking about my own needs. In practical terms, I have been able to take on my health and research commitments more seriously. I have begun to make plans for a different future, in a different place, with confidence that things will all turn out in a positive way. I have been able to invest in my personal needs, rather than in the needs of my children. Of course, they have the ability to meet their desires, they have pocket money and household responsibilities, but I am comfortable saying to them that they need to save for things, or do extra chores to earn what they want. With the older boys, who are really young men now (17 and 21 yo), I give them loans, and if I am short, they give me a loan. It's fabulous. I can now go to my children and say, "Hey, I have this goal to lose weight and get really healthy, can you guys help me with that?" rather than having to constantly do things on my own.
This week has been a week for moving into this new found consciousness. I have joined a gym, but not like in the old days, where I'd take out a membership and never go back. I read the exercise program I bought, and now understand how the heavy weight lifting and strengthening exercises work. I joined a gym and bought personal training. I spoke to my trainer and explained what I wanted because I was actually educated enough to speak clearly about my desires. I made the appointments, and had a session. All the work I had done over the past year left the trainer a bit amazed, as he watched me smash through over 60 squats and 30 push ups. He had to make things harder, to add reps to the weights and increase the weights I was lifting. I feel great. Not only that, I can share my successes with those I love.
I hope your week was just as powerful for you.
Kindness and light,
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Last night, I came home from the normal run of kids appointments, dropping people off and speaking over the smartphone to my eldest son at college while sitting in waiting rooms. It was a full day, but I had intended to make it even more so. I was going to attend a health and lifestyle seminar in the evening: something just for me.
Could it be done? No!
I got home and opened the door. The house had that wonderful smell of baked game. We had a slow roast sizzling away in a Romtoff clay oven, and there were veges to put on, and a balanced meal to make.
Did that happen? No!
Talk about a paleo diet, we were all so exhausted that we would have eaten the kangaroo hot and bloody straight after the kill if we had to. We opened the dutch oven, went "Oh, yum!" The kids were salivating, and my 12 yo daughter was, "Ummm, Ummm, Ummm" whenever we put anything on the plate. She was eagle-eyed and set for the largest portion. I thought salad. I was wrong.
Last night we ate kangaroo for dinner. That is all we ate.
I sat down after the meal for a minute or two, and thought, three plates, I can do that. No!
I was in bed by 8.10. The kitchen stayed the way it was. The teenaged petals were already in that other dimension called sleep. It was just too cold.
Yesterday I lived a paleo lifestyle. I rose early, ate paleo food, did a long 6.5k paleo walk, then the normal non-paleo kids run around. I saw my chiropractor, took my second eldest to his share, and then came home. The little sun had only just gone to bed an hour or two earlier, the fire in the kitchen (oven) had only just gone out, and my whole paleo tribe was asleep in our respective caves.
Monday, May 21, 2012
I wrote this entry as a part of a Paleo Diet thread I share on. As I was writing, I realised that this is the sort of thing a lot of us think about. What is the difference between diet and lifestyle, and is diet and lifestyle just another fancy name for eating and exercise. In writing this entry, I realised that from me it is so much more than jogging around the block and eating right.
I set aside this year to consolidate the lifestyle changes that I started making last year. Last year I was introduced to Paleo, but there was no pressing directive to give up anything that I didn't want to give up. So, I ate Paleo+.
What I call Paleo+ is the version of the diet where I began to change things, like adding fresh organic fruit and veg juice in the morning. Slowly breakfast became green juice and a fresh raw organic egg. Sometimes I'd add a shot of probiotic. But we still ate porridge and other grains in the morning. Lunch became big salads with nuts, but we still ate bread whenever we wanted, and I would go out with friends and eat whatever so long as there was salad or veges on the plate. Dinner was mostly fresh meat and veg, but we ate pasta.
Over the year, things began to drop out of the diet. Pasta dropped back to once in a very long while, until it was rarely ever there. The kids ate wrap bread, but we didn't buy loaves of bread any longer. Then at Easter, I brought all my kids together and we cooked serious Polish food for Easter. (Easter has become our new Christmas because my youngest children need to travel out of state during the summer and winter school breaks.)
The stuff we cooked was flour based, and there were a lot of jams and sugary foods as well. I finished the Easter weekend and I felt really sick. I had a migraine that lasted a week and a half. All the kids became ill too. We became snappy and drowsy. I put on a stack of weight, nearly 5 kgs. It was awful.
At the beginning of the year I said, this year I would lose the weight and get fit. After Easter, it didn't become a desire, it became a need. I just can't eat the stuff I used to eat as a kid, not even in small quantities, without paying a significant price. But diet is so much more than food, it is a lifestyle that is connected to my ancestry and which connects my kids to their futures. That's why the Paleo lifestyle is important to me. I need to rediscover the power of my natural heritage. When I visited Poland in 2009, I could count the number of over weight people I met on one hand, and I was one of them. Obesity is not a part of my heritage, whole health is.
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Friday morning Slashdot ran an article on a new body weight simulator created by a mathematician who has put his mind to weightloss as a problem. It helps you to create a program of weightloss that can be tracked over a long time.
I had a play with the simulator on Friday, and it was startling what I learnt. I discovered that a consistent small change to my diet and activity over a long time will give me the results faster than trying to apply myself to the much larger changes that I try to introduce but cannot sustain. It enabled me to simulate my progress over a year, and tailor my intake and activity to meet those goals.
The other thing the simulator does is allow you to look at overall intake against regular exercise. So, if my intake is low for several days and then high for one day, all I need to do is average it out. No more panics because I am a 100 cals over one day, or because I went to a birthday party and had a piece of cake (except that cake is one of those addiction foods for me, and so is very very bad. I can never stop at one piece. :))
Hope this helps somebody out there,
Friday, May 18, 2012
I started the Paleo 30 day Challenge last Monday. Today I was up in the middle of winter, fingers tingling from the cold because I forgot to turn the heater on, but it wasn't the cold that woke me at 4.30 am. I was awoken by life! I was excited, wondering what I can do today. I feel clean, unclogged. I am still a little physically tired, after all I had a big week, but there is a peppiness about my spirit. I can't wait for everybody to wake up so that we can do things.
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