Beauty, Wellness, Recipes, Food
Choosing your word for the year frames the year and sets intention into the year which shapes how you show up throughout the year, what you manifest, and the opportunities that arise. The word I chose during the Seeing into 2021 retreat we had on Tuesday is GENEROSITY.
That word will manifest for me in a variety of ways, but one of the ways I am going to be intentional about is sharing with you how you can transform your health and how I changed my own over 10 years ago.
I want you to know that transformation is essentially an easy process - the challenge comes as we work on our mindset, habits, and relationship with ourselves. I want to help you through the hard stuff and along the way teach you how to better feed yourself.
I wanted to transform my health because I was the heaviest I had ever been, I felt sluggish, I had small children and wanted to model good habits, I had daughters watching me and I didn’t want them to struggle with body image, I wanted to shop wherever I wanted, I wanted to fit the clothes already in my closet, I was tired of shopping at Eileen Fisher, I didn’t want achy joints as I got older. That is just the beginning of the list. I had at least 20-30 more.
As I got thinner, I found new reasons to transform my health. I found different reasons kept me on track in some circumstances, but not others. I developed more reasons so I could talk myself through different situations and challenges.
To begin your transformation, spend some time writing dwn all the reasons you want to transform your health. Think of the situations you find challenging. Develop reasons for losing weight, dropping gluten, eating more plant based, or (filll in the blank) that will help you in various situations. Think of reasons that might motivate you when you’re tired, when you’ve had a bad day, or on Saturday date night.
One challenge I have for myself to help you through is to do more Instagram lives and write more to help you. We also have the Glow Up coming which will focus a lot on the mental side of transformation to make it easier for you to reach your goals. You can find information about that on our website.
Tune in and Happy 2021!
My capsule wardrobe has been such a joy to create. I have clothes for every occasion and season; everything matches and mixes - BUT what gives me the most joy is that over half of the collection is second hand and 30% of the pieces I’ve had for over 10 years.
Sustainable fashion is a passion of mine. Discarded clothing is extremely damaging to the earth. A dress made out of manmade materials is estimated to take 200 years to decompose according to Fashion Revolution Most of the clothing we throw away or put in clothing collection bins ends up in landfills - I was so disappointed to find that one out, but clothing is so cheap in America most people opt for new over used. One trash truck worth of clothing is burned every second.
Living beautifully extends to dressing beautifully and thoughtfully. To guide myself toward sustainability and earth friendly fashion, I created a list of standards to direct my clothing choices toward conservation.
In my body transformation, my first commitment was to exercise daily for 20 minutes. My second commitment was to eat the plants first. Every time I sat down for a meal, I first had to eat all the vegetables and fruits and then I could enjoy everything else.
This goal was twofold. First, I found that I was attracted to the meat or carb on the plate first. When I finished those, I had little desire for the plants and usually left them on the plate. So by eating the plants first, I was ensuring that I get the “good for my body” stuff first. The plants contain the immune fortifying, age defying, and gut nourishing substance you need.
The second benefit was that I filled up first on the nutritionally dense, but calorically low foods. .So after having my vegetables, I always ended up eating less high calorie food such as meat, fats, and carbs. The end result was that I lost weight and ensured my body was getting everything It needed nutritionally.
Words to Live By
I am not a heroine, but I have chosen the person I want to be.