Changing your body - Brain First!

Changing your body - Brain First!

The most important piece of exercise and health equipment you can ever have is free of charge and travels with you in every moment of your life. Your brain! This is the master computer that is teaching your body how to live, feel and react. So..... what are you doing with your supercomputer? Are you programming it with health or letting it just run wild, randomly generating information without direction or purpose? You are probably too young to remember the 80's movie War Games, a classic :-) but a supercomputer gets out of control and begins to start WWIII. Are you creating peace or war within your body with your supercomputer??? What kind of programming are you doing? Do you begin each day with purpose, with a smile, with a pleasant thought? Or are you off to the race of negativity,comparing your life to the falsities on social media, magazines and tv??

This morning, I pulled up my social media feed, just random useless stuff, but I could literally feel myself getting slightly depressed looking at it, what was I doing? Programming my day with depression and inadequacy? NO WAY!!! How often are you programming your brain with these kinds of negative thoughts? Comparing yourself to others instead of reveling in the joy and amazement that is you, your life, your body and your existence?? I know that life can be a struggle, I know that stress, anxiety and fear can seem like much easier programs to use. But  please realize that you do have other programs readily available to use.  Spend just 5 minutes today consciously using the program for happiness and peace. I know that sounds simple but if you really focus right now.... are you having happy thoughts or are you already back to anxiety, worry and frustration?? Okay maybe lets run that program for just 2 minutes... are you ready?

Get out your phone so that you can look at the time. Slow your breathing down taking longer and steady breathes in and out. For the next 2 minutes only think love thoughts, it does not matter what you love. Here are some of my examples: I love my husband, I love my coffee, I love that my thighs are lean now, I love that I get to write this blog, it does not matter..... GO! 

Wow, two minutes felt so long? How about for you? Did you make the whole time? How quickly did your programmed brain want to interject a negative program, an irritated program? Note how long you could make it and then add a little each day until you can get to a full 5 minutes! Do you feel how much your body changed in those few moments? Your brain is now more oxidized and relaxed and worked out in a whole new way! Congratulations!!!!! 

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Filling your life with joy

Filling your life with joy

This is my new coffee cup. No, it is not a mug, but a proper bone china cup that requires hand washing and cannot go in to the microwave. I know, that seems a little high maintenance, and it only holds a little over 8 ounces of coffee, not a lot for a coffee addict like me who is used to a 12 or 14 ounce mug...... I Love It!

I love the way the china feels in my hand, how thin the lip is, the pretty but simple patterning, the one happy bird on a vine. It is a perfect cup for me. For me being the operative word in the sentence. Which of course started me thinking about how often we ask others.... what do you eat, where do you go out to eat, what are you wearing, were did you get that....?? Like this cup, a true Life in Synergy is filled with little moments, objects, meals, steps, smiles and tears that you are in love with. It is the cumulative effect not the grand gestures that really add up. Yes, when you spot someone else doing something or eating or owning something that appeals to you, it is appropriate to inquire and search out your very own dreams, loves and passions. But, too often we get caught up in doing or owning or having something merely because it is popular not because it feeds us emotionally. Trust your loves, your ideas and your passions. Each one matters, each one is important and each one lays down a paving stone on your own road to a Life in Synergy! 

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Steps on the Path to a Life in Synergy

Steps on the Path to a Life in Synergy

I love this image, the warn cobblestone path to success. The rocks polished over time as countless steps have been taken over them and worn down the rough spots. This is the path to a Life in Synergy as you continue to work each aspect of the wheel. Every time you commit to eating your number, working on your weak muscles and stretching your tight ones to bring your muscles in to Synergy, walk your steps and drink your water you are easing the way to your success, your happiness and peace and love for yourself and your body.

It is in the repetition that we wear away the rough spots, that the challenges and obstacles that used to block our path become mere bumps on the road and that everything evens out and becomes a smooth path.

But notice that there still are irregularities, you like the path are not a monotone freshly paved blank road. You have bumps and crevices and interesting unique aspect to you. These are to be embraced not to be ashamed of. They are the aspects of you that make you you. So, on your road to your Life in Synergy, embrace your rough spots, enjoy them and then continue to wear them away with every single step!

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Stop Arguing with Your Body

Stop Arguing with Your Body

How many times a day do you put yourself down, do you look in the mirror or down at your body and say, "I hate....." how many times a day do you compare yourself to someone else walking down the street and then value yourself against them? 

It is time to stop the argument, to stop criticizing and take the time to learn to communicate with your body, with yourself. There is no one else here in your head. I know, you say you hear me  :-) but that is just a recording that YOU MADE to help you stay on track. Only you can choose to stop hating yourself and begin to love and care for you instead. The first step in any relationship is to understand the language of the person you are talking to, in this case your body.

For just a moment, I want you to think about your body as being separate from yourself. A new person in your life. How would you approach a stranger that you really wanted to meet and that you were hoping would really like even love you?? Would you start by screaming at them? Abusing them? Or would you find out about them, their interests, their unique aspects and use that knowledge to better understand them?

This is the only way to develop a great long term relationship with yourself. You have to be patient, you have to be understanding, you have to be interested. The steps to understanding are all laid out in the wheel, all you have to do is follow them. To look and see which part of the wheel you are not following and apply yourself to the learning and doing. Each time you do you are teaching yourself that you matter, that you are interesting and that you are the most important person in your life. Do it! You are worth it!

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The Struggle

Sunday afternoon, I lied or is it lay, oh whatever, I took a nap. In general, a lovely Sunday afternoon activity. As I lay there, I felt my neck become uncomfortable. There are two pillows on my bed and each one has a different feel and support. This allows me to switch from pillow to pillow to customize my sleeping experience. Wow, that sounded like a pillow store ad, didn't it :-) In any case, during my nap I realized that I had chosen incorrectly. My neck was a little uncomfortable, thus I was not napping but instead I was thinking that this pillow was just not going to do the trick. Now, mind you, the other pillow was a mere foot from me. Ready to jump in and do all of its magic in aiding my sleep, but, for what felt like an eternity. I sat there (or rather lay or lie) and contemplated how much better the other pillow would be. The other pillow was right there! I did not have to go and buy it, I did not really even need to leave the bed but the decision to take action really felt like an effort. This lead me to think about how often we do this when contemplating instead of acting in our own Life in Synergy.  I know that I have had many days when I waste minutes or even hours thinking about going for a walk instead of just taking the first step. Or that glass of water stays on the counter without being consumed or I stop entering my food throughout the day.

Every aspect of living a Life in Synergy is really like that pillow. It is right there within reach. It is easy, it is attainable, it is all doable. All you have to do is stop thinking about it and reach for it. Stop the endless contemplation and take the first step and you will be able to rest in comfort and happiness.  Glad to say, I eventually switched pillows and proceeded to 20 minutes of bliss. Reaching for your next step in the Life in Synergy wheel can and will do the same for you. Just stop thinking about it and make the switch :-)

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Get Some Rest!

Get Some Rest!

Did you know that one of the best ways to reach your weight loss goals happens at night. The best way to insure your success is to consistently get a good nights sleep. That snack that you are craving may not be because you are hungry but because you are tired. Calories are your form of energy, so if you are overtired and lacking energy your body will send out a signal to feed it. Recognize if you are really hungry or just in the need of some extra shut eye!

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Awesome Avocado!

Awesome Avocado!

Avocados are one of my favorite foods! One of natures best source of fiber (the workout for your insides) packed with vitamin c and heart healthy fats this is truly one of the best! Not to mention the yumminess! Trying using avocado instead of mayo on a sandwich next time or add them to your favorite salad, really, it will rock your world :)  The fiber in them will help you to feel full more quickly and the nutrients (over 20) will help the rest of you feel great. Because of their higher fat content their caloric value is higher thatn most fruits, the average Avocado has about 250 calories.

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