Today is the first day of the rest of your (my) life as the saying goes. I made a decision a number of months ago to begin this journey and yet was not ready to put the necessary steps into place. Have you had a similar time in your life? Do you make what you consider a decision and then let it rest until "you are ready"? I see this as a pattern in my life that has not served me and one that I am releasing.
How does one go about reversing something that has been a pattern in your life for over 60 years? Sounds a bit daunting doesn't it? Yet I know that with the right tools and the right guidance it is totally possible and I am excited to begin! I have two wonderful women in my life who will be giving me that guidance and the tools. One, of course, is Ellie Drake. Her exampleship and leadership is inspiring me to walk a healthier path for all areas of my life. The other is my good friend Peg (Serafina) McMahan who is a clinic hypnotherapist among her many other talents.
Her tools include a document about Reverse Engineering the Fatness. It has a number of questions which I sat pondering this morning, attempting to be totally honest in answering. This is the difficult part of the process for me, to really think about what triggers me to behave in ways that do not serve me. And to look at how it makes me feel about myself. Then to look at how I WANT to feel. I'll be sending her the answers today and look forward to our connecting this coming week to hear her input and learn what my next steps will be!
On Monday I will begin following the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol to find out if I have sensitivities to particular foods. Have any of you done this and what experiences did you have with it? I'd love to hear from you!
I'll continue to write about my own experiences with this and how I am progressing so stay tuned!
The Process has begun!
I actually began the protocol yesterday (Thursday, Dec 3rd). Grocery shopping was quite an experience, trying to find all of the specific things on the provided shopping list for week one! I still don't have a few items that I couldn't find, like celeriac which I have never seen and have no idea what it even looks like :-(. My fridge is now filled with healthy, nutritious foods and I am using the recipes I found through Eileen's website:
I am in the process of making bone broth for the very first time. My neighbor started making it many months ago and shared some with me. It was wonderful and I look forward to using it, both in recipes and just drinking a cup. I understand it has great health properties.
Peg has provided another mp3 for me to listen to while falling asleep. With the first one she sent me, I fall asleep so fast! Her voice is so soothing. When I told her that she said I am receiving it subliminally which actually works even better so all is good! We created a list of intention statements which are incorporated into the mp3. This week she read them to me and I had to feel how much I resonated with each one as I currently am. Quite an interesting process! Many are goals that I have around how I want to feel and be but am not there yet and many are very true right now.
It's time for me to go do my DYBO (Dance Your Buts Off for those of you not familiar). It's not the buts you sit on, it's the buts you live in. I am taking part in Ellie's 99 Day Challenge through her 20/20 Mentoring Program. If you don't know what that is and would like to know more, please let me know!
Until next time, have a lovely week.
The Next Chapter
It's been a while since you have heard from me. You know the old saying "Life gets in the way". Well....I have sure let it sidetrack me! While beginning the Auto-immune Protocol I realized that it was not the way I wanted to go about it. So I had a conversation with my clinical hypnotherapist about it. We agreed on a different course of action which was to go back to a high protein/low carb plan. Also, about the time I started this, my relationship with the new man in my life began to heat up and that, my friends, is the distraction! I have discovered that I've been so focused on this new relationship that I let all my intentions slip into the background.
Now that I have really become aware of what I have been doing I can make a decision to get back to my program of becoming healthier. Thank goodness for Peg, my mentor in this. There have also been some pretty serious emotional issues regarding another area of my life and she has helped me to work through them, offering wonderful suggestions and helping me to see when I have made progress. And being able to see that I have made progress is so helpful! When we are in the midst of something we are sometimes too close to be able to notice the small changes we are making. To be honest, I was a bit skeptical of the questionnaires that she wants me to fill out periodically. However, when she points out the changes from one time to the next it really does allow me to see the progress.
So, as Ellie says, "it's about progress not perfection". And "making my decision right" instead of "making the right decision". So when I make a choice that others might say is NOT the "right choice" I can make it right by allowing myself to enjoy every bite, stop and savor the flavor and be like our BraveHeart Sister Sarah Amos who enjoys every bite of something delicious, saying Mmmm, Mmmmm good! In doing this I am finding that I am actually satisfied with much less. Give it a try next time you have something you "think" you "shouldn't". Really allow yourself to luxuriate in the taste, feel, smell and what ever other senses you can bring into play. And say "This is soooo goooood"! Let me know if you are satisfied with less! And then continue on the path that you have set for yourself that you know is for your Highest Good! We are not perfect, we are human. The good news is that we can always course correct and continue!
Love Us and bye for now.