One step at a time
It's the little things that add up to bigger things...
The morning light
Have you ever counted how many sunrises you've experienced in your life? Or pondered on how many more you have left? I have had around 17,337 sunrises - give or take a few due to leap years.
The morning is the best part of the day. The morning beside the ocean is even better. This week I have been fortunate to spend two days at Diamond Beach for our annual staff conference. Waking up and heading straight out on the sand at 6am is so invigorating.
Although far from perfect, when I practice this balance pose it makes me feel strong - to activate my core muscles and be able to balance hold myself upright is such an great feeling for me personally.
When speaking with my spine surgeon at the 3 month review, he encouraged me to continue with pilates and in particularl, that isometric training would be excellent. So building strength in my shoulders, gluts and abdominal muscles has been a particular focus during the past 6 months. The balance required in the star pose is demanding as you are developing strength. The shoulder stabilizers need to engage and you may find a lot of trembling in the arm connected to the ground as you continue to build strength. I see this as a great advancement in my client's ability once they are able to hold themselves upright, using only their well trained body strength, connection of the mind to the moment and engagement of the core.
Mondays have become my food preparation day. I select the main proteins, fruits and vegetables that I would like for the week. I then cook and package everything so anyone in the family can grab a portion size from the top shelf. Therefore as I get healthier and stronger, so does my family as the healthy food sources and choices are easy to find and take at any stage during the day.
Friendship at Work
There's nothing better than having a great walk with a good friend. During the conference was a fantastic time to share a room and catch up with my colleague and project management partner in crime.
We are working on delivering a new mobile banking APP and internet banking system for the Holiday Coast Credit Union on the mid north coast. 12 months of hard work, stress management, good eating, crying and laughing together will see this project delivered successfully. When my health significantly declined, Dione stepped up and has shown her abilities to shine as the Project Leader. I'm proud of this lady's journey and excited for what is still yet to come!
The sugar detox ...
It's been a month since I've eaten sugar, drank alcohol, eaten pasta or chocolate. I've actively detoxed and by focusing on what I can eat and do, has kept me well occupied and I haven't missed these habits at all. I do remember having a few dull headaches, and some low energy days. However these seem to have passed now and I'm not interested or craving any of these things anymore.
What have I learnt on this weight-loss journey? You really can do what you set your mind to achieve. Everything starts with a decision. Your own decision to change. When I started this I allowed myself to be open to the process, to forget everything I thought I knew about eating and to listen to my coaches each day on what they advised to eat, drink and the amount of activity required to burn fat while also fueling my metabolic system adequately.
In the weight maintaining phase now I am hovering around 67-68 kilograms and stabilising my weight again for the next week. Sunday is reset day so I can have one cheat meal! I am fantasizing about going back to Josophan's chocolate shop in Leura for another Belgium Chocolate icecream.
My mind is set on maintaining this weight and feeling great from making healthy food choices that my body appreciates every day.