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Is it Health or Wellness?

Eating healthy is only one small factor to the overall wellness of our bodies.  What is wellness anyway.  Is being healthy enough?

I used to think that eating healthy was the only factor in living a healthy lifestyle.  Um, ya I am here to see that there is a ton more to it than that.  I have found so many more answers because I went out looking to find more answers.  Here is what I can tell you.

A) Healthy is more than a one size fits all regime!  It is a whole package called wellness!

I used to be believe that I had to look a certain way.  Be a certain weight.  Have the right dress size.  I mean ideally I like my clothes to fit but depending on what goes I have it can completely change my image.  When I choose to eat whole foods mother nature provides in their most natural state I know I am contributing not only to my health but my wellness as well.  If you think of wellness as the whole package including your mental, psychological, spiritual and social health then we can see how wellness works!

There are people who live as the term skinny-fat.  The appear to be healthy on  the outside because they appear to be thinner than others.  This can be a misconception.  These people can be just as unhealthy as anyone else unless they are taking all aspects of their wellness into account.  Remember to never judge a book by its cover!

B) It is more than just exercising!

I have used exercise in my life since I have been a child.  I used to workout merely for my physical appearance and my health. I see now how many more benefits exercise provides for me.  It alleviates stress.  It lifts my mood.  It releases toxins in the form of sweat from my body.  It makes me feel good.  Exercise grounds me.  It takes me to my happy place.  I exercise as part of self care. This is a choice I have always made for myself.

C) Your spiritual and mental health are also important aspects of your health!

Our mindset truly can be one of the most toxic things in our life.  By playing into our deeper being, we are able to keep well on all levels of our wellness.  Being well is determined by how you think.  It is our choice to find this state so we can truly be at our best!

D) It is balance!

Living life is also important!  We all can choose to enjoy any food that we eat.  There is no need to “cheat” on your lifestyle.  I have a challenging time even saying that word.   Cheating will lead to guilt which guilt leads to toxicity in your life.  It is important to remember how we choose to think.  Being realistic about food choices and when it is okay to have things you enjoy every once in a while is part of life!  Do it!

I feel so much better when I choose to eat food that fuels my body; when I choose to practice positive affirmations to keep my mindset at its best; when I live life to live life!  I truly believe we manifest in our life whatever we ask so make sure you ask because the universe will respond!

 

How bad do you want it?

Who is the one in question here?

I am constantly making goals and constantly evaluating them.

Sometimes I wonder why I have goals.  I mean some I have not achieved yet and I often wonder when it will occur.  I set deadlines.  I hold myself accountable.

Why is it that I constantly fail or am I failing?  Are the stakes high enough?

I am unsure of this.  I wonder why I am so different when it comes to any other person who has goals.  I mean of course I want to succeed.

Here are a few things that I am beginning to realize about being successful

Consistency

In order to achieve goals it is important to be consistent and do all the small things that will generate the big things.  Consistent means doing things when you feel like giving up.  Through thick, thin and whatever else…sounds like vows but it is a choice.

Gratitude

It is important to be grateful for everything we have already in order to accept more into our life.  I am grateful for each opportunity that has come to me as I know it holds a learning experience.

Commitment

As I have learned, are you interested or are you committed?  I hold this dear to me as a commitment.  When I am committed to doing something at whatever cost…it happens at whatever cost.  It is a non-negotiable.

Organized

This is something I work on all of the time because I see how important being organized is with every area of my life.  I realize the importance of schedules, systems in place and always assessing and re-evaluating to improve this.

I know that I have not hit all of my goals yet this year.  I am in the process of doing this so I can achieve what I have wrote down.  Goals help me to push forward, to reach for something that is hard, and challenging.  That is okay.  It is okay to push harder.

I think I am hard on myself at times as I expect myself to be a certain spot in a certain time.  It will happen when I continue being consistent and committed to reaching my goals.

My question to you is, how have you overcame obstacles in order to reach your goals?  success

Day Four: Serially Lost

Today’s Prompt: Write about a loss: something (or someone) that was part of your life, and isn’t any more.

I can still smell it.  I remember waking up to the sweet smell of cabbage rolls in the morning that my mother had made.  The crisp morning air in the spring walking to the end of the lane to catch the school bus.  My dog by my side as we toured the farm.  The stillness and quiet in the grass with the crickets.  The birds chirping.  The stars shining so bright in the wide open sky.  The playing.  Mom calling us in for lunch.  We would gather around the kitchen table and tune into “The Flintstones” followed by the news.

The sense of losing your childhood, your innocence.  I always felt older than I was.  I didn’t realize how short those days would actually become looking back now.  I miss the farm, the only life I ever knew at that time and the simplicity of childhood.  I miss not having a worry in the world.  Sometimes I wish I could go back one day so I could appreciate that time, the people, and those little moments a little more than I did.  I have memories and past traditions from my ancestors that have been left on that farm.  It saddens me to think that I may never get to pass those on or that I may never return to my homeland to live again.

The memories I have fill my heart with gratitude.  Every time I think of my childhood I think of the farm and realize how truly blessed I am to have been raised there.  This is something that you cannot have living in any large city.  I am proud of my roots.  I may not return often now but I do think of my childhood often and how it has shaped and molded me into the person I am today.

Cherish every moment you have because soon all you will have are memories.  My childhood may be gone but it will never be forgotten.

Day Five: Be Brief

Today’s Prompt: You stumble upon a random letter on the path. You read it. It affects you deeply, and you wish it could be returned to the person to which it’s addressed.  The wind catches it.  It starts to blow away.  You chase it and happen to grab it.  As you grab it, the letter rips in half.  The other half blows away.  You look for it the missing piece but it is gone.  You open the piece in your hand and read it.

   “Today is your new beginning.  Forget what you think you know and take a step that will lead you in a new direction.  You mean the world to us.  Take care sweetie.  Come see us soon!  Love Mom & Dad”

You crumbled the paper up and shoved it in your pocket. You think for a brief second about what you read and turn the corner to walk away………

Is struggling the key to success?

No one likes to admit their struggles.  We have all had our fair share of them.  We struggle to be different.  We struggle to win.  We struggle to change.  We struggle until we succeed.

In the past year, I have definitely have had my fair share.  With each struggle you realize how hard it is to break free.  You realize how hard it is to allow yourself to be vulnerable.  I started my own company specializing in boot camps and personal training for females.  I didn’t realize how hard this struggle was going to be.  I didn’t realize how hard it is to put yourself out there to your peers and the public to be viewed upon.   I want to grow this business slowly.  I didn’t want to be overwhelmed by getting too busy.  Well, it is  quite the contrary now.

I started last spring in hopes of  starting my boot camp to success!  I learned a few things about the type of clients I wanted to attract.  I am still learning. I started off with a few recruits which was steady until June when it rained almost everyday.  I am not joking.  It literally down-poured everyday.  By the time July hit I was down to one faithful recruit.  Summer holidays came and gone.  September was fast approaching so I decided to put posters up in my neighborhood and put an advertisement in the monthly newsletter in my community.  Needless to say, neither one generated any leads.  Winter came and my boot camp became non-existent.

At the end of last year, I decided that the new year ahead was going to be my year.  It was going to be my year for change, to embark fear, and be the happiest I can be.  I decided to look at ways to start training in my home.  I thought the new year was the perfect time to do so. I started advertising again in the monthly newsletter and still nothing.

It is now April and time seems to be flying by.  It has almost been one year since I started this journey.  I am not sure where to go or where I am headed from here.  Do I need to change locations for my boot camps? Do I need to generate more leads from Facebook through “boosting” my post? I know what I have tried and it hasn’t worked so far.  I have the tendency to think about things for a long period of time before I act upon them. I hope this is worth the struggle I have endeared. I just want to share my passion about living  healthy lifestyle by helping others to reach their goals.  I know in order to succeed that I will fail first, but I will not give up until I reach my goal.  With every struggle I have, I learn from it and become stronger.  It still scares the you know what out of me still but maybe that is a good thing.  I have accepted being uncomfortable is a good thing.  It can show you how great you can do under pressure when you least expect it.  The time is now! It’s time to put your workout gear on and get started!

I will leave you with a quote I found. I find it speaks right to me.  Take a moment and think about one thing you worked so hard to accomplish and how you did it.  Did you do it without any struggle?

“All life demands struggle. Those who have everything given to them become lazy, selfish, and insensitive to the real values of life. The very striving and hard work that we so constantly try to avoid is the major building block in the person we are today.”

Pope Paul VI

You get what you give……

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “In Loving Memory.”

Jenn had the gift of loving life to fullest the best she knew how.  Her smile lit up her entire face from ear to ear.   She had always been a strong, independent, very capable and determined woman who would not depend on anybody for almost anything.  She learned from a young age what hard work and determination would do for her life. She was always striving to make her family proud.   Jenn was a very positive person who believed that whatever you give life, you will get in return.  The simple life is what Jenn enjoyed best.  Morals and values spoke big in Jenn’s heart.  Her roots always shone through as a small-town farm girl where the skies were endless and the wheat fields rustled in the wind.

Jenn loved her family, friends, and her dog Trigger.  She was always there to help out if ever needed.  Jenn had the biggest heart and it was often her weakest link.  She had a hard time saying “no.”  Jenn enjoyed camping, spending time with her family and friends.

This is a celebration of Jenn’s life and a reflection on how someone can give so much and have such a huge impact on life itself.  She will be forever loved and deeply missed by those who love her.

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And now…..onto your health. WARNING: This blog contains very personal information regarding my health as a woman and the challenges I have faced and now am overcoming.  Reader discretion is advised. So last summer, I decided to have the Mirena IUD placed in my cervix.  For all of you that do not know what it is- it is a synthetic hormone device (shaped like the letter “T”) that is placed in the uterus to prevent baby-making from occurring.  IUD  stands for Intra-uterine device.  I had it placed as a last resort option form of contraception. By the way, it hurt like hell having it inserted.  That could possibly be due to the fact that I have not given birth to any children.   I was on Alesse for 4 years and I had recurrent infections constantly. I had debated about getting the copper IUD placed because there is no synthetic hormones that are released into my body.  I went with the Mirena because having “no period” sounded appealing and I heard that with the copper IUD my menses could be heavier.

BIG MISTAKE!

Here are some of the side effects I experienced upon having it placed:

1) Cramping

Ya ain’t that the bloody truth, literally!  It took weeks before I didn’t have shooting pain from my pelvic area.  I was using Tylenol with codeine to keep the pain under control. I always felt like something was there.  Anytime I needed to have a bowel movement it would be very uncomfortable.  Hello, RED FLAG!

2Mood Swings

As a woman, I feel a wide range of emotions especially when I PMS.  However, I think my spouse can vouch and say that I was angry all of the time.  I could be happy one second and full of rage not long after.  It was like a light switch.  I really didn’t think it was that bad.  My spouse ended up suffering the most.  I am surprised he put up with me.   I felt like I couldn’t cry.  I was this tough girl and nothing could touch me.  I cried but it took a lot for me to cry.  FYI, this is not typically me. I can usually have a good cry every and a while, but nothing.  All I can say is I just didn’t feel like myself. (looking back now I see it)

3) Libido

Hmmm, I have to question at times if this is a bad thing.  Well, I guess it is.  It is for my spouse who wishes we would be intimate more often.  I really don’t miss it.  Call me crazy.  I do realize that it is something that is very important in a relationship.  I just don’t have the desire, ambition or interest to do it.

4) Depression

I really don’t think I know the full extent to this.  I didn’t know how to feel anything.  Have you ever felt like that?  Nothing felt good in life.  I wasn’t happy with my job, or my personal life. I felt so numb about everything in my life.  Nothing could make me really happy.

5) Constant spotting

I still menstruated with the Mirena and even spotted between my cycle.  I found it frustrating because I never knew when “Aunty Flow” was going to come.  My period was much lighter on the plus.  Ovulation was painful every month.  It put tremendous pressure on my pelvic area.  I had to take painkillers at times. After much debate and discussion with my spouse, I had the Mirena IUD removed.  Alleluia!  I have to say that I have tolerance for pain but that hurt a lot.  I thought all of my prayers had been answered.  My life will return to “normal.” What does that even mean? Little did I know of the horrific side effects once the Mirena was removed.  I have researched and discovered that most women either have side effects upon insertion or removal or both.

For me, I am noticing  the side effects seem greater upon the removal and here is why:

1) Weight gain

This has definitely affected me the most.  I didn’t think that I was going to have a problem with my weight because from what I have read most women experience their weight gain upon insertion.  I gained 6 pounds in my first week after the removal.  I have gained a total 8 pounds in not even 2 months.  I have looked at ways to try to detox the hormones from my system but haven’t succeeded to find anything.  I use essential oils and I think I am going to try their woman blend to see if that helps.

2) Constipation

I have had maybe 2 bowel movements that were “normal.” Besides that they are sporadic, clumpy, hard, painful, pebbly, or just not happening. I know the hormonal changes have caused my bowels to fluctuate and create imbalances. It is really a horrible feeling not being able to go number 2. I feel bloated, gaseous, ugh I just want it to end already!!! I just wanna POOP!!!!! Apparently, a sign of constipation is a potassium deficiency. My goodness! I already take a potassium supplement. Potassium and sodium are electrolytes.  Sodium ends up causing water retention. We metabolize those electrolytes in our small intestine so I guess that makes sense…but it sucks. Then there is insulin. Apparently my body has gone into fat storage which will eventually lead to insulin resistance. When is this going to stop? I could really go on and on….but I won’t.

3) Brainfog

I hadn’t even realized I had brain fog until I started reading other forums and blogs related to the Mirena. This is a sign of insulin resistance. Weird. Even after almost 2 months my clarity is still not clear. I feel spacey at times especially towards the end of the day.

4) Fatigue

This is a sign of insulin resistance as well. This sign often seems vague due to the fact we live in a world where everyone does not sleep enough.   However, by taking a look at all of the other signs I am exhibiting I know that it is a just part of the hormone imbalance I am experiencing. I just wish I could speed this whole process up. Lower levels of progesterone will make you more tired. Many of these signs are listed under the Mirena side effects.

There are so many things going on at the cellular level to really get into it here. I did read that the Mirena puts your body into estrogen dominance. P.S. estrogen dominance is not a good thing. This is why most women have a hard time losing or maintaining their weight. I am getting less patient about waiting for my body to get normal again. When is it going to happen? I can barely take it anymore. I eat the healthiest I have ever in my life, I exercise regularly and yet I still feel like a balloon. I just wanna feel good again! I do know that I am on the right track! So for all of you thinking about getting an IUD, please do your research. Think about it long and hard before you have it inserted. Sometimes we don’t have much of a choice so if you need to just be aware of the potential side effects that can occur. I am only beginning to realize the problems I have had and I only had it for 6 months. I know one thing for sure, I will not get another Mirena inserted. Good luck to all those out there who are struggling from the side effects of the Mirena!

ON your Mark, get SET…..GO!!!!!!!

One second. One minute. One hour.  One day. One week. One month. One year……

Where does the time go?    Have you ever stopped to think about what you have accomplished in that very moment?  Not looking back nor forward, just in the present moment?  It makes me think.  I think a lot.  I think a lot about the past and future.  I am just beginning to realize the power and gratitude of being present in the moment.

I think about my life 10 years ago.  Gee it’s been 10 years already.  10 years ago seems like a century ago in one aspect and like yesterday in another.  10 years ago….I was in my early twenties, living the dream (I didn’t think that at the time but I was) living close to home, in my first year of my diploma program, broke (what I thought was broke) and just wanted to break free of everyone and everything.  I wanted to start over in my mind.  I wanted a fresh start.  A new beginning.  I never lived in the moment.  I wanted to finish school so I could move onto “bigger and better things” .  Once school ended, I moved away from my family and friends I had known for my whole life to a new unfamiliar place.  After moving a few times I finally found my “new home.”  It was hard.  I faced new challenges like missing my family, not seeing my loved ones as often as I did before and having to meet new people.  How the heck do you do that? Where do you meet people when you work? Well for me, it was through work.

I found my “dream job” about a year after I graduated and once again life began to focus on the things I had always dreamed about.  Oh ya and who could forget about loans? Ya so I focused on paying off school loans, car loans, saving for the future, future plans, future, future, future……I began thinking about meeting the “perfect guy”, getting married, having two kids (twin boys to be precious) owning a house, blah, blah, blah.  My outlook on life was so innocent, naïve.  Remember, I come from a place where everyone knows you and the color of underwear you are wearing.  I wanted this all done by the time I was thirty (okay or at least started) Is that hard to ask for?

I thought I was living life in the moment but I was always looking ahead.  Nearing 30, I began to panick.  I did not have anything accomplished that I had hoped for.  Ya, this part of my life I couldn’t plan.  I really thought I was going to stay in my 20s forever.  Ha, ha ya right hey? By this time I started feeling less naïve, less hopeful of the world overall  Yikes.  Sounds rather bitter.

Wait a minute.  Did I hear that right?  The farm girl who is determined, has goals, never gives up, looks at the good in everything, who is positive, and upbeat thinks less of the world?  Ya you heard it!

Fast forward a few yearsand here I am in my 30s and still no different than where I was 10 years ago.  I am not married (legally), have not had any of my own children (boyfriend as 2) or have I done any travelling like I have always wanted to do.  However, I am blessed to have my dog, my home , and my family which may not have been the way I pictured it but here it is.

I have lived my life in fast forward for so long that I don’t think I know how to slow down and take each moment as they come. I have came to terms that I am a work-a-holic! I am not ready for another 10 years to fly by without having the things I wanted accomplished by my 30s not done by my 40s.

This year I decided that I was going to change this.  (okay at least start) I am living each day by my intention to think the positive in everything I do. It may not be exactly where I thought I would be 10 years ago; but that is also a state of mind.  It’s not a race.  I wake up happy knowing it is a new day! I have no plan in mind I just know that happiness and living my dream is possible again.  I do not even know where I am headed yet but it is okay and I can live with that.

Before you know it, this moment is gone and it will be merely a memory you hold with you.  Live in the moment for we will never know if we have another tomorrow.

Taking the first step!

Taking the first step!

First of all, WOW! I cannot believe that I am here writing my first post.  I feel like such an amateur compared to most of the bloggers here.  It is okay.  Everyone must start somewhere and I am doing the hardest part for me………. which is starting so YAY if you are reading this! I have been pondering for quite some time now about starting my own blog.  I have researched it from here to outer space and I saw this course called “Blogging101″ and I knew that was how I was gonna do it.
For me, this year has been about change.  I have started down a new path for my careers.  I left a job of 7.5 years at the end of the year in search to find something more.  I don’t think I can even describe it right now.  I am still trying to get around it myself right now.  I have narrowed it to this.  I decided to get out of my comfort zone and open new doors for me that I didn’t think were ever possible.  I am willing to take risks, try new things to see where my life will take me.  I am a person who usually resists change (hence I was at the same job for 7.5 years) so changing jobs you would think would be plenty.  Heck no!
I want to see where life is going to take me! I am EXCITED, nervous, a little scared, HAPPY, anxious, and so many other emotions that I have a hard time finding words to truly express how exhilarating this experience has been for me. I am actually not 100% sure where this blog will take me or if I will even like it or  will want to pursue it further once the end of the month comes; however, wherever I go, end up or meet along the way will be worth it!   I know for sure that I will not regret it.  I have not regretted one thing that I have done yet in the quest to find a new path.  I do know that my passion is health related so you can be assured that my blogs will be intended for those who want a little bit of everything.
Here is to the start of another great month in 2015!  I want to share these moments with all of you! I am  grateful for you the readers and my fellow blogger101 mates!  I am thrilled to be starting the “Blogging101″ challenge.  Nothing is impossible, we just have to believe that! I did.  Here I am today.  I will be back.