Feel like you are sleepwalking through life?

by COLETTE PIENAAR

My dad always told me about how quickly life goes by the older we get, I never really understood that statement as a child. At this stage of my life, however, I have no doubt in my mind that it does!

My weeks fly by as I'm sure yours do too. The question I ask myself at the end of each one is where did that week go? Where did that month go? What happened in that year?

No matter how much self-development work I do, how many courses I do, coaches I work with, I still feel like there is so much to learn and do with my life, that is flying by at a rate of knots! 

So how do we stop time and spend it doing what we really want to do?

To LIVE our dreams.

I was listening to a chat the other day about a woman who lost a massive amount of weight just drinking meal replacement shakes. A quick fix for an event she was attending. Afterwards, she started eating real food and put it back on. She then used shakes to yo-yo diet for specific events throughout the year. She realised after her fourth bout of flu that really knocked her, that this was no way to live and enjoy her life and she finally admitted that living on liquid was simply causing havoc with her metabolism. Hooray! I hear you say .. 

So she decided to change her approach and severely restricting her calories in the week, giving her an opportunity to eat more food on the weekend and let her hair down. She would have a glass of wine, a chocolate pudding, a pizza with the kids and that packet of biscuits she picked up. Back to starving herself in the week, thinking she just needed to cut out food and let her body deal, only eating when she was hangry ... well day 1 went well .. day 2 was a hangry day and by day 3 .. you guessed it a disaster .. a box of doughnuts .. a chocolate bar and a packet of crisps .. 

lol - been there?

OK, so that's not the answer then.

She discovers the latest fad, everyone is eating low fat ... yes, that must be the answer ... nope, that didn't work! OK, maybe high fat? Maybe paleo, maybe low gluten, maybe no carbs ... argg you can see where this leads.

It really is no wonder we end up so confused about what to eat. When to eat it and how much. We unwittingly set ourselves up to fail because we are unhappy and craving food and feeling low because we are missing out and then because we have left ourselves in a malnourished state we get depressed and sick ... 

Yes? I know these feelings well!

Before you know it another year has passed and you've still not hit that elusive target weight that you had in your mind. How much I should weigh, what size clothing I should be wearing, how thin my legs should be ...

I bet you know someone just like this .. Are you this person? .. I have been this person and it sucks! 

This is what I call sleepwalking through life ... not actually living it or enjoying it fully ... choosing to live it in snippets, a night out with friends, a holiday away with the family, a night in to watch TV, eating too much of the wrong stuff, overdoing it and then feeling guilty drinking 5 litres of water and detox tea and then starving yourself to get back on track ...

OK! I'm calling this out today!

Just STOP! 

LET GO of the preconceived idea of what you should look like, what you should weigh and what size clothing you should wear!

Instead, FOCUS on the things that bring you JOY.

THEN FROM TODAY ... 

Start living the life you want to live as though you are that person who is in shape, healthy and happy. Make the food choices that person would make. Make the effort to exercise the way that person would exercise and LIVE!

There is no point waiting until you are size [blah] to go and buy that gorgeous dress you saw, go buy it and wear it with pride. Get enough sleep, drink enough water and enjoy the moments that make you happy. Look after your health and before you know it, everything will come into balance and you will shift more excess in this state than you ever would drinking meal replacements and starving yourself.

Remember your energy flows where your focus goes ... focus on the things that bring you joy!

Is it time for YOU to make a few changes to the way you treat your body? If you are ready and feeling determined to live your life beyond the ordinary then come and join our group on Facebook. We are the BE STRONG & SCULPTED Group on Facebook and would love to have you with us. 

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