Progress, not perfection!

by montejosmemorials on February 1, 2017

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It’s the end of January and many are already experiencing a let down, because they set high expectations of themselves or resolutions they were unable to keep. I am constantly setting expectations that are so high that I’d have to be superhuman to accomplish them. My goal this January, was to start reprioritizing and to get better about having realistic goals. I wanted to set up some self care steps that would be realistic, so I would feel a sense of accomplishment.

In thinking through this, I wanted to set myself up for success! What were some of the things I wanted to accomplish? I wanted to lost some weight, but not just for the pure reason of doing that, but also because it would improve other issues in my body. I wanted to add exercise, but not only to help me lose weight, but to stimulate the lymph system to release toxins, and to make a step in the right direction of being healthier. There was a list a mile long of things I wanted to accomplish. So, what did I do? I convinced myself to keep it simple!

I chose a few things to focus on and I started in December instead of January. My thought process was that even if I wasn’t completely faithful to stick to my plan in December, that by January, I’d already be a step ahead. I didn’t say to myself, “I’m going to walk every day, and not eat anything with sugar or flour, and I’ll take a detox bath every night, and I’ll take herbs, supplements, and essential oils for all of the things I want to address, etc.” This may sound crazy, but this is typically what I do and set myself up for huge failure! As I was making my plans, I kept reminding myself of my resolve to keep it simple.

In keeping with this goal, I started focusing on becoming more aware of what I was eating, when, and why.  I started reminding myself that I could make a choice of what to eat, when and how much. Some days with our crazy lifestyle, it just doesn’t work out to stay on a strict plan, so learning not to beat myself up and realize there’s always tomorrow, has been helpful. I’m in for the long term, not the short term. I implemented a 15 minute workout along with dry skin brushing and committed to consistently using a few of my favorite herbal blends and essential oils that I know are balancing and cover a wide range of issues.

It has worked wonderfully!!! I am happy to say that I just started my eight full week of exercise and skin brushing, that my eating, although not perfect, is going pretty well, and I have been consistent with the herbs and essential oils I chose. I feel like I am actually accomplishing something, rather than defeated because I have not kept up with the grandiose plan I set up for myself. For so many of us, there is a huge emotional tie to eating. Becoming aware of that and how it effects me, has been huge in the success I have had this month. I have convinced myself to grab an oil or drink some water when I feel that emotional eating looming over me.

We are all on a journey of healing in various facets and need to find what will work for our unique situation. Here are some of my choices for simple solutions to keep me on track for this busy season of life.

My favorite workout is the Basic Workout Plus by T-Tapp. I have always looked for ways to combine benefits and this workout is a great way to do that. Not only are you able to lose inches fairly quickly, but this workout is rehabilitative to back, shoulders, hips, and knees,  stimulating to the lymphatic system and helpful with hormone and emotional balancing. Being that it’s 15 minutes, I can talk myself into it, which isn’t as likely with other workouts. You can Try Before You Buy, to see how you like it.

After T-Tapping, I dry skin brush to further stimulate the lymph system. This also helps with encouraging skin tightening, which can be a big deal with weight loss.

For many, digging into essential oils can be overwhelming. I have shared more about simplifying this process, if that describes how you feel about them. Don’t miss out on the amazing benefits! They truly are life changing! Remember, this is your journey and it doesn’t have to look like your friends who has a bag with 25 oils in it, wink, wink, or anyone else’s for that matter. If you are the one who loves having a bag full of oils, don’t feel guilty, I totally understand!

My last givens are a few basic herbal blends. I have chosen herbs in place of fractionated supplements. From what I have learned and what my body has responded to, I do so much better with naturally occurring nutrients. My favorite blends, include adaptogens, which are balancing to the mind and body.

So, how are you doing? It’s not too late to simplify! If you set yourself up for failure and need to restart your new year journey, now’s the perfect time! If you’d like some encouragement, Facebook is a great place to connect with me.

 

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