How To Stop Running the Rat Race and Develop Healthy Habits

 

” Mom, can I have some chocolate chip pancakes?”
“If you want to puke some more. Sure.” 

NOT. 

My 11 yr old daughter has the FLU and we were only 24 hours out from a day spent over the toilet.  So far she had tolerated Gatorade , a few popsicles, crackers, and a little white chili the night before. She was making progress and felt a lot better so why wouldn’t I let her?


Experience.


I have been there , done that, and knew  her body wasn’t ready to handle chocolate chip pancakes.  I offered her a plain one, which she begrudgingly took. 
Last night she chose to eat the Salmon and asparagus we were having for dinner and within an hour she was holding her stomach; cramping. A few minutes later, she was holding the toilet bowl. 


Sometimes we just have to learn from our own experience… 

Why is it that we ignore what we know is in our best interest and choose what we desire in the moment? 


Have you ever eaten way too many warm, fresh baked brownies or gone back for a second piece of chocolate sheet cake because, ‘ how can something that tastes sooo good be bad?’


And then when you are curled up in a ball as your stomach pays the price for your indulgence, you swear on your life that you will never eat brownies again. 
But the next time that familiar scent drifts through the air ..we forget.  

Our bodies are just responding through their senses and our senses are telling us there is something pleasurable.  It means well.  It has good intentions.  The craving, and the choice to eat a brownie is not the problem. It is a perfectly practical solution to our desire for pleasure.  We were designed to experience it. 
The problem is that we are responding through the craving loop vs using our critical thinking skills to make the decision. We aren’t accessing the  part of the brain that stores memories from previous experiences; that remind us that the pleasure is fleeting and in the end, we will suffer. 


So how do we stop our hand from grabbing the brownie?

It seems to do it without our permission doesn’t it? 

Why are cravings such a powerful force? 

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Involve Me and I Learn

 

I have to physically go through the motions to really learn something.

Don’t tell me what the apple tv password is.  I will forget it.  Don’t try and explain to me how to re set the Wifi and expect me to remember the next time it acts up. I will text you asking again.. 

If you want me to learn how to do something, I have to do it for myself; and not just once but multiple times until it becomes automatic.  

I know this.
I am a Physical Therapist.

I am wired to move and I use this principle every day with my clients. 

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The Year of Moving Forward..

 

My word this year was MOVE.


Really, it has been my word for the last 3 years, It just took me 2 years to take action. 


I was challenged back in the spring of 2017 at a women’s conference to write one word on a rock that signified my next step and to place in on an altar. I didn’t understand it at the time , but it was echoing loud and clear in my mind.


MOVE.


So I wrote it.  I placed it.Then over the next year, I did it. 

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How to Find JOY When You Don’t Feel It

 

When you think about your childhood Christmases what memories come to mind?

What FEELINGS are triggered?

For me it was our TRADITIONS.  The things I came to expect because we did them year after year.

Looking back I realize how fortunate I was.

I may have grown up in a modest 1250 sq. ft. home, but the one thing my parents did that I have tried to continue for my children is the way they safeguarded Christmas for us.

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What are Your Goals for WELLNESS in 2019?

Today’s SECRET Santa gift to help you shift from overwhelm to wellness is actually a GIFT!

No sappy secrets or wellness work for you today, JUST an opportunity to win a FREE GIFT PACKAGE that Santa will deliver to your doorstep!

Here’s how it works..

1. Comment below and share one thing you can do to get unstuck and take a baby step toward WELLENESS in 2019.

 

2. You will be entered in a drawing to win a $50 gift package to include items of YOUR CHOICE from https://sherescuehome.org/shop/ and some of my favorite books!

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GIVE the GIFT of HEALING

 

 

I started https://shewalksinwellness.com/

because I recognized that the very people who have a heart to GIVE the GIFT of HEALING often get TIRED and WEARY and end up in a place where they are in NEED of their own HEALING.

The thing is ..

One of the catalysts to REVIVING our WEARY SOULS and RENEWING our own WELLNESS is to find something that we can CONNECT WITH so that we experience TRANSCENDENCE.

The SECRET is doing it TOGETHER.

 

SECRET to WELLNESS #6

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Secrets to Shifting from Overwhelm to Wellness During the Holidays

Are you already feeling anxiety trying to creep in ?

Are you busy creating lists and trying to figure out what you need to make Christmas perfect ?

Are you already entertaining thoughts that it is not possible to have a MERRY Christmas and a HAPPY New Year ?

Are you struggling with life change and all you want for Christmas is Christmas past?

Are you ready to change that mentality and take Christmas back ?

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Who Told Our Generation of Women that ZOOMIES were a Good Thing?

When my dog was a puppy, if he was in the kennel too long, he would get a case of what my dog breading sister called “the ZOOMIES.”

One minute he was sitting calmly at my side letting me rub his belly, and the next he turned into a canine lunatic.

The bottom floor of my home was converted into a race track, and he would sprint in repetitive circles, letting nothing slow his pace,  leaping up and over the couches to continue on his course.

We learned there was nothing stopping him when he got like this, and the best thing we could do was get out of his way and wait for him to exhaust himself.

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When the Mountain That Needs to Move is Me

 

I first saw him the morning after we moved in to our new house.

He paused when I greeted him.

Like a turtle poking his head out of his shell with caution , his eyes eventually came around to meet mine in an effort to see who had spoken. I guessed his Asian origins and wondered what his story was. A longing arose to know how his steps had landed him in south Huntsville, Alabama.
I have yet to cross the road again and ask him….

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