You are a smart, successful woman. You have taken the world by the tail – you have traveled, won awards, led successful projects.
You used to have it all together, you were fit and beautiful. Now, you seem to have lost control – of your health and to some extent, your life. You are not bouncing back; you are not getting results like you did in your 20’s. You are not sure how to regain control. Everything you have tried has essentially failed.
What is the problem here? Why is it suddenly so difficult to get healthy?
It might be that your definition of “healthy” is skewed. Health is more than just calories and portion sizes; it is more than just eating less and moving more. Health is balance. Balance is not a static state of being. It is constantly shifting. We must be tuned in, constantly making adjustment to restore equilibrium.
Being healthy is not about being the perfect weight; it is emotional, mental and physical balance. Your body is an eco-system – several systems working together for the overall good of the whole. When one of the systems is “off” it throws the entire system out of balance.
Awareness is the first step. What does that mean?
It means, paying attention to yourself and your habits. Noticing how things (food, stress, emotions, friends, time of day) affect you. This is the key to developing a good plan to get you where you want to be, and keep you there for the long haul.
When you can identify precisely how you feel at different times of the day, what your stressors are, what causes you to “snack”, or when you are most energetic or sharp, then you can begin to strategically focus your attention and your actions. You can help yourself back to feeling good and regain control of your health and your life.
Taking action is the next step. Not big, sweeping changes, small changes, new habits, new ways of thinking about “old” patterns and what used to work.
Here are seven questions to ask yourself to determine where to start to take action to restore balance and regain control of your health:
As you can see, reclaiming your glow and vitality is about tuning in to yourself, all facets, not just what you are eating and how you are moving. Dr. Deepak Chopra, stresses that everything in the universe is connected, and the human body follows this model – so we have to pay attention to the whole and bring it into balance. It can seem overwhelming, figuring out where to focus and where to start. One suggestion is to keep a journal of what you eat, and how you feel at certain points of the day, eventually you will see the patterns. It may be worthwhile to seek support, a friend or a health coach can help you wade through the information. The seven questions will definitely help you begin your quest to regain control of hour health and life, and bring back that glow you are seeking. The idea is to institute small changes, shifting thoughts and creating new habits.
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Sharon MacGregor, is a Holistic Health Coach, Yoga Instructor, mother of 2 teenagers and a corporate refugee. She has re-claimed her health with food and yoga. She started the company Serene Serendipity Wellness to help women who have been side-tracked by life, rediscover their health, vitality and lust for life. She is an avid foodie, committed to the Farm to Fork movement, and supports local Farmers Market. www.sereneserendipity.com