How will you remember this time?

This time we are living through will go down in the history books as the time the world stopped.

The time that we were forced to stay at home. Although some of us were allowed to still go out to work, most of us found ourselves either working from home or suddenly redefining what our businesses were about in order to ‘stream’ them directly into people’s homes.

Kids needed to be homeschooled and entertained without the option of taking them places. Our hair grew along with our waistlines, the amount of netflix watched went up considerably, and let’s not mention the number of babies that are going to be born nine months from now…..

In short our world’s were turned upside down, and I’m guessing that for many of us that translated into a kind of confusion over what to do next.

My inital kneejerk reaction was to put my fitness business online. I spent a few weeks recording video after video, feeling frustrated at their quality, and comparing myself to every other fitness professional offering their workouts for free. I then stopped and took a step back. Was this really what I wanted to be doing?

The answer came back – no.

As I have already talked about in my previous post, I knew that I had several health conditions that I needed to deal with. Time had always prevented me from getting to the bottom of them.

Now, I had time. So I got to work on discovering what was the best way to heal for me.

At the time of writing I am 11 days into a protocol to deal with a candida overgrowth and heal a leaky gut. I am hoping that this in turn will help mitigate issues I have with Rheumatoid Arthritis.

I have to say that the results so far look more than promising. Late afternoons are the worst time at the moment, as my energy levels fall and I tend to get a headache or my stomach gets unsettled.

However, the rest of the time I am beginning to feel an energy that I haven’t felt for a very long time. And my fingers, which normally give me a lot of pain and stiffness are actually starting to feel somewhere close to normal again.

I am also exercising 6 days a week. Spurred on by my new found energy, and hubby’s desire to get ‘in shape’, I am thoroughly enjoying falling in love with fitness again.

Now granted, I know most people don’t want to hear this………but………I actually can’t wait to get up in the morning, practice my yoga, do some breath work and meditation and then get stuck into a HIIT workout or go for a run. Later in the morning on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday I do an upper body workout with hubby targeting: shoulders, chest, back, triceps, biceps and abs.

I’ve a way to go, but I can honestly see my pre menopause body coming back, and it is so satisfying – especially when everybody tries to tell you that menopause belly, and weight gain in general are just part and parcel of getting older.

Stuff that, this gal has no intention of getting older and succumbing to the ravages of age. I seem to have done that over the last decade and now that I can see that you don’t have to suffer that there is no way I am going back.

I have restricted my diet considerably which actually isn’t that bad. I have a good choice of foods and meals to choose from which is keeping my diet varied and interesting.

The main things that I have given up that I really thought I would struggle with are:

  • Chocolate – I seriously haven’t gone this long without chocolate for – well let’s be honest here and say FOREVER….
  • Coffee – another one that I thought would be tough, but really isn’t.
  • Fruit – save for a few berries in the morning I haven’t eaten any fruit for 11 days, which again is unheard of for me.

The whole point of this blog is to encourage you to do something that changes your lifestyle in a positive way.

While I know that many of you are still busy, especially those with young children, we are still all able to find some time in the day to truly call our own. Even if its only 30 minutes, or maybe less.

That time can still be used effectively to decide what it was in your life pre lockdown that you hated the most. What’s the one thing you used to bemoan more than anything else?

Think about how you can change that when we go back out there into the world. Its pretty much a given now that our lives are not going to go back to how they were. I think for a lot of people that little fact really hasn’t hit home yet. When it does, there may be a lot of resistance to that and fear around what is to come.

Instead of being fearful though, wouldn’t it be kind of cool to use this time to really look at our lives. To really look at our health and how we can make sure that our immune systems are up to the job of fighting off not just this virus, but any other potential virus threat that may come our way.

Creating great health for ourselves means looking honestly at what we eat, how much exercise we take and what our lifestyles look at. Stress is just as much a trigger to our immune systems as what we eat and how little we move.

Looking at our mindsets and learning how to flick that switch from half empty to half full will help considerably with movitation and discipline, both of which are needed to get us going and keep us going on any new lifestyle change.

If you want help with any of the above, then come and chat to me using the form below as an initial contact. I am working with individuals around their health and wellbeing. I always work well 1-2-1 where I can spend time getting to know people and finding the best ways to help them reach their goals.

I think we need that more than ever at the moment.

Helen x

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