Good Stress is possible

Stress can be bad for us if it’s to much stress, no doubt. The fight or flight response is good when we are running from a grizzly bear….. obviously right? However, I’m talking about the modern day “stress” that is different from the fight or flight response. When you feel perhaps challenged, and you feel you have what it takes to meet the challenge…..   go for it, you then will remove fear and have focus.  This is not easy for people who deal with constant fear and anxiety. What is the only reason people have stress? Usually because they care about that particular something that has meaning in there life. This stirs up stress. What truly matters and holds value to you can cause stress, but it doesn’t have to! Commit to something bigger than you and use that value and meaning and turn that stress into something positive. Instead of finding excuses to why your “stressed” get excited about the challenge. Translate the stressful things you are experiencing and use it for you not against you.

“The deepest fear we have, ‘the fear beneath all fears,’ is the fear of not measuring up, the fear of judgment. It’s this fear that creates stress and depression of everyday life” Tullian Tchividjian.

“Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one.” Hans Seyle

Live, love, honor and laugh out loud! Prioritize you.

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Being lovable

Are you? Are you lovable?

I was reading one of Warren Buffett’s quotes;  “The more you give love away, The more you get”.  This one stuck out at me the most. He has a lot of great quotes! I was deeply touched when he mentioned that at a certain age you measure success by how many people you want to have love you actually do love you!

Do you ever wonder this for yourself? I think about it even in my late forties. I observe many who possess financial stability and freedom that comes with wealth…….. are they loved?  Are they lovable?  When you get to a certain age (60’s-70’s-80’s) and you have no idea who loves you “for real” and not your money, than you have bigger problems. The size of your wallet means very little when you can’t find one person that you know for certain that loves you unconditionally.

You can buy sex, but you can NOT buy love….. not true love. How do you get love? Be LOVABLE!

Kind, courteous, respectful, giving, patient, forgiving, compassionate…… need I say more?

“Anyone can come into your life and say how much they love you. It takes someone really special to stay in your life and show how much they love you.” author unknown.

Live, love, honor and laugh out loud! Prioritize you.

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Out Of Commission

HELLO! It’s been awhile since I posted anything. I have been healing from an old injury I wasn’t aware I had. I herniated  disk ( C 5,6 & 7), re injured my psoas and injured my subscapula. MRI results show that my neck has been the cause of most of my problems for many years. An EMG shows nerve damage. My left triceps and shoulder was not functioning AT ALL!

It has been pretty depressing to not be able to do what you use to do in your training program. It was difficult to fold cloths! It has put me out of commission much longer than I thought I would be and I’m still NOT 100%.  No wonder I have lost flexibility in my upper back and shoulders through the years. The winter months have been hard on me and never help my mood! It’s been a challenge living on the East Coast along with sticking to a work out schedule in the winter months, especially knowing that the final episode was shoveling snow. I was already injured but went out to shovel the sidewalk ( I just had too), and felt a sharp pull like electricity running down my left side. That was the straw that broke the camels back as they say. It was soon after that moment that I felt numbness in my fingers. It was absolutely awful. It’s now May and I have improved but still not myself. It will take time. Thank God for my chiropractor! He has been a big part of my healing.

I need to practice patience BIG TIME. It’s most difficult to be patient with myself for some reason. Good news is the nerve is growing back, it’s just a matter of time. That’s the million dollar question I asked the Doctor, “How much time”? It really depends, but It could take up to two years! I sure hope that’s not the case for me. However, I need to prepare mentally for however long it does take.

I have learned that this just may be a blessing in disguise. I have been searching for answers to my limitations (personally, physically and spiritually) and this injury has caused me pause. Time to reflect. Maybe this had to happen so that other things could fall into place. New opportunities on the rise. Sometimes a step back is actually a step forward.

I hope you are well and are keeping your health & wellness a priority.

Live, Love, Honor and laugh out loud! Prioritize You!

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Adrenal fatigue

I’m pretty sure this is an issue among most people under constant stress. In time, adrenals are seriously effected by constant everyday pressures of work, career, and personal relationships. The fight or flight mode is not a good thing on a regular basis ( sometimes it’s necessary when in danger). Once you begin to feel physical and emotionally drained this should be a warning sign to take a break…. from yourself (or anyone or thing), that causes you to malfunction (not  think clearly, or take your bliss away )! Damaged adrenal glands can lead to depression and fatigue. There are many symptoms of adrenal fatigue and I suggest visiting your doctor to be evaluated, especially if you’re having a difficult time with just the simple tasks in your day. One main symptom that I had was severe fatigue in the AM. I am not a morning person, or at least I use to think I wasn’t. I have had many warning signs that I wont even get into! Let me tell you, it’s an eye opener!! It is true that one thing leads to another in regards to our health…. good or bad! We are NOT robots and need to listen to our bodies. I am aware it is easier said then done. However, if you care about your health & well being, than take care of you.

Something to think about;

* Explaining “Unexplained Illnesses” Disease Paradigm for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, Fibromyalgia, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Gulf War Syndrome and others. Martin L. Pall, PhD

* “Your daily choices either abuse or support the adrenals. If your adrenals take too much abuse, it leads to adrenal fatigue.” Unknown

*  I hate the moment when you’re tired and sleepy but as soon as you go to bed, your body is like, “just kidding.’

* ‘ When interacting with people leaves you exhausted the next day.’ Unknown

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Coconut oil

So hears the deal with coconut oil…. I tried oil pulling and its fantastic! I’m sure you have heard of raw coconut oil, the kind you cook with. Well it has many benefits and the one I am talking about is with oil pulling. Simply take a tablespoon of coconut oil and swish it in your mouth for at least 15 minutes. It’s not as bad as you think and the health benefits are awesome. The 15 minutes of swishing coconut oil in your mouth is called oil pulling, and within the 15 minutes (at least) of swishing gives the coconut oil time it needs to to be pre-digested. This than gets rid of plaque, bad breath, induces cleaner whiter teeth, healthy gum tissue and oral hygiene. Why not give it a try? It’s safe and effective!

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Only 10 minutes

Go to your happy place….. It can only take 10 minutes! Just sit down (I prefer to lay down), and breath. Close your eyes and take nice slow deep breaths through your nose. If your sitting, sit up straight, pay attention to your posture. Relax your whole body with your eyes closed and b-r-e-a-t-h…….! Pay no attention to the outside world. Keep your focus on inside your being. Your thoughts are to be of an image or an interest. Maybe you could hear your heartbeat, listen as you take each breath and stay connected to the sound of your heart beating as you inhale and exhale. If your mind wanders off quickly direct it back into focus. You can do this for ten minutes everyday than make it fifteen minutes. Gradually, you’ll be in a calm meditative state for thirty minutes. Your happy place is you keeping calm, cool and collective during all things stressful. Meditating can help better equipped you for the unexpected overload of crazy….. whatever that may be. It may not be the cure all, but it will definitely help. The brain controls almost every part of your body and since I believe in the body mind connection, meditation can surely help improve your nervous system.

* Did you know that muscles make up forty percent of your body weight? So keep your body moving and add a little strength training into your workouts!

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Keeping it real

As we are in the New Year and most of us are doing our best to stick to our “resolutions,” I came across this little short story to remind me what’s important everyday of the year.  Read on…

Imagine you are juggling five balls, each of them represent important parts of our life, Family,health, spirit, friends and job. Four balls are made of glass and only one is made of rubber. We need to recognize that job is a rubber ball. While family, friends, health, and spirit are very fragile as if you drop one of them, they will be irreversibly damaged or even shattered. This understanding will help keep the balance  in your life (and priorities in order).  By Inspirational stores.

Live, love, honor and laugh out loud! Prioritize you.

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