Listen to Your Body!

 

Love and listen to your body! Gorgeous picture can be purchased at Blingee:  http://blingee.com/blingee/view/86396752-Vintage-Pin-up-In-Love

How well do you listen to your body?

Your body gives you clues everyday to your health and well-being.  When we get enough rest we’re full of energy and raring to go.  When we eat something too salty we spend the night drinking water which interrupts our sleep.  When we are exhausted and don’t slow down?  We just keep getting more and more run down and sometimes our cold/flu/whatever—keeps staying the same or gets worse.

Where do you fall on the scale of taking care of yourself?  I’m pretty good. Until I get a cold.  I just don’t want to slow down!  There is so much to do, experience or take advantage of!  I just don’t know how to quit sometimes.  Last week I had the flu.  I was good for a couple of days.  Then the weekend came!  I started feeling better so there was no way I was going to turn down the fun of my alumni weekend at the college I graduated from.  I also had lots of fun planned in Boston.

Flash forward to today, Tuesday, after a weekend of play.  Not feeling great.  I’m I sorry?  Hell no!  Today I will still work, but I will drink tea, eat healthy and focus on all I want to accomplish.  I will try my absolute BEST to go to bed early.  (snicker-so not fun)  Even if I feel better I will take it easy tonight.  Because in a few short days, there is a weekend full of fun coming my way.  I don’t want to miss it.  So I’m listening to my body now so I can play later.

What if your body is giving you a much bigger kick in the butt?  There is a more serious illness, or the cold just won’t go away?  This is your body giving you a much deeper signal.  And sometimes those “signals” are keys to improving your life.  Signals that you aren’t getting.  Because you’re NOT getting them, your body is getting sicker, protesting more, ie:  trying to get your attention.  Listen, pronto!  There is a  fantastic book on listening to your body by Louise Hay.  She wrote a book called You Can Heal Your Life and I use it as a gauge in my life.  I was introduced to it by my best friend Mary Ann.  When she first gave it to me I was all…sounds a little “new age tofu.”  She made a believer out of me.

Why a believer?  According to Louise Hay, all the signals Mary Ann’s body sends her are about anger.  We even joke about it.  She’ll have something going on in her body and call me and ask me to look it up in the book.  I do and will say, “Okay…who are you angry at?”  It’s that consistent.

With me?  It’s all about receiving.  Receiving.  Receiving.  Receiving.  Receiving what, may you ask?  Everything.  I’m going to give you a personal little tid bit about me.  Not one I’m proud of, but one that I understand about myself and have worked hard at letting go.  It’s a realization that I’m grateful for because it has given me the words to relate to you on this website and through the coaching I do.  When I was in college, because of a pattern of giving and not receiving back, OR being pushed away for giving,  I closed up.  I figured what’s the use.  I’m going to take care of me and nothing else.  I was so tired of getting hurt by people who were “supposed to care,” that I decided not to let anyone in at all.  This was the ultimate in control.  I’m over it now, but trust me.  Sometimes this buried mentality gets unearthed.  Usually right at the moment I’m starting to feel vulnerable.  But my Bitch always protects me!

I love this book and am so grateful for Mary Ann sharing it with me.   I now share it with you.  Check out this book.  It may give you some powerful insight to what is going on with you.  It has helped me when my “receiving issue” comes roaring back!

Books by Louise Hay:

  1. You Can Heal Your Life
  2. Love Yourself Heal Your Life Workbook
  3. Meditations to Heal Your Life

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Do We Need Fun Boot Camp?

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I love Jillian Michaels, the kick-ass trainer form The Biggest Loser.   She has a radio program on KFI AM 640.  I listened to her yesterday and she was really inspiring.  Have you ever done her workouts in On Demand?  She pushes you in a no BS type way.  You know me: “I’m don’t have time for the BS girl.”  My favorite thing that she says?  She says:

“Don’t think you can’t do it.  I have 400 pound people doing jumping jacks.  So can you.  When they say “just take the stairs” to get in shape, it doesn’t serve you.  Your body can do so much more.”

She goes on to say that before you lose the weight you have to realize that you have a problem. You need to go inward to fix the problem first before you succeed in your weight goals.  She thinks like one of my favorite authors:  Louise Hay:  You Can Heal Your Life

I love it because every day I’m bombarded with things that people say I can and can’t do.  Are you?  Lucille Ball was told she would never be a successful actress.   How’d that turn out? Lucille Balls’ Wikipedia  She was rejected time and time again.  She went for what she wanted and became the Queen of Comedy.  She got her own TV show and I Love Lucy still runs on television—60 years later!  That woman was brilliant.  Which brings me to Fun Boot Camp.  When I decided I wanted to bring fun and play back into the world, focus on it and share, people thought I was nuts.  Build a business around frivolous fun and play?  For adults?  Absolutely, yes!  Because people were so resistant to the idea it made me realize I had a winner.  I know that the things I resist doing most give me the most fun, pleasure and joy.

The busier we get the easier it is to put off doing the “fun things” that light us up.  It seems frivolous to take a dance class when we have a house to clean.   I so hear you on that one.  So we resist that fun.  We’re taught it’s wrong to accept a fun sounding offer when we have so many “responsibilities.”  So we resist so we keep disciplined.  Discipline is important.  It makes everything run smoothly.  We’re disciplined at work, with Family, our Health.  (This is a new one for me.  I find that the more I fell in love with myself, the better I take care of myself)

So how do we have “fun” without being looked down at in a “No Pain No Gain Society?”  For me…I giggle at that ridiculous phrase and MAKE fun something I live for.  And since discipline is so important, practice the “discipline of fun.” And I get so much more done!  It’s really amazing.  By taking time for my fun whenever I get a little edgy and impatient, I get more done in less the time.  And I’m happier.  And the “fun” break can be as little as a couple minutes.  So lets start our “daily discipline of fun.”   It’s Fun Boot Camp!  Whoo Hoo!

1.  Dance to an upbeat song and really shake your booty.  Do it with your kids, on your lunch break, with your boyfriend, lover, husband. 2.  If you’re in a store this week, try on something ridiculously extravagant and admire your fine self in the mirror. 3.  Uhm….have I mentioned tickling before?  Find a new spot to tickle on somebody.  I’m sure they will return the favor. 4.  Really play with your pet.  Or find one to play with. 5.  Is there something fun that you have always wanted to do?  Make a list and actually DO them this summer.  Do one today. 6.  Have someone feed you something yummy.  Slowly. 7.  Take a chore that you don’t like doing and make it fun.  I blast the music and dance while I wash the dishes. 8.  Decorate yourself:  Glitter, stickers, favorite lipstick, perfume, and have a little “I love me celebration.”  Eat your favorite food, listen to your favorite music, and write a little poem dedicated to you.

Love, Goddess

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