Today I am feeling super good in my body. I got up early and did a 30 minute run through the desert hills. Being up early with the birds and watching the day begin brings a sense of peace and joy to me. I love getting up, drinking some water, putting on my Vibram 5-fingers and heading out the door with my ipod in my pocket. I set my music to play (usually dance cardio on Pandora) and ask Siri to set a timer for 30 minutes (or however long I want to go for). Then I go out and enjoy the first 5 minutes of not enjoying it. I got this idea from my friend Dorothy Bauer who would say to me: “Are you enjoying not enjoying it?” It really works for me. I just laugh and say,” Enjoy it because it will pass soon.” As soon as I am warmed up and looking at the blooming cactus, the birds and the sun coming up over the mountains while running in nature, I feel euphoric. Sometimes I do feel tired as I trudge up a hill, but the music motivates me up and soon I am on the decline side of the hill. I will get to the very top of the hill and just stop and observe the beauty of nature around me while my chest heaves for breath. I love that I am doing something so amazing for my body, mind and soul, which outweighs any discomfort. Taking care of my body is such a joy and pleasure. The better shape I am in, the better shape I want to be in, and it works in both directions (sluggishness breeds sluggishness).
Here is one thing to ponder for today: Eating things that move you away from your goal of amazingness and excellence (if that is your goal) is nothing more than a bad habit that has been learned and ingrained through years and years of practice. Stop! Rethink your choices! Is this choice serving you in the long term? Are you really hungry? Check in? Is it just a discomfort in the belly saying to eat? Can you recognize this feeling and choose to move beyond it? Interestingly enough, it is usually a mental thing. Once you tell yourself that you are not going to eat in this moment and that you will delay the eating for meal time or your set goal time, your mind will move on. You may feel the gurgling or pain in your stomach, but that too passes in about 2 minutes. It may come and go, but you can feel good in knowing that you are in charge here, not your addictions or habits.
My goal for telling you all of this is to get you to think about your habits that don’t serve you, and to create new ones that do serve you.
I’m reading a book right now about intermitent fasting which seems to really work for a lot of people to create lean muscle mass. I’ll keep you posted on what I discover.
Enjoy a green juice and some exercise today knowing that you are doing something amazing for your beautiful body!