Just a quick post for those of you out there who feel like the need EVERYTHING NOW. I hear you, I am one of you, and it is only recently that I’ve discovered that this is not the most comfortable or self-nurturing quality I possess. Too often I sprint flat out towards the prize until I hit a wall and can’t move a muscle and have to rest for several weeks because I’ve tried again to have everything now.
I am reminded of when I was a kid. I used to love long distance running and triathlons at primary school. I would get over excited and intent on winning. Only, I never knew how to pace myself and would run so hard the entire way that I would use up all my energy and get to the end and collapse in a heap struggling to breathe. I never knew what I was doing wrong. The doctor told me I had ‘sports asthma.’ When I told a friend of mine this recently he couldn’t stop laughing, ‘Sports asthma!’ He cried. ‘Sports asthma!’ ‘There’s no such thing as sports asthma! You were just winded!’ I was dumbfounded, but also had some insight into my little twelve year old self. I was so determined on getting that prize that I was willing to injure myself in the process, I just couldn’t comprehend the idea of pacing myself.
This incident got me thinking because this week I started out on a new and exciting journey of starting up my own holistic health and life coaching business. I felt myself in that twelve year old mindset. Sprinting non-stop into the future. I could feel the stress levels increasing, feel the mind racing, hear the warning bells WARNING and so for the first time in my life I slowed down before I got to the finish line, and boy does it feel good.
Everyone’s goals, and ways of achieving them, are different. Some people might thrive on stress and overwork. I have found (and it only took me 31 years to figure it out) that I need to break everything down into bite sized chunks and move forward at a slow and steady pace.
This morning as I was practicing my meditation I had several insights (the first was about my twelve year old self) that I would like to share for those of us who have a tendency to lean towards ‘sports asthma’:
1: Everything is perfect just the way it is
2: A stressed body is not a healthy body
3: Multi tasking is not winning (it simply means you are doing more things less effectively)
4: Nurturing thy self is the answer, meaning – rest, relaxation, stillness, pacing yourself, meditation, good food, good company, laughter, and fun
5: Pace yourself – sports asthma anyone?
6: Inflammation is worse when stress levels are high and there is not enough green vegetables and nutrients in the system – this is particularly so for those people with injuries and something I have to watch due to having a dysplastic hip (you can read more about that here and here)
7: You are worth it.
8: You are the one who has to do it, no one else can hand you your dream on a platter. Putting one foot in front of the other and slowly nibbling your way through those delicious bite sized chunks will get you there. All it takes is ACTION.
I have included a list of some of my favourite recipes for delicious bite sized chunks to get you on your way to achieving your goals (all images are from the recipe authors blogs). All of these recipes are free from gluten, dairy and refined sugars.
These are raw apricot, dark chocolate and coconut bites from My Darling Lemon Thyme’s blog.
Below are some Raw Lemon and Honey Truffles by one of my favourite foodies – Petite Kitchen. These are so good!
These Lemon and Vanilla Protein Balls were created by Nutritionist Jessica Cox. They are filled with amazing goodness and yummy for your tummy.