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Having a week back in New Jersey gives me a nice opportunity to detoxify before I leave on another adventure. I also have a very slow work week so I am going to seize this time to really concentrate on my health. I generally live a healthy lifestyle but I have been lacking a discipline I used to have. So its time to get this mani pura chakra fired up!

Something that I need to keep in mind when going through a cleansing period is that I workout because I love my body and want it to be strong and healthy, not because I hate it and want to change it. I used to motivate myself with unrealistic pictures of other women and put myself down in order to motivate myself to lose weight. All that did was make me miserable and put me in one of the most unhealthy stages of my life. So I remind myself now, that when striving for discipline and self improvement it is important to remember that you are still absolutely perfect just the way you are.
I found this nice reminder yesterday on the internet in an article called ’15 Damaging Myths About Life We Should All Stop Believing.’ that a friend posted on facebook.
Number 9. There is something wrong with us.
We are plagued by feelings of inadequateness and worthlessness, postponing self-acceptance and self-love until a day in the future when we're thinner, wealthier, more confident and more popular.You are perfect and complete exactly as you are. Even when you are striving to improve and grow, you are complete. As the Buddhist saying goes, "We are all perfect as we are, and we could all use a little work."

http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/6324636

So for me, health and body image is something I am constantly exploring and looking for a balance in but I always love myself first, and remind myself that I live a healthy life and I am a beautiful healthy individual. Healthy doesn't mean hours at the gym. Healthy isn't how shredded your Abbs are or how big your muscles are. Being healthy involves your mind spirit and heart just as much as it involves your body. Sometimes it might mean getting to a more balanced state of being, maybe taking care of joint health, managing stress or starting a mediation practice. And each persons version of healthy is different.
And so I ask myself what does health mean for me right now? What do I need? Of course my fitness star cute mother had a diet program ready for us to try together the moment I got off of the plane. And so I agreed, it is always nice when you have a training partner to hold you accountable. We are cutting out sugar and carbs for the next week and going on a mostly lean protein and veggie cleanse. Not my usual choice of diet as I love fruit but I can try it for one week as its good to beat the sugar addiction and you are allowed a glass of red at the end of the day. Ha ! Its rather similar to the paleo diet, which many people think this is wrong and a vegan diet is right with lots of fruits veggies and grains, for others it’s just whatever doctor oz is putting out that week. Everyone has their own version of health, each persons variation is different. And occasional sweets or pizza or drinks, don’t make you ‘unhealthy’ but sadness and negativity will. Instead I try my best and stay positive, if I mess up, I forgive myself and choose the present moment. It takes time and effort to be disciplined and healthy, but it also is rewarding and worth it. Find healthy foods you like, find exercise that makes you excited, find a lifestyle that keeps you happy, and change it up whenever necessary. Find a version of health that works for you =).
Super Bowl Sunday may test me, but it feels good to feel dedicated again. Missing the warm and sun, but breaking out some old workouts, dedication to my daily yoga practice, and clean eating has me feeling very sore but good.

Todays Bahasa Indonesia word : Delicious - ENAK

Posted by rachaelob 13:40 Archived in USA Tagged love energy yoga body fitness health dedication chakra Comments (0)

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