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Mental & Emotional Health 101

Today's post tackles emotional and mental health.

We live in a world of dysfunctional people; they are people who hate themselves and have no clue who they are. Their internal turmoil is often projected outward to those around them. You can choose to be offended or understand the battle is inside the other person and has nothing to do with you.

How people behave is an outward manifestation of their inner reality.

Key Things to Note:

People who hate themselves cannot love you. It is impossible to give away what we do not possess.

If you asked me for 10 million dollars, I could give you nothing. Why? I do not have 10 million dollars.

I have seen people go bananas over the lack of love, respect, and honor from others. People cam not give what they do not possess.

I encourage not allowing broken, unhappy people to rob you of joy! Joy is a weapon. Why give others that much power over you? The battle is ongoing inside of them, do not let their battle disrupt and discourage you.

I know it's easier said than done! Right?! Yet I will tell you that some of my greatest regrets have come from wasting time thinking about the negative energy of other people. They exposed me to their negativity and instead of ignoring, I internalized their crazy. Just say no to crazy!!

There is a story that I heard about Gandhi that helped me. I would like to share it with you.

There was a man who saught Gandhi out to berate him daily. He hurled insults, acted ugly, behaved poorly. Gandhi never responded or acknowledged his poor treatment. Finally the man said, "What is wrong with you? Can you not hear me, what I have said of you?" Gandhi replied, "If I give you a gift and you refuse to receive it, who does the gift belong to." The man replied, "It still belongs to you." "Exactly," Gandhi replied "You brought me insults and hostility yet I refused them, therefore they still belong to you."

Sometimes people insult me, try to put me down or make me look bad, etc…I have been called names, etc…I choose not to respond to what is not my name nor do I accept what they offer. Their lack of character, good sense, integrity, and love is between them and God. Their "gift of insult," still belongs to them. I maintain who I am which is someone who desires to represent the heart of God. I move right along maintaining joy.

Bless those who persecute you. Honor the dishonorable. Why? You represent something higher!!

My hope and encouragement is to stay the path of peace, love, joy and wellness. Refuse the toxicity of those around you. Sometimes we must speak up instead of ignore, yet my hope is we cease allowing small minds and broken people to steal from us!

Forgive them and move along!

To your health!

Erin Lamb

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Say No to Body Shaming

Aloha fitness and wellness friends, 

Today I wanted to talk about something that I believe impacts lots of people. It is body shaming. 

Body shaming is refusing to love your body or trying to make others feel bad about their body. 

You see it on the internet. People troll others social media and make nasty comments. You see people trying to change what they look like through plastic surgery. You see people go to extremes to fit some mold that I am not sure who created. What is perfection? 

We have apps to airbrush away anything we see as an imperfection. 

Let me tell you, perfectionism is self abuse.

Perfectionism is rooted in the fear of not being good enough. It is a fruit of insecurity. It is a lie that if a person tries hard enough to be perfect they will not be rejected. It is a painful way to live. 


Yesterday I went shopping for clothes for a missionary friend (I do not enjoy shopping-unless it’s online-or gift for someone). Anywho, the ladies in the store spent 20 minutes talking about how they hated their bodies. Both were slim/average, yet they went on and on and on…

I noticed this trend with some women of not feeling good enough, beautiful enough, perfect enough, body shaming, hating something about themselves. 
I told them both I liked my body. They looked at me like I was some super wacko. Then they went on to talk about hating certain body parts that well I have more than they do in that area. 

My body not perfect, yet it gets the job done. It’s strong, man is it strong. It can box, kick box, krav maga, hold plank for several minutes, do push ups…it is healthy. I am healthy. Yet over the course of my life I have had people project body shame on me. 

One, I developed a curvy body pretty early on, maybe 14. I hated the way men looked at me. I grew ashamed of my curves, my coca cola shape and extra abundance in areas. I hated being sexualized. I was still a little girl, yet grown men were creepy and it made me want to hide my body. Even today, I hate being sexualized by men. 

I am an engineer/Research Scientist. I did an expo for my job a few weeks ago. I wore a dress, it covered everything up, it was professional. There were still men who came by and held conversations with my chest. They (my chest) do not talk. Some say men are wired this way. Yet I firmly believe it’s a lack of respect, self control, and viewing women as sex objects-our culture promotes it. 

I had to move past hating my body because men were being creepy. I also had to move past feeling less than from being around insecure women. You know the woman who is always insulting herself and you have the thing she is insulting herself about. She’s a size 4, you are a size 8 and she goes on for days about how fat she is. Gimmie a break!! It’s exhausting to deal with people who hate themselves. You have that one friend who has an inch of fat she keeps pinching and you want to scream, “Knock it off!!” 

Women talk about weight and appearance FAR, far, far more than men do. Why? Men can look like a train wreck and still think they are hot. Why are women constantly putting themselves down? Who started this trend? How can we kill it? 

God said I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Who argues with God? Jesus cannot lie. 

Ladies, that one inch of fat does not make you ugly

The ladies in the magazines, some, do not look like the photos. Photoshop and makeup are powerful. Trust me, I worked for Limited Brands. You can make anyone look amazing. Tools baby tools. 

I also work in a male environment, even when they don’t look good they are boasting about how awesome they are. They talk about how awesome they are. 

Some women put themselves down, while men (some) over exaggerate their qualities. Both need healthy confidence. Putting ourselves down and thinking more highly of ourselves than we should are both pride problems (extreme self focus). Both are vanity. 

Think of how much time is wasted criticizing oneself. What if we loved the bodies we are in and sought to make them as healthy as possible? How radical would that be! What if the focus was, “I love myself, therefore I eat healthy and workout“?

I will tell you shame does not produce a healthy life. It produces self destruction. Shame is hatred turned inwards. We were not created to hate ourselves or our bodies. We were created by God for love. Love sees the best. 

My encouragement is stop the body shaming. Ladies and gentlemen you are beautiful (handsome) right where you are. 

Homework: write on your bathroom mirror 

I am fearfully and wonderfully made!

Make positive body and self confessions. If you hear yourself degrading yourself or someone else, course correct and switch to love. Don’t worry about feelings. Feelings are not an indication of truth. Focus on feeding your mind truth and professing truth. Your feelings will catch up later! 

#saynotobodyshaming #loveyourself 

Photos pulled from Pinterest. 

Xoxo, 

Erin Lamb 

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Life After Whole30

I hope you gave Whole30 a shot. I did and do not regret it. I lost 14 pounds without exercising much. I did take my Whole30 further than the 30 days. I went for two rounds. Yet 7 pounds a month is great progress. It is healthy progress. 

If you did or are trying Whole30, I highly recommend easing back into eating non Whole30 foods. They provide guidance for reintroducing foods-one group at a time. I started with some grains, example corn. I was okay with grains. Then I tried dairy. Ummmmm…my stomach hated it. So I am less prone to eat dairy post Whole30. It is rare to have it. I tried beans. Another irritant. Therefore, I have built a new meal plan that is 80/20. Eighty percent is Whole30 and 20 percent is non Whole30. 

I have not gained weight by reintroducing non Whole30 foods. I am still losing and have incorporated more exercise. 

After talking to your doctor, I would highly recommend this program. Whole30 changed the way I view food. It changed the way I make meals. It changed the way I eat. 


Eating processed foods does not appeal to me. In the rare occossion of eating junk food, it does not make my body feel good. I prefer fruits, vegetables, and whole foods. My body runs better on whole foods. I still read labels, and ditch foods loaded with chemicals. I have a fondness for bananas, mangoes, berries, almonds, olive oil, purple potatoes, steak, roasted chicken, natural salad dressings, spinach, broccoli, and tomatoes. 

Learning a new way to eat is good. All the exercise in the world does not negate a poor meal plan. Changing the way we eat is a lifestyle change, not a temporary diet. Changing the way we eat leads to a better life, to wellness. 

So ditch the excuses and do something for your health! 

XO, 

Erin 

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Whatcha Eating?!


Happy weekend beautiful people! I have hit day 16 of whole 30. It’s all smooth sailing from here. 

The biggest things for me have been finding things I enjoy eating. There is added sugar in so many things or soy or gluten. 

I have struggled to find salad dressings, so making my own. 

Erin’s Dressing: 

1/2 EVOO (Extra virgin olive oil) 

1/2 lemon or lime juice

Tablespoon or 2 of finely chopped cilantro

Pinch of kosher sea salt 

Adjust to taste…🍋

I have found creative ways to eat. 

Tonight’s dinner included a lean Bison burger (no hormones/grass fed), 1/2 baked potato (with chives, drizzle of EVOO, artichokes/mushrooms), and a kale salad with orange & purple carrots, cabbage, tomatoes…the burger was dressed with guacamole, tomato, grilled portabella mushrooms, fried amish egg (no oil). No bun, no problem. Yum! 


I love cheeseburgers, burgers in general. This was my healthy way of redressing the burger with no dairy or gluten. 

Lunch is mostly salads. This salad is Greek on the bottom with no cheese and a soy/dairy/sugar free greek dressing. It’s topped with seasoned chicken and lamb. Easy peezy…no rice, no cheesy. 



Eat more chicken!! 

Above is grilled lime/spiced chicken breast, homemade guac, grilled portabella mushrooms, and green beans. No worries the popcorn was for guests last weekend. I did not have any. 🙂 

I would recommend the following if you do Whole30: 

1. Plan ahead, especially dining out. Many restaurants use butter to cook with…your steak (unless you specify) is probably dressed in butter. 

I start meal prep the day before. Failing to plan is planning to fail. One day this week I did not prep at home and had the hardest time finding something to eat. I ended up at Panera with a salad no dressing. 


2. Plan on spending lots of time reading labels. It’s easier to go to a Farmer’s market. Go to the market with an idea of what you want. 


3. Find recipes or make up your own that go with the ingredients you can eat. 

Staples in my house right now include salad, baked fish, seasoned beef for lettuce wraps, steak, baked chicken, asparagus, brussel sprouts, lemons (seasoning and lemon water), extra virgin olive oil, frozen fruit, green beans, spinach, kale, apples, blood oranges, avacados, lime, spicy greek seasoning, olives, bibb lettuce, fish, and lots of new veggies I do not normally eat. 🙂

4. Check your calories periodically! 

I know the program says you do not need to count calories or points, yet you can sabatoge your efforts by overeating or undereating. 

Overeating: Nuts, approved bars, fruit. Almonds are great. They also have lots of calories. Some food items are fat and calorie dense. Don’t overdose on them. 

Undereating: At first I struggled to find things I wanted to eat. Dairy was such a staple in my house, as well as beans and peanut butter. I was also exhausted. So I started logging calories and came in around 800. This is too low for me. So now I am logging calories to hit at least 1200. 

Results since day 1…

Skin, nails, and hair are looking healthier. Skin has an even greater glow. Starting to lose inches. Feeling more energy (today). The after lunch slump days are over! Softer skin. 

I would highly recommend this program (check with your doctor). 

To your health, 

Xxxx, 

Erin 

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Focus on Losing Fat (December Challenge) 

  
Hello fitness peeps! I hope you have started the December challenge. You can view it again here Get Moving: December Challenge

Today I wanted to talk about a pitfall you will want to avoid. That pitfall is being more focused on the scale than measurements. 

Muscle weighs more than fat and takes us less space. We want muscle; we want to minimize fat. 

 

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I asked you in the challenge start to take your measurements. Have you done this? Be honest. We are only three days in so there is still time. At the end of the challenge we can compare and look at inches lost. 

I also want you to calculate your body fat. See how to here Body Fat Calculator

You can be skinny and have lots of body fat. The best method is to schedule a session with a gym for body fat measurements, yet this will due for now. 

Lean muscle is also healthier than copious amounts of fat. Muscle helps to support your bones. Muscle slows the appearance of aging, minimizes sagging skin, and boosts your metabolism. 

Look at the differences in these photos. 

 

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It’s so easy to hop on and off a scale or feel great when you see a decline on the scale. Yet we can lose weight and it’s muscle and water. Muscle loss is less than ideal because muscle burns fat.  Muscle looks better! 

So, after consulting your doctor and doing measurements/body fat calculations…get moving! 

We add our body in muscle growth with resistance training, circuit training, and healthy physical challenges. We also need to consume enough lean protein. 

How to Lose Fat and Gain Muscle
 

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And one last motivation for you! 

 

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I will be checking back with you throughout the month! Get moving and let’s do this! 

Xoxo, 

Erin 

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Widdle Your Middle

  
Hello fitness friends! Are you still going strong? I am. It seems like pushing a car uphill, yet I keep going! 

My latest focus has been abs. I keep reading abs are made in the kitchen. It’s all about the diet. 

What are you eating? 

I have been eating fairly clean. Yet I wasn’t seeing speedy results in the ab department. 

I ran across an article that peaked my interest on the liver. When the liver is overloaded with toxins it is challenging to lose belly fat. 

I would not think my liver needed detoxing. I am not a drinker. Yet months of eating less than clean food choices left me with a mini belly I could not beat. 

When the liver becomes clogged with excess fat and toxins from a poor diet, it begins to store fat within itself — contributing to a continuing downward spiral of inefficiency. Extra pounds then begin to appear around the abdomen. Sugar and refined carbohydrates are the main culprits, although excessive alcohol consumption can play a part in fatty liver disease as well.

Learn more: Cleanse the Liver; Loose Belly Fat

The liver can be cleansed with diet modifications. 

7 Foods that Cleanse the Liver

There are also supplements that help cleanse the liver. Please talk to your doctor before taking any supplements. 

Antioxidant vitamins such as C, E, and beta-carotene; minerals such as zinc and selenium; B-vitamins that aid alcohol metabolism; and herbs said to “cleanse” the liver such as milk thistle, dandelion root, and schizandra, might help protect liver cells while ridding our body of poisons.

Source: WebMD

I have upped my antioxidants, cut out daily bread consumption, cut back on sugar-except fruit. I increased water intake and starting taking Milk Thistle. 

The results: in a week of detoxing my liver I’ve lost about 2 inches of fat off my stomach. I believe it’s more because there was no measurement of the upper abs. I have not changed my exercise regimen. 

I’ve lost 10 inches all over since starting this challenge. Most of the changes can be seen in my lower body. I will be working on my upper body more this next round which starts tomorrow! 

I cannot recommend detox enough. If you’re struggling to lose fat and you are eating healthy/exercising, think about detoxing. The best way is through diet. 

Eliminate alcohol, sugar, caffeine, fried foods, processed foods, bread, carbs that are not fruits and vegetables, drink lots of water and green tea. Please consult your doctor for diet changes since I am not a licensed physician. 😄👍🏼

Here are some recipes for detox waters: Detox waters recipes

Also make sure you’re getting enough rest. Sleep is vital to overall health. 😴😴😴

Here’s to another 21 days. Are you ready? I hope so. 

  

Erin 

Photos pulled from Pinterest.  

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Small Changes Make Tremendous Impact

  
Beautiful wellness friends. You can do this, a commitment to a healthier life! I believe in you. 

I started this wellness blog because my life was just in utter chaos. I had  so much stress. Just like the picture quote above…I woke up one morning and said, “I don’t want to live like this anymore. I need to change.” And I did. 

One of the first things I did was assess my relationships. Many of them were uber toxic. There was constant drama. I tried to reason with some, and others I said, “It’s been real but I no longer have the heart, ability, or capacity to deal with this constant nonsense.” A bold but healthy move. 

I then spent about a year healing from the toxicity. Soul healing, recovering, seeking for what was next. 

  
I realized I had spent a good portion of my life helping other people, cheering for other people, supporting other people, loving people. Yet when I looked around, my support was minimal. I am all for giving without expectation of return. If you’re always giving and there’s not balance it leads to feeling like a slave or very unloved. 

So here are some things I’ve learned along the way! You ready? Hope so. 

1. Say no to things you don’t have the ability to support emotionally, physically, and financially. All three. 

Sometimes I get invited places and I really can’t expend any more emotionally. As an introvert, massive togetherness is draining. 

I limit what I say yes to! 

2. Say no to things that don’t align with the vision or mission. 

I’m a very driven person. I have goals and a mission statement for my life. Does the request fit? Every opportunity is not my opportunity. 

3. Assess the relationships in your life. 

Who are you spending time with and why? If everyone in your circle is the same, how will you grow? Diversity is important and being surrounded by people who want to mutually invest. Iron sharpening iron. If you’re helping everyone in your circle, that’s charity or ministry. Connect with others further along than you, doing what you’d like to do, and who will challenge you to become better. 

4. What are eating? 

Food is supposed to be fuel. If you eat garbage, it doesn’t run as efficiently. 

I started making changes in the food choices I made. 

5. What are you watching? 

I gave up cable two years ago. I miss some things, many I don’t. I am not bombarded with commercials telling me I need to buy things I don’t need or look some way I will never achieve without plastic surgery. I’m not stating cable is bad. I’m stating what you feast on gets deposited in your soul; images, sounds, and ideas. 

6. What are your goals? 

This life on earth isn’t forever. What are your goals? I encourage people not to wait until they are 65 to make a bucket list. Why are you alive? What will your legacy be? 

Each person has a divine purpose for being alive. You matter! Your life matters. 

Write out those dreams and be specific. 

Here’s one of mine. By 2017 I want to have my demo CD complete and on iTunes. It’s reasonable, specific, and there’s a time attached to it. 

What are your goals? What changes in your life need to take place to achieve those goals? What’s stopping you? 

These changes brought such peace to my life. I have more joy now than I ever have had. I have peace and joy. My confidence is greater. I have several groups of people that are more supportive that opened up to me from stepping away from what I had. I have zero relational drama. I have the free time to write music, books, read, and grow. I’m excited more than I was about my future. I have the ability to say yes to what is great instead of wasting time on what’s simply good. I’m free of chronic sadness! I have hope. I’m more creative. There are so many great things that came from 1 choice. 

My life had to change. I was willing to do what was necessary to make that change happen! 

Cheering for your destiny! You can do this!!! 

  
All photos courtesy of Pinterest.

Xxxx,

Erin 

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90 Day Challenge 



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This is how I feel after working out. Before I work out I feel like a slug on a log…zzz….I just want a nap. After a long day in the office I don’t want to workout…yet I always feel better after I do. 

My friend Brian and I started a 90 day challenge. I type this as my body is throbbing! He started P90X. I started Power 90 which is in the P90 series. I’d love to tell you committing to this will be easy. It isn’t. I have a few week night obligations that take up time. 

Where does working out fit in? 

You make time! 

You make time because your health is important. 

You make time because if you do nothing, nothing changes. 

You make time so you feel better (endorphins baby…endorphins). 

You make time because you will look better, your skin glow, your body function better!!! 

You make time because you love yourself! 

If you don’t take care of yourself, who will? There’s no magic pill to melt away the Christmas pounds or tone up the flabby arms. It requires some effort. 

I’ve also given up dessert. I miss dessert. At least for now it’s on the shelf. 

Lastly…

I hope you’re taking care of yourself and enjoying life! Make each day count. You’re worth taking care of…so make time to care for your mind, body, spirit, and soul. 

Xo,

Erin 



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Your Thoughts Can Make You Sick

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Sweet fitness and wellness friends. How has life been treating you? I hope well. I wanted to share with you that I’ve started a 21 Day Detox for the mind. It’s by Dr. Caroline Leaf. She’s studied the brain for 25+ years. She’s studied the effects of negative thoughts on the mind.

We believe in culture that we simply stop the behavior then we have conquered the problem. The issue is we have failed to understand the action is the fruit of a thought.

A person who compulsively eats has a thought somewhere that isn’t aligned with health. That thought may be, “Eating will make me feel good or I don’t need watch my portions or I can eat whatever I want.” If our negative thoughts are not dealt with, then when the diet is over (proponent of healthy living not dieting), the behavior resurfaces. Why? Because the root was not dealt with. Why did the person gain 50 pounds?

Fear and stress impact the hormones and our overall health. Our negative thoughts actually make our cells sick. In Dr. Caroline Leaf has evidence of the thought life and health.

It takes 21 days for the brain to uproot a negative thought. If you’re interested in Dr. Leaf’s study…visit

http://drleaf.com

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=RM_28xKB4aw

Renewing the Mind: http://youtu.be/mZTOWBPEn2I.

Dr. Leaf is a respected scientist and person of faith.

May you and I abort negative thoughts and replace them with things that are good, pure, noble, true, and life giving.

Cheering for you!

Erin

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Too Busy To Workout

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Hey fitness friends. My apologies for neglecting you! It’s been super busy and the first thing that goes when I’m super busy is blogging about the workouts I’m not doing.

Yes, I have not been working out. I clean, do a few squats here and there, have dance parties. Yet when it’s zero degrees and cold, I have zero motivation to crawl from underneath the blankets. When I get home from a long day of being challenged I simply want to relax. Exercise is the last thing I want to do.

Before you sink into the couch and grab Cheetos, here’s what I’ve noticed…

I have less energy when I don’t workout regularly. Even 30 minutes makes a difference.

Eating healthy only doesn’t produce the toning of my body that comes from resistance training.

I am less pleased with my soft arms versus rock solid ones…

My skin looks better when I’m working out. It just glows.

My confidence skyrockets when I’m working towards a goal to grow stronger, be more fit, and toned!

So I will workout today! Even if it’s just for 30 minutes. I will commit to at least 3-4 days a week of hitting the weights again. Who’s with me? We can do this! It’s not for vanity, it’s for our health!!!

Cheering for you! Cheering for me!!

Love,

Erin

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