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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

Photo sources: Pinterest, Tiny Buddha, Jill Conyers

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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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Soul Detox

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Today I wanted to talk about something that may be challenging, yet important. It’s about relationships. We can become physically ill because we are connected to harmful relationships. 

One of the goals I set for 2017 was to stop investing in one sided relationships. They made me feel like a kleenix…Just there to clean up the messes, just there for when that person had a crisis, and ignored otherwise. The other person never asked how I was doing, never invested anything, and I allowed the behavior. I allowed the behavior because my parents taught me to give, love. Love should not expect anything in return. Yet one sided love is not a relationship, it is charity. It is also bad for the soul to be in so many one sided relationships and/or toxic relationships. 

Why? 

We were created to be loved, not used. I read a quote that I loved. See below. 

People were created to be loved. Things were created to be used. The problem today is things are being loved and people are being used. 

It is noble to want to love, give, and invest. The motive has to be just for the sake of love, not to receive. It is also wisdom to not overgive, overinvest, or put oneself in the position of perpetual one sided relationships. It is not good for the soul. The soul of every person desires to be loved in return and that is not selfish. It’s called being human. 

It’s also good to examine how the people in your life treat you. 

Sometimes people are not depressed, they are connected to people exhibiting toxic behaviors (put downs, hyper critical, mean spirited, uncaring, unloving, jealous, petty, selfish, competitive, uninvolved, onesided, abusive). 

I realized people treated me poorly because I just gave and had no boundaries on giving or who I let into my life. I was willing to befriend anyone and forgive behavior without always looking out for my best interests. Mainly because I thought looking out for my best interests was selfish. Others were looking out for themselves, I was looking out for others, and well there was mainly God looking out for me daily. I needed to look out for me too. 

If we do not look out for souls, we can end up in bad, abusive, one sided, toxic relationships. Instead of blaming the other person, we can set boundaries and teach people how we want to be treated. 

I am not talking about control or trying to get people to love us. It is about matching effort. 

If person A never calls or initiates, pull back and let them intiate. If they don’t, it’s not just about being busy. People make time for what they want to make time for. If they care, they will find you. 

If person B is always putting you down, why subject yourself to that treatmemt continually? 

If person C flakes on you consistently, say something. 

If you spend time with person D and you leave feeling drained or emotionally a wreck, why continue to subject your heart to the treatment? You can set boundaries even in family and spouse relationships.

Being a doormat or kleenix is not a good idea. People do not respect or value doormats or kleenix. They use them to wipe their feet on, blow their nose on, and leave them outside or throw in the trash. Once the purpose of that doormat or tissue is done, you will not see that person until they need you again. 

Charity and ministry are very different from an actual relationship. Our objective is not to keep a tally of what we do for others. We should evaluate the relationships where we do everything and the other does nothing or only shows up with their issues, problems, or to make us feel horrible. 

If possible, I recommend conversations. I told a “friend,” this year I did not wish to be friends anymore. She put me down, created drama, never took ownership of her behavior, was all in for our friendship as long as she had nothing else going on and then decided she did not have time once something better came along. I want to be treated better than that. I am also disinterested in friendships with people only desiring to be my friend out of loneliness. No thanks. 

So my encouragement is, if our relationships are not healthy, it does significantlyimpact our   health. They can leave us stressed out, and stress leads to weight gain, lowered immune system, and impacts soul/mental health. 

Who are your friends? Are they adding value or stressing you out? 

Are you investing in the wrong people? You can pour water into a cracked pot all day and it will hold nothing. The wrong investments are just as bad as no investments. 

Are you hanging out with those who put you down or try to make you feel small? Why? 

May the rest of 2017 be flooded with healthy, mutual, good, life giving relationships! 

Erin 

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Embrace Your Shape, Eat for Your Body Type

  
Hello fitness friends!

I hope you are doing well. I hope you are taking care of your body, soul, and spirit. All three need TLC (tender, loving care). 

Over the past few months I have been reading more articles on loving your shape, embracing your unique body, and working with what you’ve got. 

It brings such confidence to love the body we have, accept it, and seek to enhance/embrace what we have. 

We were not created or designed to look like everyone else. 

We are individuals, unique, and our structures are impacted by our DNA. We can cut, nip, tuck, modify, liposuction, starve, take suppliments, and seek to change the outside, yet health starts with loving who we already are. 

Once we love who we are, our shape, our genetic makeup, then we can seek to work with what we have been given. Healthy inside (soul-mind, will, emotions), leads to healthy outside. 

Example. I am curvy. I have been curvy since maybe 14. I hated that I was the girl who looked more like a woman than a girl. Why? Because boys and grown men looked at me in ways I did not like. 

We spend lots of time talking about how men are visual and women need to cover up, yet some things can not be hidden unless you wear parkas or tents. 

A young girl should not be shamed for something she has no control over. Even in modest clothes, some shapes can be seen. I am not stating all attire is appropriate. I am saying self control is something all should learn. Children are not sex objects. People were not created to be objectified, but to be loved-and love does not seek to take or reduce people to objects for pleasure. 

I so wanted to just be stick thin, no curves. Well, that did not happen. 

At 16 I started exercising more, wearing hockey jerseys, eating less…all attempting to be comfortable in my skin and to cease being sexualized by men. I wanted and still want to be a person, not a sex object. I recall and hear the things men state about women they are overly sexually drawn to. They do not care if she has a brain, is courageous, compassionate, etc…they just see one thing-a mean’s to get their fantasy met. I have heard many men (I work with mostly men) say women are only good for one thing, meaning sex/reproducing children. 

Why do I tell you this story? Because body shaming does not just happen to heavier people. It happens to thin, curvy, all shaped people. Body shaming is not okay. For us to do to ourselves or for others to do to us. I found I started gaining weight and loving not getting male attention, at least not lustful male attention. They actually looked me in the eye, treated me like a person, not eye candy. 

I also found I needed to love the body God gave me despite the reactions of other people. I am curvy, a mesomorph (more muscle than fat), strong, athletic, and I own the body I am in…meaning I love my body. 

  
Once you embrace your shape, eat for your body type. 

I learned that my body works best when it is given more protein than carbs. If I eat too many carbs I gain fat. If I eat more protein I lose fat. I have a fast oxidizing metabolism. I have included the test below so you can see what type of metabolism you have. 

Oxidizer Test  

What works best for you? It is not about a number on a scale or other’s approval. Do you love you? Do you eat for your health? Do you like you? Does your body respond well to what you are eating? If not, what can you change? 

Here is another resource for you. 

Master Your Metabolism
Maybe that high carb, low fat diet or meal plan is not working for you because your metabolism works best with high protein. Maybe the calorie restriction is not producing results because the fuel type, food you are giving your body is not the right kind of fuel. 

Whatever you do sweet friends, learn to love yourself. Love your shape, treat yourself with respect and honor. You are fearfully and wonderfully made! 

Xoxo, 

Erin 

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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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Love Your Body

  
Hello fitness friends! I hope you are continuing on your path to wellness! It’s been a whirlwind of things on this end, yet I did not forget about you! 

Today I wanted to talk about loving your body. Loving your body right now. Not loving your body when it looks like an airbrushed photo from a magazine. Even they have some digital help to look flawless! 

I used to work for a popular clothing and lingerie company. I found that the models had lots of help to look that good which made me feel a bit better. 

Yet I realized from working in the stores even the women who were close to flawless were trying to enhance even more what they had. I realized there’s a difference between health and vanity. 

  
If you’re curvy, love those curves! If you’re thin, love the skin you’re in, if you’re athletic, keep being a sporty you! If you have some pounds to shed for health reasons…love your body today. 

Body shame leads to emotional pain. Emotional pain leads to overeating or starvation diets. Both are unhealthy. 

Love your body because it’s housed your spirit and soul all these years! 

Love your body because it keeps going getting you from point a to point b. 

Love your body because without it…well you don’t have an earthly presence. 

Love your body because it’s a part of you and you are loved! 

I was singing from the stage last night and someone took a photo of me from below. Worst angle. Before I would’ve asked them not to post it online. Yet I said I didn’t care. I love my body. It’s muscular, it’s strong, it’s gotten me through all those years. I love myself! I love my body. It’s beautiful because God says so. I won’t starve, over exercise, nit pick,  or put it down! 

Hope this last picture inspires you! 

  
Xxxx

Erin 

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Soul & Spirit Detoxification

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This picture was retrieved from Pinterest and is an excerpt from Lysa TerKeurst’s book Crave.

The reality of humanity is that we were made to crave. We are born desiring to be fed, loved, protected, cared for, and accepted. Advertisers are aware of these needs and market their products to get people to attempt to fill voids and human needs through their product.

Eat our food, you will feel complete.

Buy our products and you will be beautiful, sexy, and the desire of everyone!

Drink our cola and everyone will think you’re awesome!

Buy our clothes!

Drink our beer!

Watch our shows! Buy our stuff! You need it. You want it! It will improve the quality of your life.

Here’s the skinny. There is nothing like inner peace and knowing who we are. It cannot be found externally. If it is, it can easily be lost.

I gave up cable over a year ago. I use Netflix and watch DVDs. Since I don’t see commercials I found my contentment increased, I purchase less at the store, and my level of happiness increased. What we focus on we begin to crave.

Many of our tv shows are filled with mindless banter, sex, violence, and I truly believe our spirits and souls suffer. We’ve stopped learning. We’ve stopped investing in meaningful relationships. Technology has replaced human interaction and it’s hurting us.

Over consumption is making us a world of addicts. Addicted to sugar, sex, tv, alcohol, shopping, material things, the approval of people, addicted to technology. The problem is these things don’t fulfill anyone. They increase cravings. Without self control, what we crave soon consumes us.

Families used to sit together and talk over meals. Now many families plop down in front of the tv.

Is what you’re watching edifying? Helpful to your soul or spirit.

Is technology helping you become a better person, friend, employee, spouse,…or is it taking the place of actually engaging with others on a meaningful level?

Wellness is not just taking care of the body. It’s taking care of the soul and spirit as well.

Who’s defining who you are? Advertisers??? Celebrities?

What’s robbing your peace?
The News? Constant reading of social media feeds?

What we consume in our minds does impact our lives. What you want to grow and manifest, indulge in those things. They are seeds that will grow and flourish.

I read quite a bit. I’m a person of faith so everything I read is beneficial, helpful, and edifying. People ask me how I remain so positive. Mainly it’s my relationship with God. It’s also because I don’t feast on things that continually pollute my mind and spirit.

I avoid people who gossip or are super negative. If I can’t avoid them, I counter their negativity with something positive, “Have you talked to Susie about your problem with her? What are you going to do about your problem?”

You are not a garbage can. Just as you pay attention to what you eat, pay attention to what you’re feasting on in your spirit and soul.

If necessary, stop or limit things that don’t make you better!

Take care of yourselves friends!

If you’re interested in my faith based sites check out morena242.wordpress.com and ithoughtiknewwhatlovewas.com.

Love,

Erin

Whatever is pure, lovely, and good…think on those things!

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Feast on Good Things

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Last post we talked about ingredients. They are so important. The post before that we talked about having a negative mind. Today, I want to pull it all together.

What you feed grows!
What you starve dies!
What you feast on is what will take root and bear fruit!

What are you feasting on? This isn’t just about the Cheetos hidden in the back of your cupboard or the bags of Oreos kept around in case of emergency. This is about everything you’re taking into your life.

How much time is spent watching tv with violence, bad news, bad relationships, drama, and commercials telling you that your life is not enough?

How much time is spent reading news feeds on Facebook or Instagram? Most people put the best parts of their lives on social media…look how much I love my spouse, my kids, my new car, my church, my new hairstyle, my fill in the blank….it’s not wrong to keep people informed or stay informed. However, if you’re feasting on a steady diet of others bragging, even if you feel good about your life…you’re feeding your subconscious mind tools for comparison. We are taught from an early age to compare things. Comparison robs the soul of joy!

How much time is spent in solitude, quiet, journaling, learning, or reading? Busyness is killing and over stressing the industrialized world. Work harder, do more!!! Work! And even play or recreation can be in excess. Life requires balance and rest. We are also so dependent on information given to us via news, social media, or the internet…people sometimes forget you can’t believe everything you read or hear. Do some research. Read books. Learn something. Feed your mind something other than reality tv.

Who are we listening to and spending time with? I took a year to refrain from being super social. I had some negative experiences with people and wanted restoration. I found out you can’t be fully restored if you’re constantly exposed to negativity, drama, he said…she said, and easily offended people. It wears on your immune system. I read, spent time in prayer, journaled, painted, played guitar, spent time with God. I never had so much joy! I feasted on good things and limited interactions with people who at the time were not beneficial for my mental or emotional health. You may not be able to do what I did. You can take a weekend away by yourself or tell your loved ones, “I need a break. I will be in my room the next couple of hours.” You can tell people, “I love you, but I refuse to have this conversation until you can be respectful.” Set boundaries with people! Don’t be a doormat.

Finally, we sometimes believe wellness is simply about the body (what we eat and exercise). It’s the mind, body, spirit, and soul we are called to take care of. If we neglect one part, the others suffer. So be good to yourself!

Xoxo,

Erin

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Negative Mind=Negative Life

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Hello fitness friends. This blog isn’t just about fitness and nutrition. It’s about restoring the mind, body, and soul. Tonight I wanted to post some things that will hopefully bring restoration to the mind and soul.

We spend so much time trying to fix what’s external. The problem with making the external the priority is that we never get to the root issues. Why did I eat a half gallon of ice cream? Why am I so irritable with coworkers? Why would I rather lay on the couch and watch Netflix instead of doing something active or beneficial?

I challenge you to stop and take inventory of what you’re thinking. Where the mind goes, the body will follow. If we think we will fail, then it’s a highly probability we will fail. It’s been shown statistically that people have more negative than positive thoughts. Our world bombards us with negativity.

So how do we get out of the rut of stinking thinking? We take every thought captive (hold it hostage) and hold it up to truth. If it doesn’t match what is true, we throw it out and replace it with truth. You might be saying, “Yeah right, it’s not that simple.” It’s not simple, but it’s effective. You will need to speak life and truth over yourself. We believe more of what we say than what others say.

Let’s practice!

Negative thought: You can’t do this!

Truth: I may not be perfect, but I can try! Trying is better than doing nothing! I am going to give it my best shot.

Negative thought: You’re not good at this!

Truth: There are so many things I do well. I don’t do everything right, but I don’t do everything wrong! I will seek help for things I don’t do well.

Negative thought: You will never succeed!

Truth: True success is being faithful. Every day I choose to be faithful and I define success by faithfulness.

Negative thought: You’re not as good, beautiful, talented, or important as that other person!

Truth: I am valuable! I wasn’t designed to be like everyone else. I am unique and meant to be me, not everyone else. I’m not in competition with anyone else.

Abort thoughts that are condemning, cruel, negative, jealous, envious, or not productive. Don’t bully yourself! Humans are deeply flawed, yet deeply loved by God. As a person of faith, it hurts my heart to see so many people (myself included sometimes) without value for self. God loves all people and highly values them.

You may not be a person of faith, if not I hope you stick with this blog and journey. My purpose is to encourage you to pursue wellness; mind, body, and soul. I cannot not speak of being whole without incorporating faith.

Lastly, you can do this! You can eat healthy, exercise, feed your mind good things, rest, pursue peace, and live an enjoyable life.

Exercise for the week:

Get a journal or notepad and start writing down any negative thoughts. Combat them with truth. Start speaking truth to yourself!!!

Cheering for you!

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Take 5

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We spend so much of our time doing. We are busy from sun up until sun down. We are plugged in, connected, and constantly busy. Today, I would like to talk about something we sometimes fail to do, but it’s very important for our well-being; rest.

Rest is so important. We can think that running full steam ahead is a great idea, however our bodies will suffer if we don’t rest. Here’s some info on rest.

Rest helps keep our hormones in balance. The hormone grenalin which controls hunger is disrupted when we do not get adequate sleep. When we are sleep deprived, we are often hungrier. Grenalin  stimulates our desire for fatty food and high calorie density food. Lack of sleep also disrupts the hormone leptin. “Leptin signals the brain that the body has had enough to eat, producing a feeling of satiety. Moreover, this fullness hormone may make it easier for people to resist the temptation of foods high in calories.1″

Rest helps us to build muscle. Despite what we may believe, working out every day at high intensity is not the best. Here’s some information from Livestrong. “Overworking your muscles actually prevents muscle growth, because your muscles do not have time to adjust to the strain put on them. By doing tough muscle-building exercises with adequate rest, you will see gains in muscle strength and bulk in a few weeks,” Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/100116-proper-way-build-muscles/#ixzz2J1GaL6p4.

Even if you are not working out to build muscle, overworking our bodies is not beneficial for our health. Rest is important for a healthy body.

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Rest improves mental and emotional health. If you have ever suffered from insomnia, which I have, you know that your mental health suffers when you are exhausted. You can’t think clearly. Everything seems to be especially hard and taxing. You may suffer from anxiety, a bad case of the grumpies, lack of concentration, etc…Sleep and rest (ceasing from continual activity) helps the mind to function the way it is supposed to.

Rest helps your body combat stress. Stress is not our friend. You can go back and read earlier posts about what stress does to the human body. Prolonged stress causes hormonal imbalances, weakens the immune system, can cause gastrointestinal problems, relational problems, hair loss, etc…We want to rest so our bodies can rebound from excess stress.

Rest helps us to remain at center, at peace. I am a person of faith. I believe peace is powerful. Rest helps us to remain at peace. When we are constantly moving, doing,etc…our spirits suffer. I often lack peace when I am ceasing to rest. You may not be a person of faith, so hang with me if you aren’t. My goal on this site isn’t to push my beliefs on you. I do believe in God and that rest is a spiritual discipline. A Sabbath is needed to benefit not only the body, mind, and emotions, but our spirits as well.

Well, my dear friends. I hope that you find time in the midst of busy lives and strenuous workout schedules to rest. Make rest a priority! Keep up the good work, I am cheering for you!

1. Baicy K, London ED, Monterosso J, Wong ML, Delibasi T, Sharma A, Licinio J (November 2007). “Leptin replacement alters brain response to food cues in genetically leptin-deficient adults”. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 104 (46): 18276–9. doi:10.1073/pnas.0706481104. PMC 2084333. PMID 17986612.

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