Everywhere I go I see adverts for meal plans and exercise programs with overwhelming promises, especially this time of year when the dreaded season of overindulgence begins. We are all conscious about the fact that we will be eating and drinking more than usual during this season and come January we have regrets and start looking for these adverts I am talking about.
Fitness centres have the fittest person on earth on their posters and personal trainers are showing off their abs and we think that if you train with them we can get the same killer abs. I used to think that if I only sign up for the gym, I would naturally lose weight! Has this happened to you? I never went to the gym, but just the notion of actually signing up and having the card in my wallet should be enough to lose weight and get the body I was dreaming of having… crazy right?
I see 90 day meal plans being sold everywhere with crazy promises of losing unwanted kilos if you stick to the regime!
The good news is that all these promises are probably true! If you actually do everything your personal trainer tells you to do, you will end up having the wanted abs and if you do follow the 90 day meal plan you will lose weight!
The bad news is that none of these things are sustainable. What happens after the 90 days? Are you able to sustain the healthy diet that was prescribed for you? Are you even able to last 90 days? What happens when you go on holiday and you can’t take your personal trainer with you? And also, who does everything your personal trainer tells you to do? His killer abs are hard work! And we normal living people don’t have the time or energy to maintain killer abs. Media has made us believe that we need to have killer abs and maintain them. Do you know that the abs we see in photographs don’t last? The minute the model gets off work and goes to get a few beers, the abs are gone and they have hanging flesh around the belly just as we do. They are toned for the photoshoot because they workout right before and with the right lighting and make up, they look amazing! But listen up folks, they aren’t real… well, they are real, but they don’t last.
Anyway, let me get back to all the promises the health and wellness world make. They may all be true and they may work, but ONLY if you actually put in the hard work! You have to show up to the gym and do the hard work. You have to keep eating healthy and you have to keep being good to yourself!
This sounds extremely hard, right?
Here is some more good news: it doesn’t have to be!
I believe that if we turn it around and look at it form a different angle it can be so much easier!
Here is what I mean; most people will go on a diet or a strict fitness routine in order to look a certain way so they can be happier with themselves. I say turn it around. I am really happy with myself and I love myself enough to want to treat myself right. I nourish my body with nutrients that serve me and I move my body because my body is made to move and it makes me feel great. I make sure to have enough me-time/alone-time so I can nourish my soul and recharge my batteries so I can be stronger when facing the world. I make sure I am in charge of my schedule and not the other way around. I only surround myself with people who inspire me and who give energy rather than drain it from me. I deserve to be treated right in all aspects of life and I deserve to live my best life!
How does that sound?
I find it makes so much more sense. I am much more willing to eat the right things, move the right way and take better care of myself when I know that I deserve it. I am worth it!
Don’t you? Are you worth it?
I think you are. And if you don’t know where to get started, then listen up. Let’s make a deal. This month my wish for you is to relax and enjoy yourself. Spend time with loved ones, eat, drink and most importantly have fun!
Come January when you are ready to finally tackle your biggest struggles you will reach out for support! You have done it alone too often and have come nowhere! NOW is the time when you will finally see some results!
I am openning up for new clients to help you in your health journey! You will receive constant guidance and support to start your healthy habits and to make next year YOUR year! We start with a discovery session where we will go through your main health concerns and discuss how we can best work together to reach your ultimate health goals. As a Christmas gift you can have this session for free!
Do yourself a favour and don’t buy in to all these promises that you know you won’t uphold and do something great for yourself!
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Whatever works for you, just do it! If strict meal plans works, then do it. If having a personal trainer works, then do it! There is no one right way! As long as you love yourself enough to treat yourself right, all is good!
From the bottom of my heart I wish you and your loved ones a very merry Christmas and a happy new year!
Welcome to the 7th edition of my Health Series! The reason I am doing this series is because I truly believe in something we call Bio-Individuality. What works for one person, may not work for another and the trick (and the hard part) is finding out what works for YOU!
We all have different views on what health means and how we obtain it! And we should! We are all different and all need something different. Health is something that affects us all and we should all have an opinion on it.
For this edition I have interviewed another local health coach; Holistic Sleep Strategist & Coach, Christine. Some of you may know her? If not, you should! Here is what she thinks about this subject!!
Name, age, occupation: Christine Hansen, 33, Holistic Sleep Strategist & Coach
What does health mean to you?
For me health has so many different facets but here is some of what comes to mind straight away.
Health means that you are respecting and taking care of your mind and body equally. In those areas I also make a difference between self(health)care, which would be a healthy diet, exercise, supplements and so on, and self care, which is taking time out, meditating, having fun etc.
On top of that you are ideally not only healthy enough to just being able to keep symptoms of illness or disease at bay but able to actually have a great immune system that will make it difficult for symptoms to even appear.
Most of us live very close to the edge of being just about healthy enough as to not being ill. But very few of us are truly as balanced and strong as we are physically and mentally capable off.
How do you achieve this level of healthy?
First of all you need to understand that it will take time and a priority towards health. Which can be challenging in a world where very often material or financial topics take precedence.
I am by no means perfect either but I am being mindful when choosing which foods I eat, by carving out time for exercise and meditation and by having left a job that was not fulfilling to now doing something that I am passionate about and that makes me happy.
Why is it important to be and live healthily?
Most of us have difficulties prioritizing ourselves, so saying that you will feel better as a person is often not motivational enough. We are taught to not put ourselves first but those around us. So what I like to remind my clients and myself of is that you cannot pour from an empty cup. You have to be strong, happy and well balanced in order to serve other at your best.
Why are you an expert?
A lot of people know that sleep is important yet very few have really looked at its science or at its importance holistically throughout the different stages in our lives. Through my education and experience I can definitely call myself an expert and not an amateur in the sleep department.
What is your top health tip?
Get enough sleep! Your body needs you to rest and sleep enough in order to repair itself physically and mentally. So sacrificing your sleep will come and haunt you along the road. And if you are struggling with sleep then you know where to find me 🙂
So, what did you think? Great, right?
Thank you so much Christine! I completely agree that most of us are healthy just to point where we are not ill, but are we truly healthy? Probably, me included! What does it take for us to be really healthy and happy? What is one thing you can do today to get you closer to becoming truly healthy? Just one step? Let us know in the comments below!