I’ve got a freebie for you!
I’ve been wanting to create a manifesto for a while now. Sort of like a beautiful image of all that I stand for and what I believe is really important when it comes to being healthy and living a gorgeous life where we love our bodies and our lives.
And it’s done! I’m sure it’ll be a work in progress as I add to it over time but I really love it and I know you will too.
If you’re subscribed to my newsletter, you’ll get a link to it to it there as well.
To celebrate the creation of the manifesto, I’ve taken just a few of the statements and expanded on them a bit to give you my take on them.
Do more of what gives you joy
It sounds pretty obvious, doesn’t it, but for many of my clients, joy doesn’t even make the to do list.
Particularly for women, there seems to be a default setting to give to everyone else first until there is often nothing left.
It doesn’t have to be big, expensive things, either. It could be carving out some precious me time with a cup of tea and your favourite magazine.
Whatever lights you up and makes your heart sing, do more of that.
And it’s okay for this to be a work in progress. Maybe you’ve lost touch with your joy.
Have a play with finding it again. Experiment. Lighten up. Make finding your joy a bit of a game if you have no idea what on earth it might be.
As a reformed workaholic and control freak, I’m writing this as much for me, as for you!
So what does this have to do with health? It’s about as far away as you could get from what to eat and how to exercise.
Or maybe not.
You see, when we have no joy in our lives, we sometimes go looking for it elsewhere.
So there’s that. But even if we didn’t, life doesn’t always have to be so serious. And health and happiness are inextricably linked. Allow yourself to be happy and let some joy in!
You deserve it!
It’s not failure. It’s only data. Use it to tweak what you’re doing & keep going
This is a biggie. Too often we use our results or our actions (or lack of them) as a big stick to beat ourselves with.
So maybe we DID forget our resolve to eat healthier as soon as we saw the succulent delights screaming our name in the coffee shop.
Or perhaps we turned off the alarm and went back to sleep, promising ourself fervently that we’d exercise in the afternoon instead, while ignoring that little voice whispering in our ear that it probably wasn’t going to happen. Again.
Beating ourselves up needs to stop. Right here and right now. It’s not nice and it’s not helpful.
You deserve better.
We just need to be kinder to ourselves. And there is a better way.
Let’s get rid of the emotion and pretend for a moment that you’re a scientist, pondering the results of an experiment.
Looking at the data, if you will.
In the ‘turning off the alarm’ scenario what’s really going on and what strategies can we put into place to overcome that obstacle?
The answers to that question are going to be different depending on who you ask, but see how that question is so much more helpful than berating yourself for your supposed laziness and failure to follow through yet again.
This is a continual process and it can take some practice to change a long standing way of being such as putting ourselves down when we ‘fail’.
So get out there and have a practice and a play and remember – it’s not failure, it’s only data!
Make healthy choices easier
Once again, probably a no-brainer. Why continually make life difficult for yourself?
It’s allowed to be easy!
This is all about changing our environment to reduce the number of times we need to use willpower to be healthy.
Researchers have discovered that we make over 200 food related decisions a day. Is it any wonder it can seem impossible to resist the chocolate aisle in the supermarket by mid afternoon?
The authors of Change Anything talk about controlling our space and enlisting the environment as an ally.
So what does this mean?
Really practical things like having healthy snacks available and in view and unhealthy snacks out of sight and preferably out of the house.
Like having an accountability buddy or moving the exercise equipment somewhere that’s close and convenient for you.
You get the drift.
I invite you to take a look at your environment and see how you can make YOUR healthy choices easier.
Find your why
It’s that sometimes elusive motivation. The fire in the belly that fuels everything.
Our why helps us to shut off the TV and go to bed when we’d really rather stay up late to watch our favourite detective show.
Our why gets us out of bed the following morning to exercise, even when it’s cold and dark and feels like it’s still the middle of the night.
And it’s our why that continues to take those small steps to make those healthy changes, even when it gets uncomfortable.
Our why is unique to us. Our job is to find it and to keep it burning brightly by whatever means you can.
For some of my clients it’s being a good role model for their kids and being fit enough to keep up with them.
Making changes for other people’s reasons is rarely a strong enough why. We need to find our own motivation and keep it alive.
So how do we do this?
It might be the photo on the fridge, a vision board, visualizing or writing out affirmations or goals that you read regularly.
Whatever works for you, do it.
I know you’re going to love your gorgeous manifesto!
I’d love to know what statement resonates with you the most! Let me know in the comments!