All the while, between writing songs, singing, and swanning from coffee shop to coffee shop, here are a few benefits of being retrenched that I’ve noticed. Yes, they’re all a bit tongue-in-cheek, because nobody wants to wonder whether they can pay their bills, and nobody is poking fun at being financially insecure or losing your job. I’m just trying to see a few rays of light while I’m here…
1) I get to spend a lot more time with our sweet pooches, Jazz (a.k.a. Fatty/ Sneaky, Beardy/ Jazz-Bum/ Schnackles) and Nibbles (a.k.a. Queen Nibbles/ The Niblet/ Little One/ Fluff-Bum/ Nibble-Stinks).
On a chilly winter’s morning, there are few things better than having a cup of coffee while these two give me some serious hugs! It’s been such a pleasure being able to spend more time with them. Nibbles loves to run and fetch the ball (she could be a little mental though, because it is a lawn bowl and could easily crush her, but that is the only ball she hasn’t been able to shred…). Jazz loves learning new things, like basic agility. The only downside to all this fun Furchild time is that I realise they bark ALL THE TIME (Hey, don’t look at me!)
Trip, Fall? Continue, even if you crawl!
Along the journey towards better health, there seems to be a series of misconceptions implanted in our brains.
This is one of them:
Success is defined as one huge, amazing, all-at-once achievement
Sounds about right, right?
Plotting your way to health
Some of you may know that I’m not a big fan of dogma. I do hope that I’ve made it pretty obvious.
However, this one principle that has been described as dogmatic, I find quite useful when trying to improve in any way whatsoever.
I may not subscribe to such ideas when relating to life philosophy, or maybe even in business, but I do believe it makes sense in this case:
You can’t manage what you don’t measure.
Mind over Matter
Today as I write, my motivation is pretty low. I’m not superhuman; and I think we all go there once in a while. Things are not going according to plan with a few aspects of life, and here I am, down in the dumps.
I injured my leg (hip, adductor and surrounds) and hence can do basically no exercise without risking further injury. Having become highly reliant on my daily dose of exercise to build energy and decrease stress levels, this “inability” frustrates me immensely.
Having enjoyed a short chat with a colleague a little while ago, I realised that I truly need to listen to my own advice today – I often tell people that when it comes to eating healthily and exercising, and improving your life in general,
Only you can help you – if you need a hero, it needs to be YOU.
What it really comes down to is is one simple decision: be happy, or be unhappy.
8 Basic Motions to Challenge Yourself
I marvel at human nature. It’s a strange thing. 😀
Have you noticed how we think that people who excel at sport or fitness-related activities are “heroes” or “superhuman”?
I beg to differ. The average human body, if looked after correctly, was designed to perform at least a specific set of motions without too much strain. You know, back in the day, we didn’t have wheelbarrows or cars or chairs. Sure, sportspersons are extremely dedicated, have bucketloads of talent, and spend practically all their time training and often have specialists training them and looking after their muscles etc. So they will clearly be better than one of us ordinary citizens. However, we must not sell ourselves short. We can do extraordinary things too!
I believe there are basic motions that we really should be able to perform – if we cannot, then it’s a sure sign that intervention is necessary.
I’ve tried to steer away from gym terminology/ jargon and relate these back to daily life as much as possible.
Go through the list and see what you can do! You might just surprise yourself.
If any of these make you feel very uncomfortable, stop immediately.
If you read through the list and wonder how you’re meant to do this, it may be time to have an honest chat with yourself about the state of your health.
Remember: YOU are the only person who can help YOU.
Do you want to be average or awesome? Maybe it’s time for a change!
You think gymming is tough?
There seems to be a bit of confusion among us humans. Most people think that exercise is the be-all and end-all of becoming healthy/ healthier.
Now, don’t get me wrong – leading an active life, and making sure you are strong, fit and mobile are all key concerns that any person should prioritise.
BUT in a general sense, it’s really not as complicated as we make it sound.
- Exercise can occur in other places than a facility that you pay for.
- Exercise can occur in short bursts of time.
- Exercise can be incorporated into life’s most basic tasks.
(Don’t wait for someone else). Give yourself a pat on the back.
There’s a healthy lifestyle support community that I’m part of: Sleekgeek South Africa. The bulk of activity occurs in the Facebook group, with hundreds of discussions going on daily.
The topics range; how to get avocados to ripen quicker; the uses of coconut oil; how to cook healthy meals; how to treat callouses (hint – just be proud of those!) or blisters; or where to get good advice about training shoes or physiotherapy. Those are just a few examples of the things that pop up in this thriving community. I do a fair bit of observation and I’ve noticed a worrisome common thread coming to light: the ugly face of misdirected competition.
It’s an exceptionally easy error to make; being surrounded by humans, it requires a substantial amount of self-psycho-analysis to navigate around this nasty habit successfully.
You look at someone else at the gym who is lifting more than you or doing more complex work than you.
At a park, you look at someone who is running faster or further than you.
In a restaurant, you look at someone eating something that you see as unhealthy, yet this person is in such good shape.
Do not give up on your health
I often hear people say that they don’t have the time to exercise or prepare healthy meals.
It also echoes in my mind, words that the old me surely repeated often.
I must stress my view of time:
We don’t HAVE time.
Time has us… It’s not like there is a way for a human being to decide to have more hours in a day or to have more days in a week (or more preferably, a weekend! ).
The only decision we can make relating to time is how we use it.
It all comes down to priorities, and it can be a long and painful lesson:
YOU, and only you, decide how your time gets used.
For instance, many of us spend a fair amount of time watching TV most days.
Think about the amount of time you spend looking at your computer, phone, and other devices daily. Do we really want to add to that?
Charity begins at home, in your body!
There is that old adage, “Charity begins at home.” and I think that it can have multiple meanings.
Your body is your home. Have you ever thought, seriously, about the fact that if your body gives up on you, that’s it..?
The sad case of the modern human is that the majority of illnesses are avoidable. We have become victims of our own endless desire for convenience, and with convenience there are often strange ingredients being added to foods that our bodies aren’t capable of processing.
Have you stopped to wonder where low-fat or skim milk come from? There are no low-fat or skim cows! 🙄
These and related products have been altered by a process to end up in that state. And this makes me rather paranoid. Personally, I’d rather be paranoid than dead.