Extraordinary Appreciation

Heavy BoxWhen I got home from work last night, I suddenly had the urge to move the last two boxes that have taken up permanent residence in our bedroom since our move almost sixteen months ago. Isn’t it funny how long something can sit unnoticed and then suddenly become an eyesore?

The two boxes are heavy so I enlisted Simon’s help with my moving whim. And, being the strong guy that he is, Simon decided to move them both at one time. Unfortunately, as he picked them up he also turned to talk to me across the room and badly injured his back. He dropped the boxes and was in so much pain he couldn’t catch his breath.

Within moments of the injury we were on the phone to our chiropractor and, as luck would have it, she was open and was willing to see him as an emergency. Her diagnosis was that Simon had dislocated a rib. She did what she could, told him to go home and have an epsom salts bath and to come back for another adjustment in the morning.

Even getting into bed last night was painful for Simon and I feared that he was facing weeks of rehabilitation.

When he awakened this morning he was a little stiff but miraculously mobile. He didn’t even need the Advil that had been so necessary the night before. And, on his return from the second visit to our chiropractor and a thirty minute treatment from his massage therapist, he pronounced himself 90% recovered!

Simon and I have spent the day marvelling at the miraculous powers of a fit and healthy body to heal so quickly and how very fortunate we feel to have such a fabulous team of healers around us when we need them.

A happy Friday indeed! 🙂Healers

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Super Juice Me!

I have always been a food recipe lover and I have even been known to take cookbooks to bed with me as my evening reading. When I discovered raw food four years ago, my cookbooks just weren’t cutting it anymore so I went out and bought a few un-cookbooks. I also surfed the web and found some raw foodies that appealed to me and subscribed to their sites.

russell-jamesOne of my favourites is Russell James. He is known as The Raw Chef and is based in the UK. He shares awesome recipes, tips and raw food tricks and I never miss one of his e-mails. Thanks to Russell James, I am just about to attempt making my own raw chocolate. I will share that new journey when I finish acquiring the necessary tools. Very exciting!

As I drank my Sunday dinner last night I opened an e-mail from Russell. He had just spent part of his weekend at a premiere for Jason Vale’s new documentary entitled Super Juice Me and recommended it highly. I felt like a little bit of raw food entertainment while I drank my dinner so I thought; ‘what the heck‘.

download (49)I was sucked in within the first sixty seconds and just cannot wait to finish it tonight.

It is the story of eight people who are on massive amounts of medication for their multiple diseases (including medications for the side effects of the medications). Jason Vale and his team take them away to Juicy Oasis,  his health retreat in Portugal, to see if he can impact their health with 28 days of juice, exercise, rest and sun.

The film is free for the next week and I highly recommend checking it out. I am only about a third of the way in and just can’t wait to have time tonight to finish watching it…I am pretty sure I know where it is going but I just gotta see the end!

Think I’ll make a lemon, beet and celery juice for my viewing snack tonight… 🙂

Here’s the link…enjoy!

http://superjuiceme.com/

 

All-Nighter

I take extremely good care of myself. I sleep eight hours a night, I exercize , I meditate, and I feed my body exceptionally well. Over the past two months I have seriously upped my game on the latter. And since David Wolfe came into my life a few weeks ago, I have discovered a food and nutrition gear that I didn’t even know existed!

sleepI feel awesome! And…it’s just getting better by the day!

One of the key components to my wellness strategy is sleep. I am an eight-hour-a-night kind of a girl. Even on the weekends I am in bed by 10:00 and awake by 6:30. I love sleep and I am a total wimp if I don’t get it.

Two nights ago I pulled an all-nighter to get my taxes done. I decided that I wanted to file on time and didn’t want them hanging over me like a big, black cloud any longer. So I worked until 2:30am and then fell into bed. The problem was, I was so wired-up that I couldn’t sleep properly and felt more tired by the time 6:30am rolled around and it was time to start my day.

images (41)The by-product of my all-nighter was that yesterday I felt like I had been hit by a bus! I dragged my butt around all day and felt terrible. My energy was low, I felt weepy and sad, and all the wonderful food that may have helped me to feel better felt like far too much work. Even the bag of goji berries sitting on the counter felt enervating to even contemplate eating.

And the result of my lethargy? Polishing off a half-eaten bag of potato chips standing over the sink. And then feeling totally crappy afterwards…not just physically, but emotionally as well. And guess what? That made me want to eat even more chips. Thank goodness there were no more half-eaten bags in the cupboard or I just might have been unable to resist the siren song of Miss Vickie and her wicked chips.

I feel more like myself today but have had to be very mindful of my food choices. It has not felt easy to feed myself today and I am still craving potato chips.

So here’s my startling observation resulting from my all-nighter…

download (46)We are a culture of sleep-deprived people. There are very few of us who consistently choose to put aside eight to ten hours and night for rest. So does that mean that all those sleep-deprived people are moving around in the fog that I felt yesterday? Does it mean that they feel sad and overwhelmed by life? Does it mean that they are simply too tired to make good food choices? Does it mean that they feel that it’s all just so hard that a bag of potato chips over the sink is the answer?

I couldn’t possibly answer any of those questions without a significant amount of research. However, my hunch is that I actually already know the answers.

Here’s my Radical proposition…that for one month every year we choose to leave the invention of electricity behind. That, after dinner,  when it starts getting dark, we do not turn on lights, use the TV, sit at the computer, or play on our devices. We give ourselves an opportunity to tune-in to those Circadian Rhythms that kick-in after dinner that tell us its time to go to bed.

And to navigate around after dark, especially in the winter when it gets dark at 4:30, we could use candle light the way our ancestors would have just over a century ago.

But, really, reading by candle light is the fastest way to put yourself to sleep!

Just sayin’… 🙂download (47)

Cold Teeth

I am a wildly enthusiastic and passionate downhill skier. I have been on skis every single winter since the tender age of three and there is absolutely nowhere that I am happier. You will know me on the hill because I am the one grinning from ear-to-ear and nearly dancing with delight on my skis as I barrel down the hill at top speed.

Cold Skiing-2When we awakened at 7:00 this morning, a quick check of the weather informed us that we were not only under a Wind Chill Warning but also a Blowing Snow Warning. Being the die-hard skiers that we are, however, it did nothing to deter us from our day on the slopes.

We bundled up in all our layers and braved that first blustery chairlift ride. As we neared the top of the lift and were hit smack in the face with the brutally cold wind, I wondered; ‘is this a bit too hard-core?’ However, as my skis found their first tracks on the beautiful snow I could feel the sheer bliss bubbling up and over and I knew, without a doubt, that I was in for the day.

I had a stunning day of exercise, fun, family and bliss. My only objection was that I couldn’t smile all the way down the hill…my teeth just got too cold!tooth guy

Note to Self…

My Dearest Katie,

There are many things that I have discovered about you in the 45 years that we have been co-habitating in this body. At this particular point in time I feel compelled to share ‘Katie’s Top Three Must-Haves to Ensure Success, Balance, Fulfillment and Joy’;images (5)

  1. You need vigorous exercise at least three times a week
  2. You need to write (something) daily
  3. Quiet meditation in the morning is critical to your success

When you try to persuade me otherwise at some point in the near or distant future, please give me leave to have you re-read this lovingly delivered letter.

Seriously!

All My Love,
Your Highest and Best Self xo:)

My Daily MEDS

I don’t think I have ever been happier to see the back end of a month than I was at midnight on December 31st. Waking up on January 1st felt like a weight had lifted. I love the New Year. It is as if the slate has been magically been wiped clean and I can start fresh. I love to imagine that absolutely anything is possible and that big things are ahead in the year to come.

I have already shared the fact that I do not make resolutions but I do dream extra big at the tip-top of the New Year.

lululemonI was standing in a Lululemon change room yesterday when I wondered whether a New Year’s resolution was in order after all. As I was trying on my snazzy new yoga pants I caught a rather unfortunate glimpse of myself in the mirror. And for the first time in a very long time, I did not like what I saw. My first reaction was horror and then a rather sinking feeling of depression. Isn’t it funny how fast we women sink into the depths of the body image blues? I called Simon into the change room and asked; ‘Is this really how I look?’ Talk about putting my beloved hubby on the spot! He responded as I knew he would but I did not feel placated and dragged myself through the remainder of our returning-Christmas-gifts trip to the mall.

On the way home from the mall I determined that it was time to pull out the big guns. It was time to go back to a practice that I have gotten away from over the past six months. It was time to re-engage with my MEDS. And, no, I do not mean pharmaceuticals here. I am talking about Meditation, Exercise, Diet and Sleep. The daily MEDS.

images (4)And so, I woke up early this morning, worked for an hour, got the kids off to school and headed straight to my local women-only gym and joined. The added bonus was that three of my girlfriends were there and it felt like a party. I did an awesome weights class and absolutely loved every second of it. The workout was challenging, fun and utterly motivating. I am so passionate about music and dancing and pushing the limits of my body and it is too long since I have engaged that passion.

I had so much post-workout energy today that I have been barreling through the work that has been hanging over my head for weeks. My e-mail Inbox is empty, proposals are written, clients have been contacted and I had three new pieces of business land in my lap just this afternoon.

With this renewed vigour, I figure I will strike while the iron is hot and get my daily meditation practice back on-line as well. My plan is to greet the dawn at 5:30 tomorrow morning to start my day quietly, reverently and peacefully.

Diet and sleep are pretty much in the bag already and with meditation and exercise re-engaged I am now back on my daily MEDS…and feeling pretty darn wonderful about it!

And, just as an aside, the consensus at the gym this morning was that I am not the only one who has been traumatized by a Lululemon change room mirror!diet-cartoon-3

A New Year

2014It is the first day of the New Year, 2014. I just love the sound of 2014. There is something so strong-sounding about the number 4 and I am excited to be starting a fresh New Year.

I do not make New Year’s Resolutions. I do, however, like to attach themes to the year ahead. I think of my themes as aspects of my life that I would like to see explored or more fully expressed. I am a great believer in the concept that to write something down is to begin the awesome process of manifesting it into my reality. I try to resist attaching specifics to my themes because my job is the ‘what’. The ‘how’ is left up to the much more imaginative forces in my life.

I tend to think of this process as opening up a gigantic menu and placing my order with the waiter of the Universe. I don’t have to worry about gathering the ingredients, knowing the recipe, putting it all together and serving it up with style. All I have to do is to know that something wonderful is on its way!

Here are my themes for 2014;

  • Profound fulfillment, balance, joy and love
  • The bliss of living my life’s purpose
  • Happy, fit and healthy kids
  • Happy, fit and healthy Simon
  • Audaciously fulfilling work
  • Lots of play, fun and laughter with my kids
  • The feeling of balance in all aspects of my life; personal, professional, spiritual, emotional, physical and mental
  • Stunning physical health
  • A fitness level that knocks my socks off
  • A constant flow of love in my life
  • Fun, challenging and fulfilling work with Simon
  • Happiness that simmers constantly and bubbles over without warning
  • Abundant prosperity that flows easily into my life
  • Continuing to explore my writing and the sheer joy of expressing my creativity through my fingers
  • Joy
  • Fun
  • Laughter
  • An appreciation of the simple beauty that surrounds me all the time
  • Abundance
  • Appreciation of choice and the constant cycle of forgetting and remembering that I am always at choice
  • Travel to new places and the challenge and excitement of discovery
  • A deep appreciation for the incredible life that I am living

I am just thrilled to be poised at the very tip-top of this brand new year that is just bursting with possibilities and I wish you all a profoundly wonderful 2014!Happy New Year Charlie Brown