I do get a lot of questions these days. About how I turned my life around, and went from a feeling of growing heaviness after four quick childbirths, looming backache and muffin top/middle age spread and feeling menopausally blue, to feeling happier, more alert, stronger and more radiant than I have done in many years, with light and good energy to give and love to get.
OK, here are my key life-style gurus.
- Nutritionist and fitness expert Tosca Reno , Canadian founder of Eat Clean movement got me started, as I found one of her inspirational books in a book store in the US.
- Fitness coach Rita Catolino. Canadian master trainer, taught me how to make it happen. Rita guided my patiently through all steps, with innovative, loving and tough techniques. I was when I started training with Rita online, that it all started happening. Love that woman.
- Professor Inger Björck, superinnovative nutrition researcher at Lund University, explained why it all works, and how the same foods that balance your body and blood sugar, also balances the worried soul.http://www.food-health-science.lu.se/en/sites/ffsc.lu.se.en/files/portfoljkost_pm_en.pdf
The elevator version:
- Anti-inflammatory foods pick you up
- Inflammatory foods drag you down
- Weights build a better body
- Meditation and thankfulness
- Failing to prepare is preparing for failure
Anti-flammatory foods? Que? And how can the same foods be both soulfoods and bodyfoods? Why is weight training absolutely key to the balanced fit at fifty strategy? And what should I be thankful for and isn’t meditattion a selfish inward looking action, as the world is a difficult place and life very tough for most of us? And what does preparing for fitness really mean for a Mum of four, with work and activist engagements in the calendar ? And can a fit-at-fifty strategy encompass glamour with empathy, wisdom and lots of everyday demands?
My key obstacle was seeing through a lot of self-limiting beliefs. That I was not worthy of feeling my best. That looking after me was selfish. That I had to do what others expected of me, rather than what was good for me.
More to come on this ongoing journey.