Category Archives: Health & Fitness

I Already Have What I Need

I don’t know if it’s true for everyone, but when I look back on the last 9 years of my life and think about the change, it seems almost astronomical. Even just in the last year, the changes are so profound. I’m not just talking about physical, which is definitely the most noticeable, but there have been changes all around. I’ve been faced with difficult decisions, faced some big fears and experienced more than I even imagined possible. Most importantly and above all I learned to trust God more though all of that. When I look back I can see how even the smallest of choices and little changes started a process much like a domino effect.

God Will Provide

God’s timing is so perfect! For a long time I looked back and regretted certain choices I made. I envied the people around me who seemingly had their lives, hopes and dreams completely figured out. Only now am I able to look back and see that God was leading me through a process that was shaping me into the person I am supposed to be. He was slowly but surely planting new dreams in my heart and giving me everything I needed little by little.

This morning I was reading one of the daily devotions I get in my email and it was talking about how God gives us what we need and if at any point we need more, He will give it to us. When I read that and looked back on the last few years of my life, I felt like I could see just where God was pouring a little more into my life just when I needed it. At the time I didn’t even realize it, but looking back I can clearly see how each time He was placing an integral piece to the puzzle of my life.

When He planted the seed in me to change my lifestyle, that was what started it all and of course that seed was planted long before I even knew it. It started a process of learning to trust Him and to love the life He gave me and teaching me to have the discipline to take better care of it. It started a process of personal growth of learning more about myself and revealed hidden passions and hidden dreams that I never knew were there. Today, as I once again struggle with the looming possibility of having to make another hard decision, I try to remember that this is just another step of the process and another piece of the puzzle. No matter what decision I make, I know that I can trust that God will be using it to further shape my life.

Even now, as I proofread this post, I noticed something I did that was completely unintentional! Look how many times I used the word “process” which I have now gone back and edited in as links. Maybe it’s just because it’s still fresh in my mind and my subconscious is trying to drive the “point” home, but I find it interesting how in church on Sunday we heard about how the process is the POINT and now here I am talking about the process God has been guiding me through over the last few years. Just some food for thought! I think if you take some time and look back on your own lives you will also see how things have fallen into place or even OUT of place only to eventually let other things fall into place.

Getting Back On Track

Weight Loss Wednesday

Today was my final acupuncture appointment for my back problems. It’s a little bittersweet. On the sweet side, it will be nice to go back to using that extra money every week to pour back into my savings. On the bitter side, I’m going to miss the relaxing environment, the sweetest receptionist on the planet, the mid-morning nap and break away from work and especially the overall relaxed, serene and happy moods I’m always in the day of my appointments. I think I’ll definitely have to make a general appointment from time to time when money allows. However, most importantly, I’m PAIN FREE, feeling great and so completely thankful! That means I can start working my way back up to the workouts I was doing before and it’s been a while since I’ve done more than just walking and stretching.

I was terrified that while waiting for my back to heal two things would happen:

    1. I was worried I would lose motivation and start feeling lazy again and it would once again be a chore to workout.
    2. I was worried I’d lose a chunk of the progress I had made recently.

Wednesday Weigh In

Turns out neither of those things really happened. I still have my motivation, (in fact, I’m still kinda forcing myself to take it easy and not overdo it) and somehow I managed to mostly keep my goals on track. I tried to keep a close eye on what I’ve been eating since I couldn’t workout as much (although the last two weeks I have been failing a bit on that front). As a result, my first Wednesday Weigh In was 0 change. I didn’t lose any weight at all this week which, in itself, it quite the accomplishment. I think I ate a pumpkin muffin once a day (maybe twice one day), I ate pizza, fried food and was just apparently on a SEEfood diet. I saw food, I ate it. In terms of exercise all I did this week was go for some fast/long walks and on the nights it was raining too hard, I rode the stationary bike. So out of all the exercise tracked, I burned a total of 1,436 calories last week! So since my eating habits were not so fabulous, no loss this week is a GREAT THING.

Remember to cut yourself some slack sometimes. Plateaus and gains are part of the process. I know, ideally, all of us trying to lose weight hope to see the scale going down every week and when it doesn’t, it’s so easy to get discouraged and then completely fall off the wagon. You just have to remember that tomorrow is another day. Don’t completely destroy all your progress because of one bad day.

So since I’m back on track now, I’ve decided that my first priority is core strengthening. After I hurt my back, I did some research and learned one of the best ways to keep from re-injuring your back is to keep your abs strong because the abs directly support your lower back. So to kick things off, I’m on Day 4 of a 30 Day Ab Challenge. I had trouble deciding between two different ab challenges, so I think I’ll do one this month and the other next month, maybe? And maybe after the first month, I’ll also try to tackle the 30 Day Squat Challenge again at the same time! Challenges get me EXCITED! Which of these two ab challenges do you think will merit the best results?

30 Day Ab Challenge Ellie 30-Day Ab-Tastic Ab Challenge

Don’t Mess With My Chi!!

It has been about a week since my first acupuncture appointment and I had my second appointment this morning. The first experience was pretty relaxing. Upon my arrival he looked at my tongue and checked the pulse in both of my wrists for a very lengthy amount of time. Since my Mom had visited him before, this wasn’t a surprise to me at all. He also explained “Chi” to me and told me what he learned from my tongue/pulse analysis. Not really entirely sure what it all means about my health overall but at the time I was just desperate to get it over with and hopefully get some pain relief.

Then he felt around on my back and asked me if the certain areas caused me pain. I informed him it was mostly on the left side and into my left hip. He mentioned to me that he thought it had a lot to do with my posture and working a desk job (he also told me I should get up every so often, stretch and walk around, etc.). He put most of the needles in my lower back and upper hip region, and no, it didn’t hurt! A couple times I felt a bit of a pinch but mostly I didn’t feel anything at all. He also put one in each hand and one in each ear (my second appointment he didn’t put any in my ears) and then he put a heat lamp over me and let me sit there for for a while.. 30-40 minutes maybe? It was really relaxing. Afterwards when he took all the needles out (again, I didn’t feel a thing!) he kinda felt around and massaged up and down my spine and around my hip area and I was amazed that the pain that was there at the start, was GONE! I felt amazing!

Proper Computer Desk PostureThat night, however, I had a rough time. My hip started hurting pretty bad and I couldn’t even get comfortable, lay down, sit or anything. Thankfully every day after that.. I felt a little better each day (well except on Friday when sitting in my terrible office chair made my back so stiff). I went out this past weekend to go on a mission to choose a new office chair which has made a HUGE difference in my back getting stiff when I’m at work and I learned a lot about what to look for in a desk chair too and my old chair was absolutely no help whatsoever in that regard.

This morning I woke up feeling better than I have in weeks. No ibuprofen even necessary so far and my second treatment was just as wonderful as the first. I’m so thankful to finally be on the mend!

It’s been a learning experience though. Most of us don’t typically think about our health in terms of “Chi” or “Qi“, which is essentially the energy flowing through your body. My acupuncturist explained that we often develop blockages in our chi. Doing my own research, I’ve found that a number of things can cause your chi to be blocked. Stress, probably being the most common. Anyway, I won’t get into the details (because I certainly don’t know the ins and outs of it all) but it definitely is fascinating and I can definitely tell I feel a little more at peace after having acupuncture. The little things that usually bother me, just don’t seem to be phasing me these days.

Walt WhitmanWhich brings me to the reason for my subject line. We encounter all types of people throughout our lives and I know we can all at least name ONE person in our lives that just exudes negativity. That’s just part of life. You’re going to run into negative people. There are people who are going to try and make less of any success you achieve, anything that makes you happy or corrupt your positive energy with their negative energy. Here’s the thing.. you don’t have to let them! Just brush it off and keep doing what you’re doing because you’re doing SOMETHING right, and they are not. That’s probably why they are trying to bring you down. Psh! Don’t let people criticize you for doing something RIGHT! Don’t let them screw up your chi!

I encountered one such person today. I’m in such a great mood, I’m feeling blessed and thankful, happy and excited and this person just jumps on my case because I didn’t handle a situation in the exact manner he would have. I’m sure his way is effective but so is mine. You do you and I’ll do me, thank you very much!