Well, what an absolutely crazy week it has been, it started last Friday when I got stuck in traffic and almost got out my car to go and swear at a police officer-refrained and therefore did not spend the week in jail.
How are you getting on with eating for your body type? I will be back writing on this theme next week I just wanted to go off topic a little this week. If your not a deep thinker look away now.
A few things happened this week that have highlighted a few life lessons that we probably all know but often forget when we are just trying to cope with the daily grind.
Firstly, after losing a goat a few weeks ago to illness (yes I keep goats I know it’s weird ) then on Sunday night lost one of my ponies very suddenly and she was only 3 years old and therefore way too young to have been taken. Thankfully I had given her a cuddle that morning for no other reason than because I love her, and I got to say goodbye that night as she was put out of pain.
Secondly, I was talking to a friend who has a job she sometimes spends long hours at and also has a young son and husband (her husband isn’t young just her son!) , she has been signed off work with exhaustion.
Thirdly, I have been with a client this week who I have trained for many years and although she has never showed any signs of ill health we have both known she could have made improvements to her diet, although we were making gains on the exercise so it’s not like she was doing nothing to help her health. Anyway said client had by chance come across a blood pressure monitor and found her’s to be high, and following a trip to the doctor with further tests she also has some liver damage. Scary thought when again she is showing no outward signs of ill health.
It is this third point I’m going to start with. You see, when I am speaking to people about their diet and we discuss their intake of takeaways, alcohol, processed foods, sweets etc many of them say “you only live once” and “a little bit of what you fancy does you good”. Well, yes correct we do only live once (I’m not going to go down a reincarnation route their other places for that!) and if you want that life to be a long, healthy one free of illness and pain then you need to look after yourself. And it is fact that eating processed foods, takeaways, alcohol and sugar is bad for your health. So while I am not saying you can never drink wine, eat cake etc I am saying be aware of what you consider moderation. One or two glasses of wine a week won’t kill you but one or two bottles just might. Combine that with a takeaway, that daily biscuit or two you have, and the microwave meals you sometimes have during the week and actually that is putting a lot of strain on you liver. ( I will cover this in more detail another time). Just because you aren’t feeling the effects now doesn’t mean they won’t come back to haunt you later on. (Pictures Big Mac covered in Ghostly Sheet following you round)
This brings me on to the second point, you see what I said to me friend was firstly she needed to look after herself more in order to be able to do everything she needs to do. He classic answer-I don’t have time! First I said my classic answer of if you don’t have time to look after yourself then your gonna have to make time to be ill! Then I gave her a practical example. I regularly work 15-16 hour days up at 5am home 9.30-10pm, 4-5 days per week adding up to somewhere depending on the week to a 50-70 hour week. I am very fortune that I enjoy my job however that doesn’t stop it being exhausting. So I make sure I do everything I can to keep my health and therefore my energy levels in tip top condition. I have coconut oil in my coffee to help my immune system, I eat predominantely natural foods-meat, veg, fruit, eggs and goats dairy (cows doesn’t agree with me) and of course I exercise. And bar the odd week of extreme stress i.e this one! I don’t consider my long hours an issue as I’m full of energy to get everything done.
So your lesson on this, if you look after your health the extra stress of your life will be much easier to deal with and won’t seem as much of a problem.
Onto what is really a joint lesson on the first and second point. You do only live once and even the most healthy person could well not be here tomorrow for whatever reason. So, you should consider what is important to you in your life and fill your life abundantly with it. Like I said to my friend, when she said she had really enjoyed picking her son up from school for the first time-do you really have to work full time, classic response-yes I need to make money. I said realistically though if you looked at your finances I bet you could manage on less income, if me and Mr A have survived this far after I left my very well paid job to start a business from scratch I reckon most people can survive on much less. And what we learnt during that time was money doesn’t make you happy, yes it gives you options but really it’s life’s little things that make us happy. For my friend picking her son up from school, me cuddling something fluffy – cat, dog, pony, donkey, goat, Mr A, so long as it’s fluffy.
So, think about what matters to you and spend more time doing it. Trust me no one dies if you don’t hoover the living room and spend time with your kids instead, the world does not end if you leave the washing up to curl up on the sofa with your partner.
You do only live once and for that reason we should spend as much of it happy and with those we love as much as possible, and if we look after our health we are more likely to live a long and healthy life.
So for me that’s more animals less housework(what’s new?) and after proving again this week how amazing he is Mr A your bloody stuck with me and our motley crew.
PS. Ooooh the competition has been fierce this week but I think the accolade has to go to code name Mark Morrison aka Return of the Mack for losing close to 2 stone so far including a two week holiday in there! Seriously Awesome!