As a gender, us females are in trouble. We’re conditioned to believe we’re acceptable only when “perfect”. Much of our life is spent chasing this illusory state. On the surface of it, we wish (so very much) for that coveted (and oh-so-model-esque) toned and lean beach body. But deep down we know it’s not likely we’ll achieve it. It probably won’t stop us trying, and we’ll employ all sorts of methods to attempt the task. Our insecurities make us ripe for the picking. The vultures are circling.
If 2020 was the year for catalytic change, 2021 may be the year we stay open to everything; the year we give our all to finding passion and self-fulfilment. Let’s think creatively and expansively. Let’s grow beyond our wildest imagination.
I know what you’re like. I see you every day in my work as a nutrition coach. I acknowledge that you’re an individual. I get that you’re nothing like the next person in many respects. But your behaviours (and your subsequent habits) are pretty common to all humans!...
We think/are sold the premise that if we can just lose those extra 5-15kg we put on when we were pregnant (with our now 15 year-old child), life will be absolutely fantastic and we’ll be happy at last. At the unconscious level though, we know it’s BS.
Overall, our capacity to manage the stress in our lives depends on how successful we are with finding the leverage to change things; recognising that this might be hard; and developing the strength to withstand the impact of stress.
Your ‘physical body’ is a configuration of your atoms. If you want to change the way they configure (i.e. if you want to change your ‘shape’), you’re going to have to do a lot more than focus on ‘physical world’ tools.
Conformity will be the death of us. More specifically, that of our kids. I’ve been seeing a lot of teenagers/young adults with anxiety issues recently. This kind of trend is always massively concerning, though not remotely surprising.
The promise is simple. Just do this one-and-only, quick-fix exercise blitz a few times a week and hey, presto – it’ll flatten your abs, perk up your arse, tone your arms and shape your legs (makes coffee too).
It burns my arse when peeps moan about their bodies, but do NOTHING to change or improve the situation!
On 6 May, Eliud Kipchoge became the fastest marathon runner in the world. He completed 42.915km in an astounding 2 hours, 25 seconds! Twenty-five SECONDS short of breaking the 2-hour barrier! Did Eliud fail, or was his run an extraordinary success?
How do I love myself? Let me count the ways… gluten-free chocolate cake from Vovo (when they have it in); a really good book (when I have the time for it); a manicure (on my birthday); a good movie (when I’m able to stay awake long enough to watch it). Shit, hang on....
Am I the only woman on the planet who feels as though an alien parasite hijacked me during pregnancy (and beyond)? Don’t get me wrong – I loved being pregnant, but…
So the PE birdie flew past me the other day and whispered this gentle piece of feedback into my ear – “Erm, Tanya, I hate to be the one to say this but – frankly – you dress inappropriately and your body makes other woman feel rather out of sorts!”
I’m 51 and I’m in good shape. As a woman, this has invariably led to me being regularly called (amongst other things) ‘lucky’, ‘genetically gifted, ‘fortunate’ or – simply – a ‘bitch’.
It was Arnie who recently said (in his deadpan Terminatoresque voice), “I’m old. But not obsolete”. Clearly he’s feeling a lot like I am these days.
While many people underestimate the power of the mind in helping to improve both performance and health, it’s indisputable that what you think can affect your state of being.
People are living on an ever-increasingly rapid treadmill. Many health and weight issues stem from this pace of life and in our experience, there’s a yin and yang to everything, including our ability to expend or create energy.
Considering what it is we do, we’re often asked what our philosophy is on living a healthy, happy life, from a practical perspective. Our feeling is that attaining good health and ideal weight is a fairly simple formula.
We all have the best of intentions when it comes to setting new resolutions, but often the reason they don’t stick is because we’re trying to change a habit overnight. For sustainable, realistic changes, these habits should be overcome gradually and consistently.
Changing a habit is harder than it appears. The answer seems to lie in understanding the link between the habit itself and the behaviour which results in the habit.
Negative stress impacts on your adrenals glands which are responsible for producing all stress hormones. If they’re not given good recovery time, they can become so tired that they fail to produce enough health-enhancing hormones.