I've been asked by quiet a few wonderful people to blog about how I stay in shape, look young and vibrant, have immense energy and drive and stay in balance and in a good mood. I'm happy to blog about this as wellness is a passion of mine. Be forewarned, I'm not the typical "I count calories and exercise" person. I dive deeper than that.
My looks and state of mind are the result of a balanced lifestyle. I see myself as more than my looks, my mind and soul are also in great shape (most of the time). This takes work, dedication and an open mind. I live by the 80/20 rule, 80% good stuff, 20% not so good stuff. I don't believe in being perfect as I don't believe perfection exists. Here are some of the things I do:
It all Starts in my head. One of the Universal Laws is Mentalism, everything starts in the mind. I meditate, often by a lake or ocean or out in nature. Keeping a peaceful, calm, motivated mindset is my catalyst to health and balance. I don't watch mainstream TV or mainstream news. I do enjoy a good documentary, comedy movie or comedians (laughing is healing) or anything I can learn from. I'm an avid reader, I love nonfiction I can learn and grow from. What I feed my mind makes a difference in my state of being.
A lifestyle that fits our desires is neccessary to manifest those desires. I live a very mindful lifestyle. Through out my day, I ask myself "Is the highest and best use of my time" I don't drink or do drugs, they cloud the mind. I've never really been a big drinker, just socially. I've since lost interst in drinking all together. It's amazing what we can accomplish when our mind is in balance and clear.
I don't believe in diets, I believe in lifestyle, that gives easier and lasting results. I don't count calories, I count nutrients. I really have no idea how many calories I eat in a day. I'm sure it varies. I'm a vegan and I eat only organic and non gmo food. I eat often through the day. I prepare most of my meals myself or go to restuarants that offer what I eat. It's getting easier and easier to find such places. Again, perfection isn't what's important, it's 80/20. I do occasionally visit my local frozen yogurt place or enjoy a cookie or 2. It's all about balance.
I drink alkaline water all day, it's almost all I drink. I do enjoy a good smoothie on occasion. If I'm in a restaurant, I'll put lemon in my water to make it alkaline. I'm often offered regular water when visiting someone or at a social gathering. I'll drink it. I'll just balance it out with alkaline water and alkaline food.
I'm very active. I hike 2 to 5 times a week. I run and do yoga every morning. I visit the gym when the weather isn't cooperating or I just feel I need to get some strength training in. I love to swim. Besides my morning run and yoga, I don't keep a strict workout schedule or routine. There's really nothing routine about me. I just do what I enjoy. I'm naturally athletic and active, I'm told I was born that way :)
I avoid low frequency nonsense. I don't do drama or gossip about others. None of us are perfect so no one has the right to point fingers. I will simply walk away. I refuse to talk bad about others, that's not good for the Karma. I don't hang around people who involve themselves in nonsense. I prefer people that lift others up, inspire me, grow me, teach me. I hope I can do the same for others. I do enjoy stimulating, intelligent, mind opening conversation.
I manage my peeps. I make sure I'm surrounded only by people who want to see me succeed and work hard at their own success. We become like the 5 people we're aroud the most. Those people need to be good for me and I them. I don't get close to anyone who has energy I don't like or is OK with hurting otheres or bringing them down. We're all on this planet together, lifting others up only benefits humanity.
Time management. Family can keep us busy and so can a few other things in life. I do my best to manage my time well. When things do get busy against my will, I don't like it. I hate rushing around or hurring up to get something done. It's not a healthy state to be in.
I'm my own doctor. I practice holistic heath and natural medicine. I don't believe in uncurable di ease, only medically uncurable. I don't see medical doctors (unless I cut off an arm or break a bone or something to that extent). I don't take pharmacuticles, I take thier natural equalivent if needed. How can man think he can make better meds than Gaia?
I avoid stress as much as possible and manage the stress I have. I live a wonderful lifestyle below my means. I don't over schedule myself or worry about what doesn't matter. Stress can kill.
Knowledge is power, the lack of knowledge is the lack of power. I love to learn, grow and see just how far I can go during my time on this planet. I love my life and being well and in balance. I love that my body is toned and strong. I love the freedom to live life as I see best for me. I love life beause I created the life I love :)
When you're living right, no extra work is needed to look good, you just naturally do.