I am not a Noun, I am a Free Verb

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A few days ago -or it could have been weeks or even months – time flies ay? – anyway, I digress as usual. A while ago, I saw a short video clip of Stephen Fry (one of my absolute favourite people) talking about being verbs and not nouns…

For example I am not just a ‘writer’ but I do write, I am not just a mother, but I do a lot of mothering stuff, same as grandmother, knitter, designer, cleaner, cook, armchair therapist … and the list goes on.

So every person who asks me what I do, tends to get a different answer depending on the conversation, the questioner and sometimes my own mood. Honestly, if you’ve done half a dozen wash-loads today, do you not feel like a laundry woman?!

Maybe the answer to the dreaded ‘what do you do?’ question should be “shall I make a list?” or “where do I start?” and see where we go from there. ๐Ÿ™‚

Busy folk everywhere take heart, you are so much more than you think or say you are!

Have a Great Day!
Linda x

P.S. Just realized this is my hundredth blogpost!

Stix & Yarn

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Top models are doing it, kids are doing it and the wrinklies have been at it for years!ย  Don’t miss out on adding a new skill to your life CV.

Get a domestic survival craft under your belt that will:

-save you tons of money
-provide you and yours with a totally unique wardrobe
-save you from munchie attacks and keep the waistline in order
-resolve all gift giving problems
-give your creative energy an outlet when you’re on overload
-help you relax while creating something practical and fun

And you’ll get oodles of brownie points and plenty of oohs and aaahs without even trying. And the name of this wonderful craft? – Knitting, of course!

Before you rush away fearing the worst scenario of being a wrinkly old grey haired witch who clacks her needles at everyone all day long – stop! The vision is scary enough.

As I said before, top models knit between performances. It’s a calming exercise and practical. (Did you know knitting can burn 100 calories an hour?)

Children in the Shetland islands learned to knit as part of their school curriculum. Survival skills for youngsters will stay with them all their lives. I learned to knit when I was four years old and the skill has got me out of trouble a few times in my life – but that’s another story!

And the wrinklies are at it. Well many of them. During the war years and the years following when rations were tight, survival skills were needed. The choice of tools and materials they had were limited and many knitters were obliged to knit for long hours to produce a simple pair of socks. These socks, made from 100% wool would no doubt need darning within a few weeks.

But now, with technology at our fingertips and no rationing going on, except in my house where there is a serious de-caff regime happening, we can explore textures and styles beyond the wildest dreams of our predecessors.

Knitting is in fact simply a series of slip knots made with a couple of pointy sticks and a length of yarn.

Yes, that’s all there is to it! Fishermen of old could teach you how to knit a fishing net and probably a cosy jumper as well. Tradition has it that men dominated the craft of knitting for many centuries. Information is a bit sketchy as to when women took over – but they sure did.

During the 17th century, a clergyman invented the knitting machine out of sheer frustration at being made to wait for his beloved for hours because she was knitting.

Whether his motives were valiant or lustful, the male of the species seems to have lost touch with hand knitting around that time and domestic crafts started taking second place to industrial based products.

This is a shame because every man, woman and child can knit almost anything with a couple of sticks and a length of yarn.

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So let’s recap the benefits in more detail:

1. Save a ton of cash

Once you establish you have a new hobby, the materials you need will start appearing from nowhere. I have pounds of yarn and hundreds of needles and I’ve no idea where most of it came from. I like to believe the law of attraction was at work for me. ๐Ÿ™‚

Put the word out you’re looking for spare balls of yarn, look in charity shops and end of sale clearances. You could even unpick hand knitted garments – as long as they haven’t been washed too often as the fibres lock together too tightly to unpick. Then when you knit your own garments and gifts, you’ll save tons of cash.

** If you have a little cash spare to start you off, it may be worth grabbing a pack of multi coloured yarns from Amazon or Ebay, or if your budget will stretch, support a local knitting shop and get to know them. They are often very helpful and friendly!

 
2. Provide you and yours with a totally unique wardrobe

How could it be otherwise? Every hand knitted product has it’s own mark of personality in it. Just as writing a story or an article will have your style injected into it or a certain chocolate cake you make will be better than any other cake on the planet.

You can choose colours, styles, change patterns to suit you. It takes a little practice – and a knowledge of multiplication tables helps when you start designing your own patterns, but before you start your own designing, simply creating an unusual colour scheme will make your item unique to you.

“You could start with simple accessories – experiment or practice following simple patterns – Fun Knits over on the knitsulove page is proving to be a popular starting block”

 
3. Saves you from munchie attacks

What more can I say? Knitting is totally incompatible with eating chocolate or salty snacks. You need both hand free from stickiness to knit, so you won’t even be able to get that late night bowl of cornflakes eaten before they go soggy! And an added bonus is that knitting can burn 100 calories an hour – win-win-win!

 
4. Resolve gift giving problems

You could knit toys, clothes, accessories and even Christmas decorations. The patterns available are awesome and often very easy to follow. Have a look in knitting supply shops, online stores such as Etsy or Amazon and browse the amazing designs available. You could also find knitting patterns often published in women’s weekly magazines. Check out your local newsagents for these type of publications. They may even have monthly knitting magazines which often have free gifts with them.

“I don’t mean to harp on about the knitting page we have here, but definitely check it out for gift giving ideas!”

 
5. Give your creative energy an outlet when you’re on overload.

If you need a break from your desk, kitchen or anywhere else, sit in your favourite chair and get out your knitting. If you only knit for ten minutes, while searching in your mind for that elusive word or brainstorming some ideas that are still at the thinking stage, or simply finding a solution to a problem, you will not only have added to the item you’re making, you will have removed yourself physically from the problem or issue you were facing. You don’t always need a five mile hike to get to grips with the world again.

 
6. Helps you relax

There have been scientific studies showing a significant reduction of stress in the physical body while knitting. You get relaxed before you start – although I have been known to have my knitting in a large pocket and whip it out every now and then if I’m watching a pot come to the boil in the kitchen – but really, best to relax.

The simple act of moving the needles in the right way, even if you are following a complicated pattern, will create a an amazing sense of achievement which equals a feeling of worthiness and joy.

 
7. Improves your literacy and numeracy skills

Yep, there have been scientific studies apparently that show an increase in literacy and numeracy skills after knitting. Now, I’m not a scientist and couldn’t tell you how this can possibly make sense, but I do have a theory or two:

1. You can often find yourself counting or calculating how many stitches or rows you need to knit – and this gets way more complicated when you start designing your own patterns.

2. When you read a knitting pattern, however simple, you do have to focus and read every word or abbreviation, which can help with reading skills.

They are just my interpretations of the science. Google if you need to know more but for now, these seven extraordinary reasons are all you need to grab those ‘stix and yarn’ and award yourself a new life skill…

Give yourself a gift. Learn to knit today.

Happy Knitting!
Linda x

Vampires Begone!

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Garlic has so many myths and legends attached to it they would probably fill a whole book, although we do know for sure that it keeps vampires away, so for that reason alone we should definitely grow some!

Garlic is part of the onion family although it is considered to be a herb. It has been cultivated for over 5000 years and wild garlic has been around even longer.

In Roman times it was believed to bestow strength and was given to soldiers. Itโ€™s also been used as an effective hangover cure, apparently.

Garlic is an excellent herb to have available in your garden. The bulbs store well if kept in the right conditions and can be used through the winter months. Garlic tends to grow easily and needs little looking after.

It has medicinal qualities and is said to cleanse and purify the blood. Garlic is believed to protect against colds and flu and is used to treat infections. It has anti-fungal qualities and is also known to reduce high blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

*Extract from ‘Growing Herbs at Home’ on our Herbs and Healing page

Embracing nature,
Linda x

Choosing your Path

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A while ago I watched a Wayne Dyer talk and as usual was blown away by his words. He told a story of author Porsche Nelson who had gone to, if I remember correctly, a writers workshop where the students were given five index cards and asked to write their life story. This is what she wrote:

 

Chapter One:
I walk down the street. There’s a deep hole in the sidewalk. I fall in. I’m lost. I’m helpless. It isn’t my fault and it takes forever to find a way out.

Chapter Two:
I walk down the same street. There’s a deep hole in the sidewalk. I pretend I don’t see it. I fall in again. I can’t believe I’m in the same place. It isn’t my fault. It still takes a long time for me to get out.

Chapter Three:
I walk down the same street. There’s a deep hole in the sidewalk. I see it there. I still fall in. It’s a habit but my eyes are open. I know where I am and it’s my own fault and I get out immediately.

Chapter Four:
I walk down the same street. There’s a deep hole in the sidewalk. I walk around it.

Chapter Five:
Finally, I walk down another street.

Powerful stuff ay?

To your well-being ๐Ÿ™‚

Linda x

Celery Juicing

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Celery Juicing is big news! My daughter is a fan and turned me onto it the other day. Although it’s probably best to drink it first thing in the morning to get the full benefits, I tried it later in the day and after a good nights sleep, had the most productive day I’ve had for ages!

Yes, it could have been coincidence but there are a lot of healthy vitamins and other stuff in celery so it’s definitely worth a try.

Celery stalks and leaves can be used and you should allow a whole bunch for a couple of small glasses. I used to grow a lot of celery when I lived in France but didn’t have a juicer back then and I doubt if I would have thought about juicing celery anyway!

Celery juice is said to reduce blood pressure and sugar levels among other things.
NB: Google health benefits of celery or celery juice and always double check with your doctor if you are self medicating.

Because celery has been considered to be a herb for centuries I included it one of my herb books. The following text is the intro to growing celery and you’ll find tips on growing this superfood as a herb or as a ‘juicing’ vegetable. ๐Ÿ™‚

About Celery

Although we consider it to be a vegetable, celery has been used as a herb for centuries. It was very important in Roman cuisine and also used medicinally. Celery was developed and cultivated into the vegetable we know today during the 17th century in Italy and later became popular in other parts of Europe.

Celery herb grows wild in many parts of Europe, Africa, South and North America, but will not develop the blanched stalk unless cultivated. Grown as a vegetable in the kitchen garden, a few leaves can be picked and used in the kitchen for flavouring before the stalks have matured.

Wild celery, apium graveolens, is more resistant to pests and diseases than cultivated varieties.

Medicinal uses for Celery

Celery is used in Ayurvedic medicine for bronchial problems, including asthma, wind and as a nerve tonic. Seeds collected when ripe are used to distill into oil and dried into powders. Seed sold for cultivation shouldnโ€™t be used medicinally.

Text taken from Growing 20 Everyday Herbs

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To your good health!

Linda x

 

 

 

Happy Days

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A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post about finding your passion and I’ve had some more thoughts about this. In the entrepreneur and business world we often hear that you should do what you love and while I’ve always gone along with that idea, something came up recently that kind of shifted my thinking.
I watched the incredible Seth Godin interviewed by the equally incredible Marie Forleo and Seth said something that turned my mind upside down!

He said that instead of doing the work you love, you should love the work you do.

I mean, how many of us really get to do the work we love? But if you turn that on its head and choose to love the work you do, it puts a whole new spin on enjoying life.

So how can we love a job that bores us or offers no chance of promotion or significant wage increase?

It has to start in the mind. Our beautiful, complex and sometimes self-sabotaging minds. Our minds want to keep us safe and will repeat familiar thoughts over and over because change triggers unsafe thoughts. Positive thinking is a classic response but telling yourself to have positive thoughts when you’re feeling stressed, worried or fearful is just too far away from the present reality.

There are so many wonderful teachings that can help us through those moments of stress. Energy healing, hypnotherapy and meditation techniques can all help us be more present, and when you feel present in this moment, scary thoughts or frustrations tend to melt away.

One of the best books ever written, in my humble opinion, is The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. I’ll put a link below, if you haven’t yet read it, I would recommend it as a book that could honestly change your life.

We only have this present moment. The next moment is also the present moment, so when we think thoughts like ‘I’ll be happy when ……(fill in the blank)’ we are confirming that our present moment is unhappy. And we can all probably relate to the fact that it’s the journey that counts, not the result or end goal, because when we get to that end goal, we will always want more. That’s the nature of the beast called ‘human being’. We have to grow and evolve.

So, getting back to loving the work you do, bring yourself back to the present moment whenever you can and give it your best shot. Doing the best you can in any moment makes you feel so much better and ready for the next moment.

If you are doing a boring job or task, give it your best and if you don’t even have to think about the actual task in hand, enjoy the environment. Cleaning the house can give you an incredible sense of achievement, which encourages the mind to find other things to feel good about.

And if the job you are doing requires a lot of focus and concentration, give yourself to the task and create the best possible outcome – not to impress anyone else (although the best work will no doubt get the attention of the boss) but to make yourself feel good.

Even if you are doing a job you love or building your dream business, there are always going to be tasks that aren’t particularly enjoyable. Personally I always put off doing my tax return but when I’ve done it, I feel great! So thank you Seth Godin, the wisdom in those words ‘love the work you do’ will resonate with me and I hope they will help you make a difference to your daily tasks and enjoy as many moments as you can. After all, life isn’t a dress rehearsal and we are supposed to be enjoying it ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a great day!
Linda x

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Find Your Passion

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What’s Your Passion?
Did you ever wonder how some people manage to find time for ‘hobbies’ and ‘pastimes’ when you are only just fitting in everything you HAVE to do in the space of each 24 hours? The answer is passion.

It’s been said many times before, but the phrase ‘ if you want something badly enough you’ll get it’ is 110% relevant to our everyday lives.

Are you passionately committed to keeping a clean and tidy house? Then I would hazard a guess that your house is clean and tidy most of the time.

Are you passionately committed to your job and promotion prospects? The chances are you are on your way up that ladder right now.

However, the majority of us live our lives according to the passions and sometimes the whims of everyone around us. Why? Because we never stop to think what we actually WANT, what we actually LOVE or what we are passionate about.

Do you really, deep down in your soul, believe that the world will fall apart and no-one will like you if you don’t keep your house clean? If so, then take a few tiny baby steps out of that box and remember the dust will be there tomorrow… your friends or your dreams may not. Phew.. Now there’s a kick in the teeth.

I often imagine I would like a clean and tidy house fit for a royal visit. But I’m never able to commit myself to the time and energy it requires – Why? Because I’m NOT passionate about housework. Never have been, never will be. I would rather spend time with my family and friends, chatting on the phone, going for long walks or dancing the night away. And guess what – a member of the royal household has yet to turn up on my doorstep un-announced!

Do you really want a clean and tidy house for YOU or is it just so the neighbours won’t say bad things about you when they drop in for coffee? If you are using your precious time to keep on the ‘good’ side of other people, pause for a moment and remember that those other people are definitely NOT perfect. There will be areas of their lives you will not resonate with – guaranteed!

Most of us are committed to spending a certain number of hours every day working, often for someone else, just to earn enough money to get through to the next paycheck. Does this sound like you?

At the end of the working day, we need to find something to make us feel good, to enable us to endure the next day’s hard graft. Governments are wise to this formula and have enabled the average working man/woman to be able to afford entertainment in their homes.

Television helps us wind down – or does it?

I don’t watch television. I’ve always felt, although there are some great programmes and lots of learning to be gained, the television companies are determining WHAT we watch and WHEN we watch it. I want to decide those things for myself.

I had a cold sales call one evening. While trying to sell me a phone package deal, the sales person referred to a TV advert. I told her I was unaware of this advert because I don’t watch TV. She kept me talking for 10 minutes during which time she referred to this particular TV advert a further 4 times, and each time I assured her I had not seen it because I don’t watch television. She didn’t believe me at all.

So everyone in our region watches the same adverts, the same programmes, the same news stories every single day or night? Yep, I guess that’s what’s happening. We are all thinking the same thoughts. Our brainwaves are tuned to the exact same brand of fish fingers being the best thing for our kids since sliced bread – a highly debatable point! And we have no time left for ourselves.

So coming back to passion…

Find your passions in life. Make a list and seriously consider each thing you write down. Is it what you want or is it what you think other people want from you. Remember your life is yours alone.

You may be responsible for the care of others, children, parents, the sick or needy. But ultimately this is YOUR life. You only get one shot at it.

Don’t waste another minute watching those adverts – you can watch the exact same ones tomorrow if you so wish. Believe me they won’t go away! Television is one of the biggest time-consumers. And every moment you are watching, could be spent enjoying one of the passions in your life.

Try this experiment to find time for YOU in your life…

1. Make a list of your passions – remember they must be YOUR passions, no-one else’s

2. Pick one and find time for it.

That’s it!

Many years ago I learned to knit. Knitting has often had a fairly dull press.

-Knitting’s for grannies
-Knitting is boring and time consuming.

But I enjoy the challenge. New yarns and stylish pattern designs make knitting fun and fast, and I can knit even if I am watching a film. Knitting can be picked up during the adverts and worked at for 5 or 10 minutes at a time. The equipment takes up very little space. It’s cheap – often costing nothing – to set up.

Knitting is one of my passions, and over the years I have learned to design my own clothes, toys and many practical household items. And, although at moments in my life I have had to live within an incredibly tight budget, I have always found the materials needed to be able to continue with my hobby.

Knitting is MY passion….what’s yours?

Reading? Writing Poetry? Stamp collecting? Scrapbooking? or maybe your passions lie outside your four walls – Gardening? Tennis? Gym Club?

Find your passion and you WILL find the time AND the resources to carry it through. You may even turn your hobby into a thriving business. Many books have been written on the subject. I am on my way to creating a knitting empire at the moment…. The Ekokids are teenage dolls who were created during a low budget moment and are now gaining a global audience! (Pop over to this page to see the patterns I’m developing Knits-U-Love)

Find time for your passion today – you deserve it!

Linda x

Meditation Made Easy

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I just realized I’ve written tons of posts relating to healthy living such as growing fruit and veg, healthy foods and recipes and even getting off the grid from time to time. But one thing that I’ve never really touched upon, which is one of the most important things we can do to live a healthy lifestyle, is meditation.

Meditation has been around since the beginning of humankind in one form or another although us western world folk tend to conjure up images of monks sitting cross legged on beautiful mountains for hours on end. And of course that is a reality, but for us to benefit from this amazing practice we do not have to sit for hours on a mountain top, although that kinda sounds appealing sometimes!

In recent years scientists, doctors, philosophers and self development teachers have all begun to share the benefits of ‘quieting your mind’. However, most of us live busy lives and tend to come up with a couple of excuses not to incorporate meditation in our lives.

The first excuse is that we don’t have time to sit and meditate – this I’m afraid to say, is a cop-out excuse. We can ALL find ten or fifteen minutes a day – it’s just a matter of prioritizing.

And the second excuse is, and this one has relevance, that we can’t STOP thinking.

We have thousands upon thousands of thoughts every day and to expect ourselves to be able to magically turn off this powerful stream of thought instantly is frankly absurd. But there are many ways to meditate and it’s also a ‘practice’, so that means if you do it consistently you will get better at it.

So I’m just as guilty as everyone else of making these excuses, especially the second one but having spent the last decade or more studying self development and self help teachings, strategies and philosophies, I’ve come up with a system that works for me and I’d like to share these ideas with you here and now…..

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1. Allocate a time for yourself every day – yep, every day. It honestly doesn’t have to be longer than 15 or 20 minutes. First thing in the morning is perfect but whenever it suits you is important.

2. Decide on a comfortable space to meditate. If your household is forever busy, choose a room and tell the family to NOT disturb you. Don’t just rely on closing the door. We all know that the most reliable way to draw your children to you is to not be paying attention to them. (on the phone, taking a bath ring a bell?!) You may have to rope in the help of your partner or eldest child to help make this happen.

3. Eliminate other distractions. Turn your phone off, or if that’s too painful, leave it in another room where you won’t hear it. Don’t have your laptop with you either, unless you are choosing a guided meditation…

4. A guided meditation may be just what you need to encourage a moment of relaxation. There are literally hundreds of guided meditations online, youtube in particular. Do a little research beforehand and decide on a video that resonates with you. I recently found a very simple guided meditation by Marie Forleo (here) which is less than 15 minutes but really hits the spot – for me anyway. Choose something that suits you. Don’t attempt the hour long videos at first – work up to that if you want to, but honestly 15 minutes once or twice a day is really all you need to get into this.

5. Alternatively you may prefer simply to sit quietly in a quiet room. But if you have trouble with those pesky thoughts, try a simple mantra such as ‘So Hum’ Repeat silently to yourself – ‘So’ on the in breath and ‘hum’ on the exhale

6. Now you’re set up with a space, time and guided meditation if you’re using one, sit in a comfortable position with a straight back. Place your hands in your lap, and if it’s comfortable for you, have your palms facing slightly upwards and touch the tips of your thumbs and index fingers together.

7. Take a deep breath in, feeling the breath go right down to your belly and straighten your spine, then breathe out slowly relaxing your shoulders. Take a few long slow breaths and basically then you’re on your way…

You could focus on relaxing all parts of your body. But if you can just relax your forehead, eyes, jaw and shoulders, you’re probably much more relaxed than you usually are.

And when those thoughts and images drift into your mind, and they will, just be aware of them and gently bring your attention back to your breath or your mantra.

The most important thing here is to NOT beat yourself up about not getting it ‘right’. Sitting quietly is a great start and even if you can find just a few seconds of no-thought, you WILL benefit. Then do it every day. After a week or two you may find a minute or two of ‘no thought’ – the key here is consistency. Make it a daily practice for you.

Meditation is something that costs no money and little time and your resulting good feelings will ripple out to your family, friends and all beings right round the world.

This zen quote says it all really!
“Meditate for 20 minutes a day. If you don’t have time, then you need to meditate for an hour”

I’d love to know how you get on. Share your thoughts on my Facebook page. Otherwise, just share with friends and family who you know will benefit from a daily 15 minutes of ‘me’ time ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Meditating!

Linda x

How Can I Lose Weight?

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‘How Can I Lose Weight’ is Googled around 9 million times a month… phew!

Have you ever wondered why some folk never put on weight and others spend their whole life trying to lose it? There are a few mythical answers to this very popular question:

– willpower
– metabolism
– glands
– various other medical conditions
– time
– money
– lifestyle ….. ah, now this one may not be so mythical!

In fact, how we live our lives in general has a lot to do with how our bodies respond. This wonderful biological miracle we live in responds directly to how we treat it.

“But I eat salad every day and count calories almost religiously and still can’t shift the weight”

Is this you? Counting calories, panicking if you go over your daily quota and generally allowing your ‘diet’ to run your life?

STOP RIGHT THERE!

This isn’t working is it? You’re still not happy with your weight and general health. I was going to mention fitness but that conjures up unpleasant images of push ups and bossy personal trainers.. so we won’t go there – not just yet anyway ๐Ÿ™‚

One of the biggest issues most of us have is instant gratification. We live in an instant world. From instant coffee to instant world access through the internet.

How many of us grumble when the connection is a bit slow? A few short years ago it may have taken hours to get through to someone on the other side of the world by phone. Nowadays we complain if we have to wait 10 seconds. Internet marketing experts will tell you if you haven’t grabbed your audienceโ€™s attention within about 5 seconds, they’re gone!

But I digress, losing excess weight should not be treated as an internet download. It took a while to install those pounds… it will take a while to uninstall them.

“But what about all those ‘Lose 10lbs in 10 days’ diets?”

Great in theory, but what usually happens is that even if you do lose 10lbs in 10 days, 20 days later you will have 11 or 12lbs to lose. Fast weight loss is not effective because your body doesn’t have time to address the underlying issues about why you were carrying the extra weight in the first place.

Our survival instincts are often to blame. Instinctive behaviour is deeply rooted in our subconscious from days when we lived in caves and fat was essential for survival. Unfortunately our instincts haven’t yet updated to blend with 21st century living.

So it’s NOT YOUR FAULT!!!

Stop beating yourself up about it and take positive action that suits your lifestyle and results in the healthy body you deserve.

Don’t listen to the excuses. None of them are real. One underlying issue is responsible for all our excuses.

Lack of self-love.

Even if you think you’re pretty stable, respect and love yourself and everyone else loves you too; if you’re reading this you probably have a body issue going on.

If you aren’t in shape, something somewhere flipped you into survival mode and left you there. You don’t have to book into therapy to find out what it was, just accept that something occurred and now you’re gonna deal with it!

So the plan is to create;

—a comfort zone that bubbles over with confidence,

—and the healthy gorgeous body you always dreamed of.

Once that’s taken care of, everything else falls neatly into place…

So here’s the challenge:

Decide how many pounds you want to lose and stick to the plan for the same amount of weeks – don’t try to cut corners by trying to lose more than 1lb a week. 1lb may not sound much but go and pick up something that weighs 1lb (500g) and then relate the weight to actually losing it from your body.

Whether you think this is impressive or not, go with it.

Allow 1lb a week weight loss only. It’s tempting to get rid of the first few pounds quickly and this often naturally happens in a diet plan, but it doesn’t really help because we allow thoughts like ‘I lost 3lbs last week so I can eat cake today and tomorrow.’ to take hold.

A dangerous strategy – the point of healthy diets is that you gain a healthy attitude to food and re-educate that survival software.

The best way to see the bigger picture is to know that you won’t be ‘suffering’ on a ‘diet’ for ever more. But will enjoy and feel at ease with your new way of seeing yourself and the world around you.
Processed food does NOT nourish living bodies.

If you look at the number of posh vets and animal surgeries our society supports, it seems clear that by feeding our animals on processed foods they are suffering from the same adverse medical conditions as humans.

Before you start your healthy diet plan, give yourself a little time to think about real food as well as a gentle physical pursuit.

Treat yourself to a walk in the woods and a super healthy meal

Perhaps consider a few of the reasons why you haven’t sorted this out yet – don’t stress though. Remember we all have self-limiting beliefs, and blasts from the past that keep us locked in a revolving door.

And the most important point I’d really like to stress is ‘Take it slowly’ – Any pressure will keep that survival mode firmly switched on. Rushing isn’t a good thing – you miss the details, you sometimes fall over, and most of all you don’t particularly enjoy the journey.

Enjoy the journey – it’s a challenge yes but, as neuro-science proves, if you accept the challenge you’ll release tons of feel-good hormones.

You may also be nervous. One of the biggest obstacles in human society is FEAR. When we decide to do something, we get excited and positive about our upcoming results. Then the fear kicks in…. again our survival instincts … and puts doubts in the way.

Ride those fears because they’re not real – don’t ignore them. Acknowledge, accept, then move on…

Takeaway Checklist:

– Be realistic in your weight-loss plan
– Don’t allow your thoughts to push you into ‘instant gratification’ or get-thin-quick schemes ๐Ÿ™‚
– Start enjoying ‘real’ food more than ‘processed’ non-foods
– Decide what you like to do that involves moving around –

if you are physically challenged, there are chair workouts and other pursuits that you can enjoy that will help you get rid of excess pounds. Even knitting burns up a fair few calories an hour.

But most of all … “Love Yourself”

To your good health!

Linda x

I am Worthy

I am Worthy

I am Worthy!

We’re just over half-way through this year and time to create new beginnings, positive changes and really make a difference in our world in the next 12 months.

Even when you think you’re world is tiny, good feelings ripple out indefinitely, reaching more people than you can imagine.

I’ve studied plenty of self-help theories and practices over the past ten years or so, but when it comes right down to it;

**We have a choice.

**We can become master of our thoughts and really make a difference in our world.

Many of us feel we don’t have a choice, and on the surface that may seem likely. This is one of the reasons hypnosis and self-help practices have become so popular – we need to get beyond that surface tension and find the real ‘me’.

Probably the most effective form of getting to know yourself is meditation….

aaaargh .. Yes I hear you!!!

**no time,
**can’t sit still for long enough to understand what I’m supposed to be doing
**constant distractions

yep, I know …. me too … however, I also know that the most successful people in society today practice meditation.

The meaning of meditation is to become familiar – become familiar with yourself so you can identify those self-limiting beliefs that are causing lack in your life – of wealth, health and spiritual fulfillment.

Self-limiting beliefs cause all sorts of havoc – they convince you that

**You don’t have a choice
**It’s genetic, whatever ‘it’ is
**The world doesn’t work that way
**I’m not worthy

The ‘I’m not worthy’ self-limiting belief is probably one of the most common and dis-empowering beliefs in the world today.

Close your eyes for a minute or two at intervals during the day and think (or speak out loud if no-one’s around)

“I am worthy”

This will encourage you into a different state of being. One that empowers you, slowly but surely.

I originally learned this very powerful tip from one of Louise Hay’s books – “You Can Heal Your Life” and since I started practicing it, a boost of self-confidence has allowed me to improve my life in ways I would never have thought possible.

Take Away:

– Start a do-able meditation practice every day – 5 minutes is better than no minutes
– Tell yourself you are worthy.

Repeat the phrase “I am worthy” to yourself all through the day – be consistent and you will be surprised at how fast you start changing those self-limiting beliefs. It feels kind of weird at first but go with it. Nobody knows you’re doing it … this is for you.

Love yourself – you ARE worthy. ๐Ÿ™‚

Linda x

P.S. This downloadable has more fun ideas to keep those good feeling ripples flowing…

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To your Good Health!

Linda x