The Value of your Health

How much is your health and wellness worth to you?

Think about this for a moment, maybe more than just one moment and give your most honest answer. I find that most of us don’t put nearly enough value into this element and we have to ask, why not?

We spend a few hundred dollars a month on a car payment.

We spend a few thousand dollars on a house payment.

We spend hundreds of dollars a month on the foods we eat, the places we visit, the bills we pay, and so on…

But for some reason, when it comes down to exercise and eating the right foods; we think, “Oh, that’s okay. I’m good with what I’m doing.”

Why?

Is it because we feel good at this point in time? Is it because we aren’t willing to do something uncomfortable or scary or possibly something we may fail at? Is it because we’ve been taught that doing things for ourselves is selfish?

Or is it deeper?

Is it because we see ourselves as who we truly are, in a very vulnerable way, and working on our bodies and our health may just make us seem more vulnerable to the outside world?

Being different is hard. I know when I began my fitness plans, everyone around me thought I was nuts.

“Kathy, you work out soooo much”

“Kathy, when are you going to relax and just eat ‘normal’ again?”

“Kathy, you are SOO strong and dedicated…I could never do that”…

It got to the point that everywhere I went, I knew that my presence would make people uncomfortable.

Why?

Not because I was giving myself the attention and taking care of my body’s needs.

No, it was because I was different. I was doing different things and standing out.

This, my friend, is scary stuff.

Being different makes other people stop and pay attention. They wonder, why are they doing things different. Then they start to wonder why they are not also doing things that way. And it makes them uncomfortable.

Because we all want to be similar. We all want to belong. We all want to be “normal”…

But what the heck is “normal”, anyway?

Can’t I be a good friend, parent, sister, spouse, etc…and still be considered ‘normal’ because of these traits?

In order to stand out and be ‘different’ to some people, meant that I would also become ‘normal’ to another group of people. And this is awesome.

When you find your ‘people’, you are given new hope. When you find the friends who believe in what you believe in and are willing to fight for what you are fighting for; you are no longer alone.

You now belong to a “group” again.

 

It doesn’t mean that your family and friends who don’t follow your new goals need to be pushed away, it just means that your relationship may shift a little. Only if they choose.

You keep being you.

You keep putting more value on your body than you do on your car or your house.

You freaking LIVE in the same body for your entire life! Why would you NOT??

So, I ask you again, how much value do you give to your health and wellness?

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Are You Struggling Today?

It’s amazing to me when I hear people assume that if you don’t complain or talk about your struggles; that you must no have any.

BULL!!! 

Our struggles are our stories!!! Embrace them and learn to grow from them.  That is your message to the world around you.

In keeping with today’s topic; I will share some of mine…

I am a very happily married woman of almost 20 years to my amazing hubby.  Do you think that it’s been bliss ever since the day we said, “I Do”???

FAR FROM IT!!!

…and to those of you who are, or have been married know that it would have been a complete lie for me to say otherwise.

We started out as your average “happy” young couple with dreams of a family life, successes, growing in our faith and many blessings.

While I can’t say we aren’t enjoying all of these today, it sure has not been “easy” in any respect.

Which reminds me of a joke my son told us this summer;

“Why did the washing machine stop working?…. Somebody threw the towel in…”

=D =D =D

We all have struggles and if we stick with what needs to be done consistently; we can work our ways through them and come out stronger than ever. This doesn’t mean it’s a great idea to complain to everyone around you or share all over social media about your issues…

Because there is such a thing as an “unfollow” button and that will get pressed if you make complaining a habit. Instead, act as though everything is going great and your reality will become so. You have more power over your progress and success than you know.

My point is that although life has had it’s share of ups and downs for us, we never gave up. We kept refocusing on helping each other and moving forward in the best way we could understand at the time. There is no fairy tale life. There is no perfection for anyone. I know we will continue to have our struggles but without them, we wouldn’t be as happy and as strong as we are today. My hubby is my best friend and I know he has my back just as much as I do, his.

But you have to get a little bit (sometimes, a LOT) uncomfortable before you feel proud of where you’ve come from…

Let’s focus in on the happy parts of today!

Dealing With the Symptoms of PMS

In reading a recent article about nutrition deficiencies and how these can cause irregularities for menstruating women, I figured this would be an interesting share for your knowledge and I would love to hear your feedback.

The question has been asked (time and again) regarding how taking healthy meal replacements can impact women’s menstrual cycles.  You know all about the hormones raging at this time of the month; and also 2 weeks into the month.  Don’t we ever get a break before we hit menopause?  Puh-leeze!!!

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I wanted to share wether there are benefits of taking healthy supplements, such as Shakeology, during the month’s hormonal rampage?  (don’t you like how I make it seem like a “monster”? it kinda is!)  Will the right amount of nutrition taken in daily help our bodies to adjust and function properly (or at least more pleasurably?)…

Let’s back up to being nutritionally deficient and what that means to our daily being; let alone when our bodies are taxed with hormones, stress, fatigue and life.  Our eating habits have a direct correlation to our bodies’ hormones and body compositions; which basically alter our monthly cycles.  This means that it can be shortened or lengthened in time and intensity.  Exercise also plays a vital role in this issue.

When we are nutritionally deficient, it simply means that our bodies are not balanced and on the verge of being unhealthy.  Most of us don’t realize this fact and do nothing to help alleviate the issues.  How many of your family and friends tell you that the right kind of nutrition can help to activate the proper function of our body?  Did you know that our systems will continue to drop?  Think of your nutrition storages as “empty” when your body is at a loss of certain (or in most cases, many) nutrients.  This only adds more irregularities and hormone related issues during our cycles every month. (guys, if you’ve made it this far into this post, I applaud you for your sympathy)  There are numerous studies that support vitamin and mineral deficiencies in our bodies that can cause severe menstrual symptoms.  (and you thought you were alone?)
There are more and more women who have been taking Shakeology to boost their health and weight loss efforts.  It’s a misconception that this is just a “meal replacement shake” or “weight loss shake”.  In all honesty, many times it starts off with these simple goals but proves to help in more ways than expected.  There is a growing number of pregnant and breastfeeding women who have continued on with their Shakeology intake, with the growing recommendations from their obstetricians and pediatricians.  This is showing to safely and effectively boost their health and fitness, while bridging the gaps in nutritional deficiencies.  A healthy diet that consists of the basic nutrients will resolve period irregularities.  Shakeology can help to overcome many health related issues due to it’s complete nutrient abilities.
Here is the breakdown of the essential ingredients from Shakeology and how it might (or might not) ward off the negative effects and symptoms of your monthly cycle.

Here are some of the essential nutrients in Shakeology that have the power to treat abnormalities related to your periods.

For your monthly cramps:  BILBERRY

Shakeology includes the extracts from Bilberry, a shrub closely related to the blueberry plant, which is rich in antioxidant flavanoids. This blue fruit is great to regulate blood circulation, keep the urinary track in a good condition, fight diarrhea and help to treat menstrual cramps.

To help regulate your hormones: VITAMIN D3

Shakeology is a great source of Vitamin D treatment to regulate the hormones. A number of women who are suffering from polycystic ovary syndrome and are not menstruating properly can return to a normal period cycle by adding additional Vitamin D source in their diets.

For overall PMS help:  TRYPTOPHAN

Tryptophan is an essential amino acid for the human diet that is found in Shakeology. This ingredient is claimed to offer several benefits including fighting off depression, overcoming the PMS symptoms and to enhance performance. Tryptophan builds proteins in the body and helps to keep away the depression and anxiety you face during severe PMS.

To help Post-menopausal symptoms:  MANGANESE

Shakeology ingredients contain manganese, a powerful antioxidant that is essential in lessening the spinal bone loss – a common problem for women who suffer from Osteoporosis, and a common condition after menopause.

What does it all mean?

Shakeology is a complete “healthy potion” for you. Derived from whole-food sources, Shakeology caters to daily vitamins and mineral counts, and delivers super food nutrients to your body which ensure optimal health, inside and outside. You can drink Shakeology to fight off a number of defects, get relief from them, and optimize your system to enjoy better health. It is important to note that although Shakeology has a complete nutritional dense profile that helps in overcoming a number of health related issues;  there are no scientific/medical studies yet that prove whether it regulates periods or impacts the cycles in a negative way.