It took me over 40 years to do this! I was in contemplation mode last year. And guess what..it was okay! I made it through with no chocolate at all. I did sniff a bit though, it smells so good!
I like online challenges. I’ve done a few: A photo a day: My favourite being two local challenges, #magicofthemanning & #mindonthemanning. I’ve also taken part in a drawing challenge, a daily blogging month, a sustainable home challenge and a Tame your temper one. (yes I have a temper – don’t you?)
The one that’s had the biggest impact, is the one I’m doing right now. It’s called Cleanse & Connect & because I’m an Earth Warrior I was drawn to it. An amazing local girl, Kirsty Hughes – www.kirstyhughes.com, has designed it. (this is my 3rd challenge with her.) It’s a 28 day challenge and it does have a cost, but it’s affordable! Together, we have been cleansing our bodies & our minds. She sends out daily emails & has an online portal where we access weekly videos and information. There is a resource page with excellent short meditations that connect you with the earth & all energy in life. She gives great suggestions on things we can do daily to bring about peace of mind & take care of ourselves, so we can in turn take care of our planet. I’m in week 4 right now. I have not had any of the following for the past 3 weeks:
- Gluten/ bread/ wheat etc
- Processed Sugar
Can you believe that? I can’t! I feel good and proud of myself. I’m not intolerant to any of the above, lucky for me but I’m enjoying eating a more natural diet. Like the Paleo diet idea.
With the last new moon we set an individual intention: mine is “I have an abundance of kindness for myself & it feels like a Springbok pronking”. I have been repeating it to myself daily, it makes me smile. It also makes me think of all the things I can do to be kind to myself & can put a stop to negativity. Being kind to myself has many levels: being more selective of what food I allow into my body, listening to my intuition, taking time to meditate. We did a full moon ceremony to symbolise letting go of things that no longer serve us.
Many years ago I heard a great quote: “Healthy people eat to fuel their bodies, not their emotions” I don’t know who said it, but I’ve want to be one of those healthy people. However I’ve been an emotional eater, looking to food for comfort. I can’t even narrow it down – I love all food sweet, savoury, anything & everything.
I feel like I have broken this habit. Now I am looking for yummy alternatives to enjoy & I have found some simple nutritious recipes. I’m enjoying all the healthy things & what they are doing for my body, I particularly enjoy not feeling any guilt about what I’m eating.
Challenges are great: they make you think beyond yourself and give you a different focus, I believe it improves mental health too. Something as simple as taking a photo a day gives me something to ponder on – (how will I portray that topic) similar with writing and drawing. And Cleanse & connect has definitely been very beneficial to me.
Have you taken part in any cool challenges online?