Coaching, Yoga, and Learning More

The past three months I practiced yoga, meditation and walking on a daily basis and began a coaching program for transformation of mindset and weight loss. Here are the changes and improvements I made in the last 12 weeks. I learned so much about myself and I’m so excited to continue the learning.

  1. My journaling/tracking improved. I became more detailed in my writing and descriptive about my activities, mindset, food intake, and mood. I wrote down everything.
  2. I really started to listen to my body. For the first time in my life, I’m noticing how I feel from one day to another, tracking my cycle and digestive issues I may have. Stretching more during the day, in addition to my morning yoga, which has become a daily way to begin listening to my body.
  3. I’m feeling better when I follow the “Golden Rules of Carbs and Fat Loss” and began noticing the benefits more than in the past. It provided me with the ability to realize that I’m not hungry in the morning and I can get an entire workout done, and then eat “Breakfast” whenever I’m hungry, usually that’s around 11 AM – 1 PM.
  4. I am able to be more consistent with clean eating and when I eliminate sugar from my diet, I no longer have cravings in the afternoons.
  5. After the past few months, I’ve become more confident and believe in myself more than ever. I’m able to recognize my self-limiting thoughts and question if these thoughts are true, and by asking the questions, I realize that I’m stronger than I know, and I can do difficult things. I can earn “easy” with practice, persistence, patience, and positivity in knowing that it works when I do the work.
  6. To be present in the moment is a gift that I can give myself each day. To truly understand where I am, who I am, and what I want to accomplish each day, and to set intentions for myself to start the day has been truly powerful. When I take control of that moment, and realize it can be what I make of it, and that when I’m hiking, I can stop and look around to feel the cold, or rain, or smell the dew, that’s what it is to be present in the moment to me.
  7. There’s NO Wagon! I practiced off-and-on dieting a lot over the past years and to really practice the idea of no good or bad days, just each day I have the opportunity to make great choices, and that I can’t fall off the wagon or “drift” because this is my life, and my life is it’s own journey and the more I take responsibility for each day, and not use the excuse of “Oh well, I’ll try tomorrow…” because it’s always tomorrow.
  8. Learning more about myself by asking questions each day. This year I started journaling in a few different ways. The one was using the daily journal with my coaching program. By challenging myself each day with questions to start helps to develop consistent practice of being thankful, setting an intention, and also following up at the end of the day with what things I did well and what things I want to improve on for the next day. By far, I have found that asking the questions to myself has led to many self-discoveries about who I am and why I am the way I am.
  9. I have found that I am more resilient than I was previously because I continue to bounce back quickly after making a choice I’m not proud of, because I know that the next choice is my chance to make it a great one.
  10. Eating healthier is a gift I can give myself each and every day. I’m finding that I’m learning more about what foods I like and that I don’t need to eat nearly as much as I had in the past, because my body doesn’t need food. Once I practice this it will become easier as habits do, when I commit to doing the work.
  11. I began reading more and watching TV less. I realized that I wanted to learn more about health, nutrition, wellness, and better ways to take care of myself. I also want to spend more time on and in my life that participating in someone elses or something that isn’t real/true.
  12. I started using essential oils to enhance the living space where I do my writing, yoga, and meditation. I’ve also been investing time into learning what other health and wellness benefits can be achieved using oils.
  13. Physically I feel and look better. I’ve lost about 20 pounds, and about eight inches over the past 12 weeks. I’ve had to get smaller pants and shirts, and that’s the super fun part about the process. I love going thrifting and finding some great clothing. Shopping is much more enjoyable when I can look in the mirror and love the changes but know that I’m beautiful inside and out.
  14. I’m getting to sleep better once I started to practice turning the TV off and reading in bed before sleep. I’m sleeping through the night and waking up rested.
  15. I feel more calm most of the time. And even when I’m stressed at work, I take time in the day to get up and go for a walk or just stand up and strech, that usually helps calm my mood if I’m feeling anxious.
  16. I’m saving more money and spending less. When I stop eating snacks from the company vending machine or grabbing extra items at the grocery store, it adds up to me saving money that I’ve used towards paying down debt and/or saving for things I want/trips I plan to take.
  17. I’m taking better care of my things. I have a car that I didn’t take care of at all for a long time, and this year I’ve learned that if I’m going to be paying so much for this thing, then I really should take care of it. So I had it detailed, and plan to keep it clean inside, setting up rules for no eating in my car also helps keep it clean.
  18. After being more open about what I need to work on, I’m also learning to be more thoughtful and mindful about how I speak, or the words I use to describe myself or others. I don’t like when people talk about me, or make fun of me, actually that really hurts and so I don’t want to be someone who hurts others, I want to support others in their efforts at work and in life.
  19. Staying in my own lane through this process is what I’ve learned is the key to personal growth. I need to stop comparing myself to others, or telling someone else how they should live, I’m in control of my own ship, and no one elses, I’m thankful for that and need to focus on my work.
  20. I’m more happy and thankful each day for a new day to practice doing the work, and living another day to get closer to my goal and the ablility to do all the things I want to do in this short life. We only get one chance to live, and I want to take my chance and make it worth it. I want to leave the world a bit better than when I entered it. I’m not sure exactly what that means for me right now, or when/how, or what will lead me to know the right path for my next steps, but I’m open to listening to the conversations and being thankful is part of that happy place I’m in right now. Being Happy isn’t something in the distance, it’s right here, in front of me, if I”m willing to see it.


Favorite Books I’ve read

The Complete Guide to Fasting: Heal Your Body Through Intermittent, Alternate-Day, and Extended Fasting

Primal Body, Primal Mind: Beyond the Paleo Diet for Total Health and a Longer Life

You Learn by Living

Taking Charge of Your Fertility: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health

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