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The Secret to Changing Your Circumstance!

15 Nov

Years ago I watched Oprah interview a girl who was suffering from anorexia (and probably the worst case I had seen). Another guest was trying to give her advice on how she overcame her bulimia by telling her she needs to nurture her mind. Easier said then done right? The anorexic girl responded with “But How?”

Oprah  had a profound ahaha light bulb moment when she realised that the “But how?” is the reason people continue to struggle.

“But how?”

How can you heal your pain, how can you really stick with your weight loss plan, how can you restore your health, how can you move past your negative circumstance. If we knew how than we wouldn’t be so deeply lost!

It’s a question I get asked a lot. Many people ask me how I healed my body from illness and depression and even how I  stay so thin and stick to eating healthy.

The secret is simple (but also so freak’n hard!)

You need to make a decision that you want something different from your life. Without this simple first step you can’t really move on from your circumstance as it all starts here!

You need to make a decision each day that you want to live.

I mean really LIVE – have energy, feel great, feel confident,  feel love. All those things that make your day worthwhile, you need to want it so bad that you can’t accept anything else into your life.

We always seem to accept 2nd best into our lives. This occurs in every area of life and we stick with the easy option or what we are accustomed to. We stay in jobs we hate, relationships that aren’t working and accept that our accept our body flaws as “genetic” and here to stay.

We have been conditioned by our environment and our upbringing to believe that this is it. Life is hard and we are all battlers.

Sure life can swing us some painful curb balls but we always have the choice on how we respond. We can choose to get up and get over it, we can choose to get help or take steps towards our desires. We have a choice to live exceptional lives just as misery is a choice.

You may be going through something really terrible right now and are screaming at me that you haven’t chosen this feeling and I get it, we don’t choose what happens to us, BUT we can choose how we react and respond to our pain and circumstances.

My sister lost her best friend to suicide earlier in the year. The details are really, really horrific. It’s one of those stories that you think only happens to other people or in movies. Without going into too much detail, she was with him just before it happened and was the one to go back and have to call the police. The last 9 months have been the worst of her life and she has gone through unbearable depression, anxiety and post traumatic stress.

BUT even though her soul is on fire with pain she makes the decision every day to get up and take care of her kids and husband and try to get through this. She makes a decision that she will try to look for the good in life even though everything is pointing her to believe that life is horrific and painful. She has bad days and she has horrific days, she hasn’t felt a glimmer of a good day in a long time but she gets up each day despite of this.

It’s not easy but the point is even in the worst circumstance you can take teeny tiny steps to get through your day and choose  to try to get out of your situation.

From the age of 14-21 I was chronically ill but I made a decision that I would be healed and that illness was no longer a part of me.

Through my 20’s I battled depression on and off to the point of wanting to end my life but I made a decision that I would fight it and live a life of joy

I made a decision that I wanted to take care of my body, feel vibrant energy and health,  turn back the clock, feel amazing every day and have a great body.

I make a decision each day that I will look for the best in people and look for the best in life and with those eyes I can see miracles each day!

I have recently  made a decision to take a huge risk and leap of faith and I am going to make my dream’s happen and not settle for a work life that does not serve me or others!

When you make a decision you also need to take action. It’s not always going to be easy but you take the steps to get to where you want to be, and you make the steps with the intention that this is for life.

Write out your goals and then write out the steps you need to take to achieve this. If you’re feeling really low then start by setting very small tasks for yourself to achieve throughout the day. Last month my sister decided to find something each day that she was grateful for take a picture of it and post it on FB. This re-focused her pain and forced her to try to find something positive.

This is not a dress rehearsal, this is it. We have one shot at this so we have to give it all we have.

Everything that you desire, whether that be better health,  to lose weight, find a job you love, a relationship, healing, or whatever it is. EVERYTHING already exists for you. The kingdom of heaven starts here. You can experience it in this life but only if you make the decision to manifest it, you need to make the decision to give it everything you have and you need to make the decision that you will not give up on your goal until you see it, feel it, touch it.

Can you do that?!

What is one thing you can change this week to make steps towards your goal?

Always believing in you

Lyn xx

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Kettlebell Workout from the Tone It Up Girls!

14 Nov

So often I watch people at the gym swing kettlebells with such bad form that I am sure they are going to throw their back out! You need to be really careful and ensure you’re back is always straight and that you aren’t using a kettle bell that is too heavy for you. I really struggle to keep a straight back so I ensure I always do my kettlebell swings in front of a mirror so that I can watch my form (something I really need to work on!)
If you’re new to kettlebells and have no idea what to then watch this video from the Tone It Up Girls. (love love love them!) You can go to their website for the printable version.

Victoria's Secret Angel Abs

8 Nov

Have I mentioned that I am totally in love with all things Victoria’s Secret? I get super excited for their annual parade. I love the glitter, the glam, the beautiful bodies and most importantly the angel wings!

I am even more obsessed with angels and would happily walk around every day with angel wings if my friends and family allowed it!

Women usually have two responses to the Victoria’s Secret Parade. They either feel like crap about their bodies and feel depressed, or they are in awe of the women, love the beauty and fun of the  parade and feel inspired to do some sit ups!

I don’t know about you but nothing inspires me more! But please, please remember my post this week about How To FEEL Good Naked. Only a very small percentage of women in this world will look like a Victoria’s Secret Model so all that is important is that you do your best to be as healthy as you can be and choose to love and be kind to yourself.

There are  women who see a beautiful  woman and instinctively try to tear them down and look for their faults so that they feel better about themselves. This is not cool! The only way to really see the beauty in yourself is to see the  beauty in other women. Women should be loving and supporting each other. It’s totally normal to feel a little jealous or down about your body but be aware that this is your ego talking and all things that come from the ego are illusions. The ego’s job is to separate us from love and keep us in fear based thoughts.

For those that want to work on their Victoria’s Secret Model Abs then check out Blogilates Ab workout. I have been doing this workout every day this week and it is a killer! Honestly it’s one of the best ab routines I have done. Also remember that abs are made in the kitchen so it’s vital that you are eating healthy meals and snacks.

Be kind to yourself and see the beauty in everyone.

Lots of light and angel love

Lyn xx

Victoria’s Secret Angel Abs

8 Nov

Have I mentioned that I am totally in love with all things Victoria’s Secret? I get super excited for their annual parade. I love the glitter, the glam, the beautiful bodies and most importantly the angel wings!

I am even more obsessed with angels and would happily walk around every day with angel wings if my friends and family allowed it!

Women usually have two responses to the Victoria’s Secret Parade. They either feel like crap about their bodies and feel depressed, or they are in awe of the women, love the beauty and fun of the  parade and feel inspired to do some sit ups!

I don’t know about you but nothing inspires me more! But please, please remember my post this week about How To FEEL Good Naked. Only a very small percentage of women in this world will look like a Victoria’s Secret Model so all that is important is that you do your best to be as healthy as you can be and choose to love and be kind to yourself.

There are  women who see a beautiful  woman and instinctively try to tear them down and look for their faults so that they feel better about themselves. This is not cool! The only way to really see the beauty in yourself is to see the  beauty in other women. Women should be loving and supporting each other. It’s totally normal to feel a little jealous or down about your body but be aware that this is your ego talking and all things that come from the ego are illusions. The ego’s job is to separate us from love and keep us in fear based thoughts.

For those that want to work on their Victoria’s Secret Model Abs then check out Blogilates Ab workout. I have been doing this workout every day this week and it is a killer! Honestly it’s one of the best ab routines I have done. Also remember that abs are made in the kitchen so it’s vital that you are eating healthy meals and snacks.

Be kind to yourself and see the beauty in everyone.

Lots of light and angel love

Lyn xx

How to Get Out of a Funky Mood

24 Oct

I have to confess… I have been feeling stuck in a bad funk the past few weeks. At one point I was blaming my hormones because that’s what girls do –  we have a tendency to make excuses and blame everything on our hormones!

As much as I try to be positive, have a good attitude, read inspiring and empowering books, say affirmations, have deep spiritual conversations, exercise and eat healthy, sometimes I just feel shit.

Know what I mean?

There are times when none of the above work because I am stuck in the “poor me” mentality and focusing on what I don’t have in my life and whatever negative situation is going on around me.

As much as I am hoping and praying and visualising and manifesting I can just feel so hopeless, helpless and stuck. Like I don’t know what more I could possibly do.

Do you ever feel this way?

When I get like this I usually know how to fix it and also the reason  I wound up in a funk.  The answer for me is meditation. Without it I go back into a funk!

If I could share with you one tip that will totally transform your life it is meditation. The frustrating thing is even though I know this and swear by this practice I tend to make excuses as to why I can’t. Normally the excuse is I don’t have time in the morning (I can’t get up early enough) or I want to watch X Factor. Crazy right? That’s my excuse to why I can’t do something that will transform my spirit!

Last night I told myself to cut the crap. I was going to inhale the good shit and exhale all the bad shit. I was going to be committed to meditating every day for the next 21 days.

If it’s good enough for Deepak Chopra and Oprah it is good enough for me!

Meditation can even be just 5 minutes of silence, it doesn’t have to get witchy woowoo or mystical. It is simply the quietening of the mind. For those that are more spiritually inclined it is a way to connect to your source.

Remember in Avatar when the Avatars connected their tail to the tree of souls That’s what meditation feels like, it’s connecting back to spirit, connecting back to the universe, love or God (whichever you choose to believe). The cool thing is we have this power inside of us and we don’t need a tail to connect to a tree!!

Meditating is incredibly magical as it creates shifts in your energy which ultimately affects the way the world receives you and the way you receive the world. When you quieten your mind life flows much more feely and you are able to co-create miracles. After all a miracle is just a shift in perception and meditation allows for this shift to take place.

I want to encourage you to join me in making a commitment to meditating as often as possible! I am going to resume practicing every day for at least 5-2o minutes. If every day is too much, no dramas just try it a few times a week. I have written another blog on meditating which outlines a great exercise to practice but you may also want to try the variety of visualisation meditations on itunes. I mainly meditate on anything from Wayne Dyer, Gabrielle Bernstein and Maria Elita’s The Miracle Meditation.

Deepak Chopra is also running a 21 Day Meditation Challenge for more abundance. Why not join the challenge!

I am curious, Do you meditate? Or is there anything else that keeps you grounded and calm? Leave a comment and share your thoughts!

Stop Counting Calories and Lose Weight!

19 Oct

I have always wondered how beautiful intelligent women, who kick arse in their careers and can jungle families, friends and everything else – can be so darn stupid when it comes to their health and weight loss!

Are we so brainwashed that we don’t know what’s right or wrong anymore? OR are we so desperate to fit into the mould that society built for us, that we would jeopardise everything for a quick fix?

During the week I heard a group of women discussing the calorie intake of a Paddle Pop. A Paddle Pop is a chocolate ice-cream popsicle (ice-block – whatever you call them in your hood) which supposedly only contains 79 calories. One girl who obviously watches her weight, was tossing up whether she should have one and she proclaimed “why not, it has fewer calories than an apple”.

I am not saying you shouldn’t eat  something like a chocolate Paddle Pop. In fact if you are craving ice-cream it’s probably a better choice than a Magnum BUT it shocks me when people think it’s ok to eat this due to its low-calorie content and Not eat an apple or piece of fruit because it has more calories.

An apple may contain more calories and fructose, but an apple also contains Fibre, Vitamin A, Vitamin C , Folate, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Thiamin, Riboflavin and Vitamin B6. It’s nutritious sweet goodness!

A Paddle Pop despite its low calories contains the following highly processed concoction.

 Reconstituted skim milk (and/or reconstituted buttermilk) (70%), cane sugar, glucose syrup (from wheat, contains preservative 220), vegetable oil (and/or milk fat), milk solids (from milk, whey) cocoa, halal gelatine, emulsifiers (471, soy bean lecithin), flavours, cocoa mass, cocoa butter, vegetable gums (410, 401, 407, 412, 415), maltodextrin. may contain colours (120, 100, 160b, 141, 162) and malt extract (from barley)

So tell me how a Paddle Pop is a better choice than an apple if you are watching your weight?

Do you want to be skinny or do you want to be healthy?

Our bodies struggle so hard to break down so many of these ingredients that over the long-term in can play havoc with our health.

I always think it must be exhausting to count calories of everything you put in your mouth! I also have often wondered why so many people who do watch their calorie intake never seem to lose weight or are always up and down with their diets and weight.

If I could really promote one message to women  it would be to STOP COUNTING CALORIES and wise up!

Calories are not create equal. For instance a can  of coke has 140 calories and an avocado has 276 calories. Does that mean a can of coke is better for your health and your weight than an avocado? NO! Our bodies need the good fats and the vitamins and minerals in an avocado. A can of coke has not one good thing in it!!

The same can be said for diet products and  protein weight loss shakes.  Replacing meals with protein shakes make help you lose weight short-term but it’s not really doing a lot for your long-term weight and health. Wouldn’t you rather have a delicious healthy meal AND lose weight than have a protein shake for breakfast and lunch?!

So many products on the market are just marketing gimmicks and the reason they exist is to make money from your struggles! You can’t make the same money for promoting healthy eating as you can from marketing the latest Kim Kardashian weight loss shake or protein bar.

You are intelligent, beautiful, talented and unique! You deserve an abundance of good health and energy! Let’s all stop believing and falling for the lies of the diet industry. Nurture yourself because you deserve it! Forget about calories, you will lose weight this way!

Keep Your Mojo Flowing! How to Keep Motivated

11 Oct

Sticking to a diet or fitness regime can be tough and most of us at some stage lack the motivation to keep us on track. Our work, social and family lives can quickly throw us off track if we don’t find the motivation to keep going on the healthy lifestyle path.

I have the occasional day where I can’t be stuffed but most of the time I am pretty motivated and have successfully stuck with healthy eating and regular exercise.

I want to share with you my secrets to keeping your mojo flowing.

1. Write down your goal – Be specific do you want to lose 10 kilos, gain muscle, have a defined flat stomach, be able to run 5-ks or  a half marathon; go 8 weeks without sugar. Maybe it’s just a general goal to keep healthy and fit? Whatever it is, write out a clear goal and put it up everywhere!

2. Set an intention – Think about the reasons why you want to achieve this goal. Is it to be healthy, lose weight, have more self-confidence? What do you want your ideal life to look like, with this life change. Eg. My intention is to be fitter and healthier in my 30’s than any time before and to feel good each day.

3.  Stick to a schedule that works for you – try to work out the time that you are more likely to stick to a fitness routine. When you are sticking to a schedule you are forming a habit, within time it will become second  nature. I am not a morning person so I don’t even attempt to do morning workouts. I love to destress after work so I have a night-time workout schedule and I pretty much stick to the same days.

4. Find a fitness activity that you enjoy – When you find something that you like to do, you will look forward to this activity. If you absolutely hate the gym don’t join one! Find something else you enjoy.

5. Mix it up –  Don’t do the same fitness activity every time as you won’t be challenging your body. Mix it up with cardio, weights, stretching and anything else that takes your fancy. Even though your main activity should be something you enjoy also throw in an activity that challenges you.

6. Vary and Experiment with food – You will never feel like you are dieting if you are trying new foods, adding new textures and flavours to your palate. When you have a variety of delicious healthy foods to choose from you will never feel hungry. Also add instead of subtract. If you are cutting out sugar, add in something healthy. I have lots of recipe ideas on my blog! Try my healthy chocolate substitute.

7. Find like-minded friends – When you set out on a healthy eating plan or a new fitness routine I can guarantee you that some of your friends or colleges won’t like it! I can’t tell you how much crap I get from people just because I am fit and choose not to eat junk. I get made fun of every day! It’s the awful side of human nature! It’s vital that you find friends that are on a similar path and can give you support. Some people also like to find a workout buddy to motivated and accountable. Feel like you don’t have support? There are many forums on the internet where you can chat to like-minded people or email me – I love to motivate people!

8. Knowledge is power – I have said this before, but the more you educate yourself by reading and watching documentaries the stronger your will becomes to resist the junk food and unhealthy lifestyle. You will begin to really understand what poor nutrition and lack of exercise will do to your body.

9. Feel the difference – This is by far my greatest motivator. I have been 6 months off sugar and  processed food  and I never want to go back to the way I use to feel. I felt sick almost every day in the afternoon due to my unstable blood sugar levels and just generally felt crappy. Eating healthy makes me feel so much more alive!

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