Looking back, I used to eat a lot differently than I do now. It started with giving up meat. And I remember the sacrifice and struggle I felt making the choice. Initially, you process feelings of drudgery and despair as you think of all of the things you will not eat anymore for the sake of health. It makes you feel hopeless. Continue Reading…
Archives For Physical Growth
Some days I feel ninety years old and yesterday was one of those days. I assume I suffer from arthritis. Since adolescence I can remember living with joint pain and inflammation. I am only 26 years old and very healthy, I believe. But days like yesterday make me feel like giving up. Continue Reading…
Let’s be honest. Everyone has one. It’s just for some it works better than for others. Granted, some of you may have had it surgically removed. It’s ok. There’s medicine for that, because its function is vital to a fulfilled lifestyle for all.
Of course, I’m talking about your thyroid. Many women suffer from unbalanced thyroid hormones due to an under-active or overactive thyroid. Even men suffer from this too. Though it is most common with women.
I have been dying to write about this for months, since I had been discovered hypothyroid and started life changing medicine. My hypothyroidism was the only life I knew for so long: hazy brain, poor concentration, slurred words, chronic fatigue, cold body temperature. Starting a medication to regulate my thyroid is like being awake for the first time.
It is as if someone has adjusted the picture quality on the TV screen of my brain and I’m seeing everything in HD. Smells are stronger, the sun is warmer, and there is so much for the eye to discover. So many details I never knew were there. Not to mention the energy that has come back to me. I thought I liked to exercise before but look out world! I feel superhuman when I exercise now.
That’s what made me decide to write about thyroid disease this week. Waking up this morning, after increasing my medication to further balance my thyroid hormones, I felt like I had the strength of three Bethanys enjoying my workout routine, ready to take the world.
Do you suffer from lack of energy, no matter what you do? Maybe you have an underactive thyroid? Talk to your doctor. I praise God I did!
A new year, for many, brings new goals. And different types of people have different perspectives and styles for their goal lists. For me and my husband, it is a very opposite scenario. He is very detail oriented and motivated. His lists are very well thought out and long. Mine are usually scribbled on scratch paper and bigger picture visions rather than detailed steps.
Although, I will not change my perspective on what is priority, I will continue to try to warm up to the idea of goal lists. Let me share some with you:
1. I want to be determined in my writing. I want to not neglect my posts here with you.
2. I want to edit my book, which still does not have a title.
3. I want to stop cutting off the “g” on the end of “ing” words. I live in Virginia now. It’s time I started talking like it.
4. I want to develop a meditation class for the studio. Among other ideas here and there.
5. I want to be available for others, making their time more important than my own.
What are some goals you have?
I have never ran a race. I have never been skiing. I have never been to New York City. I have never jumped from a plane. I have never had wisdom teeth. I have never been a mother. There are many things I have not done, and some I may never choose to do but one thing I learned early in life: You don’t know if you like something until you try it.
When I was in jr. high school, I felt like public speaking was my biggest fear. I have always been small in stature and soft spoken. So the logical solution? I decided to join the speech team. I discovered that I loved public speaking and that I was actually good at it. I carried this passion through high school and college as well. Some of the most memorable relationships I had during those times were connected through the speech teams. Yet I would have never experienced any of it if I hadn’t dared to try something unknown and a little scary.
The same life strategy brought me to yoga. I first joined a yoga class when I was a senior in college. The university where me and two of my housemates attended offered classes to the students and we decided to give it a shot. I fell in love immediately with the culture and style. And I felt like it was something that had been a part of me my whole life.
You too have the opportunity to try something new. And its free. Tonight starts the first of three free class options. Come join me and others in a new experience. Details Here.
I am thankful for this very conservative perspective on material but I have also seen when this need to conserve can be a disadvantage to my health.
Let me explain. While eating your brussel sprouts as a child is a good thing, accepting dozens of Christmas cookies, cakes, chocolates, and other sweet treats and cleaning your plate is not. I work at an office where we get so many wonderful items around Christmas. So many thoughtful people bring us goodies but I have had to fight my instinct and throw things away because it is impossible to eat it all before it goes bad. And if I did, I would make myself sick.
The same thing seems to be at this time of the year, when we travel from party to party and house to house, that it is expected to eat pie and Christmas cookies. It may be our instinct to try something everywhere we go, from every person. But I challenge you, like myself, to take a look at that expectation. Can we break that expectation for health? I would like to try.
What are your feelings about waste in general and in relation to not so healthy treats? Are you one to try a little bit of everything?
Stress teaches us a lot about ourselves. We become aware of our natural coping mechanisms. We learn how to motivate ourselves and how to find comfort. These are important things to know about ourselves in order to survive. For me, I have learned I do not always work well under pressure. In fact, if I feel forced to do more than my mental capacities can absorb, I will just shut down, burn out, and give up.
Yet there are others who need rigid structure to succeed. They work best under pressure and relish in endless goals. Learning how best to channel our inner creativities and talents in order to succeed is largely rooted in learning to understand ourselves.
These thoughts, for me, came to mind as I was examining myself as a yoga teacher. The way I run classes is similar to the way I do many things in life. I do not always structure my routines. Instead, I fill my head with endless poses and combinations, preparing just enough to keep me on schedule. I read books and gain knowledge and then I flow as my spirit leads. I have done so many routines on my own, that yoga becomes freedom to move and bend as the body and spirit allow. That is how I engage my inner creativity, through the freedom of flow.
What kind of person are you? Do you work best through structure or go with the flow? How does this relate to your yoga practice?
It’s easy to sit all day when you are stuck in your house. Lying on the couch, curled up with a blanket, and eating for entertainment are the norm when you are confined to the walls of your home. But on days like we have had recently, it is good to keep moving.
Now do not be mislead. I am wholeheartedly for enjoying a cozy afternoon with a book or a nap. We all need to rest. But if you find yourself sitting in one spot for nine, ten, maybe even twelve hours of the day, watching television, here are some better options. Continue Reading…
We all have ambitions. Whether big or small, we have desires to be good at something. Maybe it is something you get paid for or just a hobby but we all strive to meet our personal goals. We all desire to create something worthy of praise, something intelligent and original. The problem comes when we call on motivation to push us forward. Continue Reading…
How many of us would agree that the many opinions on dieting and nutrition are enough to make us want to spit? Like many things in the world, there is a different expert with a different opinion, a different book, and a different fan club with a different slew of testimonials. It is frustrating! What do we do? Who is right? What is healthy? Continue Reading…