Wearing Red Isn’t Enough…

Jane CarrollYesterday was…Wear Red Day…I did my best…which was red undies and socks…I posted an article with links to discovering your personal cardiac risk…

I felt proud of myself…I’d done my job…I’d made information available…I had even made the point that knowing your risk and taking action to lower it…was indeed part of living your truth…

That’s when…Bertha…zinged me…

What is my truth about heart disease…about being healthy in general…

Of course…I want to be healthy…I want to have a healthy body…that is my truth…

Then…what are you doing about it…

Zing…

Umm…hmmm…gulp…

About that time…Bertha…let me in on a point of truth…it doesn’t do me any good to know my truth…unless…I own it…and…live it…

Well…that was enough to make me drop my Twinkie and jump on the treadmill…as I realized that although my truth about my health had not changed over the past couple of years…that I was no longer fully owning it…and certainly not living it…not the way I used to…

She made me dig deep…

I realized the reasons why I stopped my healthy lifestyle…and looked at where they fit in with my truth…did those reasons and those actions fully support the truth of who I am…

It wasn’t a simple answer…in some ways they did…at least for the circumstances I was in…and…from the coping skills I knew at that time…

But…that was then…and this is now…time to really dig down into the truth of my health…own it…live it…

I’m not exactly sure what I’m going to do…but I do know that…wearing red…isn’t enough…

Jane…

Coaching with Jane Carroll and BerthaBertha and would love to walk with you on your journey of truth.

Shhhh…Do You Hear That?

I’m trying…I really am…to listen to my body…to respond to what it is telling me it needs…but…it speaks so softly at times…that it is easy to ignore…it’s easy to push beyond what it is telling me…and do…exactly what I think I want or need to do…

I’ve talked about it before…years of self-abuse…ignoring warnings that my body tried to give me…eating when it wasn’t hungry…ignoring that queasy feeling from being over full…then…doing the pendulum swing…severely limiting food…trying to punish it for being overweight…ignoring that gnawing sensation…

It was the same with exercise…I’ve ignored that feeling of fatigue when my body was asking me to…move…and…I’ve pushed it to limits that would make a trainer on a nothing like reality weight loss show proud…ignoring the pain and fatigue that accompanies over training…in an effort to whip it into shape…

So…now…here I am…trying to listen…the problem is…I hear…I just don’t always understand what its saying…what it means…I suppose I haven’t fully learn its codes…and…perhaps they change…

I want to eat…but…am I bored…is my appetite hungry…or is it truly my body’s need for nourishment…

If…I am truly hungry…and it isn’t…time…to eat…maybe…I didn’t eat enough at the meal before…maybe I didn’t have enough protein to carry me through…maybe I need to look at what I’ve been eating…it could even be that my metabolism has speeded up a bit and processed my earlier meal more quickly…

The point is…my body isn’t letting me down because it is hungry…it’s trying to tell me something…something that I can tweak…something I can fine tune…

Even…when the answer is that I’m bored…it’s telling me something…I’m not challenging myself enough in some areas…there’s something that I want to do…but…I’m holding myself back…very valuable information…

It’s the same with my workouts…as I discern…lack of motivation…from…over training…learning…what my body’s limits are at this time…not those of some composite woman that the training program I’m following was designed for…

I’m listening when something is uncomfortable…when I’m fatigued…I’m adjusting what I’m doing…I’m giving myself more rest time…I’m honoring my aches and pains…and fatigue…and…yes…even that sensation of…I can’t wait to get to the gym

So…yes…unlike…Bertha…my body still speaks softly…but…I think…it has just as much wisdom to share…I just have to listen more closely…

Turning up my hearing aids

Jane