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Have You Been To A Wellness Studio?

After reading “10 Wellness Trends To Watch In 2016” by MindBodyGreen I would love love love to go to a Wellness Studio.

Have you been to one? If so, let me know what you thought and leave a comment.

I am so intrigued. The idea sounds great to me! I wonder if they cater for people with kids…hmmm.

I think my hubby is more preoccupied with the Nitro Coffee idea. Though he is addicted to the Bulletproof Coffee that’s given a mention in the article. Not caffeine addicted but because he can have his bulletproof coffee and then ride for 100km without needing any other fuel!

 

 

Chronic Sleep Deprivation & Exercise

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After being told I had chronic sleep deprivation by a neurologist who thought I’d had a stroke, I thought I’d “just” have to get more sleep. I say “just” but for anyone that has breastfed, that in itself is quite a challenge! But no, it requires a big change in everything, including exercise.

I have had to shift my thinking about this because I had gone from a bit of a fitness nut pre-pregnancy, then to a bit of a wobbly mess with all the relaxin in my body during pregnancy when I attempted to even go walking for 1/2hr, to putting the needs of my bub WAY ABOVE mine, resulting in virtually not much exercise at all to be honest. Well, the occasional pilates and yoga but it was like starting from scratch as I now had to learn about post-pregnancy body and what that now meant to me (hello back spasms, weak core, no cardio fitness). I’m so fortunate to have an amazing pilates teacher that has helped me with all of this since my bub was 3months old.

But with chronic sleep deprivation my hormones were way out of whack. And still are. It’s going to take time. As in months and months of time, and ‘me time’ to do some exercise to help get those hormones back to normal. Giving myself some time to exercise has meant I needed to get my head around the ‘how to’. So it sounds like a great plan to get up before my toddler and do some exercise right? Isn’t that what ‘they’ suggest? That doesn’t happen very often as I’m sleep deprived right? So I need sleep!

So now I practice my pilates and yoga at home when my toddler is awake. At first I thought this was selfish. Taking ‘our’ time together from her (mama guilt eh?). But now I finally see that this gives me more energy for myself AND for her, and I am setting a good example! She no longer thinks that it’s just daddy that runs, swims and rides. Mum exercises too! And she gets in on the action while I’m on my yoga mat or when I’m using the chi-ball. I’m still surprised how much she enjoys this time and knows that the chi-ball is mama’s – too cute.

And I’m slowly getting back into the brisk walking thing (fancy new shoes always make it more enticing!) to help regulate my hormones too. This takes a little more negotiation. My toddler can either get in her fancy ‘bub’ pram from when she was a baby and come with me or stay home with dad while I walk around the suburb for 1/2hr. Her choice. BUT she now knows that she has to stay in the pram as mama needs to exercise. Just liked she understands that mama has to go to her pilates classes at Claudia’s house. So far so good!

IF for some reason I can’t fit some exercise in then I do a relaxation practice called ‘yoga nidra’ as it has been proven to help balance and strengthen the endocrine system (and therefore my hormones). I have made a free relaxation for you to try if you are in a similar situation (sleep deprived/hormone whacked/tired). It’s a tough place to be in and it does require getting serious about making changes. Please ‘like’ this post if you are in a similar situation (sleep deprived/hormone whacked/tired) and leave a ‘comment’ about what you’re doing to get out of your sleep deprived life!

Stress Is An Option

I just listened to Doreen Virtue live from Hawaii for her “Calming and Soothing Meditation and Prayer” session. In it she mentions that “stress is an option” and that we all need to develop a stress management plan. Because there is no use in us being stressed! I can vouch for that – chronic stress lead me to burnout in the past and what did that achieve? Nothing. I was no use to anyone let alone myself! So why not do one thing today and see if it fits with your personal stress management plan! Doreen mentioned gentle yoga (yay! that’s definitely for me!), breathing, drinking water, gentle music and meditation. I‘m hooked on guided meditation so I now develop my own – try this short free guided meditation where all you have to do is lie down, close your eyes and listen for 10 minutes. And I’m going to add drinking more water to my stress management plan. Write a comment below and let me know what you do to manage your stress – I’d love to know!

To The Girl Who Wants To Lose More Weight…

I overheard your chat with your mum while my toddler and I munched on walnuts and cashews after our swim class. You seemed so down. I now know you weigh 52kg but you want to lose more weight. And yet you are stunning! Tall, thin, with beautiful dark features. Your mum sat there in her gym clothes, you in yours, and she wobbled her arms as if to encourage you ‘Well at least you don’t have arms like mine’. I know she was doing her best in that moment to lift your spirits. But I could see it wasn’t working. Something is clearly not working if you can’t see how beautiful you are. No amount of physical beauty and weight loss is going to compete with the kind of nasty stuff that is going through your head over and over again. Oh how I wanted to give you a big hug and show you how beautiful you are inside and out. We all have our ‘nasty stuff’. The mean things we say to ourselves repeatedly. The only thing that seems to make any difference for me is meditation. It creates ‘space’. A distance between your thoughts and ‘you’, so you begin to understand that you are not your thoughts…this was one epic step and learning curve for me! So if you are looking for a way to deal with those negative, mean and downright brutal thoughts, I offer you the gift of this easy, free guided meditation as a starting point. https://nikkiveliz.leadpages.co/energyhit/ To the girl who wants to lose more weight, how I wish I could have dropped this little meditation in your gym bag to find when you got home as a way to ease your pain.

Walk Before You Can Run

It was great timing for me to read last night that Vivobarefoot says “Walk Before You Can Run” because as you know, I‘ve decided to take up running again after 6 years of swearing off running. But first I’ve gotta learn to walk again. Yes, many of us have forgotten how to walk properly! So I’m following their simple but not easy steps to start walking again and in my flash new shoes! Clearly I’m excited (and not some paid advertiser/ambassador blah blah!). But the thought of ‘walk before you can run’ made me think of meditation. If you are new to meditation, interested but don’t know where to start or want to re-start your meditation practice, I would use the same ‘walk before you can run’ advice. Don’t force yourself to sit uncomfortably in a cross-legged position for 30 minutes and ‘hope’ to meditate. It should feel good! So I say, lie down and close your eyes, listen to a short recording and enjoy yourself! Start at the start. Try this 100% free 10 minute guided meditation now and let me know how you go 🙂 https://nikkiveliz.leadpages.co/energyhit/

Rest, Relax & Rejuvenate with “Pause & Reset”

I’m going to keep it simple because it’s coming to the end of the working week and well, we’re all a bit tired. So do something for yourself today. If you can’t think of something or you are short on cash, try my FREE guided meditation. All you have to do is lie down for 10 minutes. NICE. https://nikkiveliz.leadpages.co/energyhit/