Starting a healthier life

While I was making another blog I just started to think about this. Starting a healthier life. Some people know exactly how to start a healthier life, some people have no clue, most people never thought about it or try to ignore it.

I am on this world already for over half a century and I have done thing to destroy my health but also to get a better health. I didn’t really learn it from my parents how to lead a healthy life. I learned to eat my vegetables and eat fruit. I learned to go to school, to get an education and to learn to take care of myself. Get married and get children (or not). And after a long time your life will end. That’s it. The circle of life. Just do it. Don’t think about it.

Looking around I can see that the way people live is getting worse every decade. More and more people get allergies. More and more people are overweight. More and more people are depressed. More and more people have all kind of diseases like asthma, cancer, etc. Maybe I am wrong. Maybe I just hear more about it because of the present technologie, social media, internet in general. I don’t know. Still I think that humanity is spiralling downward fast.

I hope I still can teach my children that they can always start to improve their life. Starting with Young Living products was for me one of the steps I could make. But of course it’s not only essential oils. Looking after what you eat is important too. Moving more is another one. Gaining muscle and loosing fat.

My father used to be a vet and when he got another dog patient with HD/arthritis in the hips he always gave the same advice. No you don’t get painkillers yet because the dog won’t feel the pain anymore and he will make it worse. First get that dog moving. Get on your bike and have him run next to you. Or start running yourself with the dog. No sudden movements, just straight lines. Just to gain muscles and lose weight. Both will take of the pressure of the joints. And they are good for the dogs’ boss too. People should get that advice too from their doctors.

So what can you do about your food? Eat vegetables. Do you eat 200 gram a day? That is a lot. Do you eat 2 pieces of fruit a day? I normally spread it out over the day and when I finish my lunch and diner I am stuffed. Another one is to start with reducing the amount of meat you eat. Better for the environment too. Years ago I heard that 75 gram of meat a day for somebody who doesn’t excercise is more than enough. So eating that bacon in the morning is fine, eating that sandwich for lunch with ham or beef is fine. Eating that hamburger as diner is fine. Just not all at the same day!! 

Is there more you can do about your food? For sure. Try to avoid the processed food like ham, bacon and cereals. Try to reduce the amount of food where farmers used all these chemicals to have it look beautiful and to keep it looking like that while in the stores. I know it is not always possible to do financial, but be inventive. Eat organic once a week instead of everyday. Go to markets. Go talk to a green farmer. Look around and see what your options are. Reduce your chemical intake.

And then that last dreadful thing. Working out. Did you know you that most people don’t even really have to start working out to lose weight? Go for a 20 minute walk 5 times a week and you are well on your way. And I mean a real walk, a constant walk. A walk which makes you feel warm and even maybe sweat a bit. That would be a great start already.

I know I am not perfect either. I love to run but get busy with other things and it starts to slip. I also love my glass of wine, my chips once in a while and that lovely cookie. I know I am still overweight but I also know that I made a lot of small changes over the year. Changes which not only made me lose 20 lbs, but also keep it off and gain energy. Energy to start my business. To do fun things. And I know, just like starting a business the beginning is difficult. But you can make changes to start small. Bit by bit.

The most important part is that you have to believe in yourself.

Young Living can help you with removing the chemicals out of your cabinets and to eat healthier and get more energy. They helped me to start the change. My health is more and more important to me now I am getting older. I would like to be in my own house till the day I die. Taking care of myself. Instead of living in a nursing home. You should think like that too!

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Deep Relief

Young Living Deep Relief is an oil blend which has returned to Canada again lately. I loved it previously and I still love it. And I am happy it came back on the Canadian market again.

I used it primarily for my muscles after too much workout, but also when my muscles in my neck were tied up again and because of it headaches started again. Combined with PanAway it was a lifesaver when the pain was severe. One of the reasons why my ibuprofen use went down. I even used it for my horses.

A couple of the following essential oils are in DeepRelief:

  • Peppermint, used in aromatherapy to help relieve joint and muscle pain associated with sprains, strains, or rheumatoid arthritis, making this blend a great companion for your trips to the gym and busy daily routine.
  • Wintergreen, together with Peppermint the oils provide a refreshing, cooling sensation during or after a workout, with an invigorating scent that inspires an upbeat and energetic approach to whatever keeps you active.
  • Dorado Azul,
  • Helichrysum.

All these oils are known for their soothing and long-lasting benefits, to create a convenient blend ready for on-the-go use or when relaxing at home. In aromatherapy this blend is used topically or inhaled:

  • As a nervine and calmative, enhancing relaxation
  • As a carminative and antispasmodic for symptomatic relief of digestive discomfort
  • To help relieve colds and coughs

Young Living provide us with the following product tips:

  • Treat yourself to an on-the-go mini massage with Deep Relief oil along the nape of your neck and shoulders or onto any other area you choose.
  • Use the energizing scent during your gym session when you need a quick break. Swipe it across your neck, temples, forehead, or chest to recharge before you get back to work.
  • Keep Deep Relief in your office or living room for a quick pick-me-up and cool, refreshing relief.
  • Apply to your skin and enjoy the cooling sensation of Peppermint in this popular blend.

If you have joint and muscle pains on regular basis I can highly recommend this blend to you.

The oils still surprise me, and this is one of them.

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Information from the Young Living Website (https://www.youngliving.com/en_CA/products/deep-relief-essential-oil-15ml-ca)

Medicinal Ingredients:Peppermint essential oil (Mentha x piperita – Twig flowering) 35.25%

Non Medicinal Ingredients:Caprylic/capric triglyceride, Citrus limon peel essential oil, Abies balsamea needle essential oil, Eugenia caryophyllus (clove) bud essential oil, Copaifera reticulate balsam essential oil, Coconut oil, Gaultheria procumbens (Wintergreen) essential oil, Helichrysum italicaum flower oil, Vetiveria zizanoides root essential oil, Hyptis suaveolens seed oil

Time management

When I started this blog I wanted to share my life. But thinking it over I realized my life was not just one stream of stories but was divided in 3 parts which were all connected to each other.

First of course I have my family. Married 25 years ago, 3 great daughters and a great husband is part one. I love them all but the taking care of them isn’t much of a challenge. Especially not now the children are all adults (18+), at school or at work all day. I clean the house a bit, do the laundry, make diner and do groceries some times. I have a stake of books in my bedroom (I have to sell them or give them away) which I started last year. I finished them all and added them to the stack on regular basis. No book under the 300 pages. So I read a lot.

Second part of my life are the animals and most of that time goes to the horses. Unfortunately not time spend riding them but time spend on mucking stalls, feeding, repairing and building. I just read a nice post from another blogger with the same “problem”. She is also taking care of boarding horses and got the question from someone if it is fun to take care of your own horse by yourself or if it is better to board it somewhere else. This week the temperature  is around the minus 20 (feels like minus 30). What do you think?? Okay not completely true. Despite the harsh temperatures I still like to do it. (Most of the time.)

Third part is setting up my business (yes MLM is business), trying to find customers, trying to figure out what works for me and trying not to give in into all my doubts. And that is the hardest part.

The 3 of course interact. I can’t do 2 hours one thing, then 2 hours the next, then 2 hours the third.Generally I start in the morning with feeding the cats, taking the dogs for a walk and letting the horses out and feeding them. That takes up my first hour and then I am ready for the oh-so-needed coffee and breakfast.

Till 2pm I can fill in my agenda as I like. Then I kind of repeat the above. Taking the dogs for a walk and feeding the horses. Depending on my mood, energy levels and/or weather, I will muck the stalls and have all the hay ready for the night too. But on regular basis I leave that for 7.30pm when we bring the horses in, because then I have Darya who almost always helps me with everything and on regular basis Frederique and Brandon are doing the water. So yes 7.30pm is round 3 for horses and dogs. Bringing the horses in for the night and feeding them.

So 3.5-4 hours a day is spend on the necessity of taking care of the animals. 3 hours is breakfast, lunch and (making) diner. (I know. I take my time.)  When I go for a run I spend 1.5 hours on running/taking a shower. Leaves me with 6 hours for everything else. Good thing that my business is a part-time job lol.

Why am I telling you all of this? Because time-management is really important part of your life if your like to reach a goal. Finish a course. Finish college. Finish your assignment. etc. I really need to focus on time management. I have my agenda filled in with every half hour of what to do. Otherwise I slip and forget things or just extend my breaks or miss deadlines I set up for myself.

Procrastinating tasks is very easy. For me it just means I lose a day.

If you have the same problem as I have I would say use a huge agenda and fill it in. Don’t leave any blank spots. Go for it. Unless of course you like your life as it is now…..

 

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Motivation

For a week now I so can’t find the motivation to do anything at all. Since my 2 day trip with Frans to Banff there is nothing. Can’t get my mind set to start working again. To do anything at all. No blogs, no finishing my e-book I started, no continuing of my course I am doing, no running. And that is probably (as I feel it) the worst part. I eat, and eat, and eat and sit behind the computer and do nothing. Well that’s not entirely true. I am gaining weight. And thanks to the dogs and horses I still move a little bit daily.

I kind of know what the reason is. After working hard for almost 3 months on my website, on landing-pages following advertisements, promoting myself every where, trying to get people interested in a night about essential oils, I still have nothing. No sign-ups, no sales, nothing. It so feels like a waste of time and money. And hearing from other people that they signed up people almost daily….. What am I doing wrong????

I know I have to see this as a learning curve. I know I should not compare myself to others.  I know I am to impatient.  I know it will take time to find customers. It will take time to get my name out there. I have to continue what I am doing.

Consistency is the key to successI can NOT give up!!!  

And I should use my oil blend “Build your dream” more often. And I have to start running again. And the first blog is done now.Yeah!

7 Mistakes successful people don’t make again

I received an email this week from Success with an article from Kimanzi Constable about mistakes succesful people don’t make.

Reading the entire article (link is below) I must say I did do them all. Because of common sense and experience I realized they were mistakes and I won’t do it again. Some I am still working on.

What are these mistakes? This is the list:

  1. Successful people don’t allow toxic relationships into their life;
  2. Successful people don’t spend years doing work that doesn’t fulfill them;
  3. Successful people don’t let doubt and fear dedicate their choices;
  4. Successful people don’t chase other people’s dreams;
  5. Successful people don’t underestimate the power of physical fitness;
  6. Successful people don’t do things they know they don’t want to do;
  7. Successful people don’t copy someone else who is successful.

Personally I think nr.5 is a very important one. 20 Years ago I was so done with my weight and the way I looked that I started running. I still remember as if was yesterday how difficult it was for me to reach that first corner of the street. How I was completely out of breath. How after 3 month I realized that I passed that corner and the 2 after that without any problem. How I got addicted to running and kept on running everyday 6 times a week for an hour. How great I looked (dropped a couple of sizes), but most of all how great I felt.

I could handle any problem without stress, my confidence was sky-high, I never felt so good and happy. I had to run every day (10K) but I didn’t care.I loved it.

And that is the part which you need to be succesful, to reach your goals, to make your business succesful. And that is the part I have to work on again. I want to work on again. I want that feeling back again.

The only thing is, just as building your business, it takes a couple of years before you reach that point. I lost more than 20 lbs last year, just by starting to run again. I don’t have that addiction-feeling YET, but I will get there. And I will lose another 20 lbs this year. While I am building my business at the same time.

I agree that taking care of yourself is the best way to start to be succesful in your business, but also to be successful in your overall life.

 

http://www.success.com/article/7-mistakes-successful-people-dont-make-again?utm_source=Maropost&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=Newsletters&utm_term=Inside%20Success&mpweb=574-2613159-742185286

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Peppermint

There is a lot of information about peppermint. There are a lot of ways how you can use peppermint in your life.

Peppermint is native to Europe but at the moment 75% of world supply comes from the United States. Approximately one pound of peppermint plants is what you need to fill up an 15 ml bottle essential oils. It is extracted from the leaves and flowering tops of the plant by steam distillation.

The cooling effect you get from peppermint comes from the menthol which is a primary component of peppermint. It activates the same receptors on nerve endings that are involved in sensing cold.

So how can peppermint be used:

  • It can help to support a healthy digestive system. It also can help to take away hunger (great help when you like to lose some weight);
  • It can help to freshen up DIY cleaners. Just add some drops to your spray bottle;
  • It can be used with a massage after an excercise to cool down your muscles;
  • It can help to reduce the symptoms of a cold or cough;
  • It can help to reduce pain in your muscles or joint associated with sprains, strains and rheumatoid arthritis;
  • It can help to calm your nerves or calming children with ADHD;
  • Together with Lavender it is a great oil to cool and soothe any itch.

The list goes on and on. I just looked at a couple of websites to find information about peppermint but there is way more out there. Just Google it.

For me peppermint is number one to reduce my headaches. I just put some in my neck and I have the cooling feeling for hours which is generally enough to bring down the headache or get rid of it completely.

I have it in my bag permanently instead of the pills I used to take.

 

 

Visit in Camrose

Sunday we (Frans and I) went to Camrose to visit our daughter and girl friend. Both are attending the University of Alberta in Camrose. Both play basketball for Augustana, the university team. Shea is in her last year, Beliana has just started her second year and has still 3 year to go.

Once in a while we visit them and then combine it with watching a home game. Unfortunately that wasn’t possible this weekend because of the market I attended and Frans had to work too.

I was nice to visit them again. We hadn’t seen them since christmas and because of basketball they are always busy with training, basketball games and school. Because of a terrible headache they had to endure the air of peppermint through the entire visit though. But it worked for me. No pills necessary this time. Very proud of myself being an ibuprofen addict.

For an early diner we went to Edmonton instead of staying in Camrose to eat “all you can eat” indian food. Worst place to go to if you don’t train so much anymore as I do. I always seen to manage to eat way too much  at that kind of places. And because I don’t seem to find the energy or time lately I haven’t been running much the last couple of weeks either. Bad combination. Which at the moment is resulting in gaining weight instead of loosing. But that will change again soon.

Diner was good though and it gave us also the chance to meet Shea’s father. Her mother couldn’t come because of back problems. I told Beliana she should give Shea’s mother some of her big jar with coconut oil and essential oils which she uses for her muscles and joints. Funny thing is that Frans told her exactly the same when we left.

Anyhow… what would life be without essential oils. It gave me the opportunity to enjoy the day even more.