Be the Change.

Points to ponder from ‘Embrace’ the documentary

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Be the change.  Last night I watched ‘Embrace’ the documentary – acknowledging body diversity and highlighting the impact of how much less than positive body image affects people, mostly women.

Taryn Brumfitt does a great job – as she describes, she was ‘compelled’ to know more after her ‘not typical before and after’ photos went viral.  They didn’t go viral because she was a smart woman, a loving wife and capable mother of three, but rather because her photos showed that she was at a better point in her life when she was ‘bigger’ rather than when she was at her thinnest.

I won’t say any more, I don’t want to spoil the show, because you should see it, as should every young person, boys included – positive body image isn’t just about the girls in our society.

Taryn, as part of the Body Image Movement is doing lots of amazing stuff, but I believe as the most important component, she has made it her mission to get ‘Embrace’ the documentary into schools.  This is an area we need to help to create positive change in celebrating body diversity and encourage positive body image.

Here’s my top 5 points for you to ponder:

  1. Society is us – you often hear ‘society’ referred to as something that is out of our control, but is it really?  We are the people who shape the lives of those around us – we are society and if we want to see or make a change in ‘society’, it has to start with us!
  2. We need to love our bodies – Taryn words it well – “…our bodies are not ornaments, they are vehicles for our dreams….’  And this takes practice.  How good would it be if we were measured for doing the things that make you happy, being a good role model, creating something that we are proud of or contributing to ‘society’ rather than what we look like.  This is the message we want to send our young people, especially our girls.
  3. Life is too short to compare your body to someone else’s – especially if it’s the excessively photoshopped model you see on the magazine cover.  The unobtainable image is just that, unobtainable.  And you don’t have to look far to realise how fragile life can be – take some time to stop giving yourself a hard time.
  4. Even ‘the perfect girls’ don’t believe they are perfect – what if you did have ‘your perfect body’ and you were miserable?!! Skinny DOES NOT equal happy.
  5. We choose to make either the positive or negative attitudes contagious – Which one will you choose?  Not only choose, but send as a message to our young people?

Our bodies are our friends and our homes – how about you try being as compassionate to ourselves as we are our dear friends, share stories and the message we are all beautiful, just as we are.

#Ihaveembraced

Easy to do and easy not to do!

I have recently bought a new vacuum cleaner, the cordless type – partly because I sold the other one on gumtree and needed to replace it, but also partly because I am super keen to apply the slight edge principles to my household cleaning!!  FYI – cleaning most certainly isn’t one of my past times – funnily enough I have a few close friends who would say its theirs – but that’s a story for another day!

Back on track – The Slight Edge is a book written by Jeff Olson – the overview of the book is that is about success habits and applying them to your everyday life.

What habits do you have?  Are they helpful or not helpful?  Interestingly, successful people always seem to have habits – I think there is much we can learn from even just that finding, let alone what the habits actually are!

Motivation is great, but it doesn’t stay constant or last forever!  Habits are what you need if you are going to make sustainable lifestyle changes – in any area of your life!  I said it.  And I will say it again, successful people have habits.

Back to the book, this picture below is pretty much the overview of the whole book.  Seems simple, but I can definitely recommend reading the whole book to make complete sense of it and be able to apply it to your own life.

Here are a few messages from the book:

  • In a way, it is environmental restructuring – setting up a framework that helps you to succeed.  Sounds like a good plan, yes?!
  • The book compares the slight edge concept to crops and time – about how we need to need to plant and cultivate before we can harvest.  We also know this to be true with healthy lifestyles – its an ongoing commitment to yourself.
  • The book challenges your personal views.  Are you ready to confront the values and beliefs that shape your world?
  • The people we choose to spend our time with matters!  Have you heard the saying that you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.  People either inspire you or they drain you – choose them wisely!
  • Sometimes we need to get uncomfortable or outside of their comfort zone so we can grow and learn and change.

Have I got your attention?  If you want more, you will have to read the book for yourself!

I look forward to hearing if anyone is intrigued enough to have actually read or listen to the book.  And no, I am not receiving any commissions, but this is one place you can get a taste of it, with an introduction actually spoken by Jeff Olson himself, on YouTube, of course – just cut and paste this address https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSBaZJ1y6MU   It is also available on Amazon and various other book retailers.

I think it also very well describes that changing is a process, and through consistent actions we can see powerful results in many areas of our lives.  That is all.

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NB: for anyone who is interested, I have indeed, been using the vacuum cleaner daily.  Admittedly, it has only been a few weeks.  Evidently, and perhaps on the upside, my children seem to be quite taken with it too – happy days!

Why Wellness Assist in 2016?

I’ve decided 2016 is going to be my year, my year to help people achieve.  No, it wasn’t that I set myself some crazy new year’s resolutions and had to commit to following through with them.  To be honest, it was that I took a look back over the last 5+ years of my life and realised how far I’d come.  Yes, I have a journey, like a lot of people, to some it might not be exciting, but to others its shows personal strength and what the mind and body is capable of.

You see, I’ve lost weight, and I’ve put weight on, and then lost it again. Its not lost, like I’m looking for it, its lost like, I said, good riddance when it ‘disappeared’.

With the ‘losing’ of weight, I’ve gained both physical and mental strength and I can say, with conviction, that I’m not going looking for the ‘lost’ weight any time soon….  With the loss though, came so many gains.  I’ve gained so many things, including health, muscles, confidence, friends, and new experiences – some I continue to use, others I would rather forget – like when I fell off my bike during an enticer triathlon….FYI after a few cracks, I’ve decided triathlon isn’t my sport, though I did try!

So, while you could say I wasn’t enticed by triathlon, I wasn’t discouraged either, I’ve just shifted my focus, to being the best version of myself.  I know that’s a bit cliche’, not sure whose line it was first, but I want to be someone my boys look up to.  Yes, I’m a Mum to two handsome and boisterous boys, and I must say they are part of many of my reasons for making sustainable lifestyle changes.  I’m also a wife, I’ve been lucky enough to be with my awesome husband for almost 10 years now, wow, that makes me feel a little old!  He too, has a journey, but I don’t have his permission to share, so that is for a future blog. The other main hat I fashion is that I’m a Registered Nurse, I wouldn’t say it defines me, but certainly has presented some interesting life experiences since I graduated 13 years ago!!  As we all do, there are other titles I hold dear, though, it wouldn’t leave much to talk about if I spilled them all now, would it?!

So I invite you to join me, join my blog and find out about the cultivating that has gone on since the start of this journey I speak of!  I look forward to sharing and perhaps even helping you achieve!

Bring on 2016!!