As a Holistic Health Nurse, I teach you all aspects about the whole self of health and wellness. These aspects include your structure, nutrition, emotions, and electrical aspects and how they all are interconnected. Interestingly enough, I needed to be the student. Funny how life occurs, when you need to learn something....you get the lesson!!
I gained weight over the winter months, like many people do. Then when January comes around get on the fresh start wagon and begin exercising, watching your food intake, and lose it...right?!?!
I started on a regular exercise program, watched my intake of calories, or so I thought, and no real progress was being made. I continued working out. Maybe I need to change the TYPE of exercise I am doing. So I added weights and more reps. No, that didn't do anything but make me really, really sore. I will try HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) no, that wasn't doing much either.
I was discouraged, and here it is March and I haven't even lost weight, and actually may have put on a couple more pounds due to the stress!!
You see, I teach a holistic approach to health, but with an emphasis on emotions and how they wreak havoc on your body and your bodily systems if not properly processed. Now, interestingly enough..... that was happening to me!
We have events occur in life that sometimes aren't pleasant, or they are times of transition. Going through these events we learn to feel it, experience the emotion, and move on (at least that is how we are supposed to...HA). Within 16 months my son graduated college and moved to another state, my daughter graduated highschool and started college, I moved my parents into an assisted living facility, I had a gallbladder attack, I sold my house and moved, and my son got married. All of these events are really very typical for many, and certainly not any majorly catastrophic events for sure! And they all went off without any major glitches! Grateful for that!!
Even though I felt like I had joy and peace, I realized I had an underlying sadness and maybe even a sense of loss. How did I know?? Seemed like we were going through a lot of coffee and I also "needed" some kind of sweet in the afternoon, and the cravings were strong!! So, I sat down and got very still and asked "what is going on with me?" Well, it finally came to me that I used caffeine and sugar as my abused "substance" of choice. Trying to lift the sadness with stimulants, and fill the emptiness with sweetness of some sugar. All that did over the winter months was throw off my adrenals, thyroid, and all my important hormones to make it almost impossible for weight-loss. I was really sporting the " Apple " shape.....
One learned lesson is realizing I had these unresolved emotions. You all very well know, that in any 12 step or any recovery program is CONFESSION. Lots of healing can occur just confessing that there is a problem.
Another lesson is getting present or mindful of what I was DOING in the sense of "comforting" my emotions by the increase in caffeine and sugar consumption. It was a sense of numbing my emotions and I was numb to see it. We get so "routine" in our lives, we actually don't know what we are doing....a kind of auto-pilot in some ways.
Also, anytime there is RESISTANCE in your life, it's time to check it out and start asking yourself some questions. I was resistant to losing weight.
Why? Because my adrenals, thyroid, and matrix of hormones are out of whack!
Why? Because I consume way too much caffeine and sugar.
Why? Because I am trying to comfort and feed my unresolved emotions and make myself "feel" better.
You get the idea.
Resistance can show up in anything!! In your health, life, and business. So if you can Confess there's a problem, be present or mindful of that resistance in your life, ask some questions, you will get some good answers and be on the way to a healing and self growth path. Hey, we ALL have emotions, it's a choice on investigating and discovering them and how we can get better. You really CAN do this!! Your overall is worth it and YOU are too!!
I am on a new healing and weight loss journey. Already started seeing and feeling some success!! Stay tuned and go "like" my Facebook business page Hartman Holistic Health