Health

Home Health

As outlined by World Health Organization (WHO), it's a "State of complete physical, mental, and social well being, and not just the absence of sickness or frailness." Health could be a dynamic condition ensuing from a body's constant adjustment and adaptation in response to stresses and changes within the surroundings for maintaining an inner equilibrium referred to as physiological condition.

Health is outlined by well-being within the following areas...

Physical 

Physical health is that the state that your bodily structures and systems are in at any given time. It encompasses what you're feeling and what you sense. once your physical health isn't in the physiological condition you expertise signs and symptoms internally and outwardly. this could embrace pain, headaches, rashes, or something that manifests itself physically on or among your body.

Mental & Emotional Health

Mental health refers to the condition of your mind and your ability to balance your emotions. It includes, however, you reply to daily stress, the living things you encounter, and the way conscious you're. Poor mental and emotional is tougher to acknowledge, and a lot of arguably to acknowledge, than physical health. individuals could also be conscious of their poor mental state however unwilling to try to something to correct or heal it. mental state problems don't seem to be one thing to be mortified of but, and are even as crucial as physical health issues. Seeking counseling, pharmaceutical help, or active daily self-care is nothing to be mortified of.

Social 

As humans, we tend to thrive on connections with others. We’re a world community and that we want interactions on each day to feel consummated and to measure jubilantly. Social health involves the standard and kinds of relationships you have got with the individuals in your life. Family, friends, mentors, co-workers, classmates. They’re all vital and that they all impact your social health in a way. Social health is also live of however well you get alongside others. This gauges your tolerance and open-mindedness to people that are totally different from you or lives otherwise. the flexibility to develop and maintain friendships is therefore vital. These kinds of relationships add price to your life and contribute to the creation of your overall social support network. Man (or woman!) cannot thrive in isolation. we'd like emotional and physical support to be whole.

Spiritual 

While religious health will have one thing to try to with someone’s religiousness, it's not a necessity to be concerned in an exceedingly spiritual community. religious health has a lot of to try to along with your morals and values and the way they influence the direction your life takes. It involves having the ability to tell apart right from wrong and to question the which means of our existence.

No space is a lot of vital than the opposite. In fact, most times levels of every are in flux. it's potential to be doing well in some areas, whereas suffering is happening in others. The key to overall health is that the recent truism... BALANCE. Not a straightforward thought or apply. however a lot of we tend to increase our specialize in operating towards physiological condition within the four areas mentioned on top of, the healthier and happier we’ll be

Hula Hooping & Law of Attraction

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Well Hello There!

Does hula hooping & law of attraction sound like an interesting combination? I’m excited to tell you about how I plan on blending these two together, but first it is time for a story. I would introduce myself, but this is “an anonymous blog of opinions” so you may call me “Whisper.”

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It all started last summer. I decided that it was time for me to drop the baggage and to get into shape. After reuniting with a friend on Facebook, she told me that I was killing myself with my current lifestyle and that I needed to lose weight. She was concerned because she thought that my body type was showing signs of being a diabetic. The words stung, but instead of blocking her to save face; I decided to take her words to heart and take action!

She recommended that I slow jog for an hour every day. I thought that it sounded a little extreme, but I decided to give it a try. I saw it as meditation and a way to spend time outside. I read the book “Slow Jogging: Lose Weight, Stay Healthy, and Have Fun with Science-Based Natural Running” by Hiroaki Tanaka.

This book inspired me to lace up my running shoes day after day.

Slow Jogging: science-based natural running for weigh-loss, health & performance benefits:


Amazon reviews helped me find good pair of running shoes and I took off running. By early December I was able to run my very first half-marathon without stopping. Sadly, in early January, I had an overuse injury and it was painful just to walk. The pain forced me to find an alternative form of exercise. My friend suggested the stationary bike and hula hooping or jump roping for 40 minutes. She said that the jump rope would be even better for me, but I didn’t have a proper surface for jumping. My only options were grass or gravel.

I discover Hula Hooping

A hula hoop is a beautiful thing. You can take it anywhere for a fun workout on the go!

Hula hooping it was! At first I rushed to the nearest Target hoping to find a fitness hoop, but the only option was a feather light toyshop hoop. It was a decent attempt, but I could not last more than 5 seconds before the hoop fell to the ground with a dramatic crash. My partner even politely asked me if there was any way that I could hoop more quietly ??. Every time I dropped the hoop it felt like the crash got louder so I decided that I needed to find a different hoop. My partner ordered us matching fitness hoops that night.

A few weeks later our fitness hoops arrived and I started looking online for hula hooping workouts. I had tried setting a timer for 40 minutes and turning on the tunes, but the time seemed to last forever. It was boring and unsustainable and I knew that I needed to find a more enjoyable way to hoop. When you are standing still and struggling to keep the hoop spinning around your waist; 40 minutes feels like an eternity. I quickly noticed that there were hardly any hula hooping workouts on YouTube. I found only 3 instructors who posted hula hooping videos that were longer than 30 minutes.

I will never forget the day that I discovered Bee Varga The Hula Hooper. It was my 2nd day and I was trying to figure out how I would pass the 40 minutes. At the time, I was still learning how to keep the hoop spinning around my waist. I gave this workout a shot because it fell just under my targeted time frame.

30 Min Weighted Hula Hoop Basics Workout For Weight Loss | Burn Fat, Get Lean and Dance:

This workout changed my life forever. I know that sounds dramatic, but it is completely true. This lady was so bubbly, fit, fun, and inspiring. I was so lost as I stumbled along throughout this workout, but I made it to the end and felt so happy.

Later that week, I was working through a coding tutorial on Udemy and decided to check and see if they offered a hula hooping course. To my surprise, Bee Varga had a course here too and I noticed that she had glowing reviews. I almost bought the course, but decided to check out her website directly. I promised myself that if I stuck with hula hooping long enough to enjoy it I would soon treat myself to one of her courses.

I continued with her YouTube workouts and looked forward to see what colorful dress she would be wearing and what fun we would have with our hoops. Every day she introduced fun and challenging moves with names like: the tease, ginga, bunny girl, bunny boy, and the pump (to name a few.) I quickly started looking forward to my hoop workouts more than my other workouts. It was a great total body workout that felt more like play! By February I decided that it was time for me to get a proper dance hula hoop so I watched Bee’s hula hoop buying guide.

Hula Hoop Buying Guide:

This buying guide was so helpful and helped me figure out where to begin my search for the perfect hoop. I promptly rushed over to her recommended site: The Spinsterz. It took me forever to choose my hoop, but once I placed my order I was so excited and couldn’t wait for it to arrive.

My sparkly hoop arrived and it was love at first sight! It was such a wonderful upgrade compared to my foam encased fitness hoop. I was so excited and thrilled about hula hooping that I messaged Bee on instagram to thank her for her wonderful classes. She suggested that I record myself hula hooping because it would be an amazing way to keep track of my progress. I took her words to heart, but I definitely felt intimidated because at that point I was super shy and hated taking videos of myself.

That Friday I took a clip of myself hula hooping (that day I hula hooped happily outside for 2 whole hours) and sent it to her. She was so supportive of my journey and it inspired me to keep going. After I had done most of her You Tube workouts, I treated myself to her 30 Day Hula Hottie Program. This lead me to what I believe is a life-long love for hula hooping and an appreciation for my body. I could go on and on with this story because there is a lot more, but I will save that for another post and shift gears from here.


It felt like an uphill battle until I hit a plateau

I had spent the entire year (from August of 2020) desperately trying to lose weight. I did a month long fitness challenge with a personal trainer and then jumped right into another program created by another trainer. I had a regimen of weighing myself daily (I learned this from my tiny stint with noom) and taking my measurements once a week.

After my foot recovered in March I started running again, hula hooped, did a 90 day weightlifting program, some buti yoga and was eating clean and tracking my macros religiously. I did get some great results by late spring, but by the end of summer I was exhausted and felt like I had plateaued. It was very discouraging and I felt like my hard work was no longer paying off.

In September I decided to do things differently. I talked with Bee about my struggles to get her expert opinion. In addition to being a world class hula hooper, Bee is also a Personal trainer, Olympic Weightlifting Instructor, Kettlebell Coach, Jump Rope Instructor, Holistic Massage Therapist, and Cupping therapist. I knew that she would be a good person to ask for advice.

Time to become a specialist

She suggested that I become a specialist and try just hula hooping because it would be enough for me to reach my goals. At first I didn’t want to believe her. How could I possibly sculpt a beautiful physique and get fit and healthy with just hula hooping? It took me awhile to adjust to this concept and I decided to give it a try.

That month I stopped running, weightlifting, yoga, intermittent fasting, and all forms of food restriction. I had also decided that I wanted to heal from an eating disorder that I didn’t realize was still an issue so the timing was perfect. After 3 weeks of just hula hooping I decided to weigh myself purely out of curiosity. To my surprise I had lost a few pounds and I felt fantastic!


New Month New Goals:

In October I started learning about the Law of Attraction. I read a book called “Ask and It Is Given: Learning to Manifest Your Desires” by Esther Hicks. It talked about how to manifest your desires and live the joyful, fulfilling life you deserve. I am intrigued by this whole concept and way of thinking and I want to continue to learn more.

November is here and I plan on reading a book called: “Delicious Alignment: How 25 Women Learned to Love and Transform Their Bodies Using Abraham Hicks and the Law of Attraction” by Rhonda Ryder.

My goal is to read this book and apply what I learn to my own life. I hope you will join me! I think that hula hooping and applying lessons learned about the law of attraction will be a fun way to help me reach my health and fitness goals. I am also going to blog about the lessons learned and share my experience with you!

It was so nice to meet you. Thank you for taking time to read about my hula hooping journey. Are you curious about hula hooping yet? Hopefully I will see you again soon!

Until next time,

<3 Whisper

If your hoop drops, pick it up and keep spinning!

It’s been awhile.

Hello! Before we dive in, I would like to share some words of wisdom from my hula hoop instructor, Bee Varga. If your hoop drops, pick it up and keep spinning! It has been almost 2 months since our last long heart-to-heart and a lot has changed (for the better.) During these last 6 months, it felt like the stability in our lives was unraveling. The worst part is that a lot of the mishaps were mostly beyond our control. In this post, I would like to tell you about how this stressful stretch of time affected my hula hooping and also the way that I applied the law of attraction.

If your hoop drops, pick it up and keep spinning!

Body Goals update:

If your hoop drops, pick it up and keep spinning!

We all know the old cliché: “Life is what happens while you are making other plans.” I definitely had some plans for this new year and then life happened. The good news is that I was able to stay the course. At the beginning of this year in my “Body Goals post”; I had set an intention to base my body goals on the skills and abilities that I want to acquire. Additionally, I broke up with my scale and promised myself that I wouldn’t weigh or measure my body. I have to admit that our scale broke so I wouldn’t even be able to weigh myself with that scale if I wanted to, but that was probably just the universe working it’s magic 🤣🤣.

I celebrated my 1 year hoopiversary!

Speaking of magic… My hula hooping practice has been a magical force in my life. I just celebrated my 1 year Hoopiversary in February and I’m so thankful for the many ways that hula hooping has helped me to grow as a fitter, happier, and more confident person. Visit the link below to study with my amazing hula hoop teacher, Bee Varga.

https://www.beevargathehulahooper.com/

How long and how often should I hula hoop?

When I first started hula hooping last February, it was unheard of for me to record myself doing anything. I am camera shy and shy in general so it’s out of character for me to film myself. Reaching out to Bee Varga on social media to thank her for being an amazing teacher was nerve wracking. To my surprise, she responded and encouraged me to record myself because it would be fun to celebrate the progress through my journey. Thank goodness I stepped out of my box, reached out to her, and took her advice!

Last June, I set an intention to hula hoop daily and share a recording of my session in the Facebook group. I followed through with this goal and continued to hoop daily until the month of November. At that point, I was doing Bee’s Showgirl 2 Course and I desperately needed rest days to recover from her strenuous workouts. The key is to listen to your body. It really does know what’s best.

Get Fit Fast While Having Fun:

The Law of Attraction

The philosophy behind the Law of Attraction is that positive thoughts will attract a positive outcome and negative thoughts will produce a negative outcome. Recently, I decided to start learning about the Law of Attraction and how to apply it to my life. It feels as if I have only scratched the surface in my learning, but have had the opportunity to experience both positive and negative affects of the law of attraction. I am looking forward to learning more!

Learning to flex my manifestation muscles

November was a powerful month for me manifestation-wise. I was deeply focused on applying the Law of Attraction and manifesting good things in my life and the universe gave me lots of exciting gifts. I took them as signs that my application of the Law of Attraction was working. The 1st obvious gift from the universe was that my hula hoop friend joined me in doing the Showgirl 2 course. My teacher Bee, suggested that I do SG2 and in my mind I thought it was way before I was ready because I couldn’t even spin 2 hoops simply around my waist at that time. She also recommended that I do the course with my friend and together we bonded and had a wonderful time doing it!

Another manifestation gift

That same week, my hooping teacher also recommended that I start playing around with different outfits and poses to build my confidence. She suggested that I do a fun hula hooping photo shoot (I still need to do this.) I started fantasizing about how cool it would be to have my massage therapist take a picture of my back the next time I got a massage (wasn’t sure when that would be.) I also wanted to find someone who does cupping. To me, just asking the massage therapist to take 1 picture of me would have been a big deal because I am so self conscious and don’t want to seem full of myself.

If your hoop drops, pick it up and keep spinning!

That same day, an email showed up in my inbox from a massage therapist who was working at an upscale waterfront spa. She said that she was looking for models who wouldn’t mind taking pictures and videos during spa treatments and in exchange she would give 50% off all treatments. I almost didn’t even open the email, but I’m so glad I did because I got pampered from head to toe and also got to enjoy my 1st modeling gig. She also added in a massage, complete with cupping! I got everything that I was hoping for and more! Being open to receiving made all the difference in the world!

Applying the Law of Attraction during stressful times

For the last 6 months, I couldn’t stop stressing and worrying and almost all of my worries and fears came true. I guess this is proof that those negative thoughts will produce a negative outcome.

I allowed the stress to depress me and that created lots of resistance, making it nearly impossible for me to be creative and receive gifts and blessings. I’m learning that an essential step to manifesting and applying the Law of Attraction is to be open to receiving.

When we are stressed and depressed we often have tunnel vision and cannot see past the darkness of the current circumstance. Learning how to apply the law of attraction during times of stress is something that I am going to start practicing. I can tell that it is a skill that takes time and patience to develop.

Abraham Hicks | Instantly Align Your Energy

If your hoop drops, pick it up and keep spinning!

If your hoop drops, pick it up and keep spinning!

I bet that you are wondering about my hooping. Did my stress and depression interfere with my hula hooping habit? The answer is no! I continued to hula hoop consistently even through the darkest month and I believe that it was the glue that held my life together.

It wasn’t until the month of February that I started to take some breaks from hula hooping. It was an intensely challenging month and I was so lethargic, unmotivated, and uninspired. Looking back, it might have had something to do with the fact that I was hula hooping less than ever. Sometimes the things that we avoid are the very things that we should do!

With that in mind, I have decided to pick my hoop up and keep spinning! If you are currently working through a challenging time, please do not lose hope. Everything changes and things will get better as long is we remain hopeful and continue to actively work towards our dreams!

❤ Whisper

Will HIV Draw its Last Breath in 2020?

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Will HIV Draw its Last Breath in 2020?

In case you have not been reading medical news every day like us; there have been BIG developments in HIV research, genetic engineering technology, and bioinformatics research. A number of scientific communities have postulated that 2020 will be the end of HIV. Here are some of the recent breakthroughs.

The second confirmed cure happened in 2019

Over ten years ago in Berlin, a man named Timothy Ray Brown was cured using an experimental bone marrow transplant. This procedure involved stem cells from an immune donor and was performed by Dr. Gero Hütter. Recently, another patient was given the same procedure only this time the donation came from stem cells gathered from an umbilical cord. Multiple research labs including independent “Biohackers”, (people running labs out of their garages), are working on replicating this feat in various ways.

The switch to enabling the HIV reservoir has finally been found.

This HIV reservoir refers to dormant cells whose DNA has been modified by the HIV virus to incorporate the viral genome into its own. Viruses tend to insert themselves in strange places. The replication mechanism used by HIV randomizes its own genome to such a degree that when these dormant cells wake up the antibodies are nowhere to be seen. As a result, the body has to recognize and fight off a new virus every time. The significance of waking up the reservoir is that we can now give a patient the ability to continually fight and recognize the virus. This prevents the immune system from being destroyed or even potentially reverses the damage. This combined with gene therapies and or a vaccine to give someone more powerful antibodies will likely lead to a functional HIV cure.

There is an HIV vaccine that works.

Despite recent controversies, the pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson has made huge strides in HIV vaccine development. There has been numerous HIV vaccine attempts in the past that while in some cases provide a level of protection against a few strains in a few people, there have not been any HIV vaccine candidates that are effective enough by FDA standards to be considered a viable option to prevent the spread of the virus.. Until now.

Johnson & Johnson has paired up with bioinformatic’s specialists to create a mosaic of HIV RNA that holds the key parts of HIV common to nearly 100% of HIV strains and in preliminary testing, this Vaccine appears to elicit an immune response in everyone it has been tested on. This vaccine is currently undergoing a massive scale test in South African ad we expect to learn more soon. In combination with new drugs that can effectively target the HIV reservoir a vaccine like this could likely be an integral part of a functional cure.

Be Excited!

When HIV has first discovered it was a certain death sentence for everyone outside a sliver of individuals who were born with genetic mutations that either prevented HIV from infecting their bodies or allowed their bodies to effectively control the virus early enough to stop it from giving them full-blown AIDS. In 2019 we are already underway in the testing and development of effective and tested technologies designed to provide functional cures for HIV. There are countless independent experiments underway that show promise serve as an equalizing force that is sure to keep big pharma innovating in order to compete with the market. 

I Guess That’s Life These Days

Gas is now 1 cent short of $5. A little bit no longer goes as far as it used to. I guess that’s life these days.

Russia recently invaded Ukraine.

We are now going on year #2 of the Covid-19 pandemic, but it honestly feels like it has been at least 3…

Life keeps going no matter what is happening in the world.

We cannot hit the pause button and expect to live a full life.

A little bit no longer goes as far as it used to. I guess that’s life these days.

Smells like controversy to me…

Is that statement controversial or what? I must politely remind you that this is a blog of anonymous opinions…

I still feel the need to explain myself. Yes, it is good to hit the pause button to slow down, stop, and reflect. A little self care and a cozy afternoon in bed with a book never hurt anyone. It only becomes an issue if the pause becomes indefinite and morphs into a state of being.

Fixating on the Flaws

Hitting the pause button can be so valuable because it can be a golden opportunity to live in the present moment. The “problem” with my latest pause foray is that I was stuck in the abyss of my shadow and weighed down by anxiety and depression.

I wanted to pause to reflect, let go, and grow, but instead I was fixating on the flaws. Without the distractions of social media and other people’s messages in my head, I could only find my flaws and things that I thought were wrong with me.

A little bit no longer goes as far as it used to. I guess that’s life these days.

Sometimes it feels good to run…

This morning I realized that it has already been 4 years since 2018. This is significant because 2018 was the year that I turned 30. I’ve grown so much in the last 4 years, but I think the thing that has helped me grow the most these last years was staying in place.

We used to run and flee and live more like nomads and gypsies. It was so freeing to pack up and leave whenever we decided that we didn’t like where we were. This year we couldn’t leave because there was a global pandemic.

Find the blessings in each day.

I think that fleeing and running away was a coping mechanism. And while it is amazing to start over and rebuild our lives; learning to stay helped me to grow stronger roots. These roots kept me grounded and helped me to stay in place and it was in the comfort of my own home that I discovered hula hooping.

At the time I was heartbroken because I was injured and thought that it was a time of weakness, but this “time of weakness” helped me to discover a new passion. I thought that hula hooping would be a temporary alternative to my regular routine, but it turned into my main thing. A daily blessing when I choose to pick it up for a spin.

Hula Hoop Workout for Shoulder Mobility:

Life keeps going no matter what is happening in the world.

Remember how I mentioned my injury that lead to hula hooping? Running used to be the solid getaway plan for me. I knew that I could clear my head, lean out, or even start over in a new place if I spent enough time running. The ironic thing is that I got that injury running and what healed it was pausing, staying in place, and making the most of what I could do. In my case, it was learning how to hula hoop.

https://www.beevargathehulahooper.com/

Remember to hit “play” again.

The other side of the coin, is the fact that staying in place and hitting pause for too long can lead to complacency. And when we are complacent we may become stagnant. I’m already an introvert who values her personal space so staying home and social distancing basically made my lifestyle more socially acceptable.

I am a very safe driver who has never gotten a ticket in her life (which is damn good for an early 30-something year old), but I haven’t needed to drive very much since my partner and I share a car. Also, it has been easier for me to stay in the car and wait rather than go into the grocery store with my partner “because it is less risky that way.”

I have managed to stay busy with running our businesses and have been enjoying hobbies around the house like gardening, coding, hula hooping, writing, and reading, but it’s time for me to start hitting “play” again.

How do you hit the play button after stepping away for awhile? Comment below to share!

<3 Whisper

Start A Love Affair With Your Body

Welcome Back!

We are starting to make this a regular thing, aren’t we? This is already our 4th post together. If you are new here, welcome! I’m so happy that you are here. Let me get you caught up! Our 1st post was: “Hula Hooping and Law Of Attraction.” The 2nd post was: “Get Off the Scale and Get In Alignment.” The 3rd post was: “Diets Don’t Work.” Today’s post is: Start a love affair with your body. Let’s dive right in!

Start a love affair with your body. You know you want to 😉

What does it mean to start a love affair with your body? And why would you want to do a thing like that? I’m getting these bright ideas from a book called “Delicious Alignment: How 25 Women Learned to Love and Transform Their Bodies Using Abraham-Hicks and the Law of Attraction” by Rhonda Ryder. I am on a health and fitness journey of my own and am currently struggling with the principles I’m learning from the book.

I consider myself to be a voracious reader. Lately, it has been easy for me to read 100 + pages a day, but this book is different. I have had to read it in tiny bite sized pieces, chew slowly, and digest it little by little. I think that it is okay to take our time with the things that are important to us. Getting healthy and having a sustainably healthy lifestyle is important to me so I will resist my urge to look for hacks and shortcuts. Trust me, I’ve thought about it (at least every 3 minutes.)

Accept and love your current body.

Ryder said that almost all the women she interviewed said that the first step to manifesting the body you desire is to love and accept your current body. Love and accept your current body? This sounds so simple and doable, but there are times (today was one of them) when it feels nearly impossible for me to accept my current body.

My personal challenge is that I have a tendency to be extreme and this recently manifested itself in the form of over-exercising. Not so long ago (May – July) I was running 5-6 days a week, hula hooping daily, lifting / doing hiit 6 days a week, trying to squeeze in yoga, and following a strict nutrition plan. I got some incredible results during the first month of this demanding routine, but when I started adding more intensity to my weightlifting; I noticed that my results were tapering off. Before long, I hit a plateau even though I was working my butt off and this was super discouraging.

Today I was struggling because when I watched my hula hoop recordings all I could see was my belly. I thought that my body looked more lean when I was killing myself with that draining routine. Sadly, being critical of myself and picking out my flaws detracted from the fact that I learned some challenging hula hoop tricks this week.

Hula Hoop Dance Choreography Class | Bee Varga the Hula Hooper:

This is one of the fun hula hoop routines that I am working on. I love hula hooping because it gives you permission to play and try new things. Have you ever thought of hula hooping for a workout? I highly recommend it! Here is an article that talks about 12 exciting hula hooping benefits.

“The best thing to do is begin where you are and move towards self-love and self-acceptance from there.”

Rhonda Ryder
It is time to start a love affair with your body.

How do you learn to love and accept your current body while focusing on the body you want to manifest?

Focus on your feelings. How do you feel when you are criticizing yourself? For me, self-criticism seems to be an unhealthy addiction. It is as if I think that if I criticize myself enough; I will change. With an addiction comes the habit. I was probably criticizing my appearance today out of habit. I usually create a hula hooping reel every Friday that is comprised of my hooping footage throughout the week. This week I decided to change my “reel day” to Wednesday (effective immediately.) Does it feel good when you think you are getting further and further away from your goals? Is it fun to add a side of guilt to everything you eat?

My answer is NO to all of the above questions.

Think about this for a minute (we are about to go into some “Law Of Attraction-style talking.”) If you are unhappy with your current body then that is the vibration that you are putting out to the universe: Unhappiness with your body. As a result, you will only attract more of the same: more unhappiness with your body.

Practice finding things that you appreciate about your body and they will attract more complimentary thoughts. These thoughts will rapidly multiply and bring you more of what you want rather than the things that you don’t want. These new and positive thoughts will set the stage for manifesting the body you truly desire.

Does this sound exciting or what?!?! I think so! Let’s go!!!

Abraham-Hicks and the law of attraction states that it doesn’t have to be a long process. You can soothe yourself with better feeling thoughts right now.

Be Happy With Where You Are And Eager For More.

The Law of Attraction is fairly simple. Positive thoughts create positive results in a person’s life and negative thoughts create negative outcomes. How you feel about a subject is your point of attraction. “Happy with where you are and eager for more” is considered a perfect point of attraction.

When I first read this, it was hard for me to wrap my mind around it. It all makes sense, when you read it and think about it, but for me, applying it all is going to take a lot of practice. I am going to have to break patterns and cycles and create new habits in place of old habits.

We’ve got work to do.

Let’s roll up our sleeves and crank up the music because there is work to be done!

This is a paradox because we think that we will be happy once we have the career, move into our dream house, get the body of our dreams, get the hot guy (or girl) who loves us quirks, flaws, & all, etc. However, getting happy first will attract the things that we want.

This all sounds fine and dandy, but it is so hard for me. How do I feel happy right here and now when I feel like I would be happier if I was thinner, taller, prettier, or someone else?

Do you see how ridiculous this sounds? I’m asking myself this aloud because I cannot be anyone else. I can only be me! I am getting into the habit of reminding myself that my life will keep improving if I put alignment first.

“When you begin to love and accept your current body as is, while making feeling emotionally good (alignment) your priority, you will eventually become inspired to take certain actions that will lead to the physical changes you desire. You won’t have to force it. It will become easy.”

Rhonda Ryder

This all sounds so good and almost too good to be true, but if it is true then it is worth giving it a shot! Who wants to try this with me? Leave me a comment below if you’re in.

How to break the cycle of criticizing yourself.

Have you ever caught yourself thinking negative thoughts? Why does my belly hang over my shorts? Look at my double chin. I don’t like the way my clothes fit. I wish I were taller. I want a tiny waist. If you partake in these kinds of thoughts frequently the way that I do you’re probably wondering how in the world do we stop? Two words: Soothe Yourself.

Start a love affair with your body.

Try another thought like “I accept myself exactly as I am.” Or try not to look at images that trigger you in the first place. I am trying to work on this myself and if I’m honest; my hooping videos probably trigger me. At the same time, I am using them as a learning tool and for me it is an exercise in self- acceptance. I used to post my videos on a Facebook group every single day. I stopped this daily ritual to focus on other areas in my life (like this blog) and polishing new skills. Stopping that pattern has freed up a lot of my time and energy. Different things work for different people. Take some time to figure out what works best for you. You are worth-it, my friend. I promise.

“Your words have so much power. Every day, if you tell yourself, “I love you,” if you give yourself one word of validation, it will change your mind.”

Ashley Graham, American Model

Ashley Graham is right. Our words have so much power. This reminds me of positive affirmations. If you are interested in learning more about affirmations check out this article: “Can Fitness Feel Good?”

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When I was overtraining, it left me feeling frantic, drained, and exhausted. Now that I am focusing on hula hooping, I feel happy, energized, and inspired. The only time that I feel bad is when I am negative and critical of myself. I often criticize myself out of guilt. This is a pattern that I am going to work on changing. The shame game is to blame for my bad feelings and I am ready to get off of that train.

What if you can’t find a better feeling thought?

Sometimes, I cannot stop bullying myself no matter how hard I try. I have tried soothing myself and thinking “better feeling thoughts,” but the negative emotions (whether it’s sadness, disappointment, anger, depression, shame, etc.) have gained too much momentum and I am too far down the rabbit hole. When this happens, it is good to have a Plan B.

Plan B: Change The Subject

Stop what you’re doing and thinking and change the subject. This is a technique that I have started practicing this week and I think that it helps when I remember to use it. Plan B is thinking of something that makes me feel immediately better. This week I was thinking of my cats and my chickens… That’s typical of me.

Climb out of the rabbit hole and start a love affair with your body!

Now it’s your turn:

You are caught in the middle of negative thoughts about your body, or your appearance, or feeling guilty about that ice cream cone. You have already tried soothing yourself, but realize that it is not going to work this time.

Ask yourself:

“What can I think about instead? What is something that always makes me feel good?”

Now Think about something different: Something that always brings a smile to your face.

What always brings a smile to your face? Think of that!

Distraction is your friend.

Distraction is your friend? Is this the upside down? This just sounds wrong, doesn’t it?

It can be hard to get your mind off of those negative thoughts. I used to spend time huddled in bed feeling awful about my body and wishing it were different. This often happened even on the sunniest most beautiful days and it felt awful knowing that I was wasting a perfectly good day feeling bad about myself. These negative feelings can be so draining and can ruin a perfectly good day.

I recently started seeking distractions. I change the subject. Go outside and play in the garden. Turn up the music and hula hoop. Pet my cat. And lately, reading and blogging have been my favorite new hobbies. I have found that when I am creating, I have less time to fixate and feel awful about the shape of my body. Everyone has different things that bother them. That just happens to be what bothers me if I allow it to.

What or who can you think about that would make you feel better?

It may not always be the same thing, but the whole point is to release pressure and lighten the mood -even just a little bit can make a big difference.

“Many people might say that this is failing to face reality. Abraham’s teachings do fly in the face of societal norms in certain ways. We’re dealing in a different realm here. We’re talking about energy and vibration. And if dwelling in a lower vibration keeps you perpetually at an arm’s length from what you want, why not raise your vibration by whatever means possible, as long as you’re not hurting anyone?”

“Delicious Alignment” by Rhonda Ryder

Take Food and Weight Off the Table.

Rhonda talks about how one of her coaches told her to take food and weight off the table. She said to stop thinking about releasing the pounds and what she was and wasn’t going to eat. She wanted Rhonda to take a vacation from the subject altogether and to focus on what made her feel good. Every time Rhonda felt inclined to think about her weight or food in terms of what she was eating, her coach suggested that she change the subject.

Rhonda said that when she took her coach’s advice and took food and weight off the table she started to enjoy food and her life so much more. The guilt and shame that she used to feel around food and her body just dissipated.

I still struggle with this area in my life. When I woke up this morning, I noticed that the first thing I did was feel my belly and feel groggy and heavy. I think that this happened out of habit and it is going to take me some time and practice to change this bad habit. I am going to practice pivoting and playing the “What if” game. I will write another post on that for you soon so stay tuned!

Manifest love and support.

Start a love affair with your body.

Your vibe attracts your tribe and it is so important for you to surround yourself with positive, uplifting, like-minded people. Your self-love journey will be even better if you have love and support in your life. If you do not have positive people in your life it is even more important to seek support and inspiration in the right places. There were times in my early twenties when I was constantly struggling and felt so alone. I started seeking inspiration and mentors through books and inspirational you tube channels. There are also lots of inspiring podcasts available too.

Rhonda says that if you don’t have access to a Law of Attraction coach or friend that there are online groups to join. I thankfully have a close friend who told me about Law of Attraction and inspired me to read this book and blog about it.

Animated Abraham is my favorite Law of Attraction YouTube Channel:

I will continue to share more resources with you as I learn about them myself! We are in this together! Find the support you deserve! You are a powerful creator who is capable of attracting the love and support you desire.


Love Your Body Exercise 2.2

Appreciation list for your body

Take our your journal and write a list of 10 things that you like or appreciate about your body.

You could include characteristics that you like about your body’s appearance, functionality, flexibility, or anything else that you can identify.

Only write what feels good to you. If a negative feeling creeps in, cross it out and write something positive in its place.

Here is the list that I wrote:

  • I like my body’s ability to balance.
  • I appreciate my body’s ability to heal itself.
  • I like my long and healthy hair.
  • I like my smile.
  • I am thankful for my mobility and flexibility.
  • I like my powerful legs.
  • I am thankful for the ability to learn fun hula hooping moves.
  • I like my hourglass shape.
  • I like my calves and small ankles.
  • I love how my body responds to movement and exercise.

The key is to find things that you like and appreciate about your body. If this is feeling challenging for you I recommend that you start small. Also, ask your friends and family what they believe your strengths are. When I was in a really low place I wrote emails to my parents and my grandma and I asked them what they thought my strengths and weaknesses were. I wanted to capitalize on my strengths and to make my weaknesses stronger. Their love letters and lists inspired me to stay strong and keep going. A little bit of kindness goes a long way and it is important for you to show yourself some kindness today.

If you are still here reading, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for joining me today. I feel like this was a really long post. I still have a lot more that I could say, but I will close for now.

Are you feeling inspired to start a love affair with your body? It still sounds a little daunting to me, but I’m still going to give it a shot. Let me know if you want to join me. We could cheer each other on and compare notes…

Lots of Love,

❤ Whisper

5 Ways to Stay Active During the Holidays

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We are in the midst of the holiday season with Thanksgiving behind us and Christmas and New Year’s on the way. It is a joyful time, but can also be quite stressful. Throughout this season it is common for people to worry that they may lose the momentum they gained with their workout plans and healthy lifestyles. Holiday parties, seasonal dishes, and drinks make it more challenging to resist the holiday fare and it seems like temptation is everywhere. Today we will be looking at 5 Ways to Stay Active During the Holidays.

Another common challenge is that many people travel for the holidays to meet with friends and family. This can make it challenging to maintain a consistent workout routine. A little planning can make a big difference in maintaining a healthy lifestyle throughout the holiday season.

5 Ways to Stay Active During the Holidays
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5 Ways to Stay Active During the Holiday Season:

  1. Dress for Success- While you may be crunched for time, you can still find quick ways to be active. Make it a point to wear comfortable shoes that you can walk in or bring a workout bag with backup shoes. Park further away from the grocery store so that you can get more steps in or walk a lap around the mall before doing your shopping. Little actions add up!
  2. Think Outside the Gym- Just because you may not be able to make it to the gym does not mean that you have to miss a workout. Start your days with light stretching and body weight exercises like squats, jumping jacks, and planks. Utilize FREE online resources like Youtube to get your workout done in the comfort of your own home. Websites like Fitness Blender, Blogilates, and HasFit offer a wide variety of free home workouts.
  3. Set up a challenge– A little accountability goes a long ways. Find a 30 day yoga challenge or a squat challenge and invite your family and friends to join you. Or simplify and try to get the most steps. Most phones come with a step counter. Get creative and cheer each other on.
  4. Find workouts that don’t feel like work– Meet a friend or coworker for a power walk during your lunch hour. Go for a stroll with your dog or your neighbor’s dog. Go ballroom dancing. Try ice skating or rollerskating with friends. Take a Zumba class. Go for a nature walk or a hike. Find fun ways to move your body everyday.
  5. ‘Tis the Season to Spread Joy- The holiday season is full of community events and may places have a Turkey Trot run, Jingle Bell run, and a Polar Bear Plunge (for the New Year.) These races are usually 5k (3 miles) or 1 milers (with lots of walkers) and are not very competitive. It is a fun and festive way to stay active and spread joy. Also, going Christmas caroling, and window shopping through your town are fun ways to get out and get moving.

Here are a few more reminders:

  • Stay Hydrated- It is easy to slack on water intake during the holidays because there are so many options. Water may not seem as desirable when there is hot chocolate, tea, coffee, and festive cocktails. Start your day with a glass of water then carry your water bottle with you and keep filling it. Staying hydrated will also help you to process the holiday goodies more efficiently.
  • Advocate for your health- People often say “everything in moderation,” but the truth is that not everything is for everyone. Remember that you get to choose what you consume and enjoy. Be mindful of your needs and desires. Just because something is in front of you does not mean that you need it. Eat when you are hungry and make sure that you are consciously making the choice to enjoy your food. If you feel overly tempted then take some time to step away and go for a short walk.
  • Find ways to stress less- The holiday season, without a doubt can be much more stressful than other times of the year. Stress increases cortisol which leads to inflammation in the body. Find ways to cut down on stress with meditation, yoga, and taking time for you.

Hopefully, now you feel well equipped with ways to stay active this holiday season. If you weren’t looking for 5 Ways to Stay Active During the Holidays, please have a look at some of our other articles below!.

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