This has been my September. I cannot lie. It’s been hard but the lessons are worth it.
An amazing woman, I am currently doing her October challenge. It’s not a fitness program but something so much more about defending yourself and being strong. I encourage you to check it out here.
We are on day six now and this is the quote of the day. I am sure she will not mind me posting just the quote – it was too powerful not to and rings so true to where I am at the moment.
This is making its rounds around Facebook at the moment, but boy is it inspirational and so very true. Well worth sharing with you here if you haven’t seen it yet.
A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.
The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles roll
ed into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.
The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full.. The students responded with a unanimous ‘yes.’
The professor then produced two Beers from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand.The students laughed..
‘Now,’ said the professor as the laughter subsided, ‘I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things—-your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions—-and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car.. The sand is everything else—-the small stuff.
‘If you put the sand into the jar first,’ he continued, ‘there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life.
If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.
Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.
Spend time with your children. Spend time with your parents. Visit with grandparents. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and mow the lawn.
Take care of the golf balls first—-the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.
One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the Beer represented. The professor smiled and said, ‘I’m glad you asked.’ The Beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of Beers with a friend.
Support from friends and family gets me through each day. I was feeling really down last night on the way home and called mum just to hear her voice. She is incredibly supportive of what I’m doing to gain my health back. This morning I found this text on my phone when I got out of the shower. It’s made my day.
I am a very lucky girl for sure.
I love Michael Pollan’s book “Food Rules”. I have written about him on this blog before, and this book is just as great and only takes about 1 hour to read. Whilst he has over 60 rules to follow, these ones really got me:
- Eat food.
- Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognise as food.
- Avoid food products containing ingredients that no ordinary human would keep in the pantry.
- Avoid food products that contain high-fructose corn syrup.
- Avoid foods that have some form of sugar (or sweetener) listed among the top three ingredients.
- Avoid food products containing ingredients that a third-grader cannot pronounce.
- Avoid food products that make health claims.
- Avoid food products with the wordoid “lite” or the terms “low-fat” or “nonfat” in their names.
- Avoid foods that are pretending to be something they are not.
- Avoid foods that you see advertised on television.
Something to live by for sure.
I am lucky to have been bought up in a home that was abundant in good, healthy food. Very lucky. I remember having vegetables and good cuts of meat to eat at night. Fruit was always on the table and we were never allowed to drink Coke. Occasionally we were allowed treats, but that’s what they were. Treats. The school canteen was only open 2 days a week and I was allowed a ‘sausage roll’ from there once every two weeks. I looked forward to this treat and appreciated the value of money and what it cost to buy food and provide for a family on a working class wage.
After school we would disappear on our bikes until meal-time around 6pm. TV was only one hour a day. We were active. No video games to play. Any calories consumed during the day was used up running around with the kids in the neighbourhood.
That is why I am so inspired by what a number of people are now doing to teach children (by way of their adult caretakers) about healthy choices in school and out. Just like Jamie Oliver. I find him beyond inspirational. I met him once when I was dining at his restaurant in London. That night he took the time to visit every table and talk with people about their meal, who they were and what they were doing in their lives. He didn’t have to, but he did and I have been a fan of his ever since. He even offered to donate time to an AIDS charity I was on the committee for in New York.
Anyway, back to my point. I am finding this new eating regime relatively easy compared to some people that don’t eat healthy food in their real life. I put this down to the education my parents gave me when I was a child. I am fortune, but there are a lot of parents out there that don’t know how to feed their kids, or themselves.
Reading the blogs I love tonight, I came across this very talented guy called Alex Unger. He has ‘imagined’ the idea of a healthy shopping cart that promotes better buying in the supermarket itself.
One of the topics that Dr Rensburg discusses at length in the first seminar I went to is the burden of obesity on the health system. People like Jamie Oliver and Alex Unger should be applauded for thinking outside of the box about this problem and looking for a solution to what I believe is at crisis point in this country and many more.