Ginger has a gorgeous little silver sugar chin. Every year she gains a few more sparkles, just like my own hair.
I sat at my desk this morning and immediately Ginger climbed up on my lap to soak up my body heat. She’s my shadow. I managed to grab a couple of shots until she heard the fire being lit, and then she ran full speed down the stairs into the lounge to snuggle up next to the log burner.
Today I started writing my intentions for 2021. My focus is on getting leaner, stronger and greener.
It’s very easy to accept middleage spread, but it doesn’t have to be that way. I eat a very varied whole food diet of just plants, and I hike for many hours each day with my girls, but this year I will challenge myself to build muscle, especially my upper body.
I’m preparing for a full month of raw vegan in January to give me a head start on getting leaner. I’m going to swim more and design a work out routine, which I can easily fit in to my daily schedule to make me stronger.
To make my life greener, I’m always searching for; good cruelty free/environmentally friendly products, ways to recycle/reduce waste and a better way of shopping and eating which supports our planet.
Choosing to eliminate animal products from my life has been completely life changing. Not just for me, but for my fur and feathered friends.
My wish for the future, is that more people become conscious consumers and open their heart to a more ethical and soulful coexistence with all the creatures, no matter how big or small, on our beautiful planet.
Every day is a fresh opportunity to make positive changes.
What a difference a day makes. Last night we had 60mph winds all night and torrential rain. It was a terrific storm. There was debris scattered everywhere before first light when the wind suddenly dropped. I took the girls out for a stroll at 5am and picked up all the wheelie bins scattered along the small narrow lanes in our town. The birds were singing, rejoicing that the heavy and violent storm had passed and they were safe.
I’ve attempted to catch up with my DM’s over the past few evenings but it’s impossible. There are just too many. One comment I do read often is that men and women over 50 appear to be suffering with many aches and pains. Because of this, they have difficulty summoning the energy or motivation to exercise. 10 years ago I would have said the same, but now I have no aches and pains (neither does my husband who is 55) and I’m bursting with energy, enthusiasm and motivation to make the most of each day.
I know diet is the key to my abundance of energy. I can’t wait to get into the sea each day and stomp along the coast path with my girls.
Many people ask me where to start with making the switch to plant based food. Firstly, I would recommend watching ‘Forks over Knives’, a documentary on Netflix. Filmmaker Kip Andersen uncovers the secret to preventing and even reversing chronic diseases, and he investigates why the nation’s leading health organizations doesn’t want people to know about it. Strange but true. It might just be the turning point for you to leave behind lifelong animal based eating habits and to try a new way of eating.
Being in my 50’s is not how I imagined it. Rather than feeling invisible I feel invincible. Rather than dull and dowdy I feel vibrant and colourful. Your 50’s and beyond can be the time of your life. Not the end of anything, but the start of a new phase of freedom and liberation.
I don’t waste any time looking back. I’m not afraid of ageing. I live in the moment and put more effort than ever before into being the best, genuine, most inspiring version of me.
‘We have been led by directors and presidents and kings and queens for a long time, but the crowns belong to us. We are all kings and queens, and we should behave like it. We should be proud. Your kingdom, of course, is you, yourself. There is no castle. You are the castle. The universe is contained within you, and you are capable of doing extraordinary things’.
– Wim Hof. Extreme athlete.
I’ve just finished reading ‘The Wim Hof method’ by author and extreme athlete Wim Hof.
I didn’t read it to become an athlete, I read it to control my anxiety. We all have stress. My mother has stress if she has nothing to worry about! I want and need to control it.
In the past I have just accepted stress and carried on regardless. Which of course leads to burn out or illness or both. But I’m sure there is a better way.
We are so disconnected from nature and on autopilot most of the time, that we don’t take the time to rest and reset our over stimulated brains. I need to find something that can help me each day, prevent the stirring anxiety deep in my belly from slowly choking me.
Walking helps, but as I walk alone I have lots of time to think. The swimming and cold water helps the most, as it focuses my mind to the present situation and gives me a tremendous boost of energy.
I’m going to add breathing exercises to my daily routine. First thing in the morning, and any time I’m feeling that flutter of anxiety taking flight deep within my core.
With no alcohol or caffeine, a raw vegan diet and breathing exercises, I should be capable of performing miracles by the end of January!
I am an extremely happy, positive and energetic person. I don’t suffer with depression and rarely (if ever!) feel down. I’m unsure whether it’s anxiety or just pure excitement for life, as I have nothing to worry about. But either way I need to find a way to calm my brain. It’s on fire most of the time and it needs a rest!
‘Suddenly your consciousness syncs with your biochemistry and you can naturally address what ails you – anxiety, fear, depression, what have you. With the flow of blood delivering oxygen and nutrients into the deepest parts of your brain, you feel stillness, you feel pure energy, you feel the true power of your mind. That’s the way we should feel every day, and we can – not only be happy,strong, and healthy, but imbued with purpose and a sense of adventure. Your soul comes alive. That’s what the cold water does. It teaches you not only how to survive, but thrive. It’s all within your control’. Wim Hof – Extreme athlete.
A short excerpt from Wim Hof’s book I’m reading. It’s true that the cold water of the ocean has magical powers. I’m drawn to the siren’s call and cannot fight the urge to bathe in the cold saline tranquility.
Lots of people ask me if the water is cold, and if I shiver. I don’t think about the temperature of the water as I enter. I only think about how amazing it feels to be gently held by the water. A tingling sensation, like little electric shocks all over my skin for just a few minutes as my body adjusts to the change in temperature. And then, I am happy…absolute bliss.
The cold water bathes my soul and energises my body. I don’t feel the temperature, I only feel the healing.
Reluctantly, I leave the water to hike home. I’m buzzing with energy and fuelled with happiness for the day ahead.