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If you’re ready for a change. Total, complete turnaround for your whole freaking life, you’ve come to the right place.
But first, let me put this teensy tiny warning out there for ya.
Change Takes Time!
It’s hard, frustrating and liberating all at the same time.
As much as some would love to drop 50 pounds overnight or turn their business around or even just stop checking Facebook so much, it’s easier said than done.
Over the past 4 years, I’ve done a complete 180 in my life and business. In fact, I had just started my first LLC as a contractor for an Oil and Gas company just so I could start learning how to do the financial side of it all.
From that point I dropped 40 pounds in 4 months, began a spiritual journey, started healing emotionally, got divorced, fell in love with life again, met my soulmate, became an entrepreneur, started an online business, moved from Oklahoma to Georgia, married my soulmate, and that’s 4 years in a nutshell.
A lot happened inside those 4 years. A lot of habit changing, soul stretching, fear blasting, shit hitting the fan and come to Jesus meetings as well as extreme joy. Transformation and discovering what true health is all about.
It seriously just started with me wanting to lose weight.
I’m going to share with you the top 10 things on what has made the most impact on my life to help me make these changes and how they can help you start to make massive change your life for the better by sharing parts of my story with you.
1. Green Smoothies
When I started my quest for weight loss, I knew there had to be an easier and better way than the traditional ways I had been trying. Ways like the low carb diet (I lasted 4 hours…), low fat, diet pills, slim fast (I actually lost 10 pounds on it, but was S.T.A.R.V.I.N.G.). I wanted to NOT starve myself anymore either. I was sick of being hungry, yet feeling like the fat kid.
In my quest to find recipes for healthier and tasty snacks to eat while I worked, I stumbled across Victoria Boutenko’s 12 Steps To Raw Foods book. In the first chapter she talks about how she discovered green smoothies. I thought “This doesn’t sound too bad” and decided to try it.
They were delicious and I made them for breakfast and sipped on them all morning till lunch.
They changed me.
I dropped 20 pounds in 3 months just by making this one small change. It made a dramatic difference in my energy level, taste buds and cleared away a brain fog I didn’t even know I had. I felt damn good!
They are simple. Greens + Fruit + Water blended together.
You can read more about them HERE.
2. Whole Foods
As my taste buds started to change from the green smoothies, I wanted more fresh fruits, vegetables, salads and whole foods.
Whole foods are foods that are as close to their natural state as possible.
For example, an apple picked straight off the tree is whole and complete in it’s natural state. If it’s cooked down into apple sauce, it is less whole. If the apple sauce is mixed into muffins (a good butter alternative), it’s even less whole.
Get the point?
Keeping foods as close to whole as possible helps your body to digest them easier, making your body much happier for it, making you a happier person overall.
3. Morning Pages
Something happened when I started to get healthier.
Emotions started to happen.
Emotions that I had stuffed down with food started to come up and I realized that I had been struggling with an emotional eating issue. I needed to get the emotions out and work through them without loosing my mind.
I had a lot of anger and joy happening all at the same time.
I’m an artist at heart and wanted to explore more of that. My mom recommended The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron because she was going through it and having tremendous breakthroughs from it, so I decided to try it.
Inside the book, she starts off by teaching about Morning Pages. A simple concept of writing 3 pages of stream of consciousness thoughts first thing in the morning before doing anything else.
I found a cheap notebook and started pouring my heart and soul out on the pages.
This simple expression of what was going through my head helped me to release years of built up emotions, negativity and resentment I didn’t realize were weighing me down.
Those precious pages helped to clear out the junk in my head and reclaim the real me that was struggling to come through.
Once the junk in my head started to clear out, I decided to give meditation a try again.
Meditation is the act of sitting in silence (or with special calming music), closing your eyes, clearing your head and connecting to the divine.
Easier said than done…
Trying to sit in silence without being interrupted by kids, dogs barking, phone buzzing, brain chatter and who knows what else can be maddening on it’s own.
Now that some of the brain chatter was done talking because it had been silenced by the morning pages, I felt I had a better chance at giving it a try and succeeding.
I found the best times to be early in the morning before anyone else woke up or late at night after everyone had gone to sleep.
I’m easily distracted, so I put on headphones to keep me from hearing random life noises and play music from meditation playlists on Spotify. I prefer isochronics or singing bowls because they help my brainwaves shift to where they need to be easier.
Take a listen to my two favorite playlists on Spotify:
I also like some Shaman-type drumming sometimes too.
I purposely choose songs that are at least 15 minutes long so that it’s a consistent sound when I’m trying to zen out. It helps to keep me focused.
Words are incredibly powerful. It’s Universal Law that if you speak negatively, negativity will come back to you. If you speak positively, positivity will come back to you.
What you speak about yourself works the same way.
For example. If you talk about how broke you are all the time, then yeah…you are broke.
What if you were to stop saying that? Do you think it would make a difference?
If you just heard a negative response in your head answer those questions, try repeating this:
I am abundant, I have abundance, I am full of abundance.
This is an affirmation. Write it down. Over and over. Fill up an entire page with this!
After about 5 times of writing it down, chances are you’ll hear that negative voice come back and tell you you’re full of shit. (I know I did!)
KEEP WRITING ABOUT ABUNDANCE!
When you keep going, you are telling that Negative Nelly in your head that you don’t believe it anymore. It takes time and lots of pages, but by taking those negative thoughts and writing the opposite positive thing down, you start to take charge, blast through them and tell them where to shove it.
This is what affirmations are all about. Taking charge and turning the negative to positive.
These are 5 things to get you started talking control and changing your life in positive ways, the way you want it to be.
Are you doing any of these already? If so, how are they helping you?