I wanted to share the rainbow salad I made yesterday. It was so pretty! In the mix: butterleaf lettuce, sprouts, cucumber, olives, avocado, hemp seeds, grape tomatoes, shredded beet and carrot, yellow bell pepper, with lemon wedges and hummus for dressing. Delicious, energizing summer food. Too often, I’ll toss a bunch of ingredients into a bowl and mindlessly eat my lunch while scrolling through my phone. But yesterday was different. I took some extra time to prepare my salad with love, then sat outside and slowly enjoyed my meal without distractions. It was such a treat – and something I need to implement consistently.
Speaking of practice…
I’ve been reflecting on a Dean Dwyer podcast that I listened to yesterday. He was talking about how simply receiving information doesn’t change our lives. Or create a positive change. Listening to inspirational podcasts, reading books, blogs, etc are great and can serve as an inspiration, but it’s the actual practice of doing something – anything that creates momentum towards our goals, dreams or even a little nudge into understanding who we are. The idea doesn’t teach us anything – it’s the process of figuring how what works for us and actually doing the work that creates that shift we crave and the world we want to live in.
During last nights training run, I had a few light bulb moments…
Aside from distracted eating, another thing I haven’t been practicing are my mobility exercises. As a runner who is prone to muscle imbalances in my hip, I can’t afford to skip it. (I do this weird thing where I turn my hip and leg outwards when I stand, walk, run and I get all kinds of SI pain/tight glutes.) I *know* how to fix it, but, like an idiot, I got lazy and now I’m in pain, angry and frustrated. My problem isn’t that I didn’t have the information to do it, it was that I decided NOT to apply it.
-Everything we do (or want to do) takes practice, and the work never ends. Healthy eating, exercise, meditation, self love, learning a new language, training for a sport, etc. It’s an ongoing process! Simply saying, “I’m going to eat healthier” doesn’t do anything – it’s the choice to consistently follow through with the idea sets in motion a chain of events. And we know this – but where (and why) do we go wrong?
-We’re constantly being told to “eat more veggies, less processed foods”; “exercise more” but that information isn’t helpful. We’ve heard the same message over and over again but there’s still this huge disconnect. Why is that? We go out and buy the book that promises xyz, or listen to a lecture, and we feel inspired and energized for…oh, 5 minutes, then it’s back to our old ways. Is it because we forget? Or is it because we haven’t figured out how to apply a new skill set?
-You know what we probably need less of? Pinning endless motivational Pinterest mantras, recipes and workouts. Sharing Facebook quotes. Looking at IG photos of peoples early morning workouts that seem to imply “If I can get up at 4am to workout, so can you!” #GETAFTERIT. No. What we NEED are less words and more action. That’s where the authentic, lasting motivation comes from. Not our Pinterest boards. Action is the rocket fuel that will propel us into the life we want.
-I have one final thought. The question of “How”. How to eat better, how to exercise, how to find the time, etc. “I know I need to change but I don’t know how, just tell me what to do!” This makes me sad to see people trying to give their power away – to me! As much as I’d love to add to my collection of souls, it doesn’t work that way. What I can say is, everyone’s “how-to” plan is different. A one size fits all answer doesn’t exist.
Does this make any sense?! I hope so. Putting my thoughts into words can be challenging.
Who inspires you?