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The last muscle to change- MBMS 7

Welcome to the final instalment of Michelle Bridge’s Mini Series!

I’ve really enjoyed breaking down her speech into sections, and delving into deeper into each one. I hope you’ve also enjoyed reading them and you’ve gained as much from it as I did. I’m glad I took the time to go into each section of her speech and not just sum it up in one post. I think doing this really gave what she said justice and allowed us to explore these issues in a more meaningful way. If you’re new to the blog (welcome, welcome- I’m Bek!), need to catch up or you want to re-read the posts I’ll link them up below:

I’d say this final post summarises and underlies the previous 6. It’s the basic thinking beneath each. Michelle mentioned that exercise and nutrition will come with time, what you first need to work out is what’s happening up there. Okay, look back down- I’m not talking about the roof or the sky. I’m talking about what’s going on up in that gorgeous head of yours. You’ve got to work out what’s happening in your head. The psychological aspect of it all before the rest comes and sticks around.

I guess in many ways this is what I’m dealing with now. I’ve got the eating and exercise down pat. It’s my thinking and mental health that I’m now working on. I guess this too relates to my Healthy Thoughts, Healthy Actions notion. Once again it’s something Michelle and I agree on (great minds think alike ha!). In order to be truly healthy and happy- our WHOLEselves must be so too. Don’t forget about that brain of yours!

But what makes it hard is that the brain, according to Michelle (I agree too btw!), is the last muscle to change. What does this mean? It means you can be pumping out those squats, lunges and burpees; munching on wholegrains, vegies and owning moderation BUT you may be thinking all the wrong things. Like: gosh I should have done more exercise, I can’t believe I had 2 pieces of bread today, I’m not good enough or I’m fat. What’s the odd one out here? Bit obvious isn’t it, and sounds a bit depressing when you have it written down in front of you right? Well just because you don’t usually write/type it out, doesn’t make it any less wrong or depressing.

So why don’t you give yourself a new type of workout. Since I know you all love your exercise! Let’s work out that muscle that we often neglect- the brain! Now this will possibly be the toughest workout you’ve ever had to face. Stand back Grit, Body Attack and Body Step- there’s a new workout in town and I can just tell it’s going to take off. The benefits of this workout depend on the effort you put in. You have the potential to become happier, stronger, healthier and fitter- just to name a few perks. All this could be yours (cue cheesy sales tv music) if you just work on that muscle we often forget to work- the brain.

Personally, I’m going to keep up my daily healthy thoughts because that for me is working out my brain everyday at least once a day. I’m also going to work on actively picking myself up, when I feel myself dropping down. Like stretching, foam rolling and daily exercising- working out the brain also needs to be made a daily necessity.

How are you going to exercise your brain?

 

Being selfless not selfish- MBMS 6

This instalment of Michelle Bridge’s Mini Series is all about being selfless, and actually it can be related to an earlier post on excuses, and specifically not having time to exercise.

 

Often with all the demands of our lives we think we are being selfish by taking the time out to spend it on ourselves, especially in terms of exercise and working out. Or by putting off the dishes, laundry, dinner or doing something for the kids to do something you want to do- like exercise- is selfish. When actually it’s often the most selfless thing you can do.

 

Michelle used a fantastic example- you know when you’re aboard an aeroplane and they explain in the case of an emergency put on your mask first before helping others etc. We do this so that we can actually live, and then consequently help others. You become useless when trying to be the martyr helping someone else, and not being able to follow through because you lose consciousness. You help yourself first. It’s as simple as that. This example takes away all the emotion and guilt, and leaves you with rational reason. Too bad we’re often surrounded by emotions and guilt in our everyday lives when faced with the ultimatum- workout or spend time with kids/partner, do work, clean etc.

 

This quote really sums it up perfectly. By giving yourself nurturing and care (exercise being some form of this) you are then able to give those around you and everything you do, the best of you. By looking after yourself first you’re looking after others. It then also eliminates the resent that one could foster (you know- ugh I wish I could do blah blah blah for myself, instead of having to do blah blah blah for blah blah blah)- blah ;) You give up the guilt, resentment and related emotions to become the best version of yourself. You owe it to yourself, your family & friends and everything you do to become the best you. And yes, eating well, exercising, taking time out for YOU are ways to do this. We need to look after our health, bodies, minds and basically our whole selves before we can really look after others.

 

Oh and I love this quote I just came across. So true! Make sure you say YES to yourself enough, and not just to others. It’s okay to say ‘no, later, another time or I can’t’ to people- if it means saying yes to yourself and becoming the best version of yourself. Remember in doing this you are doing the best for others also, it’s not selfish- it’s sensible and selfless.

How could you start saying yes to yourself?