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A love affair with exercise

A reminder to me,

I’ve been around many exercise environments, there is nothing I wouldn’t do or try. At times I have been in darkness, in defeat and in others in euphoric accomplishment bliss. Commonly the greatest thread of treasure that each experience holds is the blissful heady high of escapism. Removing the tensions, mumbles and muses held within my body and soul from wherever I am in that particular day. Exercise is self love, self respect, a soulful safe heady space.

Exercise is a river, my body is the only one that will fight for me, fall for me and love me. It is beautiful yet taken me years to learn this. Not a mirror beautiful world, an ultra ordinary miracle beauty at work. It thanks me for space, for peace and for the tranquility of acknowldgement of calling it in. It is an army of one; a full heart, driving it again, savouring its beat and vibration. At times its felt much like a love affair.

For me exercising isn’t a fight, it’s not always a gym, a heady run or a studio practice. At times its just been the utter awareness and continual up and down of the crazy days of exhausting mother day care. Yet within it I find its gem of treasures.

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From gym buff, to meditation on a mat, to hot yoga to the peaceful serene, each all complete me and ‘get me together’. They enable me to be at peace with my body, to value that I am a woman and to respect my feminine. I wonder at its ability to produce beautiful children, to carry the stresses and strains of gritty emotion, yet always deliver. If I look after it, it sheds its illness, it heals, it breathes a new life of lustful fire. Freedom; just love,  it becomes my most beautiful companion. A gorgeous crazy design.

Time sits well with my body. I have learnt that the glitches, its stories the pelvic traumas of birth are here to stay and its ‘our story’ of raw marriage. I have to accept it for its amazing and continual play.

I sit on my gym shoe strings, they show me peace and many places of new. Each gifting zeal, excitement and a rise to the gift I love. In my eyes I am grateful for it each and every day.

It shows up in hedonistic love, it is complimented, it breathes life to every day, experience, relationship and feeling.  It completes me.

I am in Love with every moment of our relationship. Thank you, you are my voice and I adore you.

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withgeorginaGeorgina is a yogini, mother, and has worked as a fitness instructor. A studier in sports medicine and sports coaching, yoga instruction & Reikii II Practition. She uses her knowledge from her degree studies to build on her passions; wellness and prevention. Founder of “A fat lot of good” she encourages women to live in the moment, love what they do, and love themselves in order to share that love with others. “We are all connected. In order to have a truly peaceful, loving, and mindful community, we first must have those values rooted

within ourselves.”

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Recovery from burnout

It is a mere season, one of feeling wobbled from juggling far too many plates whilst within a quick sand of sloppy decisions. But here begs the question of how do we dig ourselves away from the daily slog that feels to have no end or freedom?

Answer; by resourcing simple practices that evoke a sense of gratitude back to ourselves away from the daily noise. Reigniting a bounce to the step and owning a pure delight for springing from our duvet each and every morning away from mental pressure.

With limitless advice and buy ins at our fingertips we have all the answers, yet the language within this space is that it’s the simple good stuff that allows you to get back on track.

‘The cause and effect of what you ‘do’ being an extremely important one to meditate upon’.

The good news is it’s ready to action from this very minute with an integrated approach to wellness with a healthy dose of tlc.

SLEEP

Getting enough sleep is the number one cause for collapse and dramatic down turn of quality of life and health. With sleep being the the time for many of our hormones to replenish, recharge and connect.

Sex hormones, stress hormones, hunger hormones and many more can be disrupted with bad attention to a cycle. The USA national sleep foundation state that having good ‘sleep hygiene’ based upon the following considerations will bonus a subsidence to daytime blues.

‘Sticking to a strict sleeping schedule of 7-9 hours a night, evaluation of your ‘sleeping’ room, comfortable bedding, removal of blue screens, avoiding heavy meals alcohol and caffeine are among those tip boosting advisories out there to tick away at on the back to feeling me list.’

But what if you are too stressed to sleep? A commitment to pre-sleep rituals help ease you into the flow of the sheets, those that promote self care, self awareness and self reward, easing the hormones and joys of sleep to return.

HYDRATION

What happens when we don’t get our daily quota?

The skimping of water can cause our energy to drop, loss of focus, increased risk of disease, cranky moods, headaches, bad skin, metabolism flunk and it goes on. Being that our cellular system functions upon approaching 65% water lets consider attention to consuming 6 to 8 glasses or 1.2 litres a day to see a yield of the following:

  • Energy increase and a reduction of fatigue
  • Promoting weight loss
  • Flushing out of toxins
  • Improvement to skin complexion
  • Maintenance of digestion
  • Immunity boosting
  • Muscle friendly, reducing cramps and strains
  • Low expense!

A HEALTHY GUT FLORA

The silent warrior within our grasp. Titled the gut.

‘We sacrifice our gut day after day, attacking it with a host of suicidal food products that tip our constitution to the brink of disaster day after day’.

We are talking about a microflora of bacteria within the gut that can easily become disturbed and unbalanced. It is therefore something not to be taken lightly given that 95% of our bodies mood balancing serotonin is found within our bowel. Prolonged stress, high sugar, low fibre, regular alcohol and pharmaceuticals each will take their toll.

Taking onboard a simple microbiotic (pro and prebiotic serving) can restore its balance. Pushing through a commitment to the elimination of those fake simple sugars and reduction of starches within the diet. It is the familiar and recognised debunk of our loaded sugars that promote gut imbalance; cookies, cakes, baked goods and the naughties we all enjoy. Keeping our whole fruits as our allies within reasonable guideline measure. Paralleled to a turn to plant based food sources, vegetables in abundance, raw or cooked.

Featuring our star contender, our Omega 3’s. The ‘good guy fat’. Found in plant sources such as nuts and seeds. Not only does your body need these fatty acids to function, but also delivering some mighty big health benefit protection. Blood fat reducing, inflammation improving, depression aleving a dementia protection among a few. Get busy with a relationship of its consumption.

Improving our purchase choices to resource and consume local and organic. Reducing those chemicals bypassed within our food chain. Call out our milk products, protein based meats, those that have potential to contain hormones passed down the chain.

OBSERVE YOUR MIND AND THOUGHTS

Change starts from within, break the negative cycle.

A restful and peaceful mind stimulates the vargus nerve and central nervous system, the ultimate in mind body connection.

‘A match can light a fire, just as can a thought’.

Just as thoughts come, they are able to go and you have permission to request this. Embark upon a journey of appreciation; where you are today, gratitude for your individual worth, surroundings and nearest and dearest. We are enough as we sit today.

EXERCISE

Consistency and realism is your choice. Building effective and enjoyable exercise into your life can be easy, number one it has to make you feel happy. Find a buddy, a community that will invite you in. It doesn’t have to start with a gym, you can go hit the air to gleen to your daily quota. Question, whom and what inspires you?

With a department of health guideline starting at 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise a week for a healthy adult partnered to a mix of strength work, it therefore has to right.

‘To remain sustainable exercise has to be enjoyable, this is your number one priority and one to research’.

Daily movement itself can contribute towards moderate aerobic exercise. Taking thought to walking, gardening, riding a bike, swimming and not just marginalising your thoughts to the gym can give exercise a different identity, quality and experience.

‘What makes good exercise’?

This is entirely up to you and within your freedom, it isn’t always what we tend to think. Martial arts, yoga, circuit classes, golf, football, rugby, trail walking and racket sports devise an entirely new environment setting friendships and communities to take upon new personal territories, adventures and paths.

With exercise our metabolic profile improves, reducing cardiovascular disease risk, regulation of blood pressure and blood glucose, brittle bone profile improvement, mental health improvement, maintaining healthy weight and yes the list does go on.

MENTAL CAPITAL WELLBEING

To decrease mental stress by ‘action’ takes engagement and an allows individual expansion.

‘Based upon an evidence based project from the UK Government department of science it seeks simple guided actions to flourish in mental wellbeing’.

To Connect, with those around you. With family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. At home, work and local community. The cornerstones of life to invest time within. Building these connections will support and enrich you every day.

To Be Active, Step outside, dance, play!

Take Notice, be curious, catch sight of the beautiful. Remark on the unusual, notice and savour moments. We aware of whats around you, feelings and experiences that matter to you.

Keep Learning, try something new, rediscover a new interest. Sign up for that course. Take on a different responsibility at work. Set a challenge you will enjoy achieving. Learning new things will make you more confident as well as being fun.

Give, do something for someone else. Thank someone. Smile, join a new community. Look out as well as in. Seeing yourself, and your happiness, linked to the wider community can be rewarding and creates connections with the people around you.

‘The think tank has been opened! To have faith and identification of systematic practical realignment of a hectic life with a personal agenda IS possible’.

 

You, your mind, body and health really do matter and need intention, each need not be subjected to disorder. It is a matter of consideration just when to give it your personal responsive action.

Validate our Women

The Swarm of International womens’ day is nearly upon us where women must be celebrated for their ‘capacity’ to achieve.

Over time it is not uncommon for a womans own self worth as a person to be undervalued and self sabotaged. The risk here is that a woman can feel inherently less more loveable and less worthwhile.

Importantly, when a woman does achieve, there is cause for celebration. Yet I suggest on this day we celebrate the effort and attitude of all women with their tenacity ‘to get there’ and ‘push through’. Placing value on the ‘actual attributes’, such as effort and the strength of attitude within their tool kit within any transitional phase.

One’s sense of self and place in the world must be one that no longer involves unique and idiosyncratic conditions.

Simple, no nonsense, unadorned and embellished …

Women have and own pride with your power, efforts and attitude.

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Guest Speaker & Fitness Lecturer for

georginaland

Who am I? I am a 42 year old mother, certified fitness strategist and Health and Wellbeing lecturer.

I build education ventures where I have a team whom thrive to build communities on a quest to live meaningfully and light. Into 2017 we offer a growing catalogue of events, trainings and courses as fitness, health and nutrition experts that teach self ownership.

Building conscious individuals is my passion, and I have been doing that in my fitness career for more than 12 years, making the very best and questioning the why and truths to wellness and vitality.

My greatest passions are helping women end conflict and disconnection with their bodies and the spaces they inhabit. With my unique process and a customised approach, I help women discover the forgotten pockets of their own spirit. Creating beautiful group experiences in addition to private one-on-one sessions. I am a passionate wellbeing speaker and a lecturer in the UK fitness qualification industry where I can be found co-leading workshops in gorgeous places around the coast of sussex. Together we laugh, we cry, we entertain, challenge and inspire.

Exercise Gutsy

Georgina, is the founder of A fat lot of good. She lives with her three children. Each week, she writes about the sense—and nonsense—of life.

Enough individuals have trailed the gyms of the planet and found a space for breeding a new you. For many the dual Slur of work and life are a balancing act and when signing up to a new exercise and activity adventure, people will congratulate you, reward you and you will receive an explosion of compliments as a star performer on the change. It will become your be all and end all religion to drive down your own stress and to coerce others into the trainer led cult and fitness rehetoric.

Then before you know it apathy hits home and it is here we realise that it is the ‘what you do’ that brings the happiness. Pumping treadmills, racking up miles, picking out a prestigious environment can all be your meca. But setting the tone from the start tailored to your scheme of ‘likeable’ things is key to boosting morale, having serious fun and protecting your new found love to trainers. It needs to bleed into your work life balance, becoming more and more compelling and not leaving you feeling even more stressed and worked out harder.

How do we access it?

If you do things because you love them, the reward becomes second and it is the work that brings you the happiness with in it.

Whats so special about it?

Big or small, you deserve the best, and the engagement you get with ‘what is available and affordable’ within your sacrifice must be a mighty perk to redeem.

How do I find my perk?

Developing a ‘like list’ to getting active

Solution = Focus on the ‘like’

Without question devoting blocks of time down your local gym can gleen you fitness expertise and gains. Yet does this yield you an active support and community network? Whilst it is important to be active hold onto your values within your activity to roadblock the slope to boredom. The peers and the community that you choose to ignite your fitness hat can rev up your experience and boost mental focus for many years. People are motivators, communities provide sustainability and ‘people first’ fitness cultures win the argument to this cause.

Solution = Address it the right away

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Fresh air, balanced goals and a dose of mental relaxation keeps your eye on the prize and can too offer reward. Being sport or community specific can gift you an abundance of solutions to getting your gig on. There is logic to be found by doing away with the status quo of a ‘gym programme’ and a reason to shift your focus upon people.

So before you sign up for your next ‘quick fix sacrifice’ STOP think and reflect upon what you are getting for your value for money here. Rework the traditional ideal to what it is to be active, what will be sure to establish weekly long term effective commitment is the hearty tribe you put yourself within.

©GeorginaLand2017

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WE LOVE
Those things that can really help to boost our mental wellbeing: CONNECT – connect with the people around you: your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. Spend time developing these relationships. BE ACTIVE – you don’t have to go to the gym. Take a walk, go cycling or find the yoga mat. Find an activity that you enjoy and make it a lifetime habit. GIVE TO OTHERS – even the smallest act can count, whether it’s a smile, a thank you or a kind word. BE MINDFULL – be more aware of the present moment, including your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you. Some people call this awareness “mindfulness”. It can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges.

Contributor for

Guest Speaker & Fitness Lecturer for

georginaland

Who am I? I am a 42 year old mother, certified fitness strategist and Health and Wellbeing lecturer.

I build education ventures where I have a team whom thrive to build communities on a quest to live meaningfully and light. Into 2017 we offer a growing catalogue of events, trainings and courses as fitness, health and nutrition experts that teach self ownership.

Building conscious individuals is my passion, and I have been doing that in my fitness career for more than 12 years, making the very best and questioning the why and truths to wellness and vitality.

My greatest passions are helping women end conflict and disconnection with their bodies and the spaces they inhabit. With my unique process and a customised approach, I help women discover the forgotten pockets of their own spirit. Creating beautiful group experiences in addition to private one-on-one sessions. I am a passionate wellbeing speaker and a lecturer in the UK fitness qualification industry where I can be found co-leading workshops in gorgeous places around the coast of sussex. Together we laugh, we cry, we entertain, challenge and inspire.

Joining the Dots

Georgina, is the founder of A fat lot of good. She lives with her three children. Each week, she writes about the sense—and nonsense—of life.

In a time where we are looking for tailored courses to take a wellbeing dream from idea to exit, all that glitters is not gold. Getting the right education, the right support and joining a community of like-minded people will make all the difference in your first years of launching into the wellbeing culture whether at work or as an individual. Doing this helps you to avoid the common mistakes by learning healthy strategies that actually work. Trying to work it all out yourself through trial and error can often lead to a waste of time, energy and lead to the shaky path of apathy.

Is it right for me?
The chances are you have a great idea of what you like and now you’re ready to identify and source those practical steps that turn wellbeing into a reality. What is it that makes such a huge difference to your personal success?

Making a difference
It must be something that is you enjoy taking part in, that at times helps others and can make a difference.

Hopes and Dreams
One that makes you feel positive about the future and determined to do well. One that can make things happen.

Well-being
One that identifies and draws out what you are good at and allows you to feel good about yourself. Not being afraid to be an individual.

Education and Work
An education or work that you like, that is right for NOW and allows you to feel on track.

Communicating
One that allows you to get your point across and handle even when you have strong feelings. Having a hearing of other people and understanding of their views.

Choices and Behaviour
One that identifies a value of the self and friends.

What do I need?

Regardless of how passionate you are about your hopes, the community you place yourself within will decide whether its a personal success.

Lets call it your list of ‘wants’ whilst within a state of flourishing. Those that involve a sense of personal fulfilment within a shared moral framework.

  • A process that stays involved in your life, one that places importance upon you.
  • An embedded programme that works hard on matters that relate to you.
  • A core message that allows you to enjoy the time that you spend it yourself, that leaves you feeling supported
  • A journey that is always a part of your life

If you could see, taste, hear, smell, feel wellbeing, what would you see?
Traditional education models deliver the content and expect that you go and implement alone. A flipped self learning model is different, it allows you to watch content and then spend your time implementing the tactics and creating action plans, it is a mindful dynamic process and one to be applauded.

In a time where we experience unprecedented stress, unhappiness, psychological, physiological and physcosocial disturbance it is important to remember that we all have a choice. The question of do we ignore or do we lead ourselves to action and acknowledgement?

In an environment of ‘consumerised’ self care following our bodies internal rhythm and instinct is important, asking ourselves what would 100% healthy look like to US and where do OUR values lie.

Here punts the question of what is health & fitness? One would hint to ‘the optimal function the mind and body alongside adaptation to our environment’ where stable health requires the  continuums of:

a) Realistic goals
b) Vision
c) Nurture
d) Attention

Taking on more roles and activities relevant to the life changers can unquestionably leave you swamped, it therefore must be a reflective undertone to the season of your life. One that promotes what is available to the now, for achievement, personal gratification and to the help of others.

For all those that deliver, execute and arm as teachers in the wellbeing game, be sure to help your client decide of their capacity to take on extra wellbeing tasks. For our great loves and musings can all too often become counterproductive. This business is about a moral compass, self reflection, self investment and learning to connect with the self and not a consumerised buy in.

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©GeorginaLand2017

conciouswellbeing

WE LOVE
Those things that can really help to boost our mental wellbeing: CONNECT – connect with the people around you: your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. Spend time developing these relationships. BE ACTIVE – you don’t have to go to the gym. Take a walk, go cycling or find the yoga mat. Find an activity that you enjoy and make it a lifetime habit. GIVE TO OTHERS – even the smallest act can count, whether it’s a smile, a thank you or a kind word. BE MINDFULL – be more aware of the present moment, including your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you. Some people call this awareness “mindfulness”. It can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges.

Contributor for

Guest Speaker & Fitness Lecturer for

georginaland

Who am I? I am a 42 year old mother, certified fitness strategist and Health and Wellbeing lecturer.

I build education ventures where I have a team whom thrive to build communities on a quest to live meaningfully and light. Into 2017 we offer a growing catalogue of events, trainings and courses as fitness, health and nutrition experts that teach self ownership.

Building conscious individuals is my passion, and I have been doing that in my fitness career for more than 12 years, making the very best and questioning the why and truths to wellness and vitality.

My greatest passions are helping women end conflict and disconnection with their bodies and the spaces they inhabit. With my unique process and a customised approach, I help women discover the forgotten pockets of their own spirit. Creating beautiful group experiences in addition to private one-on-one sessions. I am a passionate wellbeing speaker and a lecturer in the UK fitness qualification industry where I can be found co-leading workshops in gorgeous places around the coast of sussex. Together we laugh, we cry, we entertain, challenge and inspire.

Simple Agility

Georgina, is the founder of A fat lot of good. She lives with her three children. Each week, she writes about the sense—and nonsense—of life.

I want to make a new groove, a time where we can identify with putting tweaks in the day to be a little more mindfully present, to Translate some good intent and action.

[It’s] tiny tweaks: the tiny tweak of “I love this person—but every time they come home from work I hardly get up from my computer to even say hello to them,”

~ Susan David ~

Smart folk recognize the need to take a step back — to put the shiny new toy down for a minute to identify with the important values within the day. Emotional agility lets say, based on well established gratitude.

Can we capture a moment in exchange for something truly meaningful?

It is no conspiracy, we can consciously iron out a few personal imperfections here and there and find some unprecedented positive experiences and happiness with it.

How do we engage, in practical ways, with ourselves in a way that is curious and compassionate?

If we can start recognizing that values are actually qualities of action rather than abstract things, yes we thrive.

Lets call this a ‘wise effort practice’ a letting go of what is not helpful and skilfully cultivating the good in ourselves, our relationships and our communities.

So stop, be fully present and enjoy a little bit of simple active success now.

conciouswellbeing

WE LOVE
Those things that can really help to boost our mental wellbeing: CONNECT – connect with the people around you: your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. Spend time developing these relationships. BE ACTIVE – you don’t have to go to the gym. Take a walk, go cycling or find the yoga mat. Find an activity that you enjoy and make it a lifetime habit. GIVE TO OTHERS – even the smallest act can count, whether it’s a smile, a thank you or a kind word. BE MINDFULL – be more aware of the present moment, including your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you. Some people call this awareness “mindfulness”. It can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges.

Contributor for

Guest Speaker & Fitness Lecturer for

georginaland

Who am I? I am a 42 year old mother, certified fitness strategist and Health and Wellbeing lecturer.

I build education ventures where I have a team whom thrive to build communities on a quest to live meaningfully and light. Into 2017 we offer a growing catalogue of events, trainings and courses as fitness, health and nutrition experts that teach self ownership.

Building conscious individuals is my passion, and I have been doing that in my fitness career for more than 12 years, making the very best and questioning the why and truths to wellness and vitality.

My greatest passions are helping women end conflict and disconnection with their bodies and the spaces they inhabit. With my unique process and a customised approach, I help women discover the forgotten pockets of their own spirit. Creating beautiful group experiences in addition to private one-on-one sessions. I am a passionate wellbeing speaker and a lecturer in the UK fitness qualification industry where I can be found co-leading workshops in gorgeous places around the coast of sussex. Together we laugh, we cry, we entertain, challenge and inspire.

Shoehorning into Lycra

Via Dail prompt: A space to Sound out about the muses of a grumpy fitness sort.

Georgina, is the founder of A fat lot of good. She lives with her three children. Each week, she writes about the sense—and nonsense—of life. 

Hurrah I opened an Instagram feed to be reminded that there are perfect examples of ‘good’ lycra in the world. To women whom have connected with the right before and after.

~Quote~
‘One year since I stood crying in my bedroom, unable to force myself to go to the gym one more singular time’

For me this is a big part of my life, my work, my business and my responsible voice as a trainer and teacher within the fitness boom.

Social media for the fitness and wellbeing blogging culture has become nothing but wading through a series of before and after images and I can’t but blame my sector and some trainers for that. I am becoming utter wrangled with a visual feed crammed high with toxic before and afters of semi clad cleavage laced women in gyms. A hashtag culture of girls who lift, fitness girls, fitness addict, bikini body. The ‘I am not quite good enough’ seeking culture that is being built around BS.

I ponder the ‘do I change career’ question at times, alas it still remains a hearty no. I am just pig tired of the message alongside the highly formulaic industries that promote quick fixes to do steps of what ‘we say’ is ‘well’.

Don’t get me wrong, I applaud other women, their achievements and the whole sisterhood thing but where exactly are the soft girls that have the ‘strong’? The whole ‘be yourself and this is what makes you beautiful banner’ they surely are becoming media extinct.

It could be the ensamble of hitting forty, hot flushes and the now gentle ease into my own body. The grumpy old woman thing, but what exactly is happening here? Perhaps I am just an eighties dinosaur that enjoyed a bit of Thin Lizzie without a botoxed selfie within the midst.

I speak as a mental health well-being groupie. I have my values, of doing over saying and participation over observation yet I can’t quite get the measure of where the fitness sector is with responsibility to longterm mental health. It all is a darn ‘quick unsustainable fix’ building upon little sustainable mental foundation.

We have to be mindful if we are brandishing a new pressure within our delivery. To be supportive activists of mental health and long term active sustainability, teaching the assets of what our clients are bringing to the table TODAY.

I applaude environments, brands and a good old fashioned gym whom base their health and business agenda around community, collaboration and sharing, there is a lot of giving back to be seen and the bones of good ethical stuff.

Allied to a great work places with clear wellbeing agendas, good relationships and function all give us a great good old fashioned sense of belonging to something we can heartily invest within.

‘Evidence shows that good relationships impact on us and the world around us, we function well as social animals, we belong and relationships provide opportunity to promote growth’
I argue the yoda to this ‘healthy’ craft is actually only seated with acceptance of the self today. It is my job as a trainer to hold a hand and ease an individual back into a romance and relationship with this alone.

I close with a great quote from Seth Godwin picked up on a mutual contacts feed today.

‘The pact’

At some point, you’ll need to make a deal with yourself.

What is this career for? What are the boundaries?

What are you keeping score of, maximizing, improving? Who do you serve?

Once you make this pact, don’t break it without a great deal of serious thought.

You might say you’re seeking to create freedom and joy. But then, incrementally, you find yourself trading freedom for money, for status or for approval from strangers…

Or you might sign up to build leverage and wealth.

Which is fine, except when you blink in the face of the huge opportunity you’ve worked hard for.

We know you can’t have everything. No one can. So, what’s it for?

The best time to make a pact is right now. And the worst time to re-visit this pact is when there’s a lot of short-term pressure.’

I persuade all wellbeing seekers and practitioners to make the pact to fall back in love with the ‘self’ today, not a future – the ‘healthy’ bits you attack today need utter applause and celebration within your communities and collaborations.

conciouswellbeing

WE LOVE
Those things that can really help to boost our mental wellbeing: CONNECT – connect with the people around you: your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. Spend time developing these relationships. BE ACTIVE – you don’t have to go to the gym. Take a walk, go cycling or find the yoga mat. Find an activity that you enjoy and make it a lifetime habit. GIVE TO OTHERS – even the smallest act can count, whether it’s a smile, a thank you or a kind word. BE MINDFULL – be more aware of the present moment, including your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you. Some people call this awareness “mindfulness”. It can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges.

Contributor for

Guest Speaker & Fitness Lecturer for

georginaland

Who am I? I am a 42 year old mother, certified fitness strategist and Health and Wellbeing lecturer.

I build education ventures where I have a team whom thrive to build communities on a quest to live meaningfully and light. Into 2017 we offer a growing catalogue of events, trainings and courses as fitness, health and nutrition experts that teach self ownership.

Building conscious individuals is my passion, and I have been doing that in my fitness career for more than 12 years, making the very best and questioning the why and truths to wellness and vitality.

My greatest passions are helping women end conflict and disconnection with their bodies and the spaces they inhabit. With my unique process and a customised approach, I help women discover the forgotten pockets of their own spirit. Creating beautiful group experiences in addition to private one-on-one sessions. I am a passionate wellbeing speaker and a lecturer in the UK fitness qualification industry where I can be found co-leading workshops in gorgeous places around the coast of sussex. Together we laugh, we cry, we entertain, challenge and inspire.

Addressing the irresponsible swell of wellbeing as a profit centre

Via Daily prompt –  Heard

Georgina, is the founder of A fat lot of good. She lives with her three children. Each week, she writes about the sense—and nonsense—of life.

The challenge of mental health and wellbeing is a significant longstanding debate and with it a marketeers profit dream, a topic and sector to be founded with deep ethic and values.

With Teresa May announcing in January that the UK Government would do more to help schools and employees ‘deal’ with the hidden injustice of mental illness and need to do more to support ‘mental wellbeing’, it thus leaves the door open to deep abuse in a climate of profit over a moral compass.

If you are looking to transform your health and workforce this year who better to take inspiration from than a ‘people powered tank’; The new economics foundation (NEF). Rooted in real lives, workplaces and communities and commissioned by the UKs government foresight project in 2008, reporting the most insightful and important drivers of mental capital and wellbeing.

With the concept of wellbeing comprising of two main elements.

  • Feeling Good
  • Functioning Well

Introducing three areas of life – physiological, psychological and psychosocial. The umbrella of wellbeing capital that directs us to meet lifes challenges with wisdom and good old fashioned grace. By bringing together the building block practices that help begin the transformation of an individuals world.

Pooling to recognition of those feelings of happiness, contentment, enjoyment, curiosity and engagement; the characteristics of someone who has a positive experience of their life.

Equally pooling to the importance of wellbeing within OUR functioning in the world. Experiencing positive relationships, having some control over ones life and having a sense of purpose, each important attributes of wellbeing.

It is recognised by NEF that our deepest longing as individuals is to bring each element together to find personal peace and to embody the time within our bodies to cultivate and honour a fulfilled, content and happy life. It is at that very point, when harnessed, we feel we can do anything.

Yet if we lack energy, we can lack the will to be with ourselves, within a project, a job, our loved ones and even our community, the discourse of mental health. It is here the marketeers can open the flood gates to our triggers.

Inspite of the years we have lived, the tales we have experienced we each are within the moment of a split second chance to make our best efforts to enter the wellbeing paradox of reflection. To dwell in knowledge, recognition and appreciation of what we have to hand without personal spend and buy in to ‘upgrade’ into consumerism schemes.

Fear can grip the mind on a slow burn that we don’t have the fuel within our tank, yet it is within us all to wish ourselves well within a moment. That we really need not become a member of profit centre wellbeing schemes that have with a craze hit our online and app market in abundance.

One of the most positive transitions is to approach the wellbeing call to ’themes’. To give ourselves the highest creativity to make our environment a pleasurable space. Whilst doing so the potential to change our entire lives.

The five major themes at the heart of the ‘wellbeing un-numbing’ are explored as fully available relationships with – Connection – Giving – Activity – Taking Notice and Personal Learning. To free us of torments of pain or ill doing and a bold way forward on our chapters.

These guides help us stay present within our time, with explorations to stay committed with each and every area of our life in care for ourselves. By means of being practically resourceful with the tools and networks we have already and can so inexpensively resource to learn, cope and boost our mental wellbeing.

Connect – connect with the people around you: your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. Spend time developing these relationships.

Be active – you don’t have to go to the gym. Find an activity that you enjoy and make it a rewarding part of your life.

Keep learning – learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement and a new confidence. Sign up, start learning, or figure things out that quiz you.

Give to others – even the smallest act can count, whether it’s a smile, a thank you or a kind word. Larger acts, such as volunteering can improve mental wellbeing and help build new social networks.

Be mindful – be more aware of the present moment, including your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you; the bubble of mindfulness.

Evidence shows that good relationships impact on us and the world around us, we function well as social animals, we belong and relationships provide opportunity to promote growth.

With a focus to community, is putting an emphasis on people, their interactions, the relationships that form the basis of all else. Decentralised resources for Co-working movements and environments started in 2005, espousing five core values, community, openness, collaboration, sustainability and accessibility. The workplace doesn’t have to be as we have always known it, the rule book is being bent.

What about the other values?

To be a wellbeing groupie you need to espouse each of the values, a religion of self alignment and adoption to each.

  • Learning over expertise
  • Doing over saying
  • People over ego
  • Collaboration over competition
  • Participation over observation

What is to be applauded from the NEF wellbeing advisory of 2008 is that it can be viewed as a decentralised advisory. Primarily built upon five core themes and triggers, those values driven from the self and away from profit centre schemes driven to the vulnerable, via behavioural and health decline triggers.

It teaches each of us to be captains of our soul, playful, resourceful and seekers of simplicity available to the fingertip.

Business please own a moral compass.

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Those things that can really help to boost our mental wellbeing: CONNECT – connect with the people around you: your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. Spend time developing these relationships. BE ACTIVE – you don’t have to go to the gym. Take a walk, go cycling or find the yoga mat. Find an activity that you enjoy and make it a lifetime habit. GIVE TO OTHERS – even the smallest act can count, whether it’s a smile, a thank you or a kind word. BE MINDFULL – be more aware of the present moment, including your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you. Some people call this awareness “mindfulness”. It can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges.

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georginaland

Who am I? I am a 42 year old mother, certified fitness strategist and Health and Wellbeing lecturer.

I build education ventures where I have a team whom thrive to build communities on a quest to live meaningfully and light. Into 2017 we offer a growing catalogue of events, trainings and courses as fitness, health and nutrition experts that teach self ownership.

Building conscious individuals is my passion, and I have been doing that in my fitness career for more than 12 years, making the very best and questioning the why and truths to wellness and vitality.

My greatest passions are helping women end conflict and disconnection with their bodies and the spaces they inhabit. With my unique process and a customised approach, I help women discover the forgotten pockets of their own spirit. Creating beautiful group experiences in addition to private one-on-one sessions. I am a passionate wellbeing speaker and a lecturer in the UK fitness qualification industry where I can be found co-leading workshops in gorgeous places around the coast of sussex. Together we laugh, we cry, we entertain, challenge and inspire.

The fluid stuff

Georgina, is the founder of A fat lot of good. She lives with her three children. Each week, she writes about the sense—and nonsense—of life.

Water is essential for life. Each of us is made up of around two thirds water and if we don’t replenishes our supplies we would survive for no more than a few days. We NEED water to get rid of waste products from the body and to replace losses from breathing and through sweat. If we don’t replace the lost water we are in danger of overheating. Water is obtained from drinks and from the water content of foods.

What happens if I don’t drink enough?

A lot of people don’t even realise they are dehydrated, because they have become so used to feeling below their best. Dehydration can leave you

“feeling tired, constipated, nauseous and can result in often headaches”

How do I know if I am dehydrated?

A good way of knowing if you are drinking enough is by the colour of your urine. If its pale and straw coloured you are ok, any darker and you would probably benefit from drinking more.

How much fluid do I need?

In a moderate climate like ours, most of us need around 6-8 glasses of fluid a day; for example as water, milk, fruit juice, tea or coffee, to keep the balance right. However, if we have sweated a lot because it is hot or we have been exercising, our requirements increase: a good guide is to have an extra one litre of water for ever hour of strenuous exercise. The special ‘isotonic’ sports drink may be useful for those exercising for very long periods, yet for most of us water is just fine.

What if I don’t like drinking water?

Some people do find water unpalatable but you can make it more interesting by adding slices of lemon, lime or mint. Jazzing up water with diluted fruit juice or cordial is a consideration yet be mindful to sugar load, this can lead to an excess energy intake weight gain and tooth decay.

What about caffeine in tea and coffee?

Drinks such as tea and coffee and some fizzy drinks contain caffeine, which is a mild diuretic (makes you want to urinate) and can cause some further fluid losses. However, drinking caffeinated drinks is better than not drinking at all. If you do drink lots of tea, coffee or fizz, try swapping every other drink for water of squash with no a`dded sugar, or try the non caffeine varieties.

Do I have to drink special water?

If you prefer bottled or filtered water thats fine, but water straight from the tap is perfectly great.

Summary

The important thing to remember when you try to change any part of your diet is to make the change gradually. If you don’t drink very much fluid at the moment, start by having one or two extra drinks each day, then add in another couple a few days later and so on. After two or three weeks you will have incorporated a healthy, permanent change to your lifestyle. Then you can crack on with what to tackle next!

This food fact page is courtesy of the British dietetic association, intended for information only. http://www.pc-uk.org

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Those things that can really help to boost our mental wellbeing: CONNECT – connect with the people around you: your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. Spend time developing these relationships. BE ACTIVE – you don’t have to go to the gym. Take a walk, go cycling or find the yoga mat. Find an activity that you enjoy and make it a lifetime habit. GIVE TO OTHERS – even the smallest act can count, whether it’s a smile, a thank you or a kind word. BE MINDFULL – be more aware of the present moment, including your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you. Some people call this awareness “mindfulness”. It can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges.

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Guest Speaker & Fitness Lecturer for

georginaland

Who am I? I am a 42 year old mother, certified fitness strategist and Health and Wellbeing lecturer.

I build education ventures where I have a team whom thrive to build communities on a quest to live meaningfully and light. Into 2017 we offer a growing catalogue of events, trainings and courses as fitness, health and nutrition experts.

Building conscious individuals is my passion, and I have been doing that in my fitness career for more than 12 years, making the very best and questioning the why and truths to wellness and vitality.

My greatest passions are helping women end conflict and disconnection with their bodies and the spaces they inhabit. With my unique process and a customised approach, I help women discover the forgotten pockets of their own spirit. Creating beautiful group experiences in addition to private one-on-one sessions. I am a passionate wellbeing speaker and a lecturer in the UK fitness qualification industry where I can be found co-leading workshops in gorgeous places around the coast of sussex. Together we laugh, we cry, we entertain, challenge and inspire.

The beauty within anxiety

Via Daily Post : Solitude

Georgina, is the founder of A fat lot of good. She lives with her three children. Each week, she writes about the sense—and nonsense—of life.

Dear women,

Our highest power is love, and it is one thing each of us has unlimited volumes of at any season. Love is appreciating, complimenting, feeling gratitude and speaking good words to others. The more we give, the more we receive: mind, body and soul.

For those dear ones who struggle with anxiety attack remember …

I promise myself

To be strong that nothing can disturb my peace of mind.

To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person I meet.

To make all my friends feel that there is something worthwhile in them.

To look at the sunny side of everything and make my optimism come true.

To think only the best, to work only for the best, and to expect nothing but the best.

To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as I am about my own.

To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.

To wear a cheerful expression at all times and give a smile to every living creature I meet.

To give so much time to improving myself that I have no time to criticise others.

To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

To think well of myself and to proclaim this fact to the world, not in loud words, but in great deeds.

To live in the faith that the whole world is on my side, so long as I am true to the best that is in me.

Christian D Larson

Feel your body when in states of anxiety. Flick the switch, is your body soft, relaxed or tense? If you have feelings of tension, you are on the wrong track. These feelings are keeping your desire and promises away from you of self love.

Focus upon your self love desire, it is strong, have faith upon this. Connect with being TOTALLY relaxed, completely calm and without any concern of – Where – When – or how it will arrive.

Deliberately melt into the experience and relax. Keep relaxing this beautiful body you have and do work so hard with.

Say goodbye to this tension, you are at one with this body beautiful one.

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Those things that can really help to boost our mental wellbeing: CONNECT – connect with the people around you: your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. Spend time developing these relationships. BE ACTIVE – you don’t have to go to the gym. Take a walk, go cycling or find the yoga mat. Find an activity that you enjoy and make it a lifetime habit. GIVE TO OTHERS – even the smallest act can count, whether it’s a smile, a thank you or a kind word. BE MINDFULL – be more aware of the present moment, including your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you. Some people call this awareness “mindfulness”. It can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges.

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Who am I? I am a 42 year old mother, certified fitness strategist and Health and Wellbeing lecturer.

I build education ventures where I have a team whom thrive to build communities on a quest to live meaningfully and light. Into 2017 we offer a growing catalogue of events, trainings and courses as fitness, health and nutrition experts.

Building conscious individuals is my passion, and I have been doing that in my fitness career for more than 12 years, making the very best and questioning the why and truths to wellness and vitality.

My greatest passions are helping women end conflict and disconnection with their bodies and the spaces they inhabit. With my unique process and a customised approach, I help women discover the forgotten pockets of their own spirit. Creating beautiful group experiences in addition to private one-on-one sessions. I am a passionate wellbeing speaker and a lecturer in the UK fitness qualification industry where I can be found co-leading workshops in gorgeous places around the coast of sussex. Together we laugh, we cry, we entertain, challenge and inspire.

Fitness Zone – Guide to getting started with walking

Georgina, is the founder of A fat lot of good. She lives with her three children. Each week, she writes about the sense—and nonsense—of life.

Staying active pays off, those who are physically active tend to live longer, healthier lives and are taking care of their ‘being active’ wellbeing.

Walking is one of the simplest and inexpensive options to increase your physical activity level and improve your overall health. Being a weight-bearing exercise that helps maintain bone density and is easy on joints. Walking at a brisk pace is considered moderate-intensity physical activity, and doing this most days of the week for 30 minutes or more enables you to meet the criteria for physical activity for health benefits.

Whilst a complete physical activity rounded programme should include aerobic exercise, strength training exercise and flexibility, walking at minimum gives you personal space, vigour and allows you to create a pattern of health that fits into your schedule that is enjoyable and achievable.

Being mindful that commitment to regular physical activity is more important than the intensity or style of workout, where enjoyably stands tall.

To increase your daily step count, look for opportunities to be more active, seek a pedometer where it can serve as motivator to accumulate more steps. Every step counts where even small increases added into your daily routine can make a difference.

For most healthy adults, 10,000 steps per day is a reasonable goal. If your baseline steps fall short of this value, aim to increase your activity level by 1,000 steps per day every two weeks until you reach your goal. To put your step count into perspective there are about 2,000 steps in a mile.

How do I use a pedometer to supplement my walking programme?

Firstly determine your baseline physical activity level. To do this, wear the pedometer for one full week without altering your typical routine. If you are routinely active, continue being so but, if you are not habitually active, do not start during this one week period. Be mindful that if you regularly participate in activity, your steps per day value will not correspond correctly to your activity level.

Steps Per day

<5,000 – SEDENTARY

5,000 -7,499 – LOW ACTIVE

7,500 – 9,999 – SOMEWHAT ACTIVE

10,000 – 12,500 – ACTIVE

12,500 HIGHLY ACTIVE

Choosing a Pedometer

Step counting is what most pedometers do best, therefore purchasing an accurate step count pedometer or app can be priority to allow you to perform and not miss-step. Yet be mindful it is easy to become hooked into technology, statistics and the removal of raw enjoyment of just ‘doing your bit’ and having a mindful space away from the paradox of pressure. Use wisdom and prudence and keep it simple, if a pedometer is wonky you remain within the state of a healthy habit and change and are likely to be greatly benefiting in personal vitality and achievement with fearlessness. Keep it cheap, cheerful and a tool of a stepping stone.

Walking allows us a deeper rewarding level of connection, giving us time to face our inner self and can grab onto great personal experiences. A space allowing us to challenge our problems and find our own soothing voice.

In the world of our daily lives it performs as an important function to unwind. If we learn to let thoughts and feelings pass through us whilst walking, we often wouldn’t get insulted, learn to nurse our hurt feelings, our worries and be smart and worthy enough to think of gratitudes in the now. In short, it allows us space to spend our time riding the emotional seesaw that’s the backdrop of most people’s days.

Treat walking as a spiritual practice and a habit of identifying with you. Get comfy with tapping into the ‘I am space’ on two feet adventures!

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Those things that can really help to boost our mental wellbeing: CONNECT – connect with the people around you: your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. Spend time developing these relationships. BE ACTIVE – you don’t have to go to the gym. Take a walk, go cycling or find the yoga mat. Find an activity that you enjoy and make it a lifetime habit. GIVE TO OTHERS – even the smallest act can count, whether it’s a smile, a thank you or a kind word. BE MINDFULL – be more aware of the present moment, including your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you. Some people call this awareness “mindfulness”. It can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges.

Contributor for

Guest Speaker & Fitness Lecturer for

georginaland

Who am I? I am a 42 year old mother, certified fitness strategist and Health and Wellbeing lecturer.

I build education ventures where I have a team whom thrive to build communities on a quest to live meaningfully and light. Into 2017 we offer a growing catalogue of events, trainings and courses as fitness, health and nutrition experts.

Building conscious individuals is my passion, and I have been doing that in my fitness career for more than 12 years, making the very best and questioning the why and truths to wellness and vitality.

My greatest passions are helping women end conflict and disconnection with their bodies and the spaces they inhabit. With my unique process and a customised approach, I help women discover the forgotten pockets of their own spirit. Creating beautiful group experiences in addition to private one-on-one sessions. I am a passionate wellbeing speaker and a lecturer in the UK fitness qualification industry where I can be found co-leading workshops in gorgeous places around the coast of sussex. Together we laugh, we cry, we entertain, challenge and inspire.