I used to think that if there was no such thing as money, all the world’s problems would be fixed. I now look back and think that was a very naive ideal. Greed is the root of all evil, not just money. Let us think way back when there was no such thing as currency. When everyone would trade with one another.
“Winter is coming, and you don’t appear to have anything warm to wear, I’ll give you my hand woven Llama wool blanket, wool jacket and these handmade leather shoes if you give me one of your many young nanny goats. I shall use her milk to feed my family for years to come”.
It seems like a fair trade right? The Clothes trader can always make more clothes for himself with his Llama’s wool, and the goat trader can always breed more goats for himself. The goat trader still has the option to use one of his other nanny goats for milk to feed his own family for years to come. Continue reading “Greed: The Root of all Evil?”
It’s Day 2 of ‘Ali’s 12 Week Transformation Challenge’
It’s challenge day 2 and so far I’ve been doing really well. I did my stretching exercise today. An inclusive hour of breathing, stretching and relaxation through Yoga. I have a set routine that I follow every second day. A .pdf will go up on the extra links page of the blog shortly. I drank 3L of water, took all my supplements, and made a healthy snack and a healthy meal.
What did I eat?
Well for breakfast it was all the morning supplements and a (Dutch chocolate) Herbalife shake, made with water. I added my MANA supplement and a shot of coffee. It was delish
My Morning snack was a quick and easy boiled egg on a bed of baby spinach with a yummy vinaigrette dressing, and a Herbalife Green Tea. Although alternatively you can have normal green tea with lemon, it offers similar benefits.
Lunch was another Herbalife Shake, made with water, but this time I added fresh mint leaves, giving me a delicious choc-mint shake, mmm yummy.
I had another Herbalife Green Tea between lunch and dinner, and then for dinner I had Roast Chicken Salad with Creamy Mayo dressing. The roast chicken was a store bought quick boneless roast, so no recipe available, just a picture.
Last but not least a Herbalife green tea after dinner. Oh yeah and 3L of water throughout the day. I was aiming for 4, but I didn’t quite get there.
Where am I struggling?
Well so far it’s just my water intake, although I do struggle with creativity in regards to my meals. I struggle to think of the next snack option, or the next dinner option. All my workouts tend to have to be done once the little one is in bed, hence why they are so short. That’s not that big an issue, but it might become an issue for working mothers or people with older children.
How do I feel so far?
Well for me, every day down is another accomplishment, and then there’s the part where I write about it, every day I can get that done is another accomplishment.
Little wins are the best way, I’ve completed my workout for the day. Win. I’ve eaten another healthy meal for the day. Win. I’ve drank my 3L minimum water for the day. Win. I’ve had more than one green tea for the day. Win. I’ve taken all my supplements for the day. Win.
When you look at the challenge as a bunch of tiny achievements, it’s much easier to keep your mind on the task. Apart from that little sense of accomplishment you get from making your life healthier, you get to eventually reap the reward of shrinking cm’s, stronger muscles, better posture, and confidence
If you’re doing this with me, keep at it. I believe in you
Mindfullness is an awareness of where you belong in the world and where you belong in the universe. It’s an awareness of humans and their effect on the world around you, your individual effect on the world around you, and your individual effect on YOUR world.
To be Mindful is to consciously make decisions to change the world for the better. For example buying only organic produce, or choosing to consume free range eggs. Choosing to go vegetarian or vegan, or simply giving thanks before you eat. It could be buying second hand, recycling, donating, boycotting businesses that use slave labour etc. It could be showing compassion, being non-judgmental, or simply being grateful for what you have.
What are Mindful practices?
All of these things are mindful practices, because you are aware of the state of the world and you are consciously making decisions to make it better. You are trying to make you better.
Try to add mindful practices into your life; Invest mindfully, make sure you do the research on the investment opportunity. Try to ensure you invest in things that are adding to the good of the world. Consume mindfully, research the company, choose to buy locally, read the labels, meditate, try not to judge, be aware of the goings on in the wider world. Research the reasons behind the politics. Show your children love, compassion, empathy, gratitude and generosity.
I recently read a post on being mindful, and I found an easy to follow Mindfulness infographic showing how you can increase mindfulness in your everyday life. Check it out below
I have decided to do a personal 12 week transformation challenge, I’ve called it *drumroll please*
Ali’s 12 Week Transformation Challenge
I know, super creative, here’s an introduction and a record of Day 1
First my why. I am a stay at home Mum with a 12 month old, and I have gained 20kg in 2 years, that’s 10kg a year, or just under 1kg a month. Ideally I should be more than 20kg lighter, but since I don’t want to overwhelm my mind or my body, I’m going to aim for 10kg by the end of the challenge. That’s approximately 3.25kg a month, or just under 1kg a week. This is both achievable and healthy.
In reality I will not be jumping on the scales again until the end of the challenge. This practice is both depressing and stressful for me, so I won’t be weighing myself regularly.
I will be taking my measurements weekly: Bust, Hips, Waist, Shoulders, Upper arms and Thighs, I’m also going to record every workout, and take progress photographs, allowing me to work on my posture. You’ll see what I mean in a minute. Continue reading “12 Week Transformation Challenge”