weight loss ? Let me explain how they relate to The Gabriel Method and how I'm losing weight. Jon Gabriel had a video blog recently about how healthy Bone broth is for you. If you are a SG member be sure to check it out-if not google "benefits of bone broth" or wait for a blog I'll be doing about it. You know me. I don't recommend until I try it out for myself first.
As I googled recipes for this broth and checked titles out at Amazon I kept having people talk about the above book. Again-will do a review when I'm finished with it. So I ordered it.
The book came in just as we were getting ready to go to the lake. So I brought it along with me to check out the recipes along the way. As I read I check mark recipes that look as if I'd enjoy them. But, this is a new kind of recipe book for me, with all kind of new ingredients and ways of using them. On the Gabriel Method it's all about starting with where we are, adding in nutrients as we go. Allowing ourselves to progress by not only giving our bodies the nutrients they need to the point our body craves them and lets go of foods we don't need but doing it in a way that is enjoyable to us. Not forcing ourselves to be in a place we are not.
We grow spiritually, mentally, emotionally, socially and physically healthy at our own pace. All elements are needed to lose and maintain weight loss. Remember what I said about stress? The last thing I want to do is stress myself out . So in the cookbook I also check and write "later" for things that look like I might like them once I first have come to know and like scary looking ingredients in them. My goal is to someday be adventurous with all healthy foods, I'm adding bit by bit, but I'm not there yet and I'm not forcing myself to be.
The same is true with my "exercising" at the lake. I just started going to this new to us lake about a month ago. The first time I went I was only able to swim a small way, my leg kicking didn't even move me an inch without my arms! Then by the 3rd time I was swimming strongly even in choppy water and when not swimming I was "moving" my body in breast height water as best I could doing "water" aerobics. I stayed out in the water from 1-2 hours every time. Did I mention I grew up on the water and swam in competitions as a child? I was-still am a real water baby. But yesterday my body looked at the water and said "can we please just laze in the inner tube today?"
The old me would have forced myself to do laps, I would have thought I needed to make myself forge on to "burn those calories." The new me grabbed the inner tube and headed out. I lazed awhile-but couldn't get comfortable on the thing so I decided to give it to my son and try a floating meditation. Just out of the blue that came to me.
It turns out that fat floats way easier than the thin me did. Yes, I've lost 111 pounds but there is still plenty of floatable fat on me. LOL! So, there I am, floating with the warmish water up around my top and cool water at my feet. I told myself to just feel everything-get totally into what it feels like to do a lake meditation. To acknowledge any thoughts that come and let them pass on through. Only funny thing-No thoughts came! I was so into feeling the water lapping at me, the feel of my hair floating out, the way when waves came that fat floated around, the total weightlessness of my knees and hips. No pain! No where! Just floating, feeling the sun on my face, cool water at the edges of my face and water in my ears. Then the coolest of all: I heard my own heartbeat! I meditated to the sound of my own heart beat!
Listening to the inner me not only led to an experience I want again but it energized me and then, with joy, I swam further than I ever had before.
So far, twice I stayed with where I'm at in this point in my weight loss journey. I didn't force myself to try cooking that I'm not ready to do yet and I didn't force myself to do exercise I wasn't ready to do yet. Now on to the Ziti. When we got home from the lake I was exhausted and did not feel like cooking anything. I knew I had a frozen gluten free ziti dinner. When I started sugar free-gluten free was all I cared about. But, to be honest that doesn't mean those frozen dinners are the healthiest choice. Once again I listened to what my body and my inner self was telling me and I ate the Ziti with a green salad. I didn't feel one bit guilty and was full half way through.
So there you have it. What the book, lake and Ziti have in common. Listening to what my body needs and giving it joyfully.