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10 Signs You Need To Go On Retreat.

August 12th, 2014 by pathtocontentment

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Life seems to be getting so busy that sometimes I feel like we are bouncing from one thing to the next like tennis balls in the dryer.

More and more of my students trundle into class and collapse wrecked after a week oozing with more business than a squashed mashed banana sandwich. They  soak up some stillness and reclaim some semblance of themselves again before they stick there noses out into the wide world.

So, here are 10 signs that you are in need of a rest and recharge…a recallibration so to speak.

1. You stuff your gob with crumbly cookies,  chips, pepsi and coke (at least it’s diet) to get you through the afternoon hump.

 

2. The only exercise you have time for is running to the next thing you are late for. Interval training at it’s worst.

 

3. Coffee – make it a double- a mandatory!

 

4. The only time you create a culinary creation is when you add extra tomato sauce to your burger.

 

5. You drive somewhere and then wonder how on earth you arrived there so quickly or how you got there at all.

 

6. Just before you go to bed you check your phone and then you reach for it before you get out of it in the morning.

 

7. You wake up with eyes like the pillows you slept on.

 

8. You have walked out the front door without your handbag, keys, briefcase, lap top or all of the afore mentioned or you still have part of your pyjamas on!

 

9.You call your partner by your pet’s name and the kids just get called ‘ummm you’.

 

10. Whenever you stop you get sick. Don’t you hate that!

 

If any two of these is you, then me thinks it is time to re-treat yourself. It is time to pamper and look after you. When you do you will have so much more to give and you will feel absolutely tops.

love

zali

 

 

 

 

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The Housewife… Busting That Image

July 14th, 2014 by pathtocontentment
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The Housewife…Busting that Image

Something happened that I never thought would be possible. I became a housewife.

Yes, I stay at home and look after my little people.

With it I donned slowly and fighting all the way, some of the baggage that that label carries with it.

 

I  found myself dressing in jeans and shirts ALL the time. No matching underwear. No heels. Pony tails and often smears of food were – oh ok- are still are my accessories.

My thoughts, actions and conversations revolved around my house and my kids, kids and more kids. Did I mention I may include what I made for dinner?

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What to do when your yoga practice gets boring snoring.

June 24th, 2014 by pathtocontentment

 

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Boring, snoring yoga

So, you’ve been doing this bendy, stretchy business with the breathing and the falling into places of near slumber stillness for a while…afterward, well, you and that body of yours feels better than a tim tam dipped in a hot, milky tea.

 

BUT  or soon to be “tight BUTT” depending upon your reasons for undertaking ye olde human pretzel stuff-

 

Sometimes…its plain old boring…more boring than generic brand toilet paper.

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All Hail Hail! How to come back to the present moment.

March 26th, 2014 by pathtocontentment
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Amazing painting by Albert Bierstadt. Coming back to the present moment.

So, Saturday came along and with it came a big ol’ rumblin thunder storm. The kind that loom and bring dark bubbles of gloom.

 

The kind that make you want to rush inside and make the bestest hot chocolate and marshmallows.  (Man, I wish I could make a decent hot chocolate…send me your suggestions if you have a great recipe).

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Why does cold weather always make you want hot chocolate???

Anyway… I have been reading (well devouring really) Eckhart Tolle’s,  ”A New Earth”  and it’s all about being smack bang, present. ‘Cos you see I had absolutely kinda forgotten how to do that. Well, really I have been so caught up in my own head I sometimes just enter this giant brain fart abyss!! Like – Hello, you have a teabag your hand, please insert that into cup and pour in hot water, not stand there like a stuffed turkey reading for a decent roasting.

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Nick’s Weight Loss Journey and the Lessons So Far.

March 21st, 2014 by pathtocontentment
Friday is all about being inspired by others. I snuffle through the internet and find people who have completed or are on the journey and we find out who they are, what keeps them motivated and what they can teach us.
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This week, I have found Nick who details his journey and progress in The Chronicles of the Melting Man. Nick is well on his way. He has a Facebook page that really fuels him. He has a great blog here  and here he is on twitter. I would really encourage you to reach out to Nick and offer him some support of your own or share you story with everyone in the comments below.
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9 Simple Ways To Get Out Of Your Weight Loss Rut.

March 17th, 2014 by pathtocontentment
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Stuck in a weight loss rut.

This was me two weeks ago, “I do not want to exercise. I will not do yoga. WHERE IS THE CHOCOLATE?” I was in a big, fat rut. Like a little  sulky moo, I was nestled into my place of slothdom, very comfortably. I did not want to come out any time soon. Weight loss- shmate loss.

Admittedly, it was all a bit putrid, and I was in the rut because it was the anniversary of my mum passing. I was not moving out of that abyss of slothdom any time soon.

So, I surrendered to it for a while and from an emotional perspective I processed what I needed to. There was chocolate involved, some  brain rotting chick lit and copious cups of tea, but then I reached a point when it was time to do a little hop out of my rut…ok I dragged myself out of my rut. Here’s how I did it and I have added a few more ideas.

If you are in a similar place to where I was and often get to, I hope this helps.

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5 Reasons Yoga is Utterly Fundamental for Weight Loss.

March 10th, 2014 by pathtocontentment

5 Reasons that Yoga Is Fundamental For Weight Loss

If you had asked me before I started practicing yoga about whether it was good for weight loss, I would have most likely replied, ” I doubt it.  I mean you are just standing around stretching aren’t you? How on earth could that help you lose weight?”

Fifteen years on I have come up with my top five reasons that yoga is not just fabulous, body changing, soul connecting and energising, but just so wonderful if you are undertaking a weight loss journey.

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The End of Week Interview with Melissa who lost 90 lbs.

March 7th, 2014 by pathtocontentment
I was meandering through Facebook when I came across an inspirational page by a woman who is documenting her personal weight loss journey on Facebook. Her name is Melissa and her page http://www.facebook.com/MelissaFitFabulousHealthyMe is well worth liking and following.  What I like about her is she is very real. It is not all lycra clad workouts and smiley faces, exercise regimes and calorie restricted meals. She talks about the days when its tough, when she just gives in to the double cheeseburger and people give her some fantastic support. Find out more about her in my interview below.

 

Melissa

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Emily Sandford’s Weight Loss Story.

February 28th, 2014 by pathtocontentment

An Interview with Emily Sandford from Authentically Emmie.

Emily Sandford shares her weight loss journey and advice in the wonderful inspiring interview. Her blog authenticallyemmie is a must subscribe. She shares her own trials and tribulations and her fashion tips for looking great at any size. She has been featured in numerous magazines as well. Read on for honesty and inspiration.

What do you think caused you to gain the weight?

I’ve been worried about my weight since I was 5. When you’re that young and aware of your weight because your parents start trying to help you lose it, you quickly become hyperaware, which leads to low self-esteem. My parents were wonderful, but my mom had weight issues and I became her dieting sidekick. Years of disordered eating and lots of extreme diets led to swings on the other end of gaining the weight back, plus more. I was always active in sports and even taught aerobics as 240lb. teenager, but it was never enough to make me feel good about myself. When I developed binge eating disorder in my 20s, it got really bad. In the end though, I think it really came down to continually trying to “fix” myself. Nothing positive has ever come from self-loathing.

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Weight Loss Tips For Crazily, Hectic Days.

February 25th, 2014 by pathtocontentment
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Weight Loss Tips for Those Crazily Busy Days

We all have them. Days when the eyes literally do whirly-gigs at the prospect of all that needs to get done before we have breakfast, let alone see the sun set.

It is often on these challenging days that old habits come to dance their merry jig on our best intentions. It’s quicker and easier to reach for a donut when we grab a latte in the morning than having our high protein, low carb healthy breakfast of wilted spinach and poached eggs. Lunch time is a sit down at the desk or eat on the run affair as we gobble down whatever take-out happens to be closest. It hits 3pm and before the eyelids start to slide down our eyes every five seconds, we reach for chocolate and a coffee to keep us awake. Dinner has to be something easy so we grab something already prepared in a box , that has more numbers than whole food ingredients that can go in the microwave. Then because its been such a crazy day we need to relax and snuggle that means comfort food and television.  Exercise Scmexercise! Who has time for that?

So here are some tips to help on those busier than the train station at peak hour days.

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