Last week I loudly and not so proudly declared the necessity to SORT MYSELF OUT. And thus began a new well-being regime, much compromised by the dailiness of life, but apparently working all the same for in the first seven days I managed to shift a rather astonishing NINE INCHES from my person.
While I have no doubt that this is almost certainly “water” it strikes me as proof that the anti-inflammatory changes I am making, while also being more mindful about how I treat myself, promises real possibility for change. And that my instincts in both creating AND following The Edited Woman were right in so much that the time was right for me personally to address both the physical and emotional surplus in my life.
And so today, before I write my first journal entry, documenting the changes I am making, I wanted to share a list of all the tools and resources I am depending on in the battle against my over-sized bottom. While not all may resonate with you on your own journey, I always think it is terribly helpful to discover where other people’s inspiration comes from and so it is in that spirit that I have created this list…
We are all in this together, right?
Saving Grace: A Memoir of Weight Loss
This is the book that inspired me to try again: to believe that weight loss really is about DECIDING and then committing to a process we may or may not like, but need to do in order to save ourselves.
Funny, easy to read and packed with motivation, this is one middle-aged woman's story of coming to terms with the need to save herself.
WW. Weight Watchers Reimagined.
I think WeightWatchers re-branding to include a heavier focus on wellbeing rather than weightloss has been timely for me as I both address my diet and try to remind myself that looking after me matters.
The plan is so flexible and I have been able to incorporate the principles for eating set out in The AutoImmune Wellness Handbook, while also addressing my own issues with portion size and emotional eating.
The Perfect Body Tape Measure
As my weight fluctuates rather dramatically with my hormones, I am tracking my weight loss with a tape measure rather than scales because to my mind it gives a more accurate picture of how my body is changing. Using a measure designed for the body means snugger, more flexible readings.
The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook: A DIY Guide to Living Well with Chronic Illness
Battling weight-loss as a Hashimoto's patient was always going to be an uphill battle, but this book has set out a set of principles for me to follow that have helped me to understand where I have been sabotaging myself.
The Daily Greatness Wellness Journal
I rely on the Daily Greatness Journals in my home and business life, so it made sense to me to use their Wellness journal as a means of tracking my wellbeing journey and so far it has been an incredibly inspirational addition to my program.
Bare: A Seven-Week Program
As a long-time believer that weight issues are about so much more than just over-eating, this book has been a revelation. Though Hyatt doesnt hold with WW, this book has helped me to truly question WHY I am eating and to start to set in place some of the suggestions within it.
USDA Organic Hemp Oil
Though I'm rarely one to jump on the proverbial bandwagon, I would be doing you a disservice if I didn't tell you that 10% Hemp Oil has been a life-changer for me because it truly does help me to sleep and waking feeling refreshed has been such a help when I'm trying to raise my energy levels.
Live Infinitely Exercise Ball
Along with my yoga routine and daily walking I have brought out my old faithful, my exercise ball simply because rolling about on it while watching TV in the evening helps me to stay in touch with my body, rather than slumping on the sofa...
Yoga For Life: How to Stay Strong, Flexible and Balanced Over 40
And finally this excellent, demystifying guide to both yoga and establishing a more balanced way of being after forty. Basic, sensible and inspiring.