Over the past few days I have been presented with a few challenges. Challenges arise all the time in life and what I have learnt is that the challenge doesn’t define you, rather the way that you choose to deal with it.
I am lucky to have very special friends and this week they were there for me to download and reflect with. Life has been crazy for the past few years for me and all of a sudden it all caught up with me and I felt a little overwhelmed.
Thanks to the girls for the phone calls, chats, green teas and margarita’s this week. You make me laugh at myself and I don’t know what I would do without you.
If you haven’t worked it out yet Mother Nature has been producing wholesome foods that harmonize perfectly with our bodies since the dawn of time…and man has been trying to outsmart Mother Nature with his inferior products for the past 50 years. A good example of man getting it all WRONG is when he tries to produce low-fat dairy products.
Full-fat dairy products from cows, goats or sheep provide a whole host of valuable nutrients including protein, calcium and fat. Organic whole milk, cream and natural yoghurt contain nothing artificial and healthy type and amount of fat, these fats trigger hormones that fill you up and prevent over-eating, they also slow the release of sugar into your bloodstream, which means longer lasting energy and less fat being stored.
Skim milk products do not provide the nutrition, fullness-factor or low GI effect and therefore are not as good for long-term weight loss as full-fat dairy. If full-fat dairy is too heavy for your gut, simply add water to your milk or consume less of it.
My favourite treat is some beautiful full fat yoghurt. Either goats, sheep or Greek topped with some berries and flaxseed meal! Make the switch and see how much better you will feel :)
This information was provided to me by my Trainer and mentor Tim Pittorino from Revelation Fitness! He’s a champion.
I flew in to the Gold Coast late last night, had work commitments this morning then had 2 hours free so thought I would pop into my old Highschool for a visit. I was one of those kids that enjoyed going to school…yep, total nerd, so I always love going back for a visit!
I arrived and had a chat to some of my old teachers and bumped into some year 12 students who were little juniors in year 8 when I graduated…they grow up so quick!! One of my favourite subjects at high school was Drama so I made sure I went and paid a visit to the Drama Centre. I got to sit in on a year 11 assessment, the students were performing scenes from The Crucible, the performances were fantastic and sitting in on the class made me realise how much I miss it myself.
After the students had completed their scenes I had a good catch up with my old drama teacher. We spoke about how crazy life has been since I graduated 3 years ago and he asked me some very poignant questions. Henry, is full of honesty, he is a straight up and down kinda of guy. He told me how he remembered how much of a nerd I was, I hung out with the nerdy ones, never in the cool group. He said he hoped that I still had the ability to see through the crap and seek out the people who had goodness in their hearts and didn’t care about the “bullshit”, just like I did when I was at school. He told me not to date wankers and still have the ability to tell people they were being dickheads when they didn’t treat me right. He asked if I was enjoying life and what I did and whether I was still involved in my charity work. Henry said “I remember in year 10 when I asked you what you wanted to do with your life and you responded by saying raise lots of money for charity and help people out. I asked you how you were going to do it and you said you didn’t know but you’d find a way. He also said the question you have to keep asking yourself is “Why?”. Why am I doing what I am doing and is it leading me towards to bigger picture?
This was such a moment for me. Three years ago I was sitting at High School dreaming, dreaming of what I was going to do upon graduation. I always seemed to know my objectives but could never tell you exactly how I was going to achieve them. I had a vivid imagination and often remember day dreaming in class about life after school.
My conversation with Henry today was a great reminder to keep it real. Sometimes I slip and get caught up in the craziness of life, as we all do, but I keep the bigger picture in mind. I am truly living my dream and I am blessed to have a platform which allows me to work with some incredible charities with wonderful initiatives, which was always my initial goal.
As Henry said, I hope to continue to sift through the people who come and go in my life and keep surrounding myself with good people with good intentions. I will continue to speak up for myself, keep the bigger picture in mind and I will always ask myself “why?”
What I got out of my conversation today with Henry, my good old high school drama teacher, was to live a life of purpose…