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I just realized this morning that an elephant has been standing on my chest.

Although I feel I’ve been fairly calm about this whole thing – in large part because I do not watch or listen to the news. It has affected me.

Feeling the energy of people around me, hearing the stories and seeing the empty store shelves has made me anxious.

When I finally recognized that it was anxiety in a big ball in my chest it dissipated a little. I noticed that I was taking short breaths and my thoughts were spinning with worry. Having this awareness is so helpful.

Although it seems impossible not to talk about, I have been making an effort to not repeat the same stories over and over to everyone I talk to. When I get together with a friend (no touching), we agree to not talk about it, but we inevitably go back to it over and over until we notice and stop again. It is such a respite to take a break from talking about it!

Here’s what you can do to decrease the anxiety:

  • Notice your thoughts
  • Notice your breath and take deep breaths
  • Do something that will occupy your mind:
    • watch a movie or show
    • actively listen to music
    • put on music that you love and dance
    • meditate – love the Calm APP
  • get out in nature: a walk on the beach, forest, bike ride, etc.
  • read a book
  • read my blog! (there’s 9 years of posts!)
  • do a puzzle!
  • listen to a podcast
  • limit or stay off social media
  • cut down or cut out the news (people will tell you the important bits) check the government website instead
  • stop spreading the horror stories
  • choose to talk about other things
  • don’t feed into others anxiety, try to calm them down with compassion, not judgement

We are very lucky that the weather has been amazingly beautiful, make sure to take some time enjoy it!

The main thing you can do to protect yourself is WASH YOUR HANDS and DO NOT TOUCH YOUR FACE and keep a social distance, no hugs and kisses.   

Also remember to:

– Sneeze or cough into your elbow or tissue, not your hand (regardless of the reason for the cough/sneeze, even allergies, etc.)
– Wash your hands immediately after you blow your nose
– Put your sleeve over your hand when opening doors
– Use your elbow to push the elevator button
– Focus on eating healthy, drinking lots of water, getting enough sleep and exercising to boost your IMMUNITY
– Take immunity boosting vitamins
– Exercise is a great anxiety and stress reliever
– Listen to your body, rest if you need it
– Stay home if you’re sick

HERE’S A MEDIATION FOR YOU:

(from elizabeth gilbert)

Look at your current surroundings.

Name 5 things that you can see

4 things that you can hear 3 things that you can feel

2 things that you can smell

1 thing that you can taste

There.

Now you have landed in this moment, in this place.

And this moment, in this place,

is the only time and place where we ever have a chance to find peace.

by tallie nat

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This commercial illustrates so succinctly what we sometimes do when it comes to food (or sometimes it’s shopping). For me it’s boredom that does it.

I hope you will take one minute to watch it.

 

 

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The short answer is yes.

Here is an interesting article on the matter:  CLICK HERE

In a nutshell:
  • Muscle is denser than fat and takes up less space in the body
  • At rest, muscle burns more calories than fat
  • The more muscle and less fat your body has the higher your metabolism (burns more calories all the time)
  • As we age we can weigh the same but be gaining fat and losing muscle
  • After 30, muscle decreases 3-5% per decade with inactivity
  • After 50, muscle decreases 15% per decade with inactivity
  • Working out in general and Weight Training 2x’s per week is recommended to off-set muscle loss
  • When you diet you want to lose fat not muscle, therefore monitor protein intake:
    • The recommended daily allowance (RDA) for protein is 0.8 grams per kilogram of body weight
    • Research recommends protein intake at 1.25 times the RDA for sedentary individuals and 1.5 times the RDA for active individuals
    • For example for 150 lbs individual, protein intake would be:
    • 150 lbs = 68 kg
    • Average Individual: 68 kg x 0.8 grams   = 54.4 grams of protein per day
    • Sedentary Individual: 68 kg x 1.25 grams = 85 grams of protein per day
    • Active Individual: 68 kg x 1.5 grams   = 102 grams of protein per day
    • Or try this ONLINE PROTEIN CALCULATOR
TAKE AWAYS:
  • Although weight is one important factor in determining ones health it can be misleading, focus more on how you feel and how your clothes fit, not on the weigh scale
  • If trying to lose weight or maintain muscle cut back on the empty carb calories and increase the lean protein!
  • Tally up your grams of protein per day, I think you will be surprised how little protein you are actually getting
MORE ABOUT PROTEIN NEXT WEEK!

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After hearing so much about it, I finally read Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes and loved it!

(here it is at the VPL)

It’s about opening yourself up, getting out of your comfort zone and saying YES! to life.

If you’re looking for an uplifting inspirational read, I highly recommend it.

Here’s her Ted Talk:

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This is too cute not to share!

Happy Holidays!

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Warning: may cause watering of the eyes.

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