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Saturday, 30 April 2011

I like to move it move it

During my pregnancy, in fact only weeks into it, I had to stop exercising due to some bleeding. I used to run two to three times a week nearly fifty minutes and I had to stop from one day to another. This came as a shock to me. Not that I am the sporty type but I had been running for a year (I have blogged about this before - please see my fanpage on Facebook) and thoroughly enjoyed it.!/note.php?note_id=214526595268

Part of the journey of the slim soul is to introduce moving your body more in ways that are sustainable and fun. I avoid using the term exercise because to me it conjures up images of sweaty people in stuffy gyms with everyone staring at you if you are overweight. Besides, as a mother of four, gyms are off territory: who has time to go to a gym, have a shower or a hot tub and get back to life? Perhaps the most dauting aspect is the gym culture of being stared at and of a lot of regulars showing off their bodies. I call exercise "boogie" and it reminds me of how much I love to move it move it move it.

This time around, I did the same as when I started running: I started slowly. I know I am not supposed to run for another three weeks (six weeks after the birth) so I just started walking more. This was already such an immense pleasure as towards the end of my pregnancy, that privilege was denied to me. I could hardly walk from the bed to a chair. This week, for example, apart from running around the house after my three children, I walked my younger son to school twice. It is a good 2 miles hike down hill and then back up and it usually gives me quite a good sweat. I had baby in a sling as well and pushed the pram so it did feel like getting back into shape.

The secret is to gradually pushing your body gently beyond the limits of what it is used to do. My secret, however, is to keep it fun and not to do too much too soon. I absolutely do not suscribe to the myth that you have to hurt the next day or it to have been "effective". To me its not only against nature... it is masochism. Besides why would I want to load my body with toxins?

Blessings of lightness

Anges de Lumiere

Friday, 29 April 2011

Get set, ready.... go

My baby girl is now three and a half weeks old and I bask in the glow that motherhood and breastfeeding give me. I feel so blessed to be a mother for the fourth time at forty five years of age. It is a blessing.

Now that she is with me and I can look into her eyes, I feel a renewed resolution to get back into shape and enjoy my slim body. Whereas in the past, the aftermath of pregnancy left me slightly depressed at the idea of having to go on another diet, this time it's different. This time, I am on my journey of the slim soul. The journey of the slim soul is not a diet. It is a lifestyle that promotes healthy eating and bringing the fun into slimming.

The Journey of the Slim Soul rests on Seven golden rules of slimming. Today I want to share how I practiced the first one: love yourself now, exactly as you are. I honour my big tummy for it has been the nest that nurtured my baby girl for nine months and a sacred temple indeed. I am proud that after she was born, I still looked pregnant because it has been such a precious adventure. And I know that my body will go back to its perfect shape exactly when the time is right. There is no resistance from me or fight with my body. There is no shame. And that is what is totally different from all the other times when I embarked on a slimming programme. Nothing but love and gentleness and honouring myself for who I am.
Wishing you the best on your own journey,

Blessings of lightness

Anges de Lumiere