Tag Archives: wellbeing

How Often Should I Weight Myself? Never.

If you are following Wellness Mission on Facebook (and I hope you are!) you may have seen my post a few weeks back about banishing the scales in 2014. It’s been two weeks since I have weighed myself, and it’s been an interesting journey to date.

Am I good enough? I need to know scales, tell me!

Banishing the scales was a challenge for me to stop judging my health on the whim of some external force (which, as you know, is fickle at best Continue reading

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Reflections On My First Three Day Juice Cleanse

Early last week the sun really started to shine and I suddenly became aware that winter was well and truly over. I decided I needed to do something to mark the end of hibernation and in true spring fashion I decided to do a cleanse.juices

In 2012 I did my first cleanse, Dr Alejando Jungers Clean Cleanse for 2 weeks (which involved 1 solid meal and 2 liquid meals a day plus a host of supplements). In the end I found it a bit overwhelming and this took away from the psychological benefits, but thats mostly to do with how I approached it and the fact that I tried my first cleanse for 2 weeks! Don’t get me wrong, I felt physically amazing at times, but as my main goal was to lose weight I tried to only have juices (not smoothies or soups) it just left me starving, especially after 14 days. Lesson learned there: starving yourself isn’t fun (duhh). Continue reading

The Ridiculousness of Self Help Stigma

Tell most people you are going to the gym to get fit and you get heaps of praise.
Tell most people you are trying to eat clean whole food and you get heaps of encouragement. Hell, you can tell most people you are doing pretty unhealthy things like crazy soup diets and obsessive amounts of running, and people are still usually accepting, encouraging and asking 101 questions about your plan to see if it could work for them too!ebcecfc41c4791c5b6afd2924a142a9a

But why is it when the topic of self-help & personal development comes into the conversation, people get weirded out? Continue reading

How I Fell in Love with Exercise

Until fairly recently in my life, I was not regularly active. I hated sports and fitness growing up, and only ever considered exercise an annoying necessity to being less fat… Hmm, was it any surprise I didn’t enjoy it? Not really.

For years I went through waves of exercise activity:

  • At age 12 I signed up for my first gym because I hated my body… I lost some weight, but then moved away 6 months later and never kept it up in my new town.
  • At age 18 I signed up for a gym again, this time because I didn’t want to be fat in my prom dress… I worked out for 1.5 – 2 hours at a time, 5 times a week (sometimes at midnight). I lost some again, but of course packed all the weight back on (and then a hefty some more) after I stopped going. Continue reading

When There is Nothing To Do, Do Nothing

For years I have read, re-read, shared and raved about a9780733623110 book of short stories by the Buddhist monk Ajahn Brahm. It’s a great book of modern day Buddhist fables that teach poignant lessons on everything from grief to happiness, perfection to guilt, fear to forgiveness and more.

Right now I am constantly reminded of one story from the book called, “Drinking Tea When There’s No Way Out” as it relates to a current problem in my life. Continue reading

TGIF Sesame Dumplings with a Bean Sprout Salad

IMG_4588It’s Friday.

For me, it’s been the weekend since about 1 PM, when I made the completely selfish but unapologetic decision to ditch work after lunch. I parked myself at a sunny bistro table, indulged in a peppermint tea and decadent treat (almond cake topped with mascarpone, salted caramel-filling and fig and pear glaze), and spent a few hours dreaming big. Continue reading

Why Falling Off the Wagon is a Good Thing

Can I confess something?fall-off-the-wagon

For the past 2 weeks, I have been struggling with my wellness. Somewhere along the way my stress management faltered and I have reverted back to old behaviours like: comfort eating; thinking negative thoughts; harbouring self-doubt and self-criticism; loosing sleep and more.

To use the popular phrase, I have ‘fallen off the wagon‘. Continue reading