After my last blog I did a bit more soul searching. What happened? Why did I fall off the wagon and gain a few pounds?
Stress. Plain and simple. I’ve been stressed. It happens to all of us. We are taking care of others and not of ourselves. We run a constant loop in our heads about what we have to do by when. We prioritize the wrong things and end up running ourselves ragged leaving no time or energy to make good choices. Our bodies start craving things in order to get kick started…and it’s a hot roller coaster mess.
Cortisol is a hormone that is released as a response to stress. This buggar wreaks havoc on our bodies. Cortisol makes it hard to lose weight and holds onto our fat storage (as well as damages our immune system).
So it’s time to “De-Stress”…what do I do? See what Oprah is doing of course (ok I really am not obsessed with her even though I’ve mentioned her in the last few blogs)!
What is Oprah doing? Meditation, that’s what.
So I’ve decided to take up TM (Transcendental Meditation), a type of meditation that is scientifically proven to lower stress. I have never been a great meditator. I can’t sit and focus on my breath. I’d rather watch grass grow (which is the point, I guess?).
Anyway, I’ve been told by a very wise source (she’s been doing TM for 40 years!) that it’s not hard, I don’t have to control my thoughts (yippeeee) and as long as I stick to twice a day for 20 minutes, I’ll see improvements in my stress levels and mental clarity.
Does meditation make you skinny? I’ll let you know how it goes! Has anyone out there try it before? Tell me!