Wellbeing

My Journey over the past 8 weeks on the JSHealth Program

June 16, 2018

I’m a big advocate and Ambassador for the JSHealth Program.

This Program is different.

It’s life changing!

This isn’t’ your typical 8 week nutrition menu and fitness plan. In fact, you won’t really find much of that in this Program. There are some guides for those who do well with structure, but for those who are healing their relationship with their body or with food, this Program provides education on the ‘how’. How to gradually build habits and a mindset for living a healthy life and that’s why it’s transformed my life.

I started the Program alongside a tribe of positive and inspired JSHealth girls who are seriously like family to me. Lots of us started together and we all shared our journey with each other. This included checking in, sharing what we were struggling with, what was working really well and cheering each other on along the way.

My goals for the 8 weeks were simple but important to me:

  1. Be consistent with my fitness plan x 4 hot yoga and x 3 Pilates
  2. Try 2-3 new recipes each week
  3. Create a night time ritual
  4. To further strengthen and tone my body
  5. To use affirmations for body love

Goals are a big part of my life.

Having a vision for what I want (exactly) and creating time and following through with daily action against my goals is the only way that I’ve experienced real progress. It takes ‘doing’ which is where we can sometimes go off track.

As I moved through the first week, (prep-week), I developed these goals and wrote down what classes I’d attend, what recipes I’d like to try and created my night time ritual which I’ve really enjoyed.

Again, it’s really simple but fits with my lifestyle – my night time ritual:

  • Switch off technology at 9pm
  • Take a nice bath or shower
  • Pop my Kindred Self oils in my bedroom. I use ‘May I Be Nurtured’ or Lavender which helps me to relax and sleep deeply
  • Write in my journal, my affirmations and gratitude

As this was my 4th round on the Program, I found that my entire lifestyle and my kitchen is already in line with the approaches in the Program but I still chose to go through each week.

Each week seemed to have come at the right time! Stressing less and focusing in each week on different aspects of my health and wellbeing really provided me with reminders to prioritise my goals and to choose a couple things to focus on each week, alongside my goals.

The hardest weeks for me was week 4 and 6. Week 4 focuses on gut health and week 6 focuses on cleansing your body. For many years I battled with a binge eating disorder and a very unhealthy relationship with my body and with food. I’ve found such a good balance with how I eat using the JSHealth meal guide and so any attempt to remove foods or to ‘detox’ still is a trigger for me. During these weeks on the Program, I simply flipped my thinking about the approach. I focused on adding in more of the nutrition that was recommended and focusing on the wellbeing practices over removing certain foods from my diet such as dairy. This made a big difference to how I felt about these weeks and naturally I almost removed dairy anyway as I was focusing on experimenting with more greens and nutrients. I generally eat a wheat free, gluten free and a real foods diet but I still have small portions of organic dairy and to be honest, I really enjoy it!

On week 6 I got to fly over to Sydney and spend the weekend with Jess to work on a project that will seriously help so many women in the health industry. I am so grateful to be part of the JSHealth team and can’t wait to share this with you all and for you to be part of this health and wellness network.

On the Sunday, the JSHealth girls shared a beautiful healthy picnic in the sunshine with the most magnificent view of Sydney Harbour. We all shared our stories and support for each other. It was so amazing to connect with some of the women who have had such a positive impact on me. I am so grateful for all of the JSHealth girls who are out there being the best that they can be and helping so many women with their own journeys. It’s truly inspiring.

Weeks 7 and 8 were completely in flow, although I was emotionally working through a very difficult time and grieving for a dear friend, the Program helped me to maintain my healthy habits and instead of reaching for something unhealthy to support me emotionally, all I wanted was to take care of myself, the JSHealth way.

Reflecting on my goals that I established at the start…..Have I achieved them all? No. But I have achieved many of them which I’m so proud of.

The first 2 goals were inconsistent for me. I still tried new recipes throughout the 8 weeks and I went to hot yoga and Pilates each week, just not as often as I would have liked.

I achieved my goal of creating a night time ritual which I love. I also feel stronger physically and emotionally and have found a new practice of mediation and journaling which has been great for my wellbeing.

So what’s next?

Well, for the next 6 weeks I’m going to focus on my top 2 goals that I was inconsistent with and also follow the JSHealth Body Love e-book. I find that too many goals can become overwhelming and hard to achieve among living a full life so I’m keeping it really simple.

My goals 17th June – 31st July:

  1. Be consistent with my fitness plan: x 4 hot yoga classes each week and x 3 KX Pilates classes each week
  2. Try 2-3 new recipes each week
  3. Work through the JSHealth Body Love e-book

If you’d like to join me by focusing on your top 3 goals for the next 6 weeks, please reach out and join me!

Here for you always.

S xx

 

 

 

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  • joan zeegers June 16, 2018 at 9:25 pm

    Fantastic Sheree

    • Sheree Lowe August 19, 2018 at 5:10 pm

      Thank you so much! x