One way of thinking about the quality of our lives is our level of autonomy – so how much input we have about what we do and when we do it, with whom and in what way? 

Essentially this is the difference between how things used to be for me and the way I now experience life. When I was a student, I’d go to the supermarket, my budget was very restricted. It was pretty much spag bowl with a can of tomatoes, although at least it filled me up!

It’s a very different story now, my selection is based on the nutritional value of the foods I choose from – basically due to the lifestyle choices that I’ve made over the years.

One of my mentors puts it this way – ‘doing today what others will not, so that tomorrow I can do what others cannot.’

I’ve found that it boils down to some simple self-talk questions that we’re ourselves asking all the time. It’s what we say to ourselves about ourselves when we’re by ourselves that really counts.

I’ve noticed for myself – can you relate? – that in the past I’ve been pretty negative if I’m maybe doing tired or I’ve hurt myself or I didn’t quite reach my target  – whatever it might be. The result of this is I don’t feel so great.

One thing that I found quite useful at those being-hard-to-me-times is to pause and imagine myself as a young child who’s finding her way, making mistakes, falling over, dusting herself off and getting back up again. Of course I feel kind and compassionate to this young child, and realise it’s best to be supportive and patient as she finds her way.

This is where the rubber meets the road, and where change can happen.

So what’s your take? 

As always, I love to hear from you.

Looking forward to seeing you as ever on this week’s #ALivewithFi. Ciao for now! 🙂

Fi Jamieson-Folland D.O., I.N.H.C., is The LifeStyle Aligner. She’s an experienced practitioner since 1992 in Europe, Asia and New Zealand as a qualified Osteopath, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, speaker, educator, writer, certified raw vegan gluten-free chef, and Health Brand Ambassador.

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