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Pure and Lean – Re-schooling my nutritional mindset

So as you all know I recently went plant-based but what you don’t know is that also just did a re-school pertaining to my nutrition. I didn’t have much if any weight to lose (especially as it started two weeks after my first 50km ultramarathon) but it was more of the mental re-school I needed. I went completely plant-based on the 1 April and I feel about 1000% better. Aside from my one day of being ill from eating deep fried crap; yep there are plenty of crappy vegan options out there too, I am making much better health options and I have no guilt when I eat a treat!

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Okay I know I changed it to black and white but the lighting was different in both pictures and looked really bonkers. I also realise it doesn’t look like much physically has changed on my body and really it didn’t need to. That said I am so happy to see my stomach looking much flatter!
So where did I do this re-school? Online with Anthony Noud from Pure and Lean Nutrition System. What can I say!! Amazing! I didn’t come to the re-school to lose any weight. The fact that I am an endurance athlete who has a pretty damn good figure meant it wasn’t about my actual figure. I didn’t need to lose weight but I did need to adjust my thought process around food and to not feel guilty about eating.

I have struggled for a long time with feeling guilt when I would eat a pizza or lots of chocolate and other crap etc this was compounded by the fact I was wanting to move towards a plant-based diet both for my racing.

My relationship with food is now so much clearer and I have even found myself not wanting the ‘unhealthy cheat’ meals but choosing better options most of the time. I have no guilt when I’ve had a massive meal that made me happy because I consciously knew why I was eating the foods.

I can’t thank Anthony enough for the process and it was from the very first client call that I knew the process was going to be challenging but rewarding. It was in that first call that I realised a lot of why I mindlessly eat has to do with abandonment. If you have been reading my blog you will know my history with losing my father and crappy relationships has caused that feeling but what I didn’t realise is that I was eating mindlessly because of it.

It helped me to be very conscious of the choices I make at restaurants and let’s face it I am eating out nearly every meal while I am traveling as it is super cheap. So I focus on what I am eating and if it serving my goals.

I look forward to working with him in the future when I will require more nutritional planning for my next epic endurance goals! I don’t want a repeat of my GI distress from the IRONMAN on my next endurance races!

The re-school also had an interesting side affect. Like the process of decluttering it really helped me focus on my studies. I have one assessment left on my IRONMAN Coaches Course. I keep kicking goals on my Life Coaching Cert IV and have decided to read Warrior Goddess Training as my book critique and add those elements into my coaching practice! We all know how much of a warrior goddess I am so why not embrace that! Lastly in terms of courses in Jul/Aug I head to India to do my yoga teachers course. Just a little excited about that one. The business plan and structure for my coaching business is developing really well and I am feeling so balanced in pretty much all aspects of my life!

I still ebb and flow with my motivation for training some days in the heat of Penang but I found Yin and Hatha Yoga over the weekend. Bonus it is walking distance so combining that with my running is already making a huge mental difference! If only I could find a Crossfit gym that close!

If you want to rethink your nutrition then the re-school program will do just that and more! LOL and ladies, Anthony is pretty easy on the eye when you do Skype calls and is charming to listen to when on one of his webinars. I might be celibate but I still have a pulse!  Shhh don’t tell him 😉

So what are you waiting for… get in contact with Anthony and re-school your nutrition…Click here for re-school You won’t regret it.

Blessed Be
Robyn xox

P.S. I am an advocate of real food diets. I don’t take unnecessary pills, supplements or huge quantities of protein (in fact I consistently have less than is ‘recommended’ because that is what feels best for me). I place more value on education and eating real foods than taking pills and apparent short cuts that potentially in the long run won’t serve you.

P.P.S This is not a paid advertisement for Pure & Lean Nutrition System. I loved doing the process and what Anthony teachers is valuable information to ensuring your eating is a love story and not a battle ground! All opinions are my own!

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It’s not easy walking the Eight-Fold Path

Do good, avoid evil and purify the mind

Sounds easy right… Well maybe not so easy when you live in today’s world.

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Buddha’s advice is something that I have been trying to incorporating into my life for a number of years now. I am certainly not saying I am perfect at it, in fact I am downright shocking at it most of the time. My spiritual program is Pagan centric with Buddhist Philosophy and elements of many other religious paradigms.

One thing I am trying to develop however is my spiritual maturity. Part of this process is to live according to the Noble Eight-Fold Path. This level of spiritual maturity is not superficial observance. It means a serious and mindful adherence to each and every fact of the Path.

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It takes determination and diligence to a level I might not have acquired as yet but something I can work towards. Life is about progress not perfection after all.

The Eight-Fold Path can be summarised into its three aspect of sila (morality), samadhi (mental development), and panna (wisdom).

Morality Group
1. Right Speech – To refrain from lying, slander, harsh words and gossip. To cultivate truthful, peaceful, kind and meaningful speech.
2. Right Action – To abstain from killing, stealing and sexual misconduct. To cultivate harmlessness, honesty and faithfulness.
3. Right Livelihood – To avoid occupations involving killing (both humans and animals), the sale of animal flesh, the trading of humans, weapons, poisons and intoxicants. Occupation which are unethical, immoral and illegal should also be avoided.

Mental Development Group
4. Right Effort – To apply mental discipline to prevent unwholesome thoughts from arising, and to dispel unwholesome thoughts that have arisen. To develop wholesome thoughts, and to maintain those wholesome thoughts that have arisen.
4. Right Mindfulness – To be aware of the body, and bodily postures and sensations. To be aware of the mind and its thoughts, emotions and feelings. To be aware of the Dhamma.
6. Right Concentration – To practice meditation to train the mind to be focused and disciplined in order to cultivate and acquire wisdom.

Wisdom Group
7. Right Understanding – To understand and accept the Four Noble Truths
8. Right Thought – To cultivate thoughts of generosity, loving-kindness and compassion.

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If you are unaware the Four Noble Truths are:
1. All beings are subject to Dukkha (suffering)
2. Dukkha arises from desire and craving.
3. Dukkha can be overcome by the elimination of desire and craving.
4. There is a way out of the Dukkha, which is the Noble Eight-Fold Path.

Lofty goals and a simple yet difficult path to live. I will continue to live life as closely as I can to these principles while facing life’s adventures head on!

What spiritual path do you follow?

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Robyn xox

P.S. All photos are from my 2011 trip to Nepal where I stayed at Kopan Monastery just outside Kathmandu. It was at Kopan I got the courage to start this blog with this First Blog Post

New Year New You…Bullshit!

Version 2I know I am a little late but it still is that time of year again… New Year New You … I’m calling Bullshit!

Don’t get upset about my swearing and the fact that I’m calling bullshit on resolutions does really sound funny when it is coming from me. I am all about creating a new and wonderful life for myself but truth is that on the whole New Years Resolutions suck! Gonna do this, gonna do that crap just doesn’t work. Least not for this little chica! Ok so I am not really a chica anymore but just go with me for now.

As much as I hate the concept of New Year New You, I am actually been pretty good at making resolutions over the years. Many years I have sat down and written out a list of goals that I wanted to achieve. I have not necessarily done this at New Year.

This year as I sat at the top of Mount Kinabalu I wondered what the coming year ahead would bring. 2016 is going to be an interesting year. I am traveling semi-solo (I keep meeting people and planning to meet with them so hence the semi-solo) for the majority of the year and then returning to Australia for my younger brothers wedding to his wonderful bride whom I already call my sister-in-law.

I already have many goals mapped out for 2016.

Fitness: 1 x 50km ultra marathon and 1 x 100km ultra marathon and finally riding from Brisbane to Bondi with my coach and a group of other crazy nutters from the 26-30 Dec – that is going to be an epic 40th Birthday present to myself!
I am also doing a 200 hour yoga teachers course in India as well as completing some fitness coaching courses. Reminds me I need to finalise that payment of the course!

Health/Diet: I have been heading towards Plant-Based eating for some time now and this year I will be working even harder towards that. It is difficult traveling because I am not so sure if the food I am eating is completely meat free but to date I am still eating seafood and the occasionally dairy (chocolate is my weakness on long hikes!).  Awareness of what I am eating and how I am fueling my body for my general health as well as my fitness is all I can really ask when I am not in a position to cook my own food.

Travel: Perhaps the biggest part of this years goals in travel. I am currently sitting in Brunei, my 51st country but over the next few months I am going to: Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Myanmar, Laos, Malaysia (mainland) and India for the second time. I am also debating if I can fit in other countries while I am at it but slow travel is more economic and with my studies and work it is also more practical!

Studies/Work: I am working my way through a course (or 2) as I travel and they will be the basis of a new and exciting adventure to come. For now I will continue to keep that a little close hold as it won’t feature till mid year.

Love: So this is not about romantic love but love for myself, life and others. While I was walking down Mount Kinabalu I realised I still have a lot of hang ups and issues pertaining to love. My romantic love history is pretty damn depressing and part of that comes from not thinking I am worth my soul mate or that I missed the boat and they doesn’t exist. One of the last guys I dated told me because I was ex-Army, training for an Ironman and independent that I was more boy than him! I guess the old saying – strong women intimate boys and excite men… Would the real men stand up and be noticed. So I guess what I am saying here is that with all the travel, adventure, study and fitness I actually don’t have room in my life for a partner but I am open and willing to work on myself so that when life presents me with an opening for love of a romantic nature I will be ready.

Minimalism: This will be my hardest area.. I am currently traveling with WAY TOO MUCH SHIT!!! Seriously, I travel all the time and yet I am still the queen of over-packing and generally just carting way too much crap with me! I think I need to just be ruthless and ditch what I haven’t worn since I left Australia a month ago!! Yes there are clothes I haven’t worn in a month that I am still carrying!!

So why do I call Bullshit on New Year New Me? I find a lot of people don’t put any thought or real consideration into their goals. I have all the details of my goals mapped out.  Timelines for completion dates and milestones. After I hit those goals and dates I will be sharing them but for now it is time to explore Brunei before I hit the road again!

Tell me, do you have a plan for 2016?

Blessed Be

Robyn xox