Are You Swimming Upstream?

By | July 1, 2013

Are You Swimming Upstream?

Imagine for a minute swimming upstream!  Can you do it?  Can you see yourself swimming upstream easily, effortlessly, enjoying the experience?  OK, maybe I didn’t provide enough information.  It is a beautiful summers day, you are with a group of dear friends down by the rivers edge, picnic packed, ready to have a great day.  Once everyone settles in you and some of the group decide to take a dip in the river.  The water is the perfect temperature.  Your swimming skills are excellent.  You get into the water and begin swimming upstream, against the current.  The harder you try to make progress upstream the more you stay in one place.    Even with a little bit more information you still would not have an amazing swim going upstream would you?  If you are like me no you would not.

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You may even be thinking I am rather crazy to suggest on a beautiful summers day out with friends that you would even want to go swimming upstream.  If you are anything like me you may want to float easily, effortlessly allowing the water to take you all the while enjoying the refreshing water, and your friends company.

Yet when we think about gluten free living, health, fitness, weight loss it seems many go swimming upstream on a daily basis and wonder why they are struggling!  So many individuals tell me how hard it is to give up wheat.  So many say they need the sugar!  What if the wheat, the sugar, the grains, the gluten  are you swimming upstream?  What would happen if you turned yourself around and began to enjoy the journey going with the current and allowing it to take you easily and effortlessly.  What would swimming downstream actually look like for your health?  Our thoughts are things!  We get the results we focus on!  We seem to realize what we don’t want rather than what we want.  These are all ways we can begin to start swimming downstream.

What if you began to allow yourself to say I CAN in the following ways.

  • I CAN drink more fresh clean water on a daily basis
  • I CAN move my body easily and effortlessly daily
  • I CAN go to bed earlier
  • I CAN take time to breathe
  • I CAN learn to meditate
  • I CAN eat REAL FOOD each and every meal enjoying the amazing flavours in REAL FOODS

Now I am not suggesting it all be done at one time.  When you realize you are swimming upstream with a habit that is the time to begin to focus on I CAN and make the necessary changes.

Have you been swimming upstream?  What are you willing to say I CAN to allow yourself to enjoy feeling better?  Share your comments

Let today be your day!  Talk soon,

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9 thoughts on “Are You Swimming Upstream?

  1. Bonnie Gean

    I made a pact with myself this weekend to start walking a healthier life. I can’t wait to see how it has changed my life 6 months and a year from now.

    1. Wendy Bottrell Post author

      Awesome! What does that mean for you? Walking a healthier life! How do you see yourself and your life 6 months from now? How will you feel 12 months from now that you don’t feel right now? Let me know if I can help. Again congrats on taking the I CAN step. 🙂 Best Regards, Wendy

  2. Melissa Wright

    I think this is the first time that I have heard the stream analogy specifically applied to gluten free living, health, fitness, and wellness but I absolutely LOVE how you have described it! It is all too easy to get trapped in focusing on the things we don’t want in difficult situations that we don’t realize how much better things could be if we just made the decision to put our focus on what we do want.

    What has been the biggest benefit for you of living gluten free?

    1. Wendy Bottrell Post author

      Thanks for connecting Melissa. It is true as humans we spend way more time focusing on what we don’t want. Which is fine as long as it takes us to the realization of what we want. Gluten free living has been an amazing change in how I feel, and think. I also have way more energy. I realized close to 2 years ago that I am gluten sensitive and immediately stopped eating all gluten, wheat and grains. Let me know if I can help. Best Regards, Wendy

  3. Jodene

    Awesome analogy Wendy! I couldn’t see where you were going with that, but you nailed it! Having a healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to be hard…it’s the simple steps you give that we can say “I CAN” to. Swimming with the current sounds sooo much better than struggling upstream! Thanks for another enjoyable post. 🙂
    ~ Jodene

    1. Wendy Bottrell Post author

      Thanks Jodene! Appreciate your support! Best Regards, Wendy 🙂

  4. Lizz Riley

    Oh as I sit here at 11.20pm, drinking beer, and having eaten a sandwich with crisps for tea I see the irony of reading this email!!

    Great article though.

  5. Ginny Carter

    So true, we can choose to do these things but often we feel we can’t. Thanks for the reminder on this, I will choose my food tonight with care!

    1. Wendy Bottrell Post author

      Thanks for connecting Ginny. Let me know if I can help


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