I want to continue to review all that we have accomplished. We have continued to eliminate negative thinking, label read, recognize the importance of breathing, add positive affirmations into our daily lives, eliminate high fructose corn syrup (fructose as well) & dyes from our diet, sit in silence within nature for 30 minutes a day, set goals in our lives, eliminate preservatives from the diet, practice forgiveness, offer an attitude to gratitude, drink a glass of water each morning before we put anything into our bodies, offer more love to others in our life, eat more raw foods, let go of preconceived ideas, be impeccable with our word, drink half our body weight in ounces of water, made a personal mission statement, rest for 20 minutes a day, eliminate sugar & substitutes, not take things personally, look for the positive in others, take a 30 minute walk every day, find our own personal truth, practice being better listeners, reduce our daily meat consumption overall, laugh more often, look for the positive in all situation, eat only pure & clean meats when eating meat, not make assumptions, practice something that stimulates your brain, juice a few days throughout the week, say “I love you” more often, always do our best and this week we are going to start to stretch!

The first thing everyone says “old age” starts as is a loss of flexibility. Older people into even elderly that stay active, do yoga on a regular basis and eat well are some of the most vibrant people on the planet! You could even say that they are, despite their age, healthier than the majority of children in this country! That is a very sad realization but it is true. Those that choose to move it versus lose it in life are winning at the end when it really counts. None of us want to be nursing home bound in our life. This is a great way, even if you are young still, to start being proactive and thrive in life instead of surviving.

Doing 15-20 minutes of stretching each day can really make a difference in someone’s life in various ways. It can aid in flexibility, circulation, respiration, aches and pains, decrease disc disease, headaches, sleep and much more. It is amazing what the body can do if just some of each day’s accumulated stress is stretched out!

Yoga is a great example in stretching. Classes tend to be an hour to an hour and a half, but once you get the flow of basic poses from attending classes or teaching yourself, you can do a 15-20 minutes session and get great results. You can start by using a free online yoga video program at www.doyogawithme.com. They have a variety of free classes including “Restorative” which is for anyone that is needing to ease into it. It is a great tool if you can’t get to classes and want to start somewhere for nothing.

Some good basic stretches are touching your toes or at least leaning forward to try to so that way you can open your lower back. Sitting on the ground with legs stretched out and bending to your toes is another great basic stretch. Just move your body. See what feels good, what feels like a stretch, not a pain. We don’t want pain, we want the feel-good kind of pain where we know it is productive and opening something up. Not our body screaming at us. If you are ever needing help on what basic stretches to do, look up “basic stretching” online. There are many good guides to get you started if you don’t want to go the yoga route.

Good luck as you continue this transformative journey! I know that each week we are all closer to a more whole, happier version of ourselves. Give yourself a hug or pat on the back for all your weeks of hard work!