Sankalp: New Year, New You with Powerful Intention

Sankalp

Today is an auspicious day in Hindu calendar as it welcomes the New Year! So my readers who are celebrating the festival, please accept my deepest wishes for welcoming an abundant joy and bountiful health in this new year.

Many religions celebrates their new year at different point in time. For example my Jewish friends celebrated their Rosh Hashanah on the eve of 24th September and my Christen friends will celebrate new year on 1st January.

Despite being on  the different days one thing is very unique about the New Year is that it marks a new beginning. It gives an opportunity to the people to reflect on previous year, learn from the experience and inject  an enthusiasm to create a fresh start!

Thats when setting a SANKALP, a resolved strong intention, could create a magic in one’s life.

If you are working on few ideas which I shared in my previous blog, you may have already be aware of your health dreams and goals. So be prepared to bring that into reality with the power of Resolved Intention- Sankalp.

We all dream, hope and set the goals  during new year but only handful of us see their dreams being fulfilled. So what is the difference between those who are successful and those who forget their goals after only a few months if not weeks?

I think, it is not lack of resources in terms of money, time or knowledge. If that was the case then wealthy and some of the intellectual people would never be overweight or suffered from illnesses such as diabetes. What separate them from those who are healthy  in spite of being busy and of average  knowledge is that unlike the ‘successful’ they have never put the ENERGY in resolving their intention to succeed.

Unless the ‘intention to gain healthy weight’ is resolved completely and energetically success will play hide and seek with you. You may  loose weight but gain back after some time and then loose motivation to work on your dream.

Stop, being in that rut NOW! especially when it is EASY to get out!!!

So how to tap into the power of Sankalp- Resolved intention?

Creating self-awareness is the first step in setting up a strong intention. So if you have not read my previous blog, I encourage you to read it.

Once you know that being at healthy weight is that what you truly desire and you have not just fallen a pray of expectations of  society or media of being at size 0/4/8/10 (depending on your location) then you are READY for the success.

Yes setting a Sankalp is that simple! Being aware of your true desire and giving your undivided attention towards its fulfilment.

A great spiritual thought leader, Deepak Chopra often refers to the knowledge  from the classic Vedic text known as the Upanishads when explaining power of intention, “You are what your deepest desire is. As your desire is, so is your intention. As your intention is, so is your will. As your will is, so is your deed. As your deed is, so is your destiny.”

So the real questions are,

  • If being disease free and enjoying healthy weight is what you truly desire?   If the answer is yes then,
  • Are You Ready For The Shift?    If the answer is yes then,

Awesome! Make that resolution, set  the  intention that- no matter what, I will achieve the success. Now see the MAGIC appearing in your life to help you take actions towards fulfilment of your dreams.

Happy New Year and have fun in resolving the intention and setting the Sankalp!

Pranita

At Vitality Health Clinic, a  healthy heart specialist who is  registered Occupational Therapist will help you successfully reach your ideal weight goal.

Awareness is Power! 3 simple ways to access that POWER!

I hope you have  enjoyed my previous blog about the key benefits of gaining the ideal body weight. In this article, we will explore one powerful  technique to help you in the journey towards the dream body.

Illusion creates false beliefs while ‘Awareness’ motivates your true beliefs and  allow you to take powerful actions”  Pranita Salunke, Vitality Health Clinic.

What you don’t know puts you into a space of total ignorance and handicaps you to ACT or even think to ACT. What I mean simply is, creating more awareness into the goal we want to achieve  empowers you to visualise your success.

For example, if my goal is to be at my ideal weight of 50 kg and if I am currently say, 56 kg. Being aware of my current weight and more importantly  becoming aware of the  feelings which are created by being in that weight  is  the most  important part in setting the  right goal and cleat intention. Following  are the 3 most simple way  I can share with you to increase your awareness around any health goal which you would like to achieve.

  1. Journaling/ Writing: 

Set at least 20 min in your diary today as a gift to your self and go way from your chores during that time. Preferably sit near the nature. Now..for the next 2 minutes just be aware of your surroundings, as much as possible.  Get all the positive vibes from the nature. Now, from the space of being positive and being possible write down: WHY you don’t like to be at ‘X’ kg. of weight and what influences it has on your confidence, body image, self-esteem, relation ship with your loved ones, your work and productivity. Allow as much as time the process would need. Once done, take a break! Shift your gaze back on  beautiful nature and embrace the positive vibes once more. And now this time, refocus on writing  down your ideal weight and all the feelings and rewards  you would gain  once you achieved your dream weight. May be feeling of success, being in control, looking more attractive, fitting in your favourite clothes,being with your ideal man/ women , having more energy to play with your kids, having the confidence to ask for that raise in salary you know you deserve…great body- image, increase confidence and much much more!!!! After writing the second part read it  at least 3 times, completely OWN the feeling …….feel good about it. congratulations, you are already into path of success.

2. Visualisation:  Visualisation is another  beautiful way to create relaxation and awareness.   From that sense of deep relaxation, it is easier to become more aware and dream  your perfect health. The key here  is to visualise from the state of possibilities. So before you drift of to a beautiful dream world, I would encourage you to focus on your current success of life, may be it is that you are a great mom who is skilled in teaching best values to her children or a great entrepreneur who has successfully created services and generated income. Whatever is your proud work, just focus on it. The momentum created during this process will easily help you in creating the feeling of success during your visualisation of your   dream  body weight.

3.Meditation: Another wonderful process to create more awareness is simply going still. Meditation has been used in many eastern ancient cultures  and science has now proven its many benefits. However, for the intention of todays blog, let’s concentrate on it’s value in helping us create more awareness for achieving ideal body weight. Meditation helps calm chatters of mind. Even though we are not speaking , we are constantly thinking and talking to ourself. Your mind needs space to breath  which will help to create more awareness….You deserve this gift for yourself! Find the perfect corner in your house, where you feel the energy is very high. You will know when you feel just right or get the sense of peace on that spot…simply sit there become aware of your breathing….let your thoughts settle. Now ask the universe or  whoever you spiritually believe in to show you the part towards increasing your awareness in pursuits of your ideal weight. Spend at-least 10 min or more. Note down any insights, feelings and ideas you may have received . You may be surprised with your result at the end of that blissful period.

Stay Blessed!

In the future blogs, I will share  more powerful insights on how you can take control of your mind in order to achieve the ideal body weight, so keep reading!!!

Until then, keep having  fun doing this practices and comment below to let me know which one works best for you. If you have any more questions, please contact, info@vitalityhealthclinic.co.uk.

At Vitality Health Clinic, a  healthy heart specialist who is  registered Occupational Therapist will help you successfully reach your ideal weight goal.

Releasing those Pounds: Why bother 6 rewards to motivate you to BOTHER!!

Well, I get it! Life-long habits of food, sleep and exercise are difficult to change. Also, the hectic lifestyle around your work and  family makes you wonder how I am going to give myself the gift of being in good shape when my there are 20 work deadlines coming next week and taking care of all my family (read: husband, wife , children, grandchildren, mom,dad, Uncle and Aunty). Won’t that makes you look a a bit self-fish???

Just take this moment to think carefully, what if , if you spend just 1 hr to look after you, will not that help you serve others better? Keeping your self physically and emotionally charged, how do you think will benefit your relationship with family and productivity at work? Think about it, may be write your answers in your journal.

Science of behaviour change, informs us that people makes changes in their habit either because they FEAR the consequences of not changing or they get EXCITED about getting all the rewards for making the positive change. I feel, the embracing the second option would ensure the longer lasting change. However, some people purely operate on the FEAR drive….every individual varies. For today we will explore 6 rewards you receive when you reach your ideal weight.

Rewards :

  1. Improves Heart Health: Donating some of the body weight generate a lot more benefits than feeling better in your swimsuit or in your favourite suit . Dropping even 5-10% of your excess weight  can greatly improve your vascular health by reducing blood pressure, blood cholesterol and improving blood sugar. No surprise it helps to improve your hear function (Blackburn 1995).

2.Keep Chronic Disease at bay:  Being lighter also positively influences the conditions such as  high blood pressure and diabetes. These conditions which are famously linked with heart diseases.  Even the reversal of these condition is a possibility if you are following healthy eating and  physical activity for a long term. For this reason, weight management is always an essential part of primary heart disease  prevention programme which is aimed at prevention heart diseases and stroke. In other words, the effort you’re making toward achieving and maintaining a healthy body weight can not only prevent, but also reverse specific health concerns.

3. Lipids:  Weight loss has also positive influence on cholesterol and triglyceride levels.  The New England Journal of Medicine published  a study (Wood and colleagues, 1988)(randomised control trial) where  the researchers followed 2 weight loss groups  (diet group and exercise group) for one year and compared them to a control group. The study found that both weight loss groups in comparison to control group had increase in ‘good’ cholesterol (High Density Lipoprotein) and significant reduction in ‘bad’ cholesterol (triglycerides). Improving your lipid profile reduces your risk of heart diseases.

4. Enhanced Confidence, Improved Body Image,Better Self Esteem and Renewed Positive Outlook: Just imagine, what shift it will make to your confidence, when you don’t have to think with effort to buy specific clothes to hide those unwanted tires.Think of joy on your face when you dress in front of mirror ! You no longer have to be self conscious when interacting in a social or a work group.  All these reasons will  boosts your positive outlook  even when in tough circumstances.

5. Enhanced Energy and Vitality: Nutritious food and enhanced physical activity during the journey towards healthy weight means you are injecting a great energy  and vitality in your body (literally)!

6.Its Fun!: Imagine you have to move your heavy body while playing your favourite sports, say football. Now visualise  2 size lighter version of your self in your favourite football gear, Who is looking much more attractive and who is having much more fun? Well, you get the answer……having a healthy weight is not about strict diet or stringent exercise routine……It’s all about having FUN!!!!

So have some!!

In the next blog, I will share few tips on how you can take control of your mind in order to achieve the ideal body weight, so keep reading!!!

Until then, keep this reasons in front of you and see which one resonate most with you. If you have any more questions, please contact, info@vitalityhealthclinic.co.uk.

At Vitality Health Clinic, a  healthy heart specialist who is  registered Occupational Therapist will help you successfully reach your ideal weight goal.

(This is the 1st article in the series of 4 article to keep you motivated to take ACTIONS towards healthy weight!)

 Reference:

Blackburn G. (1995). Effect of degree of weight loss on health benefits. Obesity Research 3: 211S-216S. 2 Reference for 10%: NIH, NHLBI Obesity Education Initiative. Clinical Guidelines on the Identification, Evaluation, and Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults. Available online: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/guidelines/obesity/ob_gdlns.pdf 

Wood, Peter D., et al. “Changes in plasma lipids and lipoproteins in overweight men during weight loss through dieting as compared with exercise.” New England Journal of Medicine 319.18 (1988): 1173-1179.  Available online: http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/nejm198811033191801