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Energy– everyone wants it but few have it. Let me tell you a little story about my energy level changing over the past few years. There was a time when I went to bed late, got up late and couldn’t make it past 2 pm without taking a nap. I struggled through the day, everyday. Always hoping that one day it would change. I became a coffee drinker. Loaded with lots of Carnation creamer, I had hoped my coffee would give me that extra boost I needed. It gave me a boost but only for a short time and the creamer made me gain weight. I resolved that gaining weight and decline inΒ energyΒ was just a part of getting older.

I can’t say for certain when the change took place but I began to look around and seeing my 30, 40 & 50 yr old friends developing heart conditions, disease and other serious health problems. It really scared me. Was this my fate? Should I just resolve that my health was going to decline and I was going to get fat?

The idea of not finishing my life well scared me so much that I decided to make some changes. I began researching and found that my diet was worse than I had previously thought. After all , I didn’t eat junk food ALL the time! πŸ˜‰ The transformation took a couple of years but now I go to bed early, wake up early, drink a cup of tea (occasionally I’ll have a cup of coffee because I want it but not because I have to) and I have energy that usually carries me through the day. And if I need a nap, I take one. I changed my diet, get adequate amount of rest and sleep and get my exercise through my farm chores and horseback riding. It’s naturally induced sustainable energy. Its energy that doesn’t require caffeine to keep me going. I have more energy than I’ve had since I was a kid.

If it is your desire to find naturally induced energy then start now by beginning the process of resolve. Resolve in your mind that you don’t have to follow the American norm. You don’t have to develop health problems and gain weight. And if you already have, most health conditions can be reversed or at least improved by changing the way you care for yourself. And the weight can always be lost. The great thing about energy is, if you loose it somewhere along the way, you can always find it again. Most importantly don’t be hard on yourself. I have found it takes more energy to allow my thought patterns to tear me down than it does to remind myself of truth. So start by meditating on this truth: You are a loved creation of God. He has great plans for your life and wants what’s best for you.Β 

It may take you years to wrap your mind around changing (like it did me). But the change is worth it, trust me πŸ™‚

10 Responses to “Energy”

  • Collett:

    The post is great, but I really just wanted to let you know you are completely gorgeous in this pic!

  • Ginger:

    Great post & breathtaking picture Mona! A friend loaned me the book It Starts With Food & I started Whole30 this past Monday. I must say that these past few days have been relatively easy & I feel really good & have lots more energy. Of course I was finally ready mentally to make big changes which is critical. Later my goal will be to improve the rest of my family’s diet since I admit has not been the best since we doubled the size of our brood almost overnight…it has become a “just get them fed” situation which needs to change. But for now I am happy to finally be making these much needed changes for myself & taking better care of myself which will in turn give me more energy to take care of my family.

  • Elizabeth:

    I really need to come spend some time with you and learn from you. I have found my energy has just plummeted over the past few years. I hate that and I’m only 25 but with a myriad of health problems which can only be controlled to a certain degree and added stress due to the health of my parents this past year. Love you Mona!

  • Mona:

    That’s awesome Ginger! I know what you mean about changing your diet before you can change your family’s diet. At the beginning of my journey I tried to change everyone at the same time. That didn’t work out so well because they hadn’t come to the resolve I had. Now I hear my husband and kids saying positive things about healthy eating. I never prompt it anymore. It comes from their own resolve. With the ages of my older kids I rarely pressure them to eat a certain way. I try to show by example more than anything. With Maddy I talk a lot about how food nourishes us and sustains us. My hope is that she will grow up learning this truth and choose to eat healthy. I also let her have treats from time to time because I don’t want her growing up with a negative view of food either.
    You will find what works for you and it will be in the timing that works for you and your family. πŸ˜‰
    Thanks for the compliment too πŸ™‚

  • Mona:

    Aww! Thank you for your kind words πŸ™‚

  • Mona:

    Elizabeth, I would love for you to come visit me. I feel really badly about us never getting together like we said. We need to make it happen this summer. You can come spend a few days with me and learn how to milk goats :).
    Preexisting health problems are definitely a challenge. But, I really think you can improve your quality of living by relieving stress and rethinking how you view food. Food is meant to nourish and heal. And stress with tear you down faster than anything else. I love you too and miss you. πŸ™‚

  • Lisa:

    Beautiful picture. I know what you are saying is true, because I have definitely noticed the difference in you. I want the energy you have, but I don’t know where to start. I keeping thinking a garden will help me kick start myself into gear, but as you know that’s easier said than done where I live. I have to do raised beds and that’s money I don’t have to spend right now. So without the garden for motivation, like I said, I don’t know where to start. I guess it’s like you said, I have to begin the process of resolve.

  • I just found your blog! There is so much here, it’s going to take a but to check Italy out. So far Love it:).
    I want to make it a regular event to come help you around the farm… That day blessed the kids and I so much!

  • Mona:

    Thanks Bekki. I have to let you know I was laughing for like five minutes after I read your comment. “It’s going to take a but to check Italy out.” How long is a but anyway? Lol, just kidding. I know what you are trying say.
    It turns out we are both closet bloggers πŸ™‚

  • Mona:

    Thanks Lisa! I know you will figure it out. It’s going to look differently for everyone. Maybe it’s not gardening for you. Maybe it’s horses or jogging. Cleaning stalls and animal pens is where I get most of my exercise. I do work a lot in the garden but that’s only a portion of it. πŸ™‚

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