Coming up with specific instances when I use essential oils is often a bit difficult because I use them every single day for many different things!
A few things I can think of recently are:
The other day, my sweet husband came home from class in tears because his head hurt so bad. He laid down and just asked me to make it better. I grabbed the lavender, peppermint, vetiver, and Balance. A put a small drop on each temple and swept a drop across his forehead. Within 5 minutes he was up, smiling, and ready to go out to dinner. Even after several years with these oils, I'm still in awe at how quickly they work and what a huge difference they make.
If I have a prep period, it's not always a productive hour of grading, planning, etc. But, if I diffuse InTune during that time, I stay focused and get loads more done! I'm amazed every time I do it. I actually get caught up with everything I need to do and I even find my desk!
In January, I signed up for the Slim and Sassy contest at www.iamslimandsassy.com. This is my second time in the contest. Last year, when I signed up, I didn't stick with my goals and ended up dropping out. This year, I vowed to do it right. Weight loss has always been a struggle for me. Being insulin resistant the last several years has made it all the more difficult. I can't do the fad diets that drop weight fast (which, I know, that's actually better for me that I can't do those). I have to work SUPER hard at losing weight. Even at full concentration, it doesn't happen like I want it to and it certainly doesn't melt off like it does for others. I've spent years focusing on numbers. My weight was this number, my measurements were those numbers, my BMI was that number, my ideals were these numbers far from the other numbers. Blah! It never worked for me. I was always discouraged and disheartened by the numbers. It didn't matter how hard I was working, how far I was running, how much weight I happened to be losing, the numbers made my focus skewed and it was never enough.
This time, the numbers are there, but they are blurry. I allow a brief, crisp focus on them about once a month and then blur them back out. My focus is on how I'm feeling, how I'm breathing, my energy levels, my happiness gage. This has made a HUGE difference! My number goals, starting January 15th and going through April 30th are go lose 15 pounds and bike 350+ miles. Actually, the mileage goal was by the end of May, but after looking at those goals the other day, I am very clearly going to make it to 350 miles by the end of April, a whole month early! Whoo!
So, what have I done? Every morning I take 3-5 drops of Slim and Sassy oil in a capsule along with the Life Long Vitality vitamins, my oils for female issues, and OnGuard to prevent sickness. For breakfast I have a Slim and Sassy Trimshake or hard boiled eggs (gotta have the protein!). I have a small bit of trail mix for a snack a few hours later. All day, I'm drinking water with grapefruit oil, and either lemon or wild orange oil (this took a while to work into my taste, but I like it now). I eat a normal lunch and dinner, but I try to eat until I'm full, not bursting. Every evening, I take another capsule of Slim and Sassy oil- I had to set an alarm on my phone to remember to do this one. I'm eating healthier than I used to, though I'm far from perfect on this and still have the occasional Taco Bell and such.
For exercise, I knew I had to change my thoughts. I sincerely began to dislike the gym after all of my former attempts at health and weight loss. Running hurts for a really long time before it becomes even a little enjoyable for me, so I knew that was out. Getting up before work to work out was SO not going to happen. After work I had to have dinner or I'd sugar crash, and after dinner I never wanted to go work out. Excuses, excuses, I know! But, they were sincere and imbedded ones. I saw no reason to have to be miserable to get healthy. That doesn't make sense for me. It won't stick. Hence, my track record.
So I decided to buy a bike and a trunk bike-rack. I work 3.9 miles from my home. My husband drops me and my bike off every morning. I teach all day and then change after school, hop on my bike and ride those 3.9 miles home. This is built-in exercise. Do I want to get home? Yes. Then I have to bike to get there. Ok, so I thought this was going to still be a slightly annoying, ugh I have to work out, kind of thing. But, it turns out, I LOVE IT! I love being out in the fresh air and sunshine, I love being on my bike and riding mile after mile, I love jamming to my music or listening to a book or just thinking! I've added longer Saturday bike rides to my week and I look forward to those! Every week, I bike almost 30 miles now. I didn't expect to enjoy it, but here I am, loving it! What a difference! It's not a chore to exercise, I don't hate it, I'm not miserable. What a relief!
At this point in my journey, I've lost at least 8 pounds (haven't checked since Feb. 15th and won't check again until March 15th,) I've biked 149 miles as of yesterday, I feel happier, I'm sleeping better, I'm breathing tons better, I can walk up the 3 flights of stairs to my apartment without needing an inhaler, I'm feeling healthier, thinner, and just overall better.
Slim and Sassy and a bike have finally allowed me hope in my quest for health! Bring it on Slim and Sassy contest! I plan on winning! :)
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Happy oiling! :)