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3 years of raw & playing at being "not-myself"

I was just catching up on blog posts here and realizing that this month it will be 3 years since I went raw.  It's kind of cool.

Right now I would define myself as a raw vegetarian - I am raw but also eat raw eggs and raw cheese (not sure if I would drink raw milk if it were easily available and legal).  I started putting 2 raw quail eggs (they are very little!) in smoothies a few weeks ago after talking with the woman who sells grass-fed eggs at the farmer's market.  I didn't think I could do it, but I felt so much better after that I am now having them every other day, and find it just makes me feel more robust and sturdy, without the subtle we-must-cleanse-now feeling I would have when I ate fish or boiled eggs, and makes it easier to be 100% fruits and vegetables the rest of time.  I think I will eventually probably phase out the cheese. 

This week I start to coach two moms I know in going raw.  They are going to come to my place for an hour a week and get the basics on making the transition.

My second-hand vitamix broke, which was very sad.  I went and bought a 12 speed oster which is what I had before, which is okay.  But I have to start a vitamix fund because I miss it!

A big breakthrough (that took a while) is that I am actually exercising now...not necessarily a lot but I do something everyday, maybe yoga, maybe hooping, or going running with my daughter.  I am trying to inject doing different kinds of unusual-for-adults movement into my everyday activities (like crawling), because I'm starting to understand a few things: lots of low level motion throughout the day is better than rigorous exercise for an hour and then sitting all day, and we retain our movement abilities through a variety of  movements that vary our relationship with gravity.  It's actually the novelty factor in the movement that helps the body stay functional - you retain the adaptability to be open to and handle a wide variety of physical possibilities.  

I'm looking into this thing called MovNat which stands for moving naturally and in nature - you climb trees and jump across rivers and stuff.  Some of you might like it, although it seems like part of the paleo fitness trend.  I like the vibe of the founder Erwan Le Corre - he stresses function over esthetics.  I am planning on doing a few sessions with a personal trainer who specializes in MovNat in the next few weeks.  It's so not a 'me' thing to do and I'm mildly intimidated but I enjoy challenging myself :).  And this doesn't seem like part of gym bunny culture, which I am allergic to, lol.

It's so true that making change has a relationship to identity - in order to exercise regularly, I had to start changing my image of myself and find a way to stop resisting my associations with exercise or athleticism. 

It reminds me of something I read about children learning to read - that they have to start seeing themselves as a reader in order to start reading.  It has to find some resonance with their sense of themselves.  I think all major life changes are preceded by removing something internal that stands in the way, and mostly it's how we think about and talk to ourselves. 

An old friend I had as a teen would call this type of thing "practicing being not-myself" and I always got a laugh and a kick out of that thought.  I think it gave me permission to have fun with trying things that are new and totally out of character for me, and that has come in handy.  To evolve, we have to play. :)

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Comment by Amahla Johnson on July 10, 2013 at 2:18am

Thanks for the congrats everybody! :)  It's interesting to think about myself as a three year old, lol.  

Comment by nathalie carles on July 9, 2013 at 5:22pm

I want to be part of that club "the 3 years"!!!!! thanks for inspiring and also thanks to this site Penni I just love it.

Comment by Janet Carol Ryan on July 9, 2013 at 5:07pm

yay Nathalie - yes, we inspire each other in so many ways - I'm so glad that you are here.

Comment by nathalie carles on July 9, 2013 at 8:25am

Congratulations to Janet too for those 3 years! I like your list of "out of the box", very very smart and very interesting. I think I am going to copy you and make one today!

I have been 6 years raw once and fell into cooked-bad foods and since then I have had a real hard time going back but reading these kind of posts over and over of you people sticking to your goals is very inspiring and gives me "wings"... So thank you for sharing.

Comment by Janet Carol Ryan on July 8, 2013 at 10:14pm

yay Amahla - I'm also 3 years into raw - congratulations to us both!

I made a list this week of things I'd like to do that are 'out of the box' for me, like zip-lining or trying a new trail at least once a month - just to expand my comfort zone by doing things that are outside of it now, but will become part of me when I include them in what I do. Seems like us '3 year olds' are expressing in new ways- YAY!

Comment by Heather L.O.V.E. on July 8, 2013 at 11:39am

I would say that you are practicing being your NEW self.  We are constantly changing, in every way.  Every cell in our body is replaced by the end of a 7 yr cycle so you are literally in a new body every 7 years.  You have a new life to go with it, and you are creating it with intention and care. :)

Comment by Mae Jardine on July 8, 2013 at 6:09am
Congratulations, Amahla, on your three year anniversary!
Comment by Cassandra Alderman on July 7, 2013 at 7:18pm

What a great post! I especially love the "practicing being not-myself" thing because it's so true! I think I need to practice that myself... lol

Comment by nathalie carles on July 7, 2013 at 5:23pm

Very nice post Amahla. First, congratulations on being raw for 3 years!!!! Second, I am impressed by the raw eggs. It is an old habit that got lost because of bad eggs and illnesses that go with this,  or what not but with "good eggs" it is extremely healthy!!!! ( drank a lot of raw milk when I was young and it is delicious and much better for yourself, I actually do not drink milk anymore)

Third, on your exercising routine. And fourth that sentence:....I think all major life changes are preceded by removing something internal that stands in the way, and mostly It's how we think about and talk to ourselves".

A very dense sentence that says a lot. One's lucky if one finds what's in the way and it is also true about the way we think about ourselves.

If one thinks "I am not worth it or I don't deserve this" it'll never happen.

It is funny because on my journal this morning that is exactly what I was writing about, if somewhere hidden very far in my inconscient mind I think I am not worth to be thin it'll never happen, so comes the internal "something" that is in the way....humans are weird aren't they? Weird an complicated sometimes.

I will write more about this, look for the internal "thing" and think about my self differently and talk nicely to me too. Hope it doesn't take too long.

Anyway thank you for the post and again congratulations for your journey (and for sharing it).

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