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Life Challenge Week 7: Inga Stevens

Things click into place for Inga during the seventh week and she has a Lymph Therapy Massage

Aquarius magazine
22 Apr 2012 | 12:55 pm
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Week seven, day one

Immune health

It wasn’t part of the Life Challenge but I signed myself up for a Lymph Therapy Massage with Elizabeth at the Dubai Herbal & Treatment Centre. That place really is the ultimate for all things health and wellness. You name the treatment, they deliver. 

Elizabeth came highly recommended by a colleague of mine so I decided to finally get my lymphatic system checked out. For those who aren’t aware of its functions, the lymphatic system plays an important part in the circulatory as well as the immune system. It is basically responsible for the removal of interstitial fluid from tissues. It also absorbs and transports fatty acids and fats from the digestive system and transports white blood cells to and from the lymph nodes into the bones. All in all, it’s a pretty essential system for keeping you healthy. Elizabeth assured me that it was normal to sometimes have slightly risen, or irritated, lymph nodes and that a massage to get the fluids moving was all that was needed in most cases. Oh, and to change my deodorant as we must remember that the skin is an organ and all kinds of toxins can be absorbed through the skin causing irritation. 

Week seven, day two

Old Friends

An old uni friend of mine has arrived for a week’s holiday in the sun. It’s fantastic to have her to stay but I was a bit nervous about breaking the news that a) I live in a studio apartment so we’d have to sleep in the same room, and b) that I was on a bit of a heath kick, so big dinners and boozy nights were out of the picture for the duration of her stay. I needn’t have worried because she actually prefers to eat salads and veggie food anyway (and is happy to cook for me, bless her) and she has also started a bit of an exercise kick in her own life as well. It is great to see how I am not the only one who is putting my priorities straight in terms of fitness and health. In fact, it seems that everyone else has been doing it for years and in fact I was the one who never got the ‘Get fit, stay healthy’ memo! Or more like, once I got it, I threw it in the bin without opening it! More fool me. 

Week seven, day three

Timing issues

I’ve got my final Life Coaching catch-up session scheduled with Patricia for week eight and I must admit I am a little nervous. In our final ‘goal setting’ session last month we drew up a ‘to-do’ list for the next six months of my life. Achievable and realistic goals with a 1 month, 3 month and 6 month timeline to help me stay on track. By the 1st of October 2012 I should have finished at least two chapters of my book and as of today I haven’t even written a word. Eeek! Once confident about this goal, I now feel my self-belief wavering ever-so slightly. Not because I don’t think I will do it ­– I know I will, and can, if I really put my mind to it – I just don’t know how I will find the time to do it. This week I really need to start putting together a plan of action in terms of getting myself into a position where I am confident that the process of writing the book can begin. Deep breath, pen to paper and begin! Simple right?! 

Week seven, day four


I am booking my flights for this year’s summer holidays and I can’t help but wonder how I will feel once I step on that plane. Will ‘the fear’ still creep in, slowly but surely getting its familiar grip round my neck, making my palms sweat and heart skip a beat every time the aircraft makes a sudden jolt? Hopefully not as I am confident Patricia’s master NLP session on eradicating my fear of flying has done the trick. 

She used a series of visualisation techniques to help me see my fear from an outsider’s perspective. By looking at myself sitting on a plane going through all the stages of fear I was able to see how irrational my fear really is. I have never had a bad experience in a plane before, despite having travelled regularly since childhood, so we really tried to get to the root cause of the anxiety. I know that my mum has always been a nervous flyer and we think that I might have mirrored her reactions as a child and then carried this through as my own fear into adulthood. Either way, I am excited about the potentially life-changing feeling of no longer being a jibbering wreck every time I get on a plane! 

Week seven, day five

Clicking into place

Here is today’s entry from the diary that Patricia has encouraged me to keep throughout the Life Challenge. 

Dear Diary,

I feel a little bit out of sorts today (in a good way!) and I think it because things (well, life mainly) has finally clicked into place for me. I know how many calories a day I need to consume in order to maintain a healthy weight. I finally understand the difference between saturated and unsaturated fats, and I am starting to really understand the connection between digestive and emotional health. I can comfortably run 5km on the treadmill because I finally stopped being horrified by running. I have come to terms with the fact that I do not need, or want, to be a high-flying career woman. I know I won’t let my fear of flying ever stop me traveling. I know who I love, why I love them and what love means to me… you get the idea right?

The scary thing about this is that it has taken me 31 years for things to click into place, but the brilliant thing is that I hopefully have 50 years ahead of me to enjoy the benefits of a consciously healthy and happy life!


Week seven, day six

Thinking about No. 2

I can’t stop giggling about the leaflet that Kay gave me at my second colonic hydrotherapy yesterday. It has little diagrams of what to look for in a healthy (apologies) poo. I know I am being childish, but I just find it funny that I can now have an hour’s conversation with a total stranger about the constitution of my stool (there we go, that is a bit more grown up) without ending up in fits of giggles. 

I felt amazing after last week’s colonic hydrotherapy and was actually really looking forward to seeing Kay again this week. The difference it has made to my skin has been akin to a deep-clean facial and my stomach hasn’t been this flat in years. The second session has had even more of an impact and I’m tempted to book myself in for another hydrotherapy session in 6 months time to help me stay on track after the Life Challenge is over. If I know someone is going to physically be able to analyse what I have been eating then I am bound to think twice about falling back into too many unhealthy habits. 

A colleague stopped me at work today and asked what my workout routine was. Not ‘Have you been on a diet?’ or ‘Have you lost weight?’ but they actually noticed that I had been working out (without knowing about the Life Challenge). It feels amazing to finally be thought of as someone who is ‘fit’. Today is a good day!

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