Shin Splints, it IS the Universe conspiring…

Shin Splints, it IS the Universe conspiring…

When the Universe steps in, take note.

For those who do not know, shin splints, this is pain from the inflammation of the muscles, tendons, and bone tissue around your shinlets look at that again… shin splints is [pain from the] INFLAMMATION, period… end of story, in my not so humble opinion. And, this blog post has little to do with the medical understanding of shin splints and or inflammation but rather it digs a little deeper into the Universe thankfully sticking it’s nose into my life, again.


There are amazing resources with regards to understanding inflammation and the effect it has on a persons body, in fact, there is tons of information on how the inflammation has an enormous impact on EVERYTHING in your body. I will in this blog discuss and dissect it in a later post. For now, however, I will be focusing in on shin splints and its reason for being – be it analytical, emotional or will wisdom explain it away? (As I said, I do have an opinion on the fact that its foundational starting point resides in a body where inflammation signals have gone haywire and even further, in thought alone… For interesting further reading on inflammation I have included this article, but trust me we will be opening this up to intense discussion at a later stage:

What about the Universe??

Back to the Universe conspiring. Based on a personal experience in this department I would like to take on the purists in thought with regards to this ailment. If I keep my analytical mind focused and functioning, there are a couple of real issues at hand when shin splints arise – like mind blowing, muscle tearing PAIN, or, I will NEVER EVER EVER walk again logic, or sitting on the couch seems like a GREAT PLAN. Once the pain has settled, we may start the reasoning process to determine WHY it caused such discomfort… It is seen as first and foremost, wrong shoes, then, insoles are required, or you are walking too fast, or you are not warming up correctly, or you just too fat to walk adding extra impact on those shins as you waddle down the road… oh my word… I JUST WANT TO GET MOBILE AND ENJOY A WALK – IT WILL BE FUN THEY SAID!

Lets backtrack just a little. I decided that based on my love of walking and need to get mobile, I would start actively walking. Fast forward to 3 weeks in, I am up to 4km an evening and REALLY enjoying this activity, this me time. Simultaneously, let me explain how the Universe is nudging me, trying to get my attention; work is keeping me at my desk daily, I am not sleeping well and I am drinking copious amounts of coffee (that does get me up and walking from my desk to the coffee maker and back at least). Back to the walking, that at least seems to be going well, until I decide that 13 minutes per kilometer is not good enough and if I can crack a 12 minutes per kilometer I will be progressing (No loud laughing here please – I have short legs and I am not the fastest or the fittest by any stretch of the imagination).

The first night I took my walk with new gusto, basically, I had to head home within 1,5 kilometers, normally I was making 4 kilometers. That night I walked/limped a total of 2,5 kilometers and felt the pain… little glitch I thought, maybe a stressful day? But luckily [sic] WILLPOWER trumped, I was strong, determined and discipline (uninformed, stupid, not-an-exerciser-how-dumb-can-you-be), I set out for another walk the Saturday evening, more determined to break 13 minutes. This time I came limping home, crying like a new born baby within 1,5 kilometers. I flung open the front door, fell on to my couch, and vehemently declared war on my shoes, the act of walking, my body, my DNA and exercise as a thought and/or action process, burning the walking wagon so to speak.

It was official, I was done with walking – with a sense of bitter sweetness – as I DO LOVE walking. But that evening walk to hellish pain was the final nail in the coffin for me. Sunday morning I awoke, still feeling like a battered war veteran, I plucked up the willpower, determination, discipline and strength to stay in bed to further pity my fate as a non-walker… this was now my NEVER AGAIN, with the absolute knowledge that no one will convince me otherwise.

It is at these crossroads that I truly question the multiple personality existence or parallel Universe theory. It may be the coach in me that immediately takes hold of me in these absolute pity parties and asks:

“What if …..UP?”

arghhhhhhh…. now I am irritated, the coach in me knows that what if UP is based on reaching for a better feeling thought within me, for trying to understand the challenge, for moving into thoughtful reasoning and tuning into myself to understand where it comes from, besides the blasted shoes. I immediately take the negative thought/challenge/occurrence and distance myself from it, to focus in on the positive or just reach for it, after all, our thoughts can only hold one thought at a time, so choose wisely.

I realised that in my life presently, I was carving a space for greater understanding of myself, I had spent so much of my living years to date helping others understand themselves that I had seemingly lost scope of who I truly was. I was in all sense and purposes breaking down my ideals. At the same time I had an absolute realisation in the last 6 months that I had ZERO requirement within me to keep controlling the uncontrollables. This may seem obvious to some but I truly thought I was in control and that that was the only correct way to exist. Sad to admit, but truly blessed in the realisation that I am over 40 years of control and have the power to transform it, I ended up like a tightly wound up elastic band with enough muscle memory to last 7 life times and slowly I was blissfully unpacking it ALL.

Now some may say, IT IS THE SHOES AND ONLY THE SHOES – you are getting lost in overthinking… but me, I think a little differently and understand that my absolute core, my root of being, was disconnected. So there I sat that Sunday, and searched for better feeling thoughts, looking at this challenge as a body and Universe signal to understand where I am, understand who I am and start building new ideals. Interestingly, I was refining my Definite Major Purpose (DMP) the week the shin splints made their appearance (for those who don’t know check out Napoleon Hill and again this is something I will be writing about in a later blog). Clearly I had to think carefully about my chosen journey and purpose in life ahead. Clearly it was going to be one purposeful step after another and the shin splints, besides all the other reasonable explanations, was just another clear nudge by the Universe to take heed of the journey I chose.

If you are intrigued in understanding the DMP and want more information, the following is a start to understanding the persona behind it, the link will take you to the life story of Napoleon Hill.

Right decisions are easy…

Right decisions are easy…

But are they the right decisions?

Offer me a chocolate, a glass of wine or a delicious slice of cake and I can instantly say yes… INSTANTLY… on a journey of health improvement or watching your figure or even weight loss, none of these assist us in such a journey. Some say you just need willpower, determination, a burning desire, a thorough understanding, but truthfully speaking; why are bad decisions and choices so easy and good decisions so tough?

This came about when I had a heart to heart with a young lady who was deciding if she should start a business, or not… She had been deliberating for some time and even though she had made the decision that it is a YES, she still had not committed to her decision and put pen to paper.

Her gut said yes but fear kept her frozen.

“Your life changes the minute you make a new congruent and committed decision.

Tony Robbins

Now in our conversation, I tried to get to the bottom of this indecision. What was interesting, we discovered, is her inability to commit, was based on her fear of spending money in starting her business. I decided to turn it around and explained it to her in this way, money is dirty paper, it comes in and out of our bank account… it does not determine our happiness or emotional and life success (there are many unhappy souls with plenty of money – we all know that and plenty who are happy with lots of money too! It becomes a mental choice). Then I asked her to change the word ‘money’ with the word ‘energy’ rather stating “fear of spending energy in starting a business” and immediately the light went on – she had no fear of spending energy to start a business.

Our conversation continued around the topic of fear if all we do is focus on how fearful we are, chances are we will stay fearful and our life will be lived in fear, if we focus on flourishing in life, chances are we will. With this I am following one of the Laws of the Mind, what you focus on grows, energy flows where energy goes.

Think about it this way; we do NOT bat an eyelid when we are offered chocolate… WHY? We expect the taste sensation associated with yumminess, we feel joy in accepting a gift and we know that we love a treat of sweetness… humans are driven towards pleasure and away from pain, simple we accept the pleasure of chocolate. (Yes I will take on how to say NO to stick to your health journey without feeling deprived as a discussion soon!) The minute we think about a decision long enough we start over analyzing, if our gut says yes, sometimes remember that, don’t take too long to ponder, as when opportunity meets preparedness, magic happens.

Start having faith in your gut feel (unless you have gut issues of course), start believing in yourself to know success is always up to you.

EFT – We ain’t talking tap dance!

EFT – We ain’t talking tap dance!

Gone are the days when doctors visits were mandatory for pain experienced… this is now the understanding my children have in my home.

The more willing you are to surrender to the energy within you, the more power can flow through you.

Shakti Gawain

The first time EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) crossed my path, I was in the midst of my marriage breakdown, nothing made sense especially the lady I sat facing, candles burning sweet smelling vanilla in the background and a coffee table [unfortunately without presence of a cup of coffee] with a miserable box of tissues on. My only focus at that stage was the pounding of my heart in my temples as tears streamed down my face thinking – WHY ME? Here she was instructing me to karate chop my hand, tap on my temple and everywhere else which made less sense, en-canting scripts along the way… SADLY, she never explained what it was I was actually doing, never explained the power within it or what the scientific theory behind it was. Would my marriage have succeeded if she had, probably not, but that is just it!

EFT is not some voodoo spell, some magical entity thought up by some hooded bloke to drive you to a better greater experience of life or save you from misery, no, it is an alternative treatment to take on emotional stresses (which dare I add may kill you in any event if you don’t find treatment for it), physical ailments, phobias, addictions, disorders but to name a few. Based on the energy meridians in you body, EFT or tapping, focuses in on acupressure points (like acupuncture – just a touch less intimidating than sticking needles in your body, and I NEVER look as calm as those they use as the examples when facing needles!) and creates new balances and removes blockages in your body.

EFT points on the body
EFT points to work with on your body.

There are amazing programs that not only allow you and your family to help themselves, but for you to become the expert. We are fully capable of self healing and everybody knows the benefit of functioning optimally in life, some people with a somewhat open mind, have found a way to take on pain and emotions, burdens and addictions, fat and lack of energy in a natural non obtrusive manner.

“EFT means “Emotional Freedom Techniques” and is a powerful self-help method based on research showing that emotional trauma contributes greatly to disease. Clinical trials have shown that EFT tapping is able to rapidly reduce the emotional impact of memories and incidents that trigger emotional distress.
Once the distress is reduced or removed, the body can often rebalance itself, and accelerate healing.

And now let’s dance…

This is a technique that is now standard in my healing cupboard, whether dealing with anxiety, weight loss, eating disorders, children, relationships and pain to name but a few, this is my go to. Not for the sake that it will ‘magically cure’ or force the body, mind, spirit into submission, no, rather that it allows the perfection of energy flow in your perfectly created body to flow as it should again. Read that quote by Gawain again, feeling stuck? Allow that energy to flow, to power up again, and let’s dance!

Let IT be born!

Let IT be born!

YOUinsideOUT is for you.

You, Inside Out, started in thought and action in 2011, BORN and driven by a desire to have a positive impact on physical and mental health and wellness, this included people we had the blessing of working with and myself personally.

A little bit about me… yes yes, I know, there IS an About us section, but this IS the first blog, and YOU don’t have a clue who I am…

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom” – Anais Nin

Have you ever taken a road and realized that even though the scenery was AMAZING, the company was great, the car was handling soooo well on the road and that your driving was effortless that MAYBE, just MAYBE, you were driving in the wrong direction?  Born at the wrong time maybe? Herein lies the analogy of my life.  I left school, studied Landscape Architecture at Uni, worked, opened a couple of my own businesses, got married, had children (x2 and beautiful they are!) and all was peachy, as planned… or was it?

Fast track a couple of years and the following comes my way, (of course I did collaborate with the Universe to ensure the occurrence and direction my life was taking at this time – even though I only realised that later… why did no one bother to let me in on this???)

Timeline events…

  • I crack my skull falling off a horse named Kelvin (he and the Universe were in cahoots)
  • I relocated
  • I got divorced
  • I lost both my parents 9 months apart
  • I lost my existing stream of income – basically I was jobless

And this was in a period of 7 years – did you notice the domino logo?

So in this hurricane of events my passion for mental and physical (and soul) health emerged, my desire to connect both of these with a spiritual aspect which until prior to the 7 years was ‘non-existent’ – what possessed me!?

EVERYTHING and I do mean EVERYTHING, is an outward expression of our inward being.  I now speak and live this understanding, trust me some days I wish I had remained naïve as I start facing brutal realities that I am the co-creator of my reality.

The result is this website, which is a blog and a web page, for the courses and coaching I am involved in when it comes to health and wellness.

My credentials (do we still need those these days?), I was born in a little town of Oudtshoorn in South Africa, (where you find a lot of ostriches and great wine!) moved to the Free State where I received my schooling. Then I moved up to Pretoria where I studied Landscape Architecture. I am an amazing landscape architect, well, I was, this has helped me scrutinize and assess life holistically, it has helped me see that bigger picture and PLAN! I have been in the Health and Wellness industry for since 2011 and am a certified Fatloss Coach (‘they‘ call it weight loss but REALLY I am only interested in fat loss!) Reiki practitioner, Hypnotherapist, Life and Mindfulness Coach with an integrative approach of Energy Healing, the undeniable Chakras and all of consciousness.  Oh, I am a MOM too – Massively-Overemotional-Mentor to 2 beautiful children, this alone makes me a near expert on life :).

Besides this, I am here to serve YOU. Please feel free to comment, contact, interact, ZOOM, train, be coached with me. This is a growing site and I look forward to our journey working with YOU from the INSIDE OUT.

Tamantha Williams

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