TAG | Weight Loss
Are you ready for a New You in the New Year?
In 2011, I released 70 lbs! So many people have asked me how I did it, that I’ve decided to share the key steps that worked for me with all of you. Let’s just say that my approach was a combination of a healthy food, cleanse and exercise plan, along with a strong dose of the Law of Attraction, and a major focus on Energy Healing and Emotional Releasing.
Listen to the replay of my FREE Teleclass if you are:
- Ready to change your body from the inside out
- Committed to take 100% responsibility for your results
- Wanting to reclaim your own power to create your dream body and be more of who you truly are in 2012!
Along with my success story, here’s the 5 Steps I’ll be sharing with you:
- Raise Your Vibration
- Feel Your Feelings
- Practice Forgiveness
- Release Your Fears
- Listen to Your Heart
I have “released” 40 pounds in 4 ½ months! I spent the weekend going through my closet and trying on Spring/Summer clothes. It felt so amazing to try on my “skinny clothes” and have them fit, and in some cases be too big. Many of these clothes still had tags on them, and I’m going away this weekend with a new wardrobe having shopped in my own closet! I have 25 more pounds to go to be back to my college weight, and I’m looking forward to replacing my entire wardrobe. Besides celebrating the smaller me, I feel fantastic and healthy, and my energy has gone through the roof!
So after endless attempts at dieting, what’s making the difference this time? I want to share with you three secrets I have discovered and am applying in this successful journey to my ideal weight.
The first secret I’ve discovered is to practice self-compassion. I have taken a kinder, gentler view of my body, my whole self, and toward my imperfect food choices and daily weight fluctuations. I hold a more accepting, less competitive attitude toward weight loss that has nothing to do with deprivation, self-loathing, or self-discipline. Take a moment and focus on the word “self-compassion.” Notice the subtle shifts in your mood, your sense of well being, and your posture. How do you feel? Now focus on the word “self-discipline.” Again, notice any shifts in your attitude, sense of well being, and the tension in your body. How do you feel now? Which one is more motivating for you? The key here was to become more forgiving of myself, and ultimately more loving towards my body. Loving all of me; even the parts of my body I had learned to hate at 13 years old, when I went on my first diet. Self-compassion is transformative, and practicing self-compassion is part of the recipe for all personal change.
The second secret is to feel your feelings. Having grown up in an environment where I believed that having feelings was unsafe, I have been working most of my adult life to crack the numbness and truly experience my real feeling. Food had always been a way to stuff my feelings in exchange for momentary pleasure. It was a long-standing habit I was determined to change. I discovered a simple formula that helped me be aware of the distinction between real hunger and an emotion that I was reluctant to experience. When I have a craving for a snack, I stop and ask myself three questions.
• What am I feeling?
• What do I want?
• What actions can I take to get what I want?
Here’s an example of how it works. I’m trolling the kitchen pantry for something to eat. What am I feeling? I stop and notice that I’m feeling frustrated and anxious about the project I’m working on. What do I want? I want to let go of trying to control the things I have no control over. What actions can I take to get what I want? I can take a short break and walk outside for some fresh air and sunshine. Does it work every time? No. But, combined with self-compassion, I don’t worry about that piece of chocolate that I ate, and I’m now regularly experiencing and releasing my feelings in a healthy way.
The third secret is that food matters. I’ve known this and practiced this to some success in the past. The difference for me now was discovering that it’s not only important what you put in your body, but that what you consume can actually help your body take out what is harmful to it. We live in a toxin filled world. There are toxic chemicals in the food we eat, the products we put on our bodies, the clothes we wear, the products we clean our house with, the furniture, rugs and building materials we live with, the water we drink, and the air we breathe. Our livers and kidneys are working overtime to eliminate these toxins from our bodies. When they can’t keep up, they create more fat to store these toxins and protect the body. By consuming products that are made from fresh, organic foods and combine ingredients that naturally help my body cleanse itself and replenish the nutrients it is missing, the extra pounds literally melt off and my body craves for nothing.
If I’ve inspired you to learn more about developing your self-compassion, feeling your feelings, eating cleansing and nutritionally balanced food, and becoming an incredible shrinking person like me, please let me know. I would love to support you on your journey.
With love and celebration!