I will tell you the story of my weight loss journey. It used to be a battleground - it used to be a war.
There used to be so much confusion and so much stress.
There used to be lots of anger and blaming.
I used to pretend to read labels in the grocery store, not knowing quite what I was looking for.
I would buy a gym membership but then wander awkwardly. I would find reasons to not go, or to ask for a refund so as to force myself to never go.
I would pretend to eat healthy with other people around, but then eat so much food in private.
I was never happy with my weight. Even at my thinnest when I was 17-19, I remember hating my body. But, everyone else did too, no matter how thin they were. High School.
But then, it was almost ten years later. and I was still feeling the same way.
I always thought it would get better and it didn't. After high school I suffered from depression, that dark cloud of heavy uneasiness where nothing makes real sense. Eating feelings ensued. Oh, and drinking too.
When I started studying nutrition everything changed.
I got the tools I needed.
Less confusion and so much less.... so much less stress.
Education really is key.
Because once you have the education, you really then just have the time to start loving yourself!
I tried yoga. I found that I really enjoyed it even though it pissed me off. It pissed me off that I didn't know anything about my body, that I couldn't touch my toes, that I couldn't focus on my breath, that I couldn't do deep breaths very long, that I couldn't spread my toes or hold a plank position for more than 5 seconds. I was weak and it made me mad. That anger fueled a burning passion to become better at yoga. The more I took yoga and learned the physical poses, the better a person I became. That burning passion turned into a calm state where I learned about zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance. An inquiry into values. Where you start looking at life differently.
I tried cooking. I found that I really enjoyed it, but mostly only with others and for others. If I'm alone I don't want to bother putting too much energy in. Is that wrong? No, it just means I need healthy and quick things around to eat because I know I am not going to be putting too much time in for a meal just for myself.
I tried walking. Since I realized I didn't really enjoy the gym (I do now!) I walked every night, sometimes for 15 minutes, sometimes for 2 hours, but I did it consistently. I made it fun for myself by bringing my music so I could groove while I got my exercise.
I changed my mindset.
I realized that if I could make some changes and stick with it, the least I could give my body would be to see what happened after I gave it a go. A real go.
Not a "I'll eat differently tomorrow....." or "I'll start exercising in the New Year..." kind of go, but a REAL GO.
And it was amazing!
During my weight loss transition journey, I learned the art of eating - eating well, eating slowly, eating vegetarian, eating meat, eating BBQ, eating vegan, eating macrobiotic. I did it all. I embraced it all.
I ate avocados, coconut oil, nuts and seeds just about every day.
I ate farm-fresh eggs (with the yolks) fried in ghee, or duck fat.
I ate potatoes and veggies spiced and fried in butter!
Along with all these good fats I balanced it out by also eating tons of vegetables, (raw and steamed and baked) grains, legumes, proteins, fermented foods, fresh fruits and lots of clean water.
What I didn’t eat was refined sugar, hydrogenated oils and cut way down on packaged foods.
No more deep fried foods, granola bars, Kit Kat bars, Cheesies, crunchy chips, or frozen pizzas. I didn’t need those foods anymore.
Once you start to fill your body with GOOD, the bad is no longer needed as much. It really is true.
Once you start to fill your body with whole foods, your taste buds change.
This really is true.
The body knows what it wants, and it always wants good!
I think the journey is never ending. You may get to a point where you've lost weight and you feel happier. You may have reached the number that pleases your brain. But when people say "I've completed the weight loss journey! I've finally reached the destination!" - I don't believe that.
There is no destination.
As in business, careers, school, relationships, and WEIGHT - its all about the journey, not the destination.
And honestly, that is the most fun part.
You have to be ready.
You have to be willing.
You have to be willing to take the good with the bad.
It's all part of the journey.
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