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While the holidays can be a joyful and blessed time, they also can be especially challenging when you’re struggling with weight, finances, or strained family relationships. Perhaps you feel a disconnect with this push to feel grateful if you’re feeling overwhelmed, lonely, or scared your weight-release journey will get derailed.
Don’t deny your feelings. Acknowledge all of them. But know when to let your feelings go so they don’t spiral out of control. Because it’s so important to remember that even with all the triggers and extra stress of the holiday season, there are so many blessings in each of our lives. And it is a beautiful and rewarding practice to take time to be thankful for these, big and small.
While you’re acknowledging all the gifts in your life, I want to encourage you to recognize the most important blessing of all: Read the rest of this entry »
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But when you decide in advance how to manage all the extra food and treats, and what supports to put into place, you can enjoy the holiday season with loving attention to your body and emotional well being (and continue to release weight).
It Takes More Than an Eating Plan
How to avoid holiday overeating is a common theme this time of year. With thousands of articles out there offering strategies and tips for eating mindfully, adjusting portions, rating your level of hunger, etc., I want to give you something different.
Here’s why… Of course it’s important to take healthy and responsible action steps to enjoy food in moderation, especially with the challenges of holiday festivities.. But equally important is transforming yourself into someone who naturally takes those steps because caring for your body and health is the only choice that makes sense to you.
So, how do you do that? Read the rest of this entry »
90 second rule, diet, emotional eating, stress management, Weight Loss
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The 90-second rule is one of my favorite techniques to help my clients cope with stress and stop the urge to impulsively turn to food for comfort.
Here’s how it works:
Once you feel triggered with overwhelming emotion and feel that old urge to eat, it takes just 90 seconds for the stress you feel to leave your body. After that, you’re in charge, whether you keep the stress response going and head for the refrigerator, or clear your mind and allow the urge to pass.
I learned about the 90-second rule from My Stroke of Insight, by Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor. Dr. Taylor was a brain scientist at Harvard Medical School when she suffered a stroke that left her unable to perform even simple tasks. Through her recovery she gleaned extraordinary insights about the mind/body/spirit connection.
This is what I learned from Dr. Taylor: Read the rest of this entry »
Inner child, inspiration, Weight Loss
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Your Inner Child needs you. She needs your attention, your support, and your love. When you connect with her and soothe the wounds she carries, you develop a deep faith in yourself. This helps you feel more at peace so you can release the need to use food for comfort and honor your feelings in a more grounded way.
Let’s start at the beginning and meet your first Inner Child, your one True Self.
You were born into this world as a perfect, loving, curious, and creative being. This is your True Self; your authentic you. Everyone’s childhood includes obstacles to overcome, but when you’re supported in a loving, nurturing environment, you can navigate life’s rough spots with faith and security, trusting you have the help and inner resources available to not only cope, but to thrive. Your True Self remains strong, secure, and deeply connected with her source energy, or Higher Power.
But if you came from an abusive, neglectful, or emotionally unavailable family, your True Self’s journey may have been compromised.
When confronted with the turmoil and loneliness of a dysfunctional or abusive environment, your True Self goes into hiding. Her authentic feelings go underground because it feels unsafe to express them. This results in a deep feeling of emptiness, as if something is missing. Anxiety, panic, or acting out behaviors may surface. Sadness and depression, or anger and rage, become a familiar emotional mask. She may soothe herself with food to cope. Read the rest of this entry »
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Are you familiar with the Pareto principle? It’s a business principle suggesting that, for many events, 80% of the results come from 20% of the causes. Why am I mentioning this? Well, applying this to your clothes, you probably wear 20% of what’s in your closet 80% of the time.
I don’t know all the reasons for the 80/20 rule, but I do know this:
Our clothes hold the energy of who we were when we first purchased them. When we release clothes that no longer reflect who we are today, we expand our consciousness and become energetically lighter.
Assuming weight isn’t the reason, have you ever wondered why something you used to enjoy wearing no longer feels right? Read the rest of this entry »
body and soul, body confidence, body image, dieting, Weight Loss
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Over the past few months you’ve probably seen articles urging you to scramble and get your “beach body” ready for summer. One article title said, “Get a great beach body in 3 days!” Three days. No kidding.
I’m 57 years old but even when I was younger I always thought those Cosmo-type articles were annoying. I know this appeals to the desire to comfortably wear bathing suits, shorts, and sleeveless clothes. I get it. But fitness is for all season long, not just for summer. Wearing fewer clothes in hot weather can feel intimidating enough to those who already lack confidence with their bodies.
I have an alternative.
Instead of fretting about getting your beach body ready, how about making friends with your body all year long? Here are five promises to make to your body this summer… and to keep forever: Read the rest of this entry »
diet, exercise, spiritual weight loss, Weight Loss
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body confidence, diet, forgive your body, forgiveness, make peace with your body, Weight Loss
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If you’ve struggled with your weight for a long time, it may feel hard to love, or even like, your body. When you feel at war with your body in this way, releasing weight feels much more difficult than it needs to be.
Anger, shame, and self-hatred add an emotional heaviness to what may already feel daunting. While the weight release journey holds challenges in the best of situations, these challenges lessen when you develop a more loving and respectful relationship with your body.
You don’t have to wait until you reach your goal weight to make peace with your body. You can experience peace now and when you do, your journey (and your body) lightens. Read the rest of this entry »
body confidence, diet, lose weight, self-talk, Weight Loss
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I’m often asked why I say “release” weight rather than “lose” weight.
See for yourself:
Get quiet. Close your eyes.
Say to yourself a few times:
“I want to lose weight.”
Notice the sensations in your body.
Clear that away and then say to yourself:
“I want to release weight.”
Again, notice what that feels like. Open your eyes.
What did you notice?
Please share your experience below!
diet, dieting, self-talk, Weight Loss
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Are you afraid you’ll never reach your weight loss goal?
Do you fear you won’t maintain your weight once you do?
If you can relate, take heart. Learn to free yourself from fear’s grip so you confidently move forward with poise and grace.
For many people, fear is an uncomfortable, yet familiar companion along their weight loss journey. Fear undermines your belief in yourself and stops you from having the life and body you want. You can renew your confidence and learn to give fear no power by replacing fear-based thoughts with thoughts of strength and determination. Read the rest of this entry »