Healthy Weight Loss Guide

Healthy Weight Loss Guide

Healthy Weight Loss Guide

Healthy Weight Loss Guide

Working Toward Improved Health: Taking Control of the Numbers That Control You.

I read a post on a friends Facebook timeline the other day about numbers and how it seems we allow numbers to control our lives. The number on the scales, the number in our checkbook, the number of candles on our birthday cake, the number of friends we have (or don’t have), the numbers on report cards, employment evaluations; the list can go on forever. As much as I don’t want to admit it, I have allowed numbers to literally weigh me down for most of my life. For the better part of my 46 years I have found food to be a great comfort. When life got tough I knew that I could find joy (or so I thought) at the bottom of a potato chip bag, bucket of ice cream or any other fat filled calorie laden concoction that added empty calories that hung on me like a black cloud on a stormy March afternoon.

The battle between me and food drug on for nearly 25 years; I was losing the battle. Becoming a good cover up artist, I learned how to make it look like I had it all together; I was nowhere near being together. At my breaking point last November the number on the scale left me overwhelmed and filled with shame and deep grief. At some point I will share that number; I’m just not ready to do so yet.

Now, 108 days later I have a new number on the scale; one that continues to change at a pretty regular frequency. For the first time in a long time my number is decreasing. I am filled with hope and excitement as the weight continues to fall off and my dress size begins to shrink. Life as I knew it for so long has dramatically changed. Now my numbers provide me with comfort for many different reasons. For example, 7 is the number of times I go to the gym each week. 2 is how many dress sizes I’ve gone down (so far). 300 is how many miles I have walked/ran on the treadmill (so far) and 49 is how many pounds I have lost in 108 days. I am no longer afraid of the numbers that fill my world because for the first time in my life I am in control of those numbers; they no longer control me.

Knowing that in order to continue on with the transformation of mind, body and spirit I have incorporated meditation into my morning routine. Taking time to nurture my spirit in the quiet of the early morning hours sets a positive tone for my days clearing my mind and allowing me to focus on the day’s task in a positive manner. Healthy food choices have become part of my routine. No longer do I dread eating vegetables, whole grains and lean meats. It’s been 108 days since I’ve had sugar, soda, or processed foods. I’ve proven to myself that I don’t need those things to be happy. My body has embraced the healthier foods and rewarded me with weight loss and better health.

I’ve taken the next step in my journey to a healthier me; I’ve started working with a trainer at the gym. It’s been two weeks and I’m enjoying the intensity of the program. While the treadmill has provided a great start I know that I must challenge myself and do more in order to not just lose weight but tone and condition my body. Next week I will introduce my trainer and share my experiences thus far with weights, resistance training and the challenge of working through my anxieties; it’s a challenge I must face, fight and win.

Whatever it is that you choose to do to be healthy I encourage you to continue doing it. If you are on a similar path that I was I encourage you to switch paths. Choose to get healthy and fit. A healthy you is not just a gift to yourself, but a gift to those who love you and want the pleasure of your presence in their lives for many years to come. Don’t let the numbers control you; it’s time for you to control the numbers.


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