|Week||Theme||Key Points||Call To Action|
|1||Prepping for Calendar Games: How to enjoy quality time during the holiday madness.||
||Pace yourself in all things (time, money, diet).|
|2||Traditions Old and New||
||Create a ritual to review your traditions. Allow flexibility to keep the best and dissolve old traditions– now and all year long.|
|3||Giving & Receiving: Finding a balance we all can live with.||
||When you sense an imbalance between giving and receiving, just “notice” (versus judge) it. With increased imbalance awareness comes all sorts of ways to regain balance – naturally.|
|4||Calls, cards, emails OH My! Coping with a flurry of connections and how to keep in touch and stay sane at the same time.||
||Be gentle and compassionate as you provide clear boundaries & expectations in all communications.|
|5||Reflections, Resolutions and Respect: Gearing up for the new year with grace and style.||
||Create S.M.A.R.T. Goals – now and always. Be Specific. Make goals Measurable, Accountable, Realistic / Relevant. Create an appropriate Timeline.|
|6||2010 Kick-off: Setting yourself up for an amazing year.||
||Always take care of yourself – FIRST.|
|7||Post holiday sigh of relief: Extreme Self-Care tips n’ tricks now that the holidays are winding down.||
||Discover and DO things – DAILY – to help you feel good.|
|8||Create, maintain and grow ongoing support to help make 2010 a most memorable year.||
||Read and engage the concepts noted in Chapter Five of Pay Me What I’m Worth.|
|9||Stress Management: finding a balance between good and bad stress.||
||Reduce the amount of time you spend “reading or listening” to the news (from any source) by five minutes per day. Become more aware of what you can – and cannot change.|
|10||Gearing up for Valentines Day: Dust off your romance manual.||
||No matter what your relationship status – 2 things:
|11||Random acts of kindness: ideas on spicing up post-holiday daily life.||
||Complete one random act of kindness per month. (For Valentines Day – pass out dozens of fun, little (kiddy-style) Valentines – to bunches of people – known and unknown!)|
|12||How’s your health: Post-holiday diet, exercise and related health tips.||
||Place thoughts into action through learning, planning and doing.|
|13||Make a date with yourself: explore the fine art of appreciating YOU.||
||Identify ONE thing you might do on a daily basis to strengthen your self appreciation.|
|14||Valentines Day Grand finale! Planning a special treat for someone special.||
||Valentines Day Surprise!|
Over the past 12 posts, I’ve shared a few insights on my success of retiring over 115 pounds (back in 2005). This final post for this series is also a bridge to our next 13 part adventure featuring what I experienced mentally / emotionally as I witnessed less of me more often. The bridge we’re about to cross connects two lands.
- The old land, my old image that while it seems far away now, once in a while, it feels like a moment ago.
- The new land, my current healthy self, sometimes seems foreign when I flash back to ‘the old country.’
One of the more memorable acts I enjoy recalling are the ‘end of the month, get rid of it’ days I created as I retired (on average) 30 pounds each month. Yes, yes, for some that amount of weight release in that amount of time may seem a bit much. Rest assured, not only was my body TOTALLY ready to let it go, I could FEEL my health come back on line each and every day. (I digress, sorry!)
At the end of each month, I’d try on every stitch of clothing I had. If it was too big, it got tossed into the release pile. I have to admit, while this was GREAT fun, it also involved some sorrow and a few tears. Tears flowed as I remembered how some pieces were gifts from very dear friends. How COULD I toss out such a gift. (Couldn’t I get it altered? Often times, when I tried to have something altered, the results were less than optimal.) Besides, I looked DAMN GOOD in that back in the fat-old-days! Such reminiscing IS a form of subtle sabotage. Love, relationships and desire to feel loved are powerful emotions. These emotions sometimes drown out my healthier inner voice leaving me to listen to external voices who say, “You looked so GREAT back then! Now, you’re looking rather thin, don’t cha think?” (Read this post to understand the importance of that last sentence.)
As the old clothes found new homes (often consignment shops to earn back some $$ to afford new stuff), I enjoyed, at times, a bit of a shopping spree. With 20/20 hindsight, I now see how I sabotaged myself with overspending on new clothes! How? I wasn’t at goal weight when I bought all that new stuff! (Sort of like the opposite of buying clothes for child! They say kids out-grow their clothes so quickly sometimes, the clothes barely get worn!) For me, after about four months, I quickly discovered I spent WAY too much money on new, nice-fitting (for the moment) clothes. (I wish I had the nerve to return things. After wearing them more than twice, ethically, I just can’t bring myself to return something.) Part of my sadness of having to buy yet MORE new clothes resulted in a desire to STOP retiring weight! Why? I wanted to ‘get my money’s worth’ out of those clothes! WRONG! Had to bite the bullet and just wear really baggy clothes for a while!!
While there’s oceans of old-image sabotage stories to share, I highly encourage everyone to allow those stories to fade much like a pair of blue jeans after a few bleach washes. Keeping such stories alive (by retelling them) is, yes, you guessed it! Subtle sabotage.
As I wrap up this first series, please know I bow in gratitude for your time and interest. Kindly do leave your comments below. And by all means, I’d enjoy working with you should you (or someone you know) need support in gaining then maintaining a healthy weight. For more details about my program, click this link.
And now! Get ready for a 13 part series featuring a swim in the emotional pond! Over the next few weeks, you’ll swim from the shallow to the deep end as I share insights on what I experienced emotionally as I retired over 115 pounds. Stay tuned! Click to connect directly if you’d like! Your comments and direct emails are GREAT no-calorie treats for my soul!
You would imagine most family and friends would be THRILLED at seeing me retire over 100 pounds, right? Well, for the most part, this is true. One friend came up with a cute little goodbye … “It’s GREAT to see LESS of your MORE often!” Have to admit, that took a couple run-throughs to catch what he meant. Too fun!
Part and parcel of changing my image from the inside out (see post below) was helping folks I know (who are still morbidly obese) NOT feel threatened by my new lean and healthy body. Many have known the FAT me for 95% of the time we’ve known each other. These folks have watched many other drop and gain a few times. They anticipated that would happen to me. Since it hasn’t, at first, it seemed threatening to them. How? from their comments, like, “You look TOO thin.” Or, “Are you really okay? You seem to look a bit gaunt.” As you might guess, these folks really struggled with the change they witnessed in front of their eyes!
I happened to ask a few folks I had just started getting to know (when I reached my goal back in 2005), “do I look too thin? Do I appear ‘gaunt’ to you?” All of them said, resoundingly – NO- you look great! From those responses, the next time I heard a “you’re too thin” from one of my long-term obese relationships, I kindly, gently asked, “does my being thin bother you.” Of course they laughed at the notion that my new healthy weight bothered them. Months later, as our connections grew more strained, I offered them a graceful way to maintain a relationship.
With as open of a heart as I know how to make it, I look into their eyes (or asked them to listen closely to my words as we spoke on the phone) and said, “I love YOU for who YOU are, no matter your size, no matter your attitude about me. I hope you’ll do the same for me.” Of course, everyone always says, “OF COURSE I’ll love you for who you are.” Now, what they seem to miss, is, ‘what kind of love’ are they willing to share. Conditional love, love that requires me to look or be a certain way, is the kind of love I shy away from these days. Conditional love played a large role in how I got into my morbidly obese condition. As I gained a more healthy sense of self, I watched other’s imagine, almost EXPECT me to ‘go back to my old self.”
Since 2006, I’ve stepped-up my boundary settings skills with folks. I make it clear from the beginning that I’m on a path to live to at least a robust, lively, fully engaged 150. That path include maintaining the best physical health I’m comfortable with. (I have to admit, I need to get back to more walking these days. I’ve gotten keyboard-bound with all my writing! Yes! Yes! I Know! I know. Gotta step away from my keyboard more often!!)
Now, my health and wellness coaching program includes a couple KEY questions people MUST ask all those they hold near and dear BEFORE starting on my program.
Question two: who might be non-supportive in your quest to become more healthy in the form of teasing, less-than-kind remarks, etc.
Based on the number of people identified in the above two questions, we’ve got an excellent idea of where to start. Until YOU have 100% support by 100% of those you hold near and dear, you may need to allow those less-than-supportive types to fade into the past. The most kind gesture I know to allow someone to be who they wish to be is to give them the space to do that!
Questions? Need help? Call! 312-268-0000. Let’s talk. Kindly know, as we come to our last segment of this 13 part series, along with our host, Peter, I’m here for you! Engage us to help you sync-up that image you have on the inside with what you see on the outside.