Soul’s Physical Health Journey Part 13 of 13: Old image – subtle sabotage.

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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.

  1. The old land, my old image that while it seems far away now, once in a while, it feels like a moment ago.
  2. 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!)

sparkleAt 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!


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Soul’s Physical Health Journey Part 1 of 13: Preparing myself.

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Here’s our agenda for the first 13 blog posts focused on physical aspects to gain then maintain optimal health on all levels.

  1. Preparing myself.
  2. Preparing – family / friends.
  3. Preparing – professional relationships.
  4. Preparing – home routines.
  5. Gotta get walking.
  6. Water – who knew?
  7. Dairy – scary!
  8. Cleansing – an ancient art applicable now!
  9. Rest – what a difference!
  10. Savoring results.
  11. Re-imaging from the inside out.
  12. Re-imaging from family / friends.
  13. Old image – subtle sabotage.

Part 1 of 13:  Awareness!  Step one to preparing myself to be more physically healthy.

My journey to gain then maintain optimal health officially started in 1993 just past my 33rd birthday. Step one of my physical path to become more healthy was becoming more aware that I had a weight problem to begin with.  You see, up until that time in my life, I bought hook, line and sinker the family myth that ‘we’re all just big boned.’  Being the youngest of nine siblings, with eight of those nine siblings all morbidly obese, I didn’t think twice about my size.  I also didn’t think twice about how young family members died from complication of obesity.  How’s that old saying go?  “Ignorance is bliss?”  I certainly enjoyed a blissful young adulthood as I topped out at 285 pounds on a 5’7” frame!

As my awareness grew concerning all the complications I was headed for if I didn’t DO something – NOW – about my weight, my eyes opened wide, big time.  I was lucky to see I had choices to make before my lack of choice made some pretty hard decisions for me.  As I consumed materials concerning obesity, nutrition, diet, exercise and all the related hoopla around being more healthy, I knew I needed a plan I could actually commit to.  My plan started out by simply doing a better job at what I automatically stuffed in my face with NO awareness of what that stuff was.

My biggest eye-opener regarding nutrition was my wanderings around http://cdc.gov.  As I dove more deeply into that site, learning how awful our food supply really is (additives, vaccines, etc.) it made me realize I needed to be far more mindful of what I threw in my grocery basket. As with most folks I know, I swung myself overboard on being an organic queen.  Not only an organic queen (buying ONLY certified organic foods), but an organic queen apostle.  (I couldn’t stop lecturing people on the need to be more real with their food consumption.)

I’m amazed I still have any family or friends around after being such a drama queen about eating organic! You see, I replaced my arrogance concerning my weight with arrogance about how dumb others are about nutrition!   Needless to say, I soon realized I needed to prepare my inner circle about my intentions to become more healthy in order to achieve my goal to BE more healthy.

Stay tuned!  My next post explores how I helped those I love, love me back by being a solid support team before, during and after retiring over 100 pounds.


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