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When someone approaches natural weight loss often they hear things that say that its “80% food and 20% exercise” I would mostly agree with that statement but I think its lacks the other parts that will need attention. But for this blog I want to talk about just how important diet change is. When I talk about eating healthy with people they tell me that they just don’t like “kale” – “spinach” – “squash” (insert health food here) and at one point in my life I felt the same way. I ate McDonalds at least 3 times a week and often ate prepared food. Not only did I eat at fast food places but I also bought the equivalent to it home. This type of lifestyle combined with my fascination with the information highway and before that documentaries lead me to a sedentary lifestyle.

What I didn’t realize when I first began this path was what I was missing. I had no idea how really delicious wholesome healthy food left me feeling so satisfied without stuffing my gut for temporary comfort. But I was assured that my pallet would change and I often challenged the idea. After some time I found that my pallet did change and then I was totally on the bandwagon. I found that as time passed I would eat healthy for a week or two and would feel so energetically healthy. Then I began to pay attention to how I felt after several days of not so good food and slowly I began to eat healthy more and more often.

There was a teetering spot in which I realized that I was punishing myself with food. I was literally abusing my body because I felt I was not deserving of much more out of my life – or simply gave up. This required me to spend a lot of time soul searching and allowing my spirit to lead me to good places. I had to fully heal and make space for my emotional self and then also fully engage all parts of my body, mind, and soul in the process. One issue I struggled with, a common issue with mothers, we just don’t make time for ourselves, there is always something more important. Now I am my first priority, now I put me first.

I make time for me. I began to make time and since my son is now 20 years old and a grown adult I had no idea what I would even want to do with that time. As things progressed and I explored all sorts of activities to do alone I began to find my groove. Many things emerged including yoga, buddhism, community participation, connections to nature, permaculture, spirituality, dance and theater. I found that soon after I began to explore these interests of mine I was so immersed in them that I naturally healed my wounds and found all of these things fed me. It gave me the good feelings and I needed to feed that empty feeling with food less and less often.

Time passed and the weight began to melt off of me. I still struggled with sugar addiction, PMS and some other emotional leftovers but that helped me resolve so many issues I lost a lot of my weight. As I became the incredible shrinking woman I found that there was a real person underneath all that padding and there were parts I had forgotten. I had buried them under years of overeating and laziness. Now as I head towards the light at the end of the tunnel I am constantly amazed at my own abilities, strengths, connections, and community. I emerge as a complete strong confident womyn with a kind loving heart, just like I always knew inside I was meant to be.

If you find yourself in this same type of struggles, reach out. I want to help you, don’t let anything stop you. If you have experienced the same struggles I want to hear your story. Share it with me?

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