I want to tell you a story about Sharon and what she thought was a big win.
Sharon is a 42-year-old client of mine who had been carrying around the same 25 pounds since her last child was born 15 years ago.
She had decided she was totally fed up with her weight. She had a beach vacation coming up and she was dreading getting into a bathing suit.
Her friend had been telling her about a diet program she was following so, Sharon said, OK… I’ll give a try.
Sharon was determined. She followed it to a “T” and rapidly lost 25 pounds. Sharon was elated. She went shopping, bought a bathing suit and a bunch of new clothes for her vacation.
The vacation came and Sharon thought she was bringing her “new healthy lifestyle” with her. The first few mornings she made her shake in the hotel room with her Nutribullet and let her husband take the kids to breakfast.
All was good for the first two days and then the kids wanted her to come with them to breakfast. She thought she would get a smoothie, but the blueberry pancakes the woman was eating at the table next to her looked so good. She ordered them and that started the slipper slide.
Sharon said “scr** it, I’m on vacation.”
The vacation ended and when Sharon got back to work the poop hit the fan.
Her key employee told her that her she had to leave and move back to Minnesota to take care of her sick mother.
Not only was Sharon overwhelmed because she was coming back from vacation, but she was now going to have to do the job of her key employee and interview and train a replacement.
She was stressed to the max.
By the time Sharon hired and trained a replacement it was months and Sharon had gained back the 25 pounds.
You see Sharon’s big win wasn’t a win at all.
And here’s why. Because a diet where you have to follow strict rules that allows for repaid weight loss isn’t a healthy lifestyle. Then the deprivation of restrictive diets leads to over-eating or bingeing. And since your body doesn’t want you to starve, it responds to overly restrictive diets by slowing your metabolism which of course makes it harder to lose weight.
This story unfortunately repeats itself too many times.
So, what is Sharon doing now? She and I are working on a real healthy lifestyle. One where she has a more peaceful relationship with food and weight loss is a natural byproduct of repairing the symptoms of her stagnant metabolism. One where she can go on vacation and enjoy every moment without disciplining herself, feeling guilty or gaining weight.
If you would like to have a more peaceful relationship with food, click here and download my tips to help you bring your body, mind and eating habits into harmony.
That’s it for today. Thanks for reading. In my next email I’m going to give you my three most valuable tips to help you lose weight and keep it off.
P.S. If you would like to immerse yourself in a program that will help you learn the process that I’m teaching Sharon, I’ll be teaching this with 6 other wellness practitioners in a one-day retreat. Click here to find out how you can begin the same process as Sharon.