Moving on up…

In January 2018, I participated in a two-week immersion course called Instantaneous Transformation Costa Rica, hosted by Ariel and Shya Kane. The course took place on a beautiful, lush resort called Sueño Azul, in one of the national rainforests. When I arrived for the first week, I was assigned a room I would call home (room 26) and I subsequently “moved in.” On the following Saturday, after the first week concluded and we were getting ready for the second week, I was assigned a new room (room 53) to call home. Continue reading “Moving on up…”

The 5 Pillars to Weight Loss

Over this past year, I have learned there are 5 pillars which contribute to successful weight loss and what number “pops” up on the scale. The obvious two, diet and exercise, are the pillars most people, including myself, tend to focus on when setting a weight loss goal. However, the other three pillars: stress management, sleep and water intake are just as important. Continue reading “The 5 Pillars to Weight Loss”

Out with the Old and In with the New…

As the New Year begins, it’s normal to reminisce about the happenings of the previous year to decide if the past year was a good one or not. Here are a few of my highlights and lowlights for 2018: Continue reading “Out with the Old and In with the New…”

What “diet” are you following?

As of Friday, I have lost 100 pounds since January. Throughout the year, people have recognized I have lost weight and their number one question to me is: what diet are you following? I tell them, and they ask me follow up questions, so they can learn more about what I’m eating. I can see the wheels in their minds turning, taking in the information I’m giving them as they consider trying what I’m doing to lose the extra weight they think they should lose. I can see on their faces the look of: “if I try that, maybe I’ll lose this weight,” like what I’m offering is a silver bullet or a quick fix. What I often try to explain is, ironically, I don’t believe I have lost 100 pounds because of the specific diet I’m following. Granted, I have shifted the way I eat, what I eat, when I eat and how much I eat. But it’s not a “diet” which has made me successful in shedding the pounds. Continue reading “What “diet” are you following?”

Q&A: Responsible for my Choices – Good or Bad

Hi Jen,

How do you deal with it when you make poor choices? On Thursday, I attended my friends’ Opening Night at a theatre and I had drinks and carbs. I didn’t go overboard but still over calories. Today I’m up on the scale. And on the verge of beating myself up for my own poor choices. So, instead of keeping it in my mind and chewing on it, I decided to reach out. 

Heike, Cologne, Germany

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Hiding in Plain Sight

Shopping for clothes has never been a fun thing I enjoyed doing. I would only buy clothes when I needed them, or after gaining a bunch of weight when I “grew” out of them. Ironically, when I lost weight, I generally didn’t buy new clothes. I just wore the same clothes only baggier. Whenever my friends or my sister wanted to go shopping, I would humor them and tag along, but had no expectation of finding anything I liked or anything in my size. I would walk up to a rack and pretend I was looking for myself, then give up and look for things for them. I was just there. Not really participating, not really having fun, just there in my thoughts, talking to myself about how big I was, how ugly I was and how I wished I had a cuter, skinnier body. Continue reading “Hiding in Plain Sight”