Do you sometimes feel your wheels are spinning? But you hang on anyway. Wondering if you are moving at all? Then you look back, and you see progress, and it takes your breath away.
I felt my wheels spinning the last few months. Wondering if I will ever break this ‘one pound a week’ plateau. I know some of you would say on pound a week is awesome. But I am 58 years old, and still weigh 387 pounds. At one pound a week, I will be 62 before I get into “ONE-derland”, time is no longer on my side. But when I look back and realize that less than 18 months ago I weighed 537 pounds, I can hardly call myself a failure. My weight loss has not been intense, but it has been consistent. I can not remember the last binge I went on. For that alone, I am grateful.
So today, I am patting myself on the back, and being grateful for the miracle that is happening in my life. I trust the process, and keep taking one step in front of the other. If we look too far ahead, it can feel like we are spinning our wheels, so it’s important to stay in today.
I have completely enjoyed this new 8 week coaching session I am leading with Sean Anderson, and Gerri Helms. We had our first telephone meeting last Monday and Tuesday. It was sacred. The new members were so open and honest, and the members that rejoined were so generous to share their experiences. I am anticipating some really great success to be born out of the coming 8 weeks.
If there is a secret to weight loss, I think it takes first, complete honesty. Mostly with yourself, then with someone you trust. The second key is support, and third is accountability. We are so much more likely to have success when we have support that does not judge, and keep us accountable. We are as sick as our secrets.
Shame and embarrassment keeps us from exposing our secrets. But a funny thing happens when we stir up enough courage to expose the ugly, broken pieces of our life; the shame disappears! When we lose the burden of shame, we can heal.
A good food plan is important, it is our map to good health. But there are many roads on that map to get there. Most of the struggles lie in staying on that plan. I use to think if I knew what triggered the urge to eat, deep in my past, it would then somehow disappear. But I have learned that by the time the addiction gets started, it takes life of it’s own. That information is really not necessary or very helpful.
One of the biggest components of my success comes from support and accountability. I have a friend, which in the recovery world, would be refer to as a sponsor. We share our struggles, even to the point when we call each other in the middle of the night when either of us feels a binge coming on. Sometimes the call is a quick 2 minute prayer. There is this power that comes from reaching out and hearing that voice mid-stream. The trick is to making that call. It is so hard to do, yet whenever I do, that white knuckling urge, disappears. It’s almost magic. People, need people. There is no other way to explain it.
I want to share a FREE ebook to download from Milestone recovery center. Dr Marty Lerner was a guest speaker for one of our groups a couple of weeks ago, and it seemed to take our weight loss group to a new level. He had this ebook available to whoever wants to down load it. I think it will give you incredible insight. I am so grateful for Dr Lerner’s generosity. I hope you enjoy it, please let me know what you think.
Dr Marty Lerner, free Ebook <~~~~~~click here for the free download