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It’s super uber scary to face your fears head on and make yourself vulnerable to feel those dark & ugly things you may have been stuffing down or escaping for years or even decades. BUT – if you don’t like who you are. And you want to change. And what you are doing clearly isn’t working for you anymore – you have to CHOOSE to change.
Here is a little activity….Examine your beliefs.
1. What are your beliefs?
2. What do you believe about yourself?
3. Are these beliefs things people have told you that you are in the past?
4. Are these beliefs ideas that YOU have convinced YOURSELF of based on your own judgement of others?
5. What do you believe about health, nutrition, fitness?
6. What do you believe “healthy” looks like?
7. What do you believe about people who have fat?
8. What do you believe about people who don’t have fat?
9. What do you believe about food? Do you moralize food into “good” and “bad”?
10. Are any of your beliefs supported and true?
We laughed. We listened. We cried. We shared stories. We lifted each other up. We comforted each other. We swore. #LittleAsshole
There was a point mid-day when I sat at the back of the room observing, choking back tears. I was so proud of the positive energy and comfort we had created. Mission accomplished. The day was perfect.
We had attendees complete a short little survey at the end of the day. Out of 16 guests, 12 ranked the full day retreat as “Freaking Awesome”.
Here are some of the things they had to say:
“I really enjoyed the retreat. It gave me different ideas of how to cope and what I still need to work on.” ~ Anonymous
“This was fantastic. Thank you for putting your hard work into creating this retreat. Thank you for being vulnerable and allowing others a change to grow.” ~ Anonymous
“I *pink puffy heart* you all. This was an amazing and uplifting day. I loved sharing it with everyone and left feeling lighter than when I arrived. Thank you.” ~ Tina, Red Deer, AB
“You both are amazing and inspiring thank you so much for having this day. I am really working on being a more positive person and you are both so awesome.” ~ Billie-Jo McKinley, Red Deer, AB
“Thank you ladies for an awesome day! I feel energized and re-focused!” ~ Anonymous
“I am so glad I made the quick decision to attend. I don’t usually do these kinds of things and if I would have thought about it I would have talked myself out of it. You provided a great, safe environment. I was never afraid to share my ideas or stores and never felt judged.” ~ Anonymous
“Perfect “class” size. Wouldn’t suggest many more. It was a great day to think about myself. I really feel I am ready to be my more authentic self.” ~ Jenni Dunkeld
“Thank you so much to all the presenters” ~ Anonymous
“Thank you so much for putting in the time & energy it took to put this together!! Many congratulations on a well organized day!” ~ Claire Weisse, Red Deer
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I can honestly say that I did not realize how much weight I was packing on. Yes I felt uncomfortable in my clothes and yes the size of my pants was getting larger but I didn’t own a scale and I didn’t feel large. All of my adolescent life I was an athlete. I played basketball and volleyball, ran track and field and played soccer. I never thought about my body, or my weight. However looking back at this time in my life I can see where my negative food habits began. I was never a big eater. As my mom was a working mom when I was young and then a single mom when I was in high school, I was in charge of making my own lunch for as long as I can remember. The trouble is… that I did not make it. So, I would go long days without eating anything and then go to a hard practice. Once my coach realized what was happening I was under strict orders to eat and I had to write down what I ate. If I did not eat enough I was not allowed to play. I started to eat more, but I was burning it off quickly. I worked and ate at McDonalds for 5 years of my adolescence and I was still able to maintain my body weight. Until I stopped playing organized sports.
For the past 8 years, I have slowly gained weight. At 5 feet 11, I was 247 pounds and started the first HCG diet which I had found by searching the internet. Although I lost 15 pounds on the HCG, I felt terrible the whole time. I was starving, had little to no energy and felt dizzy most of the time. As I researched HCG products on the web more, I came to realize that there was very little HCG in the actual product I was using. I went in search of the real thing and found a weight loss clinic offering HCG injections. I signed up December 31 of 2013 weighing 233 pounds. I lost 30 pounds in 40 days. I found the injections managable, and I felt good on the protocol. However, I struggled through maintenance. Going up and down, having a steak day for +2 pounds of a gain and being totally obsessed with the scale. I wanted to do the protocol again. I found Goodbye my Muffintop through searching for an alternative to the expensive, painful injections. I spoke with Marriann and I ordered the starter package.
After releasing more weight on the protocol (and feeling fantastic while doing it) I started the dreaded maintenance phase. Of course I also started obsessing. During one of my frantic emails, Marriann simply said “STOP weighing yourself. TRUST yourself and YOUR body.” I listened to Marriann. I stopped obsessing. I ate when I was hungry and I stopped when I was full. This changed me. It has profoundly affected me so much that I want to share what I have learned with the world.
I have started training for a sprint triathlon because I wanted to, not because I want to prove that I am still an athlete. I have lost a total of 60 pounds in a year. At my heaviest I wore a size 21 pants and I am now wearing a size 14-15.
I want to be a Release Coach so that I can help as many people as I can who are struggling with their weight and who possibly are not aware as to why they are struggling. If my story relates to you or you would just like to talk about the protocol, please reach out and contact me.
I couldn’t have said it better myself. Love this post…for so many different reasons, and I know it will speak to dozens, if not HUNDREDS of our clients. It actually brings tears to my eyes because of so many stories women (and men) have told us about their personal journey’s to lose weight. For some, their journey started in their school age days. Decades and decades of family members, friends and society telling them they just aren’t good enough the way they look. People telling them they are fat. Lazy. Enough is enough.
The Reembody blog, up to this point, has been a thoughtful exploration of human movement, a subject about which I am extremely passionate.
Today, however, I’m mad and I’m going to tell you why.
I have been planning a blog post for a while on fitness misinformation, and it was originally going to be the same kind of thoughtful deconstruction found in my other installments. But then I read this and it was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever found in my newsfeed: so beautiful, in fact, that the rest of the health and fitness propaganda floating around Facebook like turds in a pool started to really, really piss me off.
So thoughtful deconstruction has been postponed for another day. Instead, we’re going to take a good look at a few of those turds and get pissed off together because, when someone preys upon your insecurities in an effort…
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1/2 Head Cauliflower
1 Carrot – Grated
1 Celery Stalk – Diced
1/4 Apple – Diced
1/4 C Raisins
1/4 C Cashews
1/4 C Quinoa *optional
Pre-Cook Quinoa (I use a rice-cooker and store in fridge)
1/4 Cup Mayo
1/4 Cup Oikos Plain Greek Yogurt
1/2 tsp Prepared Mustard
1 tsp Honey (or Sugar)
1 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
1/4 tsp Celery Salt
1 Tblsp Milk *optional
Use your food processor to grate the carrot. Scrape carrots into bowl. Use your food processor, now with the blade attachment, pulsing, to break up the cauliflower into a nice consistency. Scrape cauliflower into bowl with carrots. Add the rest of ingredients together into the bowl. Mix together. With the blade attachment again, use your food processor to mix the dressing. Add dressing to the bowl of other ingredients and mix together. Store in fridge until ready to serve (1-2 hours is best).