Food For Thought
by Leanne Ely, CNC
Several years ago after my doctor told me I needed to take thyroid medication and I took a long hard look in the mirror, I knew I had to do something about my weight. This started me on the most amazing journey. You can read all about it in Body Clutter, a book Marla Cilley (FlyLady) and I wrote together.
It all began with self-realization and a big change of heart. I knew I had to change things and I knew why. Have you really thought about what your health is worth to you? Have you thought about what it means to others?
The bottom line is you can’t do anything until you come to terms with where you are and what you’re willing to do to get to where you want to be. Here are a few things you might want to ask yourself before you start your own journey.
1. Who cares? Honestly think about those who love you the most. How would their lives be changed if you were gone? What would you miss out on in their lives?
2. Where does it hurt? Body clutter hurts you physically. Give your body a quick pain assessment. Does your back hurt? How about your knees and ankles? Next time you are in the grocery store, go pick up a 20 pound bag of dog food. Can you imagine carrying that around all day every day? See what losing 20 pounds could do!
3. How does it feel? Body clutter hurts you mentally. Do people avoid looking at you or worse do they stare? Do you absolutely hate shopping for clothes? Are you always uncomfortable? Does going places like the movies or in airplanes concern you because of the restriction in the size of the seats? All of these thoughts play in your mind like a bad tape. Turn them around and think of how different your life could be if these thought no longer mattered because you were where you needed to be.
4. Where do I start? Healthy weight loss always starts with real food–regardless of what the marketers of diet programs say. When I gained 30 pounds in 3 months for no reason, my doctor diagnosed me with hypothyroidism. I highly recommend going to your doctor for an over all check up and asking to have some basic blood tests run. Ask to have your thyroid checked and get your numbers–find out what your blood sugar numbers are as well as your over all cholesterol together with your LDL, HDL and triglycerides. If you don’t ask for these numbers, a lot of times you won’t get them. Knowing your numbers can be very motivating and empowering to help keep you on track.
5. Am I alone? Never! We’ve started a page on Facebook with others who are dedicated to losing weight with you. Come join us. We’re here to support you and help you on your journey! In a few months you will be amazed at how good you feel, how much energy you have, and how your NEW clothes fit. You’re going to love it!
We invite you to take the journey with us–what are you waiting for?