Last week I had a very interesting conversation with a friend. She stopped by to chat and said that she had recently weighed herself and was surprised at the numbers on the scale. She seemed more confused than excited. She said, “I’ve lost 10 pounds, but it doesn’t really feel like it. I wonder why it’s hard for me to believe that I’ve lost the weight?” As we discussed the matter she informed me that she had lost weight in the past and was painfully aware of each pound as she counted calories, restricted foods, and consumed powders and pre-packaged meals. I asked her what her process was this time. She said, “In the past year, I began to notice that my physical health was worsening. I forced myself to go to the doctor and became aware that I was battling an auto-immune disease. I learned that I could replace fast food with whole foods and soda with water to begin feeling better. So, that is what I’ve done. It’s not always easy, but it’s worth it. I guess it has been more of a lifestyle change than a diet.” We paused there. “Maybe that answers your question,” I said. “You are dropping pounds but aren’t really noticing because you have connected to a goal that is more meaningful to you than the numbers on a scale. Your focus has been on feeling better, and you have found physical, mental, and emotional relief in making healthier choices. Girl, congratulations. What you are getting comfortable with is actually what is good for you!”
I couldn’t be happier for my friend and for others who are stepping into this freedom. It is my experience that there is no direct route to this type of liberation. Rather, it is countless efforts in various directions that never seem to really hit the mark…until one day all of the 2 steps forward, 1 step back actually gets you somewhere…somewhere new…FINALLY!
Also, I wanted to invite you to take part in our Affirmation Challenge which is attached below. Cultivating an environment of self-love is essential for healthy life to grow. If we do the work, it will be worth it.