Upon the onset of 2014, yes last years new year, I made a…commitment. I said, no more dieting. Period. I will never embark on a diet with the intention to lose weight. I have been on a diet to lose weight since I was 12 years old. That is a long time to be focused on one objective and never be satisfied. I have weighed 220 and I have weighed 112, and I was still trying to lose weight.
What has being “weight” focused cost me? Time. Time I can never get back.
I’m a smart gal. I have walked away from drugs, alcohol, bad relationships, not the best career choices, and even cigarettes. But there I was 40 something and still having the same focus I’ve had for over 30 years. Let me count them 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10,…yah, it really sunk in.
So, this is what I did. No more dieting. I approached it the same way I approached getting sober. I focused on how I wanted to L I V E. I wanted to feel good, have energy, do things, without the thought, “do I look fat”. I never again wanted to think about my ass, waist or big legs in the way of comparing or measuring up. ‘Cause after all that’s what everyone of us is doing when we decide we need to lose weight. Some frickin’ magazine ad or infomercial has just shown us, in our minds, what we could be. Something triggers us and sends us the message, “that we are not happy and we need to change”. The problem is we attack the outer self. It’s an inside job, ladies. No way around it.
Stop focusing on the weight to live life. Live life and the weight will be lost.
Not this time! I addressed me. The soulful me, that is full of wondrous curiosity, has so much of her unexplored, and completely impassioned with helping women break free and return to self. And so much has changed.
What is your weight costing you – keeping you from? Be honest. It’s your life and you deserve it to be exquisite, delicious, bold and beautiful. No matter what your size.
About my body… My legs are solid. No long, thin, curvy, feminine legs here. Nope, muscle bound and solid. My waist is a healthy size and my ass…well, it’s an ass, and does its job. As it turns out, I lost 17lbs, and never went up on the scale, all year. The only reason I know this is because of doctor visits. Because I won’t let the scale or my weight own my life any longer. My life is about me!
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– Teresa Rodden, Certified Life Coach