How I went from a weighed down perfectionist praying for change...to lighten up for good.
I went on my first diet at age 10.
By 15, I was borderline anorexic.
Over the course of nearly 25 years of dieting, I cumulatively gained and lost hundreds of pounds.
From eating five pounds of meat a day on Protein Power to counting points on Weight Watchers, it was a never-ending quest for the Holy Grail of the scale.
What weighed me down the most was that I was always waiting.
I was convinced that if I could just find the “perfect” diet, then I could “fix” my body and my life.
So I was always putting life on hold for some perfect day in the future when I lost the weight…and then I could finally be happy.
Most of all, years of dieting and looking outside myself left me completely unable to identify my true hunger.
I didn’t know how to stop eating every feeling.
I didn’t know how to feel at home in myself.
Endurance sports were my ticket (or so I thought).
By my late 20s, I began running and competing in triathlons (which included swimming, cycling, and running). From half-marathons to half-Ironmans, I trained. And trained some more.
I got the T-shirts and medals.
I had some fun and was in the best shape of my life.
But deep down, I still wasn’t at peace within my mind, body, or heart.
I was still looking for a solution outside of myself.
There’s a saying that “God throws a pebble and then God throws a brick.”
Well, my brick came and it hurt. Bad.
At age 32, I ended up sidelined with a serious back injury.
Turns out, this injury was my wake-up call and I started getting curious…what was I really trying to starve, pound, and pummel?
I began exploring the other side of food. I embarked on a deeply inward spiritual journey, which included diving headfirst into the world of Dynamic Food Psychology, studying energy clearing through the chakras, and using a host of modalities.
This included everything from Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and meditating to journaling, practicing yoga, and Nia dance.
I became a certified energy practitioner (ISEE Global, 2008) and a certified food psychology coach (Spencer Institute, 2010).
With all this knowledge, I knew what to do.
But I still struggled with overeating and overdrinking.
I still struggled with carrying excess weight (wait).
I still struggled with shame, self-doubt, and perfectionism.
I still struggled to live on purpose.
The next brick came on July 6, 2017 and this time I knew I had no choice. It was time to put feet to my prayers.
It was time to stop thinking about, talking about, and worrying about letting go of the weight (wait).
Because what I really wanted wasn’t just to shed nearly 50 pounds (which I’ve easily done and will show you how, too).
It wasn’t just to let myself finally be free creatively (which I did in releasing my first novel, No Motive in Murdoch).
What I really wanted was to gain new life.
And that is why I’m here.
I’m here because I know how exhausting, frustrating, shameful, sad, and downright infuriating it is to know how to let go of the weight (wait)…and still be unable to make lasting change.
I’m here because for too long we’ve been told it’s impossible to let go of the weight (wait) and live our best lives after 40.
I’m here because we deserve more.
And so do our daughters, granddaughters, nieces, and all the other women who come after us.
I’m here because I see the light in you just waiting to break free.
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