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When I stepped onto the scale and she read out the number I thought it must be broken.
There was simply no way, no way that I could have gained nearly 30 lbs in one year. But, the crazy thing was I had, and I never even knew.
I was a newlywed and was doing my yearly women’s doctor check up. I’d always been what I thought of as “medium healthy” when it came to weight, and through my teens and college years I didn’t own a scale or think at all about what I was eating or how much I was moving. So I nearly burst into tears when I stepped onto that scale 11 years ago and discovered that I was no longer anywhere close to where I was comfortable being.
Since then I’ve been bouncing up and down between that number and my original weight. Of course, pregnancies made it go up more, but I was able to go down again after….and then slowly back up again. With my “baby” having just turned 7 last week I can no longer blame anything on my “baby weight” and yet the number continues to bounce but mostly climb. Throughout the years I’ve shared my “hot healthy & happy” journey on this blog. I’d track calories, I’d exercise, I’d set huge goals and I’d share them.
Each time, though, slowly the same bad habits crept back in and the number rocketed back up. I stopped sharing and slowly slipped away from the programs, groups, and people I used to hold me accountable as I messed up, again.
Over the past year our move, work, sicknesses, and the crazy that life is lead me to throw any attempt or progress on my wellness journey out the window. Once again I went a long while without stepping on a scale, only to be shocked when it again reflected a number that I know is not what’s best for me.
Because of my story, this quote really resonated with me,
If you just exist in the world we live in without a plan, without conscious action to create a different lifestyle, you’ll end up in the normal position, which is being overweight.
I heard it from Ari Whitten as part of the NeuroGym Winning the Game of Weight Loss program.
You see, just as I was trying to decide which way to try to re-tackle my regained weight I heard about this program that approaches getting healthy in a totally different way.
I took their Weight Loss Quiz to make sure the program would be right for me. It was fast and easy (took me about 5 minutes) and then I got a video response that was customized for my results. Sure enough, John Assaraf (the founder of the program) let me know that I already do have many habits that have kept me at what the BMI scale calls a healthy weight. He also said, however, that there are areas I am stuck in, and that if I wanted to change my mindset about weight loss this program could help. One thing that’s really cool about this program is that when you purchase it, you have access for life. There is no monthly charge or annual fee to continue membership, ever!
You can take the Weight Loss Quiz as well! It’s free and will help you find out if this might be what you’ve been needing, too!
This is one thing that I’ve loved about Winning The Game of Weight Loss from the start. As I mentioned, technically I’m considered at the top end of a healthy weight. Sometimes I even get funny looks when I talk about weight loss or needing to re-start my wellness journey.
However, I’m going to be honest with you all right now. I feel chubby and self-conscious at my current weight. I don’t love pictures of myself like I used to. I lack energy and feel exhausted and stressed a lot of the time. I know my bad habits and back and forth weight loss are taking their toll on my body. I want to create good habits, get healthy, and have success in this area for the rest of my life. Everything I’ve seen so far working through the first levels of Winning the Game of Weight Loss aligns with this, and I’ve already learned so much!
This program is all based on Innercises. Sounds weird, right? Innercises are science based techniques to help individuals unlock their brain’s fullest potential so they let go of the mental and emotional blocks that prevents him from losing weight and keeping it off. Now, it might sound strange, but honestly, if you’ve taken Psychology 101 or done any scientific research into how the body and brain work together and affect one another it starts to make a lot of sense!
I’d definitely encourage you to take the quiz and see if this program is right to help you Win The Game Of Weight Loss! It comes in easy to watch videos and audio clips that even the busiest person *cough*me*cough* can fit in. I’ve been watching and listening to them while cooking, doing laundry, and cleaning the house which is perfect. Mindset is the differentiating factor between this and any other weight loss program. Instead of following a strict “do this, don’t do that list” you are retraining your brain.
So today I want to share with you some of the ways I’m revamping my life so I can tackle my wellness journey head on and stick with it this time. Hopefully, these will inspire you to begin as well!
How To Tackle Your Wellness Journey and Stick With It This Time
Focus on the Big Picture
After taking the Weight loss quiz if your answers are a good fit then you’re given the chance to attend their free Winning the Game of Weight Loss Webinar. During this one thing that really jumped out at me was they spent a lot of time talking about figuring out your big picture. They said that you can’t just focus on looking better. That is a vain and shallow reason that is all too easy to jump ship over.
I think that’s been a big problem for me. All along, although I have had deeper reasons, if I’m being perfectly honest I really just wanted to get my hot body back. I wanted to see that magic number on the scale, wanted to wear my tight clothes again without rolls showing up in spots they’re not “supposed” to be, and I wanted to turn heads like I used to do.
Yeah…pretty shallow. So since it was all based on my desire for approval and gratification it’s no surprise that when stress hit or I wanted to feel rewarded at the end of the day a generous heap of something oh-so-sugary or salty was a quick fix.
This time I’m focusing on the Big Picture. Because when I truly dug down deep I discovered do have valid and important reasons to Win the Game Of Weightloss. The biggest ones?
These two precious kids! My dear friend and I were just talking this week about our real reasons for wanting to be fit. We both agreed that we truly desire to be those little old ladies who are still driving, still serving, and still able to do all sorts of fun things with their great-grandchildren well into their 80s and 90s.
I want to live a long, beautiful life with my kids and husband and be able to adventure and explore throughout it all. I know I can only hope to live that life if I start making the right choices, habits, and mindsets now. So I’m digging in deep, and writing it down so I don’t forget.
Start Tiny & Grow
This one is a toooough one for me. I’m very much an all-or-nothing kinda gal. So anytime I get excited I dive in head first, make all these crazy elaborate plans, and try to go full tilt boogie. When I (of course) fail miserably I throw up my hands in dismay and reach for a brownie. In Level One John Assaraf made a comparison that really stuck with me. He compared this journey to a garden. When I’m working in my little plot I have to plant tiny seeds and take care of it in order to get the end result after a long wait. In the same way I can’t try to do all-the-things-all-at-once in my own growing process.
John encouraged us to pick little, achievable goals for today. Not the ones that I normally go for, but one that gets me excited and will be just a teensy bit of a challenge. While I’m excited to finally make progress, I have to keep reining myself in from making crazy goals that I’m sure to crash and burn on!
Make It Easy & Fun
Another thing I love about the Winning The Game of Weightloss program is that there is no specific diet or exercise program you have to follow. This is huge for me. I actually have never followed one of the popular “diets” just because the thought of them immediately made me angry, haha! I love that this program provides great, scientific information from the leading experts. You create a plan that is completely and entirely based on YOU with the program’s help! Your bad habits, your goals, your food preferences, and how you enjoy moving.
So as I get started again I’m focusing on easy and fun ways that will get me happy, not grumpy about starting my journey once more. I love fresh fruit and veggies so an easy change for me will be to start buying it to snack on throughout the day and night. This will help replace all the less than healthy options I’ve been defaulting to lately. It’s something that makes me smile, and from now on I’m going to focus on these kinds of easy steps that make me happy and are achievable!
These are a few of the realistic and attainable ways I’m starting my journey for good this time! What are you focusing on in your wellness journey right now? Let me know!
And don’t forget to take the Weight loss quiz!