November 2010 - Fat, Sick and Killing Myself One Meal at a Time.
I had hit absolute rock bottom. My personal and professional life had hit rock bottom after spending my entire life morbidly obese. While preparing a lesson for a class I was teaching, I had a moment of clarity that allowed me to put my unhealthy eating in perspective and I realized one thing:
I was living a half-lived life and eating myself to death.
My journey to health started the exact same way yours will: losing one pound.
will today be your day one?
If you’re like me and have struggled with obesity your entire life, you’ve probably tried every diet and weight loss program under the sun. From North Pole to South Beach, I had tried anything involving shakes, grapefruits, supplements, shakes and juices. Nothing worked for me until I focused on three things:
1) What are your WHYs?
Too many weight loss programs spend 90% of their time focusing on the logistics. If you’re struggling with morbid obesity, the last thing you need to know is how much protein you need to eat. For me, as soon as I had a big enough reason WHY, I was willing to move heaven and earth (and tortilla chips) to reach my goal.
2) What have been your WHY NOTs?
I struggled for years with self-sabotaging behaviors that kept me from achieving my goals. Ultimately, weight loss programs were successful for me for a few weeks and then something would happen that would cause me or the people around me to sabotage my efforts and I would quit. By addressing these factors up front, we can overcome self-sabotaging behaviors.
3) Which HOW works best for you?
Each one of us is different and requires an individualized approach to weight loss. I work with my clients to customize meal plans and a training regimen that will not only work but work for you.
"I Didn't Lose 225 Pounds. I Lost One Pound 225 Times."
I have struggled with my weight my entire life and lost and gained hundreds of pounds. Every time I read one of your posts, you teach me something new about myself and help me think about things in a different way. Your focus on the mindset and emotional aspect of eating is the difference maker in the success or failure of losing weight permanently. I love that you don't advocate a diet, special foods, or a specific way of eating because that really isn't what keeps the weight off long term. Your blog and website have helped me shift my thinking from a "diet" mindset which involves self-deprivation, beating myself up when I ate something "bad," and the nonstop tape that ran through my head that I will never achieve my goals. Because of you and the insight you have given me, my focus has become one of forgiving myself, loving myself, and persevering on this lifelong journey. The weight loss that results is almost (ALMOST!) secondary to the changes in my mind because those changes are the ones that will lead me to meet my weight loss goals and whatever else I decide to accomplish in my life. THANK YOU for challenging me to think differently about myself and help me believe that I can achieve whatever goals I set for myself in my life.
I found you on my IG feed, and was immediately drawn to your transformation. Then I began reading your posts at tiniertim.com. You are such an insightful writer. You made me laugh, cry, and believe that if you can do it 1 pound at a time; so can I!! I'm on a healthy committee in Magna, UT. Magna in Motion. We are focused on helping people live their best lives too! I reached out to you and invited you to come speak to our weight loss group. We are operating by volunteers; you graciously came and did a wonderful presentation for free! You have inspired many in our little town! You have been supportive by answering emails, and "liking" many of my posts on FB, and IG. You have made me feel like we are friends even though we barely know each other.
Kristina H., Magna in Motion
I admire your success and your positive outlook. I will use these to fuel my own success toward reaching my weight and fitness goals. My wife and I have been looking for inspiration to get healthier and I think you’re the one to provide it for us!
This week, I set my alarm a half hour earlier. I started my day reading the Bible. I put my mommy guilt aside and allowed myself a 45-minute workout without staring at the clock thinking of what a terrible mother I must be. I had more energy, was proud of the example I set for them, and felt like it was a better way to live. Thanks!
Leigh Anne P.,
"You’ve helped me more than you may ever know!"
Thanks for your all help! I'll take all the encouragement I can get!!!
Levi L., Down 25 pounds and counting!
"Reading your story will be the motivational push I needed to get me going again!"