Tantalizing foods surround us. The fall/winter season triggers overindulging for various reasons ranging from too many holiday celebrations to wearing layers of clothing not only to keep the body warm, but rather to hide the new fat deposits. Therefore coping strategies need to be set in place to prevent the sneaky pounds weighing us down physically and emotionally. It’s always easier to prevent than to treat.
The inside story: A 45 year old woman’s weight loss journey
A woman has already lost 120 pounds – that’s right, 120 pounds with 50 left to go. How did she do it? Patiently she adhered to a Mediterranean diet, exercised for an hour daily either cardio, strength training or walking; now she is eagerly waiting to surgically remove the excess skin when she achieves her goal weight. This is one busy lady, a speech therapist by day and a student at the Culinary Institute in New York by night. No, it’s not ironic that her passion is to become a chef when she retires. She aspires to reinvigorate healthy cuisine and write a cook book to help the weight challenged.
After four hours of class consisting of theory and practice, all the students lay out the dishes they have prepared on a long counter. And those delicious dishes are seductive, especially when one is tired and hungry. The students grab and go.
One night this woman who had lost 120 pounds devoured a fresh hot cinnamon bun from the pile on the counter. Of course, one cinnamon bun did not cause any weight gain, but she spotted a possible downward spiral. The next night chocolate truffles were lined up and like the rest of her class, she dove in and placed about twenty in a box for home. She had to wait the usual 40 minutes for a train at Penn station for an hour-commute home and those truffles beckoned to her. She feared self-sabotage.
She decided to walk around Penn Station to reach her exercise quota suddenly – an epiphany. She picked up the pace like a woman on a mission. Her mission was to find a homeless person. The police had done too good of a job ridding Penn Station of homeless people. She rushed out, walked a couple of blocks and finally found a homeless woman. “Here, please accept this box of chocolate truffles. I would be grateful.” The shocked woman accepted and the chef-in-training returned, catching her train – a bit lighter. Currently, after every class she feeds a homeless person from the foods prepared on the counter.
* Donating to the hungry and less fortunate will fill you up in ways unimaginable to you.
* If your goal truly resonates for you, following through is doable.
* Be mindful of your triggers and face them head on as opposed to running away.
* Doing something you love like fulfilling a creative passion will inspire you to be better and boost your self -esteem.
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