Saturday, August 11, 2012
Recently I wasÃ?Â speaking with a woman who lost 50 lbs over the course of this past year. This woman just looked fantastic. She exuded a glow that told the world, "I really feel ALIVE!" When I asked this woman how she lost this much weight, her response was, "I found happiness!" I then learned this woman made some significant changes in her life that helped lift a black cloud of depression that had been a constant companion in her life for some time.
As I listened to this woman's story, I could definitely relate to a lot of what she went through in regards to her weight and the amount of happiness she was experiencing in her life. When I truly feel ALIVE, weight loss is effortless. I eat what my body needs, have tons of energy to workout, and don't feel the need to eat crap food that makes me feel like hell. On the flip side, when I am dealing with a fair amount of discontent in my life, it's as though the life is sucked out of me. I move sluggishly through my days and tend to numb myself with comfort foods thatÃ??Ã?Â causes aÃ??Ã?Â piling on ofÃ??Ã?Â the pounds.
Whenever I start to gain unnecessary weight, I realize changes need to be made in my life. I ask myself the following questions: 1) Why do I feel unfulfilled? 2) What is draining my energy? 3) What painful feelings am I trying to stuff with excess amounts of food? 4) Why aren't I loving myself unconditionally and nourishing myself with foods that give me energy? 5) Is my life in my alignment with my soul's purpose?
For a lot of women, and some men as well, food is symbolic for so many other things rather than just pure nourishment. We can try all the diets in the world but only until we find true happiness and peace, we will struggle with our weight and our relationship with food.