A Weight Loss Secret Most People Like to Ignore
January 14th, 2013 by Katie Morton
I have so much to share about the journey of weight loss. Every day, I’m peeling layers off the onion, getting to the core of who I am.
Who I am today is now closer to that fresh-faced, innocent 16-year-old girl I once was, the one who was open and peaceful and positive, the one who hadn’t yet built up walls and reached for protection in things outside of herself. It feels amazing. I’m becoming whole, integrated, and peaceful. And yes, I’m losing weight — which is awesome — but finally having a more peaceful mind than I’ve had in 22 years is what has me feeling ecstatic.
Here is the weight loss secret:
Weight loss is more about a peaceful mind than about food.
We all know about the “right” foods and the “wrong” foods, yet most people, it seems, don’t have a peaceful relationship with that knowledge. Losing weight isn’t about knowing how, or we’d all have done it by now, on our own. Weight loss is about peeling back those layers, and learning to become yourself again.
To lose weight, first we must acknowledge that we let a whole ton of B.S. and strife drive a wedge between ourselves and a peaceful way of living. When we work on letting go of the past (and all of the fears that we cling to in a desperate bid for protection from anything bad happening), we learn to become our peaceful, happy selves. A peaceful, happy self isn’t weird about food.
Our past hang-ups are incredibly trivial. They are over. Worrying doesn’t prevent bad things from happening in the future. When we open ourselves up to the beauty of the present and the excitement and electrifying hope of a gorgeous future, we can dump the past, make peace with it and leave it back there where it belongs, back there with fear and worry.
Weight loss prayer for the hopeful.
Repeat after me:
Today I will enjoy my body: its energy, its playfulness, the serenity deep within. I will embrace the urge to move and walk and to be BE on this Earth, fully, mindfully, joyfully. It’s funny how “mindful” really means “body-full”…to fully inhabit my human form, to love being here, living inside ME—this body. The more I love and care for this body, the more fun it will be to live here.
Peace and Hope and Love and Trust,
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