What a difference a year makes

We've been anticipating this moment of symmetry for a year!

My 13 year-old son Braden and I had back-to-back medical checkups a week ago. What a difference a year makes! I was really looking forward to the appointments this year because I wanted the official validation of what I already knew. Braden’s BMI (body mass index) went from 26 down to 23 (he gained 5 pounds and grew over 2.5 inches—he’s exactly my height now, 5’10”). My medical record now shows that I lost 35 pounds from a year ago, and my cholesterol as of 6 months ago was down 30 points. Even Jason lost 15 pounds!

The weight loss/optimal health program I started this time last year was a real gift to our family. Of the three of us, I’m the only one who did the pure weight loss program. But we all learned to eat breakfast first thing in the morning, eat small balanced meals every 2-3 hours throughout the day to keep energy up and blood sugars from spiking, and to cut way back or eliminate the starch component of dinner. All of us still fall back on the program’s protein/carb balanced snack foods (crunch bars, cinnamon pretzels, and cheese puffs that travel well in back packs, purses, and glove compartments). It wards off desperate stops for fueling up with greasy muffins, Taco Bell, or a box of crackers.

In a society that thankfully no longer measures our worth by the social class we were born into, there are still unfair judgments that set us apart from each other by status or stigma. Appearance is high on that list, so we all have plenty of motivation to stay slim, and yet two thirds of us are overweight or obese. We know what to do—eat less and exercise more—so why don’t we? Some theories propose that it’s not even our fault; our food system and culture has changed so radically that we would have to go back to spending hours and hours preparing food from scratch if we are to avoid the addicting additives and calorie dense foods that saturate our environment. You saw “Supersize Me”, right?

I’m now a big believer in creating a ‘nutritional intervention’ to effectively break habits and drop unhealthy pounds. Any change in eating habits to lose weight takes enormous focus and discipline, so why bother with a slow results program when you can feel great while losing fast?! It took me decades to get to my top weight; I’m glad it didn’t take me that long to get back down. And I ‘m glad there’s a clinically proven safe and effective program out there that rescued me from my food cravings. I lost 12 pounds last December, and celebrated both Hanukkah and Christmas. By March I was down the entire 35 pounds, at my goal weight, and I haven’t gained any back.

By the way, I did NOT make my summer goal of losing another 10 pounds; I got half way there before a long road trip interrupted my rhythm, and I never got motivated to re-engage. I’m seeing now how fickle motivation can be, and I’m excited about understanding how to consciously building vision in order to sustain momentum.

To make a long story a little shorter, in this program you buy your food through a coach, and you don’t pay that coach anything! My coach Ann helped me have a plan to navigate the holidays and troubleshoot the plateaus. She was my cheerleader and my reality check. She helped me navigate the vast resources available via the Web and support calls. I soon became a certified health coach too and I now help other people achieve the transformation that my family did. It’s a growing business for me, and who knows, maybe a year from now I may be able to quit the life of software marketing and devote my time to new adventures, like writing a book or starting a new business. That was a wink. And we know what a difference a year can make!

With the new year coming up fast, if you are in the two thirds majority, please be willing to hope again for right-sizing your body and up-leveling the priority of your health. You won’t have to go it alone. Or let someone you love know that it doesn’t have to be this way, that maybe the medications can go away and the energy will come back. I’d love to help.

About Leslie

In my 50th year, I had an amazing transformation that I had actually lost hope of achieving... I started a program that helped me lose 40 lbs and three sizes! The program met all my requirements for being sensible, fitting my lifestyle, nearly cost-neutral, and focused on acquiring habits for long term optimal health. This blog is to share some of what I discovered and what I am still learning. To learn more about my program, go to www.iamlivinghealthy.com, or just ask me!
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2 Responses to What a difference a year makes

  1. Nora says:

    Leslie, I’m so proud of you! And you help motivate me to get back on track.

    I lost 25 lbs this year, but regained a few and haven’t been focused.

    We should get lunch or coffee sometime in December. My schedule becomes pretty open after Dec 1st!

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