It 's hard to believe I started this journey 1 year ago today. Today was mine to celebrate this accomplishment. I spent it having my hair cut & styled for the first time by a wonderful new friend that loves energy like I do. I was her only customer and we visited for 2 hours. We've formed plans that I'm really excited about, while I told her about my weight loss that part lasted 15 minutes tops. What a great gift for my anniversary . Then My son took me out for lunch at a new (to me) grill right on the Bayou. Great view and another long wonderful conversation. He told me how proud he was for my commitment and showed me a different perspective on my accomplishment.I came home and my hubby took the above picture-so this picture was taken after the humidity-wind got it.
Yesterday I went makeup shopping for the first time in 2 decades. The lady that helped me dropped her mouth when I told her I'm prouder of the year than the 140 pounds. I told her how proud I am that I stuck with it a whole year. I have never done that. Two years ago I began a spiritual and emotional healing journey. One by one God brought me the perfect book, person, conversation even difficulties I needed to learn from. Although I belong to an organized religion I love I knew it wasn't enough. That I needed a strong personal spiritual base. As the saying goes " God didn't leave me, I'm the one who left-actually not left so much as drifted a bit away. I knew this and I began this journey starting on an energy basis more than anything else. I also started meditating again.
What has this to do with weight loss? Everything. I now see from this vantage point (28 more pounds to healthy BMI) that I never would have been able to do this without first my spiritual healing and second, being partway into emotional healing with close friends help, right people, right time-place that often had right books that had helped them. Mostly the ones I talked about on DNA cellular healing and EFT (Tapping). Using Denise Lyns visualizations and reading, putting into practice work from people like Dr. Wayne Dyer, Ram Dass. ( books from last 4 years) and a young-un named Terez Hartman.
Now that I've read and am on The Gabriel Method (a holistic approach) I believe I may not have been able to be willing let alone do the red color diet where I immediately went off sugar and wheat for 45 days (22 pounds). The RCD showed up at the perfect time to solidly ground me after that year in my upper energy centers. My two year spiritual "journey" is up- but of course it never is. There is no ending -the journey is the golden ticket.
When I had finished the RCD I decided I felt so good I'd continue forth on my weight-loss-get healthy journey. I threw everything at it-including this blog. I kept it fun. I never forced myself to eat anything I didn't want to and I never counted ANYTHING!! I added in chair exercises as I could. I kept eating what I believed to be healthy and never looked back on sugar, wheat or fake sugar.
It's so surreal how much I love my salads now- & with spinach and kale of all things! Un freaking real! Remember my favorite part of RCD was no green anything. I drink green smoothies now and grapes are my favorite "candy." I love cooking and experimenting now.
I have a friend who always told me she was allergic to sugar and I thought she meant she thought of it that way since she had lost weight decades before-but now I understand what she meant. Once I was off it, no longer craving it sugar became like eating a poisen to me-it actually makes me physically ill. That is thanks to first the self hypnosis and then Jon Gabriel's visualizations. I credit those visualizations for my sudden love of healthy food and desire to exercise-move my body more. Also once my body started healing with all the nutrition it see's sugar and other things that have just fallen away from my desire zone as poison in a way. It's too much to get into now, but PLEASE read Sugar Shock if you stay with your plan or not. Please learn all you can about anything you put in or on your body. You have to educate yourself-there is too much vested interest from the big food & Chemical companies out there. Really read labels-all of it.
Enough of my newest soapbox. But to be on that soapbox? Wow! Never was before-at least about our food quality. This past year has had so many milestones I've written about. But the biggest is getting out of my wheelchair and starting to walk with my walker-cane again. Opened up a whole new world for me. Got me out of my house and interacting again with my friends. As of this week I seem to have released my hip pain as well. While my knees don't hurt as much( only if I try to straighten them)-the tendons behind them seem to be ruined. My new goal is to get new knees and physical therapy to the point I can walk with ease when I'm 65 in April. Also I hope to have released those last 30 pounds by then, but my eating, exercise day to day life remains as is firmly in the Gabriel Method now. In other words-while the 30 gone would be nice-my body decides when. I don't " actively" try to lose it. I just check in once a month and when it's gone-it's gone.
About that 20 pounds I lost this month. I'd rather have been physically well all last week than have lost the last 10 pounds of that 20.
I have been really blessed how quickly the weight fell off. It's so amazing what becoming holistically healthier day by day will make you feel like. Except for this virus (the only illness I've had this whole year) I feel fantastic! I'm looking forward to this next year so much!