Sunday, 19 June 2016

CREATING POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS - BINGE EATING RECOVERY

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In this video I share with you how I lost 50 lbs through eating intuitively and listening to my body

I show you a powerful visualization process of how to quickly change your current emotional state...




Step one...

Write down all of the negative beliefs that you are holding on to

For example; 

I dislike XYZ about my body - eg; stomach, thighs - whatever it may be?

I can't achieve a healthy relationship with food

I'll never be able to achieve a healthy and fit body

How can I eat exactly what I want, without weight gain or controlling my food intake in some form?


Step two...

I came to the realization that if I was to ever achieve the healthy relationship with food that I craved... pun intended ;), I would have to completely let go of all of these negative beliefs.



I had to turn these negative beliefs into POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS 


- I am now at my perfect healthy weight and I love my body 

- I am at peace with food and I eat EXACTLY WHAT I WANT 

- I am now free of all binge eating disorders


BY REPEATING THESE AFFIRMATIONS WITH FEELING, EACH DAY AS IF THEY ARE ALREADY TRUE

THEY WILL BEGIN TO MANIFEST INTO YOUR LIFE AND BECOME A REALITY 



PLEASE WATCH THE FULL VIDEO  & LEAVE ME YOUR THOUGHTS & ANY QUESTIONS YOU HAVE...

 

LOVE & SUPPORT TO YOUR RECOVERY
JENNIFER


Friday, 3 June 2016

MY 50 LB WEIGHT LOSS STORY - MY FIRST POST

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Welcome to my Blog and very first post...








Lets rewind to 5 years ago...

I'd lost over 30 lbs...down from 170, in a really healthy way. I think the daily exercise and healthy eating was a shock to my system as at 170 lbs, I was an over-eater, I would eat whether I was happy, sad, bored or indifferent. I overate at most meal times and the 'night-eating'... I would sit in front of the TV and consume food that I wasn't ACTUALLY hungry for, like a habit... sweets, chocolate, cookies, coke and the like.
I'd never been overweight as a child or teen and as a kid I always ate exactly what I wanted. So when I got to this 170 lbs, I felt very uncomfortable, to put it bluntly... I felt fat.

So as soon as I decided to get healthy and lose the weight it dropped off very quickly with lots of walking, cooking fresh food and watching my portion sizes. Within only a few months I was down to about 135-140 lbs. That point though, was where it started to be become more difficult and I hit that 'plateau' stage, where I couldn't maintain this weight loss and the overeating began again. 



I wanted to get to about 125 lbs, down from 170 ... that was my goal weight.


I remember doing everything and anything possible to get to this weight.




This included the following...

  • Constant and repetitive dieting (e.g. counting calories/macros)
  • 'Healthy' eating plans - Slimming World, Weight Watchers recipes, celebrity diets, YouTube 'fitness gurus' diets
  • Avoidance of certain food groups - dairy, refined sugar, low carbohydrate diet (believing carbs were bad and should be avoided), low fat diet, avoiding processed food
  • Scheduling 'cheat days' or 'cheat meals'
  • Running for long periods on a treadmill and HIIT (high intensity interval training), weight loss exercise DVDS, celebrity trainers exercise plans 
  • Excessive online research for weight loss and fitness routines 
  • Avoidance of and anxiety surrounding social situations involving food
  • Food preparation days in advance
  • Only eating at certain times or avoiding food in between meals
  • Reading 'health' and weight loss magazines and books
  • Repetition of weighing self
  • Eating 'clean', mainly 'diet/health foods', including salads/greens, low calorie food substitutes, low sugar and fat substitutes, protein shakes, nutrition drinks and 'healthy' meal replacement supplements - this is what the majority of people think will help them lose weight 

My weight yo-yoed for a while. This 'plateau stage', as its referred to in the diet industry, actually means that your body is somewhat or even heavily starved, your metabolism is fighting back for the energy it is lacking and you get stuck at the same weight being unable to lose more, lose the weight slower and become frustrated... or you actually begin to gain the weight back - the latter is the most common...

And you try the process again, weeks, months or even years later, inevitably with similar results.


Essentially all these things do not give long-term results. They are quick fixes and put the body under stress, strain and deprivation depending of course to the extent you push yourself to. So whenever I began to eat higher caloric foods, I would overeat because that is obviously what my body really wanted. 



For me personally, yes I saw physical results, but I was not entirely happy.  Something was missing - I didn't realise at the time that 'something' was not a physical attribute or aesthetic.



The results were..

  • Wanting to lose even more after I'd hit my 125 lb goal weight
  • Intense sometimes uncontrollable food cravings - resulting in binge eating (eating a large amount of food in one sitting)
  • Diet/binge cycles - resulting in feelings of guilt and confusion
  • A 'good or bad' belief around food - most people have this attitude to food to an extent whether it be a strong opinion or belief or a general overall outlook on food
  • Weight gain and weight fluctuation
  • Preoccupation with body shape, weight and appearance even though I'd lost 45 lbs at this point and was at a completely healthy weight and BMI - (body mass index)
  • Fear of gaining weight
  • Preoccupation with food
  • Heightened anxiety around meals and eating out at restaurants with other people

Letting go of the diet mentality...


I  was confused and overwhelmed. It got to a point where I knew I no longer wanted to act or feel this way. I was fed up and just wanted to find that perfect balance and feel good. 

I also tried to just be a 'healthy eater' but thoughts of the 'good food, bad food', I still couldn't shake.

Diets destroy your metabolism and when I say diet, yes I also am referring to anything 'healthy eating' or anything which create food avoidance... and ANY type of avoidance towards food, results in feelings of guilt and frustration.


For example... "I've been 'good' on my 'healthy' eating today so I'll 'allow' myself 1 or 2 pieces of 'X food' tonight", or, "I've eaten totally 'healthy' this week, so at the weekend, I'll have my 'well-deserved cheat day".This seems completely normal and healthy right?... in fact the MAJORITY of people talk and act this way around food.
 

Now don't get me wrong... I'm not trying to suggest that cake, ice cream or whatever else that is categorised as 'junk food', is nutritionally good for you... but when you have that good vs bad belief, you've automatically put a negative label on the food or food group. This automatically creates a guilty association toward it and way you think and feel about it changes completely. PERIOD.


My new goal was to make it my mission to find a way to have 100% freedom with food and my body. 

Today I live with that freedom and have done so for well over 3 years.



  This means...


  • I NEVER DIET
  • I do not avoid any food or food group - I eat everything
  • I have lost ALL the weight I was struggling to lose and MORE... 50 lbs in total - without even trying or forcing any kind of weight loss!
  • I have gone down 5 dress sizes
  • My weight has not changed AT ALL in years - I know this by the way my clothes fit me - I NEVER feel the need to weigh myself anymore
  • I exercise for the purposes of lifting my mood, enjoyment and keeping fit and healthy
  • I fully accept and LOVE my body inside and out
  • I honour my body and my true hunger every single day regardless of external circumstances
  • I eat EXACTLY what I want regardless of the calorie, carbohydrate, fat or nutrition content - some days this means I eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, other days I don't - I eat what I FEEL like eating
  • I have not binged or overeaten AT ALL in over 4 years
  • I never feel bloated, anxious or guilty after eating, regardless of what it is I have eaten
  • I only think about food when I am hungry and when I have finished eating I do not think about or obsess over what or how much I have eaten


I am the most confident I have ever been in my entire life and my self-esteem is high...
  I am someone who now feels totally comfortable in my self, inside and out. I love food and see it both as pleasurable and a way to nourish my body and mind.



This kind of freedom is very rare today in the society that we live in...

So how is it possible, how did I make this my reality?



I cannot give you a simple answer of course. And this is going to be the base point of what this site and my YouTube channel is all about... helping you get to where I am today because I know if this was possible for me, it is for anyone else, that truly wants to change.

It's not just about the weight loss, it's about the way I've learnt to change my thinking about food and the way I think about myself and that comes from a much deeper part of me than just numbers and my dress size.



Transforming my relationship towards food literally changed my life.


I've learnt how to...

- Truly take care of myself no matter what the situation in my life

- I am 100 percent present and aware of my emotions at all times and know how to cope with them - without EVER turning to food or other self-sabotaging behavior's

- I am completely in tune to my body - knowing exactly when, what and how much to eat

- I have created a life filled with accomplishment and self-care


I'm now ready to share everything I’ve learned over the past 6 years and use it to help other women - and men, struggling with food and their body image. I went from being an unconscious over-eater, who was rapidly gaining weight - to someone who has lost 50 lbs without dieting and is now on the other side, fully recovered from all self sabotage, disordered eating habits and behaviour's FOR LIFE.



FOLLOW ME AS I TAKE YOU ALONG ON MY JOURNEY

PLEASE LEAVE ME YOUR QUESTIONS IN THE COMMENTS SECTION OR ANYTHING ELSE YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE...





LOVE & SUPPORT
JENNIFER