Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The Myth of "After!"

This is one of the most important and difficult concepts to grasp and deal with. Because it's so important, I'm pasting it in full. you can go to this young woman's blog by clicking on The "After Myth." Here's her story:

DURING
After.
It’s here.
In my first post, Before, 3 years ago, I said “I’m not to After yet, but I’m closer to After than to Before.”
I now weigh 117 – 120 pounds (depending on the day), and standing at 5-foot 6-inches, that measurement means that After is very, very here. But, before you congratulate me, dear readers…if I have any…and dear friends and family who I know follow this blog… I have to come clean with you: I don’t feel like I’m at After. I’m terrified of being at After. And, I don’t like that After is here.
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The tagline of my blog is “uncovering myself one pound at a time.” For most of this blog, I’ve spoken strongly about how my relationship with food and myself was what caused my weight struggles. I stand by that. The thing is, the symptoms have resolved faster than I’ve been able to treat the deeper disease. I’ve lost the weight, but I’ve failed to uncover and learn to truly love myself in the process. Truthfully, I have no idea who I am without “needs to lose weight” being one of the primary parts of my identity.
This is why I have not been posting…because this blog is not about weight loss…it’s about life gain. I could not bear to post here about the beautiful things one can gain in life by learning to love yourself while, in the background, hating myself so hard while the weight melted off. Progressing on the outside while regressing internally. Because, that’s the truth, readers. The last stretch of this weight loss hasn’t been healthy OR happy: it’s been agony. It’s been sad. It’s been an exercise in mourning.
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I’ve gotten so good at putting on the happy face. At “smile, nod, yes, thank you, I have lost a lot. No, I’m not trying to lose any more; you don’t need to worry.” I’m very good at this script, but it’s been such a lie, readers. The truth is my body melted away, and I stared at myself in the mirror not understanding why I couldn’t love the skin I’m in. Why? I thought After was the goal!
But I made a mistake.
A crucial mistake.
I forgot that the number on the scale is only a number. Only just a number. It’s not a before. It’s not an after. Getting that number to a certain set of digits is not my After.
I’m not at After. There is no After – happily ever or otherwise. There is only today. Just today – During.
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I tell you this now not to discourage you but to hopefully prevent someone from making the mistake that I did and associating After with a number. I weigh 120 pounds and still struggle with my weight. Losing weight does not mean you no longer struggle with your weight; I wish I had truly understood that. I still struggle with food. I still struggle with me.
Looking at the picture I put first in this post, I have to pause. I look at me … past vs. present. That is me. All of those pictures are of me. People say they do not recognize the girl in the other pictures. I’m here to say: that girl is me.
Don’t look at her as an abomination, because enough people, myself included, did that already.
Don’t congratulate me on no longer being her; I still am her. And doesn’t she deserve to be?
After3 2Don’t tell me I look better; I don’t. I look different.
Don’t speak of her as if she is a poor, piteous person. She’s not.
She’s me.
She’s standing right here, and she is fucking strong.
There. Is. No. After.
There’s no pot of gold at the end of the rainbow of weight loss because the rainbow has no end.
There is today. There is now. There is during. There is life.
After6 2I uncovered myself one pound at a time; now, I must REcover myself…I must DIScover myself. And that…that is the new goal. Not numbers. Not sizes. Not inches.
Me. I am the goal. Finding. Loving. Being.
Can anybody hear me?



Health Coach Resource provides health and wellness coaching for individuals, families, and employee groups.  We guide clients through our medically directed program of rapid weight loss, transition, and maintenance. We also offer training for qualified individuals who are seeking health coaching jobs and careers. Health Coach training and certification lights up our lives as it lightens the burden of hopelessness and disease caused by poor habits and obesity in America.  Click Here to learn more. 

Call 503-313-4820 or E-mail me today ... just put, "I'm Ready!" in the subject line! Polly@HealthCoachResource.com

Saturday, April 25, 2015

RS's Story: It's All About Health!

Here's another story from the week: 

RS started on Our Program in the fall. He was experiencing pain, fatigue, and shortness of breath. His orthopedic surgeon referred him to me for weight loss and we met in a coffee shop to see if this wonderful intervention was a good option for him. Though weight loss was important and necessary, he's real goal was to feel better, have increased mobility and less fear. 

RS has shed 110 pounds so far! As his muscles and internal organs are relieved of the surplus bulk, his doctors will be able to surgically repair his knee. Relieved of the excess fatty tissues, he will heal faster and have fewer risks of complications like infection and repair break down. Help me cheer him along!

If you or someone you care about is ready to take the next steps to better health, give me a call. Let's talk and improve a few lives together!!! 

Health Coach Resource provides health and wellness coaching for individuals, families, and employee groups.  We guide clients through our medically directed program of rapid weight loss, transition, and maintenance. We also offer training for qualified individuals who are seeking health coaching jobs and careers. Health Coach training and certification lights up our lives as it lightens the burden of hopelessness and disease caused by poor habits and obesity in America.  Click Here to learn more. 

Call 503-313-4820 or E-mail me today ... just put, "I'm Ready!" in the subject line! Polly@HealthCoachResource.com

Kale Chips - my favorite recipe!

Recipe for Kale chips:
Learning how to prepare unfamiliar veggies has been a key to improving my nutrition and sustaining my new-found slimness. Let me know how you like this recipe for kale chips

Health Coach Resource provides health and wellness coaching for individuals, families, and employee groups.  We guide clients through our medically directed program of rapid weight loss, transition, and maintenance. We also offer training for qualified individuals who are seeking health coaching jobs and careers. Health Coach training and certification lights up our lives as it lightens the burden of hopelessness and disease caused by poor habits and obesity in America.  Click Here to learn more. 

Call 503-313-4820 or E-mail me today ... just put, "I'm Ready!" in the subject line! Polly@HealthCoachResource.com

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Getting Ready for Summer!

Greetings Take Shapers!
I hope you have have a lovely weekend and are prepared for a wonder-filled week ahead. Check in as needed - you can click "Reply" or call or text me at 503-313-4820. I'd love to hear how you are doing on program and how you are establishing a culture of healthy living for yourself and your family. 

Thank you for the referrals this week!!! By helping friends, family members, neighbors and co-workers find and use Take Shape for Life's unique system of weight-loss and health-gain, you are saving them a bucket load of frustration, pain, illness, misery, and expense! Please call me anytime you'd like me to answer questions or cheer you on.

I love the rhythm of the way we shop and eat. Medifast oatmeal for breakfast and bars to snack on continue to be part of our routine. Since I had braces put on my teeth several months ago, my appreciation for the nutritious Medifast meals has gone to another level - I am soooo grateful to have them! 

Share what you are doing to stay slim and feisty. What are your tricks? What are the habits and routines that you are most grateful for? One of our commitments is to shop at the local farmers' market - I'm loving the asparagus this time of year!!! Click Here for three recipes for asparagus that you might like, enjoy!  

Thank Goodness we have a secret weapon to help us get ready for summer and for the rest of our lives! Here is Amanda's story - I've attached her photos. What an inspiration!

At 318 lbs. I was struggling with a disability that had me trapped in a body that was failing fast. Like many, I went for the quick fix and chose to have Gastric Bypass Surgery. I lost nearly 70 lbs, but old habits die hard. After returning to the bad behavior that had gotten me in this mess in the first place, I encountered a Health Coach who taught me the wisdom of proper eating habits and healthy exercise by following a simple process known as the Habits of Health alongside the Medifast product. The program was not only easy to follow, but produced phenomenal results.

Have a great week! Polly.

Health Coach Resource provides health and wellness coaching for individuals, families, and employee groups.  We guide clients through our medically directed program of rapid weight loss, transition, and maintenance. We also offer training for qualified individuals who are seeking health coaching jobs and careers. Health Coach training and certification lights up our lives as it lightens the burden of hopelessness and disease caused by poor habits and obesity in America.  Click Here to learn more. 

Call 503-313-4820 or E-mail me today ... just put, "I'm Ready!" in the subject line! Polly@HealthCoachResource.com