The Weight Loss Science of Hope Triumphs of Health: The Victories that Thrill and Inspire Me - Part 2

When people lose weight and improve their health, a whole host of wonderful things happen.

Life improves.

Hope grows.

Research shows that losing just 5-10% of initial body weight can greatly improve metabolic, physical, and mental health.  For someone who weighs 200 pounds, a 10-20 pound loss moves them to higher ground.

Better health begins as the first pound is shed and amplifies with each subsequent pound.

Many strive to lose more, thinking it’s only worth it if they lose it all in one big, inspiring push. Then they wind up feeling overwhelmed…and that they’ve failed by not reaching their big goals.

Yet, losing just a few pounds positively improves your current and future health.

The 6 pounds you lose on your way to your big goal of 60 has a greater impact than you imagine.

As a medical weight loss specialist, it is a joy to see how much better people feel—and are—when they lose weight. Whether you have 5-10 pounds to lose or more, health always improves with weight loss. And the risk of developing new conditions declines.

And if the weight loss is maintained, the benefits continue—indefinitely.

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Make Courageous Change One Step at a Time Triumphs of Health: The Victories that Thrill and Inspire Me - Part I

What thrills me most about my work is seeing people transform their lives in remarkable ways.

Not sudden, giant swoops that might land them on the cover of a magazine, but in steady, powerful steps that take them further into health.

They wrestle with discouragement and internal voices urging them to quit…

But they don’t.

No matter how badly things go, they get up the next day and start again, with a desire for health tugging at their souls.

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The Light in the Darkness on Your Health Journey

On this, the darkest day of the year, we know one thing for sure—the light will return, bringing brighter, better days.

This makes it one of my favorite days of the year.  I’m grateful for the powerful reminder that no matter how dark it gets, new life is always gestating.

In early November I attended a TED-X conference where each speaker conveyed how the light and darkness of the past inspired him or her to create a new future.

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The final speaker, a Hip Hop artist named Xola Malik, rapped about how growing up in the ’hood led him onto a dark path of negativity, misogyny, and substance abuse until a remarkable inner shift illuminated a new way. Now, with profound respect, he honored women for their courage and progress in the fight for full gender equality.

As he looked out into the audience, his gaze deepened.

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5 Steps to Stick to Your Healthy Diet in Someone Else’s Home

Jill was afraid to discuss her new dietary needs with her family for the first time.

Actually…she was terrified.

Jill has struggled with her weight all her life, a fact that her family reminds her of every time she sees them. Her slender sister—a self-appointed weight loss expert—lectures Jill endlessly about what she should be doing to lose weight. Then her mother chimes in, expressing “concern” about her weight, while her dad remains silent. Jill sits there frozen, waiting for it to end.

And when it does, her mother plops a carby treat on Jill’s plate and responds with hurt if she doesn’t eat it.

It’s a mixed message—one that she’s been getting her whole life.

And now…in just a week…she will travel with her sister to Atlanta for Thanksgiving with their parents.

As she thinks about it, her brain whirls with worst-case scenarios. But after all the progress she’s made with healthy eating…and feeling in control…she doesn’t want to stop now!

She asks herself, “What if I fall into bad habits again? What if I start eating carbs and can’t stop? What if I start feeling the way I used to? I don’t want that.”

And neither do you.

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Finding Freedom from the Grip of Weight and Shame

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Sally thought the shame and embarrassment she felt about her weight would never let her go to Hawaii or enjoy the oceanside sun and surf.

But then things changed…

The Grip of Shame

It is not unusual for those carrying extra pounds to carry something that feels even heavier than the weight they want to lose.

This something is not visible, yet it takes up more space than anything or anyone else in the room. It can be suffocating. And it can hold us back, even from simple joys.

What is this monstrous beast?

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Ditch the Resolution! A Practice for Making Real Progress with Your Weight & Health Goals

Watching our own New Year’s resolutions fizzle out is, to put it lightly, not fun.

As we reach January, we feel the freshness of a new year, filled with possibilities. As we do, we may be filled with hope or dread—or both. But we have hope!

Then the weeks go by and we skip our New Year’s resolutions here, make an exception there, find an excuse there, and before we know it we are so far off the bandwagon we give up.

It’s tough! Only 1 out of 8 people follow through on their New Year’s resolutions for any period of time. Even less last a year or longer.

The truth is, we’re tough on ourselves. We never even see the progress we’ve made year to year, or even month to month.

Progress is the goal of those who succeed. Small, realistic steps are how you summit mountains, and come out the other side a new person.

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Rather than jumping into setting resolutions and goals, I recommend that you first take some time for reflection. Start your new year by looking back at the old year.Discover More

Upcoming Engagements:
  • American Association of Nurse Practitioners 2018 National Conference, June 26th- July 1st, in Denver, CO
    On June 26th, I will be presenting my abstract, Using the Edmonton Obesity Staging System To Guide Treatment Decisions. 
    On June 29th, I will co-present a four hour workshop:  Obesity Management:  Practice Management & Leadership for Nurse Practitioners.
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Time to Ditch the Resolution and Discover your Year of Progress!

This worksheet will guide you step by step through a process of shifting your perspective from self-defeating resolutions and New Years resolution hangover to a year of real progress and gratitude:

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