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Crunch. Crunch. Crunch. That is the sound of one rice cake being devoured.
Crunch. Crunch. Crunch. That is the word that runs through my mind as I do my Nautilus-based crunches.
Crunch. Crunch. Crunch. That is the sound of time, clunking and lurching along as continue all of my goals…especially the one in which I am removing excess fat and flab and turning it into healthy, toned-muscle.
On my other blog theunwindingpath.com, I occasionally write about the my experiences of loosing weight. When I first realized I had gained so much, the pounds silently creeping onto my body, I was truly appalled. The incessant whine of pants feeling too tight, odd gaps in anything that buttoned, and the realization that my food choices were not as wonderful as they could be, grew so loud and cumbersome that I had to face reality - I had let something go. Me. Me who is into yoga, vegetables, and hiking. Me. The hypnotist who makes some of her living helping other people lose weight. Other people, not me, are the ones who need help.
But alas, my vanity has faced itself in the mirror and seen the truth. Now that I am here, I am actually a bit grateful for the overall experience. It is one thing to preach a healthy diet and exercise; it is truly another to go through the process one preaches. It has given me a new appreciation for the challenges of being thin in a world where going to a happy hour means sitting at home or in the office and typing away to one’s social networks. But on the other hand, it has been interesting to read about so many other people’s weight-influenced quests. It feels like support and any sort of support is a good thing.
I noticed another blogger Dena of Sungrl Loves to Shop has a second blog and like mine other one, hers is going to be about her weight-loss journey. She wrote about it in her post entitled Big Changes. On this other blog, she plans to do weekly weigh-ins and will offer ideas for making the process of losing poundage more appealing. The big thing that she has to offer is camaraderie (which is something I could personally use). So, if you have been keeping up with my journey or are such a journeyer yourself, please stop by Dena’s blogs and cheer her on as well.
Knowing others who are fellow travelers can be a definite morale booster. Weight loss is such a mental thing. My own personal discovery with is that the more positive I am about it, as well as the more honest I am with myself, the easier it is. It is all a mindset. Self-hypnosis has helped me keep with the lifestyle changes I am in the process of creating, so it has been a big part of my successes. But I know that everyone’s philosophies are different. So let us begin a dialogue about it this Sunday.
If you are currently working on weight loss, have lost weight, or are maintaining your weight, what do you feel is the key ingredient for your personal success?