As a single mom raising two kids & managing a career while dealing with midlife changes, I knew I was turning to food in a way that was not serving me. On the outside I was the “gal who had it all,” but on the inside I was depressed and ashamed of my size. I had lost sight of my once confident self and desperately wanted out from under both the physical and mental weight of my food obsession. But I felt powerless to change.
I know how it feels to eat my feelings.
And to be an expert at beating myself up over it.
At age 50 I was heavy and depressed. I was using food for everything but fuel for my body. I had joint pain, low energy, digestive and sleep issues. I edited myself from family memories, either hiding from the camera or strategically placing something in front of me. My commute most days included a drive thru to numb the stress of my day. My brain was consumed- with the urge for food, disgust over my weakness, or obsession with other people’s sizes (I missed entire Friends plotlines because I was focused on how thin Jennifer Aniston was.)
I tried All. The. Diets.
White knuckling it to lose 20lbs to gain 25.
My life loop looked like this
I desperately wanted to change but was overwhelmed and pissed off at the thought of yet another misery diet.
Then, I found coaching.
I asked the question no diet was asking…what was causing my urge to overeat in the first place? I learned my brain was behaving exactly as it was designed (I’m not broken!) and that my thoughts were creating my results. I started looking at myself with curiosity and love. I became my own BFF and benched Judge Judy. I realized that awareness was the only change agent I needed and untrained my brain!
I saw amazing results. I curbed my sugar cravings, my aches disappeared, my sleep improved, and I lost 35 pounds. I stopped judging myself and checked back into my life. I found my confidence and started a business. People not only noticed my lighter appearance, but how much lighter and at ease I seemed in my own skin.
And guess what?
You can do it too!
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