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  1. I am 39. Will be 40 in August. I am already pretty active but hate running. Everyone I know with dramatic weight loss became an avid runner. My friends wife lost 200 pounds in two years. I am very happy for her, but she runs like 14 miles a day, 7 in the morning & 7 at night. She eats clean & has since entered tons of races that helps keep her motivated. She also still has like 50 pounds to lose & a skin surgery to remove the excess. I can’t afford supplements or Slim4Life programs. I barely make enough money to pay all my bills. I have small children, notably a 3 year old whom I would love to be more active with but find myself getting tired & just watching instead of playing with her. She is a little ball of GO. I want to keep up & enjoy our time instead of pining for bed. I got big after the removal of my thyroid from cancer & now I am doing good just to maintain my weight, let alone lose any. What can you tell me that’s different? Every diet is the opposite of the other. Have tried diet pills & starving myself, which sometimes works, but I know will kill me. I want to enjoy my little one & eventually grandkids & not just sit like a lump. I have nothing against exercise or diet changes as long as it isn’t all running.

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  3. I really appreciate this post. I find it is very important to let people know that you will make mistakes and you will have times you struggle. This doesn’t make you a failure. It makes you human. I too over commit in my life and I too stress eat. The important thing is remembering that when you see that it’s affecting you negatively you need to get help and maybe tell someone no to a request for your time. You need to put your happiness and health on your to do list. Do what you can to make your world a better place without leaving yourself out of the joy you create.

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    • Amelia,
      That was you and a couple of others. So, obviously this is a big enough misconception worth writing about. I’m glad to hear that you aren’t eating back your burned calories anymore. 🙂

  5. Thankyou Naomi, for reminding me how I previously conquered the world
    in a day, and how I’ll need to do that again soon – practising your welcome
    recommendations 🙂

  6. I love this post Naomi… so true! What works for others will not always work for you, but starting with REAL, whole foods is definitely the way to go. No one knows your body better than you… but you have to take the time to listen to what it’s saying 🙂

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  10. I would totally watch them! It is hard watching someone with tons of flexibility and no belly fat do something and then trying to mimic that.

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  22. I would definitely use something like this when my kids come home with Halloweeen candy or any of the other various reasons our society uses to push junk food to kids. My temptations are fast food joints and impulse buys, so this wouldn’t help me in that respect, but my kids’ candy bucket can be my downfall. I also think it would help them to learn moderation at the same time…like we only get a treat every other day or Fridays or whatever works for your household. Great demo and product! Thanks for including the research on pre-commitment, too!

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  39. My health I’m most concerned with is the PCOS I struggle with. It is causing issues that I’m not fond of! But, withhelp I know I can beat this thank you for being a huge inspiration

    • Brandy, thank you for sharing your struggle! I know that PCOS is very difficult to live with! But I also know that it can be managed. 🙂 Keep fighting the good fight. You got this!! <3

  40. My weight loss.. I struggle getting over the 20lb mark and normally toss in the towel just before I get there … feeling like I am failing.. looking forward to achieving it and soaring past that mark to my end total of 90 lbs!! Thanks for being inspirational!!

    • I hear ya, Michele! I think we’re all pretty hard on ourselves and we give up pretty quickly. Remember, the destination is great to have in mind, but when we get so fixated on getting to that destination, it can make living where we are at right now pretty miserable. I hope you can find some things to enjoy about your life and the process to better health right now… and not just later. 🙂

    • Hey there Maggie,

      Thank you for being vulnerable enough to share your struggle with food. I wonder if part of the problem with eating healthy for you is that you think it’s supposed to be hard? Or is it possible you’ve been on a lot of fad diets or weight-loss programs that encourage you to continue eating junk food (just in smaller doses)? Weight Watchers comes to mind. Either way, thank you for sharing and you’re entered into the drawing!

  41. I was one of the lucky ones who got to participate in the webinar. What i found myself thinking was i just have so much weight to lose that it feels overwhelming. I weigh 282 lbs and i am 45 yrs old. I know it is not going to get any easier to lose, but i struggle being consistent for a week… how can i possibly do it for years?

    • Hi Melissa!

      I was so honored and thrilled to have you attend the webinar on Tuesday night!! You’re so right… the older we get, the seemingly harder weight loss and getting healthier is. Part of the reasons is because the longer we stay with our bad habits, the more ingrained and “natural” they feel. Changing ANYTHING in our lives feels uncomfortable… even just driving to work a different way for the first time in a few weeks. We fight against it!

      I was at that 282 pound mark once before, too. I understand how tired and fedup you must feel. I still struggle with being “consistent” for a week. I “mess up” on something every single day. I set really high standards for myself… and that usually leads to “failure”. Do you ever feel like that? Being consistent isn’t about being perfect with everything that you do.

      A truly consistent person does her best… but makes mistakes. Somedays, you might eat pizza. Somedays, you might have beer. Somedays, you’re going to not want to work out and you won’t. But the more you get up the next day and try again, that’s being consistent and resililent. Like I said before, you need to trust yourself. You know what you want, you know what to do… you just need to know that YOU CAN DO IT. 🙂 <3

  42. At this point in my life, I’m kind of struggling with all of it. I haven’t gained control of my eating habits. I haven’t committed to a regular exercise regimen. My life totally changed once I had my two kids, and I’m having a terrible time finding my own identity again. Starting a healthy weight loss journey has felt like an insurmountable task the last couple years. I just feel lost. Ugh.

    • Hi Ashley,

      I wonder how your life has changed since having 2 kids? Do you mean you don’t have time for what you want to do? Do you mean that children somehow changed your eating habits? Do you mean it’s stressful? Would you have honestly considered yourself healthy before having kids? By healthy, I don’t mean your weight… I mean that you were physically active and ate healthy foods.

      I’m not discounting your struggle at all. But so many women blame their children for their own struggle with weight. But a lot of the time, these women weren’t exactly the picture of health before the kids came along.

      Being on a healthy weight loss journey CAN feel like a struggle/task if you don’t enjoy it. If you can’t find anything at all that you like about it– it’s going to suck and you’re going to struggle a lot… and probably give up on yourself a lot. But you already know that.

      To me, it sounds like you’re fed up, stressed out, and are sick of all of the struggling. Am I right?

      I don’t know what your family life looks like, but because you mentioned your children were holding you back (in a way)… you might want to focus on your family life a bit more. How can you involve the kids in picking out healthier foods and making it fun for everyone? Can you go to the park and actually play with your kids? Can your significant other (or another family member) look after your kids once in awhile so that you can go exercise or take quiet time to yourself? It’s going to be difficult for awhile because you’ve laid out an example for these children and they are used to you (and them) behaving a certain way. Bad habits are hard for everyone to break! And kids throw bigger fits than adults… I get it. But you are actually the one in charge… you’re the example for everyone.

      Your identity will come back…. when you allow yourself the time to find your passions, creativity, and discover more about your own personality. It all takes time. You can try to fight time, but you won’t win. You know that, too.

      Thank you for sharing your heart with me, Ashley. You’ve been entered to win the book!

      • Please forgive me, I didn’t convey my thoughts very well. I don’t blame my children for my weight gain in the least. What I mean is that I changed after having them. Many of the ways that I changed were good. I quit smoking, don’t get drunk anymore, and only have an occasional drink. I don’t do any drugs anymore. And as far as the knowledge and understanding of healthier foods, I’ve gained much since having my kids, because I started to think about that for them. We have healthier food in the house now than before I had my kids. BUT, I did not eat nearly as much before I had kids as I do now. And I was more active before. I used to be 125lbs, and now I’m around 215. That sucks.
        A lot of my problem revolves around comfort eating. Things are very stressful in our home right now because we are struggling financially. That part will get better in time, but it’s been a tough few years. When I feel unhappy or stressed, I am prone to eating whatever I can get my hands on to try to feel better, which as everyone here knows doesn’t work.
        I think one reason for why making good changes has been so hard for me is because I gave up so many habits and made so many changes, and maybe there’s a part of me that replaced some of it with food, and doesn’t want to let that go. I need to figure out how to conquer that part.
        When the weather is nice, I do take them to the playground, try to go for walks, etc. But the winter just kills me. I live in MN, and when the temp goes down it’s hard to find outdoor activities that don’t cost money, other than the occasional sledding. And you have to be careful that it isn’t too cold for the kids, which happens a lot. At this point I can’t afford a gym membership, which is what I used to have for exercise.
        Once things get better for us financially, then more opportunities will open up. But I’ve got to get my head right, and I’m having trouble with that part. I hope this explains a little better. I know that I could and should be doing more. I just, struggle with the motivation to do it sometimes. I know I need to be a better example to my children, and I want to be. I’ve got one more addiction, food, to conquer, and it is a freakin’ doosey.

        • Hi Ashley,

           

          Thanks for clearing that all up for me. I don’t like to assume anything about anyone’s struggle and I know that we often don’t experess all that is going on through our written word.

          I’m so happy to hear that mostly good changes have taken place in your life since having kids! 🙂 Children usually super-charge our responsibility as an adult and make us “grow up”.

          I understand all too well about stress eating. That’s a struggle I deal with the most, too. Yes, when you cut out all of the other bad habits you used to rely on when the stress came in… you were left with food. It makes total sense to me.

          You’re right about getting your head right. This is a mindset problem… not necessarily an addiction (in my opinion). How you handle stress has a lot to do with how you choose to perceive the stress/problems in your life.

          I feel like the statement: “Once things get better for us financially, then more opportunities will open up.” is delaying your happiness. What do you think? How could you change this right now?

          I know what it feels like to struggle financially… I’ve been down that scary road many times. I grew up in poverty and carried a poverty-mindset with me into my adulthood. Not having all of the money you want may limit some of the things you can do, but it doesn’t limit everything. Money does make life easier… you can do things more quickly, you don’t have to be as creative or resourceful, and things comes more easily. But not having money doesn’t mean not living a good life. This is a mindset issue, too (and a big excuse).

          Opportunities are all around you. You have to choose to be open to seeing them and accepting them. Many of us don’t see great oppurtunities because they look like something bad at first… They look like hard work that won’t be worth it.

          I just want you to think a little bit about these things… and please don’t take any of this as any kind of judgement. I don’t know you and even if I did… these are my own feelings… not necessarily the truth.. and especially not the truth about you. 🙂 <3

  43. I totally struggle with the will power to keep going and not do the emotional eating I've known since forever! Thanks for sharing with all of us!!! 

    • I totally understand this! I’m a bit of an emotional eater, too. I think we all are to a certain degree. When I’m super stressed out…. the first thing I think of is food. At least you admit you’re an emotional eater. So many people are in denial about it. When you know what your “weakness” is… then you can try to find ways to work around it. What are your emotional eating triggers? Can they be minimized or dealt with in a different way (besides eating)? Thank you for sharing your struggle! You aren’t alone!!

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  46. I have a difficult time staying on track. I stray from workouts or superb eating around 2 weeks in and after that it becomes a rollercoaster. Also, there’s little to no positive reenforment or example from those around me which makes it even more difficult to continue. :/ You’re the biggest inspiration I have so thank you for creating this site and everything.

    • Hi Heidi,

      Positive reinformcement is important for anything you are trying to change in your life. If others are not giving you any positive reinforcement, it must come from you.

      This can mean, giving yourself “rewards” for continuing to do well with your healthy habits. You must follow through and give yourself those rewards though. If you don’t, you’ve let yourself down.

      None of us can stay “on track” 100% of the time. It might “appear” as though some people are perfect with their eating and exercise all of the time… but trust me… they aren’t. Not at all. But they do get back up and keep trying when they “fail” or have a mishap. There’s NOTHING wrong with that! 🙂

      Remember, YOU are the example for many people around you. When they refuse to try to get healthier with you, you must just SHOW them how it’s done…. but don’t force or whine about it. This is what I had to do, too.

       

  47. Thank you for sharing your story. I’ve lost 56 lbs so far. I started at 223 lbs. My goal is to lose 93 lbs in total then I would weigh 130 lbs. If I feel good with 140 then I’ll stop there. So many of my health issues cleared up or reversed since losing weight & switching to a Plant-Based lifestyle. No more chronic issues like acid reflux, ibs, constipation, excessive gas, insomnia, anxiety, migraines, sleep apnea, dairy allergies like excessive mucous & wheezing, daytime fatigue, prediabetes, high cholesterol, anemia.

    • Judita,

      Thanks so much for sharing your on weight loss story! Congrats to you!! Sometimes, we don’t make it to our goal weight… so I’m happy to hear that you are listening to your body and what you feel your best at. My goal weight was 140 pounds (the weight I was in the 4th grade) and I only made it to 150 pounds… It was a struggle at 150, so I allowed myself to gain about 15-20 pounds (where I feel great at). You’re so right!!! So many health problems clear up when we start eating real food and move our body a little more. 🙂 I hope you keep up the amazing work, lady!

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  49. Enjoy your site. Which book it that you tell about your journey to lose the weight? I have struggled since I was a teenager with weight, only for it to get worse after 2 pregnancies. I am 67 now and have diabetes and have tried everything. Recently I have discovered that I am the type of person who doesn’t march to someone else’s drummer. I loved your 1 minute videos and am interested in the book. Thanks for what you do…Pat Stanley

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  51. These mantra cards are too cute – we bet it feels like a pocketful of goodness and possibilities for the carrier. We have an Intention chalkboard that we use to set weekly intentions – keeps us centered and grounded to the greater vision. “People can wait” rings so true for us right now Thank you for sharing your mantra practice with us, Naomi!

  52. Hi Naomi,
    Thank you for sharing your article today about feeling like your life is a “wreck’. I recently injured myself two weeks ago and am currently out of a work for 4 weeks. Initially, when it occurred, I went through for a few days of feeling helpless and depressed about being unable to perform my daily activities but now, two weeks later, I am so focused on recovering and I changed my mindset to focus on healing instead of the current circumstance. Miraculously, I am now walking without my crutches and feeling almost completely pain free just by changing my mindset. I shifted my worrying to becoming a warrior. “He who conquers himself is the mightiest warrior” -Confucius.

    • Hi Ally,

      So sorry to hear about your injury! I understand how frustrating that can be!! That’s SO AMAZING that just changing your mindset and attitude about this situation has helped you begin to walk without your crutches! It sounds like you’re no longer taking on the role of a victim! So awesome!! Thank you for sharing this with me! It really is incredible the power that our mind has over our well being!

  53. Hi Naomi,

    Really am glad I found you. Wondering what you are studying in school? I suppose it’s somewhere on your web site, but ddn’t see. Just wondering how it connects to your Health Coaching business? Thanks for being an inspiration.
    Pam

    • Hi Pam, yes that info can be found on my “about me” page. 🙂 I’m a certified nutritionist and certified group fitness instructor. I am also studying psychology at school. From my experience, the psychology aspect is far more important than just the nutrition and fitness.

      • Thank you Naomi. Now I see what you are studying. I was hoping to work with you, but I see you are not taking new clients right now. I hope this opens up in the future.

        Best,

        Pam

        • Pam,
          yes, it may open back up in the near future. I am re-directing anyone interested in working with me towards my 4-week program instead because it’s a greater value overall. In January 2016, I will be going away from 1-on-1 hourly coaching completely though.

  54. Hello

    I have read your story and so happy for you! It is such a challenge to have done what you
    have done. My Congrats to you ! I myself right now am 209, and this is my heaviest I have ever been ! I use to be WW back in 2009,2010. But didn’t really lose a lot wkly, and sometimes I would gain. Hubbie did it with me and he reached goal before me, and was a
    free member for a while. Then my Mom passed away, and we had to move, and find a house. Then we remodeled the house, then I lost my job, then a year later I developed a
    cyst in my spine, and a slipping disc, and so had to have operation on my back, that was
    in 2013. Now I had to learn to walk again and stand. I have done that all but now that I am ready to take control of my eating and movement, I am still coming up against issues!
    I developed heel pain, in one foot the left one, it is planta fetish idish , ya it may be spelled
    wrong, oh well. anyway, so I have to cut back on walking twice a day, morn and night. I also have acid reflux, ibs, constipation, excessive gas, dairy allergies I think, when moving I sometimes her a wheezing sound in me. Also have daytime fatigue, and I’m on Meds for
    cholesterol problems. I want to weight 125, Hubbie says that is to small for me, but I don’t think so, and if so then I could put a little back on and still look good and feel good !
    Right now if I keep looking at myself and thinking about it, I will drive myself right up
    the wall ! So I am just trying to take one day at a time. It is very expensive to eat right
    and buy good healthy foods, but I am trying to make little changes, but sometimes I want it right now to be skinny ya know, but it don’t work that way I know. Sometimes I think I should become a Vegan person and forget all the bread, dairy products, but I hate giving up the foods I have had all my life ! I’m Italian/French family bakery back ground ! I love the pasta and meatballs sometimes . But with all of my stomach problems and BM toilet issues when I eat some things, I just can’t eat like I use too. No wheat stuff, and I go light on the multigrain stuff too. Even cracker’s can do me in if I eat to many ! But all the gluten foods are pricey too! I have been on Pinterest trying to find meals that are good,easy to make and gluten free too. But looking at all those dishes and desserts; just send me on a trip of wanting to cook up a storm and eat, eat, eat. I sit and drool over it all !
    But I also have made a few meals and like them, so I just must keep disciplining myself, which is somewhat of an issue for me, as well as motivation . I’m 57 this year and must get this weight off !! First so I will feel better, and secondly so that I will look healthy, feel happier about both ! Thanks for letting me vent and share with you.

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  56. Sometimes I crave for something cold and sweet. Ice cream would make me feel guilty, so I make myself a Green Smoothie. Kale, ice cubes, almond milk, mango or what ever fruit at hand. And some agave syrup to taste.

    • Barbara, I do, too! In winter, I recognize that instead of wanting to feel “full”, I just want to feel warm. So, that’s when I drink warm teas.

      I think you have a great idea with the smoothies! I’ve certainly been doing those much more recently! My husband had a bad craving for ice cream last night, so I mixed up some coconut milk, frozen pitted cherries, honey, and cocoa powder to make a “chocolate cherry ice cream”. That did the trick!

      Thanks for commenting with your suggestion!

  57. I wouldn’t wear a bikini whether I had the body for it or not, but I’m glad you found a place of peace and acceptance, and that you did it in a healthy way. If people weren’t so hard on themselves for shallow reasons, they’d be happier, healthier, and probably thinner as a result. Stress messes everything up!!

  58. Thank you so much for this article. I have been trying to shed my 300 lb body acceptance for 3 years now and despite my efforts no weight has come off. I just decided that I guess I was supposed to be this big. But after reading your article it has given me renewed hope that NO I don’t have to stay in this body and continue to do everything I can to lose the weight and to feel better about myself. Thank you! Would love to know how you shed the 125 lbs….

    • Hi Mary Jo! I’m thrilled to hear that this article has given you some new-found hope! I used to feel hopeless too, so you’re not alone! How did you find my article, by the way? Where was it shared at online?

      I shed my weight through various different methods. If you keep reading my blog posts and articles, you’ll hopefully be able to use some of my information on your journey! If you haven’t done so already, I do offer a free ebook, too! Here’s for my free ebook: https://www.facebook.com/theinspiredtransformation/app_427089034046612

  59. Beautifully put about the differences between self-acceptance and body acceptance. The former is loving; the latter may or may not be. Thank you!

  60. I just saw your story and it was inspiring feel great for your change,. i read this post and i have a question.

    I ran for 6 hours in a ecoadventure tour, when i get home i was very very hungry and ate like a maniac, carbs everything i found in the kitchen… what should i have to do in this cases, of course not to eat, but what should i have to eat instead all those things…

    • Ricardo,
      This post is mostly directed out normal workouts… not 6 hour events. I’m not certain what an ecoadventure tour is. Is it anything like a marathon? If so, you have to eat back your calorie burn to a certain degree or your body will shut down and cramp up. You should probably be consuming complex carbs in the form of sweet potatoes, rice, gluten-free foods, healthy fats like avocado and salmon, and organic meats. If you’re eating healthfully to begin with, your body will naturally be okay with eating those foods. If I knew what an ecoadventure tour was, I feel like I could help you better.

  61. Hi Naomi, What time do you go to bed at night, if you’re waking up at 4am to workout? I also feel that it would be best for me to workout in the morning, but I’m always so tired (which is an excuse, I know) so I just go “oh well, I’ll just do it later in the day”–and then I only end up working out like every other day (or sometimes every 4 days, or sometimes every two weeks when it gets really bad). I also realized that I’ve even made an ordeal out of showering and having to wash my hair in the morning, because I like showering at night only, and I feel taking two showers a day is a waste of time. Well, I decided my health is more important than all of that, and I decided that I’m even going to cut my hair from very long to a shorter, more low-maintenance hairstyle to get over that lame excuse! Thanks for the extra motivation and tips, Naomi! I randomly came over here after seeing one of your comments on civilizedcaveman.com from the coconut chocolate cake recipe 🙂

    • Love it Lisha! When you want something bad enough, you find a way around the excuses! I typically go to bed around 8pm (depending if I’m working with clients or not). There’s just too many benefits from morning workouts to ignore. By the way, almost none of us feel super jazzed and great getting out of bed in the morning. LOL

      Also the shower thing, I got to the point that I took a quick shower after my workouts with just plain soap. I didn’t wash my hair. I wore it in a ponytail a lot. I washed JUST my bangs if they seemed gross. Easy to blow dry and style quickly. I have LONG, THICK hair so I understand the extra effort.

      There’s always a way to get what we want… we just have to be willing to sacrifice some of our comfort and habits for it.

      Thanks for randomly stopping in. 😉

  62. Wow, Naomi, what a whirlwind! Lots of awesome things happening for you, both in your health coach business and life! 🙂

    Love the blooper reel, that was funny!

    I also ran one marathon 5 years ago, and I said I would never run another marathon again. Still haven’t. I think I’ll probably stick to that one, lol! But I’m planning on running a 5k in November. First race in over a year! 🙂

    I have not read the Alchemist. I think I will check that out 🙂

    I know that it is definitely hard, no matter how hard you try, to avoid feeling bad when people are putting you down. It’s like we know in our mind, “who cares what they think?!” and yet, it still seems to hurt… bad, and it can really get us down. I like that you are going through the process of dealing with the pain that causes and also trying to move forward. I think you have a very healthy attitude, and it is contagious 🙂 And yes, some people just aren’t going to gel with everything you have to offer. Sad as that may be, because people seem to leave at the first sign of anything they don’t relate to, even though everything else you’d have to say later they might have gained extreme value from. They are only harming themselves, you’ve got lots of support and lots of people learning from you, including me! 🙂

    I also think it’s great that you have the self-care to be able to turn down offers when it doesn’t seem to be a good fit. We need to stop feeling guilty about taking care of ourselves. This society puts us into a huge guilt-trip (especially women) when we “don’t do enough” for others. You are doing quite a lot, so you go girl, with your good boundaries! 🙂

    I also feel that many people could learn things from you in your month in review articles, even though they are not solely health related. You share about a lot of concepts that help with healthy mindset which is paramount for accomplishing any goals, especially weight loss.

    I also wanted to say that I really like that you touched on the fact that weight loss is not just about eating right and exercising and that if you don’t have everything in order spiritually, emotionally, relationally, psychologically, etc, all the hard work most likely won’t work for the long term. That is so true. Most of our problems are actually spiritual/mental problems, something deep down is missing or wrong inside us. So it’s so important to get our whole lives in order.

    By the way, my middle name is Naomi 🙂 Can I ask you, how often do people pronounce your name Nigh-omi? I always find that so annoying when people do that… one of my pet peeves. But I suppose some Naomi’s might pronounce their name Nigh-omi… I just haven’t met one… Anyway, all that to say I was ecstatic when I first watched your videos and heard you pronounce your name Nay-omi 😉

    Okay, I’m babbling! That’s all for now!

  63. Great post! Exactly what I needed to read right now (I went and read the full post on Aloha). The last few days I have been finding myself getting irritated at the smallest of things, and I’m annoying myself! I’m trying to just calm down and realize things don’t always go perfectly. It was good to get this reminder!

    • Lisha,

       

      Sorry I didn’t see your comment sooner. Silly website.

      I’m glad you enjoyed the article over at ALOHA. It’s something near and dear to my heart because I’m one of those people that took it to extremes and damaged a lot of relationships with the perfection attitude.

      Adventure is the way to go. 😉

  64. Hi Naomi,
    Thank you for all your insisting words. I follow you on fb and IG. I’ve really been trying to get on top of my health since may of this year. With little to no success. Found out last week I’m insulin resistant. Big reason I’m not losing much weight and my hormonal imbalance. I was just wondering if you know much about this and losing weight? I am limited to 50g carbs and 26g sugars. I can barely have fruit. I’m kinda bummed because I found my favorite smoothies and juices I can’t really have. I’m really bummed because I can’t eat anything. 🙁 they even put me on a diabetes medicine to start getting my insulin under control. This is really bumming me out and giving me a drive to get healthier more faster. Just seeing if you have any advice or places you know about to help me not be so overwhelmed.
    Thank you again for all you do and rock on with your own personal achievements!

    • Hey there Chelsie,

      I’m so sorry to hear about your recent diagnosis. That really is a bummer… but it’s not the end of the world. We all have different reasons why weight loss seems more difficult for us. And for you, this is one of those things.

      I think most of us should be eating that limited amount of carbs and sugars a day (unless you’re an athlete of course). If I were you, I would research Paleo recipes since that type of diet is geared towards eating lower carbs and sugars. Just stay away from the desserts some people will post.

      If you want more information from me and what I recommend over-all for weight loss, please join my newsletter: http://theinspiredtransformation.us7.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=2b46b4d2c3b74838f6b5608d5&id=8c632fd2d7 and consider joining my 4-week weight loss program for October: http://www.8greatwaystoloseweight.com

      Don’t let this get you down too much… it’s just another obstacle you can get around.

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  68. Thank you for this. I just read it on Huff Post. I can’t tell you how uncomfortable some of these newer slogans or mantras make me feel. I have always felt the same way that you have so eloquently put it. I am on the right path right now. Down 60 lbs and a long way from goal, but I’ve never felt better and have never been able to exercise and move more than right now in my life. Keep up the good work! I love it!

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  70. I think you're doing it the smart way. I'm nowhere close to being as successful as you as it pertains to weight loss, but I've done okay in other areas. Sometimes you answer those questions and you feel like you're bragging, and you worry that others take it that way also. Plus they never decide to do things on their own; they think you were just lucky and discount the work it took.

    Way to go by the way! 🙂

  71. I am so very excited I've found you! 🙂 three years ago I was 310 lbs. I have been overweight my whole life and when I read your story I was all like "yeah I get this" when I was in 5th grade I weighed 185 lbs. I was so sad and felt yucky all the time even then. In 2014 I went nuts and lost 125 lbs. lots of gym time, lots of tuna packets (yuck) and I definitely burnt myself out. It was not a lifestyle I could continue forever…doing that the rest of my life would make me feel (emotionally) the equivalent of being "large". Over the course of 2015 I let my old emotions creep back in and take over and instead of turning to the gym for a hug…I got my hug from chips and little Debbie's. I've gained 60 lbs. I have 3 kids and a full time job and all sorts of other excuses, but I just really am looking forward to reading more about you and your stuff. I appreciate it! 🙂 

  72. Congratulations on this post. Gina, I love your writing style. You have inspired so many women. Great job with the kids as well.

    • Marie, 

      Artichoke hearts may be one of those foods that doesn’t need to be purchased organic because it’s not sprayed with pesticide. You may want to research that. I’ve never seen them in any stores either. 🙂 

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  75. Two years ago when I first started walking I felt the same way, self-conscious wondering if someone riding past in a car would hurl something out of a window, but now i feel strong and with every step I am more confident that i am motivating someone somewhere to make a change.

  76. Love the article, having been at my highest of 340 lbs I can confirm that a thin person can not address the mindset of a person who is obese.  Unless you have personally been in the same position you the empathy and compassion needed is simply not there. This is why now many professionals are gaining weight and then losing the weight to be able to truly understand the mind of an obese person.  And while we all are different, the struggle is the same.  That being said I would also like to mention that I feel that being overweight vs being morbidly obese also offers a different mindset.  All of this should be taken into consideration while trying to encourage and help others to lose weight.  

    • Okay, thanks for your input Tabbitha. I don’t think someone gaining weight helps them understand what it’s actually like to be obese for decades, but whatever. It’s not just about empathizing or feeling fat and tired. It’s about understanding the lies we tell ourselves as obese people and all of the little ways around those lies. Thin people understand to a certain degree, but not the full amount of self-loathing, misery, self-sabotage, etc. that goes on for some obese folks who had unstable childhoods that contributed to their obesity. I think recovering addicts better understand than fit people who try to gain weight to understand. 

  77. I am soo happy that i have found you..actually i was waiting for a motivation all these years. My name is sruthy. i am from india (kerala) and working in dubai now. iam 24 years old. from my childhood itself iam over weight person. the fact that iam fact, always bring my selfconfidence down. iam not happy the way iam looking now. i really want to reduce the weight but unfortunately i cant do anything for it. i am not so active person, franking speaking iam soo lazy girl and dont know were to start the weight loss journy. iam having 5.4 height and 84kg weight. can u help me to start my weight loss journy. this time i want to loss all these extra fact and become a healthy person. please help me & give your support to win the weight lose goal this time..

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  81. I lost over a hundred pounds, verrrry gradually over four years, without surgery. I've been thin for almost five years. I resemble a human raisin. I try to avoid being seen uncovered. Summer is coming. Ugh.

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  83. Thank you for sharing the many uses of activated charcoal.  I am in love with this 'new' (but not so new) discovery in my natural walk of well being.  You shared many great insights, and gave real life ideas, that sparked new ideas for me!  Thanks!

     

     

  84. This post spoke to me. I lost 100+ pounds over eight years ago, and I find most people who are impressed and inspired by my weight loss and never-ending quest to keep it off aren't as supportive as they should be. I am watched like a hawk at birthday parties and gatherings, followed around with food that I don't eat, and made to feel guilty when I don't indulge. Surrounding yourself with like-minded, supportive people can be the difference between weight loss success and failure. 

  85. You are so smart. I wish I knew you personally so that we could sit over chai tea and you could school me on my potty mouth. And you and the Lord above know that I’m a cusser;)

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  89. Excelent post! A lot of people belives in, at less, one of that 4 lies you explain so good. The forth one is the most frustraiting an it’s the most important way the people give up: first they don’t find his/her way to lose weight, they follow the rules ant the best way of someone, and then it’s feels like very hard work and give up or keep this way wih a huge emotional pain and like a war to you own person).
    Greats advices, Naomi!
    (Sorry for my english.)
    Samantha from Argentina

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  92. Proud of you Katelyn! Not many people could go through what you’ve had to these past couple of years and still endure. Your journey is an inspiration to many others and your parents are always smiling and watching over you!

  93. So proud of you beautiful!!! I’m very sorry for your loss and pain. You are right, they are with you, and they always will be. Keep going girl!! You got this!

  94. My ex-boyfriend is from the mid-west, and he experienced SAD pretty regularly. Living in Northern California I had no idea what SAD was, but now I’m very well-versed in this depression disorder. I didn’t realize 4 out of 5 sufferers are women, that’s very disappointing but not surprising. I used to do yoga 2-3 times a week, it was impossible to feel bad after class. I can totally see how Yoga blasts the symptoms of SAD right now of the water.

  95. I find the same thing happening to me because I am older and drive my own Jeep Wrangler and pull a trailer. People keep telling me how much they admire me for traveling alone. I tell them the alternative is staying at home alone. I also hate it when people (usually middle aged men) call me “young lady”. It makes me feel old enough to be their grandmother. It’s like calling a fat person “Slim”. When I pointed it out to a friend he told me he did it to make me feel better. Wrong! I am battling both fat shaming and ageism. At least I can DO something about my body, and with it my physical appearance and attitude.

  96. Hi, I’m graciela from Argentina, you seem like an example of life to me. I wanted you to give me some tips to get you started as I want to get out of this obese situation and I have many frustrated attempts

  97. Hi Naomi,

    Your success at maintaining your weight loss is inspiring. I have not signed-up for your program because I live way out in the boonies and have metered internet which severely affects what I can do online. Anyway, just wanted you to know that I think you are very cool and honest, and I enjoy reading your email. Thank-You.
    Linda Thomas

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  114. I came across this post and immediately felt connnected. Several years ago I weighed 305 lbs and felt fine in my body and accepted myself and felt okay. That was until I lost weight and got down to 215 lbs. I felt fabulous. Unfortunately it didn’t last and I got up to 350 lbs. I never could accept myself at that weight again. I felt horrible. I hated myself. No amount of “fat acceptance” would allow me love myself. Now I’m down to 225, I still struggle with accepting myself now. However I could never accept myself getting heavier. However, I go further and admit I do judge people and wonder how can they support this fat acceptance movement? Have they never felt what it is like to be comfortable in an airplane seat? So, I struggle with supporting body acceptance at any size because of my own experience. I’m not saying I am right. I realize people need to find their happy. But I’m liking my happy right here.