I have struggled with my weight for most of my life. I am talking about a psychological and physical battle that has been raging inside me for more than 25 years. My mom and older sister were 5’2 and never weighed more than 100 pounds. My younger sister, is 5’8″ and weighs about 130. In high school, I was 5’4″ and weighed 150 and wore a size 10/12. At home, mom would look at me, shake her head and slap me on the stomach and say “Suck it in girl.” Then she would smack me on the butt and say “Tighten that bottom girl” or “Just stop eating so much!” I starved myself down to a size 6, but mom still clucked her tongue and shook her head and said “Ten more pounds girl.” It didn’t take me long to realize that with her, there was always going to be 10 more pounds to lose, no matter what my weight. Oh, BTW, mom was an alcoholic, my older sister a bulimic and my younger sister, an anorexic.
What If You Could Say Goodbye To Dieting?
And then I got pregnant! Being pregnant was like I was holding my breath for 25 years and I was finally able to let out this huge exhale of air. My husband would bring me whatever foods I was craving. If I couldn’t decide between Wendy’s and Arby’s, he brought me both. If I couldn’t decide between a chocolate chip mint ice cream cone and a Snicker’s Bar, he brought me both. I gained 62 pounds. After my daughter was born, I dieted and exercised to a size 12. It was difficult to not give into the cravings. I knew in order to stay at a “normal” weight, I had to live a life a self denial. If a craving came up, I would hush it with a cigarette or a drink. It was easy to stay a size 12 when I was smoking a pack of cigarettes a day or having a drink instead of eating. I was a size larger than I was before the baby, but I was fine with that. I kept that up for 7 or 8 years.
When I met my current husband in 1997, I weighed 180 and wore a size 16/18. Over the next 4 years, I had two more babies and my weight went up to 200, where it stayed for almost 10 years. I wasn’t at a size 6 anymore, but I had stopped smoking and drinking, so for that, I was grateful. In 2011, I was in nursing school and had an accident which injured my back. I was in a pain management program for the next 3 years. I graduated from school but couldn’t work, so I spent a lot of time watching TV and eating…and eating…and eating. My weight ballooned up to almost 250. (I cannot believe I just said that…OMG…) And here I sit. Pouring my heart out to you and worried I am going to spend the next 50 years struggling with my weight. I still hear my mom telling me to “Suck it in girl” and “Tighten that bottom girl” and “OMG, why are you eating so much?!” The insanity just has to stop.
Well friends, this battle has exhausted me and I cannot do it any longer. I had to find how to say goodbye to dieting and hello to living. I have tried every diet known to man, some more than once, and others more than twice or even three times. I have spent most of my life hating my body. I hate to even look at myself in the mirror anymore. And pictures? No way Jose! I am even finding myself declining invitations so people won’t see how much weight I have gained. This has got to stop. Thankfully, I have found a program I feel is the answer to many prayers. Hello Life Studio is a program that gives you your freedom from diets. It gives you your life back. No more worrying about how much or what you are eating, if or how much you are exercising and how to feel beautiful. The program was created by Megan Lockhart, who you are going to love! She has built a community of women who have decided to say goodbye to dieting and hello to a life you have been dreaming about for a long, long time.
I am going to be honest. This concept that Megan has created has been weird for me. Because I have had such a hatred for my body, finding things about it I find beautiful is uncomfortable. But Megan tells you some areas of the Hello Life Signature Program will make you squirm a little! Tossing the idea of dieting was also a bit weird for me. But I have been dieting for 25 years, so getting that paradigm shift will take a bit of reconditioning of your mind. What Megan has done is create a program that is not a 21 day quick fix or fad diet. Rather, she has developed a life long program you can actually live with. You gradually incorporate healthy choices into your life. Like Monday, I ditched soda and started drinkign water. IN the Pre-Module, you learn how to fall in love with greens. Yes, I am in love with spinach an arugula now! The program doesn’t just focus on changing the way you eat or move your body, but it helps you change your mind. The program is not about restricting. Instead, it is about nourishing your body, mind and spirit. Now THAT, is a combination I have been missing all my life and it is about damn sure time I started changing they way I have been doing things. Megan pointed out to me that deep down, we are craving more than junk food. We are craving health, wellness, happiness, space, and self-care. Don’t you agree? I now for myself, I am not well versed in allowing myself to explore those areas of my life. I am going to be posting about my progress, so please stay tuned and see how great I am feeling (and looking too!)
Megan is a holistic health coach as well as a Bootybarre instructor. Megan’s passion for helping women comes through in her work. As you listen to her soft and soothing voice in the audio modules, you feel like you are the most important person on the planet. And you know what? While she is talking to me about my personal transformation or setting my intentions for the program, I am the most important person at that moment! The Hello Life Signature Program consists of 6 weekly modules, (released on Mondays), group coaching calls, and even a kick in the butt when you need it! The modules include audio, visual, and challenges to keep you going throughout the week. It is compatible with iPhones, iPads, and computers, so you can access the program anywhere and anytime you need it. The Hello Life Signature Program comes at a cost of $350, which in my opinion, is totally reasonable. I mean, what cost can you put on getting your life back, right? The next session begins on September 14th, so you still have time to sign up! AND, exclusively for Kicking it With Kelly readers, Megan is offering $50 off your enrollment! So what are you waiting for?!? Sign up here ——–> http://www.hellolifestudio.com/