After years of unsuccessful dieting, I finally realized that needed a little extra help, so a couple of weeks ago, I reached out to my friend Bridget Elliot, Certified Health & Wellness Coach and owner of Panda the Red Wellness Solutions to help me with my eating habits.
On and off, since the age of 12, I have been on the Weight Watchers Diet where everything I ate was assigned a point value. I was given a maximum amount of points per day I could eat and when I ate those points, I was done eating. When I really stuck to the plan, I was successful and lost a significant amount of weight; however, after I went back to my normal eating habits, I would regain all my weight plus some. The problem I had on the plan was my main focus was finding away to cheat the system and eat anything I wanted without considering the what the consequences those foods would have on my body. I lived on low point frozen diners, fat free ice cream, and even a whole bag of fat free potato chips for only 5 points none of which had any nutritional value. Now, with Bridget’s help, I am re-thinking my relationship with food and how the foods I eat feed and heal my body rather than making me fatter and unhealthy.
This new way of thinking hasn’t been very easy to adopt. It seems like everything I thought I knew about nutrition was wrong. Fat free or low fat foods, for example, my refrigerator and cabinets are full of these foods, and after learning about reading labels, I’ve discovered that though they may be low in fat, they are full of chemicals and sugar. Bridget has me focusing on whole natural and organic foods. I am eating to live now rather than living to eat.
I have a long way to go and a lot to learn, but with the help of Bridget and her Panda the Red Wellness program along with my continued participation with the JoJo and Operation Boot Camp. I have all the tools I need to be successful once and for all. Over the next few months I will keep you updated on my progress so stay tuned.