I’ve been heavy my whole life. I’ve bowed down before the bread and potato gods repeatedly for 50 years. And I’ve paid the price with my health, my energy and my happiness.
When I attended a Healthy Transformations information session, I was intrigued enough to sign up on the spot. I was honestly tired of doing the same things over and over and seeing the same depressing results. I felt like this was my last hope.
Eating In The Box
For the last three months, I’ve been “eating in the box” – a TON of greens and veggies every day, a moderate amount of protein and a general avoidance of the things I used to base my meals around: processed carbs.
And the results have been worth it! I’ve dropped 30 pounds already, and that made moving easier. I’ve started riding my stationary bike and have racked up over 50 miles, a little at a time.
I Feel Like I’m Being Rewired
I feel like I’m being rewired: I look forward to eating salad as the centerpiece of my meals. I routinely turn down my husband’s homemade bread – not because I have to, but because I’ve done the math and the satisfaction of eating it isn’t worth trading my success. Last week, I voluntarily consumed a salad with kale in it. Kale. Nature’s misfit toy. A plant so indestructible that even the SNOW can’t kill it.
It Isn’t Just About Following a Meal Plan
The program isn’t just about following a meal plan, though. We also work on modifying the mental patterns that form the habits of a lifetime. I’m learning to:
- Name the emotions that used to drive me to eat seconds (or thirds)
- Recognize the cues that trigger me to desire unhealthy foods – and change the routine to get the same “payoff” in a healthier way
- Redefine words like “treat” or “indulge” to separate them from food
It’s a Year-Long Journey
It’s a year-long journey, which seemed insane at the beginning, but I get it now: the program takes that amount of time to ensure that the new eating behaviours have become the new normal, while at the same time, ensuring we understand cravings, emotional eating, and ways to keep ourselves on track when we stumble or when life gets hard.
The Group Setting Has Been So Helpful
And the group setting has been so helpful: sharing successes reinforces that we can each achieve great things. Every program session begins with the victories we’ve achieved, and I’ve felt so supported by the group when I share mine.
If you’ve been on the fence about making changes, or investing in your health, I’d advise you to embrace the possibilities that Healthy Transformations opens. They aren’t selling quick-fixes to your health, based on dodgy science.
Healthy Transformations is the real deal!
Marie Davis is Director of One Day Web Group, an online marketing agency that produces amazing websites, email and digital marketing campaigns. Her go-to salad contains mixed greens, grape tomatoes, cucumber, pumpkin seeds, olive oil and too much vinegar. She still distrusts zombie kale.