This week I’m sharing a wonderful post from one of our A-Team superheroes. With her permission of course, I asked her to share this because it is such an awesome example of how we really truly can achieve our goal. And notice, in her post, Janet’s experience has given her a lot more than just weight loss. So without further adieu, here is Janet’s story…
This weekend marks my one year anniversary on the oh-so Luminous Plan. These photos show how far I’ve come. I look at them and have a hard time believing it. This has been so much more than a diet for me. In fact, I don’t even like to call it that. It’s a new way of living. Yes, I’ve lost a lot of weight — 46 pounds if this morning’s reading is to be believed — but I’ve gained so much more than that. My Top 10 list:
1. Bad feelings associated with binging are largely gone. Even when I slip, I get right back to it, forgive myself and settle back into my healthy relationship with food.
2. Inflammation, which has plagued me for decades and caused me much upper respiratory suffering, is much reduced. A huge measure of improvement is that most days now I can smell my food. That means food tastes immeasurably better.
3. My self-image is light years better. Sure, it helps that I put on size 6 and 8 clothes now instead of size 14 and 16. But it’s also because I feel good about how I’m caring for myself, especially with healthy food choices.
4. Not having food to fall back on when emotional stress becomes overwhelming, I’ve had to focus on other ways to relieve those pressures. I discovered a new best friend in Michael Singer and his Untethered Soul. This has resulted in much-needed healing of past anxieties.
5. For the most part (though not recently because of life’s stressors), I sleep much better now.
6. My skin is healthier. The Luminous Glow is real.
7. My family has embraced healthier eating. My 15-year-old son even stated that he likes how we eat now better than before the Luminous Plan.
8. Taking better care of myself nutritionally has spilled over into other parts of my life. I’ve taken up painting and drawing, which has proven nourishing to my spirit.
9. I drink less alcohol. I imagine my liver approves.
10. I have expanded my support network through some wonderful friends I’ve made here.
I can’t thank you all enough for sticking by me for the last 12 months, and thank you Sara for developing this plan and making this space for us to work on it together.
I confess to some nervousness about how the next year will go, but I don’t feel much desire to return to unhealthy habits. I still have some trust issues, evidenced by the fact that I’ve had a hard time sending all of the big clothes to Goodwill. But I did get rid of a lot of them, and a year from now, I hope to feel the freedom to let them all go.
Stay tuned, y’all!
p.s. So many Wednesdays people post here about feeling discouraged about tiny losses or little gains. I posted the chart so you can see how all of my little ups and downs combined into a lovely trend that wiped that look of horror off my face. Trust it, people!