Glimmer, Sparks and the 100 Pound Elephant!

Staying positive is something that Amy and I often talk about. It's not something that you can neglect. You have to consciously think about renewing your mind and shifting your focus. Little things along the journey of weight loss put more "fuel" in your "tank of positivity."

Staying positive is something that Amy and I often talk about. It's not something that you can neglect. You have to consciously think about renewing your mind and shifting your focus. Little things along the journey of weight loss put more "fuel" in your "tank of positivity." 

I will never forget the unbelievable joy and the smile that came to my face the day at work that I hit my 100 pound weight-loss mark. I had nearly made it halfway! That thought alone made my spirit soar. 


My boss weighs about a "buck 10." A weight, I might add, I think my body saw only for a brief moment in the 3rd grade. Anyway, I looked at her and said, "I've nearly lost you!" Without hesitation I yelled, "Get on my back! Just hop on!” Mary literally jumped up, and off we went through the salon, like we were in some crazy competition, heading straight towards the finish line! 

Everyone was staring and I was shouting, "I've officially lost a Mary Swank!" Then, my back began to hurt and my knees started to feel weak and I had her jump off. I had been carrying that extra weight around for so many years; standing, swelling, aching and causing my joints so much hardship! In that instant, my mind was renewed, as the gravity of both the physical and emotional weight I had lost began to sink in.

In that moment, I felt so positive, strong and in control. I became aware of the impact of encouraging milestones in my future. It is almost helpful to wake up and look for the encouragement. Whether it may come in the form of a smile from a stranger, your pants not fitting so snugly, the words from a coworker that acknowledge your physical changes, or the way that during your workout you are able to push yourself just that much harder. Seek to find the glimmers of light in your world. They are the sparks that help your inner flame!

4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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