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!

Q: I end up overeating because it makes me feel better and I never really get full. I'd like to lose weight but this makes it hard. Any suggestions?

A: Being persistently hungry can cause big trouble. So can overeating for comfort/pleasure. These two behaviors, say researchers from Baylor University's Children's Nutrition Research Center, are controlled deep within your brain by serotonin-producing neurons, but operate separately from each other — one in the hypothalamus, the other in the midbrain. They both can, however, end up fueling poor nutritional choices and obesity.

Eating for Hunger

When hunger is your motive for eating, the question is: "Does your body know when you've had enough?" Well, if you are overweight, obese or have diabetes you may develop leptin resistance and your "I am full" hormone, leptin, can't do its job. The hormone's signal to your hypothalamus is dampened, and you keep eating.

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