Living in a State of Transformation – (featured client Lisa)

Posted on October 2, 2009 by

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Lisa and her Boys

Lisa and her Boys

Although I have struggled with my weight my entire life, in my teens, 20’s and early 30’s, I was reasonably fit and active.  Then Life happened, and I chose to cope in self destructive ways.  By the time I’d seen the big 4-0 come and go, I had stopped beating myself up, and wanted to live a happy, balanced life again.  I discovered Genesis Transformation at precisely the right time – I had spent significant energy on emotional healing, and was ready to start healing my body; although, at the time, I didn’t identify my desire in those terms.  I simply wanted to lose weight.  When I started my GT journey in August 2008, I wasn’t just overweight, I was obese – and then some.  I had a BMI of 40, my cholesterol was nearing 300, I had chronic lower back problems, depression, acne, and I had stopped participating in life because I was mortified by my appearance.  I had stopped caring about things like my hairstyle and makeup and clothes, because from my perspective, you can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig.
Fast forward 14 months. I haven’t reached my goal yet, but have made significant progress.  Although it’s tempting, I’m not going to rattle off a laundry list of statistics, even though they blow my mind.  Instead, I want to share a little about what it has been like living in a state of transformation.
In the beginning, I was all about the fat loss.  I viewed my health as a by-product of losing weight.  Somewhere along the way, my mindset changed.  Now I view the fat loss as a by-product of having a healthy body that is receiving all of the care it needs:  clean fuel, water, exercise, and rest.  I’d be totally delusional if I claimed that seeing the number on the scale go down doesn’t get me psyched, but this process involves so much more than losing weight.
Anyone involved in the transformation process knows that it’s not always easy.  The challenges we face are both external and internal, but I find the internal struggles to be the most interesting and challenging.  I’ve found that I have to focus on just how cool this process is, even when people unintentionally try to put a negative spin on it.  For example, it’s not unusual for someone respond to my declining a donut by commenting “Oh, that’s right.  You can’t have donuts.”    I always respond by politely correcting them that although I can, I choose not to have donuts.  By saying this out loud, I reframe the scenario as being positive.  After all, choosing gives me power, while being denied a donut gives my power away.  Routinely reminding myself that I’m choosing this lifestyle has allowed me to continue to build on that sense of power and confidence without feeling deprived.  Granted, this process isn’t all rainbows and puppy dogs, but when I’m tempted to skip my cardio or give in to the impulse to sample a cookie, I always ask myself one question:  “How bad do you want It?”  “It”, for me, is defined as the healthy, active, vibrant life I’ve always envisioned for myself.   The choice then becomes pretty easy.  Interestingly, my choices seem to have a compounding effect – if I’ve chosen my goal over the impulse 104 times this month, it becomes that much easier to make the right choice the 105th time.
The impact that GT has had on my life is hard to describe.  There is no question that this process has dramatically improved my

Lisa

Lisa

overall health and well being, and at the risk of sounding corny, I’m grateful for having found GT and all of the amazing, inspiring people who are involved.  I can give you all the statistics, and we can measure the changes in my body in a number of ways, but I’ll give you just one:  a BMI of 26.5 instead of 40.  As you can imagine, that has had a dramatic effect on my appearance, and friends and colleagues have been generous with compliments.  However, the greatest compliment I’ve received to date came from a nurse who visits our office.  She inquired about my secret to successful weight loss, and after listening to my story, she looked at me in amazement – not at the size of my body, but at my eyes – and commented that it was as if she were meeting me for the first time; that I seemed to “have this energy” and be lit from within.
THAT is the power of transformation.

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