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If you're looking for articles featuring inspiration or the latest in health and weight loss news, look no further.

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  1. Healthy Eating   
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  1. Balance   
       3 posts
  1. Meal Planning   
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  1. Clean Eating   
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  1. Gluten Free   
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  1. Cheat Day   
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  1. Parenting   
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  1. Inspiration   
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  1. Guest Post   
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Lose weight for someone ELSE (if you can't lose it for YOU)

Some days when I'm looking through my Facebook feed or just doing my regular research on the Internet, I am faced with the burning question in my brain:

With all of the diet programs available, why are so many people still struggling with their weight and their health?

I'm not the first person to ask this question, and I sure won't be the last, but upon asking this simple question to some family and friends, here are just a few responses I received:

It's too hard to make myself a priority with all the other things I do each day.

Healthy food takes more time to make and I'm already so busy.

My kids don't like healthy food.

I always fall into peer pressure.

I'm sure you can add your own to this list, as there is no shortage of reasons why changing your eating habits can be a true struggle for many.

But what if you're in a situation where you absolutely have to make a change? Like, if you don't, it could potentially turn into a life-or-death situation?

Well, this was the exact situation my sister found herself in several years back.

You see, my dear sister Vicky has always struggled with her weight. I can still remember now, 30 years later, hearing the neighborhood kids make fun of her, calling her fat and lazy. She was only 8 years old at the time, but situations like that leave permanent scars that are hard to erase.

Fast forward to high school and the situation just continued to get painfully worse. Not only was the tipping the scales at over 200 pounds, the lack of self-confidence and self-esteem were affecting every area of her life. She isolated herself from other people at school and she stopped putting any effort into her grades or school work. She thought, what's the point? So many people are telling me I'm worthless so it must be true, right?

Fast forward even more and she married a man who was just as heavy as she was. Together, they were each approaching 300 pounds and they were a tag team in their destructive eating behavior. Vicky was able to get pregnant, but as you can imagine, it was a very difficult pregnancy. She developed gestational diabetes that reached dangerous levels and required her to wear an insulin pump. Thankfully, my nephew Alex was born healthy, but Vicky's health just continued to deteriorate. Now with the work of a newborn, taking care of herself was completely off the radar.

Then it happened.

That day where she realized her life was really not all about her anymore. For some parents it happens immediately, but for others it takes just a little bit more time. For Vicky, it came when Alex was about 3 years old.

After a visit to the pediatrician, they determined that Alex was dramatically underweight. Vicky explained to the doctors that Alex refused to eat and this was a constant battle with him. Some days he would eat a spoonful of yogurt and refuse anything else the rest of the day. On many occasions it brought Vicky to tears, and me as well. Then the pediatrician asked her that painful question. The one that was so heart-wrenching to hear, but ended up saving her life,

"Vicky, how is your and your husband's relationship with food?"

Vicky could almost not even speak, the tears were welling up so fast. She had never associated her painful battle with getting her son to eat to her own food addition, but she could see how even at the young age of 3, her son was being affected.

So Vicky walked out of that office and vowed to no longer let food rule her life. She would be the controller of her own life. Not pizza, not sugar, not fast food...SHE would be the one who determined the future of her health and that of her son.

The past 2 years for Vicky have been really tough, but absolutely life changing. She has now successfully lost over 150 pounds using the principles that I teach in Beyond Diet. She said to me, "Here I have had this gift right in front of my face this whole time, I just needed to be ready to listen."

So to answer the question I posed at the beginning of this newsletter, "Why, with so many weight loss programs, is it so hard for so many people to lose weight?"

Very simply, because they have to WANT to!

You see, Vicky knew my programs inside and out, but it did her absolutely no good until she had a strong enough reason WHY to do it...her son.

Where are you in your weight loss journey today?

Do you know all the right things to do, but you just can't seem to implement them into your life? Is your WHY strong enough, or do you need to find something or someone outside of yourself to finally get your health and your weight under control?

For me, my WHY is no longer about me. It's about people like my sister and people like you who need me to show them by example that true health and happiness can be achieved through eating delicious and healthy food. I also do it for my sons, who see how much time and effort I put into our meals and see that eating good food is so worth it.

Categories

  1. Healthy Eating   
       8 posts
  1. Balance   
       3 posts
  1. Meal Planning   
       3 posts
  1. Clean Eating   
       2 posts
  1. Gluten Free   
       2 posts
  1. Cheat Day   
       1 posts
  1. Parenting   
       1 posts
  1. Inspiration   
       1 posts
  1. Guest Post   
       1 posts

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