It definitely was a process that helped me drop the weight. But the combination of all listed below - not only did I get back to my original weight, but I also felt happy too. After all - the eating was an emotional reaction to a bland life.
Take pieces of this, all of this, or add to this - whatever feels right for YOU.
- Listened to my inner knowing instead of peer pressure, stress decision making, being impulsive, doing what I think I "should" or making fear based decisions.
- Self love forgiving myself for past mistakes.
- At peace with life accepting it the way it currently is.
- Worked towards my goals, I didn't just set intentions, I made an action plan and followed through with it!
- Lived with integrity, no more lying to myself or others - about anything!
- Released relationships that made me feel bad no matter who they were - this was a tough one for me because I had it that I "should" put up with family that were toxic to me.
- Meditated most days, the biggest gift that I have ever given myself. A chance to recharge my energy AND be in charge of my mind.
- Made decisions from a place of feeling and gut instinct instead of thinking and rationalizing.
- Found a sport (exercise) that I loved to do so it didn't feel like hard work to move my body and get fresh air. This also took a lot of failures before I found what I loved.
- Started businesses that used my creativity and left the corporate commercial banking nightmare job. Money became less important and happiness more.
- Listened to sage teachers that resonated with me. People like Tolle, Chopra, Buddha and many others.
- Stopped watching TV, or news - this probably made the BIGGEST single difference. My time is instead spent with loved ones, playing tennis, reading interesting books or relaxing in HEALTHY ways!
- Learned to let go of past hurts - read an amazing book called Radical Forgiveness that taught me that it's actually a GIFT if you look at it the right way.
- Increased my volunteer work - this was a huge one for me, as giving brings happiness.
- Writing a daily journal with a nonjudgmental stream on consciousness so that I noticed what stories were playing in the background.
- List 10 things I am grateful for every day which kept me focused on all of my blessings versus the "Woe is me" trap that I was slipping into!
- and finally I made a commitment to BliSS knowing that I have a choice at any moment to be happy, kind, peaceful, generous and grateful - and choose it!