Have you ever tried to lose weight before? What’s been your experience with previous attempts at losing weight?
Yes, I have tried to get to my ideal body weight since I was in college but I was going the conventional route of low-fat products, diet coke, vigorous exercise and basically anything that mainstream media was telling me to do. I would lose weight here and there but it would always come back, my skin was broken out and I felt crappy inside my skin.
Why do you think you gained the weight initially? What were some of the factors you feel contributed to it?
For me, it happened in college. I was eating in a big cafeteria and drinking a lot since I went to a big party school. Overall I didn’t feel 100% confident and secure in myself either so instead of listening to my intuition on what my body needed, I followed what others were doing.
How do you think your emotions played a part in your weight story?
Well, I would beat myself up. When I gained weight or would work out all the time and not see much of a difference in my body I took it as there being something wrong with me when in fact, it was immense love that I needed to be giving to my body and spirit. The odds that I am even here in a physical body is about 1 in a billion so I had to teach myself to treat my body like the temple that it is.
“You’ve been provided with a perfect body to house your soul for a few brief moments in eternity. So regardless of its size, shape, color, or any imagined infirmities, you can honor the temple that houses you by eating healthfully, exercising, listening to your body’s needs, and treating it with dignity and love.” Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
When did you notice you were losing weight? What else was changing in your life?
After college, I moved to San Diego for a job and was extremely happy with my work, living near the beach and being out on my own in the world. I was working for a personal development company and delved deeply into the work of spirit, faith, love and creating absolutely anything you can dream of. When I became happy, the weight just started to melt off. But then, I got intrigued so I started to really delve into the work of nutrition and started seeing that everything the mainstream media is telling us about food and diet is essentially incorrect. Our body needs protein and high quality fat, ample sleep, spiritual practices to keep us grounded and daily inspiration to keep our mind focused and invested in the future. The packaged, processed foods that are being labeled as “diet” foods are killing us and making us fat, depressed and stuck.
Since you didn’t follow a diet, were there any other intentional behaviors or habits that you felt helped you with losing weight?
Visualization, manifestation, writing, working out, spending time with friends. Any activity that ignited my soul and brought joy to my life.
Were there any “bad habits” you needed to break? How did you change your behavior?
I had an eating disorder since I was 16 and when I made the intentional choice to change, it literally disappeared. I chose wellness.
Are you satisfied with your current weight? How long have you maintained your weight loss?
Yes! I feel strong, sexy and confident in my body. I am fit and active and only feed my body that which will fuel my body and spirit. I’ve maintained a healthy weight for nearly 4 years without really even thinking much about it.
Looking back on your experience, what did you learn about yourself?
I learned that weight loss has very little to do with food and very much to do with your relationship with yourself. Making an drastic change in your life is 80% psychology and 20% mechanics. When I work with clients who want to lose weight, I have them tap into WHY they want to lose weight and then the HOW happens easily and effortlessly.
Bio: Carly Shankman is a certified Holistic Health Coach on a mission to create a happier, healthier world through whole food nutrition. She believes that mental, spiritual and physical health are not exclusive of one another. Connect with Carly on her website, Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter.