Please welcome the fabulous Shellie Bowdoin to the blog today.
Shellie Bowdoin is the inspirational blogger behind The FABulous Journey. She is dedicated to empowering women to live fabulous, fashionable, fit and fulfilling lives. She believes that fabulous knows no age! She wants others to believe it…and live like it too. She is a 48 year-old mother of two practically grown kids and I has been married for 26 years! Although raised in the South, she has lived and worked in Asia for the last twenty-one years.
This time of year strikes fear in the heart of many middle-aged women. There’s no denying that weight gain plays on the mind of many of us. For some like me, it’s just a continuation of a common life theme, while for others it’s yet another change or transition that characterizes this season of life.
But then, add to this all-too-present reality the fact that the holiday season is right around the corner and there you have the recipe for serious stress. You may already be grappling with the extra pounds that have taken residence in the last few years and now, you dread the prospect of adding another five or ten pounds to deal with after the New Year.
Two years ago, I was in this exact spot. I was 47 years old, 30 pounds overweight and extremely frustrated with my inability to pull things together. After two decades of yo-yo dieting, I was fed up with the constant cycle of weight loss and weight gain. I knew the “right” things to do, but I couldn’t seem to find a balance that I could consistently maintain for a lifetime.
Most people would not choose mid-November as an optimum time for a weight reality check. But, I was so tired of feeling like a victim to food. Here I was at a season of life where I had the time and freedom to explore new personal horizons and I was stuck in a puddle of self-pity because of a number on the scale and tight pair of pants.
Instead of looking for another diet or another workout plan, it was time to alter my relationship with food for good. I decided to journal my thoughts, expectations, self-talk and assumptions about food. I started making small, manageable changes to my diet and then I would sit down each night to reflect on how those changes made me feel.
Through this process, I uncovered what I truly believed about food. Finally, I was empowered to establish habits that I could follow for a lifetime. Now, I’m two years down the road and food is no longer my life theme. I can honestly say I go through days without giving one thought to food or my response to it.
This whole process made such an impact on me that I have written dozens of blog posts to share what I’ve learned. I wanted other women to be equipped with the same knowledge I’ve found. However, after about a year of writing, I realized that it would be hard for someone to get to the place I am by wading through all of my posts.
So, I wrote a book, Find Your Weigh, to walk you through the process that was so life-changing for me. I promise this book is not your typical diet book. There’s no special soup to fix or calories to count. In fact, I don’t believe diets can yield life-long success over weight…ever.
Instead, Find Your Weigh helps you figure out why you act the way you do around food so you can establish mindful eating habits to carry on for the rest of your life. I did it and, for the first time in my life, I’ve taken weight off its pedestal in my head and replaced it with living!”
My book, Find Your Weigh is now available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle forms. I am living proof that today is better than any to get the weight of weight off your back and free yourself up for new horizons.
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