This is a question that I have been pondering for some time. I am still trying to figure out how is it that when I went from walking 8 hours a week to 4 hours a week, I regained most of the weight I had lost. I can’t say for sure, but I did come across some information that suggests that overtraining can actually stress the body to the point that it will hold on to calories even more. Perhaps my body was too stressed and when I reduced my walking workouts, it simply took the opportunity to recoup its losses. I suppose that is one theory. Of course, there are other factors I may need to consider, but those are probably beyond the scope of this blog post.
I am making the effort to walk at least 3 times a week again, and this time, I am taking some breaks during my walks. I still like to go out for about 2 hours at a time, but instead of non-stop, fast walking for 2 hours straight (which is what I used to do) I now take several breaks. I haven’t been doing this long enough to say for sure if it is working better, but I suppose, like any exercise routine, I will have to wait and see what the long-term results are.
I’ve made another change to my exercise routine as well. A while back, I happened to be watching Teresa Tapp on a PBS special and decided that her book on T-Tapp exercise was worth reading. Although most of the book is filled with testimonials that read like an advertisement for her products, the information she gives is solid and convincing. The complete 15-minute T-Tapp workout is explained in detail in the book. I am doing that workout 3 to 4 times a week in addition to the walking. Again, it is too early to say what effect this is having on me, but so far, it seems to be positive.
I have been on hiatus from blogging for quite a while now, and likewise, I took a break from walking. Just a few weeks ago I started to ease back into my walking routine. Despite taking out a two-year gym membership a year ago last June, I have discovered that I really don’t like to go to the gym, and much prefer to walk outdoors. Unfortunately, our weather here is much too hot during the summer for that, hence the long hiatus.
However, I have not completely ignored my quest to discover the key to healthy weight. I have certainly tried and failed many times over the years when it came to weight loss. As I’ve discussed before in this blog, diets are designed to fail. The weight loss industry knows this, and the biggest names in weight loss all very cleverly redesign their program every few years. After all, when the weight comes back, you can just blame it on the old program, because hey, there’s a new one that’s going to work much better…until it doesn’t. To quote John Bradshaw, “Diets are the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on a suffering group of people.”
I have spent a lot of time reading during my walking (and blogging) hiatus, and have endeavored to uncover the emotional and psychological reasons behind toxic weight. I’m sure there are many, and the reasons most certainly vary from person to person. According to Louise Hay, excess weight is often the mind’s way of creating physical protection. It doesn’t have to necessarily signify protection from physical abuse. In fact, I would guess that for most people, it is probably protection from emotional and psychological abuse. And as Henry Grayson points out in his excellent book on mind-body healing, much of this abuse (or negative programming) is unconscious. So, the key is to uncover the unconscious beliefs and reprogram them. Ah, that is quite a task, and one I have only begun to tackle.
So here I am, having gone through the cycle once again of having lost weight and regained. However, this time is a bit different. Unlike with dieting, where I would gain it all back and then some (we all can relate to that, I’m sure), I only gained back part of it. A lot of this weight gain happened when I cut my walking from 8 hours a week to 4 hours. That concept still has me stumped. Once I dwindled down to no walking, my weight seemed to hold steady. Believe me, I’m NOT giving up walking, but I certainly need to reevaluate my plan.
I was recently contemplating “Meatless Monday”, a movement to promote vegetarianism, when a thought occurred to me: Why not “Walking Wednesday”? If you are not already a regular walker, I would like to suggest that you get out and take a walk this Wednesday. If possible, tweet the time, distance, or steps taken on Wednesday using the hashtag #WalkingWednesday.
And remember to invite your friends along for Walking Wednesday!
Sometimes the simplest things can be difficult, though, but they are certainly worth the effort.
All the chocolate and other sweets I ate during the holidays really took their toll on me. I have to admit it was hard to see so much of the weight that came off last year come right back on. What’s even worse is trying to lose weight when you are carrying an emotional bag of guilt around with you all the time.
So, for today, and every day, I am starting at zero. I realized that I would not be successful if my mind was focused on the idea of fixing the past (i.e. the weight I gained over the holidays). I then decided that this was point zero—my new starting point. It is such a relief to let go of past burdens and just start fresh.
Affirmation for today: I let go of the past, and start anew.
Recently I got the idea to use the many affirmations in Sondra Ray’s book, The Only Diet There Is, as a starting point for the EFT work I’ve been doing based on Dr. Grayson’s method. As I started reading through Ray’s book again, I came across a paragraph which really sums up the idea that weight is really related to beliefs, and not food.
"Food has nothing to do with weight. It is the thoughts and attitudes you have about yourself, about food, and about your body that cause overweight. Only by changing your thoughts and attitudes about yourself, about food, and about your body will you free yourself from the tyranny of endless worrying and endless dieting."
This book is a real treasure trove of wisdom on underlying causes of overweight, and yet so few people seek out such books when dealing with weight. Why are we so obsessed with dieting and the external factors rather than emotions and the internal aspects of healing weight? Maybe it’s just the feeling of control we get from dealing with the non-emotional factors. Maybe it’s just too hard to face the emotions buried in our toxic weight.
For the time being, it seems our future is riddled with more diet books, exercise programs, and pills, because that’s what people want, apparently. Perhaps we need to create more safe environments for weight loss instead of more diet centers. A radical idea indeed, but we are all free to choose our own paths. What path will you choose?
In my last blog post I wrote about Dr. Grayson’s book, whose program is essentially based on EFT (emotional freedom technique). The beauty of EFT is that is allows you to continually “peel layers of the onion” (a phrase I learned from Louise Hay). In other words, the more you work with it, the more you uncover about your limiting beliefs. Why is this important? Well, as Dr. Grayson says in Use Your Body to Heal Your Mind, “our barriers to healing are largely unconscious.” EFT is a great way to work through those top layers to get to the sub-conscious roots of our problems.
Regardless of where you begin, you will eventually start to uncover more and more of these hidden beliefs until you’ve peeled the whole onion, so to speak. If you really don’t know where to begin, Dr. Grayson has several worksheets you can use as a starting point. (You can find these in his book or on his website.) I am often amazed at what I uncover as I work through a round of EFT, as related thoughts inevitably come up. I then know what to work on for the next round, and so on.
One thing I’ve learned from using this method is that you really can’t go wrong. Choose a target (a limiting belief to work on), and just work through it until it improves or you hit on another facet of the problem that needs attention. I personally practice this for about 10 minutes a day, and if there is something I need to continue with, I will write about it in my journal so I can work on it the next day.
So what’s holding you back from peeling your own onion? It’s never too late to start, and things can only get better if you try.
A couple months ago I purchased a book by Dr. Henry Grayson called Use Your Body to Heal Your Mind. At the core of this method is EFT (emotional freedom technique) with some variations introduced by Dr. Grayson. Because I was already familiar with EFT, this new book really clicked with me.
One of the techniques I learned from the book is the Thymus Heart Rub (see Dr. Grayson’s web site for a video demonstration of this technique). I generally start my EFT sessions with this technique, but found it very helpful to use a simple adaptation of the heart rub during the day whenever I catch myself engaged in self-criticism. I’m amazed at how many times I catch myself in the act of thinking negatively, and am grateful that I have a technique to replace the criticism with positive messages instead.
If you are not familiar with EFT, I recommend doing some research and using the many free resources online, or better yet, purchase a book on the subject (Gary Craig and Gloria Arenson are two of my favorite authors) or buy Dr. Grayson’s book and work through his program. It really is quite simple and he has created a number of downloadable worksheets to help you pinpoint beliefs that prevent healing. If you prefer to work with a practitioner, I would recommend a good friend of mine who works with clients via Skype or telephone. You can contact Teresa Bolen through her web site Magic At Your Fingertips.
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