Angie

  • Location: Japan
  • About: Finally committed to getting rid of a lot of excess baggage in my life.
  • Why I've Joined Reboot with Joe: To change my relationship with food, release 170 unwanted pounds....and find my true self in the process!!
  • Favorite Juice? Depends on the season!
  • Food temptation? Pizza, pasta, bread and ice cream...

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  • Valentine's Reboot Challenge: Do you love yourself enough??

    Started by Angie, Last reply by Angie on 2013-02-09 21:51:07

    Number of Replies: 3

    ?When I loved myself enough, I began leaving whatever wasn't healthy. This meant people, jobs, my own beliefs and habits - anything that kept me small.

    My judgement called it disloyal. Now I see it as self-loving.?

    ? Kim McMillen, When I Loved Myself Enough
    ................................................................

    I almost feel as if I am finally emerging from a life-long cocoon.

    Quite surreal, to say the least. I tipped the scales at 307 pounds (139.4 kilos) about 15 months ago. After seeing yet another unflattering photo of myself...(it actually looked as if I had a HUGE spare tire attached to my waist...), I decided that enough was enough! Something HAD to be done, so I took the leap and started doing it. Finally, I began to focus on becoming the change I wanted to see in myself. WOW! The amazing power of self-love!

    The journey I am going to tell you about has not been an easy one for me. I grew up on southern cuisine: crispy southern fried chicken, flakey buttermilk biscuits, blackberry cobbler, homemade macaroni and cheese (not from a box), mashed potatoes with tons of butter, fried catfish, steak and rice with gravy, BBQ ribs...and the list goes on....and on. And being a black woman, I fell into that cultural trap of thinking that I, too, had 'big bones'...and that I needed a big body to support them. I was paralyzed by my own way of doing, thinking and being for 26 years. Though successful in many other areas of my life, I felt totally helpless when it came to my relationship with food. Hence, trapped in that awful 'cocoon.'

    My first challenge was to eliminate meat, fish, eggs and all dairy from my diet for 3 months. Weaning myself off of these foods, I was able to do a one-month green smoothie challenge successfully. That led me to the DVD 'Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead.' That encouraged me to try juicing, which I did for two weeks. I lost 16 pounds, but more so than the weight, I was finally able to put a finger on the emotional baggage that had blocked me from eating healthier food all these years. Once I dealt with all of that "weight," from the cocoon I began to emerge.

    I am now at 219 pounds (99.5 kilos), with another 83 pounds (37.5 kilos) to go. My goal is to treat myself to a 60-day juice challenge starting on....Valentine's Day. Please join me if you dare to make a life change for the better. LOL!

    As for the schedule, it will be broken into 5 parts. Please go to '2013 Valentine's Reboot Challenge: Do you love yourself enough?' on facebook....and request to join us at your earliest convenience!!

    As a strategic events planner, I have tried to come up with a plan that I think will ensure a high rate of success. Still, each person is free to change this challenge to fit his or her own needs. The important thing is to LISTEN to your own body and do what is best to ensure a personalized, healthy reboot. This is NOT a competition in which you have to keep up with others, or apologize for eating during the juicing periods. This is, very simply put, about finding a style of eating that works best for you and your family....one that leads you and yours to greater, stronger (and hopefully longer!) health.

    Well, I will be on the facebook page (and sometimes here) to help support you as much as I can...as well as keep you up on how my own challenge story unfolds. Please feel free to post your thoughts, stories, favorite links, pictures, etc...and let me know how you are when you have time. As there seems to be a few problems with posting comments on this site, I thought FB would be a much easier way to communicate. Oh...and one more thing: I live in Japan so some of the facebook posts between those on the challenge will be written in Japanese. Please enjoy the diversity!! LOL!

    I wish you all the best. Here's to loving ourselves enough....

    Antsu (Angie)

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