Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Success Tip- TLC DIET Testimonial

It is such an honor to coach such amazing people. I get to learn from them every day. Brenda took a chapter The Low Criticism Diet, from my book, Funky to Fabulous: Less Stress and More Success for the Savvy, Sassy and Swamped to a whole new level. She is demonstrating to me and the rest of us, the power of actually abstaining from criticizing.

Here's what she had to say

"Two weeks ago, I started with Eli on the TLC diet and I now weigh 134 pounds! I have not been below 137# for over two years despite, literally, thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours of effort. I just started talking sweetly to my belly and eating my lunch at a table instead of my desk and cutting out any negative talk to myself or to others. Every morning, I’d look in the mirror and be thinner! And lots happier! And I’ve gotten to the gym three times with no excuses!

Eli is really onto something and you might want to listen.

Long story short, I hadn’t been hungry when my mom died, I hadn’t been eating because I was grieving…I had been ANGRY with all the hassles and family disagreements. And, placed in a similar situation with family once again, I was ANGRY yesterday and I’m ANGRY today. Those hunger pangs were just my stomach rumbling with adrenaline and acid and me stuffing my emotions instead of having a temper tantrum, good big sis that I am.

When my mom died in December 2003, I put on ten pounds in three months, and went from a size 8 to a size 10, the first time I had ever been over 132 pounds…topping off at 142 pounds. I’ve been able to hold in that 137-142 pound range for two years and wearing a size 10, and not gain more, but joining a personal training gym and walking a few hundred miles a year and trying to eat better hadn’t caused any of it to budge. I tried colonics, and the South Beach Diet, diet pills and bio-identical estrogen replacement.

Until yesterday all was going peachy with the TLLCand then I caught up in this family drama. But what a great lesson! Now I know that when I feel that “hunger” I need to do something to express my feelings to the parties involved and not cover that feeling up with a frozen pizza like I did last night!


Anonymous said...

What if stress and anxiety makes you LOSE your appetite? The thought of food makes me sick while I'm in that state. How do I deal with my stress without starving myself?

Funky to Fabulous said...

Hi There,
You are right. When you are under deep stress or grief you do lose your appitite.

TLC could help you in a time of great trouble as well.

Being gentle with yourself can help. Take a walk, a bubble bath and a nap if you can.

It's important to keep your stregth up and eat nurtuing foods.

Please take care, and stay in touch.