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Cris G. 

Age: 43 years old

Start Weight: 207.2 lbs

End Weight: 168.4 lbs*

Weight Lost: 38.8 lbs*

Biggest Life Change: Incredible self confidence

Most Mindful Tip: Focus on your company rather than the food during meals

“Don’t get me wrong, the compliments from my husband have been great (and inspired some welcome extracurricular exercise!) but the real confidence I’m radiating has come from me, and it feels brilliant!” I felt like my life was in a holding pattern; I was tremendously busy and was using it as a distraction so I didn’t have to acknowledge that I was at my heaviest weight and not happy. My realization was that there will be no perfect time, no stress-free break where I can address what’s contributing to my weight-gain; I had to make my health a priority, and put me on the busy to-do list. 

I started the GreenLite Medicine program on February 1, 2012. I had heard about the program on the radio and did the subsequent research online and in weight loss chat rooms to learn more. I wasn’t looking for a diet, I wanted a program that could help me connect with my body and relearn how to nurture and feed it. I was nervous about the weigh-in and overwhelmed at first by feelings of shame, but from the very first session with Bridget and Kira (my GreenLite team) I have felt nothing but incredible support. We set an initial goal of 50-57 pounds* which seemed daunting at the time, but every week I get closer to that goal and feel more confident about my future.

The structure GreenLite provides is perfect for me, I’m held accountable at weekly meetings and able to strategize with Bridget and Kira about particular challenges in my schedule. We have even gone online in a session to plan out a restaurant meal – it felt liberating to know up-front what was a good food investment so I could focus on my dinner companions and conversation instead of obsessing about what was on (or not on) my plate! Food is no longer the center of my celebrations but a side dish, where it belongs!

I have had an ongoing love/hate relationship with exercise since college. I always feel great when I have completed a workout but find myself challenged to initiate exercise. My initial workouts included appointments with friends to attend classes or go for a walk and even scheduling time with a personal trainer. I’m now adding new activities; hiking, dance, aerobics, kickboxing, or mapping a new walking route, to keep things interesting. My goal is to keep moving; it doesn’t matter if I suck at any individual class or sport at first, as my body gets stronger physical activity gets easier.

The biggest “aha!” moment for me has been recognizing how much of my day was consumed with thoughts about food. I now use that time and energy in a way that is constructive, getting a lot more done because that incessant food noise is handled, my body is nourished, and my mind is clear. Don’t get me wrong, the compliments from my husband have been great (and inspired some welcome extracurricular exercise!) but the real confidence I’m radiating has come from me, and it feels brilliant!

One of my favorite meals is to julienne several asparagus spears to create asparagus “linguini” (can also be done with zucchini), steam them in the microwave for 2 minutes on high in a bowl with water almost covering the vegetable, drain and set aside. In a medium pan sauté a ½ cup of zucchini, broccoli or any other favorite vegetable with some garlic, and ¼ cup of diced onion until tender then add ½ cup of marinara sauce. Add the drained and cooked asparagus “linguini” to the pan with your sauce and add 2-3 ounces of your favorite protein and heat through. I often add Trader Joe’s Turkey Meatballs, but you can add a few ounces of cooked chicken or chicken sausage as well. It’s a meal that satisfies a pasta craving without negatively impacting my energy level.

GreenLite has been a safe place for me to reintroduce myself to my body and change patterns that have been holding me back in all aspects of my life, not just my weight.

*Actual Results May Vary

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