We all know there are countless ways to break free from weight worries. This is a topic I’ve been concerned with ever since I was a child. (Sad, right?) Here’s how I’m going worry-free:

1) Eating More!

More veggies, that is. I recently read two books that changed how I thought about my diet.

The pH Miracle helped me figure out that my body has been too acidic all these years. When I started to focus on an alkaline diet, the weight started falling off, and I wasn’t even in a regular exercise routine yet! Kris Carr’s Crazy Sexy Diet helped me apply a lot of the alkaline principles to my everyday life.

2) Becoming a Believer

I got tired of every health article saying that the key to weight loss was doing an exercise that you love. I called BS on that, but truly, I never even gave it a try. Now that I’m on this sabbatical, I can put that to the test, and I had to give in and admit that it works! I’ve been dancing, practicing yoga, riding my bike, working out outside, taking group classes. When I started this sabbatical, I discovered that I actually wanted to work out. That was strange…I wanted to work out? Today, I get up, listen to my body and my inner child, and say, “What type of workout do you feel like doing today?”

3) Finding Self-Acceptance

My body is beautiful. I haven’t always felt that way, but as I’ve been doing more work on self-acceptance in my sabbatical, this feeling has grown stronger. This didn’t happen right away. The retreat in Bali got me started, but I’ve done a lot of work at home, too. This might be the toughest out of all three for me.

I’m working on leading a healthier life, in ALL aspects: physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. I’m glad I can break free from the excuses about my weight that I used to have. Now, I have a focus. By continuing to work on these three areas, I’ve already lost about 10 pounds and noticed a major shift in my energy level. Think I’m stopping here? No way!

What are you doing to break free from your weight worries?


*This post is part of a 30-day series called “Getting Unstuck” in which I’m trying to figure out my next professional step by getting out of my comfort zone and taking on various challenges. Follow along by subscribing to my weekly email list here