I’ve lost weight and gained it back more times than I can count. It wasn’t until I started the Med-Fit program that I realized I was missing a big piece of the weight loss puzzle… the mental and emotional connection to food. I knew, of course, that I had an unhealthy relationship with food, but I never considered working on those issues until now. My weekly sessions with Emily have shown me how important this aspect of weight loss is… and I’m even going to go out on a limb and say that I think it’s even more important than what you eat or how much you exercise.
For me – working on my relationship to food has been a game changer. I’ve only been doing the Med-Fit program for 13 weeks, but I can see my connection with food evolving. When I’m bored I no longer think about the chips in the cupboard, when I’m stressed my first instinct isn’t to hit up the vending machine, when I go out to eat with friends I can say no to drinks, when I go to a birthday party I can pass on the birthday cake without feeling regret. This is BIG!!! In the past, I always felt deprived on a diet – like I had to punish myself for getting so out of control… but I rarely feel that way anymore. This change is all because of the work I’ve put in on the emotional side of weight loss.
Let me tell you honestly – working on the emotional reasons behind my food issues isn’t pretty. I have to face some hard truths… like the fact that I use food to not feel my feelings – and I don’t like to feel because I see feelings as a weakness (in myself – not others). I still see myself as weak when I cry or get overly emotional (I’m a work in progress)… but I have seen firsthand how being vulnerable has been a powerful tool in my weight loss journey! And so I continue to dig deeper because I know that’s where healing is.