Meda Christiani reflects on the amazing 113 lbs weight loss of a favorite German client. Enjoy their joint coaching journey.
“I was always fat and I always will be fat!”
The first challenge with Alexandra was to work with the 12 inches between her ears. Yes, change was possible – even for her. Starting with 272 lbs, she laughed at my suggestion of a goal weight of 190 lbs. I shared my personal experiences with the metabolic balance® Program in 2007– how I could literally hear the fat sizzling away mornings as I woke up in my bed – how I felt I was growing younger as joyful energy returned – how I had shed my unwanted pounds easily with my metabolic balance® nutritional adjustment – even 10 years of jogging hadn’t been able to do that!
“I’m not spending my life in the kitchen!”
Alexandra retells that a key experience convinced her to give it a try.
She attended a cooking evening with me and a few other clients new to metabolic balance®. We went shopping (including label reading) and prepared a delicious, eye pleasing ‘banquet’. Her belief that cooking fresh and healthy was going to consume too much of her time and be hopelessly complicated was shattered! My constant supply of recipes ignited her creative cooking talents and Alexandra has been a contributing meal creator for the benefit of us all.
“Don’t even think about asking me to exercise!”
Being able to imagine speedily whipping up delicious meals her next obstacle was exercise. She really thought I was kidding when I told her NOT to exercise in the beginning. Her metabolism was so off balance that her hormones were too. There was no physical desire to exercise – that would come later. Tune into any diet show these days and you’ll see the fitness trainers all whipping their clients into a sweat.
Feeling that she had nothing to lose (except pounds) and wouldn’t have to starve her self or suffer hours at the gym, she finally consented to having her personalized metabolic balance® Plan created.
As I’d explained, eventually her hormones and joints had arrived at a point where her body could start to send out the signal to move (it took about 9 months). And move she did! She started walking, and then walking faster and before you knew it she was doing 5 miles at a time. The one time I joined in, I couldn’t keep up with her.
“OK, I’ll just put my life on hold for a few years”.
Once her mind believed that transformation was possible the next challenge was to decide on a start date. She imagined that it would probably take at least 4 years to get from 270 lbs down to 190 lbs. That would mean passing up birthday cakes, Easter chocolate, all-you-can eat buffets, Christmas cookies and football game beer consumption for 4 years!
We created a ritual around her start date. In no time at all the miracle of her custom metabolic balance® Nutrition Plan kicked in and Mother Nature was able to perform at her best. Highly motivated by the speedy results 1 year instead of 4 became an attainable goal.
“I can see the skinny me”!
Breaking the 100kg [220 lbs] mark was a monumental challenge for Alexandra. Her memories of passing the 100kg mark 18 years ago were loaded with negative energy. She had a lot of fear and doubt that she could get under this number again. We worked with her body image of being hopelessly fat (which she had held for a number of years) and through some guided imagery exercises she reconnected to her ‘thin’ self and breathed life into it.
She learned how to check in with her internal picture of herself. When the ‘fat one’ would occasionally reappear she’d acknowledge it and kiss it once again good-by. With intention she would then place her ideal self in front of her inner eye, intensifying the size of the picture and it’s colors until her emotions were an equal match. Seeing herself as a ‘thin’ person made eating chocolate cake no longer an energetic match.
“I’ve learned to love myself”.
She now understood how the unpleasant consequences of putting the wrong, non-nourishing foods into her body and suffering, was no different than allowing in toxic people, thoughts and situations. Understanding how to create healthy boundaries and learning to say “no” to unhealthy foods set in motion the ability to say “yes to herself in all areas of her life”.
“Changed my food – changed my life. Thank you metabolic balance®!”
Meda Christiani has been a metabolic balance® Coach since 2007 and has coached hundreds of clients to their optimal health and well-being. Are you next?