Thankfully, this book does not lay out a new, miracle program or wonder diet, or give you any amazing, fat-burning exercises, or even regale you with inspirational stories.
• What it will do is give you a way to keep your resolutions—weight loss and otherwise;
• It is about stopping that draining inner struggle: pushing and rebelling;
• Yes, release the root cause of your Inner Resistance
LOOKING IN THE WRONG DIRECTION
Each year, we spend tens of billions of dollars on losing weight: we ride bikes that go nowhere and climb stairs to the same place; we join gyms, sign up for programs and buy DVD’s; we follow fad after method after plan and even resort to surgery.
So why aren’t we the land of the fit, home of the trim? In fact, sixty-eight percent of us are still overweight or worse.
The problem is that each new beginning so sadly comes with the end included; oh, we feel excited because it is fun to imagine how we will be looking and feeling, how others will notice and even be impressed; it can even feel good to start the actual exercising and dieting.
And most of all, we are very, very determined.
The sad part comes when our enthusiasm begins to dim; but that’s no problem—no pain, no gain, right?—so we push a bit, and then find ourselves having to push harder because the questions grow more insistent:
It’s time to exercise, now? AND, I can’t eat until when? AND, No desert? Again?
But we keep pushing because we want it so badly—pushing and pushing until finally we end up pushing back, letting it all go, along with our bodies. Some of us even dive back into the worst possible foods and the best possible comfort; and of course, we feel disappointed, even guilty and disgusted with ourselves.
For us, exercise and dieting have become an endless, pointless cycle of failure.
YES, THE WRONG DIRECTION
We keep searching for that next miracle diet, wondrous program or hi-tech machine, while each time hoping, praying, it will finally give us some control over our weight; but it rarely does—because the answer is NOT OUT THERE.
IT NEVER WAS.
Making changes on the outside can only change us TEMPORARILY; this is why those previous weight-loss “miracles” did not keep working.
Permanent change always BEGINS ON THE INSIDE.
SO, what awesome change within us will make all the difference?
It is releasing that Inner Resistance most of us know all too well. Without it, losing weight (and keeping any other resolution) becomes easier.
Releasing your Resistance is what this book is all about.
Targeted Age Group:
13 to 113
How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
This is an unusual approach that begins within and goes to the root cause of quitting our resolutions.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Write what interests you, not what you think will sell.
And keep writing, even during the difficult times.
Curiosity may have killed that feline fur ball, but she or him learned a lot before exiting number nine. I too have been curious, wondering why we, I or they acted this way, looked or did it that way or were otherwise human.
But curiosity is such a casual word, and the truth is my desire to know was almost desperate. There were times in life that I felt angry when there was no one around, unhappy when life was just fine, times I had trouble with relationships for absolutely no reason, and I felt sad when…well, you get the idea.
That desperate curiosity, along with forty years of inner work, has lead to some interesting answers.
Besides curious, I am also a writer who began with a column in the San Jose Mercury News, nationally syndicated. My current project is this column and series of books, An Entertaining Treasure of Life’s Simplest Solutions.
So from the central coast of the west, I submit these curious jottings of curiosity to be browsed by those who will hopefully find them as entertaining as they do just plain helpful.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
As an older child and then adult, I watched my Mother’s painful struggles, and her bitter failures, with weight loss: after my brother was born; and then came my sister followed by my little brother. Her problem was not just child birth but her need for food as both comfort and reward; and believe me, she deserved both for getting through just part of another day with three wild, little boys and a daughter.
I think what hurt her most was that terrible cycle, beginning with the excitement of having found the next miracle (diet, program or machine); but way too soon, the newness began to wear off, and she had to push herself to keep going; and then push herself harder and harder still—until that final rebellious dive into the pain of defeat (read quitting again).
Though Mom hid it well, it was difficult to watch the self-anger, self-disgust and overall depression of her most recent failure—over and over again.
Our struggle with food has to be one of the MOST CHALLENGING OF HUMAN PROBLEMS.
Right? As difficult as they are, the likes of alcohol, drugs and tobacco can be banished from our lives—but food we have to face yet again, one to three times, day after decade, with no absolutely no reprieve.
Although my Mother has passed, I write this for her, a woman in pain, and for us, who are striving to change—whatever the resolution. Despite being knocked down, even counted out by those around you, YOU keep getting up and pushing your way back into the fray.
Though written for her, this book is dedicated to you.
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