Maureen Wielansky Self care Expert

Weight Loss, Body Image and a Thermal Walk

Today I am feeling a bit nostalgic.

One year ago today, I went on a journey and I was a bit scared.

I left my home and my family for a month, 30 days to be exact.

I slept in a condo by myself for 30 days; I have never been alone for that long in all my 44 years.

I thought only about myself, my needs, my wants for 30 days.

Quite a gift right?  Quite an investment!

I left my home in Saint Louis and traveled to Hilton Head Island where I spent 30 days at H3; to me the happiest place on earth.

My husband gave me this excursion as a gift; a jumpstart to my weight loss program.

I did lose weight, but God also had bigger plans for me.

At first I refused, “God who am I to lead others on their weight loss journey?”

God said: “Who are you not to?”

So, here I am one year later, one year older, living a life I never even imagined.  Today, I am sharing what I learned at that Haven called Hilton Head Health Institute:

1.  Laughter is the best medicine:  I was so blessed to be in the presence of some amazingly uplifting, amusing people.  I am tearing up just thinking about all the stories and giggles that we shared.

2. Food is the greatest of healers:  I not only experienced the healing nature of wholesome, healthy food, but I watched others heal as well.

3. Try everything: it doesn’t matter if you are good or bad, just try it!  I remember being asked to go play tennis.  I refused because I knew I wasn’t good.  I was pushed into the van and taken to the tennis court where I stunk, but no one cared.

4. Exercise heals the soul.  I used to beat myself up for being a slow runner.  Now I embrace my abilities.  I won’t be winning any races but now I am grateful I can get out there and scoot.

5. The resilience of the body:  At Hilton Head I learned to love my body as it is today.  I have abused this body for years, yet when I gave it even a little love; it bounced back.  Will I win any bikini contest?  Heck no!  Do I care?  Heck no!

6. Alligators:  do not go stand by an alligator and get your picture taken; they may just grab the camera and your arm and eat them for breakfast.

7. We can have our cake and eat it too; just in moderation.

8. Eating healthy does not have to be hard.  You can eat healthy on the go and cook even when you don’t know how.

9. I am responsible for my journey while my family is responsible for theirs.

10. It all starts with the mindset:  persistence, determination, focus and imperfect action.

11.  Thermal walks can do wonders for your body, mind and spirit.  Thermal walks are a mainstay of H3 and involves taking a 20 minute leisurely walk after a meal.  During those walks I was able to listen to my heart, deepen my friendships with others while giving my metabolism an extra OOMPH!

I returned home on October 26; a different woman.  That morning I was running and I started to cry.  “I don’t want to leave God, I am afraid”.

God said: “You gave it everything you had.”  You can continue it at home and I have big plans for you, so get on that plane!”

With that, my ipod fired up “Time for me to Fly” by REO Speedwagon.

I returned home that afternoon; an emerged woman.  I busted out of my cocoon and I have dedicated my life to helping other women bust out and live life on their terms.

So, friend; I ask are you ready to bust out of your self-imposed cocoon?  Leave me a comment and check the commentluv plug in so that your latest blog post will show.

Have a transformational day!

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