I’ll never forget my last chemo appointment. The nurse removed the needle, patched me up with gauze and those over-sized hospital band-aids and said, “you’re done!”
After six months of vomit, blood transfusions, and the fear of death I’d reached the chemo finish line. And, I thought this goal was a light switch—I’d flip from cancer patient to “normal” teenager.
What I didn’t know then is that there is no light switch after a major life event like cancer, a pandemic or any event that felt “major” to us.
And if we don’t process and work through our feelings, many will do what I did: eat.
My cancer finish line was the beginning, not the end, of living into a new normal.
I hear many people saying, “I’m going to wait till 2021 to get back on track with my food and life.” I get it.
And I also know the difficult truth is that there is no light switch that will magically make tomorrow or 2021 feel normal. And that waiting (which is often avoiding), is often the very pattern we need to learn to transform.
For 18 years, I looked for that light switch in weight loss. Practically the whole world told me it was there. Once I lost weight, there would be the ease and freedom around food and life that thin people appeared to have that I no longer felt after surviving a near-death experience.
What I never understood was yes, losing weight does feel great because thin privilege is real. And, it isn’t enough to numb out the anxiety that made food and life simultaneously challenging and boring for me (I put a lot of big risks on hold until I felt “normal” around food and my body).
And that anxiety continued to build, making everything in my life build up to be bigger than it was. This only further cemented my reactionary patterns and behaviors to my anxiety.
I couldn’t find a light switch for my anxiety because there is none. What I needed was an illuminating process to help me feel my way out of my daily stress so I could feel safe and settled no matter how life unfolded. That’s when ice-cream stopped calling to me from the fridge. What I really wanted was a sense of safety.
What I wish was available to me then was Why Am I Eating This Now? (WAIETN), a framework and tools to learn how to feel more in control with “real life” so I didn’t turn to food. Because wanting food ease and freedom are life-changing goals, but my approach was not.
My once a year WAIETN live group program is now open for registration and begins Tuesday, September 8.
Register by September 4 with Coupon Code covidspecial for $200 discount.
This is a special discount this year only given 2020, now its own adjective, to describe the indescribable.
In this program, you’ll learn how to use anxiety and under-fulfillment to catalyze (not derail) your goals and unlock the key to consistency with your nutrition and life goals. This research-based, client-proven process is further enhanced by the support and collaboration of a small group tackling similar challenges.
Want to learn more?
Here’s more on who this program is for, how we’ll break the cycle, client results, success stories, and testimonials (below) For a sneak peak, join my free webinar series “Inconsistency: Get to the Root Cause” webinar series, starting tonight.
2021 won’t come with a light switch. But we can be different and this, not the year flipping on the calendar, will make all the difference.