I’m so pleased to introduce AnaLisa to you today! She has a lot to say to about healthy weight loss and the journey she took to get there! Ana Lisa is a an emotional eating expert and you can read more about her and her approach right here. I asked AnaLisa to be my guest blogger back in week one of Fit&Fab and was beyond thrilled when she said yes. What is most amazing is how her post below resonates with me. I have a love/hate (mostly hate) relationship with my body and I always have. And when it comes to peeling back the layers I am perfectly content to keep all my many layers secured tightly around my body. I don’t want to reveal the most vulnerable parts of who I am and who I’m NOT. But this I know for sure…I AM an emotional eater and my lack of attentiveness to certain areas of my life (like my hopes and dreams) can drive me to eat a whole bag of Oreos. And my fears…they can send me straight to the saltiest, crunchiest bag of potato chips that I can find (and who can eat just one?). I tell myself it’s much easier and much more enjoyable to console myself this way rather than to do the soul searching AnaLisa talks about. ..but is it really? I hope you will soak up AnaLisa’s words and check out her Facebook page and her website…because she holds the ultimate fabulousness secrets to “gaining the life you’re hungry for!”
What’s Your Body Story?
Back then, I didn’t feel at home in my body, so I did everything in my power to stay out of it—including gaining and losing literally hundreds of pounds! My body represented a place of self-loathing and suffering.
The following quote from physiotherapist Thérèse Bertherat provides a window into to my reality at the time:
“Exactly where you are at this very moment, there is a house that bears your name. You’re its sole owner but, a very long time ago, you lost the keys. So you stay outside; you’re familiar only with the facade. You don’t live in it…”
Over the years, through painful ups and downs, and a LOT of soul searching, I came to understand that controlling what I ate was fueled by a need to control my emotions. As I peeled back the layers, I discovered the core of my problem was not a weight problem, but instead, a longing hunger to be happy, worthy, and “good enough.”
A radical homecoming was in order. One in which I dove deep and got quiet enough (sssssshhhhh) to let my body’s inner wisdom come forth.
And then something amazing occurred: I found the keys to healing deep inside my body. I learned that my experience with food was directly linked to so many meaningful areas of my life—my hopes, my dreams; and most of all, my fears. And I realized that only by opening the doorway to my body’s valuable messages could I become authentic and whole, honoring my true emotions and my creativity.
Fast-forward to today. I can say with confidence that I LOVE my body (especially my collarbone, which I often adorn with funky, artisan necklaces). My weight is stable. I nourish myself with healthy food. And I LOVE my life.
If any part of my body story resonates with you, I invite you to a homecoming of your own. First, you need to lower the noise so you can tune into the “whispering” messages from deep within. You can do this through:
1. Deep breathing
Here’s a quick writing exercise to get you going. In the morning and evening, find some space and time and ask your body the following questions:
1. What do you really want?
2. Why is that important to you now?
3. What might you lose that you value, if you were to get what you want?
4. Is there anything else I need to know or a message I need to hear?
The answers may surprise you—or may be exactly what you expect. Either way, you will be embarking on a direct path back home . . . where you’ll be welcomed with open arms.
AnaLisa Rutstein, MA, CHHC is an Emotional Eating Expert & TruHunger™ Coach and the Founder of TruHunger ™ The ♥ & Art of Lasting Weight Loss. AnaLisa is an artist, loves hooping and lives in NJ with her husband Jeffrey and three adorable dogs. They are excited to announce that they are collaborating on a project that will be launching soon. It’s called “My Body Story;” a 10-week Virtual Group Experience for Accessing your Hidden Power, Pleasure and Potential. To learn more about My Body Story, or TruHunger™ The ♥ & Art of Lasting Weight Loss, go to http://www.analisarutstein.com/and sign up for the TruHunger™ Newsletter.