Coming Soon-My New Book!

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I’m very close the launch of my new book, Relaxation and Pleasure: Keys to Permanent Weight Loss! In it, you will learn why it is so important to relax and do pleasurable activities in order to lose weight. I’ll teach you step-by-step how to relax your body and mind, and how to discover activities you can enjoy instead of always turning to food for pleasure.

I’m so excited about this book! I’ve discovered these essential elements to weight loss over the years, and I have wanted to share them with others to help them overcome emotional as I have.

Check back regularly to find out when the book is available!

Don’t want to wait for the book? Contact me now, and we can get you enrolled in my personal weight loss coaching program, which is based on the concepts in the book.

Slowing Down for Good Food

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I’m in love with the idea of French cooking. The French seem to have it right when it comes to cooking and eating. They believe in fresh ingredients, home cooking, the family sitting down to eat together and enjoying every bite. These are concepts it seems like a lot of Americans have lost, at least in the places where I’ve lived. But just because something isn’t common, it doesn’t mean I can’t start to add some of it into my life and the lives of my children.

I’m listening to the audio version of this wonderful book (free through Hoopla!), In a French Kitchen by expatriate Susan Herrmann Loomis. I love that it has stories before each recipe, stories that give us a glimpse into daily life in a small French town. I’m intrigued by how they place such importance on good food, love sugar and dessert, drink wine every evening with dinner and at the same time remain healthy and slim. I’m inspired to begin to incorporate some of their practices into my own daily life.

I highly recommend this book, especially if you’re looking to slow down and really enjoy your food, and if you’re interested in learning to cook the way the French do. I used to eat in a more Americanized way, lots of prepackaged food, but lately have focused more on “real” food, and fresh food when I can.

What about you? What is it like in your home, as far as food, meals and family goes? Are there any changes you’d like to make?

For information on how Angela can help you learn to slow down and lose weight, contact her here.

 

Freedom from Dieting: My Story

IMG_2642I love food. I don’t know if it’s because I’m from the south, (and there is so much to love about food in the south!), or if my taste buds are just extra-sensitive or if it’s genetic or because my family has always put emphasis on food, or what. Whatever the reason, I simply love it!

As a child I was always little for my age (still am, I guess!), and ate very little. As I grew up, I did eat more, still loved food, and ate anything I wanted. I stayed at a healthy weight for my height (although at the time, at 95 pounds, I seriously thought I was FAT–a post for another time). Weight began to creep on right before my first marriage, I believe because I began to take birth control pills. Now, I can’t be sure if the pills were the cause, but I’ve just always suspected they were. The weight wasn’t significant, just a few pounds, but I began to diet. I explored and tried one diet after another, believing each one was not actually a diet, but my new “way of eating” for he rest of my life. I brought my sister along for each one, she being as obsessed as I was about finding the “right” or “best” way to eat. We would be so excited at the beginning of each new dieting adventure, and at one point even convincing ourselves that vegetarian tuna tasted just like the real thing–even though it looked and tasted like cardboard (and that is no exaggeration; just ask my sister!).

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After each of my children were born, I kept some of the baby weight. I was successful at getting most of it off, but I was still searching for that one right way to eat for optimum health and perfect weight. After trying low carb, vegetarian, vegan, high protein, soup diets, lemonade diets, fasting, diets with special food containers, weight loss pills, herbs, diets with supplements I had to take at specific times each day, low fat, and the list goes on…I finally realized how ridiculous all this was. After all, hadn’t God designed my body so that it needs to eat every day? And did He not create the foods my body needs? And, hadn’t He given my body its own intelligence to know what and when it needs to eat? I asked myself these questions, and myself answered, “yes.”

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Based on this idea, that my body has instinct, not exactly the same as, but similar to, the instinct of an animal in the wild, I’ve come to realize that if I just listen to what it is my body needs, and I mean really listen, I can trust my body to tell me those needs. Thinking in this way, I no longer search for the perfect or ideal diet or “way to eat.” I honestly believe it doesn’t exist, except in the way that is right for me. I no longer am bound by the hassles of calorie counting, tracking my food, counting fat or grams of protein or points, or any of the other rules of a standard weight loss plan. I can’t tell you how freeing this has been. Am I at my “ideal” weight? Is there such a thing? I don’t know the answer to that question, but what I do know is that I am healthy. I have no health problems that prevent me from doing anything I want or need to do, and even though I’d personally like to weigh a few pounds less, people react with surprise when I mention this, telling me how great I look. So while I am always working to improve my body and to maintain the health I have as I get older, I am overall happy with this vessel God has seen fit to house my spirit.

As I said at the beginning of this post, I love food, and I eat anything I want.  And I’ve come to believe that is ok, and even a good thing. I hope you agree, and if not, that you will explore further some of the ideas I’ve presented here, and that you will come to a healthy attitude of love for food similar to what I have come to.

If you’re unsure of how to eat whatever you want and still be at a healthy weight, I’m here for you. Just give me a call or send me a text (903-265-3866). I love sharing with others how to change their relationship with food in order to get healthy and be free from diets forever. I became a life coach because of my passion for sharing with others what I have learned. My program is not for everyone, but we can talk and find out whether it is for you.

 

 

Hello Sunshine!

I’m extremely excited that you’re here!  What a wonderful day it is, the day I write my first blog post on my new site!  Sitting here in Panera with my little sidekick, I’m thrilled to start this journey of sharing with you my thoughts, things I love, tips and recommendations that have to do with enjoying the NOW in life!  Life is wonderful, ALL THE TIME, even when we don’t realize it.  There is abundance all around, but it takes developing an awareness of it to experience it to the fullest.

Some of the things we’ll explore here in the future are enjoyable weight-loss, mindfulness, yoga, gratitude, love, coffee and tea, chocolate, homemade bread, sunshine, kittens…things that I love about life!!

Come back often and sit back, grab a cup of coffee and enjoy!

Annie1

My “Little Sidekick”