Weight Loss Stories
“I Healed Emotional Wounds”
AsJudy Ruiz’s perspective on life began to change, so did her relationship with food.
Height: 5′ 9″
Weight Then: 400
Weight Now: 270
Pounds Lost: 130
Shamu the whale—that’s what Judy Ruiz ofSan Antonioused to call herself. “I would always put myself down, tell everyone how fat I was,” she says. It’s not that Ruiz didn’t want to lose weight, but her diet attempts often ended the same way: She’d cheat, chastise herself for doing so, and end up gorging on pizza and sugary foods to help her feel better. By age 39, her weight had reached 400 pounds, and she began to consider gastric bypass surgery.
Then one Saturday morning in September 2000, Don Colbert, MD, medical director of theDivineHealthWellnessCenterinLongwood,FL, came to speak at her church. His message was about caring for your mind and spirit in order to live a good and healthy life. “It was like a lightbulb went on,” recalls Ruiz. “At the time, I was feeling negative and depressed, and I started to see my attitude wasn’t going to help me get healthy.” About a year later, she reconnected with Colbert, and he offered to work with her. “He helped me realize that before I could change my life, I had to change my mindset first—and surgery wasn’t the answer.” Ruiz confided that she had lost both her parents by age 18, and has struggled with grief ever since. Colbert advised that before she tackled her diet, she should first address the emotional issues that were causing her to overeat. Ruiz began therapy and every day read passages from the Bible that emphasized praise and forgiveness.
As her perspective on life slowly began to change, so did her relationship with food. She replaced processed foods with whole ones, added more fruits and veggies to her diet, and switched from soda to water. To stay consistent, she focused on one meal at a time: “Dieting always made my head spin—eat this, do this, remember this,” she says. “Now I ask myself, Will I make a healthy meal at home or hit a fast-food drive-thru? I know I will choose healthy at home.”
MY FAITH HELPS ME…
Focus on the good. “I choose to eat nutritious foods, get regular exercise, and take my vitamins—these are all things that are blessings in my life. So rather than berate myself for not doing enough, I think of my accomplishments.”
“People can become negative when trying to lose weight because weight loss can be slow, and that can be self-defeating,” says Jeannie Moloo, RD, a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association. The key to successful weight loss is to stay positive. Some tips to help you do that:
Keep perspective Not all is lost if you overdo it at one meal or throughout an entire day. If you overeat at lunch or splurge on a second helping of dessert at dinner—consider your next meal a new opportunity to make a better, healthier choices.
Note your successes At the end of the day, make a list of all your healthy accomplishments, such as “I went for a walk after lunch” or “I got my five servings of veggies.” It takes time to boost your self-esteem; acknowledging every healthy step helps.
Originally posted 2012-03-28 08:16:42. Republished by Blog Post Promoter