Being more mindful about food helped her lose the last 10 pounds
That’s what four women who’ve tried the new “mindful eating” diet plans say. They’re learning how to put the “power” in “willpower”–and you can too.
Name: Beverly Nichols
Program: Golden Door
Job: Interior designer
Status: Married, with four stepchildren
Pounds lost: 10
Beverly’s weight loss success story
When Beverly Nichols goes to bed at night, she doesn’t obsess over the day’s stresses or the bad news on TV. Instead, she lies down and visualizes four angels–one at each of her hands and feet. “I’ve had nightmares for a long time,” she says. But at the Golden Door, she learned how to drift into sleep by letting her angels stand guard. Banishing insomnia has been a key to keeping off that extra 10 pounds she used to struggle with–before she discovered the Golden Door.
Lesson learned: Appreciate the sounds of silence
At the Golden Door, Nichols began learning tai chi, with its peaceful, silent flow. “We’re always so busy and have so much background noise,” she says. “But when you’re quiet, you’d be surprised how much you hear and smell and feel. Now I hike in silence instead of taking my iPod. It helps relax me. And the more stress I can take away from myself, the easier it is for me to control my weight.”
Lesson learned: Nurture gratitude
Before bed at night, Nichols writes down three things she’s grateful for–“not generalities, like the kids or your health, but three specific events that happened that day, like a kind word from a colleague.” It’s called the Trio of Blessings exercise. “When you start looking for the positives, you realize how much you have to be grateful for,” she says. “Serenity is about learning how to take care of yourself–how to be happy and focused and deal with difficult things that come up.”
Lesson learned: Seek friends with a positive outlook
“I will always have time for a true friend in trouble, but some people just drain your energy,” Nichols says. She’s gradually shed those friends and cultivated others who lift her spirits. “The last time I went to the Golden Door, I didn’t have any significant issues left,” she says. “I went just for renewal. I have a much healthier life now.”
About the Golden Door
The program: How stressed can you be while enjoying a setting that mimics a Japanese inn, with streams, waterfalls, and gardens filled with orange blossoms and wisteria–where the organic food comes straight from the Golden Door’s own garden? Just relax and enjoy a customized program of early morning hikes, spa treatments, and classes such as yoga, biofeedback, and How to Get Happy. The average weight loss during a week is 3 pounds.
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