For years, I struggled with my weight. I would be “good” and follow some fad diet for a month or 2, lose the 10-20 lbs to feel better about myself. But then I would go down a destructive path of drinking too much, eating too much and not taking care of myself. This cycle was repeated over and over again for years. Constantly losing weight quickly and then slowly putting it back on as I got back into “party mode”. I would joking say that I should try going to AA. It was like I couldn’t stop drinking no matter how much I wanted to. I hired Tanya with the mindset of trying another “quick solution” to lose the weight I had gained.
Since working with Tanya over the past year, I have not once said “I should try AA”. I’ve been able to maintain a healthy weight and feel good about myself and the decisions I’ve make. I no longer have a negative relationship with food and alcohol. It wasn’t some magic pill that she gave me, I knew WHAT to do to lose weight, I’ve done it a million times on my own after all. Tanya really helped me discover WHY I was constantly falling back on my old destructive behaviors. Without the change we made together on my “Mental Gym” (as Tanya calls it), I would not be where I am today. Right now, in the middle of the crazy holiday season, I’m able to maintain my weight, without stressing about if I should eat that or drink this. Have I achieved my “goal weight” or made the best choices always? Of course not! But I’m happy and healthy and constantly working on improving myself.
The work that Tanya and I have done together have also affected other areas in my life. My relationship with my husband is better than ever! My relationship with exercise has changed dramatically (for the better). I used to exercise to work off the calories from drinking last weekend. Now I exercise because I enjoy it and I love being with the people I work out with.
And most importantly… because of how her work has changed my life, it’s been contagious to everyone around me…My dad has lost 25 lbs since June and has kept it off!