Want to join the fight against obesity?
I believe there is no such thing as a bad decision. Bad decisions are mere consequences of poor information available to you at the time of making that decision. I have made many epically bad decisions in my lifetime with regards to losing weight. The desperate need to want to be slim also definitely clouded my judgement many times. I have put my body through every fad diet under the sun and I am still doing damage control for those decisions. Throw in years of fertility treatments and a good dose of chronic stress and I have ended up with a serious hormonal imbalance that makes it near impossible for my body to let go of its excess weight.
I am still struggling, but they say that what doesn’t kill makes you stronger. Well, I can honestly say that my difficulty in losing weight has motivated me to relentlessly ask questions and seek answers. One excellent decision I did make was to start Banting (that’s low carb/high fat for those of you not quite up to date with the latest lingo). My body has thanked me for it and I have been able to lose some of my excess weight. It has taken me a very long time but there have been so many other benefits gained along the way that I have been able to deal with the snail’s pace of my progress.
It has been a very lonely road for me though. Most of my friends are slim and can pretty much enjoy eating whatever they want. At social gatherings I am always the one that is either not drinking alcohol, avoiding the carbs or skipping dessert or all of the above (depending on how strict I am being at the time). Yet, I will often be the only fat person at the party. The irony is not lost on me. One shouldn’t underestimate the psychological and emotional toll one experiences when all you want is to to feel comfortable and confident in one’s own skin – yet that dream remains elusive, despite concerted effort.
I actually can’t remember a time when I wasn’t on a diet and actively trying to lose weight. I first saw a dietician when I was about ten years old. I am sure the fruit and healthy whole grains I was told to eat only exacerbated my problems. I was probably carbohydrate intolerant even back then. Keeping track of food points never worked that well for me and measuring and weighing everything I ate just became tedious and impractical. I was able to lose a little doing the HCG diet injections – twice, but I am convinced that it dramatically added to my hormonal imbalance in the long run. Struggling to lose weight is tough and demotivating and if you let it, it can be soul destroying. I know, I have been there, done that and bought all the t-shirts in the shop.
What I have gone through has inspired me, my faith has sustained me and my tenacious spirit has allowed me to grow. There is a genuine desire in my heart to help others. That is why I started this blog, and it is has been incredibly rewarding. But blogs can be very impersonal and aren’t really that interactive.
What if I could share what I have learned so that others didn’t have to make the same mistakes I have? What if there was a way to walk alongside someone else to teach them, encourage them and support them so that they didn’t have to feel as alone as I did on their weight loss journey?
Fortunately my path has crossed with Sally-Ann Creed who is supporting and helping me. She is a well-known nutritionist and co-author of the Real Meal Revolution cookbook. We share the same passion to help people struggling with obesity. We have therefore decided to collaborate in a new venture which I am honestly bursting with excitement about.
Our vision is to grow a network of Banting Buddies weight-loss coaches. These coaches will be given all the training, support and tools they need to coach others in the Banting lifestyle. The coaches will essentially be running their own coaching business and will have access to programmes and materials that we have developed. They will also receive ongoing support and mentoring from us. You don’t have to be a medical professional, nutritionist or dietician to become a Banting Buddies coach. Real passion to help others and a willingness to learn what we have to teach you is what will make you successful.
Maybe you have been looking for a career change? Perhaps you have always been interested in nutrition but never knew how to turn that passion into work that can earn you financial reward? This could be your opportunity to keep your own hours and be your own boss. Or maybe this is something that you would like to do after-hours?
We are so excited about this venture and we are dreaming big.
Prof. Tim Noakes may have started the revolution but we are going to be the foot soldiers at the frontline fighting the war against obesity. Want to join our army?
Contact me for more information if you are interested in becoming a coach or receiving coaching yourself to help you lose weight.