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How Do We Leave Obesity Behind?

Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MA

Brain image from Dr Eckmann sessionKymberly: Long ago in a faraway galaxy–also called pre-2008 or so–we thought the “grown up” brain was hard-wired and immutable. The exciting news coming from the brain research universe shows how much we have learned since then. In fact, our brains continue to change, rewire, and develop throughout our entire lives. Color me super excited by neuroscience!

Changing Obesity and Habits

Also changing are the rates of obesity. When Alexandra and I scampered through the recent IDEA World Fitness and Nutrition Convention, I made sure to attend the “Healthy Aging Survival Kit” session offered by Dr. Terry Eckmann. Her basic premise: “Our Reality is based on our Perception.” While this belief is centuries old, the scientific data to back it up is new. Such discoveries are especially relevant for those wanting to make life and habit changes.

Thoughts Lead to Weight Loss

A lot of what Eckmann revealed in her presentation dovetails with a teleseminar series Alexandra and I were invited to contribute to: Leave Obesity Behind. For those wanting to lose weight, the key is to recognize that change starts with our thoughts.

Kymberly and Alexandra make a We sign.

WE are a product of what WE think…and a hot night of romance between our parents!

According to studies Eckmann referenced, we now know the following:

    1. You have about 50-70,000 thoughts per day.
    2. You choose the filters through which you assess those thoughts and view your world.
    3. If you want to break a bad habit or add a good one, recognize that your brain takes an average of 66 days to rewire.
    4. The only relationship you are guaranteed to have throughout life is the one with yourself.
    5. Therefore, if you want to develop habits and behaviors that lead to weight loss, you need to start with your thoughts. The ultimate Insider Track!

Alexandra: What kind of thoughts would you have if you were able to access over 25 experts in the field of obesity and weight loss? And if it were via a telesummit that was at no cost and had no catch? Yeah, me too – happy thoughts!

Our colleague Robyn Bennett decided to offer a program that would delve into healthy solutions for weight loss that address the mind, body and spirit. Are you sick of yo-yo dieting or emotional eating? As health professionals, we know that it is difficult to lose a lot of weight if you approach it from a simplistic point of view – “Eat less, Move more” is a good mantra, yet not complete. There has to be a part that addresses the mind, as that is where your power lies.

Kymberly: Remember– your perception shapes your reality. If you want to change your reality you have to shift what you think and perceive. For instance, what message do you see in this phrase:


Alexandra: Opportunity is Here Now

For her “Leave Obesity Behind” event, Robyn has interviewed experts who are able to help you:

* Create healthy patterns for weight loss
* Improve your health at any size
* Find solutions for emotional eating and compulsive overeating
* Make exercise fun
* Quit negative self talk and start loving who you see in the mirror
* Teach healthy eating habits to your family
* Feel better about yourself inside and out

We aren’t selling the teleseminar because there’s nothing to buy. This summit goes through August 30, and this is the link to register for Leave Obesity Behind: Discover the Secrets to Eating Right into a Healthier, Sexier You.  And of course, we believe you’ll enjoy the segments with us. We definitely offer some simple, achievable, non-painful tips!

Think Lovely Thoughts and You Can Fly!

Think Lovely Thoughts and You Can Fly!

If you think your friends would benefit, please share the link with them too! Now, if only I could get the lyrics to “Think Lovely Thoughts” from Peter Pan out of my head!

Photo credits: Vintage weight loss ad: DanCentury; Electric Brain Zap: used with permission from Dr. Terry Eckmann; Peter Pan: yumiang

Put on your thinking cap and take advantage of our YouTube channel that offers short videos to support your weight loss goals! Have you subscribed yet to our blog? Please follow us on google+Alexandra and +Kymberly, on Twitter: AlexandraFunFit and KymberlyFunFit and Instagram: KymberlyFunFit and AlexandraFunFit. 

About Fun and Fit

Get practical exercise advice, your fitness questions answered, and cutting edge health edu-tainment that is accessible and doable from long time fitness experts, Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MA. We have taught on land, sea, and airwaves for 3 decades on 4 continents. From writing to speaking, emceeing to hosting a radio show, reviewing products to teaching classes, we believe that little steps turn into big paths. Move a little more than the day before. FitFluential Ambassadors and award-winners both online and off.

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11 Responses to How Do We Leave Obesity Behind?

  1. Coco August 22, 2013 at 4:17 am #

    Very interesting. This may be the key that the weight loss experts/industry have not focused on.
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  2. Jody - Fit at 55 August 22, 2013 at 5:44 pm #

    Remember– your perception shapes your reality. If you want to change your reality you have to shift what you think and perceive. For instance, what message do you see in this phrase:

    Such a great post as always!! We all have to find our own way but that includes how we perceive & think – boy so I know that! ;)

    I loved your example!!!!!!
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  3. Yum Yucky August 22, 2013 at 8:25 pm #

    I hacked into my brain recently and installed a crappy food-eating virus. I love being on vacation!!! Too bad I’m back to work on Monday. Will re-hardwire my brain for healthfulness.
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  4. Sandra Sallin August 22, 2013 at 8:35 pm #

    Boy, do i need rewiring. Just can’t seem to get on the Weight Watchers train, etc.
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  5. Debbie @ Live from La Quinta August 23, 2013 at 1:15 pm #

    This makes so much sense when you think about it (ha!). I’m glad that there is research that proves how important our thoughts and perceptions are. I have always believed it. Thanks for the information and the link to the summit.
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  6. Chloe August 24, 2013 at 9:58 am #

    The fact that it takes a minimum of 30 to 60 days for any major change in our lives to become a new habit is one of the keys to successfully changing anything in our lives. There is a whole field of study dedicated to “change management” that has been used in the business world for the past two decades. One key take away for diet change – focus on one major change at at time for a minimum of 30 days.
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  7. Susan August 27, 2013 at 9:30 am #

    Kymberly and Alexandra – thank you for your help in jump starting my fitness program. In addition to your recent post, I read the wonderful posts you referred me to and started my plan last week to set myself up for success.

    I purchased an InMotion Compact Elliptical with Resistance Bands that fits in front of a chair. I spend a good deal of time sitting with my parents and this way I can be with them and still exercise. My Mom, who is 81 and living with Parkinson’s disease, took an interest in it. I am happy to report she did 5 minutes the first few days and has worked her way up to 15 minutes yesterday. Her doctors will be very pleased as they have been encouraging her to move daily. Walking is tough for her as she has balance issues. Sitting while she exercises diminishes that problem. Dad has not bought into the idea yet – he turns 87 next week, but we’ll continue to encourage.

    Since I work in an office environment, I have incorporated your ideas to get up and pace when I am on a conference call and to put on my calendar break times to walk the several floors of our large building. I am also less tired during the earlier part of the day, so walking during the work day makes good sense. I also bought a pedometer to keep track of my steps and my goal is 10,000 steps a day. I’ve got a ways to go. I am working on the mindset to do what I can, and to do something every day. Your blog is a great motivator and I will continue to visit it for inspiration.

    So grateful that I found your site and thank you both for your encouragement and for the very reasonable, doable advice.

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