Work the book, chapter by chapter!
Guided meditations, prompts, forms, etc.
More than anything I want for you to succeed at reaching whatever goal you've set for yourself.
That means allowing yourself the time and space to listen to the guided meditations, fill out the questionnaires, do or redo any writing prompts, or other exercises. You can download the Word docs by clicking and saving to your computer.
The Before Questionnaire (Word doc)
The After Questionnaire (Word doc)
1) Your meditation guide is Melanie Carey, not me. She narrates the audiobook (due Fall 2022) so it just seemed more consistent if she did these as well.
2) Everyone's timing is different, so if you need more time to respond to a question, pause the recording for a moment, then restart when you're ready.
3) After each meditation ends, please give yourself time to dig deeper into the topic in your notebook. Often the meditation is the catalyst for new discoveries that only surface in those brain dumps.
Chapter 5: Discovering Your Internal Fuel Gauge
Chapter 8: "Me, Eating"
Chapter 9: You Have a Body
Chapter 14: “I Did it Myself!”
Chapter 20: Your “True Thin” Friends
Chapter 21: The Wall Comes Down
Chapter 26: Affirming Your Ideal Self
Chapter 35: The Apologies & Appreciation Tour
Chapter 42: My Healthy Beloved Body
If you'd like to dig deeper into some of the book's topics, here are some resources I found useful, grouped by general topic. Feel free to email me if you have additional recommendations.
Tools for self-discovery. The most powerful learning is experiential—approaching your life and your story with boundless curiosity. The secrets within are waiting to be uncovered.
Is Your Weight "Problem" Your Fault? America's love affair with body size and diet goes back to the 19th century. The food industry's dastardly doings are more recent.
Habit Change. Bad habits (of thinking, self-talk, eating, etc) keep us from achieving our goals. It's important learn all you can about how habits are formed, maintained, and changed. And how to roll with whatever change life throws at you.
Endings, Letting Go, New Beginnings. The only constant is change, said Heraclitus. And boy, do we resist it! Endings leave a big hole and new beginnings are scary. But only in letting go and opening to the present is there the possibility of creating something better. These books and presentations can help.
Neuroscience, mindset, and your neuroplastic brain. We have learned so much about the brain in recent years—how it perceives, how it learns, how it changes. These books and presentations are fascinating and encouraging.
Meditation, yoga and other mindfulness practices. You don’t have to be a meditator or a yogini to be more mindful, but these practices sure help. Among the significant benefits of regular practice: less anxiety and stress, more focus, deeper awareness of the body and its messages, and the ability to observe your stories and emotions as they arise and dissipate, instead of getting stuck in them.