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In My New Body I Feel….SET FREE

by Liana Simms -- 10/02/2012 05:00 AM

Feel Rich introduced it’s first community hero, Liana Simms, before the summer.  Here is another entry from Liana about her journey and how YOU can overcome whatever it is that is holding you back from being wealthy in health.

“In my new body I feel free. For so many years of my life, I’ve just existed. I was physically present and I went through the routines of life but I wasn’t living. I felt trapped and hindered. I felt like my obesity ruled my life, my every decision. I remember not fitting seat belts in cars and airplanes, walking into rooms and wondering if I can fit down the aisle or if a chair will be able to contain my body weight. It was absolute torture!

When I look back on pictures of myself versus pictures of now, all I can think is, “Is this really me?” In my new body I feel capable, alive, strong, surreal, sexy. I remember being over 350 pounds and feeling like it was impossible for me to even lose five pounds so when I consider how far I’ve come, the fact that I have lost 175 pounds, naturally, makes me feel capable of doing anything.

I tell myself, “If I can do this, I can do anything because this is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do in my life.” I feel as if I have just started living. Before, I simply existed. I managed. I saw life as surviving rather than thriving. But now, I feel alive, involved, engaged in the affairs of my own life. I can actually have a life. I can walk in clothing stores and cute clothes, attend parties, and dance the night away: all things I’ve always dreamt of doing. I can walk into the gym, run on the treadmill and release the athlete I always knew was deep inside of me. In my new body, I feel free. I feel like the me who has always been deep inside of me.

I want you to experience the same freedom I have, so here are THREE TIPS FOR STARTING TO SET YOURSELF FREE TODAY:

1. Always, always, always be honest with yourself, with who you are TODAY. Not with who you desire to be, or who you used to be but with who you are. Embrace that person, the pain, the weakness, the fear, the strength, the brilliance, the beauty. I always say, “350 pound Liana is my hero because she was the one who decided to make the change.” At 350 plus pounds I had to love the girl I was and it was my love for who I was that challenged me to be even better. Your freedom lies in your willingness to be real with yourself.

2. Control your space. Set yourself around people and communities that make you feel safe to be you. No longer subject yourself to feeling like you have to be someone other than who you feel most comfortable being.  Freedom is both about making internal changes as well as external changes. Put yourself in environments that are conducive to your well-being.

3. Don’t be afraid of fear. One thing I have learned is that my goal is not to never fear again but it is about how I respond when fear arises. Do I allow it to paralyze me or do I look it in the face and choose to progress in the face of it? I have fears but they don’t stop me, they make stronger as I choose to face them. They used to keep me bound but now they are opportunities to set me free.”

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