After weeks of disconnection with myself, of being unwell and avoiding my feelings, I finally came home to myself at a yoga retreat at a lovely permaculture farm in Portugal.
I’ve been in deep conflict with my previous approach of focusing on weight loss and emphasis the use of mindfulness to do so.
I don’t want to be mindful because it will help maintain my weight. I don’t want to be driven by fear. I want to be mindful because I want to listen to my body and give it the care it deserves. I want to be mindful because it makes me feel good and it allows me to thrive.
Update: I’ve significantly shifted my views on this experience and topic, which you can read here. While I still promote the approach of mindfulness, I don’t encourage the focus on weight loss.
In 2017, I lost 14kg (30lbs). It was a steady loss of 1-1.5kg/month, and 75% of the weight lost was fat. I’ve been as surprised as anyone else, because it didn't seem like I was doing anything big. Here's what I did do.