This is going to be different for everyone.  I know how I’d like it to work for everyone: I have been working on it now, one way and another, for over 30 years.  I know how I’d like it to work for me (I haven’t achieved everything I want yet, either!)

But I have long-since learned that we’re all different: we will all need different things.

So here’s my vision.  I have learned a huge amount of stuff.  That’s:

  1. Nutrition stuff,
  2. Exercise stuff
  3. Mind and Emotions stuff
  4. Brain stuff
  5. Relationship stuff
  6. Supporting one another stuff
  7. etc

My aim is to provide people with some way of learning whatever stuff they need, and learning how to support one another in a “peer and reciprocal” way.

What does that mean? Well, in a nutshell:

  • If backside kicking is what is needed to get us, say, to get up and go for a walk, then I’ll kick your backside if you’ll kick mine.
  • If a hug is what is needed in order to provide the comfort that we’d otherwise seek in the fridge, then I’ll give you a hug if you’ll give me a hug.
  • And if no-one ever listened to you, and you just need to get stuff off your chest, then I’ll listen to you if you’ll listen to me.  (read “The Art of Listening“.)

People are different.  Live Free From Obesity’s mission is to help:

  1. People who need to get together in the same room, develop strong relationships, and provide amazing support to one another in order to change their whole lifestyles.
  2. People who just need chapter and verse on what to do to change their nutrition and exercise.
  3. People who just need a diet sheet.

(I was all three: I now have 2 and 3, but I still need 1!)

The short answer is YES!

The long answer is that it’s not a silver bullet, and it won’t happen overnight.

These things are all inter-related.  If you’re obese, then it’s extremely likely that you will be depressed from time to time.  And if you know of the health dangers of being obese, then you’ll probably get anxious, too.  And, when you’re anxious and/or depressed, you’ll probably eat too much, or eat the wrong things, or both.

So we need to work on all these areas at the same time, as I said on the home page.

I believe that it’s really difficult to do this by myself, and that’s why I invented “Together We Can”.  Here’s a (very small) introduction.

If you want to begin this journey, here are some things that you can do.

  1. Join a group.  Introduce yourself.  Read what others are saying (you’ll discover that you are not alone!)
  2. Start some gentle exercise (see this link on my Walking For Happiness website)
  3. Begin, gently to change what you eat: reduce the amount of sugars and starches, a little, and drink more water.
  4. Watch out for the brain-training post (it’s on my list of things to do)

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