The Message Behind Your Weight

Have you ever asked, “Why can’t I lose weight and keep it off for good?”


When you see weight as the enemy, it keeps hanging around. Whether you want to lose 10 pounds or 110 pounds, the core of the issue is the same. Your body is sending you a message much deeper than “Hey, get to the gym.”


“Hey, get to the gym.”


Most diseases and chronic ailments we experience are messages to us about how we have lived our life up until this point. We can try to cover them up, treating just the symptom, or we can ask ourselves a new question: What is this here to teach me about myself?


Weight is no different – it’s a condition your body has presented to you so that you can grow. The body is always communicating with us, each and every day it is telling us what it needs if only we were listening.


Consider that weight gain is actually a message your body is sending you. And if you try to control it by depriving yourself, using willpower or restricting yourself, you are only tightening the situation.


What is needed is expansion – a new look, an open perspective, a new door to open for learning and growth. But if your weight is a message to you, what is the message? It’s different for every person.


Some examples of messages that come in the form of extra pounds are:

  • I need to slow down
  • I need to love myself
  • I need more balance
  • I need nourishment
  • I need to honor myself
  • I want to feel good
  • I want to have more energy
  • I want to be happy

Most people try to lose weight first before they want to dive in and explore these sticky issues. And they often lose weight, but most times, it returns. In fact, most diets fail.


“Ninety-five percent of people on a diet gain back all the weight they lost within one or two years.”


Ninety-five percent of people on a diet gain back all the weight they lost within one or two years. Sometimes, they gain back even more! Perhaps they didn’t learn the lesson of why the extra weight was there to begin with. If you are looking for long term health and balance, you will have to take a deeper look.


Anyone can figure out how to burn calories using a Google search or by stopping by the book store and picking up one of the many diet books available.


Losing weight is not just about calories in, calories out. Shedding extra pounds is not just about counting points or calculating fat grams. If it was that easy we’d all look like supermodels.


“The real secret is the message your body wants you to know so you can live your very best life.”


The real secret is the message your body wants you to know so you can live your very best life. And uncovering that secret is an amazing journey that will create not only long term weight loss but lasting balance and a renewed sense of self.


So as we enter into the holiday season where social occasions and special treats make it easy to gain weight, give thanks that you are now armed with knowledge. Take a closer look at some of the messages your body might be trying to send.


Remember that it’s not just calories in and calories out. The body is always communicating with us. Each and every day it is telling us what it needs…if only we were listening.


…if only we were listening.


Chickpea Salad

Prep time: 20 minutes
Serves: 8


Bring this delicious Chickpea Salad for a quick and hearty holiday covered dish. Who said holiday gatherings had to be unhealthy?

2 15 oz. cans chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained
2 15 oz. cans black eyed peas, drained
2 15 oz. cans artichoke hearts, drained and quartered
4 large tomatoes, diced
½ large yellow onion, diced
6 cloves garlic, crushed
1/3 cup olive oil
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
Fresh ground black pepper and sea salt to taste


Place drained chickpeas, black eyed peas and artichoke hearts into a large bowl. Add diced tomato, onion and crushed garlic. Whisk olive oil and balsamic vinegar together in a small mixing bowl; pour over bean mixture. Mix thoroughly with a large spoon until all ingredients are mixed well and thoroughly coated. Add fresh ground black pepper and sea salt to taste.


Love, Health and Success,

Suzanne Monroe is the Founder of The International Association of Wellness Professionals and Director of the IAWP’s Wellness Coach Certification & Training Program. The IAWP has given away over $100,000 in scholarships to support people who are passionate about health and wellness. If you’re interested in learning more about a career as a Wellness Coach, you can chat with an Admissions Advisor by scheduling your appointment here.

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