The Gift I Gave to Myself

I’ve fought weight for years. Ten years ago, my then-new personal physician told me I needed to lose weight or lose my life, and sent me to a nutritionist. I was put on blood pressure medication and forced to face the harsh reality I had managed to avoid.

Around the same time, I began doing work for H3I, and went through several of their healthy living programs. I began healthy eating as a way of life, began working out, and learned to regularly make healthy choices. Over the next year, I lost around 70 pounds, then hit a plateau. I hadn’t started regaining, but I wasn’t progressing and bad patterns were sneaking back into my daily life.

Unfortunately, in the last 18-24 months, I gained nearly all of it back. I was just not able to get a grip on it. I could not figure out what was wrong with me – why wasn’t I stronger, and how could I not have any will power at all? I had quit smoking and drinking, both cold turkey, but obviously that isn’t an option with food.

HeartMath came into my life in November, when I started learning about the Institute, the research and the technology for work. A light clicked for me when it came to Stopping Emotional Eating. I made the decision to buy myself an early Christmas present, went online and ordered the SEE program, with Webinars.

I was initially concerned that I wasn’t able to get into the green for any length of time. Belatedly, I realized several positive results – first and foremost, after several years of bad sleep patterns, I was falling asleep immediately and sleeping through the night.

One day when I came home from the store, I realized I had bought only healthy foods. It struck me that before I checked out, I had stopped and gone through my basket removing unhealthy choices and returning them to the shelves. I have become far more conscious of my food choices, at the store, at home and in restaurants.

I never weighed myself through the holidays, but eventually, post-Christmas, when clothes were not as tight, I did and learned I’d lost 11 pounds. This included family Thanksgiving and Christmas, as well as holiday parties and dinners.

Getting HeartMath’s Stopping Emotional Eating Program has unquestionably been the best Christmas gift I’ve ever given myself. I know what I should and should not eat. I know I should be more active, but particularly over the course of the last year, I have continuously made bad choices. This is the first time I remember going into the new year with a very positive outlook on life. I use the emWave morning and night, but also keep it with me during the day. I have lost 15 pounds so far, without officially going on a diet – but I am looking into something more structured to combine with the SEE program.

About the Heart

The heart does more than pump blood. It is actually an information processing system that sends powerful healing commands to the brain and the rest of the body. It does this in four ways: Neurologically through a complex nervous system that researches call “the brain in the heart” Through changes in the blood pressure wave that create changes in the electrical activity in the brain Hormonally by releasing important hormones into the body Electrically through an electromagnetic field produced by the heart that permeates every cell in our body and extends beyond the skin out into space up to 3 to 4 feet

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