Waking Up in My Own Life
Adriana does not think of herself as someone with weight "problems" - unlike many fans of Am I Hungry? In fact, she had never tried fad diets or mass-marketed weight-loss programs. She had been able to effortlessly maintain a comfortable weight for most of her life. However, after three children, Adriana found herself "stuck" at a weight she found undesirable for her petite five-foot frame. Seeking a healthy solution to her weight dilemma, she chose the Am I Hungry? Multidimensional Weight Management System.
Adriana's first step, acknowledging that she needed direction and guidance, was a big one for her. Growing up with a battered mother and alcoholic father, Adriana often felt powerless. She had learned to charge through each day, simply reacting to experiences, rather than actively directing them. It is no wonder then that she grew up with little grasp of the life skills necessary to identify and address her needs.
Remarkably, Adriana's dysfunctional upbringing failed to extinguish her belief that she was worthy of a better life. And she built one - with a wonderful husband, their children, and a successful home decor business. Yet her family and business responsibilities were sometimes overwhelming, resulting in stress and stress-related overeating. Adriana needed tools to cope - and thrive - in the busy life of an entrepreneurial wife and mother.
Adriana was surprised to discover that Am I Hungry? is not about eating (or avoiding) specific foods. Instead, she found a tailored program focusing on her emotional triggers, self-concept, and behaviors, rather than a one-size-fits-all approach. With Am I Hungry? Adriana not only learned to identify areas she describes as her "weaknesses," she learned that, "There is always a solution."
The step-by-step approach of Am I Hungry? illuminated Adriana's personal neglect and poor eating habits. With Am I Hungry? she learned how to prioritize demands on her time and use tools like daily goal setting. Another critical lesson was the ability to distinguish important demands from the insignificant ones. As a self-described people-pleaser, Adriana had assumed that every demand on her time was justified, important, and urgent. So skewed was her former perception that she felt obligated to hold lengthy conversations with telemarketers, simply because they called! Now, with skills learned from Am I Hungry? Adriana quickly dismisses telemarketer and other interruptions, focusing instead on matters vital to her interests.
Along with this newfound empowerment came the realization that she could analyze, understand, and manage her environmental and emotional eating triggers. Adriana identified her habits of eating in front of the television, the computer, while driving, and when stressed or bored. Once recognized, Adriana found it fairly easy to modify her behavior. She also developed new healthy habits such as prepackaging bite-sized healthy treats, such as melon or vegetables. Then, if she gets hungry while chaufferuring her kids, she snacks on these instead of driving through the nearest fast-food restaurant. Another key for Adriana was learning to assess her hunger and fullness levels. Initially, she was amazed at how much food she consumed - mostly when she wasn't even hungry! Today, she regularly eats when her body signals it's need for nourishment, and stops eating when her hunger is satisfied.
Nearing her weight-loss goal, Adriana is now focused on a greater one - understanding and caring for herself - her whole self. Developing her much needed life skills with the professional guidance of Am I Hungry? has enriched her alrealdy satisfying relationships with immediate family and friends. According to Adriana, having the ability to purposefully navigagte through each day feels like, "Waking up in my own life." Nine months earlier, Adriana was a woman looking to lose a few pounds. Remarkably, she not only lost weight, she gained a whole new approach to living her life.
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