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Acceptance, compassion, and encouragement

By Charlene Rayburn

Here’s today’s reason that I love the Am I Hungry?® Program:

compassionate hand holdingSo many diet books and programs advise us to lose weight for ourselves, then go on to describe, or show pictures that imply, how their definition of looking good makes us more attractive to others. They tell us to decide how much weight we want to lose, then print charts that tell us how much we should weigh and give us formulas to calculate how long it will take us to reach that weight. They tell us to love ourselves, but their very premise is that until we reach that idealized goal, we’re just not quite good enough.

Am I Hungry? teaches us that optimal health is not the same for everyone, guides us back to listening to our own inner wisdom, helps us become aware of when and how to make the choices that are genuinely right for us as individuals, all while whispering words of acceptance, compassion, and encouragement in our ear. It isn’t hard to figure out which approach really means what they say.


About the author

Charlene Rayburn, CVCC, lives her passion for mindfulness and intentional leadership by serving as a personal and professional leadership coach, by managing a department of dedicated employees for a Fortune 500 sized health insurance organization, and by facilitating Am I Hungry?® workshops and coaching sessions. She has coached extensively with individuals and groups outside the corporate world, as well as with executives, leaders, and teams in non-profit, private, public, governmental, and educational organizations spanning the globe. Charlene received her coaching certificate through the Center for Coaching Mastery at Coachville, LLC, and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Management from Davenport University. She is a member of the National Management Association. One of her most emotionally challenging and rewarding experiences was serving as a volunteer at the Center for Battered Women. Charlene currently lives in Michigan and enjoys spending time with her husband of over 20 years, reading, learning, cooking, practicing yoga, and watching her grandson grow, who lives with his dad, her stepson in Fort Worth, Texas.

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