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Done with Dieting. Forever.

By Charlene Rayburn

This week during a conversation, I heard myself say, “One thing I know for sure is that I will never diet again.” The conviction in my voice even caught me by surprise. 3 people clocks covering faces

In that moment I knew without doubt that my decades long repeating pattern of pledging to make it happen “this time,” would happen.  The time was up!

Near tears, I knew that the grit to conjure up willpower, and the all-too-familiar sense of hopelessness when I couldn’t hold on, was really over.

It was like I’d been fighting with an invisible monster for years and years, and at last he was dead. It may sound overly dramatic, but anyone who has been caught in the eat-repent-repeat cycle for any length of time will most likely understand.

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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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