Guest Post – How You “Choose” to View Your Experience is Critical to Successful Weight Release

Is That The Story You Want To Tell?
How You “Choose” to View Your Experience is Critical to Successful Weight Release
By Freeman Michaels

I experienced my big breakthrough, when I was obese, by way of a simple question: “is that the story you want to tell?” I was mid-way through telling my story of why I was fat for the seemly millionth time when a college proposed this critical question. My immediate response was, “No”. I went on to say, “I am tired of telling that story”. It was time to tell a different story.

We all make up stories. Some are “tall tales” with very little factual basis. Others are supported with data and evidence. But very few of them are inherently true. They are true for us, sure, but the same circumstances may be interpreted quite differently by someone else.

If you have ever played the game “telephone” with a large group of people, you have seen this reality demonstrated. Whatever information began the chain will inevitably be different by the time it gets to the end of the line. Playing the telephone game, we usually laugh when we hear how different the final interpretation is from the original message. But the truth is that this same scenario played out in real life is no laughing matter. We have all heard distorted truths about an event in which we were involved. We have all felt the anger, confusion and frustration when the story being told is about us. We can often even feel bound and oppressed by the stories we tell about ourselves.

We tell stories to make sense of things. We want to hold on to an interpretation that helps us feel safe or acceptable. And we all seem to feel the need to recruit allies – other people willing to “buy in” to our story. The question is: Is the story that you are telling serving you?
Many times the story we have constructed about ourselves and others is not serving us. Our interpretation of past events is often defensive and inaccurate. An added challenge is the collective stories we feel obligated to defend. Families, groups and cultures have their own particular history. But “his-story” is just an agreed upon interpretation of past events.

Part of the liberation of my weight release process involves reinterpreting past events from a compassionate perspective and analyzing our interpretation to determine if the stories we are telling are really in our best interest. I find that most of us who struggle with weight carry the burden of stories that are not serving us. The interpretations of our experiences tend to involve a lot of shame, blame and guilt. With compassion we begin to unravel our perceptions and reinterpret our experience. We begin to forgive ourselves for the judgments that we have held against ourselves. As we release the story that we have been telling and learn to honor our experience our lives begin to change. Self-acceptance is the doorway to self-love. When we love ourselves it is much easier to make self-honoring choices around food. Weight release is a natural by-product of self-acceptance and self-love. We release weight when we let go of old stories that lock in our negative perception of ourselves.

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Freeman Michaels is America’s #1 weight release expert and coach. He is the author of Weight Release: A Liberating Journey. His groundbreaking program uses personal development principles to end the “diet cycle” and help people release weight forever.

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I started a new and exciting program called Weight Release. This is NOT a weight loss program. In fact, this is a totally different approach (I’ll let Freeman explain – see info below). I committed to taking a one hour webinar once a week which started Monday, April 12th (but it’s not too late to start) and continuing for the next 11 Monday nights. I am also doing a workbook process, and checking in with a partner at least once a week. I will be blogging about my experience. I want to invite some of my readers to join me. Freeman Michaels, who runs the program, has kindly offered me 12 FREE (normally $397) spots for readers who want to go through the program. The only thing he asks is that we blog or video blog about our process. This is a wonderful opportunity – I hope you will join me. You can sign up here.

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What is the Weight Release Program?
The Weight Release Program is a comprehensive, effective, and sustainable program that works because it deals with the true causes of weight related issues. The secret to releasing weight permanently lies in understanding your mind. It is an unhealthy thought system that has caused you to pack on extra pounds and it will be a healthy thought system that allows you to shed those pounds…forever. No exercise program or diet program will ever be sustainable if you don’t fundamentally change the way you relate to food and your body.
95% of diet and weight loss programs DON’T work because they fail to address the underlying cause of eating patterns. THIS IS NOT A DIET PROGRAM. The Weight Release Program is based on the Service to Self™ Process. This is a general personal development process that has been highly effective in helping people release weight. The program has been adapted and enhanced to address weight related issues specifically. 

What you will learn:

  • You will learn to identify and address the underlying causes of weight related issues.
  • You will learn the tools and skills that you need to not only release weight, but maintain a healthy weight for life.
  • You will learn to harness the power of the mind to interrupt unhealthy habits and direct your life towards what really feeds you.
  • The program will provide you with stability to end the yo-yo cycle associated with most diet and exercise programs.
  • You will learn how to eat the foods you enjoy and still be able to release weight.
  • You will learn how to avoid using food to deal with stress, anxiety, anger and more…
  • You will learn how to truly enjoy eating healthy so that you can finally have a sustainable approach to releasing weight.
  • You will learn how to distinguish between what your body thinks it wants and what it truly needs.

How it works?
12 readers will receive the following items for free as part of the Weight Release Program (normally $397).

The Weight Release Program includes:
  • 12 online webinars, which can be taken from the comfort of your own home – all that you need is a laptop, telephone and internet access.
  • Freeman’s book Weight Release: A Liberating Journey (e-book format)
  • The Weight Release Workbook (e-book format)
  • Access to the Weight Release community.

Impossible to Fail:

We take “failure” out of the equation. Failure and disappointment come from “result driven thinking” – the weight release approach is “process driven thinking”. You are not focusing on weight; you are simply recognizing your patterns of behavior around food – with compassion for yourself. You are beginning to recognize, with compassion, the life experiences that have contributed to create the patterns. What you are releasing is the burden of a thought system that has you caught in patterns of behavior that no longer serve you. As you become more conscious of what is behind your behavior you will have the ability to “choose” a different way of getting needs met and/or coping with discomfort, stress, fear, etc. Weight release is a natural byproduct of making self-honoring choices.


To learn more about Freeman and his work, go to: www.servicetoself.com

To sign up for the Weight Release Program visit: http://www.servicetoself.com/michelleweightreleasejourney

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