Tracy’s Success Story – All Inclusive Lifestyle Academy Graduate
Learn how Tracy, an All Inclusive Lifestyle Academy graduate, loses 52 pounds and 7 dress sizes!
Learn how Tracy, an All Inclusive Lifestyle Academy graduate, loses 52 pounds and 7 dress sizes!
I interviewed Tracy on the AILA show because she has this incredible story of weight loss transformation!
Tracy has been trying to lose weight for the past 20 years but it wasn’t until 18 months ago that Tracy decided to make some changes. She was 52 pounds heavier and felt the pressure to lose the weight for her cousin’s wedding. She wanted to look as good as she could for the wedding yet she was dealing with life and sometimes it isn’t easy to focus on yourself.
“I just wanted to get to that point where I thought okay these numbers are okay, I look okay, that type of thing, or I look different than where I am now. Not realizing at the time that there was so much more involved in it and that’s what this journey has been about. What’s been different about it this time is realizing that there were so many more elements or facets, to use your own terminology, that were part personal of getting to where I wanted to be, getting to a peaceful place and staying in it.” –Tracy
Tracy wasn’t used to facing her fears but when she did, plateaus were broken and breakthroughs happened! Being vulnerable and asking for help along her journey was necessary. I assisted her with finding balance in all 5 facets of her life which were important for her to lose the weight and keep it off.
Tracy now takes a moment to breathe and relax, especially when she deals with stressful situations. This is something that is more easier said than done by many people. Given the daily stressors life presents, learning to manage them accordingly will aid in a healthier lifestyle. Through the process, Tracy also discovered a love for reading and writing. She even wrote a manuscript – who knew coaching would bring out this talent in her?!
There’s still so much more for Tracy to do, see, and become and that’s exactly what I want for every student that I coach. There is no “end” point, instead that is simply a starting points for the phase of life. However, in order to get to that stage, we need to take care of ourselves, understand ourselves, and find balance to keep on growing.
Until the next All Inclusive Lifestyle Show, inspire to aspire.
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– Hey friend, Kris here. Welcome to the All Inclusive Lifestyle Show where we help people cultivate energy, restore balance, and live an inspired life. I have a special guest here today, her name is Tracy, she’s a graduate from the All Inclusive Lifestyle Academy. She has lost 52 pounds, more importantly she has kept it off, and welcome to the show Tracy.
– Thanks for having me.
– I brought Tracy on the show because she has this incredible story of evolution and the things that she’s doing now and I bet you never thought this, but they’re exciting, I’m talking about the foods you eat, I’m talking about all the exercise that you’re doing and all the things that are different about your lifestyle and that’s why I really wanted to share this with all of our viewers today because this is where I love people to get to and not everybody does get to, a lot of people drop out of the game if they’ve got a certain goal, usually it’s a weight loss goal and once they get there, then there’s just no more excitement, there’s no more energy to keep them going forward. But that hasn’t happened with you so I’m really curious to why you’re still at this, why you’re still energetic about it, excited about it, and you’re still getting results, you’re still evolving. So maybe the best way to start this interview is by telling everyone where were you before and before we’re talking about 18 months ago. 18 months ago Tracy was 52 pounds heavier and it’s not just about that, it was more than just the weight on the scale. I really want to know how are you feeling about that 18 months ago.
– Well I guess, what started it was an event and my cousin was getting married and I wanted to look as good as I could for the wedding, I was in the wedding and of course that all starts with weight loss when you’re constantly overweight kind of thing. And but at the time I thought everything was sort of normal, I was dealing with the negativity that I always dealt with with the weight issues and that type of thing. So it was the same sort of cyclical pattern that I was following whereas I have an event, I have a goal, I just want to hit those numbers, that’s all I needed to focus on.
– But you mentioned that life was normal before. So you weren’t really aware that there was a problem like you have that awareness now looking back 18 months ago.
– Exactly it was the physical which is what you focus on when you’re thinking about losing weight. So it was just the physical and I just wanted to get to that point where I thought okay these numbers are okay, I look okay, that type of thing, or I look different than where I am now. Not realizing at the time that there was so much more involved in it and that’s what this journey has been about. What’s been different about it this time is realizing that there were so many more elements or facets, to use your own terminology, that were part personal of getting to where I wanted to be, getting to a peaceful place and staying in it. And that was the difference.
– How long do you think you had a weight problem for?
– Off and on for 20 years.
– 20 years.
– Wow, wow, so this is quite remarkable. I always tell people that listen, when we’re forecasting what’s going to happen here you’ve got this weight problem, here’s the weight problem’s solution, but you’re going to have to be patient about this and just to put it into perspective, you had a weight problem for 20 years. There is still much more for you to do and more growth and evolution and more of the journey, but boy in 18 months you made quite the correction that happened over the damage that’s happened over 20 years. So that’s not a bad payoff, you always look at it as in finances, like hey if you went bankrupt in this case we can go physically bankrupt too and then our weight is just a symptom of that bankruptcy. So to make that correction, boy if you went bankrupt financially to live as you are now, which really there is no dollar amount that I can put to that, that’s quite the correction, that’s quite the accomplishment in such a short amount of time. Now it didn’t take 30 days, you know.
– No and I really wish it had only taken 30 days. But at the beginning of this it was always that question, why isn’t this happening faster, I’m working hard, I’m doing what you say, I’m eating the way you want me to and I’m like shouldn’t I already be at my goal 30 days in?
– And I think that has been one of the benefits is that it has been long and learning and it wasn’t rapid like it has been in the past, because that’s what the results have always been. I want to lose weight, I want to hit this number, this weight number, this number on the scale, this size, whatever. And then once you hit that, then what? What do I do then? And there was nobody there who was going to answer that question.
– Got it.
– So it was like okay well I hit that, and now I’ll just go back to the bad habits and the emotional state unknowingly to the emotional state that I was in and so then back up it’d go.
– So how many times did you actually attempt to lose weight?
– Umm, a lot, but like significantly probably three or four times over those 20 years where it was a significant weight loss.
– Wow, so before we move on with the journey and find out exactly what Tracy did and how she lost 52 pounds and kept it off. Can I ask you another question here, what is the most challenging event or thing that happened to you in your life and did that have anything to do with you being perhaps 50 pounds overweight and having weight problems like you said about 20 years.
– I don’t know if there was anything. I’ve encountered the challenges, there’s been some traumas and that type of thing, but I think for me, it’s now knowing how significant emotions are and it’s looking back at a lot of those things, is that you get into this negative space, you start to teach yourself the negativity, you start to believe it and then it just becomes this cycle. So that every time you encounter some type of pain, it’s very easy to mask it for lack of a better phrase, to go back into this protective mode and for me, it was food and a sedentary lifestyle, that type of thing. And it was this protection, so it’s just something you start to believe that that’s the easy way to deal with things.
– Right and it really is, you it became you, you identified with that particular you. You know the person that was more afraid than you are today over just whatever is coming at you in your life and the anecdotes of a sedentary lifestyle and food and all the other things that you used to as you said mask it, like you didn’t know anything different.
– Yeah, it became the norm. So the norm was I’m going to fail at weight loss, so when I did that, then I was being successful basically. So that became the pattern is that this is what I expect and this is what I got out of it.
– A friend of mine, his name is Giovanni and he is the founder of thegroup. Anyways, he lost I think it was about 60 pounds I think and he said that he identified with his former self as a computer in the sense that the way his brain thought was on factory settings and unfortunately our human nature is set to be very afraid, afraid of life, afraid of living, afraid of going out the front door and because of that, it basically takes a lot of power, draws a lot of power away from us and in extreme cases and again weight is just a symptom of that, we become powerless, right? So what he did or how he explained it is he basically reset his programming and it took some time and he’s in that frame that you’re in both a year and a half or so. But he basically reprogrammed his mind through different practices and rituals and a lot of the stuff that we’ve done in the program together and he’s basically been able to keep the weight off with this new program that he has where there’s a lot more gratitude, a lot more appreciation for what’s going on in his life and how valuable his energy.
– It’s huge, huge.
– But you know what, when you’re running on fumes day in and day out and that’s your normal as you called it, you wouldn’t even know what it feels like to have a full tank and we talked about this in the program, we say that it’s really a power problem. The weight problem, the addiction problem, the emotional problem, the anxiety, depression, maybe even some of the self-created health problems are really power problems in the sense that we are running on fumes and we don’t even know what it feels like to have a full tank so we don’t have a comparable, so we don’t have any more gravity towards going out and getting that full tank because there’s things that we need to do to put the work in. Work on self and also some work out there as well, strengthening our relationships and getting financially stable and all of those other things that decrease our fears but long story short, if we’re only running on fumes we can’t even see that. So I guess now, you’ve got your eye on that gauge and you know when you’re running low on energy. What do you do to keep you energized?
– I go to the gym.
– You go to the gym, that’s interesting.
– That’s a huge…
– Six days a week, this young lady over here, which by the way you look absolutely amazing, there is really a before and after story here, I can see it. And as humans I think we need to see that too, you know what I mean just to get that comparable, but you go to the gym, all sarcasm aside, what else do you do?
– I do a little bit of meditation.
– What do you mean by that?
– Just taking moments where like in the car, a moment to breathe, a moment to relax, there are certain places I like to go, just walks where I’m just out and surrounded by nothing. I read a lot, that energizes me and more and more people are sort of recognizing changes in me and I’m becoming more and more passionate about talking about that and sharing that experience and the journey and you know because everybody seems to be stuck in that same rut that I had been in in the past. And because I feel so good where I am now, I would love for other people to be able to experience that as well.
– So what I’d like to ask now is where could you help anyone else that’s struggling with a weight problem, an emotional problem, health problem, or even an addiction problem, now obviously those things you didn’t have all of them, you were focused on hey I have a weight problem. But now I think you can see that there’s a correlation between all of those problems being power problems, but what is something that you can gift to our viewers today some words of wisdom that would help them if they’re struggling right now with any program of change, could be quitting smoking, could be losing weight, it could be lowering your blood pressure. And some sort of lesson that you were given through this journey that you can pass on.
– I think just to sort of go back to something you said earlier is Is that like I said, for me and I think for a lot of other people it starts with this physical element of whatever it is, weight loss, stopping smoking, whatever it is. I think we think of it as a physical issue. And I think it is, what I can pass along and what I learned in these last 18 months is that to be honest with yourself and with what you’re doing and to be open and willing to look at different aspects of what it is you’re going through, to look beyond that initial goal, to look beyond that initial number, that initial element that you think you’re dealing with and be open to other people. And other ways of doing things because that has really been what has helped me and will help me stay, because I’m pretty confident that I’ll be able to continue along this path. And I think that I found somebody that was able to get me to look beyond and that what I thought was my problem really was just a bonus of the result of that, the weight loss it was the bonus of everything else that I was learning along the way and it was just being open to it because at first I wasn’t. So it’s that willingness to be open to the things that you are teaching and because it has helped me immensely.
– Right and how did you do that exactly?
– What do you mean, sorry.
– So you’re talking about surrender, you’re talking about being vulnerable, you’re talking about putting up the white flag and saying hey listen, I don’t know everything, and I don’t got everything together and I need some help. And that was the evolution for you, or maybe even revolution because it was completely backwards of the way you were conducting yourself and the way that your belief system weight felt before. So was it a time thing, a focus thing?
– When I was very resistant to opening up and being vulnerable and because for so long we protect that.
– That takes a lot of energy too.
– It does, it takes a lot of energy. So I wasn’t used to sharing and in that capacity, face my fears and realizing that they were fears. And what it was that I was protecting and realizing that moving beyond those fears, facing them, being vulnerable that it’s okay to ask for help and to look for different ways of doing things. That that progression is what has bolstered me to get where I am today. Historically, you start and you finish because you hit your goal, whatever that was and then you were done. So you either slid back down or you plateaued. Whereas this time, once I sort of hit that wedding date, then it was like what else can I do. What more can I do, how much better can I feel. And that is what has pushed me on and we continue to talk everyday and I enjoy talking to you with our sessions because you bring something different to it a different energy and that is the sustaining point for me, it’s what’s pushing me because it feels good and why fix it if it’s not broken?
– Right so you have a different gravity towards positivity and positive energy and you know the difference now between low level, low power or powerless type feelings and now you just keep gravitating good days, bad days, some fluctuations along the way but you keep striving for positive energy.
– Yeah absolutely.
– That’s amazing. I want to thank you for being here this has been incredible. What a journey and from what I understand it’s not over yet. There’s still much more for you to do and see and become and that’s exactly where I want every student that I coach to understand that there is no end point, the end point is really the end point that obviously we all have to face, but we have so much more that we can do in between but we really need to take care of ourselves, understand ourselves in order to have enough energy and balance to keep on growing and keep looking for more light, more sunlight, more positivity as you call it. So thanks again for being here. Til the next All Inclusive Lifestyle Show, inspire to aspire.