Over the past six months I have lost ten kilos off my 5ft 3” frame. After being diagnosed with an auto immune condition, my doctor told me I was ‘overweight’ and needed to get rid of it to manage this condition with ease.
So I quit flour and sugar and off it came. I didn’t diet. I made a conscious change to my nutrition plan. What I know for sure is that diets don’t work. The diet industry preys on our insecurity. A nutrition plan that becomes part of our lifestyle is a winner. I have no desire to pick up flour or sugar again. I have detoxed. Cravings are gone. I love the good food I eat and I’m learning to view the connection with the people I eat with as a higher priority than the food. It’s fuel. It’s not the main game.
A colleague of mine is currently on a mission to drop ten kilos himself. When he gets there, he’s going to reward himself with a big serve of ribs and chips.
This got me thinking that a ten kilo loss and achieving my healthy body weight of 58kg is something for me to personally celebrate. I had a good think about this and it never crossed my mind to celebrate with food. I wanted it to be significant.
My friend Sam is a perfume stylist. I told her it was time for a NEW fragrance. Some years ago after my second divorce, Sam insisted I give away my 1.5 bottles of Chanel Allure immediately. A lucky client scored both bottles! They had to go because ex husband had given them to me. Fragrance holds memory. It is powerful.
She sent me to Peony, a perfumery in Hawthorn to see Jill, a stylish woman, a fragrance specialist. She also told me to take my credit card. I’d need it. Ok ….. Jill commenced a fragrance consultation, gauging what I might respond to. We walked around the store, stocked with delightful bottles of gender neutral fragrance. Apparently there is no such thing as a men’s or a women’s fragrance. It’s all about what you respond to and what suits you. How about that?
I had the time of my life in there! Thank you Jill. You are the bomb!
I skipped out of Peony with a bottle of French fragrance called Ella. It was so beautifully wrapped and presented in a lovely little bag (presentation and packaging matter) . My bank balance may be a little lighter, I had a fabulous experience, I am the proud owner of a new fragrance I love. I celebrated my achievement in a way that honoured the journey and respected my health. It was guilt free and I’ll enjoy it every day for the next year or two until it runs out.
My very first business coach Belinda McInnes taught me to celebrate success. I’ve been a slow learner with this one. How do you celebrate your achievements?