La Valleur: Defining Moments

Defining moments are few and far between in life. When you have one, you know it. I just had one.

I’m in Phase 2 – of a new nutritional plan called Metabolic Balance®. “Backed by over 25 years of scientific study and managed by dedicated physicians and nutrition scientists”, it’s 100% natural and was founded by Dr. Wolf Funfack in 2001.  I lived in Germany for 18 years and love the fact that it was started in Germany.

My defining moment came when my husband, whom I love dearly and who is my (normally) biggest supporter in life, pulled a 2.58 lb. pork loin from the freezer and said he would be roasting it tomorrow. Great😞.

Pork is not one of “my” meats on the program which is designed specifically for me based on blood test results.

The conversation in my head was: “Gee, I just told him yesterday that it will only be a week until I’ll be through with the Strict Conversion Stage and will then have more flexibility with my plan. I’ll be able to have a ‘treat meal’ once a week and can eat whatever I want for that one meal. So I could have roast pork, which I love. Even the smell of it roasting is wonderful. Why would he do that to me? He expected to eat a 2 ½ lbs. roast by himself?! ” I realized he had no clue what I was doing, what I was going through emotionally and physically.

The defining moment came when I retreated to the bathroom, got in the shower to muffle my tears of frustration and disappointment and realized that I, and I alone, am responsible for my success or failure with this plan. Like anything in life. No one else but I can do this. Sure, it’s great to have support, understanding, heck, even indulgence from others. But the bottom line is: I am the only one who can do this for me. It’s called responsibility.

I actually felt better when I understood that. It gave me a sense of power and freedom.

Those who know me, know that when I take something on, whether it’s a nutritional plan, chairing an arts program or even a small activity like reading a book, I do it with resolve, fortitude and intention and I succeed more often than I fail. I’m also very competitive.

I’m a 70-year-old retired award-winning international photojournalist living in my home state of Minnesota. I’ve had an amazing life filled with a wonderful accepting and loving family, many crazy fun friends and international adventures most people only dream about.

And, over the last 20 years, I’ve gotten fat.

To add insult to injury so to speak, in the last four years, I’ve had one serious mishap: I got bucked off a horse in the Hollywood hills and had a concussion, 3 cracked ribs, 4 cracked vertebra and a punctured lung and was in bed for a month. I have also twice missed steps while photographing sculptures and fallen on black ice [ice that is almost invisible and is found frequently during Minnesota winters]. Each time, I fell HARD on my arthritic knees.  These misfortunes have seriously hampered my mobility and ability to exercise.

A year ago at this time, my older sister, Sharon, who lives 2.5 hours away in rural Minnesota, started Metabolic Balance® and asked me if I’d like to do it with her. I took one cursory look at her personal nutrition plan and said, “That’s way too complicated for me.”  While I’ve never been on a diet, I was on WeightWatchers at the time and had lost 35 lbs. over the previous 18 months. I felt I was in action about my weight.

Months past and by October, Sharon had lost 80 lbs. I was VERY impressed. I started asking her questions. I read her entire Personal Nutrition Plan. I began thinking to myself: I can do this. I was getting tired of the yo-yo of loosing several pounds, gaining them back and truth be told, I wasn’t following the WW plan 100%. My biggest challenge was a love of wine. Chardonnay to be specific.

In the Metabolic Balance® Strict Conversion Phase [2 weeks], alcohol, soft drinks and fruit juices are not allowed. I haven’t had soft drinks for over 40 years, so that wasn’t an issue for me and I rarely drank fruit juices. Chardonnay, now that was another matter.

Still, after thinking and praying about the Metabolic Balance® plan for about three weeks, I knew it was an answer to my personal goal of becoming healthy and living a longer life. I’ve always wanted to live to be a healthy 100-year-old!

In mid-November, I quit WW and called Sharon’s nutrition coach, Christine Lindell Detweiler of Minneapolis who lives only 25 minutes away! I made an appointment and after meeting, we agreed that it would be best for me to start at the beginning of the new year.

So on January 2nd, I began the 2-day Preparation Phase which involved a cleanse and light meals.

After losing 11.5 lbs in the first week of the plan, my coach suggested I blog about my experiences. Since I’m already a blogger, it didn’t take much for me to agree.

I will share my experiences with you as I go on this new life’s journey with the intension of making a difference for those who face similar challenges and want to create their own powerful defining moments.

At the end of each blog, I will note a result and a tip that I hope will be valuable for you. If you would like to read my first blog post,you can see it here.

Results: I began a lifestyle change by choosing the Metabolic Balance® nutrition plan inside my commitment to live a long, healthy life and lost 10 lbs. the first week.

Tip: Take 100% responsibility for your results with this plan as with life. It is empowering and freeing.

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