“Camille? You know, every woman needs an amazing pair of jeans. Let me pull one for you.”
Over the December Holiday break I was in my home town shopping with a dear high school friend. She took me to a clothing store where they ask you your name, what you’re looking for, quickly analyze your body type with a flutter of their eyes and immediately hunt down a few perfect outfits. (The store also gives your kids animal cookies and counts huge bathrooms as part of their real estate, and no this store does not exist in NYC).
They brought me a pair of jeggings. I laughed at them. More on that later.
6 months earlier than this, I had been puzzled by the fit of my clothes. They felt weird. Not tight, the way I normally experienced weight gain, but weird. So I decided to pay a visit to the scale, which I had avoided for a complete year.
I found that in the time of my scale avoidance I had slowly put on 10 pounds. And I wasn’t exactly at my ideal weight the last time I visited the scale, which is why I probably declined to visit it for a full year. My first step, after crying a little, was to recommit to healthy habits like working out at least 4 times a week, and track what I ate. At first it worked. In the first 6 weeks I lost about 5 pounds, which was great.
But then I hit a plateu. A big one. I didn’t lose any weight for 8 weeks, despite the exercising and the tracking. It was getting exhausting too. Not the exercising so much…I actually was enjoying that part. But I was so tired of paying so much attention to what I ate. I would much prefer to live my life rather than obsess about food, and it was starting to drive me crazy.
Can you relate? If so, you might want to think about joining us at the Y on Monday nights, 6:30PM to learn about the State of Slim. Because just as I was ready to throw in the towel and disappear into a box of cookies I learned about this new book and program, The State of Slim, or “The Colorado Diet”. It whispered a phrase I feel like I’ve been waiting my entire lifetime to hear…”You can fix your inflexible metabolism”. Before I learned exactly what I would need to do to fix the inflexible metabolism that I’d struggled with my entire life (first diet at the age of 8, anyone?) I read about the science behind the State of Slim, the inspirational way to build great habits, the connection between MY LIFE’S PURPOSE and my healthiest, happiest self. That’s pretty heady stuff for a diet book.
Which is to say of course, that it’s truly not a diet. It is a plan for restructuring the way I approach and think about my life. I have lost a total of 15 pounds since that first weigh in, and have maintained that loss for 4 months, with very little struggle. I have learned to eat, exercise and be active in ways that I enjoy, that add to the quality of my life, that help me set a positive example for my children, and that help me fulfill my life’s purpose.
Again. Pretty heady stuff for a diet book.
To learn more about the State of Slim, please visit their website at www.stateofslim.com; Get the book, check out their facebook page, or come to our State of Slim group on Monday nights to hear what it’s all about.
I might wear the jeggings that I bought that day in December. They really did know what they were talking about.
Camille Diamond is the Director of Community Engagement and Communications for the 14th Street Y.
Jeggings are leggings that are also jeans.