I have some amazing, fabulous, super groovy news to share. In little over a month on May 7th the new SparkPeople book The Spark Solution will be released. The book features an all-inclusive two-week diet program to improve your total body health as well as tips and stories from actual SparkPeople members, including yours truly!
When SparkPeople contacted me with the opportunity I was so flattered. I was also eager to share and to give back to this community which has completely changed my life and continues to sustain my success. The entire experience has been super reaffirming and positive and I can't wait for the release of the new book.
I do confess I have an advance copy (shhh!) but I'm waiting to read it; for me there's nothing more satisfying than holding the real thing in your hands. In the meantime as I browse and reread the tips and information I contributed, even though I'm rereading what I wrote prior, I still find the content insightful, fresh, and powerful, and I hope everyone will feel the same.
At this point the news of the book release is a little stale and you're probably already aware of it. You might have seen the advertisements for the book floating around, too. Did you spot my braying face? For the marketing campaign I participated in a photo shoot and I look so good!
The photographer Michael Mowbry gave me a tip that turning to the side helps further slim the body but I'm not too concerned over that.
As I admire the photos I take pride in all that I have achieved and wow, look at those sexy knees!
On the other hand, the photos are also a reminder of the body dysmorphia I lived with and continue to experience each day. Just going about my business in the day I feel approximately fifty pounds heavier than I am now. I sit and I feel like my legs spilling over the seat, my bingo wings flapping as I raise my arms, my belly bulging out over my pants. In my mind's eye I still look like this:
Weird huh? I also realize when I weighed my heaviest I thought i actually looked about fifty pounds lighter, coincidentally the same image as above.
But now when I catch a glance in a new mirror, when I spy my reflection in a window, when I have photos taken, I undergo revelational moments of sheer clarity. Each reflection and photo, I experience another miracle because instead of the stocky girl I expect I find the girl I have worked to be, and I love it! I love every little bit about my new body, no matter the loose skin or saggy frowny-face stomach or the stretch marks and psoriasis scars or the barrel-shaped torso. Even after two years we're still at the honeymoon phase. It's love and I want to celebrate, I'll even bray about it!
I just feel so lucky to be able to share the potential for these happy times with all of you in the new Spark Solution. Here's to the new book helping you find you own miracles! They're waiting for you.