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12/24/17 4:27 P

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Some of my previous Grace Periods have been Biblical in proportion. I am learning to shorten the length and breadth of them.

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11/21/17 7:32 P

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Gill - how does one get Linda's emails?

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9/15/17 3:25 P

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and the first part of the story

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Thanks Gill

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9/13/17 1:57 A

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Linda has now posted her part of this story in her Spark blog

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Thanks for sharing.

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Thanks for sharing, Gill!



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9/11/17 3:32 P

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Very true. I experienced a similar thing when my husband was very ill with a stroke and heart surgery. I did a number on my teeth (grinding my teeth from the stress) and had to replace a few crowns. I also gained around 30 pounds. After his recovery and my stress levels returned to normal, the 30 pounds came off over about a 2 year period. Sometimes dealing with life crisis is a time you can't focus on your weight loss.

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Hi, I don't know how many people get Linda's emails - but the one she sent today 11th Sept was really so pertinent, that I wanted to share it. I can't see how to share it other than doing a cut-and-paste, so here goes:-

FROM LINDA SPANGLE
For two years, Barb watched her mother's health decline.

When her mom's condition reached a point where she could no longer live alone, Barb helped her downsize from her rural home and move into an assisted living center.

After that, most days Barb drove 25 miles each way to spend time with her mom, bringing her gifts and reading books aloud to her and a group of residents at the center. But as the months went by, her mom's illness got worse and one year ago this month, her mom passed away.

Throughout this time of watching her mother's decline, Barb kept "trying to lose weight." We spent a lot of our coaching sessions working on motivation and inner strength. But the drain on Barb's spirit during this time was awful, and she kept slipping up on her weight-loss plan. At the time of her mother's death, Barb weight was higher than before her mom became ill.

So what went wrong? I wondered if I'd made mistakes in my coaching work with Barb or if I should I have pushed her harder to stay on her program?

But during this time, especially the last months of her mother's life, I realized that Barb needed to allow herself a "Grace Period." That meant giving herself a break and not expecting perfection in her efforts. We talked a lot about improving her ability to nurture and care for herself, even during the painful last days of her mom's life.

Since her mother's death, Barb has done a lot of healing. But we allowed the Grace Period to continue until she felt it was the right time for losing weight again. Now she's ready, and over the past month, she committed to a great weight-loss plan. She's started walking again and in her "Work on it Plan" she's making wonderful progress.

My own Grace Period

We'd like to think we can push through the roadblocks that hit us in life and stay with our weight-loss efforts in spite of them. But sometimes, it's just not realistic and we need to allow ourselves a Grace Period. I've been reminded of that myself during the past month.

A few weeks ago, I felt very tired and had a strange fluttering in my chest. After taking my first ever ride in an ambulance, I spent most of the day in the emergency room. It turns out my heart was in Atrial Fibrillation (A-Fib) which means having an extremely fast heart beat. It took a two doses of strong medication to bring my heart rate back to normal. Then I was sent home with a couple of new medications that I will probably be taking the rest of my life.

I'm doing great since than and the meds are working. But I absolutely needed a Grace Period this past month. My eating patterns slid back into old habits and cookies became my friend again. I battled fear and anxiety about my health and struggled with feeling lost and vulnerable. Even though my cardiologist said it was fine to exercise, I was afraid to get back on my treadmill.

Fortunately, I'm doing a lot better with managing all of this, and I've moved from my Grace Period to my "Working on it" period again. I'm also back on my treadmill and doing my exercise again.

Have you needed a Grace Period recently? A Grace Period doesn't mean you throw away healthy eating and give up on exercise. You still need to pay attention to those things. But it's also a time to focus on minimizing the damage or taking walks that last only ten minutes.

Remember that a Grace Period simply allows you to be forgiving when you aren't perfect or you slip back into eating cookies. When it's time to move out of the Grace Period, you'll recognize it. At that point, you'll be ready to return to a healthy path and moving forward again.

Next ezine: How to rebuild after a Grace Period.

Gill

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