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Relationship & Self-Care Success Stories

Read what has happened in other people's lives as they made healthy lifestyle changes. These are stories about feeling better and improving self-esteem. These are stories about making your LIFE better, not just changing your measurements. ( All stories are printed with the authors' permission.)

A Resource Over the Years

More Energy for Life

After a Month of Movement

I can join the world again!

A Time for Me

A Resource Over the Years [TOP]

Kelly's influence on my life never seems to end. It has been nine years since I first worked with Kelly. There have been a couple of times since then that I have reached out to her again for a booster. I am always pleasantly surprised that she continues to have just what I need when I need it. The vast array of knowledge and depth of understanding Kelly offers is amazing. Whether I needed help recovering from a knee injury, finding the right chair for my desk, getting into the dating scene or coping with traumatic memories, Kelly has always known just how to help me. She is consistent, genuine and resourceful. I pull out her DVDs year after year, hear her familiar voice and know that all is well. What a gift to know that she is only a call or email away." **LuAnn Pierce, LCSW **

Nose Hares® image owned by Geri Ventura, artwork by Ed CookMore Energy for Life [TOP]

I used to put so much energy into dieting and criticizing my body. This caused weight cycling and misery. As I learned self-care and body appreciation, a funny thing happened. Not only did I look better and feel better, but I found I had more energy for life!

I am enjoying my projects like the Nose Hares®, toy bunnies who are different. They have big noses and the other bunnies teased them for it. Then the Nose Hares® developed confidence in themselves, including their differences. They stood up to those who would put them down for being different. These cute bunnies are featured in my self-published children's book by the same name and also offered as stuffed toys. I love selling my Nose Hares® toys and books at plus size events. In the plus size community, we need to hear the stories of diversity and acceptance. “Everybody is different in some way. You can make a difference too!” ** Geri Ventura**

After a Month of Movement [TOP]

I know I can breathe better, I don't seem to need so much sleep, and my spirits seem to be very high. I feel that because I am moving more that my mind, body and spirit have been moving in a more positive manner. I just can't believe the difference that moving my body has made. This morning I was changing the sheets on the bed and I was reminded that just last year I would make the bed rolling in my office chair and still be out of breath. Socks were very difficult to put on and many other aspects of taking care of my self were also very hard to do but now I feel rejuvenated. Thank you for everything you have done for me . I spend at least 30 min. a day with you Kelly. ** George**

I can join the world again! [TOP]

I received your tapes today and I will never be able to thank you enough. I went to the Doctors today and she is amazed at my improvement. When she saw me put on my socks with ease she was extremely pleased. I have not been to the Doctors since December so she was some what surprised to see me now 25 pounds lighter and more mobile than I have been in years. Kelly last year I was ready for a wheel chair (all most), and ready to live my life within my four walls. Of course it is wonderful to lose weight but, it's fantastic to be able to move all parts of my body again. I feel like I can join the world again and live. Today I volunteer at the school and enjoy teaching the students about our local history. Do you know how good it feels to do that again? I am alive! Again I thank you from the bottom of my heart. ** Marlene**

A Time for Me [TOP]

Now in her early fifties, Carol is really making some changes. However, for DECADES she had been the main support for her very needy family. She had been the dependable one at work and often she was overloaded with responsibilities. Now, she is changing all that. No, it is not changing rapidly, but rather, it is changing gradually and comfortably, a little at a time.

Carol has added herself to the list of people who deserve her care and tending. Now, when there is a conflict of needs, she is likely to pay attention to what she needs as well as the other person.
Sometimes Carol feels on top of the world. It is so cool to watch this process. But, this is a process. There are also times when Carol goes back to familiar exhausting patterns. Sometimes she is completely worn-out. That is the time that I want to talk about here, the time when Carol can barely drag herself in the door at the end of an exhausting week.

On Fridays, Carol would gather up snacks and treats of food to take into her bedroom to watch TV. Her usually demanding and intrusive family had learned to leave her alone when she was in this kind of mood. At this one time, she was tired enough to let it all go. She used the food as an anesthetic. The food and TV would numb her mind and her feelings. She was in her "food cocoon". Nobody would bother her. No thoughts could survive the numbing neurotransmitters and the brain sucking TV. She needed relief, and she got it.

The problem is that this relief had a very high price. The next morning, Carol felt as if she had a hangover. She had intestinal distress and even migraines at times. She felt awful about eating all that food that had no nutritional value, lots of unhealthy fats, and more food energy than her body ever needed. This was temporary relief and long term misery. The food cocoon did not really work. The "food cocoon" was an illusion.

However, there was something REAL here. Carol's need for relief was real. That need was worth her attention. If she ignored her basic need for relief and just tried to use willpower to control her Friday night binges, she would be doomed to a wrestling match that would go on forever. When she paid attention to her need for relief, then she could work this out.

Are there other ways to get relief? One thing that came to my mind was the idea that Carol's family "knew better than to bother me when I am in this mood". Was her "food cocoon" the only time when Carol set firm boundaries and really let her family know that they MUST give her time and space to be alone? Could Carol get some relief by setting better boundaries with her family? As it turned out, that is exactly what did happen. Carol gave herself permission to chill out, have time alone, and enjoy her "constructive cocoon". Her belief that she had the right to this time alone helped her to be clear with her family and demand her own private time.

Once Carol had Friday evenings to herself (without the need to be anesthetized) there were other options available. Carol could do anything she wanted in her "constructive cocoon". What did she want? At the writing of this article, she was in the middle of figuring that out. It will not be easy to do, but it's a constructive place to put her efforts. ** Carol**



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