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  • Nellie

    Hi Sarah,
    First of all I must say that the things you said really resonated with me. I’ve always believed that people who struggle with their weight deep down inside were not happy. I’ve struggled with my weight for a very long time. I’ve been through a lot of traumatic situations in my life and have never truly taken care of me. It’s been more like survival modeuntil about 5 years ago when I fell in love with yoga. It truly changed my life. I was never stressed,never struggled with eating or my weight and was very happy for about a year all the while going to yoga classes daily. I started working on my degree, my 2 kids were in high school, I was working full time and yoga slowly slipped away. After 3 yrs, my kids were out of the house, I finally finished my degree and then 3 months later was diagnosed with cancer.I was 39. It’s was aggressive. Treatment needed to be immediate. 2 days prior to the dianosis I was laid off from my full time job of 5 yrs. I had a total hysterectomy, my body was instantly thrown into forced menopause and holy moly! I had genetic testing done, found that it was genetically caused and my risk of multiple cancers was much higher than the average person. I went through chemo, radiation, severe depression, my hair started growing back, I instantly gained 30 lbs and felt like a moving target. I tried to go back to work. I had been in non profit for a long time and just couldn’t find the right fit. We opened a business and I have gained another 30 lbs. We have taken on raising our grandson, have a 5 month old business, I work 7 days a week, am surrounded by all my favorite foods at our general store. Pizzas, burgers, fries etc and I have no time for me, no time for exercise, no time at home and am exhausted. I don’t know how I can possibly fit anything else in but I can’t stand this new body, none of my clothes fit anymore, I’m very unhappy and stressed and I can’t keep doing this. My spiritual life is non-existent as is our love life. We have no time for fun. I know it will get easier once the business picks up but I won’t be around for it if I don’t make some changes. Wow, that was alot! Anyway, for fun…. I am going to take my dogs and grandson for a walk without my phone tomorow through the neighborhood and just leave work on hold for that period of time.
    Thank you sincerely,
    Love & Light
    Nellie

  • Violet

    As a young adult my body was a tool of power. I’d use it to find love and attention. As I grew older and into a committed relationship, I didn’t know how to handle male attention as a married women. I believe my body started to change to protect me from myself. Soon, the male attention went away because I was desirable any longer. Now, after 18 years of marriage, I’m walking around with a lot of unwanted weight and don’t feel I need it to protect me any longer. It’s time for this weight to move on so that I can be healthy as I approach my 47th birthday.

  • Chervonne

    Number 1 struggle with my body – is just always hating it – like for no good reason and just trying to punish it and hurt it into submission; it never being good enough; it always being a disappointment; it being the sole definition of success in my life despite ALL my other accomplishments; if I’m thin people (read family) think I’m on top of things and happy and if I’m not well you’re a loser and we will distance ourselves from you. I hate that my only goal for so long has been to ‘lose weight’ (and I’m only talking like a few kgs) and now I find it hard t think of any other goals. It’s my sole indicator of whether I have control in my life….. this is all embarrassing and immature and I know I should know better.
    Its very hard to think of something to do that is fun – which is a bummer and eye opening in itself.
    I have started mindfully eating and it’s very good. Its more relaxing. Yes hard to concentrate too. But it definitely helps identify my preferences, which is empowering in finding out who am, what do I like, what do I want to do….

  • Laura

    I struggle with feeling left out because of my celiac disease, it turns out my body is starting to get sick when I eat dairy and eggs now, too. I have always been an emotional eater, and I am thankful for this post. I will be thinking about what makes me happy!

  • Emily

    I’m still thinking about how I’m waiting for the weight! But I know I’ve definitely been snappy with my boyfriend lately especially in conversations about the house we’re renovating so I’m going to try and have more patience and think before I speak. I’ve started a savings jar just for massages so every time I get enough in there I’ll be booking one.

  • Emily

    Really glad I came across your videos! I’ve always struggled with my weight, I was the chubby kid at school and my emotional eating has got worse as I’ve got older maybe as work/home stress has increased. I’ve learned some techniques to reduce this over the last 2 years – meditation, running (for stress release rather than weight loss), keeping a gratitude journal. But I’ve lost sight of what food makes me feel good. I have digestive issues particularly with wheat products and I often feel bloated and sluggish but I struggle to avoid those foods that make me feel bad which seems crazy. Your message in this first video really resonated with me after just getting back from a holiday where I tried not to worry about what I ate and I didn’t gain a pound. Three weeks later and now back at work I’ve already started gaining weight – so I’m clearly not having as much fun! I’ve always enjoyed dancing so today I’m going to find a dance or Zumba class I can attend this week. I’m also going to spend more time reading which I love.

  • Helen

    This video has definitely got me thinking and asking myself all the right questions. I am excited to see the other videos!

  • Arra

    I’ve always been chubby and have never experienced being the “thin one” in my family, my circle of friends, in school, at work. I thought I could get use to the side comments about my body, and that i could just deal with it through jokes or making fun of the situation. I didn’t realize that I slowly became more shy and afraid to go out, see family, take risks and ultimately live life. You are on point when you said that it is common for women like us to wait on the weight before living the life we wanted. Thank you for the new perspective. Thank you for being the voice that says, “You deserve to live life to the fullest .” No “ifs”, or “buts”. Just live 🙂

  • Emily

    Hi Sarah, I’m glad I came across your website today as I’ve been really struggling with my body image lately. Just got married about 5 weeks ago, but actually GAINED a few pounds during the weeks leading up to the wedding even though I exercised regularly. Our honeymoon in Italy was amazing and full of fun every day, but I’ve been struggling ever since we got home. I definitely need to incorporate more fun into my daily life. I think today I’ll go for a nice walk in the woods and go to the rock climbing gym this evening.

  • Jessica

    I came across this article tonight and I’m excited; it is perfect timing!

  • Anne

    Right at this moment, I have watched all the videos and I love them! I’ve taken my notes and will be using the notes as my “bible”, if you will, starting TODAY! I have already joined on Facebook, as well. Sarah, you are a gift to all us women who are struggling to love ourselves, and I thank you! We are blessed in that you wanted to share your knowledge and use it for the greater good!

  • Anne

    Sarah, you are so insightful and wonderful! Thank you for all your help and caring!
    I find myself taking more care of my fiancee than I do myself. Today, I will do things that make me feel pretty i.e., makeup, hair, self tanner for my legs. Those things for me, go hand in hand with building a POSITIVE relationship with my body.

  • Anne

    This video has definitely got me thinking and asking myself all the right questions. I am excited to see the other videos!

  • Anne

    What will I do for fun today? I LOVE the bookstore. I’ll go there today.

    My number one struggle with my body is EVERYTHING… there is not just ONE struggle.

  • Bev

    I just struggle with the whole thing, I am drawn to unhealthy even though I know better

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