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I couldn’t wait to get home today to watch Oprah’s show that I had DVR’d.  I read the magazine article that caused all the fuss, and as I said before, I really don’t know why everyone was so up in arms.

To me, Oprah is incredibly brave for putting her honest, candid emotions out there about how disappointed she was in herself for gaining the weight.  And I think after watching the show it’s clear that she’s really not just disappointed about the weight, but disappointed that she forgot to make herself a priority.  That seemed to be the major theme of the show.  At least, that’s the theme I found drawn to.

I can relate so much to what she said about how she was hungry for balance in her life.  Now, I’m not trying to say that I’m anywhere near as busy as Ms. Winfrey, but I do know a thing or two about giving everything – your entire self – to your job.  So much so that there is NOTHING left for you.  Forget about even thinking about adding another person (significant other) to the mix.

There were so many profound moments for me while watching today’s show.  These are the things that especially struck a chord with me:

  • Make yourself a priority.
  • Your overweight self doesn’t stand before you craving food, it stands before you craving love.
  • Be grateful for THIS body; for what it has done for you and will continue to do for you.
  • This (weight loss and living a healthy life) is a lifelong journey that doesn’t end.
  • Put yourself back on your “to do” list – whether it’s working out, getting a pedicure, or spending time with loved ones, schedule it like you would any other appointment.
  • When you love yourself enough, you take care of yourself.
  • You have to plan – for your life, and for your meals.
  • There is no way you can ever maintain your weight without some regular cardio exercise. (30 min. a day, 6 days/wk).
  • Exercise is the #1 thing to give yourself.
  • There’s something missing, some void, that food is filling.
  • It’s not a weight issue, it’s a LOVE issue.
  • Ask yourself what you really want.
  • 2009 is the year of HOPE.

There are a ton of tools on Oprah’s site, including information about the webcasts Oprah and Bob Greene are going to host, how to make the most of your metabolism, and overcoming hunger, to name a few.  I’ve already signed up for the webcasts because I’m sure there will be quite a few lessons to learn and be inspired by.

Bob Greene posed 5 questions that I found quite thought -provoking:

  1. What are you really hungry for?
  2. Why are you overweight?
  3. Why have you been unable to maintain weight loss in the past?
  4. What in your life is not working?
  5. Why do you want to lose weight?

I plan to really look at each of these questions to see if I can uncover some ah-ha moments.  Once again, Oprah has inspired me more than I can express.

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