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Are you ready to change the story of your life? Through her Skinny Life® program, life coach Crystal Hansen has been changing lives around the world with the bottom-line truth about weight loss and a healthy lifestyle. It's not a diet-diets don't work. It's not a workout-exercise regimes fall by the wayside. The real key to changing your body-and your life-is changing your mind. With practical tools, solid research, and focused affirmations, Crystal guides you to: Get honest about self-defeating thoughts and habits, Replace guilt and shame with a mindset of freedom, self-care, and self-respect, Nourish your body with foods that energize and protect it from disease, Learn what kind of movement brings you joy and integrate it into your daily life, Make weight issues a thing of the past, With your new Skinny Life® lifestyle, you will uproot destructive beliefs that sabotage weight loss and replace them with positive tools that improve your total health and well-being. Get started now on becoming lean, healthy, and happy-for life!
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About the Author
Entrepreneur and founder of CrystalVision Ltd and Skinny Life, Crystal is certified by the American Board of Hypnotherapy, Member of the International Coaching Federation, and a Wellness and Nutrition expert. Through Crystal’s personal life change coaching, speaking, CD programs, video’s, books and articles, people all over the world have experienced profound and lasting transformation in relationships, career, health & wellness.
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The Secret to Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Fitness
By Crystal Dwyer Hansen
Worthy Publishing GroupCopyright © 2015 Crystal Dwyer Hansen
All rights reserved.
It's about a Relationship
Have you ever been dissatisfied with something in your life and said, "I just want to know how to fix this! I'm ready to change. I'm ready to be better. Just show me the way. God, you know the truth, and I'm ready to hear it. Sorry if I haven't been listening. Um ... I'm waiting ..."
That's the place Coralynn was when I met her.
Coralynn responded to an ad I ran for a test group for my new weight-loss program. She came into my office for her first appointment, and I couldn't help but notice her pretty face and a bright spirit. When I started doing her information intake, it was clear that in spite of her beaming presence she had fought a form of darkness for a very long time. Like many other clients I'd worked with, Coralynn's emotional battle took place in the realm of eating, food, and a negative body image. The very thing that God made necessary for our human survival each day — food — had become, in Coralynn's world, an evil that threatened to destroy her happiness.
In fact, Coralynn felt that both food and even her own body were her worst enemies. She had been on diet after diet and at different times had punished herself through excruciating exercise routines, only to fall off those strict regimens and end back at the same place: hating herself for failing, hating her body, and being afraid of food and how it controlled her.
Not every experience of dieting and weight loss is as extreme as Coralynn's, but the truth is that weight issues are disturbingly pervasive in the United States. Our inability to connect to, understand, and manage our bodies and weight can lead to devastating consequences in our own health and sense of well-being, not to mention staggering costs in our country's health care.
Here are the sobering facts:
We spend almost $60 billion per year on diets and weight-loss products, yet people are heavier than ever before in history.
Up to two-thirds of dieters who lose weight will regain more weight than they lost on their diets.
More than 35 percent of Americans are obese, and almost 70 percent are overweight.
America has triple the number of overweight kids and teens now than in 1963.
Childhood obesity is the number-one health concern among parents in the United States, topping drug abuse and smoking.
For the first time in history, we could be looking at a generation of kids whose life expectancies are shorter than those of their parents. In 2012, more than one-third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese and nearly 18 million children under the age of five are estimated to be overweight.
Do you see what I'm seeing? Something is wrong here, folks! What we're doing isn't working. In fact, researchers at Vanderbilt University said, "In the United States the failure rates of diets are 90–95 percent. This outstanding rate of failure proves the point that the diet programs have not been designed to address the correct set of problems."
In a society where we have more resources and information than ever before, we are completely out of control! We don't understand yet what we need and don't need. We're out of touch with ourselves. We're disconnected from perhaps the most important earthly gift God gave to us: our bodies.
Get the Real "Skinny"
In the Skinny Life program my goal is to empower people of all sizes and shapes to get the real "skinny," or the bottom-line truth, on what it takes to be truly and holistically healthy, fit, and balanced in their minds and bodies. Instead of trying to meet society's impossible standards of beauty, especially for women, Skinny Life focuses on finding the healthiest version of you by celebrating the gift of your body and creating awareness about all you can do to honor and care for it. The Skinny Life is meant to be a journey of peace and serenity. The goal is to understand your body and how it relates to your life in a more integrated way. If we continue to live detached from our bodies, metaphorically speaking, we can't expect to have the levels of success and happiness God meant for us to have.
Beauty does come in all sizes. But for every size and shape, it's important to feed and care for yourself with all that is good, recognizing and avoiding what's not good, so you can truly walk this earth doing and being all your Creator meant for you to do and be.
Live and Let Live?
Popular books today urge you to embrace your overweight condition, claiming that your physical body doesn't matter and it is what's inside that counts — a sort of just- celebrate-your-size-and-keep-moving approach. I beg to differ. While true beauty and happiness do radiate from the inside out, if you're not honoring your body and you choose to remain disconnected from the way you're treating yourself at the physical level, then it's like allowing a big, dark cloud to invade your well-being. You see, all parts of you are interconnected. One part of you cannot be adversely affected without adversely affecting the other parts of the whole you.
Think about a time when you felt great about your health and fitness. Your sense of serenity probably soared along with it. You showed up differently in your relationships. You were kinder and more gracious; you brought more optimism to the relational dynamic. Even in your work life, when you felt good about yourself that way, you probably had more energy, confidence, and enthusiasm, and you could push yourself a bit further toward excellence. But the most beautiful qualities of the soul are darkened and dampened when we are fighting an inner battle of self-sabotage, self-loathing, and destructive eating behaviors.
Each of us knows at some level when we're not heeding our bodies' need to be properly nourished or to get the healthy movement that every cell, system, and organ in our bodies depends on for life and longevity. We know deep down when we are being neglectful of or even abusive to our bodies. No matter how many books tell us to overlook this, at a gut-honest level, this reality is impossible to ignore. Why? Because our bodies are the only vehicles we have in which to express our souls and spirits. Tell me, could we possess any greater gift? We can't pretend that our health and fitness exist in a vacuum and that somehow they don't factor into the other important areas of our lives.
This is why it is vitally important to be connected to yourself at every level of your being. If you are carrying too much weight around, then whether you recognize it or not, the excess weight is taking a toll on your health and well-being. Ignoring your problems will never make them go away. Isn't it time to acknowledge the truth and make it your business to get to the bottom of the problem — to find out why you struggle with weight and what you can do to make yourself permanently fit and healthy?
Can you imagine what it might be like to have weight issues permanently eliminated from your life? Many people have lived with weight issues for so long they have begun to accept those issues as an integral part of their existence. It's sort of like planning for the seasons to come around: these folks get mentally pumped up for the day they're going to hit that same old diet program again so they don't face humiliation at the class reunion or the company trip to the beaches of Barbados. They buy the foods, do the exercise required, and then about six months after the event, they look in the mirror or step on the scales and say: "Oh no! What happened? It's all come back and then some!" And their weight-loss roller coaster gets stuck at the bottom again, facing a very large hill.
Let's Talk about Forever
I have good news: that cycle can end forever! But the Skinny Life is not a quick-fix promise. We need to put that on the table right now. This is the rest of your life we are talking about, not just another weight-loss loop to try. I want to help you change forever. No more weight issues — ever!
If you are ready to begin the Skinny Life journey, then it's time to start connecting all the parts of you. When you start to acknowledge the connection between your mind, body, and spirit, then your life will get a whole lot better! Your zest for life, your fun-loving spirit, a smile that lights up your face, your compassion for others, your contribution each day to the people around you — all of these are enhanced and multiplied when you know you are honoring your body and yourself in your behaviors and choices.
The only way you can truly respect yourself and become the greatest expression of you is when you are living in a state of awareness and connection to all of the gifts that are yours in life, particularly your own body.
Your Relationship with You
Successful management of your weight and health involves two important relationships: your relationship with food and your relationship with your own body.
As I began to work with my first Skinny Life test group, I was utterly amazed at what I found. Some of the women had been on thirty to forty diets during their lives! In our discussions, whenever I would ask how many of those diets were permanently successful, the answer was the same: none. What most of these women had endured was living on a weight-loss roller coaster that took them up and down but never let them off.
As we went deeper into our discussions, I found a common thread that I grew to understand was the key that unlocks the door to lasting health and fitness. What these women all had in common was that not one of them ever really believed, after using any of those programs, they were going to permanently be able to master their weight! In fact, most of them felt that the "fat" person would most certainly come out again. Often the women would save their "fat" clothes and cross their fingers that they could hold out a while longer this time. But they were convinced they were doomed to be overweight. When they became slimmer for a while, they felt like imposters in their own skin.
Think about it. How can you ever be successful at something that deep in your heart you don't believe in? When you don't believe in yourself? Your beliefs about yourself come from a lifetime of experiences and feedback you've taken in from the world, plus the scenarios you imagine in your own mind. Each one of us walks around with a little bit of every experience inside of us, and those events and our impressions of them become the filters by which we process the rest of our lives. Those beliefs and filters create entrenched programs that run automatically at the subconscious level, whether you know it or not. If each day you carry around subtle beliefs that you are destined to be heavy, that you have inferior genes and an inferior constitution, then you are giving instructions to yourself at all levels to live out exactly that. How could you ever expect to be fit, slim, and healthy with a deeply embraced emotional and mental program that doesn't support it?
Most people have no idea how powerful their own beliefs are. Want the truth? Your inner beliefs could be more influential on the size and shape of your body than your genes are.
A study on the failure rates of weight-loss programs in America said, "The relationship between emotional eating and America's overweight problem does not seem to be addressed adequately by many weight management programs." I created Skinny Life because I recognized that most weight-loss programs didn't address the connection between mental feedback and weight issues. This influence is the most important factor in success or failure in resolving weight issues.
Rekindling our relationship with our bodies and food requires deliberate awareness. I can't tell you how many times I've seen people complain about their weight and health and then mindlessly eat a nutritionless doughnut or pastry. We all have destructive habits, emotions, and thoughts at levels of our minds that we're not in touch with. For many years my challenge to clients has been: Are you controlling your mind, or is your mind controlling you? We say we want to be healthier, be leaner, be more active, eat what truly nourishes our bodies, stay away from the foods that wreak havoc on our health, but when it comes to making the choice, those conscious thoughts seem to disappear and a subconscious force takes over. My work for many years has focused on breaking those destructive patterns and creating connected, positive thought and behavior patterns at all levels of consciousness.
The great news is that when you intervene in those destructive patterns on your own behalf, the benefits translate to all areas of your life. I worked with a client, Candace, helping her break out of years of destructive eating and body-image patterns. After beginning the Skinny Life lifestyle, she wrote to me:
I can't believe it! I am not only loving and honoring myself more and making really good decisions about how I take care of my body from that place, I now have the courage to do things I never thought I could. I've wanted to leave this job and a destructive relationship and start a new job in a more dynamic place for so long but was scared to make a move. Now I've decided to do it! I've found my new place in a new city, and I'm headed there to start a new life.
Be Honest with Yourself
Are you ready to get real about health and fitness? Then I want to ask you some tough questions. Answer them with raw honesty. Honesty with yourself is foundational for every positive change. It is human nature to try to fool ourselves or ignore the truth, especially when we know deep down that things need to change. I want you to remember this truth: the more you are willing to embrace change, the greater your chances for success in every area of life. Weight and health are no exception.
To move forward into Skinny Life freedom, start by answering these truth questions:
Have you given up on staying healthy and fit and looking great?
Are you taking the best care of your body?
Are you truly happy with the shape you're in?
Are you ignoring the truth about your physical energy and vitality?
Are you ignoring the potential health consequences of neglecting your body's needs?
Do you take care daily to do the best you can for yourself?
Are there other areas of your life that feel out of control?
Which area of your life is causing you the most stress right now?
Which current situations cause you the most emotional instability?
You can never start to move in the right direction if you don't know where you are now. The answers to this honesty exercise will help you clearly and truthfully assess your current health and wellness. When you truly consider how you feel about your self-confidence, health, strength, vitality, and well-being, do you have what you want from life or are your answers telling you it's time to change things?
Use this exercise as a starting point on the path to something so much better. After you have answered the questions, reread your answers a second and third time. When you read the answers the third time, imagine them as the end of a mental and emotional place from which you are ready to move forward. If you're ready for real change that will lighten your spirit, mind, and body, then keep reading ... your Skinny Life journey has already begun.
Starting today, make a decision to live with purpose and intention to honor your amazing body with each choice you make.CHAPTER 2
The Amazing Body God Has Given You
Imagine that God showed up in your living room and said, "I hope you are enjoying and appreciating the gift of your body. I created it just for you. I gave it to you so you could express all you're meant to during this life on earth. Your body is a temple in which I can be with you and even dwell inside of you, if you invite me. Are you taking the best care of the body I've given to you?" How would you respond?
Would you start to sputter and stutter and try to explain why those fast-food cheeseburgers, fries, and sodas get you every time? How you're too busy or stressed out to pay attention to what is actually going into your body each day and what is being left out? Or maybe you'd admit that you're not sure how watching football or your favorite TV shows became more important than going on a walk or bike ride with your spouse, kids, or just peacefully by yourself.
I bring up this imagined scenario because before you can make major changes in your lifestyle and how you care for something, you need to understand its value. As far as your existence goes, your body is the vehicle, the only one, through which everything you experience called "life" happens.
Excerpted from Skinny Life by Crystal Dwyer Hansen. Copyright © 2015 Crystal Dwyer Hansen. Excerpted by permission of Worthy Publishing Group.
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Table of Contents
Foreword Dr. Daniel Amen ix
Part 1 The Truth about Weight Issues
1 It's about a Relationship 13
2 The Amazing Body God Has Given You 25
3 Stop Weighing and Worrying 35
4 Weight and Health Issues Start in Your Mind 51
Part 2 A New Way of Looking at Weight and You
5 Pain and Punishment Are Out; Love and Respect Are In 67
6 Releasing My Old Heavy Identity 78
7 Building My Healthy New Identity 87
Part 3 Life As the New You
8 The New Me: My Mind 103
9 The New Me: My Eating 115
10 The New Me: My Movement 146
11 Supplements: God's Miracles in Nature 170
12 Skinny Life Summary 185
Appendix A THIEF Foods-Foods to Avoid 199
Appendix B SAINT Foods-Foods to Eat 203
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a well written book to teach you how to eat properly. It tells you not to diet but how to eat better. It gave me some good tips. I received this from worthy publishing for a fair and honest opinion. I hope to use some of her techniques also.
Crystal Dwyer Hansen in her new book, “Skinny Life” published by Worthy Publishing gives us The Secret to Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Fitness. From the back cover: The real "skinny" about how to be naturally thin, fit, and healthy! Are you ready to change the story of your life? Through her Skinny Life® program, life coach Crystal Hansen has been changing lives around the world with the bottom-line truth about weight loss and a healthy lifestyle. It’s not a diet-diets don’t work. It’s not a workout-exercise regimes fall by the wayside. The real key to changing your body-and your life–is changing your mind. With practical tools, solid research, and focused affirmations, Crystal guides you to: Get honest about self-defeating thoughts and habits Replace guilt and shame with a mindset of freedom, self-care, and self-respect Nourish your body with foods that energize and protect it from disease Learn what kind of movement brings you joy and integrate it into your daily life Make weight issues a think of the past With your new Skinny Life® lifestyle, you will uproot destructive beliefs that sabotage weight loss and replace them with positive tools that improve your total health and well-being. Get started now on becoming lean, healthy, and happy-for life! “Here’s the scoop: you can never permanently fix a problem if you address only the symptoms and not the cause”. In “Skinny Life” Ms. Hansen addresses the cause. Ms. Hansen divides his new book into three parts: Part One: The Truth About Weight Issues, Part Two: A New Way of looking At Weight And You and Part Three: Life As The New You. God has given us an amazing body it is time we had a proper relationship with it. Ms. Hansen gives us wonderful tools to help change our minds about things we do and start thinking and doing what is good for us. against us. Once we have a new mind we will have new eating. Ms. Hansen even gives us Appendix that provide THIEF Foods–Foods to Avoid and SAINT Foods—Foods to Eat. I think everyone should have a copy of this book and give it as gifts to our friends and family members. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Worthy Publishing for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
The late Elisabeth Elliot used to rejoice whenever a Q and A session gave her the opportunity to address the topic of weight loss. “Thank you for asking this question, for it seems that no one has the right to address the subject of weight,” she would say. “If you have never been overweight, then you don’t understand. If you are overweight, you’ve got no room to talk.” Crystal Dwyer Hansen, author of Skinny Life, falls into category one, and I fall into category two. Therefore . . . (Are you still reading?) . . . Skinny Life is an unexpected read for me since at no time in my life have I EVER been skinny — and I even kind of object to the term. However, the subtitle saves the day because who doesn’t want The Secret to Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Fitness? In three practical and wise segments, Crystal delves into the mind-set of a healthy lifestyle, then moves on to identity issues and, in part three she sets forth the “triangle of success”: 1. Mind; 2. Eat; 3. Move. In Crystal’s experience as a personal life coach, weight control is not achieved by obsessively checking the scale, but instead is a matter of self-respect. She likens a decision to eat only good quality food to a decision to wear only clothing that is flattering and of good quality. Skinny Life is aimed at ending quick-fix diets and puts the spotlight on the issue of forever. For the Christian, this notion is not hanging from the thinly frayed threads of self-esteem or me-ism, but rather, is tied securely into a right understanding of the body as a gift from God. Physical, emotional, and spiritual fitness come down to all the great healthy-living practices that I already know . . . but don’t make time for: adequate water intake, regular movement, intentional food choices, keeping a quiet heart in the midst of life’s chaos. This is a commitment, and it involves deeply rooted thought patterns and habits, so instead, most of us resort to the calorie-counting, scale-gazing, guilt-driven, shame-based cycles of diet, fail, relapse, gain, cry, diet, fail, relapse, gain, cry . . . (ad infinitum). Crystal starts from the ground up, building a Skinny Life Tool Box for her readers so that positive and self-accepting behaviors will be in place to counteract negative, self-judging beliefs. The rubber meets the road with the triple threat of Mind, Eat, Move. It’s encouraging to me that with my son’s chin-up bar in the furnace room and my huge vegetable garden and row upon row of shiny canning jars full of delicious produce, I am already doing SOMETHING right! Those who read Amish fiction and long for the Plain Life will be fascinated by the statistic that only 4% of the Amish population is obese — compared with 31% of adults in the United States. Physical activity and healthy eating habits can become a practical part of every day life with the right mind set. With two excellent appendices to help us with our healthy food choices, Skinny Life is a reference book to slide in between the cookbooks in your kitchen where it will be handy reminder that our relationship to our bodies (as with all that we have) is a matter of stewardship. Under God’s control, our physical, emotional, and spiritual fitness will result in our being seen as “instruments of righteousness,” and He will be glorified in us! This book was provided by Worthy Publishing in exchange for my review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Gu
SKINNY LIFE By: Crystal Dwyer Hansen I love the cover the flowers of Spring reminds me of a new beginning and the smiling face of the young woman says there’s a new way of life in the pages of this book. One chapter caught my eyes was Releasing my old Heavy Identity. Then it has through the different chapters: Skinny life Toolbox, Skinny Life Bottom Line, Affirmation at the end of each chapter. Miss Dwyer says “I am living my life with the intention of taking care of myself, I deserve it.” In each chapter there’s a box to make you think of yourself and how to take care of you. One thing I use to do was drink water-then I stopped to see in this book she suggest drinking a lot of water it cleanses your liver, prevents baggy skin. I guess I better go back to my water I did feel a lot better when I drank more water than I do now that I don’t. She says 10-12 glasses a day. Your metabolic rate began to increase within 10 minutes after drinking water. Crystal said after you drink water for awhile Natural tea act as a safe, healthy diuretic to eliminate excess water weight plus provide your body with cancer fighting chemicals that are naturally present in green, white and black teas. Crystal says replace quilt and shame with a mindset of freedom, self respect and self care. It’s all about you!!!! Remember to buy foods that nourish your body and gives you energy and don’t forget you want food that protect you from diseases. So throw away your scales drink A LOT of water, good teas and lose weight. I recommend this book highly. I received it free from Worthy for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review just an honest one. The opinions I have expressed are my own and no one else’s. 5 Stars ISBN 9781617954931