The magnitude of pleasure reaches its limit in the removal of all pain.
When such pleasure is present, so long as it is uninterrupted, there is no pain either of body or of mind or of both together.
Fifteen years ago, my body was carrying around 75 extra pounds. Yes, you heard me right… 75. Underneath that exterior, was a sad and confused woman. She had become so disconnected from her body that doughnuts and ice cream were pleasurable escapes and the idea of lying on the sofa after work, glued to the television, was the best way to wind down.
She believed that any effort to change should be extreme and involve deprivation. I was a yo-yo girl: I went to South Beach, tried to be a Skinny Bitch and lived in The Zone.
Sure, I lost weight through dieting, but it was torturous. Even when I starved myself into a size two, there wasn’t a single moment that I wasn’t obsessing about food and my body.
And what do you think happened after I lost that weight?
Yep, it always came back.
Because, regardless of how skinny I became, I had a fat mind.
If you only focus on changing your external circumstances and are not mindful of what’s happening internally, you will never be at peace. (Tweet)
So… what changed?
I discovered Paris. My love and passion for the City of Lights is about so much more than great shopping, culture and art. The city taught me how to enjoy pleasure and fall in love with the world.
Now, I teach women around the world this life-changing philosophy to help you think, eat, and live like a natural Slim, Chic, and Savvy woman.
Pleasure takes on many forms, which is fabulous news. There are endless possibilities of what we can derive pleasure from. A bite of decadent chocolate, a pleasant moonlit stroll after dinner, snuggling up with your darling, dressing exquisitely for work or a very special occasion, reading a juicy novel, or dancing in your living room to your favorite music.
Unlike false pleasures (the ones that aren’t very long-lasting), true pleasure doesn’t leave you feeling guilty, shameful, or in a state of self-loathing.
Many women who I work with regarding weight have something in common: lives consumed with false pleasures.
When we begin replacing these false pleasures with true ones, it’s amazing what the results look like. I have been so fortunate to witness lives and bodies transformed and becoming beautiful canvases with pleasure as the brush.
Ask yourself: what are you painting your life with?
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