Gaining Insight

Janelle L. White (40-year-old clinical psychologist)

For the past three years, my efforts to balance family and work had left my own self-care at the bottom of my to-do list. For many years I had prided myself on having an active lifestyle, including yoga, pilates, and gym, that kept me healthy and fit, but in recent years I'd lost sight of how to make good exercise and food choices. With my 40th birthday around the corner, I certainly assumed age was going to work against any effort I might make to change my routine. That was until I read an article featuring Jerzy and Aniela Gregorek and their program The Happy Body. I was inspired by the positive results they reported with their 40-and-older clients. These were people who were dedicated to exercise and living healthy, like me, but often lacked reward from their efforts.

In June 2008, I began The Happy Body program, and within one month I experienced immediate results, which motivated me to keep going. In five months I have returned to a normal weight range and have become noticeably stronger and more flexible. What has kept my commitment to the program has not only been the positive change to my body but also having access to Jerzy and Aniela's years of experience. You don't have to reinvent the wheel; their quantified plan clearly lays out what exercises to do and how to do them, and it keeps your food choices straightforward with minimal preparation. Because The Happy Body program requires patience (it does not happen overnight), you may discover ways that you end up sabotaging yourself. Having worked with individuals through the years, many of whom have struggled with being overweight and obese, I know how important a consistent, nutritionally-balanced diet and active lifestyle are to your health. I also know that the reasons for not maintaining consistency may be very complicated. With the challenges that often occur when confronting and changing old habits, part of this journey really is about gaining insight into yourself.

Like many of Jerzy and Aniela's clients, my introduction to The Happy Body program began as a family commitment. I am so thankful that my husband began and will continue this journey with me, and that we can call Jerzy and Aniela friends. With The Happy Body program you have an opportunity to adopt a healthier way to live, to gain a clearer understanding of your body and its potential, and to learn what having a happy body really means.

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