Over the last few years I have gained a lot of weight.
I reached a stage where I was the fattest I have ever been.
I had little energy, felt tired a lot and had forgotten what it felt like to feel sleek, sexy and desirable.
This excess weight gain was due to several factors:
Immobility due to knee pain.
Medication used to manage said pain.
A daily habit of eating fast food and junk food, something I had never really indulged in previously, but had become a too-easy option.
I knew I was getting fat, but hadn’t really grasped how much weight I had really gained.
Luckily for me, I got a bit of a shock one day, having made a shirt for myself.
It wasn’t really the garment itself, but the photographs my Daughter took of me proudly modelling my creation to post online.
Looking at these pictures was my wake-up call, I looked awful.
I also looked very unhappy, very sad.
From that time on, I resolved to lose the weight I had gained.
I received my wake up call just after Samhain, which is good timing, as entering into the dark half of the year, it is naturally a time for deciding on what needs to end.
By Yule, a time of new beginnings, I was ready to change my life for the better, so set about making a goal for myself, a seed to plant, to nurture throughout the coming year.
I cast circle and called upon my patron God and Goddess, Herne and Hecate, asking for their assistance.
Hecate, to help with the inner changes that needed to happen.
Herne, for the strength, motivation and willpower to succeed.
I created and charged a talisman with these same qualities.
I would wear this spell bag, as a physical reminder of my goals, when I went on my walks.
I’m not one for fad diets, walking aimlessly on treadmills or going to the gym.
Where I live, the pool is only opened for half the year, so it was not an option for my goals.
I began to walk.
Slowly and carefully at first, and not very far.
I was hard pressed walking to the corner, not even a kilometer away.
The scales have always been my enemy, but somehow, I knew this time would be different, I really wanted this.
I decided to weigh myself only on the day of the Sabbats, as a tangible way to mark my process.
Spacing out weigh-ins like this would make for some bigger numbers and encouragement.
By the time Imbolc rolled around things were improving.
I could walk a kilometer, though it would really tire me out.
I began to adjust my diet, cutting out sugar and processed food.
I resolved to eat only natural foods, vegetables, fruit, red meat and chicken.
My energy levels improved dramatically with this change.
I weighed myself for the first time in a long time and was a bit shocked at the number, here was more motivation to succeed.
Ostara arrived and with it the warmer weather.
My walks became a pleasant activity, I enjoyed getting out in the countryside, watching the earth bloom and awaken around me.
My energy levels continued to grow, alongside the flourishing earth.
I began to walk further, now making two kilometers with ease.
Already I began to notice the drop in my weight, my clothes fitting again.
My fingers were no longer puffy with fluid and I could wear my wedding rings again!
I was in for a nice surprise as I stood on the scale, I had lost five kilograms!
Beltane has just passed and my progress has been astounding.
I walk three to four kilometers almost every day and really enjoy it.
I love exploring the large orchards around where I live and watching the earth change with the seasons.
My clothes are getting loose, my energy levels are better than they have been in years.
My legs have muscle tone again and I feel strong and healthy.
I have lost another five kilograms, that is ten kilograms all up!
Midsummer is coming up soon and I look forward to my weigh-in, the marker of my progress.
Though the boost of seeing actual numbers dropping is great, I don’t need the scales to tell me I have lost weight, I feel my success every day.
Mabon is the Sabbat which celebrates the final harvest, the time to assess the success of goals set for the year, and by this time I will be a new woman.
I will not stop then though, as walking has become such an enjoyable part of my day and I can no longer stomach junk food.
By then I will be ready to begin thinking about my next years goals and enjoying the rewards of my healthy, slimmer body.
Working with the natural rhythms of the earth and seasons has definitely worked for me.