Locked in Chains


Addiction is just as restrictive as any man-made prison or religious concept of hell.  We all have our own addictions; i.e. nicotine, alcohol, control, retreat, food, shopping, I could list hundreds.

What causes us to get addicted to a substance or behavior? Simple. At some or several points in our life, we felt the need to develop a coping mechanism. From the need to cope, we fell into patterns of behavior that quickly became an addiction.

My personal addiction is food. I built up habits that allowed me to control what I ate when I couldn’t control my life.  However, finding comfort in food meant that I eventually became unhealthy and overweight.

How do we get out of those behavior patterns? Not so easy as determining how we became addicted in the first place, BUT there is light at the end of the tunnel. Addictions can be overcome. To do this, specific tools are needed.

First, SUPPORT is key to overcoming any addiction. Even food addictions. Knowing you are not alone, not in the battle by yourself, is a big shot in the arm when trying to break any addiction.

But like any warrior, you need tools.



The ability to build better coping habits,

Recognizing the basis or fears that caused our addictions in the first place,

these are our basic tools.

Before you can really use these tools though, you have to know what you are using them against. So what are your deepest fears? What is it you are trying to hide from via your addiction?


About leisatwatkins

In May 2011, I hit an all time low in my life and an all time high in my weight. I was 199 pounds and the idea of hitting 200 scared me. I had tried every known diet, HCG, Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Atkins, the grapefruit diet. I'd even tried Phen-phen when I was younger and Dexatrim before that. While I'd lose a little weight, I would always gain it back and then more. I knew the yo-yo dieting was not healthy for my body and it was definitely wreaking havoc on my mental wellness. I didn't know what to do and I was looking into taking drastic surgical measures to lose weight. That's when a friend of mine told me his story about losing over 200 pounds without pills, surgery, or starving himself. Not only did he lose the weight, but he kept it off. What did I have to lose? I asked him to share the secret with me. Now, only six short months later, I weigh 140 lbs and am working on losing 5 more. That will put me back to my weight that I was in HS, college, and before I had children. And I've done it with my friend's help as my Health Coach, without starving or even exercising, although I love to walk everyday. I haven't felt hungry at all in this process. How many "diets" can say that? I feel fantastic! I've felt great since the first week on this program. Let me be very clear about this. This is NOT a diet. This is not something you do for a little while, lose the weight, then go back to your old eating habits. This program is a life changing plan to help you eat healthier, make food choices that are tailored to your body, and bring you to a state of optimal physical health. If like me, you are tired of diets that don't work, then let me show you a life style plan that does.

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