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Why Are You So Fat, Stephanie?

inthepark2A friend’s 10 year old son asked me this one day as we sat at his kitchen table, waiting for his mom to return. The words ripped through my good mood (and heart) like a dozen red-hot iron spikes. I winced uncontrollably as it triggered a cascade of childhood memories; a time when I was “fatty four-eyes.”

Although it was an honest question, it hurt like a bitch and I instantly reacted. The truth is I didn’t know the answer at the time. I was angered, labelled him as a mean kid (which I thankfully kept to myself) and snapped at him, “People are just different. Some people are bigger than others.”

This seemingly insignificant episode actually left a lasting impact, though. After burying it along with other traumatic instances concerning my weight, this memory came bursting out of the darkness of my mind several years later. You see, I was slowly discovering and understanding the concept of self-empowerment and moving out of a victim mentality.

Once I realized I had control over my life and my happiness, I set out on a journey to finally answer that haunting question. If I knew the answer, then I’d know what I needed to do and change to achieve the results that I had been longing for most of my life.

july2006Since then I’ve accomplished a healthy weight about four times using new knowledge that I accumulate and then apply to my pursuits. At first it was about the weight, then when the weight-loss didn’t stick, I learned that lasting weight-loss is found in the dozens of choices we’re offered on a daily basis.

A healthy lifestyle = habits. Some days are easier than others to make healthier choices. Some periods of our lives are more stressful or unsatisfying and offer additional challenges to make these daily choices.

This is why I started Live Lighter. I know many ways in how to lose weight naturally and change my lifestyle in order to get to a healthy weight and maintain it for years at a time. I share this information with you so you can do it, too. But my experience tells me that health means more than being a healthy weight.

I know this because even when I was “doing everything right” and was at my peak health for about 3 years straight, strange health issues started cropping up!

I’ve discovered that to be totally healthy and balanced, we need to care for all aspects of ourselves: physically, mentally, emotionally, socially, spiritually and financially. Ultimately, my intention with this blog is to create a meeting place for like-minded individuals so we can learn from each other in how to increase our health and well-being, and find the ever-elusive total balance.

Knowing what I know now, I see that my weight fluctuations and falls off the health wagon are the direct result from life decisions that were misaligned with my values. Most of these decisions subtly affected my self-esteem and I subconsciously reverted back to my old ways of coping to protect myself: using substances to make me feel better (at the time).

As much as I’ve learned about healthy living and been successful in attaining it for a few years at a time, I’m still searching for the “holy grail” to achieving a permanent healthy lifestyle. I hope you will join me in this journey so we can support each other!

Who is Stephanie Miller?

I am a woman who worships nature. I’ve fallen in love with all life, actually! And ever since my first science class I’ve been thirsting to unravel as much of life’s mysteries as I can in my short time (I’m planning on 120 years) on Earth.

Focusing on the human body, mind and soul, I use science to understand life’s subtleties and intricacies. With a love and affinity for Biochemistry, a specialized honours in Psychology and a 10 year long Sociology class in the field (working in the bar & restaurant industry), I am well-equipped for the task. An interest in spirituality began in my early 20’s but it wasn’t until my Quarter-Life Crisis did I research in earnest, trying to “find my way”.

The whole while, I’ve learned that the Universe is a fascinating system made up of interdependent, ever increasingly smaller constituents; from the planetary system to Earth’s biosphere and the ecosystems in it, to whole beings, down to our cells and even to the invisible forces of metaphysics and energy. All connected, all essentially made up of the same stuff and all held together by the forces of Nature, constantly moving and changing in a delicate, intelligent, purposeful balance.

It is this intentional, natural balance that I seek, for my body, mind and spirit.

What makes her a health expert?

Living an unhealthy lifestyle for most of my life, I have experience in getting healthy a couple of times since discovering I have the power to create the life of my dreams. It’s been a challenge but it’s gotten easier. And I’m extremely happy with the results! I’ve accumulated a vast amount of health information over the years that I’m just itching to share.

This is the fuel for Live Lighter; that and the fact that I want everyone to lead full, healthy and long lives.

If you’d feel more comfortable knowing my health history before considering the information that I’m sharing, I’ve included it here .

My goal is to continue learning about the body, mind and soul. I want to learn how to attain greater health and balance – I believe this knowledge is the fountain of youth! And I plan to love life for a very long time. How about you?

CONTACT: stephanie [at] livelighter [dot] org


Cindy January 7, 2011 at 7:46 pm

Stephanie: Like your website, found it while searching healthy blender recipes because I just purchased the Ninja Professional . .love it. I am planning on changing things up a little (2 shakes a day, 3 snacks and 1 balanced meal) just wondering what your favortie blender drink is?

Head Health Nutter January 8, 2011 at 9:11 pm

Hi Cindy, thanks for visiting Live Lighter and letting us know about the Ninja Professional!

You meal plan sounds like it’ll be easy-to-digest, good for your metabolism and calorie-conscious – hope it works for your health goals.

Hmmm… my fav blender drink? Good but difficult question to answer because It totally depends on my mood and if we’re talking smoothies, froozies, blender detox meals or alcoholic blender drinks. BUT, the Wired Mocha Monkey is very addicting:

What’s yours?

diana August 10, 2011 at 11:54 pm

Great webpage Stephanie!I have to read little by little because there is so much useful info.
See you, Diana

Head Health Nutter August 11, 2011 at 10:07 pm

Hey Diana! Thanks for popping on by and leaving a comment! Yes, there’s a lot of content here, but I’m working on a redesign so that it’ll be easier for you to access the content specific to your needs. So please keep coming back! 🙂

G. Jensen March 3, 2012 at 2:54 am

Well, if you’re ever able to unravel the mystery of why there is so much bullshit in life, I think there could be a lot of interest.

Some good points here on health though – problem is most of us with families are too busy with the ongoing tasks of scraping up a living and taking care of the many responsibilities that go with family life, so don’t have a lot of time to think about such matters. Reminds me of a lady who was once a co-worker and had similar interests. She finally packed it in to pursue a business dealing with the topics described in this site – enjoying what she is doing, but is financially a train wreck. Came across this site while researching about the effect of a hot bath on the body.

Head Health Nutter March 31, 2012 at 3:35 am

Good points, G., thanks for commenting. Yes, life is challenging for everyone in one way or another. My intention with this site and eventually a career is to teach people how to prioritize their health and fit what they need to do into their hectic schedules. I’ve actually discovered quite recently that when we exercise effectively, we don’t need as much as we think we do; that is, coupled with a healthy diet that suits us as individuals.

Julio Yohe April 2, 2013 at 3:53 am

You are inspiring, Stephanie! In the past, I am a careless person who often abuses myself with unhealthy habits but fortunately, I’ve met people who really converted me to a healthy individual. Now, I’m looking for people like you who could truly inspire me. 😀

Eileen Hoglund May 2, 2013 at 1:50 am

Wow Stephanie! Congrats to your success! Truly motivating! It’s nice to see stories like yours to keep me going forward!

Roy Montgomery May 15, 2013 at 9:02 am

I love the outdoors too and enjoy walks in the Scottish countryside and seeing all the wildlife that you can rarely see in towns and cities.


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