I often ask clients if they would share their story of working with me and how Herbalife Nutrition plan works for them. I believe in story telling as stories are a powerful catalyst in our own transformation, the way they affect us, as well as for the story teller, in terms of reflection they get from telling their own story.

So, when I ask someone to write something it is because I recognise something in them worth sharing with others. I may admire them for their perseverance, commitment, loyalty, transformation or all of it together and hope sharing their story from their own perspective would inspire others into action. We all need more inspiration in our lives.

Also, I believe putting our journey on paper and using the power of reflection can be a great personal exercise in appreciating our journey to date and help us gain clarity and decide on the clearer vision we have for ourselves for the future.

I have been working with Sheila since 2016 and it has not been an easy journey for Sheila, but, I hope you can gain an inspiration from her heart warming story for the champion that she is… Before we can conquer to great health, we must conquer our mind and emotions and I believe Sheila is on her way…

“I came to Sanela, through a dear friend who was losing weight with an inspirational lady, high energy, affectionate, warm and very enthusiastic, in her commitment to healthy eating. Sanela and her mother (in her late 70’s)  were good examples of the nutrition plan that they practised.

I have had a long history of complicated relations with food. I have  complex emotional issues from childhood. I started to help myself, in my early 20’s, years of psychotherapy, slimming clubs and no end of different diets. Some of these  were  very extreme starvations, or short-term fixes.

Through those experiences, I had my awareness raised to these childhood matters where I used food to block out negative feelings, and keep meyself productive. But with the birth of my two kids, (another emotional rollercoaster for me) I put on 5 stones which I have been unable to get rid of.

Finally two years ago I had a consultation for a gastric band, but knew this was too radical a step even for me. Results for these procedures are not always successful.

Sanela and I have been working together, on a one to one, maximum half an hour, sometimes fifteen minutes. I try to focus my thoughts to help myself, before we meet as Sanela (who does not charge for her time, but only for nutritional food that is part of my personalised nutrition plan) tries to support my internal dialogue and confused thinking so I can make changes. I do respect her dedication to her clients, to give them this time.

Sanela has come up with ideas which help me gain a stronger sense of self so I can rely on myself without the support of food, to overcome daily issues.

Some very sensitive childhood matters came to the fore. I could not manage the weekly weigh in with Sanela. My parents had put me on a diet, and weighed me regularly from 7 yrs, and the weight I was supposed to lose was never enough, and really at 7 years old, I couldn’t understand why I needed to be on a regime of weight loss.

So began the seeds of my issues with food. Being over controlled, by parents who thought they were doing their best, but it was too intrusive, especially as between 7-18 yrs girls bodies are changing as their bodies prepare for growth spurts upwards, and my sense of self was compromised. Also the mindset I developed of whatever I did in life was never enough.

It was revealing to me that Sanela was visibly affected to hear my story, so we agreed I would not be weighed and only come back to this when I was ready. The relief was enormous, and I continue to work on keeping on track without this sole measurement of the performance on the scales,  that I had used to inappropriately define me.

The stabilising thread of Herbalife  is that you can go through the day with 5-6 healthy meals and snacks, including a delicious meal. That it is the nutrition plan, and with the balance of protein, vitamins, minerals, including fibre supplements, so I feel more energetic,  and my nails are much stronger.

What the program also gives is a relief that when the day or week is chaotic, and eating may go off-balance,  you have an old friend to return to. It presents as a golden  thread of balance in my life as an unbalanced eater.

What can I say about my empathetic Sanela. She listens, to my individual emotional needs, has come up with books, and references for mantras and affirmations, to keep me strong, which have been profoundly helpful. I talk about my internal irrational dialogue about food, and my need to change as it has so sabotaged efforts in the past.

Although I have eating issues, like many I have managed to outperform in other areas. I have always maintained a very successful career, marrying late, with 2 now grown up children.

Sanela asked me to write something that she could share, but secretly I think she felt it would be another way of helping me, and it certainly has!

I am so pleased for my introduction to Sanela, and I must say that many others could benefit from her unique assistance, into your own journey with maintaining good health, and weight loss assistance, if you are ready for it.”

Thank you, dear Sheila and here is to you and your health and continued progress…

And this makes me a very proud Herbalife Health Coach as, despite amazing Herbalife Nutrition that can help individuals with their health and weight management, what we also do is lock hands and hearts with our clients and sharing a bit of your heart is a magic ingredient that can help a client go even further.

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