Successful Weight Loss and Fitness Depends on Spiritual Balance

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It's easy to become trapped in the notion that weight loss is purely a physical process. After all, we see our physical image in the mirror, and it reflects what the world sees. We become distracted by this illusion of ourselves, and forget we embody a spirit. Learn ways to see past the mirror's reflection, and gain lasting weight loss and physical fitness.


Physical weight loss and fitness is bound closely with our thoughts and spiritual well being. Often, the extra pounds are the result of physical or emotional trauma. What we do not see is that permeates our thought processes, and to our spiritual core. Trauma or abuse is pervasive through-out our entire being.

It is easy to think that people will not notice us, if we add the extra pounds. That is not true. We are noticed. We garner the attention that we are trying to avoid, because of the deep seeded pain we are carrying in our core self.

Put simply, we are more than a physical body. Our logic may deem that losing weight is solely associated with the physical body. The physical body reflects the physical aspects of too much weight. It harbors painful joints, illness, or chronic sleep issues.

This is the physical manifestation of the issues that trouble us.

The first step to lose the weight is to acknowledge we are perfect the way we were created. The issue isn't ours. It belongs to the abuser, and they wanted to give it to us. So, let it go.

Beyond the body, our minds think thoughts all the time. The mind doesn’t shut down, unless we allow it to be quiet. To reach this “quiet” state, we can meditate, drink a glass of wine, or exercise. The question becomes, do the thoughts stop, slow down, become clear, or continue uninterrupted?

The second step is to gain understanding and control over our own thoughts. Our belief system is based off our thoughts and feelings. We are influenced by all the events that happen to us on the physical and spiritual realms. Our thoughts are energy. We are energy. Focus on becoming the energy beacon that reflects internal beliefs.

The spirit portion isn’t necessarily clear cut as the body or the mind. It is something less physically tangible. Part of it is the energy flow through the physical body, mind, and energy field surrounding the body. It is the soul essence. It is that part that is activated when following “your heart” or dreams.

The spiritual body holds onto the energy of the trauma or abuse. It reflects our physical being, emotional state, and thoughts. It carries our past life, unresolved issues. It is our connection to the Universal Life Force energies. 

The third step is to create a positive spiritual routine to incorporate into our lifestyle. Fitness is a great way to release spiritual issues, and contribute to weight loss. This do not mean spending hours at the gym. It is becoming present in our lives. It is the walk on the beach or hiking through the forest, enjoying the outdoors. Fitness is simply moving the physical body more, and burning calories (energy).

These 3 parts of ourselves are the key to successful weight loss and to attain greater fitness. If we believe we can lose weight, we will. Our self talk directs our physical appearance and spiritual presence. Each is equally important to address, when making life changes. Losing weight is a major life change. It takes courage, strength, and determination. It is one of the most important choices we can make, and it’s solely for ourselves.


Bio - 

Karen Ulvestad is a Reiki Master/Teacher, intuitive, writer and Aroma Therapy student. She has been on this path for most of her life. Through the process of learning, she has come to the conclusion that all things are related. She strives to come from a place of balance, peace and calmness.

Her book "Whisperings of the Spirit" is available at

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Comment by Karen Ulvestad on October 2, 2017 at 10:46am

Thank you Lisa. . .

Comment by Lisa Shaw on October 2, 2017 at 8:50am

Thanks, Karen.  I'm sending it to the publishers. If it needs any further development, I will get back to you.

Comment by Karen Ulvestad on September 29, 2017 at 12:03pm

Hi Lisa,

I've re-written this article, and added the Abstract / Bio. Please let me know if you would like more editing on it. I look forward to conversing with you further about this.

Thank you, Karen

Comment by Karen Ulvestad on August 28, 2017 at 10:52am

Thank you Lisa! I'll work on shifting this into an article. Thanks again & have a great day. . .

Comment by Lisa Shaw on August 22, 2017 at 10:56am

Hi, Karen. I'm the spirituality editor for OmTimes.  What I see here in your post is a movement toward an article which I would encourage you to complete, focusing on the issue of weight loss with an appropriate headline. As is this introduction is around 315 words.  OmTimes policy is that articles range from about 500-700 words.  I hope you an add to this and focus on your intended topic.  I look forward to seeing it. Thanks.

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