So Long, Stress Snacking

DSCN2914Punchy, isn’t it? Oh those magazine people and their catchy phrasing.

This is the “I Did It!” feature in the May, 2013, Health magazine and, yeah, that’s moi. I talked to several editors during the creation of this piece and each told me they were inspired mostly by this monthly section of their magazine. Me, too.


I’m excited and honored to be included (especially in the same issue as Jewel!) When I started on my journey towards my ideal weight, I’d tear pictures out of magazines of what I was striving for as a visual end goal. I’d hang them in my closet. I wouldn’t pick skinny model shots, but well-toned athletic bodies that looked healthy. That’s the way I saw myself in the world. I wanted to be healthy all over, not just a particular size or pound marker on the scale.

When Health called back in January and told me they would like me to be in the May issue, I was so honored to be the one on the page. I was also a little freaked out. January is REALLY close to the holidays and I had just come off 4 trips (read–pants feeling snugger than I wanted them.) When I found out I’d need to do a photo shoot in their clothes that only upped the ante. I decided to do what I tell my clients to do: talk to yourself like you’re your own best friend. Celebrate your success, don’t obsess on what you perceive might be your failure. Hey–maybe my story could inspire someone at the beginning of their journey and encourage them along the way. This would make my journey even more meaningful. I was all in.

It was very enlightening to watch the whole process of how an article is born in a national magazine. I’ve freelanced articles in the past, but once I submit and invoice it, I never see it again until it shows up in the stands. This was wholly different. I was interviewed quite extensively, we had fact checks, work out clothes to pick from Fed Exed to my door (I got to keep the ones they picked in this photo–thank you, New Balance), make-up and hair on photo shoot day with Urban Retreat esthetician Jen and local photographer, Katina Matheson (thank you, Jen and Katina). It was quite a process.

I couldn’t help seeing the similarities to the weight loss process itself. There are many parts involved and the jury is out on what really works. It’s been a bad year for obesity studies that way. Everybody has an answer and a promise. When you’re at your highest weight ever, you can’t take another failed promise. Sometimes it feels easier to not even try.

Been there.

But I got this gift called Take Shape for Life. It’s the way that worked for me and so many of my clients (over 60 and 2,700 pounds worth.)  I’m grateful for that. And I’m so thankful now that I have the confidence to stand up, pose for a national magazine (without hiding behind someone else in a picture) say, “I Did It!” and leave it at that.

About @jamieweil

I'm on an adventure to bring happiness, relaxation, and some shine to a stressed out world. You might call it a Divine mission. Covid Season 2020 has taught me some important lessons about myself and about you, but most importantly about US. I have written about those in a book called Shine: When Chasing Sacred Spaces Goes Dark, my 6th book which came out December 2020 and hit #1 Bestseller in 7 categories thanks to my readers. I teach an online class to empower empaths through writing and am holding my first writing retreat for empaths under the Full Flower Moon and Lunar Eclipse May 5-7, 2023 in mystical Mt. Shasta, California. We have sold our house, not bought another, and have set out on a synchronistic adventure with Kai, our 103 pound lab, at the center. We call it The Kainnection Adventure. Dogs are the equalizers of all. (Home base:
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6 Responses to So Long, Stress Snacking

  1. Lois Sepahban says:

    Where can I get a copy?????

    You are awesome, and I’m so proud to be your friend!

    Lois xxxxx



    • jamieweilhealthcoach says:

      So sweet, Lois! I’m so proud to be your friend, too. Go to any Walgreens, Rite Aid, or any general magazine location. I found one for my mom at Rite Aid today:).


  2. Janet says:

    Yes, Jewel is on the cover. However there is a true gem of a person inside the magazine. Way to be,Jamie!


    • jamieweilhealthcoach says:

      Wow–I’m so honored. I like the metaphor, too! Thank you, my friend. Can’t wait to hang out in two days!


  3. Beth Hull says:

    Oh, I’m going to buy a copy, too! Wow, Jamie, this is really great! You inspire me.


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