Leah Segedie is what you would call a food activist. Her mission is all about making sure people are able to choose what’s good for them and for their children especially when it comes to GMOs and conventional farming. Before her food activism, she was like most Americans today: obese and on the verge of developing many diseases. She found motivation in her child but little did she know that her little weight loss journey would become a force to be reckoned in the form of a shift towards organic food products.
Today, Leah tells us her weight loss journey and her struggles along the way, what she did to make the journey seem shorter, and how she helped other women have not just a smaller number on the scale but also have a sense of empowerment they can use in their daily life.
“It doesn't matter who you are, you probably care how big your butt is.” Lea Segedie
In this episode, you’ll learn:
- Leah was once a size 24 and she barely fit a theater seat and had to book for two in flights. What inspired her to be healthy was her first born. She asked herself “what future do I want for my son?” and her answer was health.
- Small goals were easier to cope than large ones. Leah targeted and celebrated losing 5 pounds at a time than trying to go for big numbers all at once.
- She spent a good time with Weight Watchers for a while until she finally got hold of the routine and went off on her own.
- For exercise, she enjoyed Taebo the most since not only was it fun but she was able to learn self-defense which felt empowering.
- Her focus for the people she helps is not just for weight loss but a total lifestyle change which is a transformation that lasts for long-term.
- Her community involved a lot of expert pediatricians, fitness professionals, and nutritionists so the people involved got all the love and help they needed.
- She conducted a 7-week boot camp which was basically a workshop that makes people choose healthier decisions which eventually leads to a lifestyle overhaul. The women collectively lost 3,500 pounds in weight after the program.
- There is more power to be found in helping others than simply trying to fix yourself.
- Nothing easy is worth doing.
- The right kind of motivation is the kind that looks at the bigger picture instead of looking at the smaller pieces.
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