I wrote Within to create a healing tool for those seeking to change their bodies in a significant way. I knew the world didn’t need another eat-less-move-more book, so I used my own healing journey as a model for the program. Nearly 20 years ago, I wasn’t looking to lose weight, but I was still seeking to change my body in a profound way. I had cancer. It was during that period of my life that I realized what it really takes to manifest that kind of physical transformation and know that the change is permanent. It meant not focusing on the physical and taking an inward journey to the source of where all our life circumstances originate; the heart and mind.
It doesn’t matter what someone is trying to heal. The journey to healing is the same for everyone regardless of whether it’s weight loss they seek or physical disease they’re trying to change. The roads they take may be different, but they all lead to the same destination: self-love. Within demystifies self-love and makes it a practical, tangible and perfectly attainable goal. In fact, it’s absolutely essential for any kind of healing, so I wanted to put it in a context that was clear and provide a road map back to wholeness.
While the principles in Within are designed to help anyone, I chose to focus the book on weight challenges because several of my patients deal with weight gain and obesity, in addition to their general medical conditions. In treating them over the years, I’ve come to understand much more about their specific challenges with weight and how it impacts their daily lives. Their outpouring of emotion touched me in such a way that I felt I needed to speak specifically to their needs in this book, mainly for one particular reason. I see thousands of patients with all kinds of diagnosis. If you would see them on the street, you’d never know that they may be dealing with cancer, heart disease or diabetes. A patient that’s overweight or obese can’t hide their condition. Their pain has to be on display every day as they move about a world that has little compassion and much judgment about their situation. They can’t “pass” in daily life, and I have extreme compassion for anyone in that position. I know what it’s like to be the only one in a room that doesn’t look like everyone else. I know what it’s like to desperately need to change your body but not knowing where to begin. I’ve “been there” and back, and wanted to empower others by showing that healing is within reach for everyone who is courageous enough to step into their loving.