I am Tincuta Nitu, the founder and leader of the Weight Loss Lounge 🌱 The Healthy Entrepreneurs Community on Facebook. Health and weight loss strategist with a mission to help you reach and maintain your optimal weight so your body matches who you are.
This is my story.
I’ve been overweight close to 25 years of my life. It all started when I was very young. Love was given to me in the form of food. There’s a saying going around back in my home country, Romania, that if you’re fat, you’re healthy and you’re beautiful. And I took that literally.
Little did I know that the harsh reality would hit me right in the face. I was met with bullying and lost all my chances of being confident. I was silently doing my thing (going to school, studying), not talking to many people. I did have friends and we were getting along just fine. Still, I wasn’t able to completely show them who I was. Because I was always judged first by the way I looked. And I learned how to hide.
In high-school, my journey to lose weight began. I grabbed all the magazines I could find and planned to go on every fad diet that seemed promising. By the way, they all did. Lose 5 kg in 3 days. Lose 10 kg in 10 days. And so on. So, I started to follow them. But, as you probably know by now, what we perceive is most times different than what we experience.
I started to hate myself for not being able to stay on these fad diets. To doubt myself. Why wasn’t I able to eat the little food required to lose the extra weight? I thought that I would get rid of the weight in a few weeks. Weight that I had been putting on for years. So, yes, I was kind of oblivious to my weight issues.
Needless to say, I abandoned every diet and thought I would never have a body that reflected who I was on the inside. An adventurer, a free spirit, a committed, reliable and loving person.
But my search for the perfect diet never stopped.
The Successful Experiment
As I was researching various diets just for the thrill of imagining myself reaching an optimal weight, I began to experiment with foods and dietary approaches. This was a busy time in my life. I was working full time. Had college on the side. And also started to exercise.
In a matter of a couple of months, I reached a healthy weight. I had never been more proud in my entire life. Finally, I could express myself freely.
But then, everyone around me started to say that I was too skinny. I see it now. They were not used to me being at a normal weight. Somehow, they thought that I was not healthy because I had lost a great deal of weight.
So, yup. The inevitable happened. I put most of the weight back on. Amongst the guilt and shame, I was still giving myself credit for having lost the weight in the first place. I knew it could be done. I just needed to do it smarter. And to work on my relationship with those around me. Because they were only reflecting my fears back at me. My body craved that comfort zone it stayed in for 2 decades.
Life went on. As a result of answering the question “What do you want to do?”, I pursued a nutrition course. To learn what I needed in order to get myself back at my optimal weight and then start a business to help others. This is how my entrepreneurial journey began.
The Entrepreneur’s journey
During the course, I also studied a lot on the side. And experimented with many dietary approaches. I could barely keep my weight under control. I was no longer overweight but still struggling to maintain my results. It was so hard, especially with a lot of time and energy going into my business.
I started to work from home. That made it even harder for me with all the temptations around. My lack of direction which would make me procrastinate and snack constantly. I thought I did not have time to exercise or to eat healthily. Everything seemed bland and unappealing. Except for junk food, of course.
Yes, I was a nutritionist that could not fully follow a meal plan for herself. I did this for close to a year. Then, I moved to Germany.
There, I started to eat the foods everyone else was recommending. Foods that would make me feel sick, put on weight, and spike my allergies.
My Big Realization
One day, a book that I was carrying around fell into my hands. It was A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle. As I started to read the book, all my nutritional and weight loss expertise started to come together. I brought awareness to my body. And understood that my body had all the answers. I was simply not listening. I knew exactly what my next steps were. As I transitioned to my own healthy diet, my body followed. In a matter of weeks, I reached my ideal weight. And I knew how to maintain it effortlessly.
I finally realized that the secret to reaching and maintaining your goal weight is to listen to your body and let it be your guide.
You have to match the outside with the inside!
After this realization, I started to experience how my body matched who I really was.
This is how I started to work with entrepreneurs. My work with them has been nothing less than pure happiness. Because as entrepreneurs, we want to help others. And we know that the only authentic way to do that is by helping ourselves first. Being healthy means we get to do the work that we love for a long time. We get to inspire so many more people and reach the hearts of millions of people or more.
Being healthy and energized, completely aligned, fully expressing what’s on the inside on the outside. And that gets passed on to everyone around us. We attract new clients, we increase our impact, and we finally make a difference in the world with our own gifts, our work, and our vision.
Your body tells a story. Let’s support you in getting your body to tell the real story of you, your success, and who you really are deep down.
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