Diets suck, but Oprah Winfrey has seemed to crack the code and find something that actually works. For years the ultra-successful talk show host struggled with her weight and yo-yo dieting, but she recently unveiled her 42lbs. weight loss and looks phenomenal. So how did she do it? Winfrey credits sacrificing numerical goals for helping her lose weight.
“At 200 lbs., I was OK. I have never, ever, ever been at that point. And then at 190 lbs., I was OK. If I don’t lose another pound right now, I’m still OK,” she said. “The fullness of life, the fullness of being, the self-acceptance — I’d never done that before. I’d always beaten myself up because I was tied to a number.”
She says that changing her perspective about living a healthy lifestyle played a major role in helping her shed those extra pounds.
“It was frustrating to promise myself ‘I’m going to do it today, I’m going to do it today,’ and then not stick to my plan,” she said. “So I shifted. Now, I don’t have a goal in mind. I get to a certain weight and I’m OK, and say, ‘This is where I want to be. Hang in there. I’ll get there when I get there.’ And my body will tell me when I am exactly where I need to be.”
Finding an intention for her weight loss was another motivator.
“Intention is the most powerful principle that rules my world. It’s the principle by which I rule my company and every action in my life. I do nothing without first thinking about why I’m doing it,” she said. “When the weight started to come off, I needed to get clear on my intention. I could lose weight to fit a dress size, or attend an event, or to make other people like me. But I couldn’t keep it off for those reasons. I always put the weight back on. This time I changed the intention to, ‘I want to be the healthiest I can be — physically, emotionally, spiritually.’ So the process and purpose of losing shifted for me. It was easier, because my intention was clearer.”
As for the number on the scale, Winfrey says to let it go.
“It’s in the way you see yourself fitting into your life. Embracing your life. Honoring your life. Having reverence and appreciation for your life.”
Now that’s a mindset we can get behind.