I've been a crisis counsellor for 6 years and worked with many people helping them address and change problems. Being a counsellor has also changed me. I am less irritable, have more control over my anger and have better relationships. I've also learned to enjoy life more and be more thankful for what I do have in my life. It has especially made me more aware of how fragile and temporary life can be. The thing that hasn't changed, in fact seems to be more stubborn is my relationship with food.
As a counsellor, too, I have knowledge of numerous theories of change. Some, like Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, believe that the mind is the seat of change. Others, like many trauma therapies, believe that it is the body that holds our memories and it's path can lead us to change. Emotions, spirituality, relationships, and the natural world are other ways that change can be found.
Personally I think that we need to look at all of these, and find a variety of techniques that work for each individual. And that's what I intend to do here. Experiment on myself, try to shake loose from the stuckness that I feel and find a path that works for me.
Before ending this post I have to mention one other thing that's really important to me. I have to be able to have fun and celebrate life while I'm losing weight. It's can't be a sombre, serious, martyr-ish feeling thing. As I said above, the biggest thing I've learned from being a crisis counsellor is that life is fragile and I want to enjoy it!