Three years ago I began the APP Program. APP stands for “Addictive Personality Paradigm,” and it’s a program within the Sweet Medicine Sun Dance path for helping people overcome addictive patterns.
As part of the program I gave up sugar for a year, and then re-committed for another two years because I was so happy with the results. This part of my journey took me from weighing 265 pounds at the beginning of the program, to 235 pounds at the end of the three years.
Then using what I had learned during that journey, and what I have continued to gain through workshops and ceremonies, I decided to get closer to my ideal weight (for my height, that would be 200 pounds). I hired a personal trainer and followed his program exactly. Three months later, I now weigh 207 pounds. In just over three years I have lost almost 60 pounds in total and have gained a healthy pattern of sustaining my new weight.
Soon I will begin strength training which will get me where I want to be for the next part of my journey. I will turn 54 this year and I want to be healthy, strong, and fit as I pursue the goals that I have for this next part of my life.
Those who know me know that I’ve been a student of the Sweet Medicine Sun Dance teachings for the past 15 years or so. These teachings came to me at a time when I was searching for answers, and instead, I gained questions.
It’s all about the questions. Who am I? Where have I come from? Where am I going to? And most importantly, How will I meet the opportunities and challenges in front of me?
Over the past 15 years, through workshops and ceremonies, I have confronted these questions and have learned how to live a life filled with health, hope, happiness, humor, and harmony.
At some point in the next few years I plan to write a book about my experiences. In the mean time, I will share some of it with you through this blog.