Weight loss isn’t only about dieting and calorie counting, it involves a change in lifestyle and mindset, according to the new anthology; Unlock the Power of You: 12 Keys to Health, Happiness and Success.
Unlock the Power of You is compiled from the works of 12 different authors. Each author is a self-improvement expert with topics ranging from attracting your ideal weight, to soul care for the super stressed woman, to finding happiness in life’s messes.
Co-author Zaheen Nanji, who is also a success coach, professional speaker and owner of Shanti Wellness Centre in Wetaskiwin, feels the book will educate and motivate readers to develop the attitude, skills and habits to improve their life in whichever area they want. “I like that everyone can read this book and get something out of it.”
Nanji’s section of the book deals with weight gain, loss, and attracting your ideal weight. “It’s mostly for people who’ve been struggling with their weight for a number of years. I think they’ll understand why I have a reason for struggling with food.”
In her chapter, Nanji talks about using pleasure and negativity as motivations to lose weight. She says those who are motivated by pleasure, such as wanting to lose weight to become more flexible, while negative motivation would be wanting to lose weight because one doesn’t want joint pain.
Those who are motivated by pleasure are able to keep the weight off because they have an easier time looking forward to achieve their goals.
“I’m hoping that reading the book, people will realize what about weight loss is important to them and why they want to lose weight. Once they figure out what’s important that will actually motivate themselves to get back on track.”
When Nanji was given the opportunity to be a part of the book she jumped at the chance. “I knew I always wanted to write a book. You just have that goal, but you don’t know where to start.”
Working on Unlock the Power of You gave Nanji the skills to meet a deadline and with one book already done she’s looking forward to writing another, which will be a memoir.
When Nanji was 15 years old she immigrated to Canada without her parents. While having to overcome cultural differences, many of them associated to weight gain and her personal relationship with food, Nanji also worked to overcome a stutter she’d had all her life.
To coincide with the books promotions Nanji will be holding two book signings in Wetaskiwin. The first will take place at the Shanti Wellness Centre on Jan. 26 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The second will be on Jan. 29 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Wetaskiwin Library.