The Laura Grant story is a story for the ages.
There is something for everyone in this story, advice both big and small, that will help you in so many aspects of your life – weight loss, physical and mental health, and the ability to ask yourself questions of trust and self and overcome belief.
Laura Grant got motivated in 2019 shortly after the birth of her third child. As Laura herself noted, being a mother to a baby is a very stressful, busy, and fulfilling life (x3). Her immediate experience of motivation was the I-time, time and space that she now had to herself. For the first time she realized how manic your life can be, as she herself says: "How busy, not just your head, but how life itself is."
Her weekly consultations made it clear that stress was a major contributor to Laura's overeating. The motivation helped Laura identify her stress triggers and adopt new coping mechanisms for dealing with stress. This transformed Laura so much that when I described the stressed person I was first, she replied that she no longer recognized this woman.
As Laura noted, "It's like you're talking about someone else."
Laura rightly points out that she's still stressed out, but she won't let it implode anymore. She is now able to identify her stress triggers and manage them very well.
It is important to note that stress occurs naturally in all people. How we deal with what is critical to our body is crucial. and mental wellbeing.
I mentioned triggers above and this leads me pretty well into the next part of Laura's story. Laura was aware of the problems in her life – she was overweight, so obviously something was wrong, but she couldn't quite tell.
With our help, Laura identified four main triggers that caused her overeating:
Laura is one of eight children and she has described herself as a socially minded person. She was amazed when loneliness was identified as a problem.
Laura's Mental Weight report identified loneliness as a problem and when she saw it in "black and white" she first asked the question of what was happening in her life and what was going on.
Words sometimes cannot do justice to the righteousness such revelation deserves. For over 25 years I have sat with thousands of customers who have had those lightbulb moments when they are scared like a flash of intense bright light and awakened to a whole new world, a world they are now in control.
When I asked Laura about negative and positive motivation, she agreed that at the beginning of her motivation she was mostly concerned with negative motivation, that is, thoughts and behaviors associated with failure and lack of self-confidence.
Laura has tried any number of weight loss programs – she tried everything and nothing worked for her. Your next thoughts were noticeably negative – am I preparing to fail again? or can i do that?
Laura's fears are not just for her and the fear of failure is normal. As humans, we tend to be influenced by how good or bad events or experiences in the past went for us. Hence, it should come as no surprise that the fear of failure to lose weight is so common.
The tools we use and share with our customers are the tools you equip for life. Weight maintenance is a journey and our program allows you to take on milestones (weddings, special events, holidays) without fear of them.
Laura now feels empowered because she is no longer afraid of not having achieved what she set out to do. What she has now is a sense of purpose and certainty to guide her through and beyond these significant milestones, whatever they may be.
Laura's Covid-19 experience
Laura, her husband and three children, all signed Covid-19. Laura shares how unprepared she was for what Covid-19 did to her; it was so draining of her energy that even the simplest task of getting one of her children to bed turned into an exhausting ordeal.
Laura wasn't one of those lucky enough to present and suffer from just mild Covid-19 infection. Laura went through three very difficult and unforgettable weeks.
At this stage of the podcast, Laura repeated that she had given herself a gift by losing weight. Regarding Codivd-19, that gift was that she removed a load from her body (the weight) and inadvertently gave herself a much better chance of dealing with Covid-19.
Laura's family has a history of breast cancer. When she found a lump, she went to her family doctor, who immediately referred Laura for a mammogram, the results of which were no immediate cause for concern.
A message from Laura:
“If you are listening, please see your GP. Don't postpone it. They are open and relate when necessary. "
At the subsequent meeting at the hospital to review the results of her mammograms, Laura met two doctors independently and said she had "experienced something remarkable". Previously, doctors had congratulated her on the birth of each of her three children, but here were two doctors congratulating her on her 4 stone weight loss.
The importance of these positive comments reaffirmed what Laura already knew; Losing weight is a great thing for your body. Laura thinks she wouldn't have found the lump if she hadn't taken off.
For more information on breast cancer awareness, see this HSE resource.
Laura's new business
Laura's journey, weight loss, Covid-19 and health experiences all had a significant impact on her confidence to start her own business.
Laura is passionate about reuse and recycling. With three young children, she often noticed how many new clothes she was buying or receiving as gifts. She further remarked, this time to her husband on one of her regular walks, what if she stopped buying new clothes and maybe tried to buy some beautiful used and beloved children's clothes.
She hit the road and started researching all of the options online and in her wider community. As she found out, there was no shortage of options and when Laura bought clothes this way, she was comforted by the fact that she was not contributing to the creation of new textiles.
The focus of their mission was protecting the environment: they no longer contributed to so-called "fast fashion" or "micro fashion", where retailers regularly have new lines in stock, so there is a lot of pressure to turn inventory, which is aggressive pricing equals. This is the core of leisure shopping – in this case, buying products and children's clothing, as it is an affordable and enjoyable experience. There are no emotions invested in thinking about the environment.
Laura felt the excitement of doing a little more than just hopping on and off various websites to buy beloved clothes. She knew she was doing something positive in her little way, but she wanted to do more but wasn't entirely sure what that thing was.
On another walk with her husband, Laura brought up the issue again, telling him that she wished there was only one place to buy these beloved clothes for her children. She jumped from place to place and it was time consuming. Her husband let the conversation hang, and Laura filled that vacuum by suggesting they start a business and website that would do just that – a one-stop shop for beloved clothing for all of your children.
Laura ponders how her husband let her make this significant proposition as he felt it was obvious what the solution was, but if it had to come from Laura so she could take responsibility for it.
As Laura said, it was a lightbulb moment, but she couldn't guess as much as she believed in it. Laura has already crossed paths with the amazing and helpful Samantha Kelly, aka the tweeting goddess and founder of the Women's Inspire Network.
With Samantha's advice and extensive network reach, this proved critical to primary market research.
Laura generated over 500 detailed market research responses. To put this in perspective, Samantha noted before sending the market research query that they typically generate around 100 responses. This showed that there was real interest out there and the feedback helped guide Laura to the next step – starting a new business.
Laura has registered her new company LovelyThings.ie and when I asked her why she calls it Lovely Things, her answer was succinctly beautiful, "because we sell this."
LovelyThings.ie will officially launch on March 18th. This is also the Global Recycling Day.
While Laura acknowledges her husband's support and all the contacts and insights through the Women & # 39; s Inspire Network, she uses her trust to make her dream come true and carry out the motivational program. She saw the new found trust as a gift and that came about through the use of the motivational tools and one to one private sessions with her weight loss advisors.
Let's not forget that Laura also lost over 4 stones in the process.
To top off this post, I want to tell Laura how grateful I am for sharing her story with me. Like all of our other clients who have participated in our podcast series, it takes courage to do so. However, in doing so, they show how you can change your life in so many positive and rewarding ways.
I just called the podcast "The Laura Grant Story", but it's much more than that. Listen to it and you will find out why.
Laura Grant began her life changing journey by clicking on a link like this one.