Conquer Weight Issues . . . by the Numbers

If you’re like most people, you spend a good portion of time and energy thinking about your weight – bludgeoning yourself about your body’s shape and size to the point of exhaustion.

Here’s a break-down of how to think about weight and body image issues, by Life Path number. Understand that your Life Path number offers you an over-arching view about your purpose in life and also points to many of the tendencies and obstacles you might face over and over again.

If you don’t know your Life Path number, click here to calculate.

One Life Path:

The One Life Path is here to be a leader – to key into your sense of drive, individuality, achievement, creativity, confidence, and innovation. Yet understand that what we’re here to accomplish is always going be the most difficult thing for us to do. So when you see your key themes (leadership, for example), know that you’ll experience significant issues with these very themes throughout your life.

Here are a few scenarios about how you might go about self-care and working with your body image:

  • You understand that you have a reservoir of creative energy coarsing through you all the time, so you need plenty of exercise to move all that energy around. You love to mix it up, because you know you get bored easily. Racquetball. Water polo. The weight room. A hike. You have made your workouts a habitual part of your everyday routine and you feel “off” if you don’t get your sweat on at least four times a week.
  • You innately understand that food is fuel and since you’re a creative powerhouse and don’t let the grass grow under your feet, you’re focused on fueling your body in a way that keeps you feeling and looking tip-top. You feel confident in yourself and that’s reflected in the way you look – from a personality-reflective wardrobe to a spiffy haircut.
  • You’re a master at preventative care. You understand that you can live a pretty stress-filled life (by anyone’s standards) and so you counteract that with stress-reducing activities – from yoga and meditation to therapy and massage.

POTENTIAL ROAD BLOCKS:

  • You’ve struggled with the over-consumption of alcohol and realize that you use it to opt out of emotional situations or to quiet down your ever active brain. You’ve decided that you can’t even have one drink because it always leads to six.
  • You care about your appearance and are a bit of a fanatic about your eating habits. You might be a vegan. Or all organic. Paleo. Gluten free. Yet sometimes you use your dietary restrictions to control other people or situations.
  • You’re your own worst critic. Every time you look in the mirror, you see every imagined flaw and you hammer yourself about it. You’ve been beaten down by the world and so figure “what’s the use?” You use food to numb yourself out, so you struggle with belly-fat and toxic emotional outbursts.

Two Life Path:

The Two Life Path is here to be a mediator – to master a sense of harmony, cooperation, balance, diplomacy, and love. Yet understand that what we’re here to accomplish is always going be the most difficult thing for us to do. So when you see your key themes (diplomacy, for example), know that you’ll experience significant issues with these very themes throughout your life.

Here are a few scenarios about how you might go about self-care and working with your body image:

  • You understand that you are highly emotionally sensitive, so you’ve learned the fine art of healthy emotional detachment. You know that you’re at your best when you’re helping others, yet you’re able to act on this with moderation and with a strong sense of self-identity.
  • You’ve learned that you’ve often used food for emotional comfort and so you know when you’re feeling triggered (and are heading for the fifth chocolate chip cookie!) and instead stop yourself and turn to something else that will provide you with the same warm-and-fuzzy feeling as that cookie – like a warm bubble bath or a chat with a friend.
  • You know that you feel less stress and more vital when you enjoy regular exercise. You also know that group exercise keeps you motivated and committed, so you’ve signed on for step, dance, or Zumba class at the gym and are devoted to going every week.

POTENTIAL ROAD BLOCKS:

  • Since you care so much about what other people think of you, it’s easy to fall into unhealthy routines because you feel emotionally raw and vulnerable and food fills the void. If you’re operating with the “flipside” of your Life Path calling, you can resort to responding to the world in a childish manner, so much so that you don’t take your own self-care seriously.
  • If you’re a Master Number 11/2 in particular, you often struggle with addictions at certain points in your life – from cigarette smoking to drug and alcohol use.
  • You can suffer from ailments having to do with the heart and with digestion – stemming from working so intensely with the emotions.

Three Life Path:

The Three Life Path is here to be a communicator – to key into your sense of creative self-expression, emotional sensitivity, creativity, joy, and performance. Yet understand that what we’re here to accomplish is always going be the most difficult thing for us to do. So when you see your key themes (emotional sensitivity, for example), know that you’ll experience significant issues with these very themes throughout your life.

Here are a few scenarios about how you might go about self-care and working with your body image:

  • You understand that part of your daily routine has to include exercise, because it’s the ultimate stress reducer and emotions-buster for you. You’ve designed your day to start out with exercise of some kind – whether it’s yoga, walking, or Shaun T’s “Insanity.”
  • You’re such a master or mistress of grace, good humor, and joy that you can’t help but take great care of your “castle,” which is your physical body. You understand that in order to present yourself in an effective way to the world, you’re physical vehicle needs to be in tip-top condition.
  • You love learning about healthy cooking and about alternative health care. It’s important to you to take good care of yourself while also extending your care to others.

POTENTIAL ROAD BLOCKS:

  • You’ve often come from a family with some addictions, so you might also fall into certain addictions until you can understand their genesis. This can be food, alcohol, drugs, and/or emotional abuse. You can be the ultimate people pleaser at the expense of your own health and well being.
  • You can be a champion at emotional eating. Since you’re here to learn how to express your emotions in a healthy and constructive way, this can pose challenges for you throughout your life.
  • Self-critic, thy name is the Three Life Path. Self-deprecation can be the name of your game. You can have issues with control – like OCD, anxiety disorder or other issues based in repressed or unexpressed emotions.

Four Life Path:

The Four Life Path is here to be a teacher – to key into your sense of process, stability, hard work, security, systems building, and mastering limitations. Yet understand that what we’re here to accomplish is always going be the most difficult thing for us to do. So when you see your key themes (hard work, for example), know that you’ll experience significant issues with these very themes throughout your life.

Here are a few scenarios about how you might go about self-care and working with your body image:

  • You love getting your feet in the dirt and enjoy anything that has to do with the outdoors; gardening, hiking, bird-watching, walking the dog.
  • You have a sturdy constitution and know that remaining supple and flexible is mandatory. You do daily stretches, yoga, or other forms of exercise that promote physical flexibility.
  • You understand that you require a lighter diet because you can often gain weight just by thinking about food! You thrive with self-discipline.

POTENTIAL ROAD BLOCKS:

  • Since your Life Path is involved with dealing with – and often overcoming – limitations of all kinds, you can get worn down with the slow and steady pace that is required of you. Sometimes it feels that you never catch a break.
  • Since you thrive with routine, organization, and a sense of measured process, you can become too comfortable in routine and settle for being over weight out or out of shape out of default. You can use the excuse that you just don’t have time for it because you’re working so hard.
  • One of the challenges of the Four Life Path is learning the lessons of discipline, so the discipline and consistency it takes to act upon a balanced diet and exercise regime can baffle you.

Five Life Path:

The Five Life Path is here to be a freedom seeker – to key into your sense of the constructive use of freedom, fearlessness, adventure, fun, and versatility. Yet understand that what we’re here to accomplish is always going be the most difficult thing for us to do. So when you see your key themes (fearlessness, for example), know that you’ll experience significant issues with these very themes throughout your life.

Here are a few scenarios about how you might go about self-care and working with your body image:

  • You innately understand that your entire being benefits from a rigorous and consistent exercise plan. You’re so full of life and energy, you must have the physical release and training of the muscles – and the more fun the routine the better! Dance, cross-fit, jogging on the beach. You love to shake it up.
  • You’re an incredibly sensual human being. Your Five Life Path is all about the senses; about the tactile, sensual nature of the physical world. You of all the numbers know how to look and feel good.
  • Since your life is centered around the sensual pleasures, cooking delicious and healthy food is a must. You bask in the aroma, textures, and taste of beautifully cooked meals.

POTENTIAL ROAD BLOCKS:

  • Since your life’s work is to figure out the constructive use of freedom through self-discipline, you can be a champion of excess. You most likely struggle with some form of addiction – food, drugs, sex, work. This can show up as overeating and over indulging or under eating and attempting control through unhealthy dietary restrictions.
  • Given your life is all about exploring the senses, you can become fearful and over-exacting about about your appearance.
  • You can often struggle with fear, so that can affect your over-all body image and mental well-being. You can be challenged with anxiety and other fear-based responses that control your sense of yourself.

Six Life Path:

The Six Life Path is here to be a nurturer – to key into your sense of responsibility, visionary capabilities, justice, beauty, and acceptance. Yet understand that what we’re here to accomplish is always going be the most difficult thing for us to do. So when you see your key themes (responsibility, for example), know that you’ll experience significant issues with these very themes throughout your life.

Here are a few scenarios about how you might go about self-care and working with your body image:

  • You have an innate sense of beauty and so you cultivate it both in yourself and in your surroundings.
  • You have a balanced sense of responsibility for yourself and for others, so you’re naturally curious about healthy cooking, preventative care, and a holistic approach to self care and in extension, the care you give to your loved ones.
  • You put time aside each day for yourself, despite the fact that there are so many other people who count on you. You devote time to physical exercise, to reading and learning new things, and to spending quality time with friends outside of your family circle.

POTENTIAL ROAD BLOCKS:

  • Since your Six Life Path is focused on learning a balanced sense of responsibility, you feel as though you carry the world on your shoulders and don’t have one extra second to spend on yourself.
  • You tip the scales toward martyrdom as you blame the fact that you have to take care of everyone else first before you can possibly even consider giving anything to yourself. Or on the opposite end, you feel entitled to do whatever you want whenever you want to – without regard for those for whom you’re responsible.
  • You’re sense of perfectionism keeps you from ever being fully satisfied by what’s looking back at you from the mirror. It’s never quite good enough and you can find flaws in yourself that no one else could ever possibly fathom.

Seven Life Path:

The Seven Life Path is here to be a seeker – to key into your sense of trust, openness, spirituality, analysis, and intuition. Yet understand that what we’re here to accomplish is always going be the most difficult thing for us to do. So when you see your key themes (trust, for example), know that you’ll experience significant issues with these very themes throughout your life.

Here are a few scenarios about how you might go about self-care and working with your body image:

  • You love getting up to meet the sun and take a long hike, a jog, or head to the gym. You find that you’re able to make your exercise time double as meditative time, which is vital for your physical and mental health.
  • You’re always investigating new recipes, new super foods, and trying them out to see how you feel. You get a charge out of constantly trying new restaurants and new recipes.
  • You know you innately thrive with some unplugged time. You make sure to schedule time to yourself in your calendar every week, whether it’s sitting on the meditation cushion, zoning out for a while at the TV or computer screen, or doing a creative project.

POTENTIAL ROAD BLOCKS:

  • Since you’re constantly seeking answers to life’s big, small (and medium) questions, you can become more of a skeptic than an open hearted “go-with-the-flow” kind of person. You’re also here to get to know yourself on a deep-down core level. That takes some doing! So if you’re a bit off track, you can opt for numbing the world out with alcohol, drugs, or any addiction that takes you away from the real issue at hand – which is “Who am I and why am I here?”
  • You can use food to stuff down your feelings.
  • You can go in and out of your commitment to self-care. One week it’s exercise every day, eight glasses of water a day, getting to bed on time, eating balanced meals. The next week – not.

Eight Life Path:

The Eight Life Path is here to be an influential money manager – to key into your sense of financial abundance, power, control, and authority. Yet understand that what we’re here to accomplish is always going be the most difficult thing for us to do. So when you see your key themes (authority, for example), know that you’ll experience significant issues with these very themes throughout your life.

Here are a few scenarios about how you might go about self-care and working with your body image:

  • You love the mastery it takes to groom yourself from the inside out. Looking great and as if you’re on top of the world is important to you, so you make it a habit to take care of yourself.
  • You know that you’re a hard-driving guy or gal, so relaxation is at the top of your list of “musts.” You thrive with a good sweat – from long walks, time at the gym, or your weekly dance group.
  • You enjoy the finer things in life, so good food is a priority. You have the finger on the pulse of your all-around health because you can’t afford to be sick or out of commission, therefore you’re up on prevention and invest in stress-reducing self care.

POTENTIAL ROAD BLOCKS:

  • Since your life’s purpose revolves around mastering the art of money, power, and authority (just to name a few key themes), this is an intense journey for you that can often kick you to the curb. How does this effect your sense of yourself and your body image? If you’re on the destructive end of your life path purpose, you can be impoverished and not have enough money to take care of the basics, let alone what it takes to truly care for yourself. You can be in survival mode and so all self-care beyond that is an impossibility.
  • You’ve got a hard-driving nature, so stress can get the better of you. That can manifest as addictions – to sex, alcohol, over-work, drugs, erratic behavior – you name it.
  • If you’re on the other end of the Eight Life Path, you are meandering along without a rudder and probably don’t really care about your appearance nor your health – until health problems emerge.

Nine Life Path:

The Nine Life Path is here to be a humanitarian – to key into your sense of creativity, integrity, wisdom, and spirituality. Yet understand that what we’re here to accomplish is always going be the most difficult thing for us to do. So when you see your key themes (letting go, for example), know that you’ll experience significant issues with these very themes throughout your life.

Here are a few scenarios about how you might go about self-care and working with your body image:

  • You have a “go for it” mentality and so physical exercise is just part of who you are. You love all kinds of physical exercise, from kayaking to surfing to working out at the gym and you are consistent because you know that you feel so much better with physical exercise.
  • You know that you need consistent fuel to keep your motor running smoothly, so you feed your body nourishing food and enjoy sharing it with others.
  • You enjoy being involved with other people, so you’re great at healthy socializing.

POTENTIAL ROAD BLOCKS:

  • Since your life’s purpose involves helping others in whatever form you choose, you can be overly involved with giving and not give yourself the same attention. This can result in denying your own physical and mental needs to the point of over or under weight, unhealthy eating habits, poor exercise habits, etc.
  • If you’re being challenged with your life path purpose, you can retreat into a haven that you create out of bitterness and resentment – about the world and about those in your life.
  • Since you’re here to learn the lessons of letting go, you often feel the compulsion to hang on to things – and this can manifest in many ways. You can attempt to hang on to physical stuff, to old experiences and emotions, to any number of things in your life.

I don’t know about you, yet I’m at the stage in my life where proper care and maintenance is taking a front seat! The truth is – it takes routine, commitment and hard-freaking-work to keep ourselves tuned up and in an optimal state of being. If we think about body image and how to create our healthiest selves, we can break it down to something as simple as this, no matter what your number:

  1. Eat moderately and mindfully.
  2. Exercise and shake your groove thing daily (preferably with sweat involved)
  3. Clean up your thoughts
  4. Engage in relationships with healthy detachment.
  5. Act on your sense of purpose and enjoy the ride.