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I wanted to share something I read on one a blog I read occasionally. Reading this gave me a few chills and a sense of strength going in to the weekend. I hope it will do the same for you.

From Escape from Obesity:

When I am bored, eating is easier than finding something productive to do.

When I am tired, eating is easier than forcing myself to keep working or convincing myself to take a nap.

When I am angry, eating is easier than feeling those unpleasant feelings.

When I am sad, eating is easier than crying real tears.

When I am scared, eating is easier than facing my fears or screaming into my pillow because I don’t have an answer.

When I am rejected, eating is easier than feeling the loneliness.

When I am frustrated, eating is easier than finding a solution.

Eating is easier than really living. But do you really want a life shrouded and numbed by food?

Do you really?

Is it REALLY easier? Not in the long run.

Sitting is harder than running, when you are unable to join your little ones in play.

Riding is harder than walking, when you have lost your mobility due to your weight.

Lying on the couch is harder than taking the stairs, when your children are going to bed each night without kisses.

Eating is harder than dealing with life, when you realize your days are limited and you’ve wasted them focused on food.

In ten, twenty, thirty years, where will you be if you take the easy way? Will your life be easier then?

Losing weight is hard. Being fat is hard. Maintaining is hard.

Choose your hard.

The scale has NOT been friendly lately and I only have myself to blame. Vacation, weddings, trying a new weight loss method, etc. did not treat me nicely. Or, should I say, I did not treat me nicely…

I have admitted defeat and come happily back to the one thing that I know works: Weight Watchers. But, having been a WW member for what feels like eternity, I get bored. So, I’m on a mission to try new things, attempt new recipes, and be inventive. No more same-old-same-old.

On that note, I present you with my take on two new-to-me products.

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A few weeks back I was feeling snack-y at work and was completely unprepared. Typically, I keep plenty of waist-friendly food around for occasions just like this one. But on the snack-y day in question, my cabinet-o-food was sadly empty. Fortunately, my wonderful friend and co-worker is also calorie-conscious and had something to offer me: and Atkins snack bar.

I was skeptical. I don’t believe in the Atkins diet and so I’m not prone to partake in Dr. Atkins’ products. But I was in a pinch. So, I accepted the bar and munched away.
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I am slightly embarrassed to admit, that the McKenna program is not going to be my weight loss solution. I was hopeful that his common sense rules were the answer to my food issues, but unfortunately my relationship with food cannot be reprogrammed so easily.

I think Paul McKenna is a smart guy who definitely makes some incredibly valid points. The problem is that just saying “eat when hungry; stop when full” is so much easier than doing it. If it were really so simple as listening to my body, I would have conquered this life-long struggle with weight, food, and body-image a long time ago. For me, my eating habits go much deeper than any four rules can reach. So, sadly, I have not been reprogrammed by trying Mr. McKenna’s program. In fact, I’m a few pounds heavier than I was when I started.

But, trying his approach was not a total loss. I have become much more aware of my eating speed. I’ve slowed down my eating and have started being a much more conscious eater. A few weeks ago, I was on a work trip and eating out a lot. By thinking only about tasting and enjoying the food and stopping when full, I was able to get through a week of uncontrolled food situations without doing any real damage. I think that his four rules might be a perfect go-to for vacations or work travel. When I’m on the move, and not feeling overly snack-y and when I don’t have the ability to pack or plan as much as I’d like, simply eating more slowy and really focusing on stopping when full could save me some serious food anxiety. But, unfortunately I am not controlled enough to practice it daily.

So, as I noted at the start of this post, I am a bit ashamed that I am not disciplined or strong-willed enough to just stop eating when I’m full. But leaving a few bites of something delicious behind just because I’m not hungry any more is so much more challenging than it sounds.

What now?

Clearly I know myself better than any book does. When I posted a few weeks ago that I was trying the Paul McKenna plan, I noted that “Part of me thinks that two months from now, I’ll be blogging and telling you that I’m going to go back to Weight Watchers. I wouldn’t be all that surprised.” Well, I didn’t even make it two months. I made it just about a month. So one month later, 5 pound heavier, and only a little more self-aware, I’m back to my trusty point counting. I do get lethargic with the Weight Watchers program but I know that I can live a healthy lifestyle and lose weight when I follow the program. It is the only thing that has worked for me in the long term. And I always feel best about myself when I’m on track with the double-W.

At the beginning of the month, when I was starting with the McKenna approach I also said: “…for now, I want to try to learn something about myself. I want to see if I can teach myself to be comfortable around food. If this works, it may be my escape from some serious food-anxiety… I’ll share my experiences here and be open about how I am feeling. It’s worth a shot.” I did learn something about myself and I am being open about what I’ve learned. For those reasons, I am OK with getting slightly off-track. Life is a learning process. And weight loss is a journey. I guess I just took a detour. So, while I haven’t been re-programed, I am coming back to Weight Watchers with a new attitude and feeling refreshed.

This video posted on OhSheGlows.com has really made me think about our culture and my self image. Please watch it and let me know how it makes you feel.

Over the past month or so, I have really been struggling with my self worth and with food issues. I find that the more pressure I put on myself to lose weight for a particular event, the more I struggle to actually do it. I used to think that having an event to be motivated for, helped me to stick to a plan and accomplish a goal. In fact, that has worked for me in the past. But, lately, the more I try to stick to a point value or eat X,Y, or Z, the more I find myself choosing to do the opposite.

My recent scenario was around a trip I just took. My husband and I planned a trip to the Caribbean about three months ago. When we booked the trip I thought, “Great! I have three months to lose the 10 pounds that have been bothering me.” And, as the trip got closer, I didn’t get any closer to my goal. The thought then became, “It’s OK, I still have two months until I have to wear a bathing suit.” Then, “This will be my last indulgence before I really put my all into it to lose these pounds since my trip is in one month”…

Before I knew it, it was time to go on vacation and instead of losing the 10 pounds I wanted to get off, I was actually 3 pounds heavier than when we first booked the trip. So, what now? Crazy workouts? Starvation? Back to Weight Watcher meetings?

No! Not this time. Keep Reading…

Still Alive

Posted on: July 2, 2010

If I have any readers left, I want you all to know I’m still alive. I’ve been catching up from a week off of work. Not only have I been catching up with work, but I’ve been doing some self-discovery and self-help reading. Next week I will have some insights to share.

Stay tuned…


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Fictional girl singing group, Hot Sundae, sang "Put your mind to it, go for it, get down and break a sweat!"

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