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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Power Up!

Last week I couldn't stop eating.  I knew I couldn't stop eating but I tried to make the healthiest choices possible.  I ate a lot of fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, and some dairy.  At the meeting last night one of the new members asked me how my week was and I told her just that.  I ate practically non-stop and I knew I was eating a lot but I was hungry.
She looked and me and said, oh and you lost weight? 
I looked at her and I dead panned this nugget of wisdom to her.  Uh, no.  When you eat non-stop, even if it's healthy choices, you don't lose weight.
I gained 0.6 pounds last week.  I knew it wouldn't be a good weigh-in so I was actually a little relieved that it was only half a pound.

Another newbie at the meeting turned to me and said, I'd like to ask you something since you're kind of an expert at this.  Do you go out after the meeting and celebrate with a big meal?

Uh.  No.  If I did that just means that I have to work harder the rest of the week.  The goal is to lose the weight and you can't 'celebrate' every weigh-in because that comes every week.  If I'm going to celebrate something I want it to be big.  A promotion, birthday, or my bestie quitting her job.  You know, things like that!  I kept thinking about this, even after the meeting, and wondered if this woman had really thought about what she wants from this program.  I know, because I've done this before, that I have to continue living on this program for the rest of my life or I will gain all the weight back and probably more.  While I realize that celebrating weigh-in or giving yourself a break is a necessity it can't be a weekly necessity, at least not if you're doing it with food.  There are other ways to celebrate a good weigh-in though and I've utilized them.  Some suggestions that I've gotten:
  1. Get a massage
  2. Get a mani/pedi
  3. Buy new clothes
  4. See a movie
  5. Plan a weekend away doing something fun (I encourage a scrapbook retreat but that's just me)
The point is to celebrate but do it in a way where you can be healthy and continue with your journey. 

Anyway... the meeting started and it surprised me how much the new members had to offer.  It kind of cracked me up that they offer all this sage wisdom when they've been doing the program for one week.  And for the record, I realize that I'm kind of a jerk for being overly critical.

Our leader gave us a challenge for the week.  To have 10 meals of nothing but power foods, fruits, vegetables, lean proteins etc..  Can you do it?  I'm going to try.  I already had one.  Yeah me!

Our meeting location is having a 'Bring a Friend' special - anyone interested in joining our Fattie's Unite Tonight group?  Anyone?  Buehler?

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