Monday, December 06, 2010
"Tip the Scales in Your Favor" is a 3 day workshop offered at Duke Integrative Medicine in Durham, NC. I participated this summer and found it extremely useful.
There is the opportunity to practice "mindful eating" (as featured on RUBY), lots of interesting education on nutrition , and daily movement options (we did Yoga, Nia and Zumba). I'd highly recommend it if you have the opportunity and interest.
The next session is being offered in January and might be helpful for someone wanting to start the new year off with more tools for success.
It is featured in Prevention magazine December 2010.
The website for registering and more information is
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
It's hard to let go of old habits. And even harder to let go of old roles.
Especially when it comes to parent - child roles. Even more when you've had a critical parent.
Don't get me wrong - we can love someone without reservation,
and they can STILL step on our last nerve.
So I'm at Mom's, and waiting for her to come home so we can go out to dinner. Some two hours later (!) she gets home and the third friend we plan to eat with has already had a snack and can't go for another hour. Okay...
So we reach the restaurant, and I order the take home box WITH the meal, and immediately divide more than half of the plate into the container. Water for drink (those of you who have been down South understand the phenomenon known as "Sweet Tay." Diabetes inducing with more teaspoons of sugar than your average soda...)
So we get home... and she falls asleep watching a movie I brought.
Then I remember I'd put a diet Dr. Pepper into the ice container in the freezer, and go to pull it out before it bursts all over the inside of the freezer.
That's when it happens... She says, "Are you eating AGAIN?"
Never mind that I've made "great" strides in my weight loss efforts this year.
Never mind that I've completed a half marathon.
Never mind that I only had one meal, waiting most of the day for her, and didn't even eat all of that.
Never mind that I didn't go into the refrigerator FOR anything, just to prevent a problem and a clean-up.
So as harsh as it may seem, I had to stand up for myself.
I told my mother I did NOT appreciate her monitoring my food intake, nor making assumptions - I was NOT eating and I hadn't even been able to eat normally that day, waiting for her.
At any rate, I'm home now... and will be back on MY schedule.
And I will continue to practice good habits, continue to lose the excess pounds, and ultimately replace that critical parent voice in my head with loving affirmations.
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Sure, you have to be in the right mental frame of mind, but last night when Mom asked me to pick up some OJ, I went to the convenience store and right beside the refrigerated items were the shelves of processed foods, including (gasp!) cookies! I looked at them, walked away, walked back, and then remembered the little bracelet on my wrist reminding me I "just needed to get to the next 10 lb loss mark." And I walked out of the store victorious and cookie-less!
So thanks Dr. Oz for helping me have a visible reminder of my willpower, and to keep the short term goals in mind. Step by step, we can reach our goals. It's one decision at a time.
Since so many people have asked - go back to the Nov. 16 and 17 blogs for more information on how to order your OWN "Just 10" bracelet! Thanks, Dr. Oz & Zappo's!
Saturday, November 27, 2010
(FYI - this blog is mostly for the SparkPoints... but I DO love my Tar Heel basketball!)
The boosters for the UNC Women's Basketball team are Team Tempo. Jessica Breland, one of the stars, is playing again after undergoing chemotherapy for lymphoma. She has started a fund for kids with cancer, The Comeback Kids. T-shirts are available as part of the fundraiser.
Here's to all those who treat cancer, to those who are diagnosed, to those who survive to thrive, and those who leave us too soon but are forever in our hearts.
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