Take a look at the picture. Can you relate to the man sitting on the bench? I can and I'm sure you can too. One of my Spark Mates posted on how Thanksgiving went for her and said family members were watching her to see what she ate and how much. We all know people like that. I call them buzzards because like a group of vultures they're just waiting for dieters to eat something sweet, salty or fattening to say "AHA! I knew she couldn't stay on that diet for very long!" I can't stand those people!
It's hard enough to stick to a program without outside negativity. It's as though they want to see us fail so that they can point fingers, laugh and put us down with negative comments.
During my days of "non-enlightment"(pre Spark period), I tried the Slim Fast plan(what a joke) and a buzzard co worker saw me eat a doughnut from the break room buffet table and announced to everyone, "See, I told y'all she couldn't do it! She's eating doughnuts!". She and several others found that amusing, I became discouraged and depressed, the can of Slim Fast was eventually thrown out, and I gave up based on the negative opinions of others.
How do we pluck the feathers from those buzzards?
1. Take the time to get a close up view of the circling buzzard-it needs some Spark as much as you do.
2. When the buzzard points a feather and says you can't do it, remember there are 3 feathers pointing back. Most of the time, buzzards know they need to and want to change their lifestyle but haven't mustered the courage, strength or determination to do so. To keep anyone else from changing they've got to discourage you from succeeding. I think vultures are very familiar with the quote by Booker T. Washington who said: "You can't hold a man down without staying down with him." DON'T LET THE BUZZARDS PULL YOU DOWN OR YOU MAY NEVER GET BACK UP!"
3. Just when the buzzard thinks it's dinner time, show life! Whatever no-no you're getting ready to devour, walk away from it! When the buzzards find out you're not ready to give up, they'll move on to other prey.
During the holiday season, we're going to be faced with parties and dinners where there won't always be healthy food choices and we'll have to do the best we can or stay away. I say "party on", be strong, courageous, and let your Spark shine through. We've read the articles, we've shared ideas and encouragement. Things that should keep the buzzards away. But if you're like me and never met mac and cheese or a pecan pie you didn't like, when the buzzards start commenting just tell them "I'm a Spark Person, I'm human therefore I error and I know I can get back on track tomorrow. I'm losing weight and making positive changes in my life." Then give them your sweetest Scarlett O'Hara smile and simply strut away. You've plucked that buzzard! Tail feathers and all!