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Who's Your Best Friend? Another conversation between LB School Marm and RB Wild Child

Thursday, August 16, 2012

So - I was 3 pounds from my goal and what did I do but think and talk myself into failure - and gain a pound. I made a half hearted effort last week and dropped half a pound on Tuesday - but no sooner did I weigh in (well - a little later anyway) but I go to the frozen yogurt store and ... well, they only have one size cup and it looks like a pint to me. And I split cake with my little visiting cousins at their favorite restaurant yesterday.

As Strother Martin said in Cool Hand Luke "What we have here is a failure to communicate "
Only, the lack of communication is between my goal setting, list making, do-it-cause-it's-good-for-you left brain school marm and my touchy, feely, you-can't-make-me right brain wild child.

RB "Frozen Yogurt! Just what I wanted!!"

LB "WHAT! You have to be joking - we're 3.6 lbs away from goal - and half an inch shorter than the last time we were there!!"

RB "Frozen Yogurt! Just what I wanted!"

LB "STOP STOP STOP. Are you crazy? Goal won't even be good enough. Stop! Don't turn left!"

RB "Frozen Yogurt! Just what I wanted!"

LB "No. No. Bad Girl. Bad Bad Wild Child. Don't you want to be strong and fit and slim and wear pretty clothes and besides it's the RULE and you have to log it and you are ruining everything!"

RB "Frozen Yogurt! Just what I wanted!"

Hmmm. Sounds like the script from a Max and Ruby picture book.

Time for a new dialogue:

LB "So, honey, we're almost at goal? What can I do to help you stay on the plan so we can reach that goal in the next 2 weeks?"

RB "Let me draw tomorrow morning instead of getting on the internet"

LB "Oh. okay. I thought you liked getting on the internet in the morning"

RB "Not when it keeps me from drawing. I want to draw more"

LB "well, honey, I'm sorry. I will let you draw tomorrow morning."


LB "And you will stay within your points/callories for two weeks?"

RB "No. but I will for today."

LB "hmmm. Sounds fair. What about tomorrow - and the weekend?"

RB "Ask me tomorrow - and on the weekend"

LB "Oh. Hmm. Well. But I like to be prepared ....."

RB "Well I can't predict the future. I can only tell you how I feel right now."

LB "I see. At least I think I do. You know tomorrow there is going to be FOOD"

RB "Yeah. So? there's food every day. You told me that."

LB "Touche - I did. Okay ... any thoughts about tomorrow?"

RB "I don't know. You're the planner and list maker and task ticker offer .... "

LB "Okay - how about this plan ... NOT written in stone, you know - but as a possible way to handle tomorrow ..... at a FOOD event - how about only drink water, only eat fruits and vegetables and take one bread savory and one sweet?"

RB "It sounds alright but you better talk to me tomorrow to be sure."

LB "Will Do - in fact - I'll check in with you EVERY morning till we reach goal"

RB "thanks! I'd like that. You know - I really am a nice person and I have good ideas too."

LB "Yes. You are - Much better ideas than 'Frozen Yogurt!" LOL"

RB "LOL! Yes. I do have other ideas besides 'Frozen Yogurt!" Ask me about them and I'll share.

Your best friend really ought to be yourself.
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    All of us need to retrain our inner dialogue. I always picture the proverbial angel on one shoulder and the devil on the other. LOL!

    Great blog!
    2039 days ago
  • SHEILA1505
    I think your LB needs to come and talk to me!
    2042 days ago
    What a conversation and you did turn it around. It
    makes sense to put it in more positive terms and
    reason with yourself. The wild child is still there
    but willing to try. Take your best friend for a walk
    and see how you feel. I think you will feel awesome.
    HUGS to both of you!
    2042 days ago
    I know that is feels like a roller coaster sometimes I have those feelings myself. Sometimes it is hard just picking the kids up from school to many temptations on the way. emoticon
    2042 days ago
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