LeftBrainSchoolMarm Well, good morning. That was pretty cool, weighing in at goal yesterday, wasn't it?
RightBrainWildChild Whew. Yeah. It was a close one.
LB No it wasn't. We were right on goal
RB Yeah - almost didn't make it.
LB No. We had 2 lbs of wiggle room that we didn't need
RB sure didn't feel that way. It felt like we had gotten Fat Fat Fat again.
LB I don't see why. We had actually dropped a pound and a half since Graves Mt. The numbers looked good
RB I don't know about numbers. I just know how I felt.
LB Oh. I see. So how do you feel today?
RB I feel like I'm sick of trying to lose weight. I want to quit.
LB WHAT?! what was all that about being 143 and losing it by June 14 and all that stuff you said last month?
RB I don't know about what I said. I'm the FEELING part of us. You're supposed to keep track of what we SAY.
LB Harumph. So now you want to quit on me already, huh?
RB I don't know what I want. I only know that I'm tired of worrying about What If I Gain Weight Again.
LB I understand that. It is scary. But I thought you'd feel safe at 143
RB I'm not sure we can even GET to 143. I don't even know how to feel safe at 150.
LB I wish you wouldn't obessess about numbers.
RB Can't help it. I'm the feeler in this relationship. I'm scared. and tired. and I want to eat ice cream.
LB I'm sorry you're scared. (reaching out) Here's a hug. And you know - we can eat ice cream.
RB (Snuggling) Yeah but I I don't want the low fat raspberry stuff. I wanted that Klondike Heath Bar and you only let me eat 1/4 of one.
LB Ahhh. You're still angry about that. But aren't you glad now? and even though it was good - it was awfully rich. don't you think it would have made us sick in our tummy?
RB Oh. Yeah. I remember. I did sort of feel funny in my tummy.
LB And I bet you're glad you didn't throw up or anything.
RB Yeah. I am glad.
LB but you know ... I think we should have sat down and really S A V O R E D that ice cream. Really made it a .... a PARTY. Then maybe you wouldn't have felt so ... sort of cheated.
RB OH! You understand! See, I knew you'd stop me. I knew I had to eat fast if I was going to eat any of it. So I gobbled up that ice cream so fast I didn't even feel like I had any fun with it.
LB I'm sorry. Not sorry we stopped eating that ice cream when we did - but sorry we didn't have any fun with it. The truth is, we can eat a 'treat' now and then - and still reach 143 lbs. and we don't have to reach 143 right now. We just have to be honest about what we're trying to achieve. So, how about we choose one day and that will be the day we have the SuperDecadentRich'n'Creamy treat? And we'll put it on the good china - like Aunt Mimi's Wedgwood desert plate. And get out the McLean silver spoon and use that. And all the rest of it.
RB (eye's wide and round) Ooooooooo Yeah
LB (smiling) Yeah. That does sound like fun, doesn't it?
RB Yeah. I'd love that.
LB And you could pick a different day each week if you want. We'll decide each Tuesday after weigh-in and then we'll have something to look forward to. I know you like the feeling of anticipation.
RB (grinning) I sure do.
LB So - let's get back to the question of whether we're At Goal or still Losing Weight? How do you feel now?
RB hmmm. I'm still unsure.
LB Dig deep. And remember - this is just a plan. A plan is like a map. We can use a different map and still get where we want to go. but you have to be honest about where you want to go.
RB Hmmmm. Well, see. When I look in the mirror with clothes on I'm so HAPPY. I LOVE how we look. I could dance all over the world. But when I look in the mirror without clothes on I am not so happy. I don't hate how we look, but I'm not HAPPY either. I'm just a little frustrated by the extra flesh.
LB You know - we're 60 now. We're going to have to be careful about our face getting even wrinklier if we get too thin.
RB I'm not talking about a teen age body. I just wish we weren't so fleshy on the front.
LB So do you want to keep losing weight?
RB I don't know. I'm so tired of it.
LB Of what? I think we're going to have to keep tracking and keep exercising and keep paying attention even if all we want to do is maintain.
RB Yeah I know that. I don't even mind doing that. I just wish we could add more food to the plate.
LB Are you walking around hungry?
RB No. I just sort of crave more
LB More ice cream?
RB More cheese.
LB Ahhhh. It's the VEGAN stuff isn't it.
RB Yeah. I think so. I don't want to do without cheese
LB Well, you know. We aren't really, now, are we.
RB Yeah but I hate not having permission to eat stuff - to do stuff. I feel BAD. I feel like a CHEATER
LB I agree. I don't like it either. Alright. It is official. We are not VEGAN any more. We are people who eat a MOSTLY plant based diet. We have ADDED tons of vegetables to our life. We are not restricting dairy any more. and we are STILL GOOD
RB LOL I love that!
LB Goodness by fiat!
RB ROFL Yeah. We are Good, we are Good we are Good!
LB We are Good! Now. What do you, my Good Right Brain Wild Child, want to do the month of May. Do you want to lose weight or stay at 150?
RB I want to lose 2 lbs.
LB. Done. Can you tell me why?
RB Yeah. If we lose 2 lbs we won't have to struggle too hard. We'll mostly be getting used to the size we are. We won't have to change too much. There will be room for some fun eating. BUT it'll be safer and I won't be so scared to go weigh in that first Tuesday in June.
LB Wow. those are really good reasons. Okay then - the goal is 148. The plan is this.
1. Track - and eat all the calories in the weight loss category
2. Exercise like we already do - and get in those push-ups. Va Beach - here we come!
3. Drink more water - you know we're slacking on this and it doesn't feel good ... and let's cut back on those durn sodas.
4. One Decadent Treat a week - no more than 300 calories. Pick the day of the treat on Tuesdays and pick the treat whenever you want to. And those calories can come out of our exercise collumn. They are EXTRA.
5. Tell me if you have any trouble with this plan
RB (Grinning) Oh yeah. I like this plan.
RB and we can wear our new shoes today?
LB Love ya
RB Love ya back.
And here is a shot of Left Foot admiring Right Foot in the New Shoes