OOLALA53's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=OOLALA53 OOLALA53's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ divorcing the marriage to eating approval http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6275753 Ladies, a rant is coming. It may not support your efforts but I don't know how to warn you in advance, yet I think in the end, at least for me, it will actually help. <BR> <BR> Okay, here it is. I am sick and tired of any influences that tell me I am better, more loving, more respectful of myself, or anything else that implies that I should feel shame if I don't meet an eating plan or weigh a certain amount or have a certain body. That is all MADE UP and usually comes from someone who I gue... Sat, 3 Dec 2016 12:02:34 EST calorie estimating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6198858 Those who know me know that I have not recorded calories for years. I had done it, as well as other ways of "counting" food. Years ago, I pretty much left it officially behind, though I was aware of a general sense of what the basics are. Of course, no one can tell about restaurant food unless they tell you, but I've usually tried to err on the side of less than I would normally eat of the dense foods when I was preparing it myself. <BR> <BR> For various reasons I won't go into, I've been e... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 19:42:39 EST POSSIBLE help preventing Alzheimer's http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090526 I'm not claiming that this is the definitive word on diet to prevent Alzheimers, but it did catch my attention, and seemed doable. <BR> <BR> It's the MIND diet (see below), as Missusriverrat mentioned in response to my last blog. I already do a lot of the "right" things, but did eat some of the five "bad" foods sometimes over, even way over, the recommendations. I'm not 100% committed, but I've gotten fast food only once since I read about it, and I used to have it a several times a week, w... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:08:30 EST eating for a health issue http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6088214 Changing my health was never a real, true motivation for me in my old attempts to change my eating habits. Oh, when I was a lot younger, I paid lip service to it all being about health, but it wasn't, or I wouldn't have fudged so much. Even at my heaviest, my blood pressure, cholestoral, triglycerides, and glucose, etc., readings were very good. I didn't really believe my weight was going to make a difference in my longevity. And I wasn't willing to completely cut out or way, way reduce how ... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 02:30:11 EST OCD, etc., and compulsive eating: my take (again) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6064825 Whatever people call it, the addictive voice, the Feast Beast, a personal name, etc., all overeaters get thoughts that tell them it's okay for a multitude of reasons to overeat and subconsciously makes them feel really antsy if they don't. It will say anything, mostly lies. That's why it can feel so excruciating not to give in. It's a neurological pattern that compels the body to repeat the eating behavior for a multitude of reasons. (Emotions, nutritional deficits, and previous dieting are N... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 11:30:04 EST part of the eating picture http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6050820 Anyone who knows me knows that I do not believe you have to have all your emotional ducks in a row in order to manage eating effectively, but in browsing the net, I ran across a list on Laurel Mellin's page. She targets six areas to deal with along the way. <BR> <BR> Weak Self-Nurturing <BR> Ineffective Limits <BR> Body Shame <BR> Poor Vitality <BR> Unbalanced Eating <BR> Stalled Living <BR> <link>www.everydiet.org/diet/the-solution </link> <BR> <BR> It can seem overwhelming to have to... Mon, 21 Dec 2015 17:33:09 EST my meager take on weight loss surgery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6020488 Normally, I am not one to set much store by individual testimonials for nearly anything, as every wild program can have its successes even if the program actually results in overwhelming failure in the long run for most people. I play the odds. <BR> <BR> But someone asked me to write about my "experience" with weight loss surgery, meaning people I personally know who had it, which is only four, and only two of those do I see on a regular basis. <BR> <BR> One is a colleague, female, who ha... Sat, 24 Oct 2015 17:18:38 EST wisdom reinforced http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6001580 I'm feeling gratified right now because something that I've been recommending for quite awhile has been reinforced by dialectical behavior therapy for binge eaters. I tell my team members to be tough (firm, not harsh) on yourself before you binge but gentle afterwards. It seems that the fact that a person is expected NOT to binge but also have a plan for how to react if a binge occurs is the dialectical part. They seem mutually exclusive yet the combination ends up leading to greater complian... Mon, 21 Sep 2015 16:40:48 EST Latest Beck and eating plans for life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6000889 I'm going to quote a bit from Judith Beck's latest book, "The Diet Trap Solution." <BR> <BR> from p. 38 <BR> <BR> (beginning of quote)You absolutely need a reasonable, flexible, nutritious "diet" (quotation marks mine) if you want to escape your traps, lose weight, and maintain weight loss. You won't have long-term success with an unhealthy or OVERLY RESTRICTIVE diet. <BR> <BR> Why, you ask? If eating fewer calories than you burn is the basis of any weight-loss plan, why can't you just d... Sun, 20 Sep 2015 15:30:16 EST once more on failure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5999311 Now I know what people mean when they tell me not to be too hard on yourself. I don't want to destroy anyone's resolve but I have to say that I think a person can binge even while doing really well. What I mean is the binge is NOT proof that you aren't doing well. For 97% of people, food is really not the same as bona fide dangerous drugs in the sense that it takes A LOT of food to wreak the same havoc as other addictive drugs, so infractions are less dire. Yes, yes, I know we are trying to m... Thu, 17 Sep 2015 18:47:04 EST Days 17 and 18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5998200 Day 17. Learn to stop overeating. I guess I'll have to do this tomorrow. I'll buy a burrito tonight after my appointment and take more than I would usually eat for lunch at work. I usually have half a burrito at a meal. I'll add an extra quarter to my lunch. The hardest part will be throwing that away! I'm usually good at saving extras and incorporating them into my plan, not ending up noshing them away. I feel this has saved me a lot of money over the years! But it doesn't save anything if ... Tue, 15 Sep 2015 22:15:33 EST Days 13-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5998151 Day 13 Decrease hunger and cravings. It was recommended to skip a meal or snack and use alternate activities to divert, activities I listed. . Well, I have been doing something like that most of the time for over five years because I don't snack on weekdays. I know one day recently, I really wanted to eat dinner early. something I used to do in the beginning until I could increase my meal gaps. But I got called by a neighbor about a project we are doing and that diverted me. I can almost alwa... Tue, 15 Sep 2015 20:49:39 EST Beck days 8-12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5993815 I’ve gotten behind on this. I have some very busy times at work periodically and can get behind on online activities. I hope i can hang in there but I thought there would be more on the thread devoted to it and not so much separate blogs, but with this big a group…Good news is my eating has been mostly on plan, sitting and savoring. And I have all the groceries I need, though on my plan, I can opt to eat out. <BR> <BR> Day 8. I was supposed to Make Time for brief daily exercise, 30 min. 3x... Wed, 9 Sep 2015 00:56:03 EST Day 7 Beck: Organize your environment. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5990180 I really have no junk food in the house, even though there are no foods that are not on my diet because nothing is forbidden. I just have a small house with small kitchen and I avoid taking up a lot of room with foods I don't eat often. (But I did have some cupcakes in the freezer a few weeks ago and I did end up eating them even though I had told myself I would keep them for company. Rookie mistake! I can just buy a dessert when I actually entertain.) Of course, a person can overdo on good f... Thu, 3 Sep 2015 09:33:01 EST day 5 Beck reboot: eat slowly/mindfully &belated day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5988345 Woops! I knew this was the task but didn't read it. I was supposed to sit at "the" dining table for breakfast. Can't for lunch; I work! But I did sit to eat both times and I was alone both times. I am almost always alone when I eat. <BR> <BR> Because I eat so often alone, I do not always just sit and eat. To tell the truth, that can make me want to speed up and get it over with. In slim cultures, which are my guides, they are usually able to eat with others, though this may be changing. Thi... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 20:48:34 EST freggy consumption by state http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5979935 Dang! I can't get the graphic to link, but saw a map of the states showing what percentage of people in each state met the minimum standard for vegetable intake. Not even 20% ANYWHERE! But we want insurance to take care of the problems we create by not doing the basics. Not saying it would solve all the problems Probably 80%. Exceptions are just that. <BR> <BR> Tue, 18 Aug 2015 00:10:55 EST adjustment not weight loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5959156 I rarely read official diet books these days. I made an exception because of the experience of a long time Sparker. In the book, the author made a distinction that dovetails with my philosophy about this journey. <BR> <BR> First of all, he said the practitioner of his recommended eating plan should not look for weight loss in the beginning because the program is about changing habits to eventually reduce appetite and intake. It will likely not do that in the beginning. It will take time for... Sat, 11 Jul 2015 16:07:45 EST "diets" of the large groups http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5943525 As those who have read my thoughts for an extended time know, I don't think much of most of the programs promoted by the diet industry, even those promoted by the medical community. My question is always, "Who eats like that?" Unless someone has a present serious medical conditon. I see a lot of problems with trying to adhere to specific diet. I'm a fan of what whole long-lived societies think and do about eating, not some teeny percentage of a population. Let's be clear, though, that eating ... Thu, 11 Jun 2015 14:04:42 EST Slim by Design tidbits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5934196 Brian Wansink of Mindless Eating fame has come out with a new book called Slim by Design. Some of the suggestions don't have much to do with individuals, though I think he would like to think individual readers might get inspired to try to influence design in more public places. But he has ideas for the average Josephine. Some telling facts his researchers gleaned regarding how we set up our homes follow. Remember, he is not saying these habits CAUSE weight gain; they are just correlated. <B... Mon, 25 May 2015 20:57:58 EST Better than enthusiasm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5929635 I sometimes get scared when I read someone comment how fired up she is. I know right now I'm shaky because some of the consequences that used to motivate me aren't there. What to do? I'll be coming up with some additions to my "reasons to eat sanely" list after pondering this. <BR> <BR> <link>shrinkyourself.com/public/read.asp?f<BR>ile=Check_This_At_The_Door_If_You_Want<BR>_to_Control_Emotional_Eating.htm&utm_s<BR>ource=Shrink+Yourself+Mailing+List&utm<BR>_campaign=60a00fc1f1-Newsletter_0... Sun, 17 May 2015 13:36:05 EST things not to say if you're an emotional eater http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5921545 <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/25/fo<BR>od-self-judgment_n_6517110.html?utm_hp<BR>_ref=diet-and-nutrition&utm_source=Shr<BR>ink+Yourself+Mailing+List&utm_campaign<BR>=d3b15a3748-Newsletter_05_03_15&utm_me<BR>dium=email&utm_term=0_26d4536828-d3b15a3748-242509333 </link> Sat, 2 May 2015 23:04:55 EST Compassion series http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5918127 I'm considering getting this series for myself, but for anger and feelings of incompetence at work. (It occurred to me recently that I feel a lot worse about those than I do about my eating these days, and I think making progress there would actually support better eating.) I read this woman's book and have heard her on a TED talk and a webinar. However, I'm in an online course now that meets for several more weeks and also involves some meditative practices and other "homework." I don't want... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 20:10:31 EST A binge on its own is not failure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5903604 I sometimes gets emails from a site called Can You Stay For Dinner? run by an incredible young woman who lost, I dunno, about half her weight. She wrote about it AND her love, cooking, and eventually was offered a book contract. Even after several years of successful maintenance, she started slipping and bingeing and gained back about 40 lbs., I think. (I remember when I first saw her site, I thought her weight was going to be hard to maintain, though she said she thought it was her happy wei... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 13:56:26 EST What are we fighting? What are we giving up? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5902632 I was browsing the Byron Katie site for other reasons, and came across this story. <BR> <BR> I have a seven year old son on the Autism spectrum. I have been obsessively working on my son to “cure” his condition-to the exclusion of everything. My partner, my self, even really the boy who is my son. I woke up last night and i saw the truth. Here’s what happened- <BR> I’m in Bryce’s room, it’s late and all he wants to do is sleep, the diffuser is puffing out his calming oils and the massage tab... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 23:13:41 EST emotional storms and the present moment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5899528 Though I have thought in the past that I was learning to stay in the present moment, I find I was not doing it, and am regrouping to try again, as I don't have much faith in anything else right now. I see there is an extremely fine art to being "in the moment" in the presence of normally very distressing thoughts. It means not believing them at the same time as not fighting them with anything more than unbiased attention. I've used so many techniques to thwart them, and here I am. I think I ... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 15:30:09 EST a spiritual take on goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5889503 A questioner asked my spiritual teacher today what to do about the resistance he was feeling towards some of the tasks this man has to do in order to expand in his professional life. He said he was excited about some new opportunities but was feeling a lot of resistance about some things he had to learn to do. My teacher said if you are feeling a lot of resistance, drop your goal. I know many of us were a bit surprised, and I bet the questioner (online) was, too. He paused and then said, if y... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 21:47:52 EST anxiety and eating and living http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5887752 This could be good news to some and bad news to others. <BR> <BR> I've been reading a book on treatment for anorexics, though my issue was bingeing. The doctor says at one point that most anorexics have a lot of anxiety. I know that anxiety can be associated with binge eating. I honestly don't know what else you would call it when you get the sensations and strong feeling to eat, and you feel that you've just got to. (Although you don't just got to eat; you just got to wait!) Maybe it's wit... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 20:46:17 EST No one IS her disorder http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5885750 I have been thinking about how people can get very caught up in the BED mentality and equate their habits with destiny. Just because I had a habit of frequently overeating, especially certain foods, does not mean I always will. I may be have to be rather purposeful about changing that habit, but it is completely changeable, at least at any one moment in time, because it is absolutely not necessary in any way for survival, physical, mental, or emotional. Anything that says different is a misin... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 18:18:42 EST I started a meetup! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5871452 I've been toying with the idea of starting a meetup group to promote the eating principles I've adopted from the No S Diet and my research on slim cultures in the world. I finally took the plunge last Sunday, but haven't made any immediate plans for my first meeting. However, I have 16 members in my group! <BR> <BR> Here is the "about us" blurb I wrote: <BR> <BR> Are you ready to be pleased to eat? This is a group for people who want to learn to appreciate the delightful pleasure of food wi... Sat, 7 Feb 2015 20:30:08 EST waiting it out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5870421 Does anyone else sometimes (maybe often) feel as if she's waiting for something to happen? And not in an excited way. I often feel as if something is not complete, and it seems to be something beyond the everyday unfinished business of the day. I mean, how many days can things really be finished? That's an inside job, I'm sure. Not bingeing doesn't mean getting to feel complete. But it's still better than bingeing and not feeling complete! <BR> <BR> You may remember that I declared that I w... Fri, 6 Feb 2015 00:56:31 EST accepting uncomfortable thoughts/events/emotions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5864085 I posted this with a different name, and decided to post it with a more descriptive name so that it might come up for more people who may have an interest in such issues. <BR> <BR> <BR> I've said before that life stresses after managing bingeing are just as intense, if not worse, than the urges to binge ever were. I'm not sorry I don't have to worry about bingeing like I used to, but if you are thinking all your problems are over when you eat reasonably... well, maybe and maybe not. Yet th... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 22:49:31 EST don't want to jinx it, but http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5863321 I've said before that life stresses after managing bingeing are just as intense, if not worse, than the urges to binge ever were. I'm not sorry I don't have to worry about bingeing like I used to, but if you are thinking all your problems are over when you eat reasonably... well, maybe and maybe not. Yet that's not the topic of this blog. <BR> <BR> I think I may be starting to see something helpful. I have rather strong anxiety and anger, and often put myself (and others) through a real wrin... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 21:54:31 EST break the binge habit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5853165 Whatever else people think has to happen, there are basically two things people have to do: they have to have reasonable routines for eating, and they have to ignore the urges to binge. The two go hand in hand. If you don't have a routine in which your body knows you will get a reasonable amount of food in a few hours and it won't get food for a few hours, you will likely be plagued by the desire to eat quite often. (Most slim cultures do not eat frequently and they thrive quite well. They al... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 01:06:45 EST not meant to discourage, but- need to get real http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5837538 I am going to post a link to something that many may find discouraging. It shows that even when adhering to a diet, average weight loss is often quite low for all the effort put in, especially when figuring that most people won't stick to traditional diets for longer than six months. <BR> <BR> Why do I show this? Because reading very similar information more than ten years ago helped me get more realistic and, ironcially, more determined to find a viable solution to all the offered choices.... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 14:19:47 EST gene expression and exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5835295 In my quest to inspire myself to exercise more consistently, I'm posting this link to an article about how the expression-not the chemical structure- of certain genes can be influenced by regular exercise. "Most of the genes in question are known to play a role in energy metabolism, insulin response and inflammation within muscles. In other words, they affect how healthy and fit our muscles — and bodies — become." Okay, like I don't know that exercise is good for me. <link>well.blogs.nytime... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 08:09:13 EST from a recent Beck newsletter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5809438 Reducing my random eating to almost nil- meaning leaving the door open so that it's not fanatical- has been instrumental in the continuing journey to cutting my ties with food. So I cherry pick the connections! Even though I very much don't agree with Beck's emphasis on calorie counting and a few other strategies, I do like this newsletter message. This is from Aug. 19, 2014. <BR> <BR> <BR> In an article published in the Journal of Internal Medicine entitled, "The Epidemiology of Obesity... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 15:49:24 EST tiny house, messy garage, and not bingeing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796857 This is a post I decided was too long for the 21-day streak on Living Binge Free. I'm also repeating myself to some degree, but I know I need the same message most days. <BR> <BR> For various reasons, I've been very sporadic in posting, though I have been continuing my quest. From what I have been reading lately about habit formation in general and "addictive" habits in particular, I have just one thing to emphasize today: a person can be learning how to live with food differently permanentl... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 13:51:21 EST kindness & general update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5792220 I've been reading a book on how families can be supportive of other members who are addicted to a substance. The research shows over and over that kindness and cooperation with any little move towards new alternate behaviors, not guilt-inducing rants or ultimatums, works. Giving up addictive substances is not actually usually done cold turkey. Making the person think and feel that she is not acceptable or lovable as is or as she goes through the ups and downs of changing does not allow for th... Sat, 4 Oct 2014 11:26:13 EST the barely bearable lightness of not bingeing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741193 This is in response to a member on the Living Binge Free team, who has had just a few binges in two years. Her record is a bit better than mine, but I feel I've done well in these four + years and a 40-lb. loss. It seems some days she is still just stepping by feel. She said, "It is not about the food or some special combination of behaviours that someone wrote in a book. Rather it is about me learning how to live peacefully with myself and my environment. " <BR> <BR> Bingeing is a door in... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 02:56:02 EST refusing to binge decreases the urges OVER TIME http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732662 I had seen research that supported this idea years ago, but had not ever written it down. This is not the original information but it supports it just the same. (I put this up because so many people feel afraid to say no to binges, thinking it will make them feel deprived. Well, it WILL, until the cycle runs its course. Hang on through its course! Besides, when you binge, you deprive yourself of feeling comfortable in your body.) <BR> <BR> In the book "The Skeptic's Guide to the MInd," (yea... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 18:39:36 EST on the passing of a colleague http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730652 I am very sobered by news of the passing of a colleague because, frankly, though heartbroken, I am not surprised. She joked for years that her doctor told her to eat better quality food, cut down on coffee, get exercise, etc, for high blood pressure and diabetes. She was even hospitalized for some small event on spring break. I worried for her, but she brushed it off. She would say she got headaches if she didn't drink coffee, and had to eat often because of diabetes. But you can even eat of... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 14:36:35 EST again, weight loss can't heal an eating disorder http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729167 For anyone who needs to hear it, know that being binge free is its own reward. Any day that I can live WITH food without gorging or permasnacking, and without hinging high self-regard to eating, is a victorious day, no matter what the scale says. What if I am binge free, eating sanely for today, and I don't lose? Are my habits a failure? I am not on a diet. I am eating and living. The scale is always secondary when I am trying to heal from an eating disorder. My weight does not define me. ... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 15:19:15 EST rather catty and superficial, but http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5682006 I went for a walk with two colleagues during lunch up behind the conference center, which is in a rather open area of chapparal. We followed a fire road and were gabbing, missed a turn, and didn't realize it until we were pretty far afield. My anxiety kicked in, boy. I ended up jogging ahead because I was feeling I really needed to be back at the workshop. I am less familiar with the topic than my colleagues and I"m going to have to produce a portfolio of 12 items. I can't prove my being ther... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 23:37:43 EST Can we really see our bodies as they are? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5583036 In response to a blog in which a woman realized that she felt as fat 40 lbs. ago as she does now. She didn't know she was slim! <BR> <BR> <BR> Media images really do a number on our brains. We were all bombarded with images of very thin women, and still are. It definitely affects our expectations of ourselves. <BR> <BR> I weigh the same now as when I graduated from high school, but then I thought I was fat. I thought I HAD to lose 20 lbs. Now, it was true that many of my peers WERE actual... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 13:34:38 EST Oh, the burden of not being agreed with- rant alert http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5582221 Well, SO funny. I had a person come over for lunch yesterday to talk about eating issues because he saw me at the New Year’s Day brunch and noticed that I’d lost weight. He did some really restricted program a few years ago, and I remember thinking at the time, (I saw him at a similar event) hmm, I’ll be surprised if this works for him. I had lost about half my weight at that point, but said nothing because he didn’t ask. He was all excited at that time—in the honeymoon stage, as the research... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 19:34:25 EST I think I love this woman http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5569396 <link>abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/Australian-<BR>mom-lashes-back-fit-mom-21244555 </link> <BR> <BR> I mean the "realistic" mom. Thanks to Christa! <BR> <BR> Sat, 21 Dec 2013 16:30:59 EST If you fear obesity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5526969 Just listening to a program on University of California, San Diego TV. It's being presented by a specialist on obesity and he just said a couple of things I already know. One is that exercise is effective for treating metabolic/cardio problems in obese patients even though they may not lose any weight, which is convenient because exercise is actually only marginally successful at getting the body to lose weight. The other is that if an obese person does not have obesity-related health problem... Tue, 29 Oct 2013 23:46:27 EST Back to high school weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5492784 Well, I'm here to report my quarterly weigh-in. I am now officially a bit below my high school graduation weight, BMI 23.8. I have not been here for 25 years, which was a little more than 15 years after high school. So, since my turnaround around New Year's of 2010, I've lost 22% of my weight. I'm turning 60 in 4 days. It is a nice reward for sticking to my guns of paying more attention to hunger and satiety + mostly regular meal times rather than the almighty calorie and scale. This is just... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 12:59:19 EST This bears repeating... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5486293 In answer to a blog in which the poster linked another blog on which the blogger said that compulsive overeaters are stymied by using weight loss as their motivation, here is my response. <BR> <BR> I don't mean to whine, but I've said this many times. Using weight loss and thinness, rather than mental and physical stability, as the incentive when it's just plain thinness someone wants has been a miserable failure at helping people learn to eat less permanently. This si not my opinion. Thi... Sun, 15 Sep 2013 14:35:54 EST A deeper look at breakfast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5486240 When I greatly reduced my bingeing, thus eating dinner but not doing any night eating, I found I was often hungry for breakfast and ate it gladly. As the years have gone on, my appetite for breakfast has decreased as has my overall appetite. On weekdays, since I don't have a lot of choice over my time to eat, and I like to take my time and not rush through a meal during a 10-minute break, I have something small, and it's enough, along with a latte break, until lunch. <BR> <BR> On weekends,... Sun, 15 Sep 2013 13:28:06 EST