According to scuttlebutt, Chris Downey, the creator and CEO of SP, has been bombarded with requests for him to start directing more attention to the needs of SP males. To date he has done 'zilch'. The last book that SP put out, Spark Solutions, was solely for females. But none of that was in the adverts and I purchased it. I read it through and nothing was geared for a guy. Guess females spend more money on SP than men do, so Chris listens to the "Ka-ching, Ka-ching!"
Of course it is different for us. My father, who is a source of inspiration to me, lost over sixty pounds at his hometown Weight Watchers and he was the only man that attended the meetings. Well, some of the women at his meetings were envious of how much weight he lost, claiming that "it's easier for men to lose weight." My father treated weight loss like a full time job and Weight Watchers like his weekly job evaluation. That's how he lost his weight.
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Hospice volunteer work? Good for you. It's nice to meet someone who gives back. And, I understand about the board meetings. There's strength in numbers and as one of those bands from the 60s (probably the Beatles) noted "one IS the loneliest number".
I know what you mean about being the only rooster in the hen-house, John. I belonged to the local Hospice Volunteer Society but as the only guy there, soon faded out. I'll still do volunteer hospice work, but attending the Board meetings and planning sessions with only women present was not right up there with my ideas of the Most Fun in the World : ) I know, I know, bachelors' advisors tell guys to go hunting where there's lots of prey, but I'm happily married and most of the women there were family friends or worse, former students!
current weight: 163.5
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I found a YouTube video on Harvey Brooker a few weeks ago, and promptly ordered his book. It makes a lot of sense. As you said, Dave, the message is basically the same old "eat less move more",but it does present it from a man's point of view. Years ago I attended a WW meeting. I was the only man in the day time meetings. The novelty grew old quickly. :). Would enjoy hearing from you guys or anyone who has attended the meetings in Toronto.
current weight: 248.0
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Thanks. Yes, it's good to be back. It seems that I wasn't ready last time. I'm definitely feeling more level about the whole experience this time. It is nice to feel that it will just happen.
One of the things I found really helpful about It's Different for Men was the no-nonsense style. So many weightloss books are targeted at women, and they don't really resonate for me. They seem soft, or too science-y, or too like a gimmick.
This is basically saying - face it - you need to eat less and more healthy. There are lots of basic things, like trying a new food every week, that is necessary for us to let go of our fixation on steak-frites or whatever our favourite meal is.
I've been trying, for example, to get to his recommendation of having red meat no more that once a week. It is challenging, but it is encouraging me to have other things, and it feels good. I never order fish because I think it won't fill me. Since I've been trying that more, it really has been quite good. And loosens up my habits.
Hi, Dave. I see you're "back" to SparkPeople for your Round 2. Welcome back! I haven't read the book you mention, but I'm going to google it for a precis. "Chronic restrained eater" sounds like an interesting approach : )
current weight: 163.5
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Has anyone else read the book "It's Different For Men" by Harvey Brooker?
I have found it really thought provoking and helpful. If you have read it, what do you think? Anything stand out for you?
For me, the first think that comes to mind is the phrase "chronic restrained eater". That's where I have to get to, and in a lot of ways I have been moving there for a while. But I think it's fair to say, based on my own experiences, that I will not be able to get and keep the weight off until I learn that skill - which is an everyday practice.
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