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Jul072006

Heavy Weight Fight

Okay, so I abandoned the Slim-Fast/Optifast route to failure.

Trying again, I joined Weight Watchers yesterday and started counting Points this morning (I've been up for 2.5 hours already).

Let's hope I am less cranky, faint-y, dizzy, tired on WW.

Why is getting healthy so flippin' hard?

sigh

Just gotta keep trying though, right? Just keep trying.

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Reader Comments (9)

This particular tactic failed, but you're still fighting strong.

You've written about the emotional struggle that fasting has brought home for you, and perhaps that's the break you needed from it. Perhaps the boundary between unhealthy habits and healthy ones is less about losing a certain amount of weight and then starting fresh, and more about confronting what's fueling those unhealthy habits and practicing healthy ones each and every damned day.

Fall down seven and get up eight, or as we say in my house; personal growth sucks. But you've got the fortitude and the courage, that's evident. It shines through in your writing, in your approach to life, and in the way you've tackled problems in the past.

If random reader believes in you, how much more so do the people who know and love you? *shakes pom-poms at you from afar*

July 7, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterd. feldman

Thank GAWD! I can't imagine how the fasts work without screwing up your metabolism and putting your body into starvation mode. Once you start eating real food again, your body will automatically store more of it (natural hoarding in response to the starvation mode the fast put you into). Doomed to failure. You felt like crap cause it's not natural!

Remember babe, a diet will not work unless you can live on it the rest of your life. Hang in there. You can do it!

July 7, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterNOLABarb

WW is the only weight-loss program I feel comfortable with. I think all others are temporary and that is harder on the body.

The only thing I didn't care for about WW is the push for lots of packaged foods, NutraSweet, Splenda and the like. I don't think those contribute to healthy bodies at all.

Of course, I'm all about sugar. Real sugar. Go figure!

July 7, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterSage Femme

I love your blog and admire your tenacity. I know the only thing that worked for my mom after years of struggle was overeaters anonamous.

Food is the hardest substance to beat especially in regards to sugar. Please don't give up on yourself. You are worth healthiness.

July 7, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterbuddernoodle

Ever so quietly I'm glad that you've abandoned the fasting. :) I'm a WW (now day 15) and THATS hard enough for me. A fast would leave me useless. Keep trying, one day at a time...

July 7, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterLouisa

what I came to about artificial sweetners- DH had a stroke 5 years ago. being over weight had a great deal to do with him having a stroke- he also seems to have some fairly strong sugar cravings that he does follow up on - I decided that what the heck he is 50, and is going to die from weight related issues sooner than any artificial sweetener problems /presumed problems- so the real threat- obesity certainly outweighs the other potential issues in our lives.

July 8, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

while fasting and things of that ilk can look appealing because they seem like the quick route, the things that last take time. We can only change one habit at a time. Acceptance is the key. The more critical we are about whatever the more power it has. And it seems contradictory to foster acceptance of ill health or being overweight, but that is as it is and again if we resist it, we give it more power. Be gentle, be patient, all things come to pass.

July 8, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

D.: Thank you so much for your pom-poms!! It means much that you believe in me. Comments like these will keep me going in the darker days. Thanks so much!

Barb: Thanks so much for making me laugh! And for not screaming at me when I was in your kitchen shoveling fried plantains in my mouth while I yapped on about Opti-Fast in a week. I love you for that!

Sage Femme: You are right... the food thing HAS to be for life. As much as I like to think "I can do it!" sometimes, I am high as a flippin' kite. I haven't been to enough meetings to be pressured into buying stuff, yet, but I am pretty good at grabbing what I need and want. I'll be alert for it, though.

buddernoodle: I have a hard time with OA. It might deserve a blog spot all its own, actually. My experiences with OA is extremely negative. All anyone ever seemed to do was whine. I have a REALLY hard time with a lack of personal responsibility and the people I ever saw at (about 30 different) OA groups whined their asses off.

I was VERY happy to see WW wasn't doing that at all.

I do know, however, that OA is a life saver for many. I'm glad it worked for your mom... there certainly must be something for everyone, right?

July 9, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterNavelgazing Midwife

Louisa: YOU GO GIRL!!! We can do this together!

I feel GREAT doing this! I am stunned I didn't do this sooner. Why the heck not? Does it get really hard again? Are there times I will want to toss this aside?

I'll stay strong if you do!

Anon: That is hard about the artificial sweeteners and your DH, but I understand the dilemma. I'm sorry it's so hard sometimes.

Anon: I'm trying to be patient! Really, I am.

Thank you for your very kind and wise words. They help.

July 9, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterNavelgazing Midwife

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