“OMG! I have superpowers! I can be invisible…No..wait! I'm just being ignored!!”-Anonymous
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This week I'm realizing (again) that the whole business of weight loss ignores the painful reality that these businesses are based on folks regaining whatever weight they lose.
I'm a skunk at the lawn party this week (actually, THAT seems to be my superpower as well) but truly believe that educating myself to the realities has helped improve my chances at successfully keeping my lost weight from returning.
Some testimonials reported a doctor suggesting, “Go to WeightWatchers” as if it was a one-off thing. “Lose the weight and then we'll talk about your medical issues.”
Since doctors know more than anyone that keeping the weight off is the bigger problem. Why is it that such a major health issue doesn't have better “discussion” points for patients. Why didn't we really talk substantially about it in my five years of WW meetings other than stay on the plan?
Also, this week, some articles I found interesting. And, a video of The Queen Mary II cuz I just enjoyed it.
Habits are cornerstone of any behavioral response to chronic health challenges. Best to create habits you like as much as possible. Easier said than done but doable!
“Maintaining a significant weight loss is a daily battle with the your body playing for the wrong team.” -Pat Coakley
Ah, that would be me, Habit-Wrangler, most weeks and this is episode 39 of Podsnacks the weekly edition of the weekly blog www.artofthediet.com and this weeks' tips for weight management come from Laura, an 8 year Lifetime WW member, who once was in jeopardy of being kicked out of WeightWatchers because her weight went too low. Getting pregnant with twins was her response!
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So, we all have our story and Laura is no exception. In fact, on the surface, she may appear to have little in common with my daily battle with my body playing on the wrong team but if you listen closely, and I'll talk a bit about this at the end, there are actually many similarities. Plus, she's capable of creating daily habits that she doesn't end up resenting! For that reason, alone, I think you might enjoy meeting Laura.
My conclusion: Habits You Don't Hate You Do. Listen below:
This is another popular episode (with some) that is a RE-BROADCAST. It was first published in 7/5/17, 7 months into the new administration. Today, it is almost 19 months and grown men and women (mostly white men and women) are justifying separating babies from mothers as a policy to protect the integrity of the country. Separating very young children from mothers and putting kids and toddlers in cages? Just exactly what integrity do they think they are preserving? The integrity of white nationalism?
No, Nothing has happened to lessen my anxiety, in fact, there is more. In July 2017, I created the above photo with “I had no idea”.
Now, I worry less about him every damn day and more about the folks who make him possible. Unfortunately, I have an idea now. I do not have blinders on.
One of my favorite filmmakers, Werner Herzog, (Fitzcarraldo) said recently this statement and it shocked me and then I realized it was exactly what I was waking up to each day as I struggle with portion control, old age, and how to make tasty but low point chicken salad. It is critical to my health but totally insignificant to the garbage piling up outside my window.
“Americans are waking up to the fact – as did Germans those long years ago – that 1/3 of the country will happily kill 1/3 of the country while 1/3 watched.” – Werner Herzog
We are asleep with compasses in our hand.-WS Merwin
Welcome to episode #99 of Podsnacks, the weekly edition of Art of the Diet. Today, I do not begin with a funny quote as I have temporarily lost my sense of humor due to today's headlines. Word to the wise, this episode mentions politics and if you can't take it, I understand, but I'm like the newscaster in “Network”, the movie. Peter Finch, remember him? He was having a breakdown on TV and exhorted his listeners to open their windows and put their heads out and yell, “I'm sick and tired and I can't take it anymore.”
Yep, that's where I'm at. But, I have to take it. I have to learn how to live with it despite being sick and tired of it and profoundly afraid, like no other time in my life, for my country and the rest of the world. And, it's an anxiety that I have to acknowledge just as I would a serious medical diagnosis or divorce or death in the family that is part of how I am successfully (so far) managing my weight loss.
If I'd been given a serious medical diagnosis that would require treatments, side effects, and adjustments to my life's habits and outlook, I'd be mentioning it here. Whatever causes us chronic pain and anxiety affects our daily life and our ability manage stress and weight management goals..
So, it's time for me to discuss the elephant in the room that I've been trying to negotiate with since November 9, 2016.
Not a day has gone by since the election that my anxiety level on a day to day basis has not risen. About two months ago one of those monthly emergency broadcast tests interrupted a radio program I was listening to. Their “beeping” noise is unpleasant by design. It's meant to get your attention. I am sure you all have experienced it at some point as well. This was the first time in 72 years that I remember thinking as the beeping began and I realized it was the emergency broadcast channel, that I thought “O, god. This is real.” At this point in the news cycle, the President of the United States had twittered that an “armada of warships” was headed in the direction of North Korea. (Turns out this was not true, as he well knew, because the “warships” were headed to New Zealand or somewhere in opposite direction to do planned military exercises but I didn't know that till two days later.) I guess he thought it would be a good idea to rattle North Korea's chain. Bullying tactics that one unbalanced leader sends to another, I guess. I don't know about Kim Jong Un, but my chain was rattled and it's rattling every damn day.
This type of anxiety whether it comes from a medical diagnosis, a divorce, a death, is part of the life of all of us. How we deal with it is the larger issue. The particulars of our anxiety we don't have to relate to in their details or, in this case, even agree with, but the overall umbrella of chronic anxiety? Yes, all of us at different times in our lives have to navigate these waters.
So, today, toward the middle of this podcast, I discuss it and share what recipe I am using to deal with it. Literally, a recipe. I have a food answer, of course.
I have linked to it here and it is one of those annoying web pages that has so many ads that you have to scroll down to almost the bottom of the page to see the recipe.
I'll be back to humor next week. At least, that's my goal. I'm going to call it a NSV (non scale victory) if I can pull it off.
“We are all here on earth to help others. What on earth the others are doing, I do not know”.- W.H. Auden
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Hello, this is Pat Coakley and welcome to Podsnacks/Art of the diet, the weekly audio version of my blog, www.artofthediet.com
As many listeners and readers know, but for the benefit of new ones, I document my daily challenge of the seventh year of maintaining a 60 pound weight loss on www.artofthediet.com . In my blog, it's all there: my story, the small and large victories, as well as some epic fails, along with short essays, rants and raves about cultural, medical, artistic and even corporate messages about this issue that everyone seems to agree is a problem but few are able to offer reliable long term solutions beyond one year.
Since I am starting my seventh year now of maintaining a significant weight loss, I've come to realize I’m a statistical rarity. National weight loss programs, as well as hospital based programs, don’t advertise their members with long term weight loss records beyond one year. Why? They don’t tell us, of course, but my guess is because the statistics are not good. Everyone can agree that they have the program to help people lose weight, but few have the statistics to demonstrate that their program produces folks who keep it off beyond a year, never mind, year after year.
But, I exist, and on the National Weight Control Registry there are hundreds of others who have managed to do it as well, although the website as well as research studies appear outdated. But, nonetheless, there are individual stories listed on the website of maintaining weight loss from 1 to 66 years!
Their stories indicate that half of them lost weight on their own and the others used national or hospital programs.
They write briefly two or three paragraphs about their story but I’ve always wanted to know more about how they actually continue to be successful.
So, it is my goal this year to bring success stories to your attention. As all of us know, the focus in mainstream culture is either on losing weight or the disheartening statistics about how 90% + regain the weight we struggle to lose.
The complications of maintaining a weight loss seem to be the focus, rather than some of the successful dynamics that can lead to success.
There are very few stories about those of us who manage to do it, year after year, and I wondered myself, after five years, why is it that I’ve been able to do it this time, but not previous times? I don’t credit the national program I used to lose the weight just as I didn’t blame it when I was unsuccessful on previous attempts.
So, I began to document daily in 2015 on my blog, www.artofthediet.com and weekly starting in August, 2015 in a weekly podcast edition, Podsnacks/Art of the Diet, what I did every day to insure or endanger success.
In 2016 I want to broaden the conversation and highlight in this the weekly podcast edition of my blog, what other successful folks do, regardless of what program they do or do not use, simply focusing in on what they do as individuals to navigate successfully these traditionally (at least statistically) doom and gloom waters of long term weight loss.
And, today’s the day of my first interview, with Melissa, a woman as articulate as she is determined and I think you’ll recognize yourself in many aspects of her story.
All I know for sure is that each person finds their own path. And there’s no “fast track” edition to weight management, success is truly one step at a time and as someone once said, it can be as deliberate a step as guiding a toddler down a long staircase.
So this has been a lengthy introduction to today’s first guest, Melissa! She is a very good example of what one woman did to finally achieve her goal and maintain it for six years.
I am hoping that Melissa’s story today will inspire all of us to know that despite our own personal roller coaster histories, a time does come when we can do it. And, like W.H. Auden’s quote suggests:I think that her agreement to share it will help others on this planet earth!
If you would like to share your own, personal success story with me or know someone who might, please contact me, Pat Coakley, at email firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to share what others are doing on a daily basis to maintain their weight loss so others can truly see that it can be done.
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The toast came from a recollection from the writer Julian Barnes speaking to Eleanor Wachtel on her weekly podcast, Writers & Company” on the CBC. My favorite podcast ever by the way.
It just seemed to be the perfect toast for this episode because I’m trying to understand “the fat acceptance” movement that is out there and this week I listened to episode 589 of ‘This American Life” titled, “Tell Me I’m Fat” and I recommend you do, too. You can read what I wrote as an introduction to this podcast episode if you go to this link.
In the meantime, here's my comment on the daily “s” show at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Not so easy summer listening: All Art of the Diet podcast episodes: 1-144. The third year anniversary of PODSNACKS/Art of the Diet is mid August. From now until then, I am going to edit all episodes for relevancy and topic. Can I listen to myself that much? Dunno. But, each week I'll be rebroadcasting one I think worth re-listening to if you are a veteran listener or a good one for a new listener. I'll figure out what I'll do with those I decide to keep when the editing task is over. All I know is whatever form it ends up in, a PDF form, a book, a comic strip, I'll offer to my loyal listeners! You can sign up on my artofthediet.com website. I'll be occasionally using Facebook and WW Connect over this period but I'll be in re-broadcast mode until my green editor's hat is back in the drawer. If you have any episode you particularly found helpful, let me know the episode # and I'll include it in the rebroadcast queue. http://www.artofthediet.com/145http://www.thephotogardener.com
Cake at 4 am! The Royal Wedding. Now, how many opportunities do we have to escape reality like this? Escapism is essential to maintaining a weight loss cuz it is the rare human who can do this monitoring 24/7 with no relief. I use my creativity, others use other ambitions, but usually we have to each privately create our own fairy tales and I don't know about my listeners, but mine have never included cake at 4 am! If you'd like to consider being interviewed for the podcast, email me at: email@example.com://www.artofthediet.com/144http://www.thephotogardener.com
Women and Doctors. Is it time to reboot our relationships with physicians or give them the boot? A recent experience made me pause and consider that I needed to try and reboot the relationship with my doctor or else give him the boot. I might be part of the problem so best to start with my part. But, apparently, I am not alone in how to navigate this relationship successfully. “When Doctors Downplay Women's Health Concerns” is a NYTimes article discussed this week. http://www.artofthediet.com/143http://www.thephotogardener.com
Dear Hormones Gherlin and Leptin, Krumpe you. The scientific basis for those struggling to maintain a significant weight loss is not in willpower but in the hormonal reaction to a body losing weight. It's disheartening but it is real and best to know the challenge. http://www.artofthediet.com/142 My shop is http://www.thephotogardener.com
“It would be really nice of me to volunteer for something. Who knows…maybe I will someday. I'm such a good person for thinking of possibly doing that.”
• Allie Brosh•
Allie Brosh. Oh, the talent, the wit, the insight. She blogs about her life, wrote a book called, “Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened.”
If you do nothing else this coming year, tune in to Allie. Whatever road you are on, you'll recognize a fellow traveler.
So, today, for me, it's New Year's Resolutions. Traditionally, for me, the time of year when I am filled with dread as I know with certainty I am only adding to the ancient junkyard of years' resolutions past.
I don't believe I've ever followed through on any New Year's resolutions even though at any other time of year I am capable of setting a goal and working at it dutifully. Well, most of the time.
Just not at the beginning of each new year. But, hope springs eternal. And, Allie Brosh, whose book and calendar was sent to me as a gift, has clarified miraculously the problem I am having this week grappling with how to prepare for another year of weight maintenance. My 6th year.
Now, I think this is just genius clarity on why maintaining weight loss is so rare and obesity researchers despair that “long term” studies are basically defining “long term” as “one” year and they struggle to populate that length with successful folks.
I think it is why, for those of us who are successful in keeping lost weight from returning- why we encounter psychological periods where we simply make no flippin' sense to ourselves. None whatsoever. We know what to do. We've done it. We say we want to continue to do it. But, we don't.
I've managed to do it for almost 6 years and this past year has been the hardest. It is as Allie Brosh suggests, “trying to make myself do something that I actively avoid doing”. I have caught myself on so many occasions saying, “I am going to do A.” And, within minutes, setting about to undermine accomplishing A.
I mean, consciously, now. I'm not talking sleep walking to the refrigerator because Ambien made me do it. I mean consciously I say one thing and do another.
I used to have a phrase, prior to losing weight 7 years ago, that summed it up, “I buy apples and eat cookies.”
I had the leafy greens and fruits in the house but somehow I wouldn't eat them. Just having them in the kitchen seemed enough for me at that juncture.
Now, some may not relate to this at all. God speed. Is all I can say.
I want next year, 2016, to have less of this craziness, this white knuckle weekly tension where the stakes seem very very high and each week I wager the family farm.
That'll be next week's podcast. This week? The links to all posts are here and I'm going to focus on my favorite discovery of the week that demonstrates just how crazy we all can get about trying to lose weight. When you are making your New Year's resolutions please keep this post in mind: “May the Force of Frozen Fat Be With You.”