Watch the video… an easy day. I didn’t get the email suggesting I put on a nice outfit and pour myself a nice cup of tea or glass of wine to watch it until later. Oh well.
Overall, there was nothing new in the video. Still, it doesn’t hurt to hear those things again and I’m sure some people have never heard them. Diets don’t work. Why? Because they usually require strange eating habits, deprivation, or annoying things like weighing and measuring and writing down all your food or counting points, etc. We tend to think we have to lose weight before living. For example, I’ll go dancing or find a relationship or get a better job after I lose weight. Being dissatisfied with our lives (until we lose weight and everything is perfect) encourages us to overeat. Eating makes us temporarily happy (and she didn’t mention it in this video but overeating certain things, like carbohydrates, actually increases certain brain chemicals that temporarily improve our mood).
So we should live more, get happy in our lives, relationships and jobs, and we will lose weight without even trying. She does have some other steps such as paying attention to our bodies and what we are hungry for when we are hungry. Eating without distraction and putting our forks down between bites so that we can determine when we are satisfied. Perhaps most importantly, to me at least, is stopping eating when we’re satisfied.
Ultimately, this 28 day challenge is either a jump start for her full program or an elaborate advertisement for her full program, depending on how you look at it. Or a way to start on your own plan of living more so that you’re happier and the weight just falls off.
I don’t mean to sound bitter – I knew this before we started. I think my bitterness stems more from the presentation which is geared towards more or less normal weight people who want to lose 20 or 30 pounds. Now, those feelings of dissatisfaction with life and unhappiness with their bodies is just as real and important for those women, but I was left feeling that what she was saying doesn’t apply to me. My issues or issues of the program? Not sure. It just felt like she was talking about younger women, thinner women, and women at a different place in their lives. Does what she say also apply to me? Some of it at least does.
Doing more that makes me happy, having more in my life, not waiting until I’m some kind of imaginary perfect person before doing the things I want – all important. Listening to my body, knowing when I’m really hungry and what I’m hungry for – also important. The other stuff? I’m not sure. I still plan to keep doing the challenges and to try to keep an open mind. Even going over things I already know I may learn something new, since I believe life keeps presenting us lessons until we actually learn them. Do I feel a need, or a desire, to do the girly thing with hair and makeup and clothes? No, not really. But is that because I don’t want to or because I think I don’t deserve to? Hard to say.
Onward and we’ll see what I learn tomorrow.