Thursday, August 12, 2010

Why the f--- not?

Yesterday when I was driving home I pulled up next to an older Jeep Cherokee at a stoplight. The back side and rear windows had several smiley face stickers. In small letters on the side window were the words:
"Why the f--- not?"

The f- word wasn't spelled out, it was just "f---". It's embarrassing to admit this, but I didn't know what it meant. I actually said to myself, Why the what not? Why not what? What are they talking about?

I'd had a bad day at work, and I had been feeling overwhelmed, stressed and just generally not in a happy mood. As I stared at the words, it finally clicked, and I started giggling, then laughing, and then thinking that was the funniest thing I'd ever seen. "Why the f---- not smile?" I wanted to thank the driver for making me laugh, it was one of those 'I needed that!' moments.
Back on the wagon
I've finally returned to sanity. I'm even allowing myself to feel hunger pains again. I'm not starving myself, just eating like a person trying to lose weight on Weight Watchers. Smaller portions, weighing and measuring my food, and for the most part, tracking my food. More importantly, facing the reality that I can't eat what I want when I want it.

My exercise has been really good this week. I've taken a spin class, an aerobics class and a strength training class, plus my regular gym workouts. I didn't like the aerobics class. It wasn't as fun as I remembered. In fact, I could barely walk the next day.

This morning my weight was 173.4 (down from the 176.6 on Monday), so I'm feeling very hopeful I'll at least be back into the 160's again very soon.

Giving away all my size 14 clothes was really an incentive for me to get a reality check. Since I didn't have any bigger pants to wear, it was lose some weight or be really uncomfortable in tight clothes. You would think that was an easy decision, but surprisingly, it's taken me a couple weeks to get back to doing what I should be doing. I guess I just wanted that vacation from watching what I eat to go on indefinitely.

Women Food and God
I've finished the book. Although it's a good book, and I agree with most of it, it's not a miracle. This week I caught the first half of Oprah's interview with the author, Geneen Roth (a re-run of a re-run). When Oprah proclaimed 'this is the miracle you've been looking for!' I just shook my head. There are no miracles when it comes to losing weight. Even Geneen says in her book, 'there are no quick fixes'.

It's a great read and if you have food issues like me, you'll probably identify with most of it, but I don't think you'll think it's a miracle. I wish it was a miracle. I wish we could all easily follow Geneen's eating guidelines and miraculously get to our healthy weight. I think it'll help, and Geneen's ideas are solid and make sense, but the hard work is still on us. We have to create our own miracle. 

I'm going to read through it again. There were a couple places I skimmed over because they were boring, and I was eager to get to the good parts. Maybe I missed the "miracle" part. One can always hope. :)

Here are Geneen's Eating Guidelines, and if you were to follow them, I'm positive you'd get to your healthy weight. From page 211 (the last page) of Women Food and God by Geneen Roth.

The Eating Guidelines

1. Eat when you are hungry.
2. Eat sitting down in a calm environment. This does not include the car.
3. Eat without distractions. Distractions include radio, television, newspapers, books, intense or anxiety-producing conversations or music.
4. Eat what your body wants.
5. Eat until you are satisfied.
6. Eat (with the intention of being) in full view of others.
7. Eat with enjoyment, gusto and pleasure.   <----I've got this one down already!


Alan (Pounds Off Playoff) said...

I'm glad to see you're back on track! Yes, I have to agree with you, those are sensible guidelines, but my body just doesn't do the intuitive thing alone.

TrashyMouth McGee said...

ok Im giggling as what does it say about this MOUTH LIKE A TRUCKER woman I immediately knew the f.


Helen said...

I'm sure you've been reading other blogs about this very thing and there's a lot of discussion about how to eat while losing weight. There's a whole group of bloggers who really believe you should not do it while trying to lose. But you should once you want to maintain because, really, who wants to count calories or points for the rest of their life?

Baby Stepping said...

I think the only "miracle" weight loss plan is the one that works for each of us. I've done them all, they all work, until I get bored or sick of the food or whatever. I never thought I would ever go back to counting calories (which is actually a lot like counting points without the perks for choosing fiber). I track on an online program, eat the things I like (because sooner or later I'm going to anyway) and pretty much live the way I plan to live when the weight it gone. That's sanity for me. I'm so glad that I have you and all of these other great bloggers to check in with!!!

I laughed when you wrote about trying to figure out what the f word was. LOL!

Hugs, Mary

heddy said...

there are no miracles or we would all have perfect bodies right? and not want ben and jerrys at like 2am! it is a lot of trial and error to find what works for each of is. god i wish it was easier. i know a couple people reading genneen's book and it is a lot like bethenny frankel's "naturally thin" it has very similar rules. i have been following her book for almost 2 weeks now and lost 6 pounds. i blog about it over at
you have already done so much, i can tell from the picture. and i think anyone willing to put themselves out here on the blogosphere really wants to make a change so i have faith in you.

Natalia said...

Woohoo, go you!

Splurgie said...

You're right ... no book can perform miracles. I did enjoy the book but it didn't rock my world or anything. I'm impressed with your getting rid of all your clothing in the bigger size. That takes confidence.