Saturday, October 9, 2010

The best part of the Geneen Roth workshop

It's midnight and once again, I can't sleep. Sometimes I wonder if I'll ever sleep again. Insomnia sucks.

Tonight I attended the first three hours of the Geneen Roth "Women Food and God" workshop. Tomorrow is eight more hours. Remember I read the book last July and got on the G.R. bandwagon. Quoting the book. Saying it was the best thing since sliced bread.

You may have (or may not have) noticed I stopped talking about her and the book. I sort of fell out of love with the whole idea of intuitive eating and Geneen.

I almost didn't even go to the workshop. Luckily I was able to make contact with a fellow blogger that lives in the area. I knew she was also attending the workshop. We'd never met but had exchanged a few emails over the last couple of years.

Meeting Grace was absolutely best part of the evening! Grace from Grace's Notes (and formerly from 55 Alive and Losing It). OH. MY. GOSH. I love her! It's like I've know her my entire life. She's funny as heck, super easy to talk to, and it was just like I had run into an old friend. It was super cool. Plus she's gorgeous! Beautiful blue eyes that sparkle, gorgeous strawberry blond hair. Sweet smile. And she's thin, but in a good, healthy way. Other than Geneen (who I think is too skinny),  I think Grace was the healthiest looking person in the room of 800 women.

It's so funny to see pictures of someone on their blog, read about their thoughts and struggles with weight, read about their life and then to actually get to meet them in real life. Truly one of the best experiences of my life.

About the workshop, well, so far, I'm not sure what I think. Some of the things Geneen talked about make a lot of sense. Some of the visualization stuff she had us do made me cry. I think I sort of had a revelation about my compulsive overeating. All these years I said it was just because I love food. Something she had us visualize made me go holy cow! Okay, I really said "holy crap!" but I'm try to clean up my vocabulary. I think I know why I'm like this and have serious food issues. I'm still trying to absorb the whole thing and will write more about it later, once I figure out what it means and if having this new knowledge about myself is valuable. It's something I never thought about before, until tonight. Like I said, more on this later.

I guess I'll try to sleep now. I'm exhausted but not sleepy. I have to be back at the Seatac Hilton at 8am for the workshop. Hopefully I'll find a way to fix what is broken in me when it comes to my relationship with food.


Allan said...

I thought for sure you were going to say the best part of the workshop was the buffet after the event. You sound inspired, enjoy the 2nd day. Give Grace a big kiss for me, and tell her I am not so bad. Better yet, maybe not a great plan.....

Roxie said...

I am green with envy that the two of you got to meet up and go to the workshop together. I love real life meet ups with fellow bloggers! Was this your first? I can't recall. Anyway, I would have been surprised if Grace had been anything other than exactly how you described her.

Now on to Geneen - my thought is that we don't have to believe every word anyone says. Their truth may not be our truth, but there may be a few things that do apply. And if we gleen even one thought, or one insight, then the effort was worth it. As we say in meetings, take what you need and leave the rest. Even a bit of clarity can be life-changing.

I look forward to reading more about your moment of clarity and today's workshop. Have fun, enjoy yourself and give Grace my best!

Ron said...

Glad you got to meet one of your blogger freinds. So cool!

Ida said...

If you figure it out, be sure to share it with the rest of us. I've had a real problem with it since I lost my job and the vacation didn't help any!

I really enjoyed the Winchester House. The architecture and antiques are beautiful. Mrs. Winchester was quite eccentric (isn't that what you call crazy people with LOTS of money?), and her 'unfinished mansion' has some very strange twists and turns. If I were going to go again, I wouldn't waste my time on the 'behind the scenes' tour and would spend more time touring the grounds, which are amazing. I would recommend it if you like old mansions and a touch of the macabre and beautiful gardens.