Saturday, September 14, 2019

The Lighter Side of Weight Loss: Chapter Thirteen

The Lighter Side of Weight Loss
By Sandra Warholic Seeley

Chapter Thirteen

A very good friend of mine and Lifetime WW member, “K”, once told me, “You can’t fix a computer with a doughnut!” First of all, the sprinkles would mess up your keyboard something awful. I’m still trying to comprehend how computer cookies store my modest amount of data and where to find these tasty morsels. So there is no way doughnuts could come to my rescue.

Through much trial and error, I have found that doughnuts do not fix any problem, whether it is my husband, children, dog, work, siblings, friends, etc. In fact, it makes the problem worse. I still have my problem, but now I have guilt and remorse for sabotaging my own weight loss efforts.

Does this ever happen to you? It’s the day before your weigh-in day. You would get an A+ in tracking, water consumption, proteins vs carbs, Smart Points etc. for the whole week. But on that day before, it’s like your stomach is a bottomless pit that needs to be filled with garbage. Perhaps WW should have a psychiatrist on staff to get to the bottom of that pit and help you remove the trash in your life. Of course, this has never happened to me. Just sayin’.

WW often talks about being mindful, being present in the moment. I’m going to suggest playing Mind Games to manipulate myself into changing any negative behaviors. One of my games is going to be The Silent Treatment. Whenever my brain starts it’s incessant negative chatter, I’m going to give it The Silent Treatment, refusing to acknowledge its nasty comments.

Mind Game #2 is going to be Playing Hard to Get. When my mind/stomach both want junk food, I’m not going to respond to any text messages in a reasonable amount of time that they may be sending. You are so not getting me to eat beyond my Smart Point means.

My third Mind Game is called Making Someone Jealous. I can think of one person in particular who would not enjoy seeing me reach my goal weight. I’m going to add her picture to my weight loss vision board. I’m not really hurting her, just improving me.

In conclusion, I plan on being absent on the first Friday in June each year which is National Doughnut Day, unless I have reached my goal. In that case, I will have one favorite doughnut and savor it. It may be true that “America runs on Dunkin,” but I don’t!

Until next week, let me know how you play Mind Games with your relationship with food and be happier!

When I Googled Mind Games, the above three were actual Mind Games people play in relationships with each other.

Sandra Warholic Seeley - All my life, and half of someone else's, I have lived in a humorous place called Earth. My muse is a tiny menehune from the island of Oahu in Hawaii where I lived for a year. Ernest Hemingway once sat under the exact same coconut tree where I did most of my writing. I'm also a sensitive to criticism Virgo who loves to get paid for writing and speaking funny stuff. Even though my mind is filled with volcanic ash residue and I'm still finding sand in my shorts, I will continue to write until my muse retires or I run out of pretty blue drinks, whichever comes first. Don't be bashful, email the author.


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Sandra Warholic Seeley is the creator and author of The Sandra Seeley Column. She is a lifelong educator who has taught in Hawaii, Bethel Park, PA and in the inner city schools of Pittsburgh Public where her passion for the underprivileged began. Her humorous writing is often 95% fiction and 5% fact, leaving the reader to do the math. She has often written as Kanela, which is her Pen Name and means Sandra in Hawaiian. Her serious writing is genuine and written from her heart. She lives in a suburb of Pittsburgh, PA with her husband and Zeus, her 119 pound German Shepherd, who is her constant companion and writing assistant. They have ongoing discussions about which one is Alpha in their pack.

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