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It’s great to see people in the office. I love the chance to worked with people one to one. But eventually you move out on your own, feel more confident, integrating the skills you’ve learned into your real life.
And, real life happens. The same conditions that have helped 70% of Americans become overweight or obese, the same conditions that contributed to your own excess weight, are still there. The only thing that changes is your relationship to them, and most importantly, to yourself.
I’ve recently added a service that I’m very excited about. I think it provides and important link, a bridge, as we navigate through real life. I’ll be hosting a live Q & A with Dr. Gail on the second and fourth Monday of each month at Noon. I’ve started this as a pilot, and the calls are scheduled through April (March 23, April 6 & 20) At that point I’ll decide if the current format is working or if we want to try something else. I welcome feedback and suggestions from all. Format, time, content or any suggestions on how to make this time more valuable and meaningful.
This is really a gift to the practice. I’m hoping that it will be used to explore the most current and relevant issues in real time. The topics of the calls will be determined by the questions that you ask. They can be submitted in advance or asked during the calls. The calls are intended to be a dialogue, a chance for us to all learn from each other.
I’ve started these calls to provide a place where we can continue the dialogue.
- What does it mean to be healthy and happy?
- How can I care for myself and still have a great life?
- How can I deal with friends, acquaintances, co-workers and family members who may not support me in reaching my goals?
- How can I recognize and minimize outside influences?
I started these calls as an opportunity for people to really talk about the stuff that has been most pertinent for them as they manage their weight.
It’s a challenge. So many things in the world are designed to encourage you to eat more and buy more. Then you are here, coming up with strategies that satisfy your very real needs but don’t compromise your health. You can have both. But again, there’s a very real discovery process to find the things that exactly work for you.
Maintenance takes as much work as weight loss, but it’s a different set of skills.
So the notion that you go into diet, do the same things for a while, and then go back to the old ways isn’t really accurate either. The statistics say that 85% of the people who lose weight, a significant amount of weight will gain that weight.
So every day you have to wake up and ask, “how will I beat those statistics?” It’s a flip over from maybe how we would normally look at it. It takes rigor. It takes determination. It takes commitment to keep that weight off. I mean, you need to be a little pissed off like, “I am not going back. I am not going to carry this weight around me for the rest of my life.”
So that’s a different posture, but it’s a much more powerful posture. The notion that it’s normal to eat buckets of pasta or ice cream or anything else, it’s flawed, I have to say it.
The next call is scheduled for Monday, March 23 at noon. The topic that’s come up for exploration is about saboteurs. This is a broad reaching topic, and I imagine it will span accomplices, enablers, the well meaning but clueless, as well as the out and out detractors.
Bring your stories, questions, comments, observations on this or any topic to the call. If you can’t make the call, then send in a question and I’ll answer it on the call so you can listen on the replay. I promise that you will leave with some new skills that you can use right away.