Thursday, April 15, 2010

Whatever You Do, Don't Diet by Gen

Thursday means I nominate the blog post that spoke most to me this week. And the winner of the Shirley Temple Lollipop Award for most Inspiring Weekly Post is Gen (i heart the band) for:

(you can also click on the Shirley picture in my sidebar to link to the post)

Why: Well, it was posted on the second day of my self-imposed low carb diet which turned out to be a disaster of major proportions. Not only was I not able to actually stay on the liquid protein "diet" for more than 36 hours, I rebounded and ate Cadbury Eggs, a plethora of mini bran muffins topped with icing (yes I mixed up a batch of icing because the muffins weren't sweet enough) and was basically a demon searching for sweets. What was I thinking—I got the band so I would forget about all this crapola and "dieting". As I munched my icing covered muffins sinking into a guilt trip of "You're such a loser", Gen's post popped up around 8:00 pm. It saved me—well, it reinforced that having a band is not the same as dieting. Thanks Gen for giving me the slap in the face.

The one line that I pulled out of the post, (from Geneen Roth):
"Diets are like having a mean, abusive parent inside your head. Diets keep you stuck being a cowering child."

There were many posts that really clicked this week with me. I went through a huge wave of emotions and watershed moments—crying, laughing, lightbulb moments. It forced me to think about what I want to do and how to get there. I still have a lot of work to do brain-wise but each week gets a little better and each and every post I read brings a little glimmer that I am not perfect and I don't have to do this alone. And no more diets!

Because I read so many blogs, I started tracking some memorable posts and created a sub-page in my blog to remember them. I try to find one post each day that speaks to me. It reminds me to go back and re-read them when I have more time to think. If you look on my sidebar you will see the Memorable Posts This Week with links to the blogs.

One last thing. I hope you have all seen Sisterhood of the Traveling Bandits Blog (BOOBS for short). Come for our first Bandit party in Chicago in September if you can. My first thought when it was suggested by Jen was HOW MUCH WEIGHT CAN I LOSE BEFORE I SEE OTHER BANDITS! Come on, I'm sure that was in everyone's mind too. Will we ever learn?

Update: I am now guilty of making some bloggers fall into a rash of carb eating this week. I won't mention names Amanda but I think it is the same weird pull of the earth that others have mentioned. Last week it was weight gain, this week it is pasta and carbs. What will next week bring?


Jennifer said...

I love this Sandy! Gen recommend Geneen's book "When Food Is Love" to me and I'm currently reading it. Major light bulb moments. I look forward to reading more of her work!

tessierose said...

Sandy, you are terrific! And, I loved that post of Gen's. I would have to agree.

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