Real Mom’s Food Journey: The Benefits of a Diet Buddy

I took a Community Ed Class last week.

It was a good one. It was taught by one of my “Smart Friends” Amy Kenow of Sunlife Wellness. Amy didn’t disappoint. I learned TONS. I couldn’t take notes fast enough. There’s a big, fat, juicy health and wellness article amongst those notes, I just know it. I can’t wait for the opportunity to sit down and create it.

I could go on forever about healthy grains, the scary facts about milk, and eating foods “closest to their natural state”…but I won’t. Maybe I’ll torture you with that stuff later.


Through all the great info I gleaned, one of Amy’s quotes sticks in my mind…



“Preaching Doesn’t Work.”



Really? Oh, not me. I love being ragged on.


Just kidding. Amy’s right. Preaching doesn’t work. You want to see me glaze over and fade away on you, just start preaching to me. I can take great info in small doses, but subject me to hours of regurgitated facts? I’ll pass thanks. In fact, I am pretty sure I’d rather have an enema with a hot rock.


Basically this means that nagging and ragging doesn’t work. If you have someone in your life heckling you about weight loss, chances are it will have the reverse affect on you. This may be a good time to politely inform this person it’s time to lighten up. Or in my world it would be “jump back, Jack. You’re getting on my nerves.” How ever you chose to do it, take this opportunity to explain that you just aint’ feelin their pressure anymore. Period.

What I do know, for a fact, that the one thing does work is ACCOUNTABILITY.  I know if I have to write down what I eat and how much exercise, and actually show that to someone (Amy), I know I’ll behave. There’s something very critical about accountability in weight loss efforts. Look at groups like TOPS or Weight Watchers. Yes, they supply you with super valuable information and great tips, but you also know darn well you are going to have to step on that scale and SEE what you did or didn’t do at that weekly meeting. Pretty inspiring, ‘eh?

 
Enter The Diet Buddy. Not only is it a great idea to have a coach (like Amy), but it’s even a better idea to have a like-minded diet buddy in your corner. Someone you can call on a moments notice to talk you down from the urge to raid your kid’s Halloween buckets. A friend who doesn’t hesitate to smack your hand with a butter knife (gently of course) when you reach for that second half of restaurant sandwich you swore you would Doggy Bag home. That hasn’t happened to me yet, but Shannon, consider this your green light to swat some sense into me the next time I gorge at TJ’s Log Cabin. Kapeesh?


Web MD defines a Diet Buddy as: a partner who not only shares your weight loss and workout goals, but can help you navigate a kinder, gentler path to sveltsville. Many experts now say buddying up can make the difference between failure and success with any weight loss plan.



So who makes a good diet buddy? Well, that’s pretty personal choice. I’d say pick some-one like minded, who will build you up, not tear your down with criticism. The ‘experts” say it’s two people who share a common goal and they know they can count on each other to achieve that goal. The primary mode needs to be contact and support. And it must be someone who takes the journey seriously. A diet buddy isn’t much help if you are both eyeing the all-you-eat-dessert bar and in unison say, “Screw it! Let’s EAT!”
Be serious. Be committed. Work it like a project, baby.
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About Becky Flansburg


Becky Flansburg is freelance writer, blogger and virtual assistant living in Northern Minnesota. A dedicated mom to two beautiful kids, her veteran blog Franticmommy.com is filled with laughter and love about the joys parenthood. Becky is also committed to helping women realize their work-from-home dreams, enjoy life beyond the cubicle and find clarity in the work/life/family balance. Connect with Becky via her website, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest

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  1. shannon November 17, 2010 at 12:39 pm #

    Ditto on everything you posted here! Last night at the grocery store as I stood in the organic section and stared down the organic goldfish crackers…. I asked myself “is it worth it” Will I go home and CHOW down the entire box (which in my sick mind equals “a serving”) and do I really want these crackers or do I really want something else?

    I skipped the crackers, bought some awesome Annies Salad Dressing and organic lettuce and chowed on that when I got home. AND I LIKED IT!

    Now… to dust off the stability ball and actually use it!!

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