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I took a Community Ed Class last week.
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.