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Why Diets Don’t Work: Reason #3

Reason #3:  Diets don’t last.

Let’s admit it. Diets are horrible at giving us a plan that will keep us in the game for life. Sure, we may be able to stick to a diet for a few months, but even if we do, it never sticks because we get tired of the control it has over our lives. Remember the popcorn and water diet that Lara went on in college to lose a few pounds? A week later she threw her hands up in defeat because the diet actually caused her to GAIN weight! That’s right, gain! And when this happens don’t you want to scream, “So forget it!” and turn to food out of frustration? There it is, another diet that didn’t last…

Or how about those times you were 100% committed–you were diligent with your workouts, healthy eating, and calorie tracking, and you were able to shed a significant amount of weight. Life was good in regards to dropping pounds, right? But then what happened? If you are anything like us, you were ready to start having a “normal” life once you lost the weight, but once you got there, you had no idea how to do it. It left you at at a dead-end.Diet Maze

Diets don’t give you the tools to succeed, they just give you the quick fix to lose the weight, leaving you empty-handed, LOST, on how to maintain the weight for life.

So, if diets have no staying power, no ability to keep us in the game, how can we win at a game we are not playing?

We can’t.

Time for a new game plan.

Something we can do for life.  And something that we can be happy about doing.  That’sPeace with Food.  

Are you ready to let go of dieting and try something you can do for life?  Reclaim your life and get back in the game!

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Take-Home Message:

Peace with Food is something you can do for life and it is also something that will give you peace and happiness.  

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Feeling Like A Failure

Sunday morning I made my family breakfast.  To me, I was going “all out” as I made the kids orange juice from a frozen can and threw together a quick and easy breakfast casserole.  For a moment I felt like finding my SuPerMoM cape and attaching it to my p.j’s.  “Look at me!” I was rejoicing inside.  “I’m a pro at this Mom stuff!”

The t.v. just happened to catch my eye as I headed into the dining room.  Pioneer Woman was on the food network.  Consequently, she too was making breakfast that morning.  I enjoy watching her show and am faSciNateD by her life.  I couldn’t help but keep watching, noticing her amazing (spotless) kitchen.  She put her homemade French toast in the oven and headed off to her garden to water her flowers.  Of course, the plants were luscious and looked like something out of Better Homes and Garden.  Everything was perfect, clear down to the beauty of the garden hose (I know…is that even possible?!)!  Once breakfast was ready she told her daughter to “grab the hot syrup I have warming on the stove”.  As I watched the hot syrup flow out of the beautiful serving dish I realized I hadn’t blinked in the last 5 minutes….

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Remember the last sentence of my first paragraph?  Well, those feelings were long gone.  I felt so deFeaTed.  The breakfast I made was a joke compared to what I had just witnessed.  And the gardening?  I would have been lucky to remember that I bought a small plant at Wal-Mart, only to find it dead in the back of our expedition a few weeks later.

I just want to be clear that I think Pioneer Woman is an inspiration, but I would be foolish to think that every part of her life is as perfect as seen on t.v.  If, at the right time, you took a snap shot of every person’s life, it would appear that their situation and life is perfect.  Someone is even looking at part of your life and wishing theirs was as perfect as yours!  Doesn’t that make you laugh? Of course!  Because we know how imperfect our own lives are, and can’t believe how much we have them fooled!  Yet why do we think we are soooo different than everyone else?

With pinterest, t.v. and magazines, it is easy to feel like a failure!  In the future, use these things as resources to moTiVaTe or give you some ideas.  DON’T use it as a comparison tool, because the only person you are fooling is yourself!

Lara

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Stop Staring at Me!

Are you ever trying to break a bad habit, but the hAbit is always staring you down?  I was having this issue over the weekend with a red velvet cake.  Although I knew there were a tremendous number of calories in every slice and how sluggish it made me feel AFTER I ate it…I still wanted more.My solution?  The cake went in the trash.  I eNjoYed two small slices over the weekend, but I won’t feel guilty for throwing something away that is only going to make me feel worse.  Back
in the day and I would have never thought to do such a thing.  Knowing that there are people in the world in nEEd of something to eat would have kept me from tossing it.  However, keeping unnecessary snacks and junk food around the house would just be contributing to another big problem in this country, weight management.

Sometimes we have to take eXtreMe measures to avoid being stared down by our tEmptAtions.  In the end, we need to do whatever it takes to set ourselves up to SuCCeeD.

~Lara

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Sweet Spot “Spotters”- The Challenge (Wk 15)

I went through a time in my life where I was fRusTrAteD in almost every aspect of my life.  Things just didn’t seem to be going well for me.  I felt mediocre, or worse, like a failure.  That is when I remembered a couple of compliments I had been given years earlier by two separate individuals.  They both said the same thing, “Robynn is the NiCeSt person I know.”  I remember being floored that two people who didn’t even know each other and didn’t live in the same city said the same exact thing.

My point in sharing that story is not to say I’m the nicest person around because it turns out that I know fRiEndLier aNd NicEr people than I am and I try to emulate these people.  Instead my purpose in sharing this story is to show how these people had seen my gifting, my tAleNt which is being fRieNdLy and enCouRagiNg to others.  That is my StrEngTh.

When I thought back to these comments the LigHtBuLb went off!!  I wasn’t operating in my GIFT, instead I was trying to be someone else.  I was trying to emulate people who have strengths in the areas of my weaknesses and when I did I failed.

What gifts and talents do others see in you?  Maybe it’s not even something that you have ever considered being a gift or a talent.  Maybe you have blown off CoMpliMenTs thinking that people are “just saying that”, “don’t really mean it”, or “are just trying to be nice” .  It may be time to take their compliments to heart.  Could it be that they are pointing you to your “SwEeT sPoT” without you even knowing it?

Robynn~

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