Weight Loss ABC’s

by Mary Ann Senatore (your weight loss friend)

Hello all,

I am nearly at goal weight. I have about 8 pounds left and today is Halloween. What happens on Halloween? We get haunted by the candy goblins. Some people are not even frightened by the goblins, but others are terrified and I admit to having the candy fear.

What is the best thing to do when we need to face a fear? Be like NIKE, and just do it. How? Weight simple basics. Before we learn to read, we must learn the alphabet. Why not apply the ABC’s to keeping us focused during the holiday season. We all know it starts with Halloween and ends on New Years Day.

A-always stay focused (not always easy, but it can be done-and you are not alone)

B-be in control (once we take control, we can achieve anything)

C-consider alternatives (instead of chips, reach for pretzels)

D-decide in advance (we are more likely to stay on target if we plan our meals in advance)

E-eat small meals throught out the day (not allowing oursleves to get hungry)

F-find a friend (support is important)

G-go for a walk (exercise is important for all of us-start slow-but stay focused)

H-have a plan (if necessary, make an appointment with yourself, just like the doctor, dentist or salon)

I-include family members (once they know what you are doing, they can help)

J-just do it (JDI) what are you waiting for?

K-keep a diary (write down your meals, feelings, successful and not so successful days)

L-look for new foods (just because we are losing weight, our foods don’t have to be boring)

M-make meals special (use the good dishes, treat yourself like a guest)

N-no punishments (if you gain weight, its done and move on, tomorrow is just a sleep away)

O-oh how good it feels! (when we put on a smaller size and it fits)

P-put “trigger” foods out of reach (out of sight out of mind)

Q-quick fixes are not reality (fad diets don’t work)

R-reward yourself when you attain a goal (buy a new lipstick or video game after each goal is achieved)

S-sugar substitutes can have flavor (flavored sweetner to give coffee a new pizzazz)

T-take time for yourself (we all take care of everyone, but leave little time for ourselves)

U-undo bad habits (easier said than done, but so worth it as we step toward success)

V-variety will keep you focused (being bored with food leads to failure)

W-want it (we will never achieve a goal unless we want it to happen)

X-eXamine the reasons why we eat (stress, hunger, boredom to name a few)

Y-You (losing weight for anyone buy yourself is just silly-do it for yourself)

Z-ZA! ZA! ZOO! (there is no better feeling than knowing you have succeeded)

Go through those candy bags, allow 5 pieces of candy and give the rest away. The office candy jar is a good place provided the candy jar is not on your desk. Rent a scary movie and make popcorn instead!

Happy Halloween and I look forward to hearing your success tips for holiday success.

Your Friend,

Mary Ann

More of Me to Love?

by Mary Ann Senatore (your weight loss friend)

Hello all,

Last month I admitted to gaining some weight back and this month I am once again on the road to success. I have lost (relost) 5 pounds. I have 6 more to lose and the total gain will be gone. Thank you all for your support. The relose is always slower the second time around, isn’t it?

This month, I would like to ask all readers these questions. Can we ever look at larger women as just women? Why do we need to label a woman by size? Does the possibility exist that we love someone more by the pound? Is overweight a sign of poor decision making abilities?

While watching TV the other night, I could not believe the preview for a new TV show. The premise is plus size women competing for the affections of one man.

I started to think about what more of me to love meant and I pondered the idea that if a woman weighs 100lbs, the love she is given is 100 proof, however if a woman weighs 200lbs then the love she is given is 200 proof. If this is the case then why do we strive to lose weight when the stronger proof is clearly the more potent and the more desired, isn’t it?

Thinking a bit more I also wondered why women who are more than what the “average” weight should be are described as plus, or large, or their sizes are described as extended. Why do we feel the need to label someone who is “above average” in such a derogatory way? Isn’t above average looked upon as a good thing?

We look at a woman’s eye color, hair color, height, shoe size, ring size and smiles and recognize the differences but when it comes to size we use labels such as petit, average and plus. Based on the more of me to love premise, the plus size women are loved more. I wonder how the petit and average size women are feeling right now. Has anyone ever said to a size 4 woman that she would be given more love if she was a size 24? I don’t think so!

If we are equating weight to the amount of affection we can be given then what is next? All women with size 9 or above feet will be charged an extra fee for a pedicure? All women with a ring size of 8 or more will have to pay for 2 rings when they only want to buy 1?

Clearly a woman’s weight and the affection she is given do not have a connection but we continue to label and define a woman by her size. Plus size women find it difficult to be taken serious, as if the ability to control one’s weight reflects the ability to make intelligent decisions. I realize the choice between ice cream and celery is a difficult one, but if ice cream is chosen does this mean a woman will make a poor business decision? Does this mean that only women who eat celery can make good business decisions? Once again, I think we realize a good business mind does not stem from ice cream or celery choices. So why is weight an obstacle to recognizing the valuable contribution a woman can make?

Overweight women face these feelings and many more every day. The desire to lose weight is as individual as finger prints or eye color. The desire may be there, but perception, image, and feelings are also part of weight loss success.

I would like to leave you with this thought: The next time you see an overweight person; can you just see a person? Can you look past the weight? Can you just notice that there is a person in line or on the elevator and not see size?

As always, your friend in the weight loss journey,

Mary Ann