“Movie acting suits me because I only need to be good for ninety seconds at a time.” Bill Murray
“One of the things I like about acting is that, in a funny way, I come back to myself.”- Bill Murray
Welcome to Episode 38 (REBROADCAST # 87 of Podsnacks, “Weight Maintenance for me is Groundhog Day without Bill Murray.”
Here’s my wikipedia summary of the movie Groundhog Day: After reliving Feb 2 for how many days years centuries we do not know, Bill Murray's character, Phil, finally decided to try and improve himself. He tries to use his knowledge of this day and the town’s people of Punxsutawney to help them, and to try and impress his lovely Rita with good deeds rather than manipulation. He even crafts a report of Groundhog Day that in this day and age goes viral and every media outlet is using. And, yes, he ultimately gets the girl and he wakes up and still has her and its Feb 3rd.
Moral of the story to me?
Some things are not changing even though I’ve changed food programs, but that doesn’t mean I can’t learn something every day that might help me and, maybe, others to restart the calendar.
I’ve maintained a weight loss for over 7 years. Already, I am in a very small minority of folks. Why am I able to do it?
I think #1 reason is this. I know every day that I think, “I’ve got this” as in ‘I know the drill’, ‘I know what I have to do to keep the weight off’ is the ticket to the regain train. A first class ticket.
In order to break the cycle of losing and regaining weight for the past seven years, I’ve had to acknowledge some realities and dip into the humility pool every day.
I don’t “got this” today nor will I “get it” tomorrow or any other day in the future.
It is the nature of my particular problem (and perhaps others) and if you don’t have this particular variety, God speed and I’m happy for you, but my type of problem, doesn’t go away with healthy eating. It doesn’t leave with the perfect ratios of fats, carbs and proteins or eating the right amount of “points” or combinations of meals and snacks.
Why? Because this problem, my problem, is not about the food. I’m not being flip. It really isn’t.
A cocaine addicts problem is not just about cocaine. An alcoholic's problem is not just about booze. Someone who has gained and lost weight, repeatedly in a lifetime, it’s not just about the food choices.
I might have thought this before I was able to maintain the weight loss but not now, seven years out.
And, particularly, not since switching to a different food program that emphasized fuller fat food choices that leave you feeling full, minimal sugars and no processed carbs. In other words, all my usual suspects for over-eating…bread, crackers, cookies, chocolate…have been drastically reduced and in some cases, like bread, totally eliminated.
So, I am maintaining my 60 pound weight loss on a different program, it’s true. But, they have one thing in common: me.
The podcast discusses why I think losing weight, on any program, is done from a house built on a flat piece of land but that weight maintenance needs a house built on a slippery slope.
And, Bill Murray as a neighbor, if at all possible.
My shop is finally on line! (Cue Trumpets!) It's called “The Photo Gardener”