“I think losing weight, on any program, is done from a house built on a flat piece of land but weight maintenance needs a house built on a slippery slope.”-Pat Coakley
[THIS IS A RE-BROADCAST from 2016 and guess what? I think Slippery Slope Architecture for Weight Management is the single best concept I've had on this whole subject of weight management in 10+ years of gabbin' pretty much non-stop about this topic, including another reference to my evil twin. September 2020? Slippery slopes have taken on new meaning and once the anxiety of March and April initial lockdown leveled off into general numbness and inability to walk vigorously and daily due to some ongoing degenerative (charming word, eh?) issues, the summer months have passed, my appetite returned, as have 4 pounds. So, this week, September 15th, on my mirror is this message of a reminder that I have to weigh myself every day and that every day means every damn day, Pat. I have to stop dithering about and being very good at managing this issue, 90 seconds at a time like Bill Murray says he is good at acting. Acting suits him he said because he only has to be good at it for 90 seconds at a time. So, every damn day, Pat. EDD. Ha! Not the usual meaning for those letters. You can't do your normal exercise? Deal with it. Halve that portion on one meal. Maybe two. Just do something and Carry on.
So, why do I say this about the slippery slope for weight maintenance?
Because losing weight can be done over and over. Our individual stories can attest to that. Statistics from any national weight loss program can tout, as WW did recently, that folks lost more weight on the new program (Dec 2015) after three months than new members lost a year earlier after three months on the older plan.
Recently, a member admitted with great courage and shame that she was returning to WW for the 5th or 6th time, to lose 100 pounds.
So, yes, we know we can lose weight, over and over again.
It’s the keeping it off that is the bigger challenge.
I liken my 8 years ago 60-pound weight loss at 64 years old to living in a house on flat land. I was determined. I tracked. I weighed portions. I put in my 10K steps. I went every week to weigh in. I was scared. I was scared of being hobbled by knee and back problems as I aged.
Heightened focus, whatever its source, solves some of the usual suspects, ie. my evil twin, from sabotaging my efforts.
The seven years of weight maintenance, however, has required a house built on a slippery slope because all the things that got me to goal weight, though still effective, has lost out to my diminishing attention span and a body that subtly but insistently seems to be playing on the wrong team. (PS. There are biological and neurological reasons for that suggested in the article linked below, called, The Fat Trap.)
So, today on the podcast, I talk to myself about some of my own skills that I forget but have written about or podcasted about for two years AND have used successfully in the past but continue to need to implement in the future for more than 90 seconds.
The Art of the Diet for some weeks is the Art of War. A set of skills really can defeat the enemy staring out innocently from the bathroom mirror each morning.
Remember, Bill Murray’s quote about acting? I know exactly how he feels.
“Movie acting suits me because I only need to be good for ninety seconds at a time.”-Bill Murray
Weight maintenance would suit me just fine, too, if I just needed to be good for ninety seconds at a time. Here is my new video blog of this post on my YOUTUBE channel. If you want to be notified when I post another subscribe to the playlist “artofthediet”. Let me know by email if you like the video format? It just seems more personal in a time when distancing just seems to be our futures.
Also. PS. I am hoping to prime the pump for the return to reason and my non-saboteur brain activity by decluttering my closet and drawers the Marie Kondo way. The YouTube link is below. Why don't you try it, too, and let me know if it helps your saboteur-self at:
Marie Kondo Art of Decluttering: