Hire a Slippery Slope Architect for Your Weight Management House-PODSNACKS-ArtoftheDiet119-Rebroadcast

“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.

Every Damn Day Sticky Note
Every Damn Day Sticky Note

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:


News from Donut-Hole Country-PODSNACKS/ArtoftheDiet 127


Greetings from my country, Donut-Hole Country, where I can eat five glazed munchkins and not think I've eaten a donut.

This is Pat Coakley and episode 127 of Podsnacks/Artofthediet and today we're talking “sugar” and my new immigration policy of allowing anyone into Donut-Hole country who can invent something that brings the sugar (like a donut hole) without making me feel guilty. I don't care what religion you are, what race you are or what country you are from, if you bring sugar and less guilt, you're in.

PS. I'm at the indoor track at 5:30 AM as I record it so the audio quality is not great! But, another snowstorm is in progress and if I didn't go to walk in the early hours I wouldn't be walking at all as the storm is supposed to go all day.

If ever a group might understand the necessity of doing two things at once, recording a podcast and exercising, it would be listeners to this podcast!

If you'd like to participate in my survey, just email me at artofthediet@gmail.com with SURVEY in subject line!

Check out facebook.com/artofthediet and see if you can find the group!


Articles about diets without sugar:

Article One.

Article Two:

Article Three (a podcast with transcript)


The Politics of Abuse PODSNACKS/Art of the Diet 099

We are asleep with compasses in our hand.-WS Merwin

Welcome to episode #99 of Podsnacks, the weekly edition of Art of the Diet.  Today, I do not begin with a funny quote as I have temporarily lost my sense of humor due to today's headlines.  Word to the wise, this episode mentions politics and if you can't take it, I understand, but I'm like the newscaster in “Network”, the movie.  Peter Finch, remember him?  He was having a breakdown on TV and exhorted his listeners to open their windows and put their heads out and yell, “I'm sick and tired and I can't take it anymore.”

Yep, that's where I'm at. But, I have to take it. I have to learn how to live with it despite being sick and tired of it and profoundly afraid, like no other time in my life, for my country and the rest of the world.  And, it's an anxiety that I have to acknowledge just as I would a serious medical diagnosis or divorce or death in the family that is part of how I am successfully (so far) managing my weight loss.

If I'd been given a serious medical diagnosis that would require treatments, side effects, and adjustments to my life's habits and outlook, I'd be mentioning it here.  Whatever causes us chronic pain and anxiety affects our daily life and our ability manage stress and weight management goals..

So, it's time for me to discuss the elephant in the room that I've been trying to negotiate with since November 9, 2016.

Not a day has gone by since the election that my anxiety level on a day to day basis has not risen.  About two months ago one of those monthly emergency broadcast tests interrupted a radio program I was listening to.  Their “beeping” noise is unpleasant by design. It's meant to get your attention.  I am sure you all have experienced it at some point as well.  This was the first time in 72 years that I remember thinking as the beeping began and I realized it was the emergency broadcast channel, that I thought “O, god. This is real.”  At this point in the news cycle, the President of the United States had twittered that an “armada of warships” was headed in the direction of North Korea.  (Turns out this was not true, as he well knew, because the “warships” were headed to New Zealand or somewhere in opposite direction to do planned military exercises but I didn't know that till two days later.)  I guess he thought it would be a good idea to rattle North Korea's chain.  Bullying tactics that one unbalanced leader sends to another, I guess.  I don't know about Kim Jong Un, but my chain was rattled and it's rattling every damn day.

This type of anxiety whether it comes from a medical diagnosis, a divorce, a death, is part of the life of all of us.  How we deal with it is the larger issue.  The particulars of our anxiety we don't have to relate to in their details or, in this case, even agree with, but the overall umbrella of chronic anxiety?  Yes, all of us at different times in our lives have to navigate these waters.

So, today, toward the middle of this podcast, I discuss it and share what recipe I am using to deal with it.  Literally, a recipe.  I have a food answer, of course.

I have linked to it here and it is one of those annoying web pages that has so many ads that you have to scroll down to almost the bottom of the page to see the recipe.

I'll be back to humor next week.  At least, that's my goal. I'm going to call it a NSV (non scale victory) if I can pull it off.


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