December 10, 2013 - 0 Comments »
“What I’ve experienced is that I can’t know the future. I can’t know if anything that I do will change what happens tomorrow. I can’t know with certainty, but what I do know is if I do nothing, nothing will change.”
I receive some “inspirational” message e-mailed to me daily. I am not certain where it comes from nor do I often recognize the author. It’s not exactly Winston Churchill or Vince Lombardi.
The above entry was sent yesterday and I did not recognize the author. However, my mind immediately went to the weight control arena and I thought: ”Nope, I do not agree.”
If you are overweight and have any/many co-morbidities of the adverse weight situation, if you do nothing, lots of things may change. The affected person may suffer from a catastrophic event such as a heart attack or stroke, increasing need for medication can occur, a negative effect on a personal relationship could be a byproduct and other issues, from both a health and emotional standpoint may change.
The bottom line: When it comes to the weight control arena, if you “do nothing”, lots of things will change, none of which will be for the positive.
December 9, 2013 - 0 Comments »
There are two types of people that hate snow/ice/days where a person is housebound. I suppose teachers, government workers, students and anyone else that gets a “free day off” is not so upset when that scroll occurs on television showing school and work closings. Then, there are people in the private sector that need to make their way into work despite the treacherous conditions and view this weather as a giant pain in the a–.
So, we basically have 2 types of people stuck at home…..those that are happy and those that are pretty upset. Both of those groups will have one thing in common…the tendency to start cooking stuff and/or incessantly hitting the cookie cabinet or fridge. The happy group? Hey, its a party! Free day off…lets have some fun. The unhappy group? Stress eating.
Bottom line: No matter what you are feeling about today’s weather, try not to allow the housebound status to adversely affect your regimen of high protein/low carbohydrate. Do not succumb to those hot chocolates, popcorn and other snacks that become part and parcel of a homebound day.
December 8, 2013 - 0 Comments »
Sometimes the subject matter of these entries is a bit awkward but I believe it is important to explore all aspects of weight control on different aspects of life, as weight control has many more effects other than health ramifications. What prompted this entry was a movie saw last evening, entitle “Enough Said”. This starred the late James Gandolfini (Tony Soprano) and Julia Louis-Dreyfuss (Seinfeld’s Elaine). Both were divorced, she was a massage therapist, he a historian and both lonely. They meet at a party, initially no physical chemistry, but they go on a date anyway. They make each other laugh, enjoy the date, but still no real physical chemistry, mostly on her part being somewhat turned off by his weight and eating habits. Turns out that one of her massage clients is his ex-wife, and the ex-wife tells lots of stories about her ex-husband, including his poor performance in bed as well as his poor eating habits. The massage therapist does not let on either to her client or her now lover and boyfriend, James Gandolfini, that she knows his/her “ex”.
As the ex-wife keeps lamenting more and more and Gandolfini’s poor eating habits and weight control, Julia L-D starts questioning her relationship with him and she starts picking on him, to the point of embarrassing him in front of others as she scolds him on his eating. She also starts enjoying their love making less and less. I will not go on any further other to recommend that you most definitely see this flick. The acting is excellent, and for those of you that loved The Sopranos, it was really sad, but yet a kind of closure to see James Gandolfini perform so well in what turned out to be his last role.
Does your weight control affect your personal relationships? I know we are “supposed” to love the people in our lives based on what is inside, and not the outside package, but concerning the one person you share a bed with, does your successful weight loss improve intimacy? Heighten appeal? Overall make the relationship a better one?
I cannot answer these questions for you, but on an individual basis, although uncomfortable to think about, try to put an answer to these questions. There are many, many reasons why we should all be at a more ideal weight, and the improvement in personal relationships is usually one of them.
December 7, 2013 - 0 Comments »
No, this entry is not about the San Jose hockey team not some program on Animal Planet. There is an expression that goes something like this: “IT’S LIKE SHARKS GETTING THE TASTE OF BLOOD.” This implies a “frenzy” of sorts, and that expression is just not used in the actual food/eating arena. Basically, sharks, when they smell/sense/taste blood very quickly aggregate in that area and try very hard to tear into anything/anyone that is emitting that blood. Their sense of smell is keen.
I am now going to use this to analogize situations in which the person attempting to lose weight eliminates carbohydrates completely, but then, when a taste of a carb occurs, it almost forces the person to seek more and more and more. Almost akin to the shark tasting blood and being savagely compelled to get lots more, many people cannot even have one morsel of carbs or else the same “I need/want more” behavior occurs.
I am not certain there is corrective action on this other than to purposefully limit the availability of that carb source when/if you decide to eat said carb. For instance, do not buy an entire pizza thinking you can eat just one slice. Buy from a place that sells individual slices. Do not buy and bring home a box of cookies. If compelled, buy an individual one. Or,, just stay true to form and keep all carbs out while you are in a weight losing mode. As long as you have excess body fat, your cells will do quite well working off those sources and those cells do not need outside carbs to get nourishment.
Last note: We had our staff holiday party last night. I am so proud of the SP Team…they really care lots about all of you and I really care lots about them. Next year to Vegas!
December 6, 2013 - 0 Comments »
First, I want to thank all of you that stopped by at our 25th Anniversary Patient Appreciation Night. I had a great time, and the best scene for me last evening was when I observed from a distance 2 of my long-term patients, one a 93 year old gentleman, long military career, served our country in World War 2, the Korean and Vietnam wars meeting and talking for the first time to another retired military office patient of mine that served our country in the Korean and Vietnam wars. Watching this interchange was priceless. And for my patients that could not attend, I still of course want to “thank you” once again for being my patients!
Today I want to discuss the difference between thinking/telling yourself/having some one else tell you ” YOU CANNOT…” vs. the mindset of feeling “I CHOOSE NOT ….” This can apply to many situations but let’s focus on the food/eating/drinking arena. When a person feels that they are being told or telling themselves.”You/I CANNOT have a drink….you/I CANNOT eat that dessert…you/I CANNOT have those potatoes”, this does not feel nearly as good as the mindset of having the choice. When a person feels the sensation of making a choice, the control/decision becomes his/hers and there is usually a better outcome. I believe as parents we all tried to manipulate our kids’ behavior at times by making them feel they were choosing the course of action we wanted them to take as opposed to enforcing our will.
The mindset of “dieting, sacrifice and deprivation” as this relates to weight loss efforts cannot easily be shaken off. If you can find yourself mentating more in terms of making choices as opposed to “I am forbidden”, this will make it easier psychologically to embrace and continue your efforts to become happier and healthier.