Marcia's Blog is a lifestyle change and dieting blog written by a beloved and respected nutritionist/weight loss counselor/lecturer Marcia Bodenstein. She has helped thousands of kosher consumers achieve and maintain weight loss.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Hi to all of you, and thanks for being there. I can so relate to "I was off and now I'm back on", "I was off and now I need a jumpstart", "Yom Tov is coming so I'd better lose a few pounds to give myself some leeway" or "Yom Tov is coming I will start after...." Those diet conversations are so embedded into our consciousness that they are almost apart of us. I also know that there are 2 rules: begin and continue. This isnt on and off like a light bulb. It is one continuous journey-so we are either journeying forward or backward. When we think about starting over, or starting from the beginning it is with something "really strict" so we can lose those few punds that we "just put on". Sweet, you are so right - if we are continuously looking for a jump start we will be on a restrictive "diet" always.
We dont want to start "from the beginning" - what we want is the determination and enthusiasm that we started with - when the program, or any program, was a novelty,something new, something exciting! Please, please, please -dont look for excitement in the food or in the food plan. None of it is meant to be exciting - look for that somewhere else. The program is meant to teach us SELF-CARE, PRIDE, DIGNITY AND SELF-RESPECT. And that happens a soon as we decide to abandon those old self-defeating ideas and behaviors, cut up that salad,sit down and eat it, get a tall glass of water and drink it, toss out those trigger foods, put on a pair of sneakers and take a walk.
So loseweightima and sweet and all the others out there who tell me you much you love my blog: Yom Tov is a week and a half away - what you do on Yom Tov will be dependent on what you do NOW UNTIL THEN!!! If you have a "good" 11 days, chances are you will be fueled with some determination to work harder on Yom Tov - if you dont you are not beginning your healthy eating journey on September 29th.
Let's give ourselves what we daven for and what we wish for - good health, and happiness - it all starts with YOU!!

3 comments:

optinosh said...

It is amazing that so many of us think about food and dieting in the same ways. I try to take everything one day at a time, but even with the good advice about taking care of ourselves, I find myself overeating anyway and I notice my clothes are getting tight again.

You'll see I am up now in the middle of the night..... it's because I have indigestion from eating too much too late at night because after preparing for Shabbos and baking ruggalach for yom tov, I decided at 10pm that I had to try a few ruggalach to "make sure they were good............" They were very good if I have to say so myself........

I wish I read Marcia's blog before 10pm.......

shayna said...

Have a good Shabbos.

I just avoided a "planned binge" by reading this last newsletter. Thanks for the inspiration Marcia.

Anonymous said...

Does honey affect the body the same as processed sugar? I've been off of sugar since after Pesach and I wonder what to do for Yom Tov.