What is on my grocery list every week in a pandemic? Truth. Food is the only thing I have control over these days and it is oddly comforting. I dress for the Apocalypse when going to the grocery store and ask myself what do I need not what do I want. My goal for this period of time: to want what I need and to tell my food truth to myself every week. www.artofthediet.com
There are folks preparing for the Apocalypse and they have acronyms like GOOD=Get Out Of Dodge. I have an acronym for any dieters in the prepper population: SHWAA= So Here We Are Again & YSHTWYC: YOU STILL HAVE TO WATCH YOUR CARBS.
What’s Next on The Fun Agenda? 2020 begins with a cartoon question that I saw recently on an artist’s Instagram account. His name was “clownchic”. His character answered it by simply stating “Abstinence”. I laughed out loud as this character looked like he had abused every illegal substance available. After the holidays, don’t we all feel this way? Of course, but I cannot deal with another self help strategy, my own included. So, in 2020, I am focusing in literally on “Art of the Diet”. Artists who have tackled food, glorious food, food issues not so glorious, addiction issues, LIFE issues in their art and they have resonated with my own issues in some way. This month I discuss several artists. Philip Guston, Samara Golden, Dana Schutz, Wayne Theibauld, David Shrigley, Francisco de Goya. The podcast art for this month is a wall hanging/teatowel that I designed as a calendar for 2020 and that is for sale. 2020 is the Year of Anxiety for me as I turn 75 and it’s a presidential election year in the US. How much anxiety can an ol’girl take and maintain a 60 lb weight loss? We’ll find out. www.artofthediet.com
RESIST (Carbs and Hate) is the word of my day and the weeks to come of weight management. Sometimes, you don't understand why the old habits don't seem to work but passivity is not the conclusion. Resisting passivity is the only next step. That's where I'm at in weight maintenance and the state of my country. Resist CARBS and HATE.
There was a time when reading or listening to someone suggesting that I treat myself with a bit more kindness would have been met with severe eye rolling. By "there was a time", I mean as recently as last month and I’m 74. But, today's episode highlights what has turned my deep eyerolls into acceptance and more importantly, even doing it. Breathe in. Breathe out. With kindness, begin again. Dieting, Living, closing your garage door. it simply goes better with a little kindness. It's the eve of Independence Day in the US. www.artofthediet.com
Episode 166: Your Car Knows How Much You Weigh. A spokesman for the Auto Association let that cat out the bag. I thought it should have led the news cycle. And, a connection with meditation practice and weight management that does not involve 10-15 minutes of meditation with a body scan. Just thinking about being kind to yourself today. Just think it. Instagram @artofthediet www.artofthediet.com/166
Creativity is the best health plan (along with a sense of humor) and is the secret sauce to my long term weight loss and might be yours as well. This episode discusses why that might be and offers some suggestions as to why to give it serious consideration. www.artofthediet.com www.thephotogardener.com
"People Who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of who do." Isaac Asimov This podcast offers up what I know (for sure) about weight maintenance in an aging body: you have to eat less whether by choice or anxiety, eating less is the fundamental way to maintain a significant weight loss. It's not exercising more to maintain it is eating less to maintain. Telling the truth is not a marketing strategy these days and I don't just mean politics. But, here's a truth I made into fabric: "If chocolate isn't the answer, could you please repeat the question?" www.artofthediet.com www.patcoakley.com
74 years of living and what do I know? "Begin, again." is a successful mantra for my 10-year weight maintenance as well as a new (9 months) daily meditation practice. www.artofthediet.com
Lorne has spent half her 45 years worrying about her weight. Her great aunt, though, spent more. On her death bed, at 92 years old, she told Lorne, “Well, at least, I’m losing a little weight.” Lorne is determined not to spend the rest of her life worrying about this issue and the looping ride of the rollercoaster of weight gain and loss. She does not belong to a national weight loss program but is seeking out new ways to understand her issues and to deal with them. www.artofthediet.com email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Breathe. No, really. Take a deep breath in 2019. My new tool for weight maintenance and just about everything else. It may help you as well. If interested in being interviewed on this podcast, contact me: email@example.com visit: www.artofthediet.com
The key to December buffet tables is the same as every other month: simple habits. A new interview with Gilah whose story will resonate with you and also give you some practical advice for the month and the new year ahead.
I am delighted to add Episode #159 to the Art of the Diet Interviews! It is with a woman who is a WW lifetime and connect member as well as an all around wise woman about herself and her relationship with food. I’ve never talked with someone who uses WW from her workplace and she sheds some interesting thoughts on how to navigate those waters! So, I hope you enjoy it and it helps you to navigate the days ahead. The holidays and the election results. I can’t even pretend to be Zen about this despite this being the Art of the Diet podcast, these past two years have contributed layers of unease and disbelief that I’ve found exhausting. I’ve tried to deal with them with humor but on some days, and this past week was one of them, I just plain ran out of perspective and the only upside was my appetite disappeared. Managing stress used to be food related and now? I’ve committed in the past few months to a daily meditation practice. Sometimes 20-30 minutes, sometimes 5 minutes, multiple times a day. Yes, it’s true what they say: it helps manage stress and anxiety for sure, but it also seems to disengage me from interest in food as a remedy for anything. But, the challenge for my meditation practice will be Wednesday after I am aware of the results. The stakes for me? My next interview in December will either be conducted from a monastery or a Las Vegas 24 hour all you can eat buffet. Anyway, on to lovely wise Ilene. I’d to share your story so please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org! If you know of someone who would be willing to be interviewed, ask them! Have them contact me. Ok. Onward. I hope. www.artofthediet.com/159
A Commitment of Time Not a Number of Pounds to Lose. Today I interviewed Laurie who is on WW connect and I’ll include her Connect handle in the podcast notes. Laurie has some wisdom for all of us and I think you’ll agree after listening to our interview. I labeled this interview: A Commitment to Time not to Lost Pounds because that is just one pearl of wisdom that jumped out at me. When she began this last WW commitment she said to herself, “I’m going to make a commitment of time, a year, rather than to a # of pounds to lose. This time, it worked for her and I think there is wisdom in having time be the focus! But, I’ll let you decide for yourself. www.artofthediet.com My Etsy store: www.thephotogardener.etsy.com
A new interview with a WW member who has been at Lifetime goal for nine years. She beats the regain odds by a singular focus: accountability. She goes to a meeting every single week. www.artofthediet.com/157 If you are interested in being interviewed please contact me at email@example.com. My online store is www.thephotogardener.com
How to regain lost weight? I have one sure fire way: pretend my behavior has no consequences. Simple. What makes it not simple, however, is my physiological connection to carbs and how I manage them. This week's podcast was triggered by an article by Gary Taubes in the NYTimes called, Are You a Carboholic? Why […]
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“It is a scientific fact that your body will not absorb cholesterol if you take it from someone else's plate.”-Dave Barry If I can't have Dave Barry as a neighbor, Liz would be my second choice. Today, I interview Liz who is a WeightWatcher Lifetime member trying to get back to her goal weight. Liz was one of […]
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Today, I’m continuing to explore “self-control” on PODSNACKS episode 005 through my own experience of days when it is in good supply and other days when it seems depleted by 8 AM. I don't get why it is so elusive on some days and rock solid on others. Researching this topic convinced me that […]
“My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was sixty. She's ninety-seven now, and we don't know where the heck she is.” ― Ellen DeGeneres This week I am delighted to have a new interview and a new story to share. I just read where the author of “Zen and The Art of […]
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“OMG! I have superpowers! I can be invisible…No..wait! I'm just being ignored!!”-Anonymous This week I'm realizing that the whole business of weight loss ignores the painful reality that these businesses are based on folks regaining whatever weight they lose. I'm a skunk at the lawn party this week but truly believe that educating folks to […]
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