Meet Steph. She was born and lived in US until a year and half ago but now lives in Stellenbosch, South Africa with her husband and five kids while he completes his graduate studies at the University there. She describes what “quarantine” has meant and if you think the US rules were strict, listen to Steph. I spent most of the time listening and going, “Really?”. www.patcoakley.com www.thephotogardener.com
Meet Alice. A First Grade Teacher in a Catholic School in Washington, DC during COVID19. After listening, you may agree that Teachers, Students and Parents are some unsung heroes of this pandemic. www.patcoakley..com
Meet Babz. 27 year old Occupational Therapist who moved to Boston, Mass in February 2020 just as pandemic effects were beginning to challenge the city and the entire state. Meet Babz. Needed to. Meant to. This is how she answered my question about any conflict about being a health care worker in the middle of a pandemic in Boston, Massachusetts. After the interview, I had a strange feeling. I couldn’t recognize it at first. It turned out to be hope. www.patcoakley.com www.thephotogardener.com firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
"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
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
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 […]
Maintaining a significant weight loss is a daily battle with the your body playing for the wrong team.-Pat Coakley Ah, that would be me, Pat Coakley, and this is episode 39 of Podsnacks the weekly edition of the daily blog www.artofthediet.com and this weeks' tips for weight management come from Laura, and 8 year Lifetime […]
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“We are all here on earth to help others. What on earth the others are doing, I do not know”.- W.H. Auden Hello, this is Pat Coakley and welcome to Podsnacks/Art of the diet, the weekly audio version of my blog, www.artofthediet.com As many listeners and readers know, but for the benefit of new ones, I document […]
Raise your glass for a Toast: “Champagne for our real friends and real pain for our sham friends.”• Francis Bacon The toast came from a recollection from the writer Julian Barnes speaking to Eleanor Wachtel on her weekly podcast, Writers & Company” on the CBC. My favorite podcast ever by the way. It just seemed to […]
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“It would be really nice of me to volunteer for something. Who knows…maybe I will someday. I'm such a good person for thinking of possibly doing that.” • Allie Brosh• Allie Brosh. Oh, the talent, the wit, the insight. She blogs about her life, wrote a book called, “Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed […]
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Not so easy summer listening: All Art of the Diet podcast episodes: 1-144. The third year anniversary of PODSNACKS/Art of the Diet is mid August. From now until then, I am going to edit all episodes for relevancy and topic. Can I listen to myself that much? Dunno. But, each week I'll be rebroadcasting one I think worth re-listening to if you are a veteran listener or a good one for a new listener. I'll figure out what I'll do with those I decide to keep when the editing task is over. All I know is whatever form it ends up in, a PDF form, a book, a comic strip, I'll offer to my loyal listeners! You can sign up on my artofthediet.com website. I'll be occasionally using Facebook and WW Connect over this period but I'll be in re-broadcast mode until my green editor's hat is back in the drawer. If you have any episode you particularly found helpful, let me know the episode # and I'll include it in the rebroadcast queue. www.artofthediet.com/145 www.thephotogardener.com
As Queen Elizabeth II would say, "I've had a Septem Horribilis". AKA, A bad week. Remember when the Queen of England made the pronouncement that she'd had an "Annus Horribilis" after her Windsor castle burned and her son and his wife, Diana, were duking it out in the tabloid press? Well, this week, I had a bad week and decided it might sound a bit better in Latin, and you know what? It does. Septem Horribilis simply sounds a bit classier than a regular bad week. But, this was a regular bad week, to be sure. No castles burning, but discipline? Well, now, that was MIA. I can plan on this week being a horrible one just about every year at this time. But, this week I got a double whammy, but what I do during this horribilis is very ordinary and predictable. The Triscuits are gone. So, this week, let's talk what we do when we have our regular, predictable Septem Horribilis. www.artofthediet.com/137
Voice of one whale to another: “My new year’s resolution is to lose 38 thousand pounds.” This is a hilarious cartoon from the New Yorker and although I do not want to lose 38 thousand pounds, I do want to maintain for the ninth year, a 60 pound loss, and I need a sense of […]
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I hate housework. You make the bed, you do the dishes and six months later you have to start all over again. Joan Rivers Ok. This photo I took in Wyoming. I was in a car not on a horse. It's rare that street signs make me laugh. Anyway, I've decided this quote from Joan […]
After 8+ years of maintaining a 60-pound weight loss, I have one tip. Just one. Hip and healthy foods come and go but a sense of humor is by far more important than eating cauliflower rice. This episode contains humorous quotes that I consume in-between meals. You are going to need this collection after next week's podcast […]
Episode #110 of the podcast discusses what every woman has experienced from a very early age: sexism and misogyny. Do we recognize it at the time? No. Do we recognize it later in life? Most of us do. Can it come from people who love us? Yes. If you are the lucky woman who has […]