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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Weigh in: Week 29 and Oprah

Women Food and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost EverythingIf you don't mind, I'm not going to weigh in every week now! I want to ween myself from the scales and my addiction to them. I've been obsessed with that number I see on Monday mornings and what size I can fit into. Don't worry though, I'm not relaxing my diet at all and am still Belly Fat Cure 100% of the time. I just don't want to be a slave to the scales for the rest of my life. (In case you didn't read last week, I reached my goal weight!)

I passed my Kidney Stones successfully! It really wasn't as bad as I expected, but they were really really small. So I'm feeling much better now. I have a 5k this weekend. Its the first one I have done in 16 years, so wish me luck!

It's no secret I love Oprah. I'm a 40 year old suburban housewife, so little surprise there. Lately I seem immersed in Oprah. I got the unauthorized biography of her written by Kitty Kelley and found it to be a nasty, mean spirited book (the book constantly took pot shots at her weight, among other things). I also listened to 10 hours of her Book Club podcast with Ekhart Tolle on my drive to San Diego. It really spoke directly to me and I feel like it taught me a lot. Then this week she had Geneen Orth on, the author of Women Food and God. We all have seen Oprah struggle with her weight and yo-yo back and forth, and sympathized with her. But it also justified my inability to lose weight and keep it off, if Billionaire Oprah can't do it then how can I?

The show titled Why Oprah Will Never Diet Again talked about being honest with yourself and your insecurities, and so much more. One of the "rules" they asked you to follow addressed one of my worst habits. It is "Eat with the intention of being in full view of others". My closet eating was a real problem and I've made the rule that I don't eat anything I wouldn't eat in front of the skinniest person I know. (Click on the link above if you missed the episode) But I find I am struggling with body image still, and I'm surprised by that. So I have some work I need to do on myself still left.

I'm getting this book and I know my Sister Misha is going to read it too. (So happy to call her by her real name!) It will be our summer reading project. I feel like I have this all figured out and that I couldn't let myself go again. But then, Oprah thought so too and I'll take all the help I can! If you are reading it too, let me know what you thought, I may write a bit about it this summer if it's as good as I hope it to be.

ps. I hope you will take a moment to read my interview with Anthony D'Amato about his 200 lb weight loss earlier this week too! So inspiring!


  1. I think the Lack Of Scale movement is a great idea:-) I'm doing something a little different and a bit more fun, I find. I'm giving myself the Temperature Jeans goal...I found a pair of great jeans that I'd love to wear and made that my goal. Once I could wear those jeans, I found another pair that I've YET to fit and keep them in my closet as my symbolic carrot.

    And then I just go about my life, eating well and feeling great about how well it's all working! And it IS working - yay, BFC:-) I'm even gonna start a veggie garden this summer so I have lots of leafy greens and other yummy stuff to 'tempt' myself with...see my first steps here => http://www.kjkonkin.com/2010/05/kj-rototiller.html

    Thanks for documenting your journey...it's a great inspiration.

  2. Thanks Krista - I think that is great idea! I am also planting green veggies. I was going to try the Square Foot Garden idea, Ill check your blog too!

  3. Hi there,
    I just found your blog tonight and will be reading the whole thing in bits and pieces. I bought the BFC book this week and will be starting on Monday. When I read your comment about Square Foot Gardening, I knew I'd enjoy your blog because I just borrowed that book from the library. Thanks for the inspiration. I'm anxious about this journey (read: failing) and it'll be nice to be able to read about people who have succeeded. Thank you for sharing.

  4. This is a fabulous post! I've been a big fan of Geneen Roth for years though I've always needed her philosophy plus some sort of formal plan. She has a great monthly column in Good Housekeeping mag.

    I, too, have been a big Oprah supporter though there was something fishy about her whole thyroid issue. As someone with a thyroid disorder, I think she did a disservice to the whole thyroid discussion but, other than that, she can pretty much do no wrong in my book.

    I figured that the Kitty Kelley book would be pretty nasty. I'm NOT a big fan of hers and have pretty much skipped all her books but, of course, still totally curious.

    Good luck with the scale weaning! I've tripped a little on vacation but nothing earth-shattering. I'll give it a week after I get back until I get on the scale. I did see a cookie yesterday that had 46 grams of sugar in it. Good God! That was EASY to skip!