Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Gut Level Honesty

A short six weeks ago, I sat silent with laryngitis and the flu, watching Oprah's show for the very first time. It might as well have been church for me. At the end of Bob Greene's message, I responded to his invitation to accept the 2008 BestLife Challenge.

I was, as Dr. Phil says, at the crossroads, ready to get off the fence, ready to begin translating my insights, understandings and awareness into purposeful, meaningful, constructive action.

I made up my mind that 52 years old is not too late to begin. I was ready to wipe the slate clean, start over (again!),
and reclaim my health and my life...
no matter how much it hurt to change.

Then I read Oprah's preface to Bob Greene's book (see sidebar): "What I know for sure is that living an unconscious life is like being the walking dead. All my fat years - my unconscious years - are a blur to me now. It's only because I have photographs and diaries that I remember them at all. And sometimes, even then I don't remember being present, because I wasn't really there."

THAT'S ME, I sobbed. Every "fat year" I created was a real bummer in one way or another. Here I was again, making another
"searching and fearless moral inventory" of myself.

Dr. Phil says it this way: "Effective weight management demands that you require more of yourself in terms of personal integrity, honesty and maturity. Get real enough with yourself to say, 'I'm mature and honest enough not to play mind games with myself.'" learning to be accountable (again!), I am pleased to report that by following Dr. Phil's principles and The BestLife program of healthy eating and regular exercise, I have lost 17 pounds and 14-1/2 inches since January 15.

***And my DH has lost 22 pounds!!

(Dr. Phil's quotes from 2 Book Set: The Ulitmate Weight Solution: The 7 Keys to Weight Loss Freedom/The Ultimate Weight Solution Food Guide.)


HappyBlogChick said...

Wow! That's wonderful! Good for you.

Isn't it nice to find a plan that works for us? I think we all have different needs, so different plans work for different people. I'm glad you found yours ... sounds like you were watching the right show at the right time!

Nicole said...

Holy mackerel! That's AMAZING! Well done and good for you. :o)

Pattie said...

I am SO proud of you! Not just for the weight loss (which is amazing!) but for your attitude change. I am sitting on the fence right now, at age 51, and can't seem to jump to one side or the other. Your progress and determination encourages me today.


Jenera said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

I started my whole journey the first of this year and I'm digging the results! Isn't if fun to actually see the scale move down?

forgetfulone said...

That is fabulous! I have Dr. Phil's book, and I need to read it. I started the year with a bange, working out, eating better, and about a month ago, I got sick. I'm still not well, and everyone in the house has been sick at some point in the last month with sinus infections, strep (twice), or an ear infection. Sounds like excuses, huh? I admire your dedication.