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Monday, January 5, 2009

Oprah's Meme (pass it on)

I'd imagine that today's Oprah show about her weight-regain "confession" is a popular topic across weight loss blogs today. I didn't watch it (I was in the OR, and I don't have a TV) but I did look at an article about it and I checked her website about the show. (That's something I did occasionally before I started school, but not since then.) I like The Oprah. Yeah, she's a brand, and she's sort of inappropriately revered as a guru or goddess. But she mostly acts like regular folks on her show, and the number of times that she has gone in front of her public with her weight gains and losses is just staggering. I can't imagine having those kind of cahones to do that publicly, and people really gain a lot of hope and inspiration from that. So I don't really complain about The Oprah; I likes her.

On her website she posted an "exercise" that seemed appropriate for me, and millions of others who are newly committed to achieving weight goals in the new year. So here it is, and feel free to adopt it for your blog if you like. It ain't mine, after all. Talk to The Oprah.

1. What are you hungry for? Companionship, cameraderie. A creative outlet in a life that is currently centered around science and learning. My partner, here with me.

2. Why are you overweight? Well, I'm STILL overweight because I ran out of steam. I knew it had happened, I knew it was going to happen with the intensity of last semester, and well, it did. I am still much closer to my goal than I was this time last year.

3. Why have you been unable to maintain weight loss in the past? Uh, well, because diets don't work? And because I have to eat far less food to lose or maintain than I used to be able to without my lap band. I have been able to maintain this weight loss, for the most part. I have maintained within 5 pounds for the past 6 months. Prior to my band, I've discussed ad nauseum in these pages why I couldn't maintain weight loss before.

4. What in your life is not working? Being apart from my mate. The stress of long distance marriage, money issues, and anesthesia education, plus recent personal losses.

5. Why do you want to lose weight? I want to achieve my goal that I set nearly 2 years ago--a goal that I think is reasonable and healthy for me, and not overreaching. I want to feel healthy and able to physically do whatever I feel like doing.


Diz said...

Thanks Gwen. I did do the Oprah questions. I thought the show was good, but it's surprising how Oprah didn't grasp the "life-long" journey aspect of it. Well, at least not before.

Diz said...

This is a good one, and I passed it on. It forces you to take a hard look at yourself.

My prayers are with you and the hubby. I hope he lands a job soon and that you both are able to weather the storm.