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My way or the highway

My way or the highway
As someone who writes about weight loss for a (ha!) living (OK, grocery money), I get pitches and samples of LOTS of things. And as someone who has a problem with her attention span, I am often tempted to think: "Hey! This might be the one ...


Protein powder


Eating plan

Weight loss 'system'

Web site



Meal delivery service




... that will finally click with me."

It happened again when a huge box showed up at the front door with an assortment of fancy weight-loss meals. I eagerly looked through the selections and the next day I followed the plan. That night, I lay in bed, feeling sad and nervous.

"I don't want to follow their plan. I want to follow my plan! What if all I want for lunch is a Power Crunch bar and an apple? What if I just want a smoothie? Or a bowl of oatmeal?"

So I decided that I would sample the meals but that I would fit them into MY program.

I haven't been following MY program very well, but when I do, I have success. I get easily distracted by all the external sources that find their way to my front door and inbox (all you PR people are doing a bang-up job!).

I know that following someone else's rules works for many people, but it doesn't work for me. I have decades of trying that under my belt (which is diminishing I discovered last week -- went down an inch and a half since the last time I measured my waist).

To quote the great philosopher, Pee-Wee Herman:

Peewee rebelI'm a loaner,


a rebel.



I have to – no, NEED to – do things my way.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not all flitting hummingbird, no rules, freestylin' bohemian. There are some, we'll call them things, I find that work:

  • Repeating certain meals.
  • Using bars and shakes for "no brainer," portion-controlled meals and/or snacks.
  • Knowing when to stop eating for the day by keeping track of my food with Weight Watchers PointsPlus.
  • Making sure I do some sort of workout just about every day.

My process is MY process, and as Bob Harper says:

Believe in yourself, trust the process, change forever.

I don’t know which is tougher – trusting the process or believing in myself. When I look at the overall track record, there’s not much to believe in. So instead, I’ll pluck out those times when I am successful and build on those.