Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Illumination: Light Changes Things

This is a very informative, entertaining, well-thought out long-winded post that I have edited to only the barest essentials takes forever to get to the point. Those who have A.D.D. or better things to do may want to read only the first paragraph and then skip to the last. Oh, and I mention particular chocolates in that last paragraph - but only once. 

On the TV show CSI, the investigators enter crime scenes and never turn on the house lights. They use small, high powered flash lights. I always thought it was for dramatic effect. I would watch the show (back when William Petersen was in the cast) and ask 'Why are they walking around the house in the dark. Why don't they just put on a light'. In one episode it was explained that this technique of investigation is helpful to keep you focused just on the area that is being highlighted and not distracted by everything else. Illumination also provides a strong contrast to the surrounding darkness. Hidden items become obvious to the eye.

I thought I lost a pair of my eye glasses recently. Returning home from the water park I went to switch from my sunglasses to my normal wear when I realized my clear-armed, rimless eyeglasses were not in my bag. I went back out to my car and searched carefully but did not find the glasses. There was ample natural light shining into the car but no eyeglasses. My car is very clean (unlike my house and my mind) and free of extemporaneous junk, so I could see the whole interior.  No glasses. I got in the car and ran my hands through, in, under and around all the nooks and crannies. No glasses. I looked under the seats. Nothing. I went back later and searched the car again. Nada.

That evening I pulled the car into the garage and I asked my husband for his small halogen flashlight. I went into the dark, windowless garage. I opened the car door and shut off the interior light. I leaned into the car and flashed the beam of the light around the car and within 10 seconds the light gave away the location of my glasses, now reflected in the bright beam of the small halogen light.

. . . when stop the presses had
real meaning.
When something is not obvious to us, shining a light can illuminate that which we cannot see. This is why I blog about keeping the pounds off. In addition to sharing with you my experience in keeping the pounds off my body, I absorb the benefits of all your experiences and view points. I truly believe we get sick in isolation and together we get better.

We are sailing on uncharted waters. No books on maintaining weight loss were printed on the Gutenberg press. There were no books on weight loss maintenance published at the time of the Declaration of Independence. Oh hell, were there any available on the market even as little as ten years ago? Why is it that medical doctors, scientists and researchers have spent the past seventy years publishing books on how to lose pounds but not devote a 10% of their efforts in how to not find those same pounds again?

I am very grateful for the book Refuse to Regain!: 12 Tough Rules to Maintain the Body You've Earned! by doctor Barbara Berkeley. Dr Berkeley speaks to the issue of keeping the pounds off once the work of getting them off is accomplished. Dr Berkeley accepts the premise that some people are addicted to certain foods and need to refrain from them while others can successfully practice a 90-10 plan and still others need to practice a paleolithic meal plan. There is acceptance and acknowledgement that the medical community has a lot to learn from the experience and habits of people who are maintaining weight loss each and every day. The Refuse to Regain blog keeps me updated on the latest diet and maintenance practices and is a happy-shot in the arm on days when I feel like banging my head against the wall until someone takes pity and feeds me a bag of Reeses' mini PB cups.

Is there a dark corner in your efforts in keeping the pounds off that could use a little beam of light?



Fatoutofskinny said...

Great post and thanks for the info on the Refuse To Regain Blog.....I was surprised to see Lynne's picture there too.....I'm now following the blog.....makes for some very interesting reading!

Jane Cartelli said...

The blog is great. The book is even better.


Vickie said...

LOVE stories and this was a good one.

Watched instructor (free weights) look in all her bags, three times each, for car keys yesterday. They were in her CD carrying case (how she did that we have no idea).

Unknown said...

Very interesting about using the flashlight to catch the reflection! That has always bugged me too-turn on the lights, I shout to the t.v.! Sometimes, they should though.

I have talked about Dr. Berkley in a post before because I learned better ways to interpret the scale.

:-) Marion

KCalla said...

I too love your blog, and Lynn's and Refuse to Regain! I'm in my second year of maintenance so of course MY goal was to read to the bottom to the chocolate notation! ;)

I do prefer to read this on my Google reader because the white on black makes for difficult reading for these "older, 55 year old eyes."

You all inspire me. I'm doing Paleo, 90/10, and calorie counting. Trying to shine the light continually in all those sneaky little corners!

And I can SO relate to the glasses. Just yesterday I was telling my DD that I need a specific place to always take them off so I can find them!

Diana Swallow said...

Happy Birthday to one of those most inspirational bloggers I know! I hope your day is as wonderful as you are!

Princess Dieter aka Mir said...

Great book. Great blog. I've been recommending it since last year, when I was nowhere near goal weight. I started reading "maintenance stuff" when I was 260 to get myself in "getting there, staying there" mode. Anyone who wants to lose and keep it off should go buy that right now!!!! And get the blog in a feed or blogroll. Dr. B rocks!

I know I saw you mention your birthday on a blog--Diana's--and it was yesterday or today, right? HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are one of my fave bloggers. You inspire me. Keep at it. Some of us need the good word OFTEN!

Sarah said...

The fact that you can never give up on weight maintenance can get me down sometimes! Having the motivation to keep going is definitely harder than having the motivation to get the pounds off in the first place - it always bemuses me why there are so many more resources for weight loss as opposed to maintenance.

Karen said...

Fabulous book and Barbara and Lynn Weigh blogs, yours too, Jane.

I've checked out the book as a library, but it's being purchased in the next Amazon order.

I'll get to start my Jr. Year of maintenance during the holidays- so thanks for the great posts, links, and advice. These are the tools I'll need for the long term.

Anonymous said...

I am entering the dark shadows of "I want to eat what I want and because I cannot I will act like a fussy girl". It is like a corn maze and I cannot find my way out. I have challenges almost every day Jane. I come here and a few other places for community... for getting better... for help. I yelped out today about wanting to eat what I wanted and my husband said "Do you want to be fat?" Me, "No". and then I wore a fake smile all through Costco as they demo'ed chocolate this and that and lots of appetizer goodies. My mood darkened. I was hungry. Later when my husband asked if I would be willing to fry the meat for dinner. I was still grumpy. I said "Do you want me to be fat?" He knew not to try to ask if I could do his differently. He said "No" and went off into the living room to play guitar.

It has been an ugly ugly day.

Tomorrow will be better. I am glad I am not thinking of Reeces cups. In know my husband is, but would not dare get them. He does not want me to be fat.

Now. What bugs me to the point I cannot watch it: CSI Miami. They wear sweaters in the Summer and never sweat. Completely unrealistic. And the blonde wears her thick long hair down. In 90 degree heat and humidity, it is not possible.

Jane Cartelli said...

CKalla - My daughter is helping me to redesign in a few weeks and I might be switching to black on white OR just larger type. My eyes want a change, too.

Scale Junkie - Thank you for the lovely thoughts!

Princess D - It was the 25th and it was beautiful! Thank you for asking and thank you for a comment that made me all warm inside. Things like that help me get back on the treadmill and keep me willing to drive PAST the Twistee treat place w/o stopping.

Sarah - you can work through the blues of maintenance by just doing it. Instead of struggling daily I find there are peaks and valleys and by pushing through they really do get better. And when I find the good thoughts are not enough to keep me motivated, I am not above pulling out the big guns and using fear to keep me focused. Like this: the ONLY alternative is regaining weight. I had to be 250 pounds overweight to hit my bottom. I cannot go there again. I do not think I could survive it. That is my motivation when the simple joys of health are not stronger than my next desired bite.


Jane Cartelli said...

Karen - These tools are what everyone needs in maintenance. Time, tools and practice!


Jane Cartelli said...

Munchie -
The days come and go. Some are tough. Some are a breeze. The food thought days are never easy but the sweetest days are those that follow a day that I do not pick up the food and abuse my body. The one day at a time mantra really does work.

Our husband's (god love them and protect them from us food addicts), can be trained (read Vickie's blog on dogs/husbands/and constant training.

It has taken several years but my husband no longer asks to do dinner at a chinese buffet every other week. He does not bring home undesirable food and he rarely orders anything out that could not also be on my plate.

There are days when I can 'fry the meat' and there are days when I cannot and I will stab you with a fork if you come near me with a food request. So be it. It is not that I am depriving anyone else of a happy life. They are getting one less fried meat meal. They can live with that more than I can live with the food they would want today.

Munch, none of us wants to be fat. It isn't about fat and weight. If it were that easy the first 5 pounds would have stopped us. It is not about fat. It is about the space between our ears. Our quirk is how it interacts with food and our bodies. We are different than other people and they are going to have to learn to live with us just as we have to learn to live with food w/o overeating.

Comment or email me anytime. I know what you are going through and feeling because I have been there and could get there again at the blink of a pie.

I understand the sweaters more than I understand the high spiky heels and flowing hair. I bet everyone of their 'crime' scenes is contaminated by long hair from their actresses. LOL