Where do we go from here?

by Lisa Rosen on August 10, 2010

School starts tomorrow (I’ll be doing a small happy dance, all alone in my quiet house).  With the return of order and routine, we’ll be re-focusing on Delaney’s weight-loss effort.

She did pretty well over the summer, just maintaining, until the very end–that last hurrah of freedom included a last hurrah of junk food that wreaked a bit of havoc.

The break was important, I think, if for no other reason than this:  she learned an important lesson.  Structure works, but unregulated chaos doesn’t.  She tried to be careful, to make conscious food decisions.  But every meal, all summer long, required those choices, and that’s hard even for an adult.  For a 13-year-old, with a normal 13-year-old’s decision making tools, it’s nearly impossible to maintain the level of discipline required for weight loss.  She decided, of her own accord, that she prefers the regulation imposed by a plan like Nutrisystem.

It’s boring, it’s not very tasty, and it’s sometimes logistically challenging, and socially awkward.  But it works.  And sometimes the results are the most important thing.  We’re just going to buckle down and get it done.  I hope.

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Eileen Woudstra August 10, 2010 at 2:41 pm

Good Luck to Delaney. Now that I pack my daughters lunch everyday I am super conscious of what I pack for her but somehow manage to not follow the rules myself. Case in point, today my lunch was popcorn and cherry Icee from BJ’s. Meanwhile she dined on PB&J on whole wheat, fruit, carrot sticks, pretzels, and milk. Maybe I should buy myself a frilly lunch box to lure me into packing good lunches for myself as well…


Lisa Rosen August 11, 2010 at 11:58 am

Hi Eileen–
Yes, it’s easy to fall into the “do as I say, not as I do” trap–on so many issues. Now, the frilly lunch box–there’s a thought . . .


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