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Can’t Believe I Fail For This Wacky Advice

We get lots of advice from people, some of them very useful, some funny, and some really wacky.  We value our parents’ advice but as adults we start to question some of them.

I was always a very competitive student in high school.  If I didn’t perform the way I expected too, I asked my mom to get me some help.  I remember my first bad grade on a math test; I was devastated and when I got home I asked my mom to get me a math tutor because I sucked at it.  She got me a tutor, as a matter of fact I got 2 tutors and they drilled math so much into my brain that I began to ace most of my tests.

The next problem I had was with remembering things.  Now that I think about it, a lot of what I studied in high school, I memorized without understanding a word in what the author was talking about.  In a test all you had to do was to spit out what you memorized and you get an A.  So I had a memory problem too and asked my mom for help.  “Mom, I have a problem memorizing stuff, I need help”.  My mom’s advice came in a quite genius and wacky way, “don’t worry Billy Billy (as she calls me), I have the perfect food for your memory problem.”

The next day with my dinner I was served grapefruit juice mixed with milk, which I hated.  When I asked my mom why I had to drink grapefruit juice knowing that I hated it, the answer was “It’s good for memory”.  OK I said and forced myself to drink it.   Needless to say the following months, I was bombarded with all kinds of fruits, veggies and other things that before the whole “It’s good for your memory” pitch line you wouldn’t pay me enough to eat.  Mom said it’s good for memory well, here we go.

You are probably wondering how this wacky advice affected my grades.  Well I got As, Bs and sometimes Cs.  I was convinced that the memory foods worked.  Now fast-forward 20 years, when my mom came to visit my husband and I, I had to ask her about the “Memory food” plot.  She laughed out loud in my face and said “I got you good with that one, didn’t I.  Now you eat your veggies and you drink grapefruit juice no questions asked right? Billy Billy”    Imagine that, my own mother lying to me about memory to trick me into eating everything I use to fight with her to eat.  The worst part was that I gave her the ammunition.

Whether or not some foods improve memory, I am sure some do. But  tricking a child into eating her veggies and using “It’s good for memory” advice to convince her is just plain Wacky.  I love you mom, but next time please no wacky advice.

What is the most wackiest advice that you ever got?  Please share it with us and comment on the blog.

Until next time, spread the love…


Finding your “Momentum” in Your Weight Loss Journey

You know the feeling and excitement that comes with starting a workout and eating plan to get in that nice dress that we bought 3 sizes smaller. “This is it, now or never, I am going to do it this time”.  2 weeks go by or even 3 weeks, you get invited to a social gathering or just to have lunch with a friend and all it takes is one bad food after another and we spiral into this never-ending sabotage galore.  “I’ll start over tomorrow”, than tomorrow becomes Monday “It’s better to start on Monday or Sunday” and 1 month goes by and the 5 pounds we worked so hard to lose are back with friends and cousins (extra pounds).

How do you keep your momentum? What do you do?

I can only share my own experience.  Boy I started over so many times that I lost count.  I started over so many times that I got tired of starting over.  Every time I started over I picked a different diet, a different plan, a different workout (that was way before my clean eating days and a workout plan that works).  I was the perfect walking advertisement for Yo-Yo dieting; you might as well call me “Yo-Yo mama”.

Frustration sets in and you just give up all together or you go back to your plan, you’re on for 3 days and off for the rest of the week.

I found my mojo, in this case momentum by first stopping all the nonsense and establishing a WHY?  Remember Mr. Why?  But knowing why is not enough by itself if you don’t establish good habits.  I needed to do an inventory and really think about how to sabotage-proof myself.

  1. I got rid of all the bad foods and especially the cookies that I bought or anything else for that matter using my son as an excuse.  If it’s not good for me, well it’s not good for him either, end of discussion it is not coming in my house, I am not buying it.  I am the parent and he eats what I give him, and that’s that.
  2. The toughest part was changing my association, people I hung out with or spoke to most of the time.  If 2 people get together and talk about how they are always sabotaging their efforts and not going to the gym or doing what needs to get done to reach their fitness goals over and over and over, they both get nowhere.  They get comfortable consoling each other and just get stuck in a negative momentum (Yes momentum works both ways).  Enough! I want to talk to people who build me up, who saw me at a size 6 when I was a size 16. People if I complain to them won’t put up with it and tell me in my face that I was not heading towards success with this attitude (I hope Beau is not reading this…).  I decided it was better to have quality instead of quantity around me.
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