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One working mama learning to run & to maintain my 100+ pound weight loss!

Friday Favorites: Weight loss & self-perception edition

on July 17, 2015

I somehow ended up with a collection of articles on weight loss and self-perception this week, both in how it affects our self-perception and in how the ways we think about ourselves and our weight/food/exercise choices affect weight loss.

– First up, I enjoyed this article about losing 100 pounds and the things this guy noticed along the way. His honesty about how he felt about himself before, during and after this process is really interesting and I was particularly entertained by the section about how much easier it is (generally) for a guy to be overweight than a woman.

– I’ve been in Italy this week and exposed to a lot of different choices, both in terms of local foods and conference foods because I’m a captive audience here for work. I’ve worked all week on thinking in terms of “best choices” not perfect choices – travel like this highlights the importance of being flexible! This article is really interesting in validating that approach (Success in Weight Management May Depend on Embracing Imperfection). It discusses a research study (here’s the study) that used a web based survey to evaluate people’s rigidity in their attitudes about food (ie good/bad black/white thinking) and found that people who were really rigid in terms of viewing foods are inherently good and bad were less likely to be successful in maintaining weight loss long term. That makes sense in that real life isn’t set up to let us maintain that kind of rigid thinking long term. There are lots of times in life when you just make the best choice possible and if you let that get to you in terms of feeling like you’ve cheated or failed, it is going to be harder to feel successful in the long run. This is definitely something I’m actively working on this year, so it’s good to see some science to say it is a worthwhile endeavor.

– The geek in me loves April’s Declaration of Independence purely for the language (check it out here) but I have to say I definitely could have written every one of her “facts submitted to a candid world,” particularly the reliance on food when under stress and getting discouraged by minor setbacks (both of which go hand in hand for me). Thanks for the smile and the honesty as always April!

– This is an older Another Mother Runner post that was re-posted this week about the Power of Movement and it is SO true. I’ve learned to love and appreciate my body in whole new ways from running and it truly brings me closer to confidence and self-acceptance than losing 100 pounds ever has.

I finally got my shoes in time for one quick run in Tuscany Thursday!

I finally got my shoes in time for one quick run in Tuscany Thursday! (Since we’re all positive body image in this post we’ll focus on my smile and not my slightly possessed looking eyes!)

– Lastly, I think it is great that both Women’s Running and Runners World featured larger runners on and in their pages this month. Runners come in all shapes and sizes and yet this is not often reflected in pages of running magazines. It was nice a see a little diversity in their depiction of runners. Here’s an article about the Women’s Running cover. The Runner’s World story isn’t on the cover, but is a several page spread within the magazine about Mirna Valerio, of the FatGirlRunning blog. It’s a really interesting discussion not just of Mirna and her story, but also of the idea that you can be fit and fat.

Sorry for the bad pic but I loved this section and wanted you to see it!

Sorry for the bad pic but I loved this section and wanted you to see it!

I’ll be on the lookout for this issue of Women’s Running during my travels home today!

Quick side story about a guardian angel dog named Pablo we met in Italy:

Meet Pablo.

Meet Pablo.

I initially heard about Pablo from colleagues who also got lost along the same trail I took Wednesday. They told me about a blind dog who led them back to the right path and up into town. They learned his name because everyone in Barga apparently knew him. 🙂 They were amazed at this weird cosmic experience of the dog who herded them along the right path despite the fact that they kept trying to go astray and the fact that his cataracts are so bad he can’t possibly see anything. Yesterday, when I went out for a little run, I took a little wrong turn along the way back and as I was wandering a bit trying to get re-oriented, I saw Pablo. I was incredibly reassured by the fact that he didn’t seem to feel the need to intervene with me like he did my colleagues and sure enough, I realized I could see the correct path. I’m glad I got to meet this canine guardian angel (and glad I got back on the right path!).

I’m traveling back home today, so send me good travel vibes! Here’s hoping I (and my luggage) make it home to my family tonight. Fingers crossed!



13 responses to “Friday Favorites: Weight loss & self-perception edition

  1. chasingdownhealthy says:

    You got to run is Tuscany. Be still my heart. My husband went to Italy for work earlier in the year and got to Hike near Brescia. Such a beautiful country. And what an amazing dog! And thanks for all of the links, you’ve provided me with just enough distraction to efficiently avoid work for the rest of the morning. 🙂

  2. Safe travels home to you and your luggage!

  3. Wow, what a neat story about Pablo! I need to go read the article you mentioned about embracing imperfection; all of that is so, so very true. Safe travels home!

  4. Anna says:

    Sounds like a wonderful trip. I appreciate your thoughts on making “best” choices vs. perfect choices. It is so easy to fall into the trap that a less than perfect choice is failure. I want a positive long-term result 🙂

  5. Lots of good links to check out here. Thanks! I love the story of Pablo! Hope you got home safely.

  6. d20girl says:

    That Pablo story is really amazing. So glad you got to see him! Thanks for the shoutout! I really enjoyed the 100lbs lost story too; it was very insightful and thought provoking. I’m working on reducing my good/bad food definitions, but I think a few need to stay on the bad list for me just because they are triggers for me (basically any kind of chips!).

    • There are definitely still “bad” foods for me, no matter how much I try not to think that way. I think as long as that binge trigger list stays small, I can learn to have a healthier outlook.

  7. […] about it until I was looking through pictures the other day for another post, but I did have a bizarre encounter in Italy with a blind dog that was some kind of miraculous guide for we poor lost tourists. I’d […]

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