LA VALLEUR COMMUNICATES: Musings By Barbara La Valleur — Choosing Wisely

A note to Fish readers: On Jan. 2, I began a nutrition plan complete with a certified nutritionist coach. After learning that I’m a journalist and blogger, she invited me to blog about my experiences. The following is the 12th of my weekly blogs.

For more than 20 years I’ve participated in a transformational educational program with the international company called Landmark Worldwide. I’ve taken and even led some of their seminars and programs over the years.

I love Landmark’s transformational education and use their distinctions every day. My husband and I are currently in a seminar called “An Invented Life: My Life, My Design.”

There’s a lot of brain science in our current seminar with conversations about IT vs. SELF and Amygdala Hijacks, which pretty much “run the show” of our lives. [www.landmarkworldwide.com]

One of the important distinctions I’ve learned over the years in Landmark’s programs is the distinction choice. There is a fascinating and helpful conversation about “deciding vs. choosing.”

To decide is to “select on the basis of reasons and considerations.” In other words, I decided to have chocolate bars because I LOVE chocolate.

To choose is a “free selection and after consideration.” In other words, I chose to have a chocolate bar because I chose to have a chocolate bar.

Sunday, my husband and I attended a Legacy Luncheon for members of our church who have committed to leaving a legacy.

While I could count on the meal being tasty and nutritious from past experiences, I didn’t want it to be my weekly “Treat Meal,” since I knew they wouldn’t be serving wine. Yup, I was right, and they didn’t.

If you’ve read my previous Metabolic Balance® Blogs, you may remember that the two things I have missed since staring on this plan 119 days ago are wine and popcorn!

I can have wine once a week during my Treat Meal. I have yet to have a single kernel of popcorn in four months. Pat on back here: 👋🏼

So choosing wisely was called for.

12barb1Here are the four wise choices I made that allowed for an almost “on plan” meal. I say “almost” because the entree was chicken pilaf with a small amount of white rice, a small green salad and mixed fresh fruit with a selection of chocolate and lemon bars for dessert.

1. I chose not to have the sweet drink offered before the meal during the social time.

2. I brought a few almonds, so I could start my meal with a couple of bites of protein.

3. I also brought one of my homemade rye muffins, so that I would have bread and avoid the whole wheat and white bread rolls offered.

4. I chose “not” to have dessert. Tempting as those those little squares of chocolate bars were, I declined the offer.

These are certainly not big choices in the long run. However, it’s the hundreds of small choices we make every day that add up to a successful weight loss nutrition program, which I find MB® certainly is.

So far, I’m down 33 pounds.

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Results: This past week I lost 2 pounds. The week before — for the first time — I had plateaued. Typically, I’m loosing 1 to 1½ pounds a week

TipsMake healthy choices, and you’ll live longer and celebrate them.

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