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The Better Wows

Friday, October 10, 2014

Right now I'm reading "The Shift: How I Finally Lost Weight and Discovered A Happier Life" by Tory Johnson, a Good Morning America contributor. After years of trying fad diets and failing, she shifted her thinking to making lifestyle changes instead. I'm not very far into the book yet, but so far, I really like what she has to say. I find I keep highlighting things I want to remember. Like this one:

"Food, for me now, is fuel. It does not have to be amazing, entertaining, or exciting. Each meal does not have to be like a trip to the county fair or a fantasy segment of Top Chef. I have had enough “Wow!” meals to last a lifetime. I want a different set of “wows” now. I want “Wow! You’ve lost a lot of weight!” comments from my colleagues and friends. I want the “Wow! I never thought I’d fit into this size pants” feeling when I enter a department store dressing room. I want the quiet “Oh my goodness, wow!” of stepping on the bathroom scale and seeing a number that does not make me flinch, a number that makes me feel as strong and healthy as I long to be."

Wow, can I identify with that one. So many times in the past I've gone for the "wow" meal -especially when I travel, or try a new restaurant, or have a special occasion or..well...even have a bad day at work. But you know what? I can count on one hand how many of those "wow" meals I truly remember - even from when we were in Italy. My husband and I have decided that maybe, just maybe, those "wow' meals aren't worth it - for either the expense or the calories.

But those other "wows" that Tory mentioned...those are priceless and calorie-free and things I will remember for a long time. Those are the kind of "wows" I want!
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    emoticon for sharing!! that is really something to think about! that's for sure and so true!! emoticon - I am going to look into that book also!

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    2345 days ago
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    Thank you so much for sharing about this book! I want those Wow moments back...saw many of them just 4yrs ago and now those "Wows" are "uhm's" as I am seen in an unhealthier place..I have also toured Western Europe and tried for those Wow meals...don't really remember too many! Thank you, new friend, for making me realize that I really do want those Wow moments back!
    2349 days ago
  • AURA18
    emoticon emoticon I want healthy wows! emoticon
    Thank-you for this blog it made my day!
    2364 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/20/2014 9:39:33 AM
  • BETRHO48
    WoW! emoticon
    2369 days ago
  • _BABE_
    I agree with most of what you say. I believe that most of the food that got me fat was bargain bin junk. Now thinking I deserve better is also going for the good meal and sometimes that can be nutritious too.
    2369 days ago
    That's a lot to think about. Meals aren't remembered, but moments are. emoticon
    2369 days ago
  • SUNSHINE5268
    aaaaawwwww hugssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss
    2370 days ago
    Wow...great insights!

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    2373 days ago
    I've seen her interviewed and this does sound like a great book. I'm going to see if it's at the library so I can tap into another source of inspiration! Thanks for sharing!
    2373 days ago
    Love and agree so much with that attitude. I might just look for that book.
    2373 days ago
    I like the idea!!
    2373 days ago
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  • DTHOR6
    That sounds like a fabulous book. I agree a WOW meal maybe wow for the moment but then it just goes away and I don't feel so great afterwards. I am looking at it as a fuel now as well. Something I have to do to stay alive ya have to eat but, I am learning to eat much better because I don't want to log those calories and be over for the day. So it's healthier foods for me.
    2373 days ago
    Food is not meant to be our WoW moments in life, it is meant to be fuel for our bodies. But we were not taught that as children, now we have to unlearn that and realize that our WoW moment is when we do feel healthy and when we get that whistle from our spouse after 30 years of marriage or that little black dress still fits after 5 years, better yet we still can wear our wedding dress. These are our WoW moments. Even saying no to a second helping is my WoW moment these days.... and opting for a 10 + minute walk is a WoW moment for me. Let's start a movement of WoW moments.. Get all of your friends and family members involved, You can WoW them with your WoW moments and encourage them to live a healthier life style.
    2373 days ago
    Thanks for sharing that - it really is something to think about!
    2373 days ago
  • BLUEJAY1969
    Sounds like that book is making a lot of good sense! I am getting to the point where I am starting to consider food as fuel especially when I let myself run on empty! I find myself thinking "I need to fill the tank!" My husband has always considered food fuel and his thinking is finally starting to rub off on me, thank the Lord! Great blog!
    2374 days ago
    I just heard about this book. I'm interested to hear what you think when you're done.

    I am trying to get the "food is fuel" ingrained on my brain but it's hard. Food has always been comfort for me. However, I cannot remember a single "wow" meal.
    2374 days ago
    Sounds like a good book. Food should taste good (for the most part) but I agree we shouldn't be looking for the wow meal. There are so many other good things to enjoy!
    2374 days ago
    I agree a WOW can turn out to be a So So. Thanks for the book title. Last year I spent 2 weeks in France, Spain & Portugal. I planned for WOW dining experiences. In France, I had 3. In Spain, I had 2. (Portugal-0) The WOW was not just about the food. It was a dining experience.
    2374 days ago
  • no profile photo CD14895051
    Reading motivational books is an important part of my program too -- right now, I'm re-reading "Women, Food and God," by Geneen Roth. The insights are hitting me in a different way than they have in the past, possibly as a result of my readiness. I feel like I'm on the verge of understanding something transformative about myself and I don't want to miss it.

    The LBD is a good incentive too!!!

    2374 days ago
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