Each speaker only had 45 mins and no notes or anything were provided, so I have tried to get as much information written down as possible so I can share.
So let's start with Connie Stapleton. She was discussion Addiction. Now she talked about the criteria for something to be an addiction, and after reading this list I can certainly see that food is definitely an addiction for me.
The Addiction criteria was as follow:
- Too much or for too long
- Desire to stop or cut down - the yo yo effect
- Spending a lot of time to obtain food or recover from it
- Important activities are given up because of food or obesity.
- Have continued to use in spite of problems (health, mobility, diabetes etc)
She also highlighted that there are a couple of reasons for addiction to any thing:
- Biology - hereditary predisposition, Brain chemistry etc
- Environment - Children learn what they live.....then they live what they learn.
She also talked about Addiction transfer and how this is where the game of whack a mole addiction can come into play. This is where we whack one mole (addiction) on the head with the mallet just as another mole (addiction) raises it's head. Before you know it you could have a whole range of moles all vying for attention.
She stressed the need for obtaining support and also supporting others -
'Get support......and then give it away as this will re-enforce your commitment to yourself'
The second speaker Cari de la Cruz is the other 1/2 of Post Op and a Doc a partnership of Connie Stapleton and Cari de la Cruz.
Cari's topic was Kicking it with Cari and how to get a Kick out of life. This presentation was in true Cari style and she got her message through with fun!!!!!!
She asked the following questions:
What keeps you from Kicking it into gear?
- Bad Habits
- Gaining Weight
- Fear of regain
- Fear of Failure
What keeps you from Kicking Butt?
- Stinking Thinking
- Saboteurs - don't always mean to , but might just say something like "oh you could just have a little right?"
- Jealous friends
- Bad/Old Habits
If you think it's too late...........it's never to late to use the TOOL.
If you are marinating in Self Pity " Welcome Pity Party for one - your table is ready" you have to kick it in the pants.
She reminded everyone about the Gotta do ems (Not Oughta do ems) that Connie Stapleton mentioned in her book Eat it Up.
- Make consistently healthy food choices (protein first)
- Maintain Portion control
- Exercise Daily
- Drink plenty of water throughout the day, but not with meals
- Eat Breakfast
- Plan meals and follow the plans
- Keep food and exercise journals
- Get plenty of sleep
- Utilize a healthy support system
- Use group/Individual therapy.
- Kicked in the teeth
- Kicked in the gut
- Kicked while we are down
Next time: Katie Jay and the vendors