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DietBuddy Program - Week 1

by Dr. Jacob Mathew, Moderator

This program is not about lecturing; but it is about doing things and learning from each other and helping each other reach their goals in life. Only you can decide what those goals are and only you alone will decide whether you will achieve those objectives. No one can do it for you. We can help you, we can cheer you, we can laugh with you, we can cry with you. But in the final analysis you have to do it. We will do it together.

Think about this as a long journey. You will be taking the first step today. I hope that you will take that first step with us today. If you decide to stand on the side lines and observe; that is your choice. Unfortunately, you will not get anywhere. At the end of the day, you will be at that spot still watching others go forward. Come with us and take that step, please! Rosie O'Donnell says, "It's the first step, and that one's always the hardest."

Like in any journey, we need to learn where we are going and what lies ahead. Some of you may have traveled this road earlier. So, you may know something that we do not know. Please tell us what you know and what your experiences had been so we do not have to "reinvent the wheel." Let us learn from each other.

In the next few days, I will talk about steps in developing a goal for yourself. As I said before, it is up to you to set that goal for yourself. It is going to be your goal; no one else's.

One of the shortfalls of popular dieting techniques, in my mind, is that there is an undue importance given to eating or exercise. Do not get me wrong; they are important. But in holistic way, we are all made up of mind, body, and spirit/soul. We need to care of all the three - not just the body as in the dieting programs. It is like a 3-legged stool. All the three legs need to be healthy and strong for you to be healthy and strong. So, we need to take care of all three aspects.


Here are 2 articles I would like you to read to get a hang of things.

10 Successful Tips for Weight Loss the Holistic Way

The Holistic Approach to Eating includes the whole person - with physical, emotional, mental and spiritual needs. Its unique value is that it creates lasting results, because it gives you an opportunity to meet all of your needs in an appropriate way. After over 20 years of dieting, I was finally able to achieve and maintain my ideal weight permanently using this approach.

What's Wrong with Losing Weight?  

Everyone wants to lose weight, but unfortunately, stepping on the scale doesn't tell the truth about what's wrong. This article spells it out while giving heaps of details for turning things around & leading the reader towards health & fitness.

After reading, how about posting your thoughts on those? What you agree, what you disagree, why? Share us your experience in those lines.

There are no shortage of books on diet. The bookstores are full of them. But I recently came across one book, that I liked a lot. We will make it our official textbook.

The book is:


You don't have to be thin to win
by Judy Molnar 
Forward by Rosie O'Donnell 
ISBN: 0-375-50414-1 
Villar New York, $19.95, pages 180. HB
Now, some of you may be thinking: Here comes a sales pitch. Actually there is none. I don't sell the book. I don't gain anything. I review lot of books for our website. I bought Judy's book and happened to like it. For one thing, she is just an ordinary person like most of us are - not a celebrity. And she covers all aspects- mind, body , and soul. If she can do it, we should be able to do it too. And she gives a step by step process of accomplishing it. So, I think if we have to read a book, this is a good one. (Remember many people eat when they are upset or watching TV. Get out of that habit. Read this book instead.)

Who is Judy Molnar and why should you bother reading the book? Here is an excerpt from the book:

"In 1996,I got scared. I went to the doctor and learned that I was no longer fat, I was 'morbidly obese.' This was no longer about a dress size; this was life and death. And so I began an extraordinary journey from being a 330-pound sedentary woman who ate five or six doughnuts for breakfast to losing 130 pounds, getting fit enough to compete in the World Ironman Championship Triathlon in Hawaii, and becoming the Official Chub Club Coach for The Rosie O'Donnell Show. While I might not fit the conventional image of an athlete or fitness expert, I am healthy and happier than I've ever been. I wrote this book for people who, like me, have tried every program from A to Z—diets, gyms, trainers —and are looking for real and realistic results. You Don't Have to Be Thin to Win tells my story, illustrates my program (the only one that has ever worked for me), and shows you how you, too, can win your health and life back." 
Judy Molnar

'You Don't Have to Be Thin to Win' is Judy's special recipe for health and fitness. She shows you everything from how to buy sneakers and how to find a way to move that works for your body and your time constraints to how to get through a grocery store and come out with foods that will make you a winner. And Judy is inspiring: Even if you feel that getting your body in shape is impossible, her story and many of the poignant success stories from her work as the Official Chub Club Coach will get you off the couch and moving. Judy's story and this program demonstrate that anyone—no matter what size, shape, or age—can lose weight and become healthy to enjoy a richer, fuller, and more active life.

And here is part of what Rosie talks in the forward to the book:

"While most fitness people intimidate me, I immediately felt comfortable with Judy. Okay, maybe the fact that she had competed in the Ironman Triathalon was a little intimidating, but on the other hand it was inspiring. Here was this formerly big person who had figured out how to take care of herself. She has a simple philosophy—eat less, move more. All of a sudden diet and exercise took on human dimensions—these were terms I could understand.

Through the Chub Club, Judy was able to help thousands of people. She gave us goals that were attainable. As opposed to diving into deprivation and boot camp, we could start being healthier in small steps—one less doughnut, one more flight of stairs. Little by little it all adds up."

You can probably find this book in your library or ask the librarian to get it for you. I checked Amazon.com, the book is not there; they sell the tapes. Don't waste your money on it. But I saw several individuals selling their used book in Amazon. You can pick up a book for about $6 (including postage). That is a great deal. It is well worth the money.

I will tell separately how 4 of you can get the book free just for reviewing and telling us about  it.

Beginning with the next article, I will talk about "16 steps for getting ready to get into the game." It is a step by step blue print.

Next: Sixteen Steps for Getting Ready to Get into the Game

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