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PREGNANT can help a woman with unstable menstrual cycles track the times when she is most likely, and least likely, to become pregnant. PREGNANT takes into account age, height, weight, the dates of each menstrual cycle and body temperature for each day of the past two months. It then displays on the screen the average length and stability of the menstrual cycle and the period of ovulation. Using this data, the program can predict with a high degree of accuracy when the next menstrual and ovulation periods will begin. Data for up to two people can be stored and analyzed. WEIGHT CONTROL is a collection of dieting utilities to help you in your weight-loss program. Assess your dieting habits through a questionnaire. Calculate your average weight loss over a period of time; how long it will take to reach a certain weight based upon the amount lost each week; daily caloric intake to maintain or lose weight; and how many calories you have been consuming each meal of the day. A printout may be obtained for the calculations concerning your average weight loss and your calorie consumption.
+-----------------------+ | CALORIE CALCULATOR | +-----------------------+ Anyone who wants to lose or maintain weight must simply consume less calories than their body burns. The average woman will maintain weight at about 2,000 calories a day. For the average man it is about 2,500. If you eat about 500 calories a day less that it takes to maintain, you will lose about a pound a week (if you burn 3,500 more than you eat in a week, you will lose 1 pound). Counting calories is not the easiest thing for most people. After counseling people for several years at a weight control center, I found that if logging of food eaten and calories contained was made easier, a person was usually more successful in losing weight, or knowing the reason why not. This program contains over 200 foods and their calorie content per unit (each or per ounce). The first time you run this program, I strongly suggest you print out the entire list of foods and their calorie content. Use it as a shopping guide and as an aid as a meal planner. Once you start your diet, enter the foods that you have eaten for a meal or for the entire day. The program will total the calorie content of the total amount of each food eaten and give you a total of each meal and a grand total for the day. If you are unsure how to spell a food or how it is listed, use the window "S" to search the food database for the one you want. The food database "CALCALC.DTA" is a pure ASCII text file and can be edited or foods added with any word processor in the Non-Document mode. Just add the food (up to 19 characters), the calorie content per unit, and the numeric calorie content per unit. If you do not plan to edit the list, pay no attention to this paragraph, otherwise, when you view the list, it will become clear to you what to do. Keeping track of every calorie you eat is an absolute way to lose weight. Try to keep the total daily calorie total between 1200 and 1400. At this amount, you should lose between 1 and 3 pounds per week, depending on your beginning weight, activity level, etc. If you wish more information about this program or other programs on dieting that I have written, feel free to write to me. M.D. Smith 1000 Monte Sano Blvd. Huntsville, AL 35801
+-----------------------+ | CALORIES.DOC | +-----------------------+ This is a nice program to let you calculate and to see the effect caloric intake has on weight loss. The program works best when you have been on a diet for 6 weeks or more and have kept a count of your daily (therefore weekly) calorie intake. However, you can give the program estimated values and it will calculate them. The big benefit is to let you see how as little as 250 calories a day, more or less, can result in 1/2 pound gain or loss per week. There is quite a bit to learn from this short and compact program. If you are running it for the first time, ask for the instructions. - 30 -
+--------------------------+ | DIETING PRINCIPLES .DOC | +--------------------------+ This is a text file of dieting principles and ideas. It is narrative and is about 6 pages long. You can view it on the screen or print it out on your printer. There are narrative ideas and suggestions in many of the problem areas of dieting like, "eating-out" and what to do while cooking and then later when cleaning up (without cleaning OUT) the kitchen. No single program in this series is a "catch-all" of every dieting idea and suggestion. DIETTEST comes close. But if you will read and/or run every one of the 8 programs on this disk, you will have covered the material contained in a many week dieting program. Having been a Weight-Watchers (R) counselor and lecturer for 2 years, I should know. - 30 -
DIETING PRINCIPLES by M.D. Smith CONTROL BINGE EATING: To avoid binge eating, think about what day(s), time(s) and circumstances were present the last times binge eating occurred. There is a good chance you were in a negative mood, bored or both. It is likely to happen again unless you are ready when the time comes. Set up things to do to get you out of the house in a similar situation. Already have a trip to the book store, craft shop or visit with a friend lined up and written down. Also, always have a good supply of low-cal beverages and crunchy raw vegetables on hand to eat and divert yourself long enough to get interested in something else besides eating or to get out of the house. Exercise is uplifting for the spirit and body, and a short walk will do these things for you while getting you out of the house and temptation at the same time. This is what to do BEFORE a binge eating spell can start. If a binge eating spree is in progress, like ice cream or something, AT LEAST measure out a normal portion in a bowl and put the carton back in the freezer. The worst thing you can do is eat "just one little spoonful at a time"....until it is all gone. Then make a pact with yourself to get out of the house just as soon as that bowl is empty. If you can not get out of the house...at least leave that part of the house for at least 20 minutes and put your mind on something else. Concentrate on an interesting book, a game, a phone call to a friend. Twenty minutes is a magic number, because it takes that long for your stomach to tell your brain that you are full or have had something filling to eat. That's why you should eat your normal portion of food at the table, and then go do something else for 20 minutes before starting to clean up the leftovers....or to even consider eating something else because you don't "FEEL FULL". In 20 minutes you might not feel "stuffed", but you won't be truly hungry either. Finally, during an eating binge, the mind-set seems to be one of "since I have blown it now, I might as well let it all hang out and eat everything fattening in sight." Calories count just as much during an eating binge as any other time. Also the popular notion that a melted ice cream sundae has very few calories because "CALORIES DON'T COUNT AT ROOM TEMPERATURE", is also a false premise. Inside you know, but stop before it is all gone or you can not eat anymore. This is a success of sorts...just being able to stop a binge. Accept that the damage has been done and you will start eating your normal diet at the very next meal. Don't try to fast to make up for the binge, that will make things even worse for you. EATING OUT: Then there is the problem of eating out at restaurants. It is easier than it used to be because of the many salad-bars that are available, even at the fast food places where the kids want to go. Have the salad bar...fine, but remember a few pointers.....NO SALAD DRESSINGS. Either take your own pre-measured diet dressing or use plain vinegar and a spoonful of oil. The dressings can easily be FIVE times the calorie content of your entire salad. Stay away from potato salad, ham salad and anything prepared with mayo and other unknown calories. Limit the egg (75 calories per ounce which equals one egg) and meats for toppings and cheese which all have 100-150 calories per ounce. Have all the greens, mushrooms, green peppers, onions, sprouts, cucumbers, tomatoes and radishes you wish. Then you can have the fruit dishes for desert and count only 75 calories per serving. (This certainly does not count peaches preserved in sugar syrup) Low cal drink and you are set. Avoid places where you have a menu and a long wait for dinner with bread and butter on the table while you wait (and overeat). If you must go to a place like this, put the bread and butter and things on another table and immediately order coffee or hot tea and a salad (with no dressing) to munch on while the dinners are prepared. Order what you know you should have, and do not scan the menu for all those tempting foods and descriptions. Order first to avoid the "that sounds good, me too!" pattern that will get you high calorie foods. As soon as you have eaten your normal portion of food, spoil what is left with a lot of salt or something so that you will not continue to eat until the plates are removed much later. BEFORE AND AFTER DINNER AT HOME: If you are the one preparing the dinner, swear not to taste or nibble while preparing the meal. A big wad of bubblegum to chew on is a good diversion. It keeps the mouth busy and keeps other foods out. Or have some carrot sticks cleaned and sliced in cold water to munch on and a diet drink to avoid taking in calories before dinner. When it comes time for the meal, make sure of several things. Serve the plates from the kitchen, not in bowls full at the table where second helpings are too easy(ask your family to indulge and go to the kitchen themselves if they want seconds). Put all your food that you have measured out and intend to eat on a slightly smaller plate (it looks like more). Cut your food into very small bites, take a bite, put your fork down on the plate,and chew the food very thoroughly and completely swallow it before lifting your fork again. This will slow your eating down a lot....very desirable. Food tastes better when chewed thoroughly,especially carbohydrates and breads. Even cut foods like apples into very small pieces and eat with a fork. You will be surprised how long a medium apple takes to eat in this manner. Have the food look elegant and appetizing. Looks add a lot to the enjoyment of any food, especially diet foods. Use good silver and china. As soon as the meal is over...if possible....leave the room and let someone else clean up and store the leftovers...even if you have to make a deal with them. If this is not possible, then at least leave the area for a while to allow time for the "stomach full" message to get to your brain. Then already have your leftover containers out and ready to put the stuff up fast. You are not a human garbage can and starving people over in China won't benefit whether you eat it or chunk it....so chunk it unless it will be used for another meal. It is even good to get used to seeing "perfectly good food" go to waste in the garbage. You have really conquered this feeling when you can buy some of your favorite food, bring it home, unwrap it and chunk it in the garbage....it may be a dollar or two very well spent to prove to your inner self that the world did not swallow you up for committing such an unpardonable sin. If it doesn't go to WASTE in the garbage it will go to your WAIST. Which do you prefer? But if you just have to save it, put it in containers that won't tempt you to eat it. After several days if no one else eats it, it will spoil and you can throw it away with a clean conscience. Then leave the kitchen and even adjacent areas. Get busy and absorbed in reading, doing something....anything to let food and dinner get completely out of your mind. Some people say that brushing the teeth is a good signal that eating is over. FOOD LOG: Perhaps the single most important TOOL in dieting, if that is the proper term, is the Food-Log. You must log everything you eat that has calories in it (don't log diet sodas and the like). This requires that you have a good complete calorie guide for all types of foods and that you weigh or measure everything you eat if not pre-measured such as 1 slice of bread = 75 calories. Yes, this is a pain in the neck to do at every meal and snack...but you must. This is the only way you are going to REALLY KNOW what you eat each day, count the calories and total each day and week intake. Other programs in this series help you see how important this is in calculations for speed of weight loss and how to maintain once you get to goal. Any weight counselor will tell you that the most successful and consistent dieters always keep and log everything, even the binges and BAD foods when it happens (yes even measure the ice cream while you are having a binge). By the way, Ice Cream has 43 calories per ounce and a full 1/2 gallon container will deliver 2,752 calories to your body, over double what your daily allotment of calories normally will be. If you won't keep a food log, you are not serious about dieting. I have known people who didn't diet at all, but just by keeping a food log, lost 10 overweight pounds and didn't think they did anything differently. Just looking at what you have had to eat at the end of the day will add to your feeling of having had enough....or may stop you when you just can't stand to put a candy bar on your food log list. There are many reasons why a food log works so well, but it can't work for you unless you are dedicated to keeping it with you at all times and using it. I keep a small reduced size log in my shirt pocket at all times. It has 21 blank blocks on it; good for a week's worth of meals with space for calorie counts of each of the foods. FOOD-PROOFING YOUR HOME: We all spend a lot of time in our homes, and that is where a lot of the improper eating goes on. The very first thing to do is REMOVE ALL FOOD from every single room and location but the kitchen. Not one edible thing anywhere in the house, but the kitchen. Then, put any foods out of sight and/or easy reach that is not part of your legal diet. The best thing is to have a separate cabinet with the junk foods that you never open. Let whomever it was bought for get it for themselves. Never take food into any other part or room of the house. Always eat only while sitting down at the table. This will help you from getting an "automatic case of the munchies" when you sit in your favorite chair in the den to watch TV. Also, don't sit in that favorite chair if it will trigger the urges to eat. Maybe you shouldn't sit at all if it is a danger time and you will feel the need to snack...go for a walk, run errands or call a friend from another room in the house...while you sip on a diet soda poured over crushed ice. GIVE YOURSELF CREDIT: When you have lost 5 or 10 or 15 pounds, give yourself credit. If a spouse fails to notice, try one of these handy ideas. Next time you are both at the grocery store, load up his/her arms with 15 pounds of ground beef...and say "that's how much weight I have lost." Another more permanent way is to get a large metal container, like a 10 gallon paint bucket. For every pound of weight you have lost, add a pound of sand in the bucket. Soon it will get so heavy it will be difficult to carry. This will demonstrate very clearly how much weight YOU are not carrying around anymore...and you can add more sand as you continue to lose. It is a very good marker of your success. You need motivation to stay on your eating plan and gradually adapt to a whole new way of eating properly. So give yourself credit for what you have done...for the good days you have had...don't kick yourself for one or two BAD days. I heard a little saying that illustrates this: "WE AIN'T WHAT WE OUGHTA BE WE AIN'T WHAT WE WANNA BE WE AIN'T WHAT WE'RE GONNA BE BUT THANK THE LORD.... WE AIN'T WHAT WE WAS !" The only caution is not to consider yourself "CURED" when you get close to or at your goal ... and go back to eating like you were when you were fat. You'll get fat again. So look at the weeks and perhaps months that you spend losing weight as training for a whole new way of eating and handling problem foods....plan to live this way for the rest of your life. It is healthy and good for you. Take your frustrations, your anger, your anxieties, your celebrations and all the emotions and if you must react to them, react in NON-FOOD ways. Heck, hit somebody or scream at somebody...that's better than quietly going to the bathroom and devouring 2 boxes of chocolate cookies, 6 twinkies, and an econo-pak of candy bars. Then you still have the anger and feelings....AND THE GUILT over what you have just done with foods. While mentioning guilt here, if it strikes a familiar cord, by all means read and print-out a copy of "REASONS" which is another program in this series. SOME PARTING THOUGHTS: "Life is like a cafeteria; there are no waiters to bring success to you." "IF IT IS TO BE; IT IS UP TO ME" You'll see this thought in another program, but the point is that YOU are in charge of your own life...so don't look to others for your success and have to depend on them to diet and reach your goal. Speaking of cafeterias...this really happened. It was a busy day in the cafeteria and Marge was having a diet salad. All the tables were filled and shortly a man asked if he could sit at the same table to have his coffee and doughnuts. Marge said sure. Presently, he finished his coffee and one of the powdered sugar doughnuts, but had not touched the other one. Then he got up and left. Marge looked at the other doughnut for what seemed like a long time, knowing that soon the bus- boy would come by and rake it into the garbage...so quickly, like a spider darting after a fly, she whisked the doughnut off the plate and began eating it. Marge was just about half way finished with it ..... when the man returned with his second cup of coffee! The worst slogan for people on a diet to ever come down the pike? "BAKE SOMEONE HAPPY" OLD CHINESE PROVERB: "That the birds of worry and care fly above your head, this you cannot change, but that they build nests in your hair, this you can prevent." Deal with life's problems when they come, then forget them. If you don't, it will all go to waist. In dieting, we all have our good days when it is easy...then we have the really rotten days when nothing seems to go right. Well, everybody has those kinds of days and we just have to get through them without letting it wreck our dieting success. It might help to remember the story of this railroad engineer when we think we are having a bad day.... A railroad engineer got up on the wrong side of bed one morning. The water for his shower was cold. His shoelace broke when he tried to tie it. At breakfast, his toast was burned. His car wouldn't start and he had to take a taxi to the yards. He was late, so when he started his train he speeded up to 90 miles an hour. Just as he swung around a curve, he saw another train coming straight at him, on the same track. He heaved a big sigh and, turning to the fireman, said, "DID YOU EVER HAVE ONE OF THOSE DAYS WHEN JUST EVERYTHING GOES WRONG?" Some of these "Principles of Dieting" are nothing more than common sense, others are methods that have worked for thousands of people in the past and can work for you. If you have the commitment to live by the plans and ideas outlined in these programs and text files, you WILL BE SUCCESSFUL ! Have a safe trip!
|-----------------------------------------| | DOCUMENTATION FOR PROGRAM "DIETSHOP" | |-----------------------------------------| This program is simply a shopping list of diet food items that you might want to get when you go shopping. There are about 180 items in the list. The program will present a "screenful" at a time for you to select from or, using the 'M' command for More Items, the next screenful will appear. The program is self-prompting and if you decide you do not want a print-out, you can ESC the program to end at any time. As you select the items you will see the selected number printed in a blank area on the screen to show you what you have picked from the current screen of items. These numbers will scroll off when you get the next list of items, but they are in memory when you print the list at the end of the program, of the items that you have selected. If you want a couple of blank items on the printed list so that you can write in a few items of your own, just hit the <RETURN> key with no number selected and it will print a number and a [___], but with no item beside it. Do this as many times as you like. The program uses the file "FOOD.DTA" to read in the list of foods. You can add to or change the list using any text processor in NON-DOCUMENT mode. Just make sure that "END" is always the last item in the list. - 30 -
+------------------------+ | DIETTEST.DOC | +------------------------+ This is the most powerful program on the entire disk, in terms of the potential value to the dieter. The heart of the program is a self-test of 30 items for self-evaluation. You read each item and decide if it applies to you Never, Always or somewhere in-between. It is not so important how you do on the test. What is important is that every single item is a strong dieting aid to help you lose weight, change bad eating habits, and help you stay on whatever diet you may be on. You should not try to be TOO good and consume less than 1200 calories per day... and you should make sure that most of the 1200-1400 calories is food of bulk, like fresh vegetables and fruits. Remember that a half of a cantaloupe is far more satisfying than one medium banana.... a whole orange is better than 4 oz. of orange juice....3 oz. of cooked chicken and two slices of bread is more satisfying than than a hot-dog and bun (but both have the same calories). So you should certainly print out the 30 items and make a point to try to stick to "ALWAYS" for every one. If you do, you will be far more successful in both losing weight as well as keeping it off. Also, you should enjoy the messages at the end of the program. They come up in random order, so you may have to get several to see different ones (there are six). - 30 -
Disk No: 1325 Program Title: PREGNANT version 1.9, WEIGHT CONTROL version 8.808 PC-SIG version: 2 PREGNANT can help a woman with unstable menstrual cycles to better track the times when she is most likely and least likely to become pregnant. PREGNANT takes into account age, height, weight, the dates of each menstrual cycle, and the temperature for each day of the past two months. It then displays on the screen the average length and stability of the menstrual cycle and the period of ovulation. Using this data, the program can predict with a high degree of accuracy when the next menstrual and ovulation periods will begin. Data for up to two people can be stored and analyzed. WEIGHT CONTROL is a collection of dieting utilities designed to help you lose weight. You can assess your dieting habits through a questionnaire, calculate your average weight loss over a period of time, calculate how long it will take to reach a certain weight based upon the amount lost each week, calculate calories of food to take daily to maintain or lose weight, and calculate how many calories you have been consuming each meal of the day. A printout may be obtained for the calculations concerning your average weight loss and your calorie consumption. Usage: Preventing or Encouraging Pregnancy, Dieting. Special Requirements: CGA graphics and a printer is optional. How to Start: Type GO (press enter). Suggested Registration: $25.00 for PREGNANT, $20.00 for WEIGHT CONTROL. File Descriptions: PREGNANT MAN Documentation. PREGNANT EXE Main program. FILE DAT Data file. MASTER REC Data file. ELLIS DTA Sample data file. BRUN10 EXE Program needed to run EXE files. BRUN10 LIB Program needed to run EXE files. CALCALC EXE Calorie Calculator program. CALORIES EXE Caloric effect vs. pounds lost program. DIETSHOP EXE Diet shopping grocery list program. DIETTEST EXE Dieting skills questionnaire program. LOSS-AVG EXE Weekly weight loss log file with printout. WEIGHT EXE Calculate projected weight goals. WT-MENU EXE Main Menu for all programs. CALCALC DOC Documentation for CALCALC.EXE. CALCALC DTA Data file for CALCALC.EXE. CALORIES DOC Documentation for CALORIES.EXE. DIETPRIN DOC Documentation for DIETPRIN.TXT. DIETPRIN TXT Text on dieting principles. DIETSHOP DOC Documentation for DIETSHOP.EXE. DIETTEST DOC Documentation for DIETTEST.EXE. FOOD DTA Data file of foods for DIETSHOP.EXE. LOSS-AVG DOC Documentation for LOSS-AVG.EXE. M BAT Batch file for the menu. MENU BAT Batch file for the menu. REASONS DOC Documentation for REASONS.TXT. REASONS TXT Text on reasons why to diet. WEIGHT DOC Documentation for WEIGHT.EXE. FILES TXT File descriptions. PC-SIG 1030D E Duane Avenue Sunnyvale CA 94086 (408) 730-9291 (c) Copyright 1989 PC-SIG, Inc.
Description of FILES on the DIET-DISK by M.D. Smith July, 1988 CALCALC EXE 10337 Unique meal & food logging with Calorie Calculator CALCALC DTA 4224 The actual data of foods and calories for CALCALC CALORIES EXE 6097 Learn Caloric effects and totals vs. pounds lost DIETSHOP EXE 5489 Shopping for Diet Foods with Calorie amounts FOOD DTA 5632 The data file of foods and calories for DIETSHOP DIETTEST EXE 17073 Self-test with printout to see how good you are doing LOSS-AVG EXE 6065 Weekly weight loss logging file with printout WEIGHT EXE 5473 Calculate and print projected weight/date goals WT-MENU EXE 8177 The MAIN MENU for all the Documentation & Programs DIETPRIN TXT 18688 Text Program on all Dieting Principles (from program) REASONS TXT 10240 Reasons people fail (also run from main program menu) CALCALC DOC 2944 [ ======= These are all the documentation =========] CALORIES DOC 1024 [ ======= files for each of the above =========] DIETPRIN DOC 1152 [ ======= programs. They can be read and/or =======] DIETSHOP DOC 1792 [ ======= printed from the main menu. Just ========] DIETTEST DOC 1920 [ ======= select "Documentation Menu" (#9) ========] LOSS-AVG DOC 1408 [ ======= and read or print the desired file.======] REASONS DOC 1280 [ ======= You can "TYPE" them to the screen =======] WEIGHT DOC 1280 [ ======= if you prefer. ==========================] BRUN10 EXE 59117 Part of Run-time library for the .EXE files BRUN10 LIB 3072 Part of Run-time library for the .EXE files M BAT 9 Batch file to run Menu. Just type an M and <Enter> MENU BAT 9 Batch file to run Menu. Just type MENU and <Enter> 174422 Bytes in 24 File(s); 177152 bytes free
╔═════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════╗ ║ << Disk No 1325 PREGNANT version 1.7, WEIGHT CONTROL version 8.80706 >> ║ ╠═════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════╣ ║ To print the documentation, type: ║ ║ ║ ║ MANUAL (press enter) ║ ║ ║ ║ To start the program PREGNANT, type: ║ ║ ║ ║ PREGNANT (press enter) ║ ║ ║ ║ To start the WEIGHT CONTROL programs, type ║ ║ ║ ║ WT-MENU (press enter) ║ ╚═════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════╝
+---------------------------+ | AVERAGE WEIGHT LOSS .DOC | +---------------------------+ This is a program designed to let you record your weekly weigh-ins along with the date. When you have entered one or more, then type in an "T" and the program will go to the calculation mode and total and average your weight loss. Then you can store the dates and amounts in a file. The next time you want to add to the records, just load the existing file and add the current week to it. The program will do the new calculations and allow you to store both the old and the new data in the file "LOSS.DTA". You can also elect to make a hardcopy on your printer. Go ahead and run the program for the first time, but there will be no file to load, so answer "N" to the question about loading a file. Give it some dummy data to calculate, but don't store it in a file when that time comes. If you make a file by mistake, use the DOS command "DEL LOSS.DTA" from the A> prompt, and it will erase it. - 30 -
|---------------------------| | REASONS.DOC | |---------------------------| This is not a program to run, it is a text file to read and can be read from the main program. When you select it from the main program menu, you will see instructions telling you what to do to read the file. REASONS is a psychological message. Many dieters that fail to get to goal weight or to stay there can blame faulty reasoning about getting thin. Books have been written on the subject and several are suggested in the text. This is a condensed message, but the potential for good to help you be successful is great. Read it carefully several times....perhaps print-out a copy to study later. Don't underestimate the power. It can truly free you to be yourself and feel good about it. Then you can lose weight, if that is what YOU choose to do, for the right REASONS. - 30 -
REASONS Everyone does everything for reasons. Sometimes they are not apparent. Sometimes they are obvious . . . to ourselves, sometimes to others. It has been said that everything we do from the Cradle to the Grave is because we want something. Let's assume that you are on a diet right now because we want to lose weight...but what are the reasons for that? Try to think of several really valid reasons...beyond the obvious ones. After you have thought of several....what were they? Did they run something like... "Because I want to look and feel better . . .I want to be happier with myself . . .My husband really wants me to . . .I just want to be thin . . I want to have more energy . . .I want to get into those attractive slim clothes that you can buy off the rack in stores . . .etc." OK . . .now, let's look deep. Lets especially examine external reasons such as "my husband wants me to" which means " he will love me more when I get thin," and even obvious ones like . . ."I want to look better, which says "I want others to like the way I look more than they do now." OK . . .now that we have a lot of reasons why people want to lose weight, what will happen if you get to goal and your husband doesn't love you more . . .or the way other people treat you is not any better . . .possibly worse . . .and none of those good things you had been expecting seem to be happening to you? (You , will gain the weight back, right?) So, if you are going to keep it off, or even get to goal in the first place, you may have to modify your thinking and your REASONS for losing weight. Now this may happen automatically to a degree as you lose weight and like yourself more . . .for, as you like yourself more, it becomes less important what others think of you. Fat people often build up a shell of the HAPPY FAT JOLLY PERSON, when, in fact, they are sensitive, insecure, hurting people inside and the more they hurt . . the more they eat, which makes them hurt more. If you bake someone a really delicious, wonderful cake and give it to them, are they supposed to appreciate it? Are they supposed to thank you for it? Are they supposed to think a little more of you for it? Are they supposed to like you a little more because of it? Are they supposed to be a LITTLE kinder to you for it? Are they supposed to do you a tiny little favor when you really need it? USUALLY, YES! Then maybe you are giving for the WRONG REASONS. When you give anything, what should you expect? Thanks? Return favors? Nothing? Nothing at a11? Let me read to you & little ZEN story. Zen is a form of Chinese religion or philosophy. From the book compiled by Paul Reps, called ZEN FLESH, ZEN BONES: "While Seisetsu was the Master of Engaku in Kamakura he required larger quarters, since those in which he was teaching were overcrowded. Umezu Seibei, a merchant of Edo, decided to donate five hundred pieces of gold, called Ryo, toward the construction of a more commodious school. This money he brought to the teacher. Seisetsu said: "All right, I will take it." Umezu gave Siesetsu the sack of gold, but he was dissatisfied with the attitude of the teacher. One might live a whole year on three Ryo, and the merchant had not been thanked for five hundred. "In that sack are five hundred Ryo," hinted Umezu. "You told me that before," replied Seisetsu. "Even if I am a wealthy merchant, five hundred Ryo is a lot of money," said Umezu. "Do you want me to thank you for it?.. asked Siesetsu. "You ought to." replied Umezu. "Why should I?" inquired Seisetsu. "The giver should be thankful." The moral of this story is that the giver should give only for the sake of wanting to give with no ulterior motives of being thanked, rewarded, or receiving any tangible or intangible receipt from the gift. This is unselfish giving. If we give in any other way, WE are often disappointed later . . . because we gave for reasons other than the obvious one. Losing weight is the same way; if we lose weight for a lot of ulterior motives, such as unexpected results about the way others will feel about us, treat us, or in some way they will cause our life to change for the better, we will be, and often are . . . sorely disappointed. We should all carefully examine why we are losing weight. Let me quote from the book, ACTUALIZATIONS, YOU DON'T HAVE TO REHEARSE TO BE YOURSELF by Stewart Emery. . . "We absolutely do not know what we really want, because we have been conditioned to want what everybody else except us tells us to want. It started out when our mother told us what she wanted us to want; our father told us what he wanted us to want; our Grandmother and Grandfather did the same thing. The Sunday- school teacher told us what God wanted us to want, and the teacher told us what the principal wanted us to want. Madison Avenue told us to want everything. Society itself told us what to want. When I was growing up, it was a wife, two and a half children, two cars, and a home in the suburbs. Everyone was telling us what to want and telling us that if we wanted and acquired the right things, we would be happy. Happiness was a function of wanting the right things. And when that did not make us happy, there was always someone who told us that we were unhappy because we wanted the wrong things and that if we would JUST want what he wanted us to want, we would be happy. So we end up completely disillusioned with what we thought we wanted and with the people who told us to want it. Now we are feeling like a pawn in a chess game over which we have no control. We absolutely look like a victim; it seems as if there is no way out. But, take heart, there is an answer." . . . . . .You can transform. If you make an apple become an orange, that is not a transformation. But if you make an apple still look like an apple and TASTE like an orange, that is a transformation. Transformation means housing a different essence in the same form. To a Person who has undergone a transformation. The world is exactly the same as it was before. When you are transformed, the immediate circumstances of your existence are the same. What is altered is how you feel about it. What is altered is your RELATIONSHIP to the things in your life, not THE THINGS in your life. The absence of fear is not an option that is available to most people. The difference in people who are making it in the world and those who are not is simple: The people who are making it in the world are making it AND they have fear. Those who are not making it just have fear. So we have to transform the RELATIONSHIP we have with fear, not seek to get rid of it. GUILT: We must transform the way we react to guilt (often an eating binge) not initially get rid of the guilt (although in the long run we may get rid of a lot of it.) If we look at losing weight as a means to an end, which is to say. if we believe that getting thin will MAKE us a happy person forever and ever . . .you are in for a sad surprise. First it will not MAKE You happy; it might contribute to some temporary happiness. Continuous "HAPPY EVER AFTER" is not only NOT possible, it is not desirable. Life is full of ups and downs. If we COULD eliminate the downs, there would be no UPS (what could we compare it to?) If losing weight is simply something you have decided to do that you want to do with your life and your body.....Good! Do it for that reason. Let the ups and downs, the good and bad, the happy and the sad, stress and calm, all be parts of a complete and full life that you embrace fully . . . and NOW. Don't wait until . . .someday, for someday never comes. Do what you want to do. Make decisions. They will not all be perfect. or even good. That's the way it should be. LIVE LIFE. Start living it right now . . .ALL OF IT. BE YOURSELF. And when you are dead and gone . . .let it be like the song that Frank Sinatra sings that says . . ."I DID IT MY WAY! ".... For my own reasons and NOT for the reasons, desires, wants, and wills of other people.
+-----------------------+ | GOAL WEIGHT .DOC | +-----------------------+ This program allows you to play the "what-if" game with the computer and your dieting. It allows you to input your current or starting weight. Then, you give it your goal weight, and finally, about how many pounds per week you think you will be able to lose. It will then calculate on the printer or screen, how many weeks it will take along with a place to record actual dates. This becomes a projection of how long it will take to get to goal and gives you a target weight each week to shoot for. This can be one of the "ROAD- MAPS" for your success. If you have already been dieting and have an accurate weekly weight loss to enter, then your target weights and dates will be far more accurate. You can re-run the program at any time during your diet to get new "on-target" values to help you reach your projected goals. - 30 -
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