Week 8: Looking Backward to Move Forward
Past week review (no longer than 10 - 15 minutes).
Did listening to the lesson on "Fat as a Protective Covering" impact you or your thinking this past week? In what ways?
We are already in our eighth week of the program and this week is a review lesson, so before we get to the lesson, let’s just take a few minutes to check in with each other.
So, how are you doing so far? How are you feeling? What’s been going on with you? Does anyone have any thoughts or comments or experiences they’d like to share?
And then play the lesson. (Next Slide ) After Audio Check-In: What did you think of the lesson you just heard? Anyone have any thoughts they'd like to share? Questions? "Ah Ha Moments"?
Give people a bit of time to flush out initial reactions before moving on to the next discussion point. If there are no responses, simply move forward. Discussion Point 1: Since today's lesson was a review of past lessons, think about which lesson you found most interesting so far. The lessons were:
- The Myth of Will Power: Understanding Your Behavior Chains
- Are You Self Medicating with Food?
- Relationships: Supporters and Saboteurs
- Fat as a Protective Covering
Read each of the lesson titles again, pausing after each one to ask if anyone found it to be the most interesting. When people indicate it is "the most interesting" lesson, ask them why. If you have people who aren’t participating very much in the group discussions, this is a good time to call on them and ask them which lesson they found most interesting, etc.
Discussion Point 2: Today's review lesson mentioned several core concepts; they included these ideas:
- Just because you are overweight does not mean that you are weak, dumb, lazy or out of control.
- You are using food to take care of yourself…with some unfortunate side effects.
- The concepts of "being good" or "being bad" play no part here.
- No one is a "fat person" always destined to be fat.
- Becoming aware of your food urges and tracking them is essential.
- Don't underestimate the power of the group.
Which core concept has had the most impact for you? Why?
Wrap-Up: This week's lesson said that if you are not really following the modified fasting guidelines, not tracking your food urges consistently, not beginning to discover those times when you turn to food for self care, not looking for other non-caloric ways to say “Yes” to yourself to meet your inner needs, then now is the time when you must decide to make this commitment. There is still time for you to be successful in achieving the goal that started you out in joining the program, but you have to start NOW.
Pay particular attention to the "What have you discovered so far?” section of this week’s homework. Really working through this will help you learn what purpose food serves in your life. And this is the basis for all of your work in this course.
Keep up the good work and have a good week!
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