Week 9: You Weigh Exactly What You Should
Please note: This week there is a "Keeping It Real" message for you to play at the end of the meeting, so be sure to allow at least 5 minutes for that.
Past week review (no longer than 10 - 15 minutes).
Last week was a review week because we are already a third of the way through the course! Let's take a few minutes to just check in with each other. So, how are things going for you?
Any thoughts, insights or comments to share? What about issues or problems?
Discuss. If you have people who haven’t spoken up very much in group, call on them and ask how they are doing.
And then play the lesson.
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:
For your homework this past week, you were to write down answers to the following questions: "What purposes is food serving in my life?" "What do I need to be doing differently?" and "How am I practicing these new approaches?"
Let’s talk about what discoveries you made when you thought about and responded to these questions.
Discussion Point 2:
Now, let's move on to the subject of this week's homework. It’s likely that some people may have comments they'd like to share regarding the food rejection exercise that you're to do for homework.
So, let's talk about that. First, let's clear up any objections you may have about doing it. Does anyone have a feeling of hesitation about this homework assignment?
If no one speaks up with objections (somewhat unlikely), go around the room and ask for a "yes or no" nod from each person.
If people do express objections to doing the exercise, ask the group for input on how to overcome their arguments. Remember what the lesson said about that: how many times have we wasted food anyway; $5 is not a fortune for a useful and necessary educational experience.
Discussion Point 3:
Now that we have overcome the objections, let's take a few minutes to think about what food you will choose for the food rejection exercise. Who’d like to share with the group which food you are choosing – and why you decided to choose this food, in particular. How about you, __________?
Call on someone. If they appear hesitant or don’t seem to have a good reason for their food selection, ask the group if this seems like a fitting response and encourage them to provide ideas for this person.
Today we have another "Keeping it Real" message to end our time together. Let's listen to that now.
Play the "Keeping It Real" message.
Keeping It Real
If you have someone in your group who has been having problems with staying on the modified fast or who has been trying to gain supporters for their non-compliance, you can read this:
Well said...remember, if you are cheating, you are choosing to eat. It is your choice, everything you do is in your control. And the bottom line is: if you’re cheating, you are really cheating yourself. This program is something that you chose to do, something that you wanted for yourself. You are worth it! Don’t cheat yourself! Time to get back on track now.
Now, read this as this week's wrap-up:
I know you all have a lot to think about this week. Let me leave you with this: PARTICIPATE...DO THE FOOD REJECTION EXERCISE! Some of you may be having trouble with it – but recognize your resistance for what it is.
You have had a very emotional relationship with food, so doing this exercise is an important experience for you to have. It will help you feel some control in your relationship with food. It's your homework for the course, and you made a commitment to join the program and do the work, so just do it!