How’s That Workin’ For Ya?

I like Dr. Phil.

Some people find him abrasive, downright abusive.  But, to me, that’s just compassion wrapped in a Texas-sized, take-no-crap package.  As I’ve mentioned before, compassion isn’t gooey.  It doesn’t smooth feathers.  It lays out the hard truth and deals with it.  I appreciate that about Dr. Phil.  That and his goofy aphorisms.

So, when a friend loaned me his book on weight loss, I thought it might be a fun read.  Even the title (The Ultimate Weight Solution: The 7 Keys to Weight Loss Freedom) carried a load of Dr. Phil attitude.  I didn’t expect it to say anything new.  I didn’t shake it to see if any keys actually rattled around in there.

The information may not be new, but it’s presented in a way I’ve not heard before.  The plan of attack is different. The types of mental and emotional housekeeping are different.  The way in and through is different.  After finishing one of the exercises on Right Thinking, I got too excited to continue.  Not only did this book offer me a reasonable way to reach my weight loss goals, but it gave me more tools in pushing against all my compulsive behavior.

It won’t be easy.  Dr. Phil says that right up front.  But he also says this in the introduction:

[Weight control is] about changing what you eat, why you eat, where you eat, when you eat, how you eat, and doing it all in a way that is custom-designed so that it is natural for you.  It’s about changing yourself from the inside out, so that being what is fit and healthy for you is as natural and normal as breathing.

Yesterday, I discovered that I honestly believe I can’t survive without TV.  In a very deep, very old part of my psyche, I know I will die one way or the other if I can’t use it.  Challenging that deep-seated belief is something I’ll be working on for awhile.  Finding it was a revelation.  And that was only Chapter One.

So, for me, as far as Dr. Phil’s book goes—son, that dog does hunt.

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. pegoleg
    May 30, 2012 @ 11:56:03

    Whatever works. And I agree – I generally think Dr. Phil really MEANS it when he’s trying to help.


  2. Kathryn McCullough
    May 30, 2012 @ 13:55:36

    I’m not a huge fan of Dr. Phil myself, but this book sounds great. Weight loss is one topic that needs a new perspective, at least for me. Thanks for sharing this, Sandy.


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