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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Download/Upload (11/17/11)

TITLE: Brain Change
By Dolores Stohler


Last night on PBS I watched a tutorial on how to change your brain to change your body. It featured some fanciful drawings of brains in baby blue and pink. They looked good enough to eat Ė like cotton candy or frosted cookies. I thought perhaps they were going to tell us that brains were the latest fad in diet foods.

After the initial food comparison, my brain evolved to thinking about how the subject might meet the latest FW challenge. You know, download information on how not to upload on food and gain weight. Thatís how my brain works. I guess it really does need a change of some kind.

Hereís what I learned from TV. There are five different kinds of food thinkers: impulsive, obsessive, a mix of the first two, then sad and anxious. You have to determine which category you belong in before you decide on the treatment. Dr. Amen (yes, thatís really his name) emphasized lots of exercise and green vegetables for all kinds of dieters. Wouldnít you know it? You donít really need a new brain to figure that one out. I like what my son-in-law said last week, ďI got a stair master for my birthday and guess what? Iíve mastered the art of staring at it.Ē

Iíve mastered the art of staring at chocolate cake and making it disappear. When I was young, I was proud of my 22Ē waistline. My thighs are getting close to that measurement now. Iíll look in my closet and wonder if I should give some of my old clothes to the thrift store. Then Iíll think, ďI really like that dress. If I lose five pounds per week, maybe I can wear it again by Christmas.Ē Well, I can dream, canít I?

As my TV class progressed, I began to realize that I really fit into the ďanxious eaterĒ category. Iíve always thought of myself as a positive thinker but it seems my brain has been playing tricks on me. Anxious people are restless types, always thinking of things to do. Weíre good at analyzing, creating, nit-picking and criticizing. The cure for this is hypnosis and meditation. Iíll skip the hypnosis but meditation sounds good. On second thought, maybe I can hypnotize myself into a state where I give up sweets.

Dr. Amen went on to say that it takes two weeks of avoiding sugar to conquer cravings for the tempting sweets. A light bulb has gone off! Iíll ask my husband to lock me in the bathroom for two weeks while I go on a sugar-free diet. He could cut a slit in the door to pass through plates loaded with salad, blueberries and other brain-healthy stuff. I would have a Bible handy for long periods of meditation and prayer.

We-ell, it sounded like a good plan at first. The drawback is that Iíd have to sleep in the bathtub and thatís not too comfy. I tried it years ago when I had a fight with my husband and, even with a couple of pillows and a blanket, I didnít get much sleep. I walked around with a sore back for days.

If good intentions count for anything, I have lots of those. Iím determined to kick the sugar habit and download all the right foods for a change. My brain and my body will be in tip-top condition in no time at all. Iíll get started on it right after New Yearís.

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Martha Black12/02/11
This article is something that anyone who has ever had a weight problem can relate to. Desire and frustration wage a fierce battle in our minds. The humor in the article lightens it up but will never conquer the problem. Godd and clever writing!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 12/02/11
This is so funny. I was chuckling throughout. I think you might have been weakest on Topic. The beginning drew me right in. I wasn't able to easily predict where you were going. The ending was great. Thank you for the giggles.
C D Swanson 12/11/11
Thank you for this entry. It was light-hearted, no pun intended...And, I thought you did a good job it was a fun read. God Bless~