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A new book on sugar and sodas — tough on a corseted tummy!

There’s a new book by a professor whom I respect and quote in my Corset Magic book, because she’s not an alarmist nor an extremist, and does appreciate the scientific approach. The book blurb says:

In Soda Politics, Dr. Marion Nestle answers this question by detailing all of the ways that the soft drink industry works overtime to make drinking soda as common and accepted as drinking water, for adults and children. Dr. Nestle, a renowned food and nutrition policy expert and public health advocate, shows how sodas are principally miracles of advertising; Coca-Cola and PepsiCo spend billions of dollars each year to promote their sale to children, minorities, and low-income populations, in developing as well as industrialized nations. And once they have stimulated that demand, they leave no stone unturned to protect profits.

Soda on a corseted tummy can be very uncomfortable since bubbles go up — and down. That’s why I advise corseted brides not to imbibe in champagne toasts, or limit it to one glass sipped slowly and carefully to test the results.

I’ve blogged about the amoutn of sugar (almost 1/2 cup) contained in one Coke and more in a Mountain Dew. This weekend I read that 1/2 cup of my favorite egg nog has 41 gms of sugar.

But this year, my first, it will not be a temptation in which I indulge. I don’t want to re-visit that horrible nauseated feeling in my tummy after trying just one-half piece of iced carrot cake I tried on my birthday, after not eating added sugar for five months. It just isn’t worth it to me to suffer so.

I’ll hang onto that memory of the nausea, and will do my best to attach it to the idea of sugar whenever I see holiday treats laid out at parties. Yesterday I hosted a lady’s tea party for my Mary Kay friend, to learn about skin care and this caring company. The only refined sugar product I served was CostCo’s mini-quiches, and two of them contain but 3 gms of sugar. Since I offered no other treats containing white sugar, I decided this was acceptable.

I used a small bit of organic honey in the banana bread I baked fresh (and lots of bananas, dates and nuts), added blueberry honey to my cream cheese for a spread, baked a Southern recipe of corn flour muffins (no sugar), made hummus at home for a fresh veggie plate, chilled a fresh pineapple sprinkled with one tablespoon of Marsala wine and refrigerated overnight, and set out mixed toasted nuts and dried blueberries, and a bowl of  huge and sugary green seedless grapes for my guests. Everyone seemed to love the treats and not one person complained that they weren’t sweet enough.

So it IS possible to survive the holidays without eating refined and added sugar, but it takes some resolve, plus some planning, shopping, and cooking. Carry some of your own treats on a plate as a hostess gift in case there is nothing sugar-free there for you to eat, and you’ll be sure to stick to your plan, and tighten down, not loosen your glamorous corseted holiday attire.

Anyone care to share some holiday-style treats? I’ll be back with some dynamite pumpkin bread I just tried!


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How Age Relates — or not — to Good Health and a Svelte Figure

My Letter to the Editor of the San Francisco Examiner newspaper was published a few days ago:

” Really now? “Elderly” is now age 52? (“Thief snatches elderly woman’s purse”, Examiner 11/5/15). Isn’t it about time the Examiner gets with it, and stops pushing us into an early grave? Webster’s says elderly means very old. So if we are now living into our 80s and 90s being rather healthy, we’ll be “very old” for about 40 years? Wow. As a healthy, fit, still working, high-school weight 73-year old, I might as well give up and die. My 11-year old nephew better watch out. I imagine he will get elderly in a few more years.”

It just frosts me to be in my senior years as I like to call them, and to see the prejudice and discrimination that we seniors face, as evidenced in the above writer’s perspective.

But it’s not just a matter of perspective or viewpoint, as one of my therapist friends  said it was.  She thought a 20 or 30-year old had written the article.To me it’s also a matter of ignorance of the facts.

Our parents’ generation typically passed at age 50 to 70 with some exceptions like my mom, who died just short of her 96th year although that’s not even that unusual today. Our generation and the next generation should be able to use public health information to our benefit (no sugar, no smoking, limited alcohol, limited red meat, a minimal amount of regular exercise, and even some corset waist-training to get our waistlines under control) to move up to our 90s and into our 100s, don’t you think? I think we can — and believe that we will get healthier, too, not just live to 90 and 100 with tubes connected and taking those 18 pills a day I’ve heard is typical of the “elderly.”

The real question is how to convert public health information into individual practice that leads to better health, a trim body, and an enhanced sense of well-being and happiness.

It took about 20-25 yrs. of public health messages about the ill effects of smoking to about kill that practice. I still marvel at how they can make movies in Hollywood today showing smoking, be it period-perfect or not. Why are the actors still smoking for “art’s sake”?

I don’t know about you, but somehow, someway six months ago my life changed. Many of my senior corset clients or personal friends experienced the same somewhere along the way to seniordom, and they also feel ageless and fit. Most of my corset clients are aged 40 and older, and a lot of them are now in their 60s and 70s. My oldest corset enthusiast client was 83 about five years ago when we met, and she still wears her corsets regularly as she approaches 90.

How have you kept feeling ageless and looking fit? Why do we take care of ourselves and want to look neat, clean, fashionable, and pretty? This latter question is now what I ponder since I see so many over age 50 just give way in terms of appearance and attractiveness, meaning being healthy, fit, styling our hair, using some makeup, and standing up straight. Why do some just give up on some or all of those things?

And why do social media corset-enthusiast commentators (like those on the Tight Lacing Society’s and Corset Maker’s  Facebook pages) never seem to mention health as a principal, or any reason, to love and pursue corseting and waist training? Most seem content to simply self-promote, or raise corset questions over and over again–questions that have been answered and publicized eons ago,  answered on several fact-based websites since 1996 (ROMANTASY had the first corset website launched that year), and in newsletters launched even way before my fledgling corset business and love came into being in 1990.

….Strange when things happen and habits change in life, and the how and why of it.

Six months ago (1) I stopped eating refined sugar (and stopped feeding it to my partner) and a bit before that (2) I enrolled in a twice-weekly falls prevention aerobics/flexibility/balance class (with an occasional day of yoga interspersed until I hurt my knee). Those classes are offered at the near by senior center I walk to and from one mile for each class, held twice a week.

Yesterday at lunch my friend asked why I did those two things? The only thing I could answer is that the right book/teacher came along at the right time in June (I Love Me More Than Sugar, on the NYT best sellers list), just when I had reached my emotional limit of tolerance as to the fat I was putting on my belly and fanny and a 10-lb. weight gain that had never before taken place. I was appalled. But I guess my ego kicked in just then, to help me make some beneficial changes.

Over the past two years since hitting aged 70 I had developed certain body dysmorphia, maybe for the first time in my life. I knew intellectually that as we aged we needed fewer calories to avoid gaining weight and losing our shape to our health’s detriment, but in practice nothing seemed to work for me since I don’t eat all that much to begin with. It’s not bragging, but it is a genetic fact that I take after my ever-slim mom but not after my robust dad. My mom’s typical healthy weight in her 80s and 90s until her last year, was about 103 to 110 lbs. at our same height of 5.5″ (until she shrank a good bit from osteoporosis). That too, was my normal high school weight.

Even worse, over my lifetime and especially as I aged gracefully and put on weight,  no one supported me in my quest to improve my health and drop some weight.  In fact, they rather much pooh-poohed, if not ridiculed, my efforts.

I experienced it over and over again. If one is already genetically slim compared to our nation’s expanding waistlines and typical size and shape, then everyone who says anything always says: “What? You (as if I am some kind of freak) want to lose weight? Why? Why give up sugar? I would eat tons of it if I were your small size.”

In fact, that is exactly what my friend said to me yesterday! Thus, even she could not initially encourage me to continue on my health quest, or celebrate with me my giving up sugar and taking on regular exercise.

Her automatic response struck me as bizarre because this friend had recently given up refined sugar and red meats as a result of her own health crises of cancer. I guess in her mind she was sufficiently obese enough and sick enough to justify her own dietary and nutrition changes, but to her mind I had not yet reached the right obesity or sickness level to justify me doing the same?

But what else caused me to change some of my weight-gaining habits?

During the past six months I have read voraciously on health and nutrition, in order to be of better service to my corset waist-training coaching students. I read The China Study and The Diet Myth: The Real Science Behind What We Eat, by an English doc on the microbiome and changing our gut bacteria for our longevity and health benefits. Then in my research (ongoing about health because my corseting led me to get interested in coaching others to lose weight and figure shape), I ran across the connection of refined sugar with Alzheimers!  I thought, hmmm, my mom made it to age 96 and her mind was great til the last year, so I likely have some years to go and want my mind not to give way all the way thru life. Maybe I better give way on the sugar issue?

So I decided to try the anti-sugar book’s four week experiment of eating no refined/added sugar. My partner went along with my plan, even though I did not propose it to him. I don’t believe anyone can make us change.  However I’m the one who prepares meals, so I simply stopped serving either one of us sugar desserts as a first step, and then starting reading labels to cut way back on cooking with products having added sugar of any kind.

As I have previously and recently blogged, within a day or two I suffered mightily and for three weeks from headaches and continuous nausea. I barely wanted to eat at all. But even this did not cause me to give up and go back to sugar. Rather, it rather convinced me that white sugar is addicting and certainly is not for me (and I suspect, is not for anyone else). I’m clearly addicted, or was.

Then I watched the documentary Fed Up, recommended in my anti-sugar book. Then I read about red meat (I sort of like Dr. Mercola’s website (although he peppers you to death with emails if you sign up for his newsletter) and illness/Alzheimers. So we are cutting way back on red meat now.

Then three months ago I was hired online to coach Lee, a 52-year old  lawyer who is committed to ‘clean eating’. I had never heard the term before Lee — amazing that. So I researched it and now see how clean eating dovetails with my general direction. We are now off processed foods for the most part (without being obsessive about anything, as that doesn’t work for me; going off anything 100% sounds too much like a “should” in life that brings out my resistant adolescent! )

Since May when I began routine exercising and muscle-building, or June 15 when I gave up sugar, I’ve dropped as of today from 120.6 lbs to 111.0 lbs on my home scale, and lost 1.5″ off my hips and 1″ off my waist. I’m almost at that high school weight and shape I said was true in my recent letter to the editor.

The best thing is that I’m feeling great! I note my mood has changed and improved. I’ve made two new girlfriends at the sr. center and gotten myself out for some social events again. I was way too much behind my computer during the days. I’m proud once more of my strength, flexibility, and shape. I’m developing muscles from my exercise classes each week and for the first time in decades, I’m committed to those classes for the forseeable future.

Then I read about the recent Calif. Fed District lawsuit against General Mills and their new “high protein” cheerios. Want a jolt today if you haven’t heard? Check out my immediately prior blog about that.

Basically, the world is hammering me with related messages that all dovetail together to support change. Some things in life have to come together to create a kind of tipping point to get us to change. For others it is a health crises, then we change. I’m glad I didn’t have to get to a health crises so far.

What keeps you on track? What do you think motivates us silly human beings? I think about those questions a lot, so that I can also do a better job coaching my corset waist-training students.

Anyway, that’s my story so far — and I’m sticking to it!

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Cheerios a beloved General Mills brand, is being sued — for foisting a huge increase in SUGAR on us, all in the name of protein. The product apparently has been on the shelves since May of 2014 according to an online news report, see:

Why doesn’t this surprise me?

General Mills Inc. was hit with a proposed class action in California federal court Monday accusing the company of falsely marketing its Cheerios Protein cereal line as a healthier alternative to regular Cheerios, saying it only has a little more protein with considerably more sugar. See,

The new cereal has seventeen times the amount of sugar as regular Cheerios and from 6 gms of protein a serving, to only a “smidge” more, that is 6.7 gms.

And of course, the new “protein” Cheerios cost more.

General Mills and Cheerios have been in trouble before, at least in the courts:

And now the lawsuits… General Mills sued over recalled gluten-free Cheerios By Elaine Watson+, 03-Nov-2015 

In August of 2012:
“A lawsuit filed by two California mothers against General Mills claims the maker of Kix cereal, Bisquick and Cheerios has deceptively marketed its Nature Valley products as natural when they contain highly processed ingredients such as high fructose corn syrup, high maltose corn syrup and maltodextrin.

“The women are seeking to turn the suit, which was filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of California, into a class action, the New York Times reported.

“The company was accused in another lawsuit of defrauding consumers by selling Yoplait Greek Yogurt with an ingredient known as milk protein concentrate, the ultra-filtered, dry milk powder that has prevented Kraft Foods from calling Velveeta cheese, the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal reported.

“General Mills isn’t the only food products company to face lawsuits over eco-labeling. A lawsuit filed last year against the food giant ConAgra says the company’s Wesson oil contains genetically modified ingredients and doesn’t qualify as “natural.” Read more:  Read more:

What sad news is all of the above, esp. the current lawsuit — but today’s news constitutes just one more element of proof that Big Food only wants us to get sick and die faster — but be sure and spend more money before we do, on more useless products with misleading advertising. Although I have no time now to research online the details and will reserve the right to clarify facts, I’m tempted to just say “Shame on you General Mills” — and be done with it.

Of course there is always another side to every story. GM has it’s lawyers in place and has its argument for it’s advertising specified. it will be up to the courts now, to decide the matter.

That sugar is addicting, I am now convinced. This past weekend on a birthday weekend in the high Sierras in Sequoia National Park, I indulged after a small prime rib dinner, in one-half a normal size of carrot cake. This was my first piece of any refined sugar dessert since June 15, now five months ago. Within five minutes of eating the cake, my stomach felt nauseous and remained that way until bedtime a few hours later. It was a horrible feeling, and one that I no longer want to repeat!

It just takes me once such experience with cake that almost ruined the memory of my delicious birthday dinner, to convince me to forgo refined sugar desserts forever (other than one bite of cake that I can apparently tolerate, as tried on only two separate occasions since June 15!)

The general public thru research and public health news now knows that any form of refined sugar of any kind, especially in processed foods, is bad for us.  How much longer will it take for us to permanently change our eating and purchasing habits? If no one buys Cheerios, I don’ t think they would last that long on the shelves.

Please read the labels on your food products, if you care at all about what you consume and offer to your family. Be sure that the product manufacturers of your food care about your health, and use open and honest, fact-based advertising for so-called “health” claims.

Meantime I’ll ponder if I am more outraged by the alleged false advertising, a consumer right’s concern, or by the actual amount of sugar being foisted upon us in a subtle way by the new product. I am about to conclude that most all Big Food companies are principally out to make more money by foisting more sugar on us in processed foods, causing us to die earlier.


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The Brain’s Misadventures Can Deter Even Strong, Determined Waist-Trainees With Lots of Discipline

chick broc sweetMy trusty NY Times included an article by runner Alex Hutchinson in last Sunday’s edition, called “How Salad Can Make Us Fat.” The title certainly caught my attention! Really? Now how does that work? I asked myself.

The brain betrays our best efforts and intentions I learned! Even for very dedicated, self-controlled individuals who generally can resist temptations and make healthy choices.

Of course fast food restaurants have capitalized on research that Hutchinson reports, knowing that just adding some healthy choices like low-cal salads or dressing on the side to their menus somehow tricks the brain into choosing the less healthy alternative while staring the salad menu right in the face. Just having the choice available justifies our bad behavior to ourselves.

It’s called the “licensing effect” by researchers. Furthermore, if we are grocery shopping and choose lots of fresh fruit, then when we walk by the Pop Tarts, we feel justified or “licensed” to just “pop” a box or two into our cart. If we choose healthy then somehow we feel justified to also choose badly. Research shows that dieters who take a weight-control pill then feel justified to eat more, not less, at buffets and mealtimes.

Not only is that true and sad, it’s just not fair!

You might want to purchase and download the 2012 documentary “Fed Up” narrated by Katie Couric. Once again it is a one-trick pony as I say, containing one focused perspective against sugar (and processed foods) that really doesn’t fit with our multidimensional world or considering complex personal motivations and the need for personal responsibility in what we choose to do and eat. Still some of the facts in the film gobsmacked me, such as:

— from1977 to 2000, Americans doubled our sugar intake;

— of 600,000 food products in the marketplace, 80% have added sugar;

— when cocaine-addicted rats were given the choice of more cocaine or sugar, they chose sugar! The brain simply “lights up” when eating sugar;

— as a nation it is impossible politically to both support the message “eat less and better” and at the same time support “more farms and more products for the health of business”. We can’t support public health and promote agriculture at the same time since they are non-sequiturs;

— when we went to skim milk and low fat in the early to mid 2000s, the extra fat was siphoned off into, get this: more cheese and more marketing about cheese. Remember that on tv ads? I do!

–when Big Food adds low fat products to the marketplace to demonstrate their commitment to health, they don’t take high fat foods off the shelves; they just leave it all there and increase everything, knowing that many will continue to choose (justify or “license”) high fat foods just by looking at the new low fat foods, which fits with the research and principles summarized in the article listed above!

Sigh…with Big Food bombarding us with gorgeous and amusing messages about new varieties of processed foods to hook us on sugar and calories, why is our brain also deserting us?

But knowing this, what can we do? I like solutions better than I like problems (once we know the problems, we need to move forward). Some solutions proposed by the article I agree with and some I do not.

The writer says that we should “focus on the process of living healthfully rather than the goal of being healthy.” To me that sounds like ambiguous and vague gobbledygook. How the heck are those two things truly different? They are not.

But I do agree that focusing on changing our eating behavior (action: how we eat and choose food) is more important than focusing only on losing weight or inches. In fact I advise my waist training students to look only for a down trend in three months or perhaps more, not to obsess about specific numbers along the way, then get on with planning, shopping, eating “clean”, giving up sugar forever, staying away from fast food restaurants totally, and exercising vigorously twice a week at least, with waist-targeted exercises included.

The author of this article suggests that we focus on one thing at a time, don’ t look too far into the future or take on too much or we will end up using it as an excuse to sin and sin again. For example, don’t worry too much about temptations for the next two months which includes Halloween, Thanksgiving, Xmas and New Years parties and temptations to excess: worry only about Halloween. Bear down and focus, determine to make good choices this coming weekend, and don’t give yourself an excuse  to pig out on candies and parties, because if you do, you will most likely not recover from the excesses — if you are like most human beings and most brains.

Hold yourself to a high standard, stick with the basics (KISS remember?), and try to tune out the noise of Big Food. A few simple, easy rules you impose on yourself and commit yourself to, seem to work better than any complex diet plan or short-term corset waist-training or surgery “fix.” I guess it takes a lifetime to be healthy.

The benefit of all these rules and of trying hard at first to clean up one’s diet, is clear to me since I gave up refined sugar on June 15. In only one month all foods tasted much, much better. My taste buds clearly changed. Veggies now taste sweet as does home-made soup, and fruits and yogurts (no-sugar ones like Oikos Zero) are positively sugary to my new taste buds. I like it, and now don’t feel deprived at all. But it did take a firm commitment to try for one month to see what happened. Liking the results I saw in one month, not to mention weight and inch loss plus energy enhancement, I think I can make this no-sugar personal program a lifelong commitment.

At least I can–if my brain will not desert me along the way!

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Visualizing Increments of “Down”–an effective waist-training technique

I’m always looking for new techniques and to understand what existing techniques make waist-training work. Recently for both Lee, one of my two present waist-training coaching students, and for myself, I’ve begun to use the “visualizing a range of weight” down from my present weight, to see if it keeps me moving in the right direction — down. I think it does!

Three weeks ago I set Lee’s visualization goal as to stay in the “115s” weight range. At the time she weighed 116.5. What she and I wanted to see was a weekly or bi-weekly weigh-in that consistently stayed somewhere in the 115-pound range. It seems that she has reached that goal, and so today, I set her next goal as the 113s. She has two more weeks of her formal initial three-month coaching program in order to reach 111 from an initial weight of 121. After that she decided to continue for another month to cement her progress and then switch to a tighter, new corset in the comfy wasp silhouette about to be constructed for her by our corsetiere Sheri Jurnecka.

Lee has also adopted and successfully adapted our waist-training coaching technique of long continuous hours of corseting six days per week gradually going down in restriction by 1/2″ increments. Today she reports that she wore her corset at 23.5″ or an actual under-corset measurement of 22.5″ down from her snug natural waistline of 26.25″, a 3.5″ reduction, and for three hours.

Instead of taking it off at that point, since she had then met the contract plan, she opened the corset up 1/2″ more and wore it another 10 hours. In other words, she is “bouncing” down for as long as is tolerable in order to meet her plan, then not taking it off but continuing her progress with a more gentle do-able restriction by loosening it up just a wee bit. The body will normally feel that as definite relief and will obey in tolerating the lesser corset restriction for a good number more of hours as Lee has experienced.

There is something wonderfully satisfying about meeting a set goal and the psychological pleasure acts to enhance our commitment to a process that works, where we can see, and measure results.Lina at eight weeks - Lee's progress notes

Speaking of seeing results, pictures are another technique that makes waist-training work. Be sure and take accurate front, side and back pictures both before you begin, half way thru, and at the end of waist training. (Note that it is very difficult to render images taken over time with exactly the same perspective, but there are visible if somewhat subtle changes pictured here for Lee  after eight weeks. Remember that for already-slim people like Lee, changes that improve the figure shape will not be dramatic although posture almost invariably improves quite distinctly).

Pictures can be incredibly motivating and can help you survive those days when your body rebels and you want out of that corset–“The Big O” I have labeled it, or “The Big Get Me OuttaThisContraption!” It happens to all of us at one time or another, but it’s not lethal. When Lee reaches a level 8 on her comfort/discomfort scale of 1 to 10 (10 equals true pain) she then opens up the corset and goes for more hours as the slightly looser level. I gave Lee this scale concept to use to communicate her feelings to me in a rational way, and to help her become more conscious of her body’s messages so she could manage corseting proceedures better on her end.

Lee is now down 5.5 lbs and 1.25″ in her waist from her start of waist training–no mean feat because Lee had already lost down from over 150 lbs. a year ago to her starting weight of 121 lbs. when we began her training. She is a tiny lady to begin with and already in good shape, just wanting to tone and tighten her figure and improve her posture to get to her “fighting” weight where she feels best and most energetic about life. She has set reasonable goals, demonstrated a rational, thoughtful approach over a year to weight loss and figure-shaping, and thus has a sterling chance of achieving success in corset waist-training to boost forward her progress.


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Pattern Interrupts – A Key to Healthy New Habits in Figure Training

Sugar in a Coke_6My favorite recent book related to figure training and corseting, is by Barry Friedman,  I love me more than sugarReading that book in early June changed my life, at least so far, now four months later. It made me ask myself the question: Do I? (Here’s that amazing picture of the almost-1/4 cup of refined sugar in one Coke! Horrifying, no?)

There’s something helpful I just read in that book (again), p. 213 about pattern interrupts.

Perturbation is a word meaning deviation of a system or process from its regular state or path.

For many of us, the system or process or habit we follow, is to give into sweets.  There is just too much information out there the past year about the bad effects of refined sugar on health, for this topic to be ignored by anyone into corset waist training, or anyone for that matter, into long-term health.

The issue is how to break that process or path of choosing cake, cookies, ice cream, candy and other refined sugar treats and food additives?

Friedman suggests the following:

1. Wear a rubber band around your wrist every day. When you want to give in, snap it several times.
2. Sing the chorus from a favorite song as loud as you can.
3. Jump up and down 10 times and count jumps in a foreign language.
4. Pet your dog or cat (or stuffed animal).
5. Drum a rhythm onto a desk.
6. Drink a glass of water.
7. Take a one minute power walk.
8. Splash water on your face.
9. Do five squats (ten is better per me!)
10. Slap your forehead three times quickly.

I might add: do your lean/pull technique, change the tv channel or radio station, email a friend, or call your mom.

These steps are all quick, you don’t need props, and they require no thinking. They do break your train of thought.

This technique reminds me of Cesar Milan, the Dog Whisper, and his Saturday morning tv on Channel 12 out here in Calif. Have you seen the show? He is an amazing “trainer of people and rehabilitator of dogs” as he says. We all need training, but we all need to understand how to rehabilitate ourselves, too, away from refined sugar and toward healthier, clean and natural food choices.

Friedman’s suggestions are not as silly as they may first seem.

I think they give us a chance to re-think what we were going to do, just like when Cesar Milan snaps his fingers in front of a misbehaving dog’s face, and the dog stops in its tracks so that another more effective habit may come into the picture from Caesar.

This perturbation finger snap equivalent for a human being, doesn’t stop us from asking for a second piece of cake, but it interrupts the normal process of robotic thinking and robotic responses to go for the second piece when offered. Consequently, for the next moment or two after a finger snap we have to think and then we have to make more effort to go back and fall back into our temptation and into our normal automatic response. Perturbation works for Caesar’s dogs; I think it can work for us, too.

The other way I quit refined sugar was to commit to a three-month no sugar kick, period. Friedman says try it for one month and that’s enough (well, really he suggests a lifetime commitment, but that might be too daunting to start with as a resolve) . But you have to be rigid about the period you choose and not go about it half—-ssed. To make the experiment work, you have to give it an honest try and not give in to sugar temptations, ever, during the period you set aside.

I faced my partner’s sister’s birthday celebration with the larger family during it my first 1.5 months of my no-refined sugar experiment. Yikes! It wasn’t going to be easy, I thought. Everyone typically gets a huge piece of thickly-iced cake with seconds if we want them. My partner got his piece, but chose a smaller piece with not so much icing as before (my good influence so far?) — and he did not go back for seconds. He sat next to me and put that blessed and pretty little piece of cake right in front of me. But I was prepared! I stood up (the finger snap) and walked to the fridge where I  had brought from home my favorite 80-calorie Dannon coconut yogurt. I opened it up, came back and sat down, and while he ate his cake, I ate my yogurt. I reached over and took one medium-sized bite of his cake, then went right back to my yogurt. That’s all the cake I ate. No one forced cake on me either, although that is a distinct possibility — if you don’t first get your family and friends on board with your new resolve.

For my upcoming birthday in early November I am baking a two-banana Truvia spiced quick bread with dates and nuts, to take with us on our visit to the high sierras and to a neat old cowboy-styled lodge. That will be my birthday cake this year. It’s yummie and made without sugar. In any case, I much prefer a good cappucino after dinner  (with no sugar, and with cinnamon on top, or just take Truvia or stevia drops to add), to a lethal sugar dessert. This is what I might call the “substitution” strategy to break a bad dessert habit.

Also, there is the strategy of the “celebratory slice.” You can choose a small piece of cake without much icing, and stop there. A minister friend of mine calls it a “celebratory slice of cake” at weddings he performs: he simply accepts graciously a slim piece of cake so he doesn’t not not partake, but he does limit the size.  If the cake is a present to you and you are home, you can simply freeze the rest of your cake after everyone and you are served, or better yet, give it to a neighbor or guest to take home and away from temptation.

And here’s a thought about timing of celebrations  Is there any reason that you can not ask your family and friends to postpone a celebration til after your no-sugar experiment? My partner and I sometimes miss our exact date of anniversary or birthday, but we always get around to it. Why should we permit that temptations during figure training and….here is the corker to me…make it harder to act consistently with my goals for four weeks, rather than easier? That seems purely and simply insane to me!

Then there is cleaning your environment. My partner in the past has taken  some left-over Halloween candy to work and is now taking a left over bag of my very favorite treat to work this month: candy corn. I die for candy corn. I can eat myself literally sick! My stomach churns from all that sugar! Yet I used to do that every Oct. when candy corn came on the market. Anyone share my addiction? So, I asked him to take the left over bag to his work to share, and to get temptation out of this house. And for better or worse we are not going to participate in Halloween candy hand-outs this year. I just don’t want that huge dish of mini-chocolate bars starting me in the face as I run up and down to answer my door bell and try to give it all away without one indulgence.  Cleaning my environment has been one key to success in my resolve to try a sugar-free experiment.

I wonder what other “pattern interrupt” techniques and strategies you have tried in your quest for health and to cut back on refined sugar?

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NEW DOC ‘GETS IT’ ABOUT HOW CORSETS WORK! But he hasn’t a clue about why it works and what a short time it takes to see results, like weeks and months.before and after.2 for gif

A New Jersey cosmetic surgeon is quoted in a Sept. 21 Seattle Times article: “I think there’s something to it (corset waist training),” he said. “It does actually work, because you are losing water weight. It’s like getting a body wrap. The problem is, the results are really short-lived.” But, (Steven) Davis also pointed out that there could be some muscular benefits from waist training on a regular basis.

“You are training your core to get stronger,” Davis explained, likening it to how experts instruct you to hold your stomach in while doing plank exercises. “A lot of people wear things like that, because you are training your transverse abdominis muscles to stay in that position.”

Davis continued, “I think that there probably is some validity to the whole process. But I don’t know how long it would take for that to happen.”

We wrote to Dr. Davis immediately to tell him that for our 25 or so students we have coached in our 3-month program since 1995, a remarkable 20 years of experience — we have seen remarkable results occur. Those include from a 50 lb/5″ waistline loss to a 34 lb/6.5″ waistline loss!

The point is NOT how rapid the results are, nor “does corset waist training work”. Most of us know it works even if some of us waited for “the word” from on high from Ms. Kardashian….

The point is: can you get right with your thinking process, and decide you value YOU and a svelte, healthy figure and lifestyle better than chocolate and Krispy Kremes –so that a few habit changes you will have to make will last the rest of your lifetime?

That kind of meaningful success takes more than one corset, one visit to the gym, one bariatric surgery (which costs about $20,000 by the way), or one tummy lipo (which doesn’t even sculpt out the waistline and costs about $6000-10,000 by the way).before and after for gif

At ROMANTASY we are now concentrating on providing more support to our students and clients,  now have a one-month Tune Up program (Heather is now tuning up with her new training Belt) and invite you to join our new private and confidential blog for more meaningful discussions on corset waist training and health in general, plus provide support for others based on your own experience. Just send us email and we’ll make you an author!

The  two clients pictured on this page waist trained following the principles detailed in our 300-page training manual: Corset Magic (still the only comprehensive ‘how to’ book on the topic since 2003, updated in 2015, order online). The process works no matter you body size of shape, where you begin, sex, age or gender — if you work it and go about it in a common sense way with an eye toward the future so you can maintain your success.


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