Anyone had any difficult relatives round for dinner lately? 😉 Cheer up - watch the formidable Lwaxana Troi launch herself like a battleship on her poor long suffering daughter Deanna's wedding rehearsal dinner:
Sometimes it's good to keep your mouth shut - for the diet as well as for a quiet life!
The trickiest thing about my Lwaxana Troi Diet was keeping my little helpers motivated. The kids' job for the week was pretending to be Lwaxana's Lurch-like manservant, Mr Homn, who bangs a little ceremonial gong in thanks every time she takes a mouthful of food. They thought this was very funny.
They started off with great enthusiasm, but soon had to be reminded to keep ringing the bell, banging the tambourine, or shaking whatever musical toy we had found for dinnertime, which sort of defeated the point.
I usually ended up ringing the bell myself, since for some reason they thought they should get to focus on their own dinners 😉
Beginning weight: 216.3 (yes, that was up a few pounds after my actual mother-in-law's visit!) Ending weight: 213.3
So Why did this work?
Personally, I put the success of this diet down to mindful eating. There's nothing like a jingle every time you take a bite to stop you mindlessly vegging your way through a whole tub of ice cream in front of the TV (which, to be honest, is the kind of thing I've done at times).
There's also the factor of involving the kids in dieting, which makes me feel a little more accountable in case they ask me if it worked!
But eating less isn't all it's about this week. Like many slimmers, along with weight issues, I've had times when I've felt less self-confident than perhaps I should. Haven't you?
And so Lwaxana Troi can inspire us all: gorgeously glamorous yet embarrassingly awful, but above all unshakeable in self belief and confidence. Wherever she goes, she knows who she is, and that who she is deserves respect. And so should we.
"I am Lwaxana Troi, Daughter of the Fifth House, Holder of the Sacred Chalice of Rixx, Heir to the Holy Rings of Betazed. Who are you?"
But it's at dinner that Lwaxana Troi and her entourage really come into their own: her Lurch-like manservant, Mr Homn, has to bang a little gong in thanks every time she takes a mouthful of food. Have a look:
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