Golden Goalies – from therapy to change

Jan Bobbett

Each week, the Golden Goalies meeting includes a few minutes of what we call “therapy.” Not psychotherapy, not physical therapy — just therapy of the “let’s make it happen” type. Here are some recent examples:

Three weeks ago, Audrey introduced Stevia to us. Of course, several of us are regular Stevia users, and she let us share our opinions on the variations of Stevia. The discussion even moved into quinoa territory, which everyone knew about but only a few have tried. Discussions can be like that in our world.

Two weeks ago, Sue shared her experiences learning about the health program known as the Engine 2 Diet or, more accurately, the Engine 2 plan of action. This program was new to almost all of us. Still, it didn’t take long for Sue to pique our interest. For example, we wanted to hear more about the plant-based salad dressing she passed around the room. Some of us followed up by checking the website she gave us.

Last week “yours truly” led a discussion about change. Again, members had a lot to add, especially about the challenge of a particular change; I wanted to get off the daily use of Diet Coke. Here are a few of the many suggestions or experiences that were shared: Try flavored water, a healthier effervescent drink or tea. Or make it an occasional treat so you don’t feel deprived. One suggestion came after the meeting — add a small amount of water to the Coke and gradually increase the amount of water each day. Eventually, you won’t see that Coke as an enticing drink.

The therapy sessions are offered by members and guests. Nobody is required to lead one, but all members appreciate each therapy presenter, and we’re all … downright nice, so some members surprise themselves by doing something they never thought they would do – volunteer to lead a therapy. Change is good.

Join us for support, motivation, shared wisdom and some good laughs. Weigh-in is Saturday from 7:00 to 7:40 a.m. in Room A-8, near the Cottonwood Library. The meeting starts after weigh-in. Contact Rita at 895-2559 for more information.