On "Boston Legal," superlawyer Denny Crane had more trouble with his dementia aka Mad Cow Disease than any obstacle associated with those extra pounds he lugged around.
But, Crane had the status in the legal industry to ignore negatives coming from outside the law firm or internally.
Many other lawyers don't.
In a column for Abovethelaw, Jill Switzer discusses the handicap overweight can be, especially for women, in the legal sector.
Here is a theory. That fat might result from wiring in the brain from the past.
Good news. There could be a simple solution: letting go of the past. It can be effective for all generations, including the Silent and Baby Boomers.
Back in 1986 - that is, before the world got really crazy - Judith Viorst published "Necessary Losses."
Essentially, it presented why we have to let go of illusions, expectations, people, and things in order to move forward. At the time - because the rhythm of life and careers was still relatively stable - it seemed more Eastern zen than Americana.
Currently, in this 21st century when nothing is a bit stable, it could be the only guide we really need. I can't think of any entity I shouldn't consider as a potential necessary loss.
The funny thing about that is this: The process of letting go can actually be a prerequisite for knocking off the weight.
Two months ago, a client attempted to stiff me. I turned that over to a collection agency. Within five days, the invoice was paid in full to the collection agency. . However, the emotional trauma lingered. The agency took a 40% commission.
As with adversity in general, that opened me up.
Two weeks later, I went through my Facebook list of friends, as well as LinkedIn.
I asked myself: What relationships make me feel worse after we interact? Those were purged.
Among the unexpected outcomes from that episode of letting go was that I, a Baby Boomer, lost five pounds. Of course, I had given up on ever being able to return to my girlish figure. Not that I am there. But I could be on the way.
I am convinced: Fat accumulates on the platform of yesterday. Forcing ourselves into the moment blows up that edifice. We are again capable of choice: to stress eat or to not stress eat.
In 2011, executive coach Henry Cloud published a more up-to-date version of Viorst's classic. It is "Necessary Endings."
Takeaway: Experiment with letting go of illusion. For example, that could be that you are entitled to great success. Then check out if you need a food fix or not.
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