Ep 0137 – Expect the Best!

Laurie smiling broadly in a straw hat
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I love how my smile looks in this one. I took it immediately following the silly tongue selfie (you can see it below). Sometimes we need to be our own comedians!

Podcast Recap

House cleaning bites me in the knee, so hiking is out and the podcast rock is in! I decide to let go of expecting the worst. I tell a story about my miracle party dress. Thanks to Amy from WI, Dawny and Rabbit for their kind comments on a day that was tough for me. Many comment snippets from our old pal, BC Dave. Dawny writes a humorous response to last show. COD goes to every other week for a while.

Laurie makes a weird face with raised eyebrow and sideways tongue

I leave my pride in the fallen leaves and have a GRAND time making silly selfie faces while recording Day 137

Laurie and her friend all dressed up at a party

My friend and I at the swanky LA party thrown by my VO agents, Liz and Jimmy from The Atherton Group. Gotta love when your life looks all glam! (But remember, looks are deceiving – my Mortifying Dusty House of Horrors was still awaiting my return to pumpkin status).


Last show and comments (Including Dawny’s)

My Weight Story Photos

My Mother’s Day Blog Post and comments

Hear again or for the first time, Dave’s wonderful good-bye message and Audio Drama performed by pro voice actors. It starts right around the 1 hour and 40 minute Mark on Day 120. And while you’re at it, listen to the WHOLE big old long thing again, it was a SHOW OF BEAUTY – Filled with BCs, surprises and fun stuff. I think I’ll take a long walk next week and listen again myself.

Dave’s comment to Kevin on Day 135

See Dave’s comments on Day 132

Dave’s greetings on Day 133

Ways to support the show financially


Host: Laurie Weaver

Main Theme: I’m Letting Go by Josh Woodward from The Simple Life Part 1 Used by permission of Josh Woodward under a Creative Commons License

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11 thoughts on “Ep 0137 – Expect the Best!

  1. Dawny

    Yay for life inside lauries head.
    I’d like to note in regards to the angst you felt and experienced regarding your motherless day post…..
    Laurie. Dearest Laurie. It’s YOUR blog. It’s YOUR podcast. That means it’s up to YOU what you write or say!!! Not anyone else. If someone didn’t care for that particular content that’s their choice to move on. Right??? I mean there’s nothing to say if it was that ill timing. Or inappropriate to a person that they can’t just skip over it until another time. Or not at all. What’s IMPORTANT and what REALLY matters is that you…. dearest Laurie got to express what was in your head and get it out of there. Hence… why you created this awesome space for us all to share. Wooohooo.

    I laughed out loud literally when I was reading about the mindful binging and how it’s no longer the same. I had to equally agree and acknowledge that I still find myself foraging (as some of you refer to binging) but when I tell myself I’m not hungry. And the plan is to start omitting this behavior but yet right now I’m continueing to do it. Lol. Ironically. And quite interestingly. It loses its awe much more quickly and I’m able to pull myself away from it realizing I infact don’t feel well the more I consume. Wowsa. Such a transition.

    Yesterday…. may 19th marked the 5 year anniversary that I obtained the coveted gold weight watchers key. I reached my goal weight April 12 & maintained for 6 weeks to reach lifetime.
    I admit that I’m not at that said weight. It was unsustainable. And quite unrealistic. I went clearly from one extreme (415#) to the other (155#). Life wasn’t good.
    I will say…. aside from this 15# I’m uncomfortable with right now. Of the 50# regained, I’m STILL beating the odds/statistics!!!! I’ve kept off 210#. “THEY”. (Whoever THAT is) say….. within 5 years any significant weight loss will be regained plus more!!! Whaaaaaaaaatttt. Well “THEY” I’m hear to tell you I’m a success. So sit down. And on a side note. Whoever “they” is whenever I meet up with them I’ve got a few choice words. Ha ha.

    Awesome job realizing what’s best for you and deciding you need to slow down your production of the spoken show. Remember tho. We are always. Ok. Not we (that’s like they) I can speak for me… I am always here for a read or listen whenever you feel like you just gotta. We can always have a bonus snippet. Wooohooo.

    1. Laurie@CompulsiveOvereatingDiary Post author

      Congrats on your anniversary of BIG accomplishment Dawny! I know how much focus and moving forward that takes. Brava! xoxoxox

      Yesterday…. may 19th marked the 5 year anniversary that I obtained the coveted gold weight watchers key. I reached my goal weight April 12 & maintained for 6 weeks to reach lifetime.

      My anniversary with WW Lifetime is either 15 or 16 years now, in the summer, maybe end of June? But my experience is a little similar. My goal was 153, I was there for 1 day, moved my goal to 158 and used that for lifetime. Maintained for about a year – long enough to get into the National Weight Loss Registry – then went up about 5 more pounds until my surgery a couple of years later. Now I’m just over 200 last time I hopped on my frenemy the scale, and my easy weight to maintain is between 205-210. I still have hopes of hitting 191 – my ride around Hawaii weight someday, but will just play it by ear. Right now, I’m dropping again, slow as molasses, and that suits me as I don’t fear social situations or think too much about it.

      I did go nuts when Mom died. It surprises me now how much I can physically put away in a robot alien trance, because when my mind is awake, I cannot eat much at one sitting. And being in a grief trance I quickly regained many pounds. But I’m back now to where I had been maintaining, and it feels pretty effortless. That is a big blessing to me, for sure as are you and your good wishes.

      I hope you continue to understand how strong and special you are, and that the fact you reached lifetime after such a long journey is a tremendous testament to your fortitude and courage. I don’t think any goal you truly want can get the best of you! xoxoxoxox

  2. Dave


    Another excellent pod cast. I understand life can be busy and I will look forward to a new podcast when ever you release it. Thanks for the heads up about releasing “once every two weeks”.

    Your pod cast has me thinking, I too struggle with negative expectations, but don’t verbalize them quite the way you do. Instead of thinking about submitting stuff that will probably fail, mine comes from the struggle of going through the learning curve, (I have come to hate the journey (of learning), I just want to be there). Sit down at the piano and play like Bach on my first try. Sit down to draw and draw like da Vinci. Hit the alley and bowl like Chris Barnes. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Barnes_(bowler))….I know none of these are realistic, but it is such a strong challenge to overcome.

    However that being said I would like to put myself and my incredible wife on the bravery report. We decided to pick up Disc Golf (as a way to make walking for exercise more fun). The brave part comes from only spending 1 hr practicing, and then taking up an invitation to try a real course the next day. We made and new friend and received training and has lots of fun, all without thinking about the learning curve once.

    Some times in life you have to act on faith, do all you can to believe in yourself or pretend you do, and go in with a positive attitudes. Failing be cause you tried, hurts a lot less than failing because you didn’t try.

    For of all sad words of tongue or pen,
    The saddest are these: “It might have been!” John Greenleaf Whittier

    1. Laurie@CompulsiveOvereatingDiary Post author

      Big Bravery Report hugs to you and Kathy my friend! I think it sounds awesome and fun that you tried out Disc Golf and double bravo for not letting that desire to jump past the journey derail your fun and joy in the process of learning something new. I am REALLY having to internalize that with voice acting, because as much as I have improved, I am a such a newbie and so inconsistent still compared to the experienced pro talent. However, that makes sense! I have to let go my impatience and move forward with confidence because I do improve every day. My need to do it “right” has really been in my way. And doing it the best I can vs. the best of all time is really helping me do better and see my steps of success. Thanks again for the support and the thought provoking comments. I means the world that you and Kathy are there and we are on this journey togethers.

    1. Laurie@CompulsiveOvereatingDiary Post author

      I’m sorry to hear that you struggle with that negative voice too, but thanks for the support! I’ve been doing a 10 minute guided mediation for the last week when I first wake up before I even leave the bed and I think it’s working. I do feel more positive and even keel. It is very interesting. I’ll probably talk about this some more next show, because I am amazed, truly. Thanks again, xoxoxoxox

      1. Rabbit

        Ooo. I’ve been reading a little about guided meditation, have you been finding it helpful? Think I will be trying it soon too any tips on how to start?

        1. Laurie@CompulsiveOvereatingDiary Post author

          I use a free app for my iPad and iPhone called insight timer. It has tons of guided meditations for every mood. I like one in the morning and one to help me sleep. And each guided meditation gives instructions as they go, so you can dive in!

  3. Jo

    Here in the UKi have bought annual subscription to “Headspace” ( it was on a seriously good offer) and this is not meditation but 10 mins of doing nothing except being in touch with your body and mind. Do not achieve everyday but lovely when I do


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