Professor J's Place

24 September, 2008

What the heck is Prof. J doing these days?

My bloggy friends, I have been unfaithful to you. I have been spending all of my computer time on Spark People.

This is a weight loss website similar to many others, I am sure. I know it is similar to Weight Watchers. It offers food and exercise tracking, a recipe calculator, advice and information, exercise videos, blogs and support groups. And it's free.

So, two weeks ago, Susan and I joined a group called TOPS club, inc, and we started using Spark People.

In other words, my ass project started in earnest.

This may well be a good combination of programs for me. The TOPS group is something I never imagined I would do. People join together once a week to weigh in, sing songs, report whether they have gained or lost (out loud--in front of everyone), sing more songs, and talk a little about diet and lifestyle changes. It is corny and goofy, and I kind of like it (after I got over feeling uncomfortable and a little superior to it all). And, of course, I like being online and playing with all the tools and corresponding with the folks.
This morning, I was reading one of the Spark articles, and I came across something called Solution Focused Brief Therapy. I've never heard of this before, and I used to be something of a therapy junky.

Anyway, the idea of this kind of therapy is that the therapist and the client focus on the solution rather than the problem--the future rather than the past. I'm intrigued. Indeed, I think that, if I ever decide to do therapy again, I might try to find someone who practices this technique.

Has anyone of you ever done Solution Focused therapy? Tell me about it!

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Blogger thailandchani said...

Aha! Another Spark Person! LOL

I've been on SP for quite a few months now.

As for Solution-Based Therapy, it doesn't work for me. I'm not a "goal directed" sort of person but prefer a more holistic approach.

I'll be interested in hearing what others think about it.


September 24, 2008 at 1:51 PM  
Blogger so NOT cool said...

A few years back, I belonged to Spark People and enjoyed it quite a bit. Very motivating. About 25 years ago, my mom belonged to TOPS. That worked really well for her.

I'm one of those people that likes to make up their own programs and challenges (although I did participate in the Quantum Wellness cleanse). Anyhow, I have declared October 2-hour workouts/five days a week month.

You may call the men with with coats to take me away now. I am definitely crazy.

September 24, 2008 at 2:43 PM  
Blogger Laura/CenterDownHome said...

No, Professor J., but, from what I've heard, the whole LOA philosophy works this way: you concentrate on what you want, work toward that, not on what you don't want, and, by pushing it away, giving it more power. Downstream, instead of upstream. Sound like this therapy at all?

It appeals to me. I've done enough upsteam dieting over the years. :)

September 24, 2008 at 2:46 PM  
Blogger Cheri @ Blog This Mom! said...

First of all, it is nice to see you, or, uh, read you.

I think I like the idea of solution-focused anything. In fact, I do like it, and I like it very much. I once heard someone say that everything would shift if we stopped saying "War on Terror" and started saying "Efforts for Peace."

September 24, 2008 at 3:04 PM  
Blogger Ginaagain said...

We did Solution Focused therapy about a year ago to help our younger kids cope with the drama of our oldest son's addiction. It worked very well for the three of them (13, 11, and 8 at the time) and it was instrumental in helping my husband and I make some crucial decisions. It didn't help our oldest much. However, he was looking for reasons to justify his problems rather than a solution so he really wasn't a good candidate. I would say that overall it is a fantastic way to deal with a problem that can be resolved. It didn't do much to absolve my guilt but it certainly produced the results we needed.

September 24, 2008 at 4:12 PM  
Blogger Mike Golch said...

Taking care of your self first that is what counts. we will be here when you are available. Big time Hugs to you and yours.Mike G. said tht!(It's an A.A.Thing of mine)

September 24, 2008 at 6:35 PM  
Blogger we_be_toys said...

Nope, never heard of Spark People, but hey, if it's helping, DO IT!!

I have wondered where you were off to. I actually figured it was school, but I'm kind of glad it was something so pro-active.

So when do we get to see your ass again? (She asked naughtily)

September 24, 2008 at 8:45 PM  
Blogger Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

I have heard of it and read about it--it makes a lot of sense to me. If you decide to try it I'd love to hear the report.

Good luck with all the kicking 5k ass!

September 24, 2008 at 11:39 PM  
Blogger Pearl C. Pritchard said...

Hi Prof. J...

Well - as you know, I lost a lot of weight on WW. I've heard of TOPS and it sounds really supportive and positive to me. I'm afraid a group that would sing and be goofy wouldn't go down AT ALL in jolly ole England. Such is their loss. ( I, on the other hand, would probably love it because I'm kind of like that.)

I hope you are well.

love, Kim

September 25, 2008 at 1:05 PM  
Blogger MamaBird said...

Never heard of any of it, but you seem happy and focused and into it, so it must be working for ya! Have fun with it.

September 25, 2008 at 8:55 PM  
Anonymous apathy lounge said...

I've never done it, but it sounds good. I'm trying to lose 10 pounds. Ten measley pounds and it's killing me. I don't know why.

September 28, 2008 at 1:21 PM  
Blogger Sojourner said...

WOW! I always wondered what TOPS was, have heard of it. GREAT for you KJ that you are doing something so uplifting for you.

I have heard of Solution Focused Brief Therapy and it sounds great for many kinds of issues. But some of the really deep-seated things probably wouldn't respond well to it. Any time we are looking at things from a positive angle, though it has to make a difference.

Love ya, friend!

September 29, 2008 at 10:27 AM  
Blogger JCK said...

I really, really like this focus on the future idea.

Your new program sounds like a good match. If it works, it works.

September 30, 2008 at 11:51 PM  
Blogger Cheri @ Blog This Mom! said...

Oh my gosh, Professor J, I came by to see if you had debate opinions to share. I'm looking for yours because I have no opinions of my own seeing as how I FELL ASLEEP halfway through. Rehearsed speeches bore me that way. Oops. That may have been a wee opinion I had there.

Hope all is well.

October 3, 2008 at 1:30 PM  
Blogger Scout said...

Sorry, I haven't. But what sort of songs do you sing at these things?

October 6, 2008 at 3:26 PM  
Blogger phd in yogurtry said...

Here's a solutions focused blog:

I definately use elements, if not entire sessions full of SFT. It blends very well with cog-behavioral. What can we THINK and DO differently to help make change possible.

I recommend TOPS all the time. Glad you're finding it helpful.
I'd go myself except I'd be sitting there with clients. Can't have that, not with the dual-relationship ethics rule.

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