Happy No Matter What

There is a two hour window of time in my day I call the witching hour. It’s right after I get home from picking the twins up from preschool. I’m in the kitchen getting ready for dinner. All three of my kids – my four- year-olds and my two-year-old — are there at my feet [...]

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Jan.11.2011

The Dictator, the Wild Child and the Watcher

In my work with weight loss clients, I teach a tool called the dictator, the wild child and the watcher. The dictator is that voice inside your head that scolds. She says things like “what were you thinking, you fat slob.” Or worse. She has your best interests in mind, she thinks, but will stop [...]

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Dec.30.2010

Fat is Not Your Enemy

It’s just a neutral thing. It doesn’t make you any less of a person to carry excess weight. When you look in the mirror and you see fat, how do you feel? It’s not the fat that is making you feel that way, it’s what you make that fat mean. It’s what YOU say to [...]

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Dec.16.2010

When the Body Says No

Yesterday I was feeding the baby when I experienced a jolt of pain shoot through my back. I had to lay there helpless for a few minutes. Today my back was still sore. I had to take some ibuprofen just to get through the morning. I have to listen to my body. Even though I [...]

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Dec.8.2010

Working out is hard…

Yesterday I participated in a boot camp class. It was baby boot camp, but these ladies are no powderpuffs. It was hard. I love to help my clients shift their expectations when it comes to moving more. I tell them to make working out a gift to themselves. Instead of looking for immediate results, make [...]

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Dec.1.2010

Thanksgiving “aha’s”

A few setbacks but the turkey didn’t get the best of me. I’m back from a week with my husband’s family to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. Somehow I managed to skate by 2 pounds lighter than I started. I’m now weighing in at 145! I started off the trip strong – stayed more or less [...]

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Nov.12.2010

Excuses

Brooke Castillo calls them “little white lies disguised as reality.” These days, “I’m too busy” is an excuse I catch myself using a lot. “I’m too busy to plan healthy meals.” “I’m too busy to fix dinner.” “I’m too busy to go out for a walk.” The truth is we have enough time to do [...]

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Many of us believe that weight loss has to be hard. It’s about self-discipline, deprivation, endless hours on the treadmill… I disagree. Weight loss can be fun! It can be a gift you give to yourself. It doesn’t have to be hard but it does require a shift in mindset. Listen to my interview with fellow weight loss coach Cookie Rosenblum to see what I mean.

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Nov.8.2010

Feeling States

Everything we want, we want because we’re hoping for a feeling state. It’s not the actual thing – it’s what that thing can bring us emotionally. Whether it’s weight loss, a new car, a boyfriend, etc. We want it because we believe it will make us feel positive emotion – belonging, security, happiness, whatever. When [...]

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Nov.4.2010

Getting Too Hungry

For some, eating past +2 on The Hunger Scale is the problem. For me, and I suspect a lot of busy moms, the problem is getting too low on the scale. The problem is I get too busy – washing clothes, feeding kids, picking up kids from school, bathing kids, nursing baby, etc.) to eat. [...]

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