Afraid of gaining weight on vacation? Don’t be

Many of my clients tell me “I’m terrified of gaining weight on vacation.” They say every time they go on vacation, they gain weight and always regret it. Is this you? Do you worry ahead of time about vacation weight gain only to have your fears come true? Some of the beliefs that go into overindulging on vacation… We think…

You are SO AMAZING at finding your flaws

One thing many of us have in common if we are overweight or not at our ideal personal weight is that we JUDGE THE CRAP out of ourselves every day, all day. I once counted how many times during the day I thought about my body and my appearance – noticing its flaws and deficits. It was so many times…

Yes, you can eat treats and still lose weight

You are going to be at a party or on vacation, at restaurant or at the movies and you are going to want a treat that is not on your diet plan – chocolate, popcorn, soda, candy, alcohol, cake, pizza, pasta, chips etc. Instead of the painful “should I / shouldn’t I” debate do this instead: Decide ahead of time…

Want to lose weight? Focus on ADDING not subtracting

So much of our inability to maintain weight loss is because we follow a diet plan for a few weeks, months or even longer but then start to feel deprived and restricted. The feelings of deprivation and restriction are just that –  FEELINGS that we ourselves create with our beliefs and thoughts. But, I want to share with you a…

Shame and Guilt don’t help with weight loss

Shame and guilt: why do we feel them? I believe we experience shame and guilt when are JUDGING ourselves –  making a value based observation of ourselves (like our behavior, our appearance and so on). Most of us feel badly about ourselves if we hurt other people. However, many of us feel shame and guilt about our bodies and by extension…

Knowledge is not a substitute for action

I’ve been an on-and-on meditator and practitioner of other forms of mindfulness (paying attention to the present moment and accepting whatever arises through practices like meditation) for almost 40 years – my mom was an early adapter of eastern practices and shared them with us as children.  But, I’ve been a FULL ON knowledge gourmand for over 50 years. I LOVE…

Did you know your mind wanders almost 50% of the time?

But…the good news is that there are techniques your can use to learn mindfulness – to train the brain to be present. Last week I talked about practicing mindfulness in your daily life.  Today, I want to introduce you to a type of meditation that is an easy and simple way to practice mindfulness. Now, a lot of clients tell…

Do you find yourself rushing from place to place? Me too!

Today I missed an exit – an exit I have turned off about 500 times. Why? Because my mind was on…the next thing…then the next thing…then the next thing after that. Despite preaching (and practicing) mindfulness, I still find myself rushing around and not being present in the moment. On any given day, I might have entire conversations with my…

Are you eating (or drinking) to please others?

A subject that comes up time and again with clients is feeling pressured to eat (or drink alcohol) because they are at a social event and either don’t want to offend their host or stick out like a sore thumb OR they don’t want to explain that they are on a diet. I believe this is all coming from a…

A new trick I’ve learned to manage anxiety in less than 1 minute

Like so many of my clients, I feel the nag of anxiety more times during the day than I can keep track of. Anxiety, I have come to realize, is mainly (for me) about that which I can’t control AND the feeling of anxiety itself is also nearly impossible to control. It just comes on and gets me in its…