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What I learned from going on a diet

January 2, 2009. D-day. Got on the scale first thing in the morning. AAAHHHHHH!!!! I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore! Perhaps some of you have felt this way after getting on the scale?  I could not believe the number I was seeing. Boy, had I been in denial! Now, I am not a big proponent of obsessive scale weighing, because many people equate weight with self worth, and this obsessive pattern can enhance low self esteem, especially in women. But, I do believe it is essential we get on the scale every now and then to know whether our eating habits have resulted in weight gain, weight loss, or no change. Recent research has shown that people who weigh themselves frequently, […]

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The Top 5 reasons You Aren’t Losing Weight- And What To Do About Them

In my 20 years of working in the fitness industry, I have never, note never, met anyone who could not lose weight no matter how hard they tried (aside from people with serious metabolic disorders). Unfailingly, clients who could not lose weight were making crucial mistakes that were preventing them from success. Unfortunately, many people are in such denial about their exercise, eating and lifestyle habits , that they convince themselves they are doing everything they can to lose weight. Meanwhile, deep inside (deep inside) they know this is not the truth.  Self-evaluation and truthfulness are essential for progress, but maybe you just need to hear once again what is holding you back. So, here are my top 5 reasons […]

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Why do women sabotage each other’s healthy nutrition efforts?

I went out to dinner this week with some women friends whom I haven’t seen in awhile. I was looking forward to the social time, but also looking forward to a nice  big, fresh salad with lots of great stuff in it. My day had been hurried, and my food choices not the most “wholesome”, so I was really craving that salad. When we arrived at the restaurant and I announced my choice for dinner- a wave of disappointment swept over the faces of my friends. “A salad?” they questioned, “Come on, you’ re out to dinner, live a little!” Well, I actually thought I was living a little! Salads always taste so much better when someone else does the […]

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Journaling Your Way to a Healthy Holiday

Staying on track with exercise and healthy nutrition is always a challenge. But, it can be an even greater challenge during the holidays. We often lose track of our priorities- putting shopping, cleaning, socializing and work ahead of our health. By The New Year, we are left feeling sluggish and overfull. However, all is not written in stone! We can make this a Holiday Season where we keep our healthy promises to ourselves and still enjoy the festivities. One sure fire way is journaling. Now, I don’t mean the deep, reflective journals some may keep to record thoughts and feelings. I mean a simple, no fuss, exercise and nutrition journal that can keep us accountable and conscious about our health. […]

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Ditch The Candy Dish

In speaking with my clients trying to lose weight, it’s amazing how many of them work in offices where it’s standard fare to have an “Office Candy Dish”. Or, they keep dishes of candy in their homes for the “Unexpected Guest”. Through their food logs, I have found that some of my clients may be taking in 300-400 calories (or more!) from dipping into the candy dish throughout the day. You cannot lose weight taking in this amount of refined sugar! Worst of all, this is unconscious eating; unecessary, unsatisfying, numbing, habitual. This is dangerous territory for all of us, as many recent research studies have shown. Happily, these studies have also shown that there are some small steps you […]

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