Category: Motivation

Posted on: June 10, 2021 by
What is 𝐚𝐜𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐛𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐲? The easiest way to explain accountability is to describe what life is like without it. ❓ If you say you’re going to eat a healthy dinner, but don’t, who is there to ask you about it? ❓ If you say you’re going to exercise after work, but don’t,  [Read more...]
Posted on: May 20, 2021 by
Yoga pants. Leggings. Sweat pants. Elastic waistbands. Easy. Comfortable. Super-stretchy. And a false sense of reality. Yoga pants and leggings, in particular, are designed to stretch something ridiculous, like 1000%, and yet somehow hold you in, “hide” the real you. They’re tummy control. Hip control. Thigh  [Read more...]
Posted on: May 13, 2021 by
Excellence at a craft or skill, outstanding performance in sports or the arts, or attaining sobriety over any addiction, cannot be reached without it. Eating right and managing your daily routine cannot be achieved without it. Lifestyle and diet change, weight loss and maintenance, cannot be achieved without it.   [Read more...]
Posted on: May 6, 2021 by
One of the words I use all the time in my weight loss coaching is MOMENTUM. Building a head of steam. Getting the wind behind your sales. Being on a roll. And you can’t possibly do that—with anything you’re trying to achieve—without understanding and putting into practice another all-important word: CONSISTENCY. Consistency  [Read more...]
Posted on: April 22, 2021 by
Getting frustrated at a lack of progress – or what people perceive is a lack of progress – is why so many quit trying to lose weight. Actually, when you think it’s time to give up . . . that’s the time to think again . . . and to think about  [Read more...]
Posted on: April 15, 2021 by
“Expectations are premeditated resentments.” That slogan apparently originated in 12-step programs, and I believe it contains some useful, practical information for all of us about the psychology of expectations. First, merely expecting something to happen will not make it happen. If you believe your expectations alone will bring you what you  [Read more...]
Posted on: April 8, 2021 by
The quick fix. The magic bullet. The miracle pills. It’s the holy grail of dieters everywhere. They search and search. They get excited by medical research that boosts their hopes about something coming down the pike that will cure the overweight malady once and for all without a lot  [Read more...]
Posted on: March 11, 2021 by
I get that question a lot, and, being that I don’t have a crystal ball, my answer is always the same: “It depends.” I realize that’s not what most people want to hear, but the rate at which a person will lose weight depends on a lot of things. It’s like  [Read more...]
Posted on: March 4, 2021 by
Want to know why 8 out of 10 new businesses fail within the first 18 months?     Because the owners didn’t have a strategic plan to achieve success.     They may have had a brilliant idea, a great product or service, they may have been be very smart. But hoping and wishing  [Read more...]
Posted on: February 25, 2021 by
Right up there with “I’m not that fat, I’m big boned” is the other falsehood that “My meds me fat.” God, I hear that all the time or someone will write that on the initial questionnaire they submit: “I was skinny my whole life and started birth control last year and gained 50  [Read more...]
Posted on: February 11, 2021 by
Self-efficacy is a person’s belief that any action they take will have an effect on the outcome. It is not self-confidence, nor a belief that one is competent to do something, although it may involve both. Self-efficacy is our inner expectation that what we do will effect the results we want. If  [Read more...]
Posted on: February 4, 2021 by
There are so many reasons why you decide to lose weight, but when and why you do decide depends on your mind, not your body. After all, “decide” is a mental function, is it not? . . . and the start (and the continuation) of a dietary/lifestyle change is a mental process. There are  [Read more...]
Posted on: January 28, 2021 by
An issue I encounter with many folks I meet in the office—and, dare I say, most—is not how absolutely disorganized they are but how adamant they are that they are organized to a fault in every aspect of their lives EXCEPT FOR (wait for it . . . ) their weight, eating lifestyle and  [Read more...]
Posted on: January 21, 2021 by
The biggest challenge for people making any kind of change in their life is that they are impatient. They don’t feel like they get the results as quick as they should. This is certainly true in the effort for weight loss. One of the things that I tell people: “Give yourself time  [Read more...]
Posted on: January 13, 2021 by
It would be tempting to believe that an obese person has more fat cells, but the quantity of fat cells does not change. What is different in the obese vs. leaner person’s fat cells is just the size. Scientists have known since the 1970’s that the amount of fat cells in both  [Read more...]
Posted on: December 26, 2020 by
Are you someone who has lost and regained weight multiple times, and is looking to make this time, this new year, the final and true push for a permanent change? The first step is to realize this is a long-term, forever thing, not a short-term “get weight off as quickly as I  [Read more...]
Posted on: December 19, 2020 by
Yes, it’s December and we’re two short weeks to the new year. But with just 3 turns of the calendar pages, it’ll be March . . . and March 20 is spring! . . . and the following weekend is Passover and Palm Sunday. . . . and the next Sunday  [Read more...]
Posted on: December 12, 2020 by
Tied with “I Don’t Know” in the #1 spot for excuses from weight loss clients is the old standby, “I don’t have time.” Sound familiar?   In his article, Do You Lie To Yourself About “Not Enough Time?”, Robert Bacall gets right to the heart of the matter on the true meaning of “I don’t have  [Read more...]
Posted on: December 1, 2020 by
  In weight loss, as in reaching many other goals, the key is motivation. Those who are most motivated are those who succeed. And you need to keep your level of motivation high not just at the beginning of your weight loss program, when you have decided to lose weight, but also throughout the program.  [Read more...]
Posted on: November 28, 2020 by
  I was recently asked the question, “Why is getting in the right frame of mind the key to achieving weight loss results?” Now, obviously, by starting that question with the word “why” instead of “do you think,” or “is,” this individual was (a) telling me what he thought to be a fact; and (b)  [Read more...]
Posted on: November 7, 2020 by
One statement I hear too often from people is “I don’t have time for that” . . . in regards to certain tasks—a.k.a. work—that must be done in order to work with me to lose weight, things like planning ahead, preparing in advance, using portion control, and so much more. How often  [Read more...]
Posted on: October 31, 2020 by
When you go on a diet—or, shall I say, when you decide to change your diet—permanent weight loss should be the ultimate goal. You want to reach your ideal, healthy weight and maintain it for the long term. Towards that end, the quality of patience is an important factor. Without it, you will find  [Read more...]
Posted on: October 17, 2020 by
When you think about starting a diet, you know you need to do a handful of things: Cut out junk food Stop “picking” Stop going out to eat as often as you do Stop ordering in as often as you do Do more grocery shopping Cook your meals at home Do prep  [Read more...]
Posted on: October 10, 2020 by
I speak with so many people who swear how healthy they eat and they can’t understand why they gained weight, why they can’t lose weight, and why they are always so unsuccessful at dieting. And almost every single time, after doing some digging, they come to realize that THEY are their own biggest  [Read more...]
Posted on: September 19, 2020 by
Three words I hear an awful lot, daily — let’s call them some of the buzz words of weight loss — are: “I don’t know.” Some examples. Before the client gets on the scale.     Me: So, how’d you do over the weekend?     Client: I don’t know. When the scale shows a weight  [Read more...]
Posted on: September 5, 2020 by
If you’re a business owner, you know that we business owners keep all kinds of records so that we can look back at various collected stats or data for evaluation: How did we do? What do we want to do differently? What worked that we want to continue? What didn’t that we want to stop  [Read more...]
Posted on: August 22, 2020 by
The term “healthy obesity” has gained some traction over the last several years, and I want to put that oxymoron to rest. When I hear it, I always ask, “What does that mean? . . . that you haven’t had a stroke or heart attack yet?” . . . that the ticking time bomb hasn’t  [Read more...]
Posted on: August 8, 2020 by
I meet so many new clients who, after years of trying every new short-term diet that comes out, have attitudes of defeat and beliefs that they’ve talked themselves into as to why they can’t lose weight. Some weight loss beliefs are so far removed from reality, and I have seen many overweight  [Read more...]
Posted on: August 1, 2020 by
That’s an actual comment made to me by a client not too long ago. Now, your first reaction is probably that she was kidding, but I’m here to tell you that she, and millions of others who think that way, are only HALF kidding! The quick fix. The magic bullet. The  [Read more...]
Posted on: July 4, 2020 by
For those who don’t want to work very hard, who don’t want to change their thinking, well . . . there are lots of options. The marketplace is overloaded with diet books, each proclaiming to be “the one” or “the best” or “the fastest” or “the cheapest” for permanent weight loss. Or,  [Read more...]
Posted on: May 30, 2020 by
If you speak to anyone who has overcome a really bad habit or addiction – drugs, alcohol, gambling, for example – they’d tell how on Day 1 of walking into an NA, AA, or GA meeting they felt they’d NEVER be free of their disease, how they were so deep in it, that  [Read more...]
Posted on: May 9, 2020 by
One of the things I hear from new clients at our first visit together—when I’m probing as to what brought them to me besides, of couse, the obvious fact that they are overweight—is that they feel left out. Oh, they may have spouses and kids and friends and all, but they know they  [Read more...]
Posted on: April 18, 2020 by
Are you addicted to weighing yourself? Daily? Or multiple times daily? If yes, you are not alone unfortunately. But have you ever thought about why you are doing it? What kind of information do you really get from the scale? What does it mean? Of all the negatives  [Read more...]
Posted on: April 11, 2020 by
While you’re actively losing weight, it’s exciting to see the numbers on the scale drop and to see or hear other people’s reactions as you get smaller. With time, however, the slimmer you is no longer the “new” you. The compliments taper off and some people in your life don’t even know you  [Read more...]
Posted on: January 4, 2020 by
If you want to be a successful “loser” (of weight, that is!), you have to prepare for the hardship of being slim. You might ask yourself, “What in the world could possibly be hard about being slim?!” Believe it: The world, and especially those in your personal and professional circles, treats you very  [Read more...]
Posted on: December 28, 2019 by
A fellow by the name of Seth Godin is an American author, blogger, entrepreneur and former dot com business executive. In his blog, The Short Crowd, as relates to marketing,  he writes about the various segments of consumers — the careful, the traditional, the cutting edge and . . . those obsessed with  [Read more...]
Posted on: December 21, 2019 by
A most discouraging aspect of weight loss is the inevitable slip . . . and everyone has them. For some, the occasional slip brings about an all-out binge — followed by guilt, disgust, self-loathing, a sense of powerlessness and a feeling of “what’s the use?” The biggest difference between successful “losers” and  [Read more...]
Posted on: December 7, 2019 by
Over the years, in keeping in touch with many clients who have achieved and were maintaining their goal weights, I’ve come to realize a pattern: Much more had taken place in their lives than just waking up one morning a year or two or longer ago and having an epiphany that THAT was  [Read more...]
Posted on: October 26, 2019 by
Most diets set you up to fail. They’re either too quick, too narrow-focused, too restrictive, too fake. They’re just not sustainable. Not a way of life. A weight loss plan should enhance your life. You should feel capable, accomplished, organized and energized by your food plans. There might be  [Read more...]
Posted on: October 19, 2019 by
Too often, I hear from clients: “I don’t want to buy new clothes until I lose weight?” or “I’m waiting to get slim before I spend money on clothes.” If this is you, I’ll tell you the same thing I tell them: STOP! It doesn’t work. Usually, the first instinct may  [Read more...]
Posted on: October 12, 2019 by
When a client says to me, “It’s not working . . .” — trying to suggest that eating normal, regular, everyday foods from each of the food groups every day, using portion control, planning ahead and packing meals and snacks throughout the day, is the reason they’re not losing weight — what they’re  [Read more...]
Posted on: October 5, 2019 by
Many people I meet and take on as clients do suffer from a negative, defeatist attitude,  “the fattitude,” as I call it. Having a defeatist attitude means that you give up before you’ve even started, like the runner who is so convinced he’s going to lose the race that he doesn’t even  [Read more...]
Posted on: September 28, 2019 by
We know that making healthy choices can help us feel better and live longer. Maybe you’ve already tried (and more than once) to eat better, to start exercising or get more sleep, to quit smoking, or reduce stress, just to name a few. You know it’s not easy. In order  [Read more...]
Posted on: September 14, 2019 by
Are you spending time hoping or are you busy doing? I see people daily who say, “I hope I can do it . . . this time.” These are folks who for years have done one quick-trick-diet-shtick after another. I always ask, “How has hoping worked out for you thus  [Read more...]
Posted on: September 7, 2019 by
Not long ago, a LinkedIn connection posted a good, thought-provoking question:   “Should you care more about solving your buyers’ problems than they do?”   Now, obviously, in my business, the “buyer” is my prospects (those who need my services) and clients (those who have engaged my services).   The reason her question  [Read more...]
Posted on: July 20, 2019 by
Is a𝐧 𝐞𝐱𝐜𝐮𝐬𝐞 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐛𝐞𝐭𝐰𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐧𝐞𝐱𝐭 𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐩 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐧𝐞𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐚𝐤𝐞? If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse. That may be tough to accept, but it’s the truth. If you’re over-fat, stop making excuses for  [Read more...]
Posted on: July 6, 2019 by
If you travel, you plan your trip. If you are getting married, you plan your wedding. If you throw a party, you plan the event. You wouldn’t dream of doing any of those things without prior planning. For your business and your health, you must do the same.   [Read more...]
Posted on: June 22, 2019 by
When we are trying to manifest any idea, reach any goal, achieve any measure of success, there will be setbacks, failures and disappointments. **Newsflash** — Setbacks, failures and disappointments are good for us! They are the best education we can get because they teach us to adapt. Giving up is  [Read more...]
Posted on: June 15, 2019 by
When it comes to achieving a goal, we’ve all heard the expressions about having to take baby steps instead of giant leaps, about having to learn how to walk before we can run, etc. And that’s true . . . always. Only in the movies do people switch lifestyles overnight, suddenly cutting  [Read more...]
Posted on: March 16, 2019 by
Not too long ago, I responed to a question that was posed to me on Quora: Do you believe most fat people are fat by choice or is it something not everyone can control? The short answer: Yes. There are, of course, significant causes of obesity, such as those with mental  [Read more...]
Posted on: March 2, 2019 by
Momentum. It’s an important word, one that I use a lot with my clients . . . I mean, a real lot. The dictionary definition of the word is: strength or force gained by motion or by a series of events In his #LinkedIn article, How to Know if it’s Working,  [Read more...]
Posted on: February 16, 2019 by
You’ve heard over and over again how a food diary is the most powerful proven aid for dieters, that those who keep a food diary lose more weight. And that’s true. But, food diaries are also a very important tool for those who have lost weight and need to keep it off, as well  [Read more...]
Posted on: February 2, 2019 by
“Why is getting in the right frame of mind the key to achieving weight loss results?”    By starting that question with the word “why,” the person who asked it was conveying two things to me: That he thought it to be a fact; and That he assumed I agreed with him.   [Read more...]
Posted on: January 5, 2019 by
I read a great article in 2017 entitledHey Sales Reps: Stop Chasing Shiny Objects and Get to Work!by Larry Levine, sales guru, trainer and coach. Anyway, his article was about how sales organizations focus too much on the “shiny new thing” — “social selling” (encouraging sales reps to establish their own brands on social  [Read more...]
Posted on: December 29, 2018 by
Last year at this time, were you overweight or obese? Did a healthy goal weight seem unattainable, and did a year from then seem so far away? Well, here we are, folks. Another year has come and gone. Look how quickly it passed.  If you want to be a successful “loser” in  [Read more...]
Posted on: October 9, 2018 by
Over the last four weeks, in each of my weekly blogs, I’ve been addressing the common thoughts of those who fall prey to, as relates to weight loss, Given Up and Given In to Hopelessness. “This is who I am.” “Guess I’ll be fat forever.” “It’s in my genes.” “I’m tired of dieting.”  [Read more...]
Posted on: October 2, 2018 by
In my last three blogs, I wrote about the five common thoughts of those who fall prey to, as relates to weight loss, Given Up and Given In to Hopelessness. “This is who I am.” “Guess I’ll be fat forever.” “It’s in my genes.” “I’m tired of dieting.” “I’m happy being fat.” These  [Read more...]
Posted on: September 25, 2018 by
In my last two blogs, I wrote about the five common thoughts of those who fall prey to what I call, when it comes to weight loss, Given Up and Given In to Hopelessness. “This is who I am.” “Guess I’ll be fat forever.” “It’s in my genes.” “I’m tired of dieting.” “I’m  [Read more...]
Posted on: September 18, 2018 by
In another recent blog, I wrote about how there are five common thoughts of those who fall prey to what I call the Given Up and Given In to Hopelessness of weight loss. They share them all at once or come to them one at a time. “This is who I am.” “Guess  [Read more...]
Posted on: September 11, 2018 by
There are five common thoughts of those who fall prey to the Given Up and Given In to Hopelessness of weight loss. They share them all at once or come to them one at a time. “This is who I am.” “Guess I’ll be fat forever.” “It’s in my genes.” “I’m tired  [Read more...]
Posted on: September 4, 2018 by
Many of my clients are career professionals and small business owners. There is a common problem among them: They put themselves last. They work long hours and eat mindlessly all day; or, they let their work distract them and purposely go long hours without eating anything at all. Those who were overweight,  [Read more...]
Posted on: August 14, 2018 by
Ask anyone who is extremely successful — at anything — and 9 out of 10 of them will no doubt tell you they don’t have that much more talent or intelligence than anyone else. What every single one of them do have or did have, however, is a million times more desire to succeed  [Read more...]
Posted on: August 7, 2018 by
So often, especially on a Monday morning, or if I haven’t seen a client for longer than usual, upon entering my office and before they get on the scale, they will pronounce, “You’re going to be angry with me” or “Don’t be angry with me.” As you can surmise, and as I instantly know  [Read more...]
Posted on: July 31, 2018 by
Healthy living comes naturally for some people; for others, not so much. For those who are overweight or obese — large enough that it’s difficult or even painful to do what thinner people can do easily (high intensity interval training, hot yoga, crossfit, jogging, to name a few) —it’s even tougher to get started.  [Read more...]
Posted on: June 29, 2018 by
Half the battle of weight loss is trying to stay on track, and it doesn’t help if your loved ones aren’t being as supportive as they should be.   📌 Does your spouse bring you a huge box of chocolates every Valentine’s Day?   📌 Does your mother-in-law shove home-baked goodies in your face  [Read more...]
Posted on: May 4, 2018 by
“There’s no such thing as failure; there are only results.” This gem is attributed to Tony Robbins, one of the world’s most famous motivational speakers, and is used ad nauseum by business coaches, commencement speakers, and so many others. So, in other words, whenever we attempt to do something and don’t succeed  [Read more...]
Posted on: March 4, 2018 by
Do you need to lose weight but dread the thought of how far you have to go to accomplish your goals? Clients have told me that when they think about all they’ll have to do in order to reach lose weight, it paralyzes then. It’s why they procrastinate in getting started and  [Read more...]
Posted on: January 19, 2018 by
Want to bring out the worst in people?Lose weight.Whether it’s 10 pounds or a ton, just watch and see how you’ll be showered with so much fattening food—by people who claim to love you!Why is that?When dieters fall off the wagon, they’re always shocked to think that someone else may have had a hand  [Read more...]
Posted on: January 1, 2018 by
When you cheat, it almost always means you’ve done something on the spur of the moment. You didn’t think it through. You didn’t weigh the pros, the cons. You didn’t consider how you would respond to the ramifications of your actions. And, most often, the aftermath of a “cheat” results in a person getting  [Read more...]
Posted on: December 24, 2017 by
Whether it’s starting a weight loss program or starting to incorporate exercise or personal training into your life, one of the hardest parts about sticking to either endeavor, is the dread that comes from thinking about how far you have to go to accomplish your goals.Actually, let’s face it, it’s quite normal that when  [Read more...]
Posted on: November 26, 2017 by
As happens quite often, I recently read a great article, Hey Sales Reps: Stop Chasing Shiny Objects and Get to Work! by Larry Levine, sales guru, trainer and coach. Anyway, his article was about how sales organizations are focusing too much on the “shiny new thing” — “social selling” (encouraging sales reps to establish  [Read more...]
Posted on: November 18, 2017 by
There once was a young Japanese man who wanted to become a Zen master.  So he sought out a famous Zen teacher and asked him how long it would take to reach his goal. “If you study really hard and give me your complete concentration and attention twenty-four hours a day, it will  [Read more...]
Posted on: October 1, 2017 by
One of the most discouraging aspects of weight loss is the inevitable slips . . . and everyone has them. For some people, the occasional slip brings about an all-out binge . . . followed by guilt, disgust, self-loathing, a sense of powerlessness and a feeling of “what’s the use?” Sound familiar?  [Read more...]
Posted on: August 13, 2017 by
“People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them.” ~George Bernard Shaw I see clients every day who  [Read more...]
Posted on: May 20, 2017 by
There are many excuses that clients use to try and convince themselves that their weight gain is not their fault, that a bad eating day is not their fault, that a weight stall is not their fault, that they’re not losing weight fast enough is not their fault, that boredom with what they’re eating is  [Read more...]
Posted on: May 14, 2017 by
Josh Hoffman, a great blogger and international digital marketing strategist, recently wrote a wonderful article, The 3 Questions My Therapist Asks Himself Every Day. As I read it, I thought to myself how simple, yet thought-provoking, those three questions were and that all of us should ask ourselves each day.   In particular, I thought of  [Read more...]
Posted on: March 24, 2017 by
You’ve followed your diet faithfully, watching every morsel that passes your lips . . . and perhaps you’ve also been out there exercising every day. So why, with all the good intent, determination and motivation, now that you’re starting to see the physical results of all that hard work, have you come up against the  [Read more...]
Posted on: March 5, 2017 by
Parents and students of all ages are in countdown mode for spring break . . . and with that of course comes the anticipated family vacations. (And the end of school and summer vacations are not far behind.) Now is the time that many clients start telling me that, as much as they are  [Read more...]
Posted on: January 17, 2017 by
In my blog, Just Say “No” To Food Pushers, I wrote about the scourge of those who cannot take “No” for answer. It’s time to do so again. It seems some people relish (no pun intended) that role, and often it’s because they’re miserable in their own bodies. The holiday season, Thanksgiving through New  [Read more...]
Posted on: January 10, 2017 by
Although written in 2015, I recently came upon an article by Carson Veady, The 10 Keys to Exceeding Expectations and Achieving Results. You can read it for the full narrative/context to each of these points, but each his points assures success to whatever sights we set for ourselves, including of course our weight loss goals.  [Read more...]
Posted on: January 5, 2017 by
I know it’s strange to find a “how to” article focusing on adding fat to your body. You might say that we already know how to do that—since 2/3 of Americans are overweight and 1/3 are clinically obese. You might say we’ve already mastered this topic! I want to challenge that assumption. I think  [Read more...]
Posted on: January 1, 2017 by
Anotheryear has come to a close. In our personal lives, this is the time when we reflect on the year that has just ended: The things we did, the places we went, the people we met; the good things we’ll always remember, the bad things we hope to forget; the things we are  [Read more...]
Posted on: December 3, 2016 by
There’s a word that my mother never allowed my sister and I to use at home when we were growing up, and that my husband and I didn’t allow our daughter to use either. No, it’s not the F word. I’m OK with that, depending on how it’s used. The word I’m talking about  [Read more...]
Posted on: November 27, 2016 by
  I’ve met so many people over the years who have fallen into a pattern of dieting failure: One diet after another, several in a year, multiple times, and each time focused solely on their weight, almost never on their health. Obsessively focused on a daily number on a scale instead of a cumulative improvement to  [Read more...]
Posted on: October 23, 2016 by
I recently wrote about how “I don’t know” is tied with “I don’t have time” for the #1 spot on the hit parade of excuses heard regularly from weight loss clients. The #2 spot? Well, that’s definitely “I can’t.” OMG . . . I hate that freakin’ word can’t. It’s not in my vocabulary.   Here’s the short  [Read more...]
Posted on: October 16, 2016 by
Aurorasa Sima is an Emotional Intelligence Trainer, business and executive coach who conducts sales training sessions, workshops, webinars and other events. In a blog, Do You Want to Search or Find, she mentioned how oftentimes after a training session someone will come up to her and say, “I knew all of that” and her response  [Read more...]
Posted on: August 14, 2016 by
Let me ask you this: Have you ever really wanted something so badly and then went on toachieve(and maintain) that goal withoutanyself-imposed restrictions? Did you cut back (even just a little) on all-night partying and drinking in college when you went on to law or medical schools? Or, did the rigorous “for all  [Read more...]
Posted on: July 4, 2016 by
There’s lots of Rationalizations, Excuses and Denials—a.k.a. bullshit—in weight loss. I hear it daily. My favorite, which I’ve already written about it, is “I’m not really that overweight; I’m big boned.” I always get a chuckle out of that one. My second favorite is a tie between “No matter what I do, I can’t seem to lose weight”  [Read more...]
Posted on: June 26, 2016 by
Pusher: “Here, try this.” Addict: “No, thanks.” Pusher: “Are you sure?” Addict: “Yes, thank you.” Pusher: “C’mon, you’re doing great on your diet; you can have one little piece.” Addict: “No, really; I’m sure. Thanks.”   Pusher: “Aren’t you going to have any dessert?” Addict: “No, dinner was enough; I’m full, thanks.” Pusher: “My cheesecake not  [Read more...]
Posted on: June 14, 2016 by
My daughter, Sabrina, has been horseback riding since she was 7; she’s now 20 and a college junior.A couple years ago, she had a spill off a horse at school, and was off the mount for a few months. When home on break, I decided to hang around the barn one day to watch  [Read more...]
Posted on: April 19, 2016 by
In his excellent article, Declutter Your Desk to Declutter Your Mind, Brett Berhoff wrote about the clutter-mind connection.  In my line of work, I can say without question that physical clutter and chaos is directly linked to excessive weight.   Clutter and excessive weight make a perfect match for each other because they  [Read more...]
Posted on: March 22, 2016 by
People are connected, and so their health is connected, said authors of their research findings a decade ago in The New England Journal of Medicine. It was the first time that prestigious journal published a study of how social networks affect health and, more specifically, how social networks play a powerful role in  [Read more...]
Posted on: February 7, 2016 by
  I read a wonderful, informative article by George Armes, Over 50? 60? All’s (definitely) Not Lost! that provides one great piece of advice after another for older adults to get past the stereotypical younger recruiter across the desk to either get back into the job market or switch jobs. One of Mr. Armes’  [Read more...]
Posted on: February 1, 2016 by
  It would come as no surprise that one of the questions I am often asked is, “What are some of the motivational tips you provide to clients to stay motivated and focused in order to achieve their weight loss goals?”  Well, of course, there are many, but the best way I can answer  [Read more...]
Posted on: December 5, 2015 by
An article by psychotherapist and marriage counselor, Mel Schwartz, For the Sake of the Children, really struck a nerve with me. Of course, it speaks about “working” at a marriage; that’s what we commit to on our wedding day. When all working fails, however, the whole notion of “staying together for the sake  [Read more...]
Posted on: August 14, 2015 by
When it comes to weight loss, and also to weight maintenance, there are 3 things that we are in control of 99% of the time: the WHAT, the HOW MUCH and the WHEN we eat. During your normal, every day routines, and barring any extraordinary circumstances of course, you must plan your  [Read more...]
Posted on: August 10, 2015 by
With perhaps the one exception of “cheating” death, the word “cheat” can just never be used in a positive way. Cheating on your spouse isn’t good. Cheating on your business partner isn’t good. Cheating on your taxes isn’t good. Cheating a customer by padding your bill isn’t good. Cheating on an exam isn’t  [Read more...]