This is the time of the year that I implore people to focus on their overweight or obesity. The fall feeding frenzy is upon us, beginning with the Halloween candy you'll start to see everywhere you go this month, followed by the Jewish holidays, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year's Eve. With an attitude of, "I'll wait until after the holidays . . ." you give yourself an excuse to throw caution to the wind and to go through all the holiday meals and festivities with abandon. I have yet to meet a new client in January who did NOT gain even more weight during the holiday season, and who wished they had come in a few months' sooner.

Don't tell yourself that this is the wrong time to begin weight loss . . . again. Don't throw caution to the wind with a promise to start after the holidays or in the new year . . . again. It is much better to start now, to have some discipline, guidance, structure and accountability throughout the holiday season so that you can begin the new year feeling wonderful and in control. If you don't do it now, you will certainly gain weight over the holidays, and it IS avoidable.

Don't start 2017 the same way you began last year and the year before that . . . and the year before that.

~ Lori Boxer

Will you begin the new year
the same way you began the old ones?


"There's this awfully skinny guy at work . . . he took me to lunch yesterday and we had a salad. Then we split a strawberry yogurt after work. Today he wants me to come to his place for steamed eggplant and freshly squeezed broccoli juice."

"If you don't like him, why don't you just tell him 'NO'?"

"I can't. I'm losing weight."

Struggling With Your Weight Loss? Start Writing!
The pen can be mightier than the urge.

Do You Waddle When You Walk?
Fat feet are unhappy feet.

'Healthy Obesity' is Seriously Funny
Think you can be obese and healthy? Not a chance!

The "I Don't Knows" of Weight Loss
We get the results of decisions we make and actions we take, or don't.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and I will be releasing a related Fat Chat℠ podcast on
October 11. For now, a salute to those in the fight:

Basic Lifestyle
Broiled Flank Steak With Warm Tomato Topping

Intermediate Lifestyle
Lemon Chicken Skillet

Advanced Lifestyle
Three Bean Vegetarian Chili

Final Lifestyle
Roasted Butternut Squash & Shallot Soup

Stabilization & Maintenance
Braised Chicken Thighs with Wild Rice

Miss any of these Fat ChatSM episodes last month?

Obesity and Gum Disease
What's the connection between being overweight and gum disease?

Applying Some Horse Sense to Weight Loss
Success at weight loss depends on whether you're the driver or the rider.

Are You Losing Sleep and Gaining Weight?
Sleep loss adds to weight gain.

How Does Diabetes Affect a Person's Eyes?
Obesity and eye health: an important connection.

Please share the Fat ChatSM podcasts with family, friends and colleagues. Thanks!

Here are some new additions to our Pinterest boards.

BBC Documentary - "Obesity: The Post Mortem"
Takes you inside of the body of a woman who died, age 60, 5'5", 238 pounds.

The Relationship Between Obesity and Osteoarthritis
Obesity is a common risk factor for osteoarthritis.

How to Recognize the Symptoms of PCOS
Recognizing PCOS early helps minimize its long-term complications.

How to Use a Muffin Pan to Make Hard Boiled Eggs
In just 30 minutes have perfectly cooked eggs that practically peel themselves.

Photos for (and links to) recipes at our site:

(Basic) Broiled Flank Steak with Warm Tomato Topping
(Intermediate) Lemon-Chicken Skillet Dinner
(Advanced) Three Bean Vegetarian Chili
(Final) Roasted Butternut Squash and Shallot Soup
(Stabilization) Braised Chicken Thighs with Wild Rice Pilaf

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