As counterintuitive as it seems, drop your expectations, they backfire. I learned that lesson again this past week. I had a great week practicing my cello. I practiced every day at least an hour and on two days I even practiced twice. I was so pleased! Then lesson day arrived. Usually I preface my lessons… Continue reading Expectations Backfire.
I am going to fess up, I am a self-help-book junkie. I read a ton of stuff, I listen to audio books and I journal my thoughts regularly. And I am frustrated by my turtle paced trudging through the river of misery – er change. I may have spent the last 50 years forming the… Continue reading Dare To Dream
I recently read a BBC article that reported “Doctors are not being trained to deal with what medics call non-communicable diseases – and it’s those kind of illnesses that are threatening to bankrupt our health system” and “a leading GP estimated that almost 80% of his patients had conditions linked to lifestyle and diet.” The… Continue reading Paradigm Shift
Do you ever feel like you eat so very little and still don’t lose weight? You feel hungry all the time. You watch what you choose to eat (well at least most of the time.) You faithfully read food labels. You hit the gym religiously. You track calories, macros and daily exercise in a massive… Continue reading Calorie counting – such a waste of time….
“Stay out of other peoples’ tornados.” That is a quote I heard from a grade 5 student, who happens to have autism. He was thanking donors at a fundraising dinner for his new school. In a beautifully delivered short presentation, he described his new school experience and “stay out of other peoples’ tornados” was an… Continue reading Fabricated Tornados
Dementia - it terrifies me. In fact, my fear of future dementia was a key motivator for my weight loss journey. I have a very strong family history of non-Alzheimer’s dementia. My mother and my grandmother both lived long and contentedly forgetful. As they aged, they slowly lost the ability to form new memories until… Continue reading Weight loss and mental clarity – Oh YES!
Lately I have been wondering why – even after more than a year of a predominantly no sugar, no flour way of eating and reaching my goal weight - I still have cravings for salt crunch/sweet treat over-indulgences. It's justification and/or rationalization. I am a master ‘justifier’ especially when it comes to change. I have… Continue reading Your tricky brain – negativity bias.
Yes, the curse of “everything in moderation.” Moderation. I tried to master that skill for years. Literally - years. I would sweat it out at the gym, meticulously separate my eggs and dutifully munch on dried apple chips then, BOOM a pack of Almond Crunch Cookies, or family size Lays potato chips would mysteriously end… Continue reading The Curse of Everything in Moderation
Thoughts. Our brain is constantly streaming with random thoughts. And as much as you may wish it, you cannot erase any thought permanently. Unwelcome intrusions, some thoughts – “I can’t do anything right” “I’m a failure” “I am unworthy” – or some version thereof, like a bad rash, keep coming back. Before I learned about… Continue reading Thoughts are optional
I have been re-thinking happiness lately. We all strive to be happy. As a society we are obsessed with chasing happiness. But the harder you chase it, the more elusive it seems. Such has been my experience anyway. Our brain has been hard-wired to seek happiness since the dawn of time. This ‘seek happiness’ default… Continue reading Happiness reconsidered.