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.
It is very true – permanent weight loss is not about eating or restrictions. It is about changing long held, deeply ingrained not-helpful beliefs and habits. A belief is a recurrent thought and the subsequent action becomes a habit. And as I have mentioned before (and will again) thoughts are optional. If you want to… Continue reading My “Except-For” Diet
Delving deep into self-care by definition is a uniquely personal thing. What works for one person may or may not work for you. Statistics are based on populations, not individuals. Research is often funded by companies that have a vested interested in what they are going to recommend – their product. Research is often conducted… Continue reading The N = 1 Project
Up until very recently – like you, I expect – I believed prevention was the best medicine. It is likely a safe assumption that few of us actively seek injury or disease. But I recently read a functional medicine blog that compared preventive medicine to avoiding divorce in a marriage. Both come from a place… Continue reading Strive to Thrive, Proactive Health
“You are too old to not change.” I was told that by a very wise and patient nutrition coach several years ago when I was commiserating about being on the wrong side of 50y to make another 180o career change. I was defending my position complaining that I don’t have time to ‘screw up’ my… Continue reading Never Too Old
Have you ever played ping pong with your decisions? Ponder, ponder, ponder… decide… no maybe…. Ponder, ponder, ponder…. Decide… Okay but… no…. ponder, ponder, ponder… All right now we’re are getting somewhere…. Ponder, ponder, ponder… Or even worse, after an unreasonably long ping pong match, have you reached a decision and your ‘gut instincts’ just… Continue reading Decisions, decisions and more decisions!
Aging. We all age. If we are not aging, we are no longer living. Sure, aging has some ‘inevitables’ – wrinkles and age spots, thinner skin, greying hair, visual changes, and hearing difficulties. Aging also has some ‘most-likelies’ – decreased muscle mass (about 10% per decade in our senior years), decreased range of motion in… Continue reading Aging – Inevitables and most-likelies
Why is it, there is a such a huge gap between what we say we want to do and what we actually do? I am trying to effect change in my life. In some areas I am progressing (writing – LOVE it!) In other areas – not so much (decluttering.) Some activities are hit and… Continue reading Novelty trumps safe and secure!
Exercise. Bodily exertion for the sake of developing and maintaining fitness. We should all do it. I am trying to correct a deeply ingrained, inadvertently self-induced thought error about exercise. A thought error – in the life coaching sense – is a belief that creates an unwanted desire and causes unwanted actions. Or in my… Continue reading Thought Bridges and the Struggle Bus.