Week 14: Creep

Posted in: behavior change, health, human behavior, psychology, weight loss- Mar 21, 2014 Comments Off on Week 14: Creep

I notice old habits creeping back. They do so very quietly and sneakily–or actually, they may very well be stampeding in with a battle cry of “we shall not die!” and I choose to ignore them because somewhere, not so deep inside, I welcome them back. Either way, I’ve noticed my tendency towards hoarding calories […]

9 weeks and 21 questions

Posted in: behavior change, health, human behavior, life, nutrition, psychology, weight loss- Feb 13, 2014 2 Comments

They say it takes 21 days to form or break a habit give or take depending on who you ask. I say it’s taken 9 weeks for the cravings to subside—exactly three times as long. I have no idea of the significance but an interesting coincidence nonetheless. This begs the question, (1) can you break […]

Week 8: Oh the irony…

Posted in: behavior change, human behavior, life, weight loss- Feb 06, 2014 Comments Off on Week 8: Oh the irony…

Well hi folks! Thanks for stopping by. I’ve always thought the universe had a good sense of humor (<<it’s totally winking) so I’m not overly shocked that the very thing I am doing to become healthier is actually making me sick. Eeyup, turns out my liver is not happy with shakes, soups, and bars (frankly, I […]

Week 6: Heavy

Posted in: behavior change, human behavior, life, weight loss- Jan 22, 2014 Comments Off on Week 6: Heavy

It’s been a tough week. On this scale, I’m at about 5. I’ve been dealing with stronger cravings and although I said this diet is more about behavior change than weight loss, I think last week’s less than gratifying loss made this week harder. Without that “high” of losing weight, it’s hard to remember why […]

Vulnerability and connection

Posted in: behavior change, human behavior, neuroscience- Jan 11, 2014 Comments Off on Vulnerability and connection

Addictions always originate in unhappiness, even if hidden. They are emotional anesthetics; they numb pain. The “Warm Embrace” of Addiction, by Gabor Maté, MD,  is an article I read recently that made a ton of sense to me. (Note I say “me”. I truly believe this is a unique journey for each individual and I’m just putting out what […]

Inspiration

Posted in: behavior change, life, weight loss- Jan 09, 2014 Comments Off on Inspiration

Thanks to Ms. Montgomery for this morning’s shot of inspiration! Lakeisha Shurn made a time lapse video of herself going to the gym for 100 days (and she’s still doing it!). The site she made it on is actually pretty cool. You can document yourself doing whatever you like for 100 days and then (I assume) it will […]

Week 3: Reshaping vs. embracing the self

Posted in: behavior change, human behavior- Dec 30, 2013 4 Comments

Reshaping Sociological accounts of the process of recovery from dependent drug use have emphasized the importance of the individual constructing a non-addict identity for themselves. via Iron Man: Addiction and the Lives We Tell | The White Noise, Scientific American Blog Network In other words: if you’re trying to break an addiction, you basically need to […]

Week 1: Hunger and Addiction

Posted in: behavior change, health, psychology, weight loss- Dec 18, 2013 2 Comments

Day 8 Well, as expected, I survived! In class, we were asked to find one word to describe our first week. My word was “miraculous” because of how many times I thought I was going to die but didn’t 😉 I even survived my first holiday party—granted I was clutching my soup bowl and obsessively […]

From Om to Arg

Posted in: behavior change, habit design, health, human behavior, life, neuroscience, weight loss- Dec 13, 2013 1 Comment

Day 3 Yesterday I was full of insights and zen. Totally. I realized that having made the choice to not eat or drink anything (other than the shakes, water, and the occasional diet soda) makes it really easy for me to see cravings as they come, not react to them (because that’s not an option), […]

Move into it, Move through it

Posted in: behavior change, health, life, psychology, weight loss- Dec 11, 2013 2 Comments

1stly: Thank you my friends for the amazing show of support on my facebook page, here, and via email. What a truly unexpected response. I look forward to taking you along for the ride 🙂 My  first day of fasting: I feel a heavy quiet descending. The quiet that comes from removing the chatter of […]