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 […]

Week 13: Heavy boots

Posted in: human behavior, life, psychology- Mar 12, 2014 2 Comments

Well, poop. Just having a mild case of the bipolars over here… By all accounts, I had a stellar week. Tuesday through thursday, business as usual. Come friday evening, it was time for bookclub—one of my favorite things. Bookclub is an excuse to get together with a group of awesome women, drink, eat, and chat—about the […]

Week 12: Nuts!

Posted in: health, human behavior, nutrition, psychology, weight loss- Mar 05, 2014 Comments Off on Week 12: Nuts!

I’m staring at the most complicated (perhaps convoluted?) guide to transitioning back to food ever (see above). <begin rant> It’s not just one chart, it’s not even one page! There’s the “Transition overview” which breaks things down into 4 weeks. There’s also the “Transition Servings Grid” which breaks things down to 6 days. Then there’s […]

Week 11: Jumping off the wagon…

Posted in: health, human behavior, weight loss- Feb 28, 2014 Comments Off on Week 11: Jumping off the wagon…

…and onto the vacation train I did not fall. I jumped! The difference being actually choosing to partake rather than being overwhelmed by temptation or desire. Or so I told myself… ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ I had looked forward to friday night as a reprieve from this diet. I was going to join in celebrating a friend’s birthday and I […]

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 7: If you can…

Posted in: human behavior, life, weight loss- Jan 29, 2014 2 Comments

I don’t have much to say this week but what I do have to say is important. To my friends: please know how much you mean to me. To my family: please know how much I cherish you. To my cats: I love you!  Without each and every one of you, nothing would be possible. […]

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 […]

The week of indomitable munchies

Posted in: health, human behavior- Jan 20, 2014 Comments Off on The week of indomitable munchies

Don’t worry, I didn’t actually munch but do you ever go through a period where you just want to eat and/or drink incessantly? This past week I have definitely had food on my mind. I guess this is one of the drawbacks to living alone. My inside voice can be like a spoiled brat getting all […]

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 […]