March is Maintenance Awareness Month and I’m answering your big, burning Maintenance questions.
Today is one of my faves: Does Maintenance ever become easier?
YES! Yes it does.
What I love about the question is the inherent acceptance of the challenge of Maintenance. Changing long ingrained patterns is never easy and the realization that it’s required means...
When my kids were little, I read all manner of parenting books and articles.
To be fair I probably fell asleep to them (parents of little kids are tired!), but I got the gist.
Among other things I learned:
My brothers are computer geniuses.
I’m quite the opposite
When they talk shop, it’s like hearing another language. I don’t get it but I’m grateful to have them on speed dial (wait, I guess everyone’s on speed dial these days . . .)
They set up my computer system and keep it running smoothly so I can just turn it on and type.
One of the features they included is text alerts. As a convenience, every time I get a text on my phone...
One of the best things born of staying-at-home is my husband’s hidden chef-ing abilities.
Thank you Food Network!
Many new and delicious dishes have graced our plates and I’m tickled and oh so appreciative.
You see, even though it’s hard for me to admit . . . I hate cooking.
I’d love to love it.
I’m envious of those who enjoy creating in the kitchen. It looks like fun, but as much as I’ve tried—and I spent ...
Things are shifting.
Can you feel it?
We were told to stay at home.
And it worked.
We flattened the curve and saved many hospitals from having too many critically ill patients at one time.
But as we start our 3rd month, many are asking, “now what?”
The Country’s coming out of its initial shock and trying to figure out what to do next. With no vaccine available and no reliable treatment, not much has changed virus-wise, but...
If I somehow unsuspectingly walked into a room and found myself confronted by lights and a camera and a microphone held by the one and only Oprah and she asked me to name the ONE THING that makes the biggest impact on weight management, I know exactly what I’d say.
It wouldn’t be low carb or intermittent fasting or snacking or even planning (oh my, you know how I love me some planning!)
Without hesitation I would declare: LOGGING.
Keeping a food...
Last week we talked about how to stop overeating (find it here).
The process has to do with feeling the urge, allowing it to pass through you (60-90 seconds if you don’t resist) and not acting on it.
Do that enough times and the urge goes away (It’s classical conditioning—ala Pavlovian dogs from psychology class)
I mentioned one trick that helps the process: a compelling reason (see the video at the end of the blog for more on that).
We’d planned to see the giant sequoias over spring break.
A tiny virus postponed that trip but couldn’t put a damper on our Family Road Trip enthusiasm.
So we improvised :)
Instead of 4 days among the trees, we spent 4 hours car-exploring the Pacific Coast Highway (we saw dolphins!).
Audiobooks provide the backdrop of our auto adventures and remain one of the favorite parts of our trips.
I have boys who prefer non-fiction, so over...
It’s been almost 4 weeks since the safer-at-home order around here. We’re getting used to the temporary “new normal” and settling into modified routines.
The curve is flattening. It’s working. And we have to continue our careful behaviors (stringent physical distancing; frequent, thorough hand washing; not touching our face) for many weeks to come.
While there are quite a few challenges to being “safer-at-home”, advantages...
Regular movement plays a role in each strategy, anchoring your day and getting you outside (if you’re able). Not only will regular aerobic activity help your body burn calories and condition your heart, it also keeps your mind focused and calm.
But there’s another form of exercise...