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Lessons I (Re)learned from 800 Extra Calories

May 23, 2019



It was just Mother’s Day and now Memorial Day is coming up.


Any holiday has the potential to derail our food plan so I usually take the opportunity to remind us all of the pit falls to watch for so we can have a successful (eating) day or weekend.


This Mother’s Day came and went without much of the usual advice from me about:

  • Focusing on connection with the people at your event instead of the food
  • Planning how to get through the family celebration...

Get Some Traction on Your Goals

May 16, 2019



Recently I noticed I was spinning my wheels.

Looking and feeling busy but not moving forward as I claimed I wanted to.

No traction.




I needed a new plan. So I started at the beginning.


I had to DECIDE what was really important, PRIORITIZE my activities, SCHEDULE them, then KEEP MY WORD to myself.


If you find yourself in the same boat, giving lip service to a goal (weight loss, perhaps) but not making headway toward it, I invite you to...


Friends and Food: 18 Ways to Connect Without Calories

May 09, 2019



Studies show that people with strong social networks live longer. Check out this cool infographic from WebMD to see how.



Getting together with a friend is one of life’s great pleasures.


But all too often, in this day and age, it comes with lots of extra calories. Our go-to get-togethers revolve around food—brunch, lunch, dinners.


They don’t have to. 

There are so many ways to connect that don’t involve food.


If you...


3 Tips for Road Trip Eating

May 02, 2019



We just came back from a trip to the Grand Canyon.  Active, breathtaking and fun!


I love National Parks.


Such beauty and I feel a sense of community—this land is preserved by us (our government) to be enjoyed by all.  Love that.


But the food is another story.


It was a road trip, so the eating became challenging right from the start.


We ate at places like The Wagon Wheel, Giggling Cactus, Big E Steakhouse & Saloon and Big...


Lesson Learned from French Fries

Apr 25, 2019



I’m a French Fry Snob . . . well, that actually implies that I might meet a fry I didn’t like.  Ha!

I think French Fry Fanatic is more like it (although, steak fries? Really?)


I was recently at a conference and it was dinner break time. I took myself to a reliable place with the best shoestring fries AND sweet potato fries on the planet.


Mercifully, you can order a 50/50 split, but the portion size is enormous and it was just me.   I...


Goal Weight and Maintenance

Apr 18, 2019




There’s an interesting phenomenon I’ve noticed with my clients.


It’s about their goal weight.


They’re doing beautifully, losing lots of weight and nearing their target. They look great, feel great and have their food dialed in. They’re wearing a clothing size they’re real happy with.


The last couple of pounds often take a bit longer than the first because the new reasonable amount of food eaten each day reaches a...


Discomfort and Weight Loss

Apr 11, 2019



Just got back from Pilates class.


I drag myself there, but I love the feeling when I’m done.


I started about 6 months ago and I’m getting stronger. Actually stronger.

In the beginning, I couldn’t even hold my body in the full push-up position (called a plank). Now, I can hold my plank up to 60 seconds (woo hoo!).


It feels so good to watch my body change and become more powerful.  


This result comes with a price tag, though.



Prevent Weight Gain in 4 Easy Steps

Apr 04, 2019




This may be TMI, but I just had my midlife tune-up, medically speaking. So many parts were tested and probed. I happily report all is well, but it got me thinking.


It’s important to check under the hood every once in awhile. As a physician, I know very well the great benefits of preventative care measures.


But it can be a hard sell.


Frankly, it took me a year before I got around to making my own appointments.

It’s uncomfortable and time...


Balance vs. Harmony

Mar 28, 2019




I was listening to a podcast (The Sheri + Nancy Show –it’s fun) and they were interviewing Dr. Ivan Misner, founder of BNI, a huge international networking group. He’s written a book called “Who’s in Your Room?” about the quality of your life being determined by the people and relationships in it.  


Makes you consider who’s in your room. Negative, energy drains or uplifting inspirations? Which ones will get you...


Practice For When You Need It

Mar 21, 2019



Remember Karate Kid?


The original, of course.


It’s that 1980’s coming of age movie where an older jaded karate master coaches a bullied boy to greatness.


One of the most memorable parts was Mr. Miyagi’s teaching style.


The boy, Daniel, coaxes the retired master into teaching him karate. So Mr. Miyagi puts him to work washing his cars. He instructs, “wax on, wax off”. Mr. Miyagi shows the boy just how he wants him to do...



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