Cultivate Peace

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” and “It’s that time of year when the world says hello” – so the songs go.   Twinkling lights and displays of “Peace on Earth” fill the season of celebration, and maybe we are kinder and more giving to others, which is lovely.  At the same time, we … Read more

Cultivate Hope

Many traditions have a holiday this month: the beginning of winter when our days begin to lengthen again, Buddhism’s Bodhi Day of Enlightenment, Hanukkah, Christmas both spiritual and secular, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice and Yule, and Watchnight before the New Year, and probably more than a few not here listed. The common theme is HOPE. How … Read more

7 Holiday Strategies to Protect Your Goal

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year.  It’s not without challenges, but they can be managed with a clear vision of what we want and a few hacks.  Oh, and giggling.  LOTS of giggling. Do a reconnaissance round of the food available– check out the table or buffet to see what’s there before putting … Read more

The Five Week Food Orgy

The U. S. Thanksgiving holiday is upon us, beginning the five-week food orgy that takes us to the New Year.  Have you noticed we don’t talk about gaining an average of 7-10 pounds through the various holidays between May and September?  They aren’t really about food in the same way, are they?  They have that … Read more

Small Changes — HUGE Difference

A company was failing when its wallpaper cleaning product quickly fell out of use after heating options shifted away from coal.  Oil and gas just aren’t as messy.  The owner’s sister-in-law, a nursery school teacher, bought some of the product for a school project, and the children loved working with it.  So they removed the … Read more

Cinders the Pig

I love this picture.  I happened upon it years ago when I was not in a good place.  I had a habit of beating up on myself when I made mistakes, and a colleague challenged me to stop dragging myself through the mud.  To remind myself, I searched for an image, found this little pig … Read more

Connecting the Dots

What do you see? How would you describe the picture?  What do you make of it? If you get stuck focusing on the dot, you are not alone.  We tend to focus on what we perceive to be a blemish, an error, a problem, and the more we focus on it, the bigger it gets.  … Read more

Rewire Your Thinking

THOSE Thoughts You know the ones I mean.  They pop up at the most awkward times, and they will blow your progress on whatever goals and maybe your day if you let them run amok. What is most bothersome?  There may be more than one, but for now, choose one to think through.  Write it … Read more

The Road to Goals

What do you believe about your healthy body and lifestyle?  Is it possible for you to reach and maintain a healthy body, heart, and mind? After so many years on my Diet Yo-Yo, I knew I could eventually lose a certain amount of weight.  I could maybe lose down to my goal if I had … Read more

Trimaversary: Seven Years and Counting

The true wish of many who have struggled with their weight: Eat whatever, whenever, and maintain my desired weight. Would be lovely, wouldn’t it? In 2012, after 40 years on the Diet Yo-Yo, I finally did it. I lost those last pounds AGAIN, reaching my goal on 8 October. This time, however, I have maintained … Read more

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