Why can’t you keep your weight off? — The 8 Essential Rules for Weight Maintenance

Recidivism among dieters has prompted major revisions in treatment methodology as researchers discover the significant contributions of genetics, psychology, and environmental factors to eating behavior. More than 85% of Americans have dieted during their lifetimes, yet the majority of diets offer little flexibility to accommodate the biopsychosocial components of the dieter’s life. Weight regain is […]

Ask

It’s not our intuitive nature to do this. It is our tendency to move toward comfort. What if when we ask we receive an exceptional reply? The “rest and digest” reptilian oriented state. Homeostasis. Equilibrium. You name it. Chaos, on the other hand, and I speak in terms of cognitive, emotional dissonance, or put another […]

Fit and Focused—Mindfulness Matters

If you haven’t yet checked out our new magazine, Alpha–The Evolution of Fitness, I’d snatch it up quickly. Don’t miss a single day that could be used to start creating your best life with cutting edge nutrition, fitness, mindset, and sport information! In our last issue you were introduced to one of our contributing writers […]

The Secrets to Success Aren’t Secrets at All–Strive and You Will Thrive!

Yup. Here I go again. Doing a running pole vault onto my “you’ve gotta fail to prevail” soapbox. How can I not go there when research resoundingly and repeatedly supports the concept of goal striving for success. The individuals who “make it” have worked for it. Striving, by definition, is action oriented! It’s powerful and […]

P-A-I-N is a 4-Letter Word

Our Program Director wrote his first blog this week entitled Train with Pain. He describes his experience with exercising despite injuries, the value of modifying positions, and developing creative alternatives to facilitate continued work toward one’s desired goals. It’s an excellent article- you can reference it here—but it got me thinking along the lines of […]

My Top Ten Tools for Tempering Temptation

In my last post I agreed to share with you my strategies for maintaining an iron will for goal achievement. Many of you are dieting for health and fitness reasons or you may be gearing up for a competition.  Whether you’re doing so because it’s necessary to prevent illness or the exacerbation of a condition […]

Don’t Worry…..Be Happy! Really?

In 1988 Bobby McFerrin sang this feel-good, toe-tapping a capella song that rose to the top of the billboard charts and stayed there for two weeks. Not a surprise when it seems happiness is one area that most people claim to have a difficult time finding.  Happiness appears to be an enigma. What is it? […]

Gray

I was inspired today by a person whom I’m growing closer to. I suppose I could classify him as a friend at this point, although we have never met in person and have communicated only through email over the course of a few days.  A pen pal perhaps, he has shared with me his philosophy […]

Illuminate to Eliminate

I tweeted today, “Can life be any more FULL?!?” The painful, the amazing, the brilliant, the hideous….all of it is valuable and necessary to become who we desire to be. We’ve got to be willing to go through it all too- not just bear it. We need to milk it, dig at it, peel away […]

Think and you shall become…

Scientists used to believe that we were born as blank slates. As brand new babies we had nothing to guide us until we started creating meaning from our environments and forming neural connections from our surroundings and the people and models in our lives. We know far more about neuroscience now, and from conception, the […]