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13 11, 2020

Choices

2020-11-13T13:26:40-05:00November 13th, 2020|Motivational Letters|

The choice to have or not have snacks or extra portions of food, comes down to giving in to our pleasure receptors, or suffering the pain of denying those receptors.  More often than not, the pleasure area of the brain wins. When I'm told "It’s hard", I couldn't agree more.  It is not easy (especially during these long dark evenings) to stop ourselves from gravitating to the fridge or cupboards, looking for some sort of snack. Even as I type this, my emotional mind is thinking about snacks.  Fortunately, I have a greater desire to try and finish this article [...]

31 07, 2020

The Evening Snack Struggle

2020-07-31T13:53:15-04:00July 31st, 2020|Motivational Letters|

If there is one area of eating (or nibbling) that I could eradicate in all of us, it’s the mindless snacking we all seem to do in the evening. Mind you, I do meet the rare person who doesn’t have the urge to nibble while watching TV or reading a book. I’ve talked about my own struggles with this before, but it bears repeating. We all know that eating at this time is rarely out of hunger, it’s simply the desire to eat. The major issue, as you all know, is that these are extra calories (usually in the carbohydrate [...]

28 07, 2020

Keep Moving Forward

2020-07-28T13:40:42-04:00July 28th, 2020|Motivational Letters|

We all find ourselves at a crossroad when it comes to ‘diets’: do we continue despite frustrations, or just give up and try something else (even if something else has worked short term in the past, only to result in weight regain). There must be a certain tenacity when it comes to a healthy way of living; whether it’s in regards exercise (or lack thereof), the quality and quantity of food, getting enough sleep, or learning strategies to manage stress. There will be days, or weeks, of really poor food choices. There could be many reasons: friends visiting, a partner [...]

8 05, 2020

Mental Roadblocks

2020-05-08T14:18:39-04:00May 8th, 2020|Motivational Letters|

For many of us, this topic is hitting close to home during these uncertain times.  It is important to recognize the mental barriers we create in times of uncertainty, fear, anxiety or discomfort.  This idea started going through my mind as I contemplated going outside to walk. To tell the truth, I really did not want to go outside.  Even though I had been inside, in a small space, for most of the day, the thought of going out created a feeling of overwhelming fatigue. I recognized that the walk would likely give me energy to accomplish other things I’d [...]

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