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The Why’s of Exercise

Once upon a time (not too long ago), I was “that girl” at the gym-the girl that spent forever and a day on the elliptical machine. I had a very scheduled, rigid routine, and devoted my gym time strictly adhering to this regimen.  Day in and day out, I dreaded the seemingly endless minutes I would spend on the elliptical. Despite my dread, I never questioned this routine. I blindly followed this monotonous, mundane habit because it was what I had always done.  In retrospect, I wasn’t doing it for the right reasons, really.  I wasn’t exercising to be healthier,
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Combat Excess Holiday Eating

Tis the season to overindulge. Yes, it’s that time of year again. The holiday season is upon us. Everywhere we look we are inundated with interminable opportunities to satisfy our sweet tooth.  Thanksgiving pies, stocking stuffers, holiday cookie exchanges, work parties, and even aisles at the supermarket devoted solely to Christmas themed candy.  How do we survive these torturous temptations?  When you’re feeling overwhelmed by the seemingly endless array of obstacles that threaten to sabotage your healthy habits, remember these helpful tips: Keep Your Body Fueled.  There is nothing like showing up to a party and being so hungry that
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Why Weight?

For so many years, I equated achieving my ideal weight with achieving happiness. I believed they were synonymous. If I could just reach my perfect weight, hold on to it and never let it go, than I would finally be content. It was an endless struggle, because each time I went on a new crazy diet or excessively exercised to the point of where I wanted my weight to be, it was impossible to stay there.   It never occurred to me that 1. perhaps my ideal weight was not what was natural for my own body and/or 2. perhaps this
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Compare and Despair

After ranting about a friend who seemed to “have it all”-the perfect life, great friends, a flawless figure, a fabulous mate, and a wonderful job, a wise mentor put her hand up to stop my blabbering and told me, “Never compare, or you’ll always despair”.  The more I thought about it, the more it rang true.  Each time I compared my own body, job, friends, family, and life to someone else, I felt a pang of despair.  Mine wasn’t good enough.  Theirs was better. Every time I compared, I felt worse about myself and my progress.  What’s the secret to
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Those Darn “Shoulds”

The incessant “shoulds”…the things we think we “should” be doing with our lives. I was looking back through my journal I kept while living in Ecuador, and came across the following entry: I am 27, what “should” I be doing? I should be married, I should be in a serious relationship.  I should own a home, I should be in a steady career, I should be saving for my future, I should be living near my family, I should have a job, I should not be volunteering, I should not be traveling the world, I should not be living in
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Eating to Live, Not Living to Eat

Oh, the countless times I’ve come to meals anxious, upset, and overwhelmed.  It didn’t have to be a holiday or a special occasion; even the most basic meal used to give me anxiety.  I would be completely and totally in my head, attempting to follow all the “food rules” I had established for myself.  My mind would say “since I ate a big lunch, I shouldn’t eat a lot for dinner.”  My body would counteract and retort, “But I AM hungry and I want to eat!”  And thus ensued the battle between my mind and body. Guilt, frustration, and anxiety
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