Getting Ready for Summer

Getting Ready for Summer

I haven’t put in a garden for a couple of years as I have been focusing my time on growing into the best coach I can be.  This year I am ready to get back to gardening and grow my own vegetables.

Imagine an abundant summer where you are eating well, exercising and enjoying the warmth of the sun and your friendships?

If we can imagine and nurture it, we can plan it and make it happen.

Preparing for an abundant summer garden is a wonderful analogy for reaching your goals. Maybe you want to lose 25 lbs. Maybe you are traveling to exotic lands or visiting national parks in the US.  Maybe you want a staycation to sleep in, read and enjoy cooking meals at home. Maybe you are writing a book or building a new business.

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Is weight loss possible for you?

Is weight loss possible for you?

Way back in 1979, award winning Harvard psychologist Ellen Langer, conducted a seminal research study that revealed measurable changes in the physiology of an elder population who put themselves in a living situation that reflected 1959, 20 years earlier.  The key to the study was to have the participants think of themselves as they were 20 years earlier.  They were instructed to immerse themselves into the past and to return as completely as possible in their minds to those earlier times.  It living quarters were set up as if it was 1959. 

After 2 weeks of living this way, there was a change in behavior and attitude in the groups. Their hearing and their memory improved as if they were younger and even their intelligence scores increased. These indicators were based on measurements that were taken before and after the study. 

At the end of the study, Ms. Langer concluded that it is not primarily our physical selves that limit us but rather our mindset about our physical limits.

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Growth may be slow, but slow and steady wins!

Growth may be slow, but slow and steady wins!

144.2, 143, 142, 144.8, 146.6, 145, 143.6, 145.3

This is not Morse Code but a list of the natural fluctuations of my weight over the past month.

If you are post-menopausal, your body’s ability to lose fat may have slowed down.  If you are over 60 and have developed thyroid issues (it is estimated that one woman in eight will develop a thyroid disorder during her lifetime.), it may be slower still.  If your weight fluctuates, do you freak out?

You decided to eat healthy. You have given up those “prized” foods (pizza, cupcakes, ice cream), and you are losing about 1# a week. Some weeks it is .5 pounds a week. Your mind then looks to a time when you did successfully lose weight way back when, and dropped 13 pounds in one month.  That’s how I lost weight in my 40s.

You might think, “Only 1 pound a week after all this hard work!” That might cause you to throw in the towel. Give it up.

If progress is slow, and if you are moving in the right direction, what is the problem?  If you are holding on to beliefs that you should be losing weight faster, (thoughts created by looking to your past) let us examine whether hanging on to those beliefs is in your best interest.

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A Future You

A Future You

Are you ready for the future?  Women over the age of 60 are estimated to spend from $5Trillion to $15Trillion dollars every year. That is you. 

We are imagining a different kind of retirement.  An active, healthy and engaged life. 

Mary Oliver asks us, “What will you do with your one wild and precious life?”

The future is calling.  Will you be there with a clear mind and a strong body? Or will you be spending inordinate amounts of time thinking about food, worrying about your weight, deciding what to eat, criticizing your efforts and your body?

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Are You Quitting All Over Yourself?

Are You Quitting All Over Yourself?

Did you know that quitting could be the habit that is slamming your weight loss goals?

I continually work on NOT QUITTING. 

I used to be an expert quitter.

I had a small business in the 80s and I quit.

I was in theater and film and I quit.  I still like my reasons for quitting (having a family), but the fact is that I quit.

I would try healthy eating plans to lose weight and quit each one. I quit being vegan; I quit being vegetarian; I quit doing Atkins.

I would think a lot about exercise. Especially when I was watching TV.  I remember “the Bean.” The Bean was going to get me to exercise without fear of hurting my back and give me a six pack.  I made a promise to myself as I was dialing the number on my TV screen, “You are definitely going to exercise this time.” Yet the 1st time I blew up that bean (you have to fill it with air), boom -- I hurt my back. I quit. 

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Loving your body at any age and at any weight.

Loving your body at any age and at any weight.

Have you ever thought about the fact that your body has been your mode of transportation for 50, 60 or 70+ years?  If you are someone who struggles with extra weight, you may only see your body for how much it weighs and how it is disappointing you.

You may only think of weight loss and miss out on the rest of your life.

Your body has birthed, raised, and sometimes buried children. Your body has loved and hated partners; played with and irritated siblings, parents and friends.

Your body has encompassed the whole range of your emotions between loss and laughter.

Your body has continued to change as you have grown.

Your body has brought you to school, where you developed your brain; stayed at home where you cleaned and did the laundry. 

Your body ran successful companies, wrote books and created films and courses.

Your body has unfinished projects all around the house. 

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Setting Goals and Creating Daily Habits for Weight Loss Success

Setting Goals and Creating Daily Habits for Weight Loss Success

March Madness – Spring cleaning.  If you started 2018 with a desire to lose weight, exercise more, get better sleep, how is that going?

A path to success is paved by setting goals and creating daily habits.

Designing your own process ensures success.   

We have many habits – morning habits, wake up, let the dog out, make the tea, gather journal, go outside and breathe deeply, take out breakfast from frige, write, meditate, shower, work, lunch, work, dinner, watch tv.

The way you think about your ability to lose weight or stick to a plan is also a habit and is a key element in your success or failure.

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Combating Stress Eating.

Combating Stress Eating.

How many times have you thought something like this – “I ate because my sister had a diagnosis and I was so freaked out. I ate because my grandchild had the flu and was up all night.  My job is so stressful, I will never get out from under all the work.  I went out after that stressful meeting and ate what I wanted to relieve the stress.” These are what I call stress thoughts.

Isn’t it interesting that when we are stressed, we are drawn to foods that send dopamine to our brain; not so much to food that nourishes us. 

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At my age, I can’t.........­(fill in the blank - lose weight; exercise; learn new skills).

At my age, I can’t.........­(fill in the blank - lose weight; exercise; learn new skills).

We accomplish great tasks, get ourselves educated, raise and support children in a challenging world, teach, heal, caretake, build, invent, litigate, chair, direct, innovate, open businesses, climb mountains, show up in our lives every day and our opinion of our abilities to do hard shit is – I can’t. I don’t know how.

 

While I think this is a crazy place and we live here in our heads, I don’t have to look far to see that I am charged with the same offense.  Sometimes no matter how much I accomplish in a day, I think I didn’t do enough.  I could have done more. 

Notice your thoughts about your ability to handle life.

If you think you aren’t capable of losing weight; that it is impossible to bear a feeling of shame or loneliness; that you are not designed to learn a new skill, think again. 

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What do you want me to do for you?

What do you want me to do for you?

Imagine you have been following your food plan for weight loss.  You get an urge, a recurring habit, even a memory or a longing from your youth – a bowl of ice cream sounds soooo good.  Maybe your favorite donuts are sitting on the counter at work.  You just can’t imagine any reason not to eat it in that moment. 

STOP – Now imagine the bowl of ice cream or those donuts look you square in the eyes and ask: “What do you want me to do for you?”
 

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Why do you need a plan to successfully lose weight?

Why do you need a plan to successfully lose weight?


It’s one-month into 2018. Have you stuck to your resolutions to get healthy this year?

Imagine deciding one day to go on a spontaneous vacation.

  • Call your boss and let them know you’re outta here.

  • Go to the airport and buy a ticket to mmmmm?????

  • Arrive at your destination without any clothes, any reservations, any idea of the weather.

  • There will be shops to buy clothes; hotel deals to be had; spontaneous adventures to be made!

This is hardly how you plan your own vacation.

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2018 Happy and Healthy New Year - We mean it this time!

2018 Happy and Healthy New Year - We mean it this time!

2018 is here.  The year of new possibilities.  The year of new beliefs.  The year of new practices. A year of New You. Well, let’s not throw out the baby with the bathwater!  You have created many amazing things in your life up to now.  You don’t get to be nearing 60 years old without some serious accomplishments.

BUT….. today’s modern world does not make it easy to get healthy and stay there.  The combination of our own desire for comfort and a well-deserved rest or treat has made us overweight and struggling with conflicting desire for comfort and for health.

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Self-Confidence - Not Required - NEW PODCAST LAUNCHES

Self-Confidence - Not Required - NEW PODCAST LAUNCHES

Self-confidence is defined as confidence in one’s own powers and judgment, assurance, self-possession, self-respect, and poise. The root meaning is “with trust.”   

Self-confidence helps you achieve your goals.  When it come to a weight loss goal, self-confidence is a key ingredient; however, you don’t need it to start. 

To start you just have to be willing to try something new and take action.

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That special holiday stress that causes you to overeat.

That special holiday stress that causes you to overeat.

Stress comes from a feeling of scarcity caused by your thoughts. 

  • I don’t have enough time to get everything done.
  • I don’t have enough money for all the gifts I want to buy.
  • I need to eat these special holiday treats because I have been working so hard and no one else appreciates me. 
  • I will miss out if I don’t eat these treats NOW.
  • My family doesn’t appreciate me.
  • Food is my only pleasure.

Other times stress comes from wanting to have everything perfect.

  • I have to make this a perfect holiday for my kids.
  • I want to make this holiday more special than any other.
  • I want to buy the perfect gift.
  • I want to create the perfect meal.
  • I have to have the perfect party.
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Old broad from Brooklyn helps women lose weight!

Old broad from Brooklyn helps women lose weight!

I have a circle of friends who would be appalled at that title.  I can hear the "pings" pouring in on my phone. 

Why?  We are stalwart futurists breaking with stereotypes about age.  

We are doing battle with age discrimination from the outside - our culture, and from inside - ourselves. 

The fact is that I help women over 50 years old lose weight and stick to it by teaching them not only how to choose better food options, also how to think about themselves, their food and their lives.

 “I’m an old broad from Brooklyn who helps women lose weight!” Ooops, I said it again!

Go figure. 

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Holiday, Food & Family

Holiday, Food & Family

Your thoughts create your feelings.

Your feelings color your life.  They can inspire you or they can send you under the covers.

When you think someone is disrespecting you and making you feel unworthy, think again.

It is your very own thoughts that create the feeling of being unworthy.

It’s not your sister’s job, your brother-in-law’s job, and if you are anywhere near approaching 60, it is  not your mother’s job or your father’s job to make you feel worthy and respected.

Don’t give your power to feel worthy away.  Not to anyone.

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Get a Jump on Your New Year’s Resolution – Break the overeating habit.

Get a Jump on Your New Year’s Resolution – Break the overeating habit.

I find it fascinating (as does my husband) that there are small habits I don’t change.

Like not putting my keys in the same place every evening.  This is obvious to my husband - that creating the habit of placing my keys in the same place at the end of the day would make my life a bit simpler. I see him patiently waiting as he listens to me cursing under my breath as I search for my keys.

Yet, I prepare my breakfast every night.  We always have vegetables to cook.  I always anticipate meals. I even weigh my food (not required, but it makes it easy for me).

I prepare the coffee pot every night. I have clean clothes.  I write a blog for you every week.

When I decide that something is vital, and learn how to do it, it becomes automatic. I just wash my clothes, buy coffee, sit down to write, get the yogurt.

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Holiday Tip - Eliminate your BUTS

Holiday Tip - Eliminate your BUTS

Words are soooooo very important.  They guide your brain and teach your brain what to pay attention to. 

As you attend your Holiday Celebrations, you may find yourself saying (or thinking to yourself):

     I lost 8#s, but I overate yesterday.

     I didn’t gain any weight last month, but I should have lost.

     I love my husband, but he should do the dishes.

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CLOSED FACEBOOK GROUP FORMING TO GET THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS WITHOUT OVEREATING

CLOSED FACEBOOK GROUP FORMING TO GET THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS WITHOUT OVEREATING

Support is a proven method for succeeding in any goal and weight loss is no different.

Whether it is Thanksgiving at your parent’s home, Christmas at your home, or New Year’s Eve at a hotel, many a diet or food plan has been blown-off at one or all of these celebrations.

These are times when we are with the folks closest to us and when our emotions may be heightened.  (This is your limbic system responding with a fight, flight or freeze response; it may be taking over your pre-frontal cortex in those tense moments.)

Sometimes, the foundation of your resolve and will power is shaken long before you actually put that extra food into your mouth.

I am creating a Closed FaceBook Group to support you in getting through the 2017 holidays feeling more in control. 

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Launching December 20th - IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO LOSE WEIGHT! Podcast

Launching December 20th - IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO LOSE WEIGHT! Podcast

Greet Your 60s with grace and levity!

My 4-pronged approach to weight loss and healthy lifestyle choices break down into these four elements:  
 
1. FOOD
2. BRAIN
3. BODY
4. YOUR FUTURE
 
I will be teaching you all about these elements, and include interviews with expert and fun men and women as well as useful discoveries, in my upcoming Podcast – IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO LOSE WEIGHT! Where life is for fun and food is for fuel!  

I will be launching in December just before the holidays.

 
These are my objectives for the podcast:

  • Build your confidence so you know you can lose weight no matter what age you are.
  • Teach you about the properties of food and how they affect your appetite, your desire, your mood and your brain. 
  • Teach you how to love what loves you. From shopping to chopping; from stretching to strengthening; from breathing to feeling; and from creating to loving.
  • Give you tools to free your mind of the constant chatter about your weight. 
  • Introduce you to experts in the weight loss and healthy lifestyle arena.
  • Introduce you to my favorite things! (Remember the spiralizer!) 
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