Weight Loss-Think Healthy Weight Week

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“The 19th annual Healthy Weight Week January 15-21, 2012 is a time to celebrate healthy diet-free living habits that last a lifetime and prevent eating and weight problems.

Our bodies cannot be shaped at will. But we can all be accepting, healthy and happy at our natural weights.

During Healthy Weight Week, people are encouraged to normalize their lives and improve health habits in lasting ways by eating well, living actively and feeling good about themselves and others.

For more information see: www.healthyweight.net/hww.htm .”

Sometimes taking the focus off of weight can help you to start living now.  The eternal “waiting for weight loss” often permeates our psyches and freezes us with social anxiety, the belief that we are not worthy to create time for ourselves  or  the desire to hide until the scale reflects just the “right” number.

If you decide to start living your life now instead of waiting, weighting, waiting you can experiment with a couple of these suggestions:

  • Remember one thing that you really liked doing in the past and  write it down
  • Make a plan with someone else to experiment with doing the lost activity such as going to a movie in the middle of the day or reading the newspaper at the library
  • Practice self talk that encourages you and offers you kindness.  You don’t have to believe yourself, just start offering kindness
  • Notice a little pleasure during this day, a whiff of wind, the sun on your face, a good laugh

A shift in focus can lighten your soul and help you to engage in living now and not weighting.

What small shift can you make today?


4 responses to “Weight Loss-Think Healthy Weight Week”

  1. nick says:

    These are great tips that really put all the new years resolution type thinking to the test. Too many people try to go on these crazy fad diets and clearly they don’t work. Thanks for the insight!

  2. Regina says:

    Thanks for this. 🙂

  3. Aileen says:

    Very good perspective about weight loss. I have just recently started developing good health habits and trying to be consistent about them. Taking those in small steps make them more manageable and attainable.

  4. John Ross says:

    Very good tips, and a holistic approach to weight loss. Personal development techniques can play a huge role in helping people to lose weight.

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Marsha Hudnall, MS, RDN, CD

Marsha has been a guiding force at Green Mountain at Fox Run since 1986. In addition to overseeing a professional program that helps women establish sustainable approaches to healthy living, she is a respected thought leader when it comes to managing eating, emotions and weight. She has been a voice of reason for the last three decades in helping people move away from diets, an area in which she is personally as well as professionally versed. An accomplished writer and speaker, Marsha is the author of six books, including the online course Disordered Eating in Active and Sedentary Individuals (co-authored by Karin Kratina, PhD, RD, Human Kinetics), What You Need to Know about Carbohydrates (Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics [The Academy]), What You Need to Know about Vitamin and Mineral Supplements (The Academy), and The Pregnancy Cookbook (co-authored by Donna Shields, RD, Berkeley Publishing). She has worked extensively on a national basis to educate the public about nutrition and the impact of dieting on eating behaviors, including binge eating and emotional eating. Active in many organizations helping to further the cause of health and wellness, Marsha currently serves as vice chair of the Binge Eating Disorder Association and vice president of The Center for Mindful Eating and has been active in the Association for Size Diversity and Health in support of Health at Every Size(R) principles.

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