Green Mountain at Fox Run, our healthy weight loss and healthy living retreat for women only, was founded almost four decades ago by Thelma J. Wayler, RD, a woman with a pioneering vision of what it takes for women to reach healthy weights and stay there without obsessing over eating and exercise.
Over the years, we’ve worked with thousands of women who have come to understand that living well is more than a number on a scale, and whose lives have improved immeasurably as a result. The title of our blog, A Weight Lifted, reflects the freedom that women say they gain when they let go of the burden of diets and the diet mentality.
We welcome you to A Weight Lifted and hope that you will contribute your questions, thoughts, fears, successes and, yes, failures. This place is meant for you.
You can contact any of our bloggers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In an effort to solve her own eating and weight struggles, Marsha took overachiever to a new level by obtaining her license as a registered dietitian and then a Master’s in nutrition and communication at Boston University. With pen, paper and computer in hand, Marsha became a published author and corporate consultant for several Fortune 500 food companies. When Marsha isn’t cooking up nutritious gourmet delights for her family, hiking or snowshoeing, she serves as online director for Green Mountain at Fox Run, which she owns along with her husband. Her self-described mission: Help women learn to enjoy eating and living well while achieving and maintaining healthy weights.
As a recovering binge eater who spent four weeks at Green Mountain in 2011, Jacki writes about her evolving relationships with food, her body and herself. One of her favorite phrases and a mantra she holds close has become “I eat to live, not live to eat.” During her stay at Green Mountain last year, Jacki became truly connected with her inner child and reacquainted with the concept of self-love. When Jacki isn’t trying to figure out what to do with life (in order to pay the bills), she is writing. She currently writes the Green Mountain Blog “The Binge Eating Diaries,” sharing with others her struggles and triumphs, while learning just as much from her readers and their comments.
Lori began her fitness journey when she returned home from college after she realized she needed to regain her health and fitness. She became certified in step aerobics, then on to Body Pump, Spinning, and became an ACE Certified Personal Trainer in 2004. However, it was when she became a YogaFit certified yoga instructor in 2006, that Lori discovered that fitness was more beneficial to her mental health than physical appearance. She discovered how to take her “yoga off the mat” by becoming more mindful and present in the moment, and by learning to embrace that every day she has a different body. When Lori is not running or hiking, she is playing with her two girls, ages 8 and 11.
For the past 20 years Erin has been helping women cultivate a healthier lifestyle in the collective roles of personal trainer, professional counselor, community and corporate wellness director and now program director at Green Mountain at Fox Run. Her motivation for helping women stems from her own personal experience with eating and weight issues during her young adult years. She understands first hand that in a culture that is obsessed with body perfection and dieting as a way of life, it’s easy to get sucked into the vortex of feeling “not enough”. Erin is passionate about helping women re-align with their body wisdom, which is essential for bridging that gap between insight and action around self-care.
Jill found the nondiet way of life after spending many years in diet hell. After restricting and counting points, losing weight & regaining it all, she knew there was a better way. Jill describes her stay at Green Mountain as the icing on the cake to overcoming her complicated relationship with food and her physical body. Jill blogs about savoring yoga & intuitive eating. Come join her journey at www.eatingasapathtoyoga.wordpress.com
Dealing with weight and body image has long been a part of Catherine Mitchell’s life. After many challenges with her weight, her experiences in college and as a young woman in general led her to discover body acceptance and mindful eating practices. That path led her to become a participant at Green Mountain at Fox Run, where her growing passion surrounding health and weight management were encouraged and inspired. As a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Catherine has had writing appear in online publications such as The Atlantic and The Huffington Post. When she’s not pining for mountain air in very flat eastern North Carolina, she enjoys writing about weight issues facing women in today’s society, her own developing relationship with her body, and the rest of the world’s interactions with that body as well.
Lisa Ann has considered herself to be a feminist since 4th grade, and has often wondered how to reconcile her beliefs about the variety of female beauty with her own weight struggles. She learned to overeat as a way of coping with the out-of-control world around her, and is now, as an adult, learning to find that control in healthier ways. She attended Green Mountain’s program in Spring 2014, and is looking forward to alumni weekend! Although the program was chock-full of useful information, the two ideas that most impacted Lisa Ann were mindfulness and finding the intrinsic joy in movement. Lisa Ann has two cats that love to “help” when she does needlework, her favorite hobby.
Beth Turchi is a writer from the Philadelphia area, blogging for Philadelphia Magazine for several years. She is also a recent alumna of the Green Mountain at Fox Run program where she came after several serious health issues in an attempt to jump-start her journey back to health through exercise and weight management. She claims that she’s been on every diet ever invented, losing and gaining back over 30 pounds several times in her life. Expecting yet another diet approach, she was blown away by the outside-the-box approach to weight management that she learned at Green Mountain. In an attempt to keep herself on track and maintain the good work started at GM, she will be blogging a journal of sorts –a weekly blog discussing the successes and challenges of a recent graduate of the program.
As Behavior Lead at Green Mountain and a practicing Clinical Mental Health Counselor for almost 10 years, Shiri has been passionate about supporting people on their journeys towards emotional well-being through a holistic approach. Shiri understands that when working on mental health issues, it is often helpful to also consider the health of other parts of our lives – our relationships, environment, as well as our physical health. Shiri enjoys contributing to classes and blogs at Green Mountain program that are focused on topics such as understanding emotions, healthy coping, meditation, and self-compassion, to name a few.
As the Nutrition Leader at Green Mountain, June sees the importance of not just teaching nutrition, but centers her work on providing participants the tools, support and confidence they may need in order to develop a healthier relationship with themselves and with their food. Having an enjoyable relationship with food is a must, so getting those she works with to a good place with it is her focus. Outside of work June can be found in her kitchen cooking up tasty food for her family and friends, along the way learning the art of eating mindfully from her son, who is her greatest teacher.