Over the past four decades, Green Mountain at Fox Run has helped thousands of women end weight loss struggles with eating, exercise and body image, make long-term healthy lifestyle changes and lose weight permanently. This weight loss blog helps women navigate these changes.

The Self Talk Wars: Angels vs. Devils

By on 10/02/2014

self talk wars angels vs devilsYou know the angel voice. It’s the one telling you to be good. That apples are good and ice cream is bad. That if you’re really good, you’ll get out there and exercise, even though you have a terrible cold and feel awful. That if you’re really good, you’ll just do what you’ve been told.

But then that other voice comes in seemingly from nowhere – the “devil” voice that tells you not to listen to your “angel.” To eat the ice cream. To rest with that terrible cold. To not do what you’ve been told.

Which one is really on your side?

It could be your devil, aka your rebel.  That is, if it’s your healthy rebel voice.

What is a healthy rebel voice?

It’s the one that supports you in listening to your body, in listening to your intuition to do what you think is best. It’s one that has a lot of work to do in these days of unsolicited and unwanted advice based on a person’s body size.

But our healthy rebel often gets drowned out by our unhealthy rebel. The one that just wants to get its way without thinking how it’s going to affect you — whether what it is recommending is going to support you in achieving your goals instead of sabotage you.

Interestingly, it’s actually trying to help you. And it’s understandable that the unhealthy rebel speaks loudly in these days of unsolicited and unwanted advice based on a person’s body size. (Yes, I know I repeated that sentence.)

Think of the last time someone said you shouldn’t eat ice cream because you needed to lose weight. What was your reaction? Was it “I’ll show them, I’ll eat it all.” Or “You’re right,” but then you go home and sneak eat.

That’s the unhealthy rebel in action.

The healthy rebel might respond, “Thank you for your concern but I would enjoy some ice cream right now.” Or, “Well, I really don’t want any right now but it’s not because of my weight.” Your healthy rebel is responding in a way that expresses your true needs and wants, and supports you in behaving in a way to satisfy those needs and wants.

It’s not always easy to figure out what you really want when you’ve been caught in unhealthy responses for years. So check out our latest FitBriefingAngel or Devil: Is Your Internal Voice Really On Your Side?” for three steps to help you make better decisions about what you want.

Let us know what you think!

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Is Sitting the New Smoking?

By on 09/30/2014

Health experts are claiming that the risk of heart attack for people who sit all day is equal to smoking. Smoking! Sitting & The Increased Risk for Heart Attacks According to Medicine and Science in Sports Exercise, people who sit most of the day have a higher risk of cardiovascular disease and increased mortality risk compared to those who sit very […] Read more »

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The Mental Journey Behind Jen Corn’s Successful Healthy Weight “Road Trip”

By on 09/27/2014

Featured on CNN’s Weekly column about weight loss success stories, Jen Corn talks to us about how changing her lifestyle started with a new mindset. Jen’s struggle with her weight began early in childhood. Eventually her life became more and more limited, even finding herself struggling to walk. Family members had offered to pay for her to have weight-loss surgery, […] Read more »

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The Binge Eating Diaries: Enough Already!

By on 09/25/2014

Changing My Relationship With Food — And Myself – Takes A Lot Of Energy When I think about my ever-evolving relationship with food, my body, my weight, and my binging – I instantly feel like I need a nap. I’ve been scrutinizing my eating habits and my reflection since before puberty. I’m exhausted. Who knew that one of the very few things […] Read more »

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