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.

Before and After: Finding peace when you’re somewhere in between

By on 08/27/2014

Weight Loss Before-and-After Photos

We’ve all seen them. They pop up everywhere and they all show some kind of weight-loss “transformation” that seems nothing short of miraculous.

The “after” photos show a seemingly happy, healthy person. Put side by side with a “before” photo, it implies that the subject had been neither of those things in the past.

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While these photos serve as markers of progress and inspiration for many—for someone with body image and eating difficulties, these common comparisons can become a bit of a pitfall.

Judging Success By Appearance: An Incomplete Picture

In most of these montages, the differences seen in the subject are supposed to scream “SUCCESS! Do what I did and you can have it, too!” But judging success (or lack of it) simply by appearance, a split-second moment captured in an image at that, is a tricky road to go down. It says nothing about how the person actually feels, how they live, breathe, and move through every day.  Furthermore, notably absent is a representation of the journey, both its difficulties and its joys, through the changes that took place.

Living In A Constant State of “Before”

In the past, my being at a higher weight meant that I felt like I was in a constant state of “before.” I was always thinking about the future, always putting things on hold, saving life experiences and happiness for that great day when my body would finally be good enough to be an “after” photo and good enough to deserve a real life.

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By making my own personal happiness conditional to what my body looked like and what other people thought of it, I suddenly realized that I was wishing my life away.

Success Can Be About How You Feel

Still at a higher weight, choosing love over self-judgment is a familiar struggle of mine. It’s difficult not to use photos like that to turn a critical eye on myself. While I attempt to be more mindful and present in my seemingly imperfect body, it’s hard not to want an idealized “after.” Coming to Green Mountain, I expected to see walls full of before-and-after photos, but it wasn’t like that at all.  It allowed me to embrace what they’ve been saying for 41 years—that it’s not about how you look; it’s about how you feel.

change the way you think maya angelouSelf-Acceptance Is Part Of The Journey

I can’t begin to list all the diets, fads, foods, pain, and pills I used to try to fix my “before.”

What really needed mending all along was the way I thought and felt about myself. The truth is, it’s still incredibly difficult for me to be fat and self-loving at the same time. It’s a daily battle that I sometimes lose, but that doesn’t mean that I need to stop trying.

Unfortunately, I can’t wake up tomorrow and magically be thin. But I can try to treat my body and myself well, and fill my days with enough actual life to forget about what I look like for a minute.

In Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now, Maya Angelou says that “what you’re supposed to do when you don’t like a thing is change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.”  I think my journey, and perhaps yours, is about learning how to do both at the same time—changing both how we treat our bodies and the way we think about them, together.

What Everybody Ought to Know About Staying Fit On Vacation

By on 08/26/2014

Be Active To Help Stay Fit On Vacation During a recent long-weekend trip to Maine, I began to question “How can I remain fit and healthy while on vacation?” The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the fitness guru who provides the fitness industry’s recommended levels of duration and intensity for exercise, tells us that we want to be: Cardiovascular Exercise Rhythmic […] Read more »

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Meghan Trainor’s #1 Hit “All About That Bass” – Body Positivity or Misogyny?

By on 08/21/2014

A Body Image Breakthrough? Meghan Trainor sings she’s ‘bringing booty back’ in her new hit song “All About That Bass.”  Some say it’s a fun, catchy tune that boldly promotes body acceptance – or body celebration – even if you aren’t a “size two.”  Other say that it reinforces a superficial and misogynistic view of women. The positive message of this controversial song may […] Read more »

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An Interview With Chiara Mazzucco, CEO and Editor-in-Chief of Indie Chicks

By on 08/20/2014

Women’s magazines don’t usually don’t interest me with their barrage of diets and gravity-defying, bun-tightening fitness routines juxtaposed next to recipes and fashion models. Then I came across a women’s magazine and blog that’s trying to be different: The Indie Chicks.  Ok, I thought, an inner badass could be quite useful. Intrigued by Indie Chick’s fresh voice and attitude, I interviewed Chiara Mazzucco, CEO, Editor-in-Chief, to […] Read more »

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Our New Binge Eating Pathway Series

By on 08/19/2014

Out of control. Depression. Shame. These are feelings women who binge eat know all too well. But there is something you can do right now to take your life in a new direction. If you struggle with Binge Eating, sometimes known as Compulsive Eating, we have a new series at Green Mountain at Fox Run. New Binge Eating Pathway℠ Series Pathway is a brand […] Read more »

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