Weighing In on Weighing In: Tales of Recovery from the Scale

I’m in recovery from scale abuse. You know what I’m talking about — constantly weighing myself, trying to figure out my eating and my life based on how much I weigh. [div class=”callout-left”]Read This Related Article: Why the Scale Sucks: A Cautionary Tale[end-div]I’ve been in recovery for decades. I like to even think that I’m […]

The 9 Top Tips For a Fun, Healthy & Balanced Summer

I’ve always loved the song Summer Breeze by Seals and Croft. It conveys the light, airy feel of a carefree, happy summer moment. Breathe that thought in for a minute. Feels good, doesn’t it? Keeping A Healthy Balance Can Be Challenging In Summer But summers can sometimes be even more distracting and demanding than other […]

Saying “It’s a Lifestyle Change” Might Hurt More than Help

So, You Are Ready to Switch to a Healthy Lifestyle Or at least a healthier lifestyle. That’s wonderful! But I recommend considering if “lifestyle change” is what you want to call it. In my time working at Green Mountain and making many positive changes in my life, there is one thing I have discovered. I […]

Health at My Size

As we get closer to Health Weight Week, from January 19-25, we wanted to re-share one of our most popular guest blog posts from 2013. Kate from the blog “This Is Not a Diet, It’s My Life” writes about health at her size. Hello, my name is Kate and I am a recovered yo-yo dieter. […]

Energy Makers, Fakers and Takers

Are you the giver in many of the relationships you are in? Do you often find yourself thinking, “They really never have time to listen to me or I don’t believe that I am worthy of them listening to me.” Do you find yourself giving to others to the point of depletion? Is food the […]

40 Ways to Measure Success Beyond the Scale

Today’s blog post is part of our top-40 series to mark Green Mountain’s 40th anniversary. So you’ve been trying to eat more healthfully and walk to work everyday. To see the difference it’s making, you get on the scale. As the scale bounces numbers around and then finally settles, you jump off the scale and […]

Why the Scale Sucks: A Cautionary Tale

Back in January, I announced I was doing Jillian Michaels’ 30-Day-Shred. I’m about halfway through, my ambition waning somewhat in March after a strong start in January and February. If I retrace my progress, I am pretty sure I can link my “waning ambition” back to an unfortunate incident with a scale. Although my primary […]

What Kind of “Springer” Are You?

An extra hour of daylight…woo hoo! So what is it about “springing ahead” that can feel like renewal and a new beginning (more so than the New Year), or can catapult us into the “spring blues?” Whichever kind of “springer” you are, how can you use that hour to re-energize yourself? For many of us, […]

Fashion Friday: Inspirational Jewelry for Exercise Motivation!

Fitspiration: Wearable Motivation One of my friends tattooed her wrist with the letters M-O-V-E. What a great idea, I thought! Body art as fitness inspiration and exercise motivation! But for those of us less bold or afraid of needles, I think inspirational jewelry can serve as a continuous reminder to take care of ourselves in […]

11 Ideas to Help You Fly in 2013

New Year, here we come. Yet again we can spend precious time focusing on weight loss or we can explore other ways to  live more fully this year, and yes, even reduce stress. When expectations are unrealistic, or the clutter gets too great, or the to-do list gets too long, it is easy to move […]

Six Holiday Energy Booster Tips

Do you already feel worn out from the holidays? Are you wishing you could fast forward through December to a time you won’t feel as stressed or tired? Even in the midst of all the holiday madness, there are a few easy things you can do to prevent stress, create energy and feel great. #1 […]

Overeaters, There Is Hope

Overeaters, there is hope. There is hope to change your out of control feelings around food. There is hope to move again. There is hope to stop hating your body. There is some hopeful new research by Boehm JK, Kubzansy LD at Harvard School of Public Health that links positive psychological well-being with a decrease […]

Resistant to Exercise? It May Be How You Think About It

“I don’t want to go to my appointment with my trainer.” “I hate walking.” “I should go swimming, but I’d rather not.” It is statements like these that take us down the slippery slope into inertia, funky feelings, “the pits”.  We can feel pressured, required, and “shoulded” to do what is good for us. So […]

Fitness Friday Book Review: The Fat Chick Works Out!

A book review by Green Mountain alum, Jill C. “The Fat Chick Works Out” Author Jeanette DePatie is a Health at Every Size (HAES) advocate and exercise instructor who wants you to rediscover movement and the powerful benefits it can bring to you at your current size. Those immediate benefits can include a lower risk […]

Fitness Friday: My Fitness Inspiration

Following the Olympics, I saw dozens of athletes who inspire me. Missy Franklin – what a phenom! Gabby Douglas – did you see her on the balance beam? Usain Bolt – do I even need to say anything? But my real fitness inspiration, or fit-spiration, is someone just like you and me. In fact, you […]

Fitness Friday: Five Reasons to “Go Take a Hike”

Many women who come to Green Mountain reconnect to exercise and rediscover their joy of movement by just being more active outdoors again. Volleyball games, walking the logging trail, and shorter hikes are among the most popular activities here. I personally love hiking – you can take in the beauty of nature and the health […]

Stress: Restricting Self Care

As stress increases, self care decreases. So the more stress we have, the less likely we are to make time for ourselves. As food restriction increases, bingeing increases. So the more we restrict, the more vulnerable we are to bingeing. Learning how to habituate self care is so important when working to manage stress and […]

Too Fat For Yoga? Think Again!

There are more resources than ever about yoga for plus-size women. Green Mountain at Fox Run interviews Anna Guest-Jelley, founder of Curvy Yoga, about why it’s great for every shape, size and ability. Namaste! Anna, why did you start practicing yoga? I think some kind of bodily discomfort (pain, injury, inflexibility, etc.) brings many people […]

Healthy Eating Book Review & Giveaway: But I Deserve This Chocolate

Alum Jill C reviews “But I Deserve This Chocolate,” a book on the excuses we make that prevent us from living a healthy life. We’ll be giving away one copy on Friday, April 20, through random drawing, which you can enter by leaving a VALID e-mail address and telling us why you want the book […]

Binge and Breath

Binging or mindlessly eating leads us to self loathing and not tasting our food in the moment. The more mindless we are, the more shallowly we breathe. At Green Mountain , women’s weight loss program, we practice remembering to breathe by taking 3 deep breaths every time we go to the bathroom. In this way we […]