Your Pace Is THE Pace (How I Faced a Spinning Instructor – and Won)

Spinning classes have the power to elicit feelings of misery and shame, as well as primal rage aimed at the instructor – which is why I haven’t been on a spinning bike in years. However, a colleague asked if I would participate in a spinathon fundraiser for a local charity. Now, riding a stationary bike for […]

Using Science as a Springboard for Diving into the Unknown

Let’s face it – when it comes to creating change, having ‘proof’ that an approach works helps entering the unknown a little less daunting. Who doesn’t want assurances that our hard work will be rewarded? Making that Leap of Faith Less Scary At Green Mountain we understand that taking a leap of faith into the […]

I Feel Good! Taking a Different Approach to Weight Loss

I feel good.  Go figure. I mean, really, I didn’t expect to feel so good.  When I enrolled in Green Mountain’s program, I expected to find a new diet, a new miracle cure or some secret equation to help me lose weight.  There, I admit it! A Different Approach to Weight Loss My focus when […]

Is Fast or Slow Weight Loss Better?

If you go by the way the most recent study looking at this question is being discussed, you’d think hands down that quick weight loss is the way to go. Study: Fast vs Gradual Weight Loss In Phase 1, ‘Fast’ Group Lost More Weight The study divided 200 participants into two groups: fast weight loss and gradual weight […]

I Know I’m Taking Care of Myself When…

Six small letters, one simple word Weight. For most of my life, this “simple” word has had an extraordinarily heavy meaning for me. No matter my size, the numbers on the scale, the numbers on my jeans, and the numbers in my head, they never added up to a healthy equation. What do these numbers […]

Weight Loss Fraud – What a Surprise – Not!

FTC Cracks Down on Weight Loss Fraud On the heels of our Slim Chance Awards, which called out the most egregious weight loss schemes of 2013, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) this week charged four companies with weight loss fraud. Sensa, the makers of a powder that you sprinkle to your food to “make you […]

Winter Fitness & Fun for Healthy Weights

A Texas girl finds winter fun in Vermont Up here in Vermont, you might say that we have no choice but to look with fondness at winter sports. Winter lasts a while here, and if you’re going to be stuck inside the whole time, it becomes interminable. But as a girl from Texas, I could […]

Nominate The Worst Weight Loss Schemes of 2013

Another Day, Another Diet Do you just shake your head when you see an insane infomercial for yet another weight loss product? Or do you get frustrated when you hear a friend tell you she is starting a ridiculous diet that you know will make her struggles worse? Now is the time to help Green […]

The Biggest Loser: The Case of the Caffeine Pills

If it wasn’t clear already, after this week it should be. “The Biggest Loser” is not about health. It’s not about fitness. It’s not about long-lasting, long-term strategies for weight management. It’s about losing weight at all costs. I don’t watch the show, but paid some attention to it this week because of First Lady […]

Shaking Good-or-Bad Thinking (and Weight Struggles?) for Good

We talk a lot about all-or-nothing thinking and good-or-bad thinking on our blog because it’s a big deal. After so many years of subscribing to this school of thought, whether we even know it or not, it’s hard to shake – like a lingering cold. But shake it we must, for it only draws out […]

Healthy Headlines: What’s The News That’s Fit to Print?

I’m not sure if the trend is really all that new… news organizations feeling they have to entertain to be newsy, but is it necessary to smack us over the head with shocking (and schlocky) proclamations just to get our attention? Especially when it comes to health-related studies and findings? There must be quantifiable data which supports the idea […]

Fiona Apple: Is Her Weight Anyone’s Business?

Fiona Apple is one of my favorite female artists. Very rarely do I click on any of the headlines from my MSN home page, but seeing that she had fans commenting about her health status during one of her recent shows piqued my interest. Apparently, mid-set the fan yelled out “Fiona get healthy, we want to see […]

40 Ways to Add More Movement to Your Life

Today’s blog post was written by Monica Preisig, Green Mountain fitness intern, and is part of our top-40 series to mark Green Mountain’s 40th anniversary. Opportunistic Exercise Whether you are feeling stuck and unmotivated with your fitness routine, or are struggling with being active at all, one of the things we recommend at Green Mountain […]

Fitness Friday: Truly Legit Reasons to Exercise

Today’s post by Jill C originally ran earlier this year, and I thought it was especially relevant given an amazing image that was being shared around Facebook yesterday that was created by This is Not a Diet – It’s Your Life. Read below about how Jill was able to stop using exercise as a diet […]

Foodie Friday Video: Find YOUR Filling Breakfast

One of the many life-changing things I learned at Green Mountain (what I call a weight loss retreat, not a weight loss spa, because it is so much more than that) was to eat a satisfying and filling breakfast – one preferably consisting of 2-3 servings of carbohydrates and 1-2 proteins, depending on what works for you […]

Weight Loss-Think Healthy Weight Week

“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 […]

Compassionate listening-a gift to yourself and others

Compassion for those around us and for ourselves can  decrease stress during the holidays. At Green Mountain at Fox Run,  our healthy weight loss retreat in Vermont, we have been talking about how self compassion can decrease depression and negative self talk and increase communication in relationships. Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D. wrote an article on her blog […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday – An Idea for Lousy Fruit

Sometimes, no matter how conscientiously you pick out your produce, you end up with something that just isn’t delicious. Twice this summer, I have carefully selected melons which were unblemished, seemed heavy and hollow, and then cut them open only to find they were just icky.  The watermelon had a rubbery texture; the cantaloupe was […]

For the Love of Food

“For the want of a nail, the shoe was lost.  For the want of the shoe, a horse was lost.” This post is about something near and dear to my heart: food.  I love it.  And so do many of the women we work with at Green Mountain.  Likely, many of you do, too.  I […]

Balance: The Plate Model for Food and Soul

Balance is the opposite of busyness. Busyness increases stress, interrupts self-care and distracts us from adding balance to our lives. In today’s post we’ll check out the plate model for the body and the healthy platter model for the mind and see how both  can show us a way to calibrate without counting calories or […]