The Binge Eating Diaries: Freedom from Too Tight Clothes

Who Wears the Pants? Once we kick the concept of diets to the curb, say goodbye to calorie counting, and stop restricting… there’s a period of bliss. The chains are gone. Our wings start growing back. We’re free. We’re FREE. We start enjoying things we had scribbled on the “bad” list for years. Our taste […]

Whitney Thore’s Successful Journey to Overcome Negative Body Image

Did you say the F-word? When it comes to self-acceptance, a self-described ‘fat and fabulous’ woman is getting national attention because she is choosing to live her life and pursue her passions in the body she has today. What a concept. So many women who struggle with their weight put aspects of their lives on […]

Healthy Weight Week: Try the Media Diet!

Diet Industry Insanity While standing in the supermarket line waiting to check out, I see rows of magazines promising rapid weight loss – and all of them are aimed at women. To quote social activist Marge Piercy in an article she wrote addressing America’s obsession with weight loss…”sometimes I think we have all gone insane.’ […]

Body Image and Beauty Redefined

Taking Back Beauty for Females Everywhere Today’s Q&A is with Lexie Kite, PhD, and Lindsay Kite, PhD, who founded the website Beauty Redefined, dedicated to taking back beauty for females everywhere by teaching them to rethink the ideas of “beautiful” and “healthy” they’ve learned from for-profit media that thrive off female insecurity. As a non-diet […]

The Binge Eating Diaries: Dressing for Today

Exposing Body Image Issues and their Impact on Binge Eating [div class=”callout-right”]Jacki Monaco is a Green Mountain alum who blogs about  overcoming binge eating disorder. Her story was featured on CNN.com.[end-div] I vividly remember being 70 pounds heavier than I am now in long sleeves and long pants… when it was hot as hell outside. […]

Healthy Weight Pioneers: The 2014 Healthy Body Image Award

It was the 80s and weight loss diet mania was in full swing. Low-carbohydrate diets, spearheaded by the book Dr. Atkins’ Diet Revolution, were the rage. At the end of the decade, L.A. Weight Loss Centers opened in 49 states, Canada and Europe to spread the word of low-carb weight loss, and also sell diet […]

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. […]

Body Transformation Starts with Your Head

How you feel about your body may be keeping you from the body you want As in, you can’t get there from here (at least if how you feel about your body means that you are mired in shame, self-criticism, and a pervasive sense of not-good-enough). Those are feelings that transform… but not into anything […]

Did You See Her Thigh Gap?

Model Robyn Lawley Doesn’t Have A Thigh Gap Some Say This Model Is Fat. She Gives Such A Perfect Response That Even Ellen Degeneres Applauds. Okay, this is a thing now apparently. Like a thing young women are striving for when they go on diets – getting the perfect thigh gap. So, now the body ideal we […]

Is This All About Shame?

Having worked with clients for decades around many, many things, including how to calm down dynamics around the ways we feed ourselves and how we feel toward our bodies, I’ve long wondered, “Is this all about shame?” In every woman’s story of how she feels betrayed by her own hand when she hurts herself with […]

Getting to Know Green Mountain Therapist, Lisa Claudia Briggs

Recently, Lisa Claudia Briggs joined the Green Mountain team as Behavior Leader. Get to know her in this Q&A. Starting in October, Lisa will be blogging on Mondays. What brought you to Green Mountain? I’ve known and admired the work done at Green Mountain for a long time. I was here as a participant 32 […]

To Love Your Body, Try This with a Mirror

“Mirror, Mirror Off the Wall: How I Learned to Love My Body by Not Looking at It for a Year“ tells the story of UCLA doctoral student Kjerstin Gruy’s quest for personal growth and self-acceptance. As she started shopping for wedding dresses during her engagement, she found herself struggling to maintain a positive body image […]

Fat Talk Carries a Price Tag

Fat talk assails us in dressing rooms, mirror looking and on the stage between our ears. Frequently and for some of us constantly. These jeans look terrible on me.  My thighs are just huge.  Do you think I look fat?  In the NY Times article Fat Talk Compels but Carries a Cost Jan Hoffman writes […]

Fitness Friday: Meet the Team!

This year, we added another member to our fitness team. In this Q&A, get to know Green Mountain fitness specialist, Masha Proshutina. Not to be confused with Marsha Hudnall, our fearless co-owner and president. What are the chances of having a Masha and a Marsha on our team? We don’t know, but we like it! […]

Swimsuit Season: Try on Self Compassion

Memorial Day, officially founded to remember the sacrifices by those in the military who have died while serving their country, has unofficially come to mark the beginning of swimsuit season. As well as the calendar date many women have circled in red for when they want to be “bikini ready.” As it often goes with […]

Our Turn to B**ch about Abercrombie & Fitch

Okay, so it’s not likely that many of us are shopping at Abercrombie & Fitch to start with (I think the pulsing music and disco lights may be a deterrent to the 20+ crowd), but this week it was confirmed that the CEO doesn’t want the majority of us there anyway. According to an article […]

Self-Bullying Isn’t Just About Us

Self-Bullying, on the surface, is about a person hurting just themselves. Or is it? What I sometimes fail to recognize when I’m in a self-bullying battle is that I’m not the only person that I hurt. When I talk down to myself, neglect my desires and needs, and push my self-esteem down with all of my […]

Is Dove’s Real Beauty Campaign Sketchy?

There’s a lot of buzz on the internet over the new Dove ad, “Real Beauty Sketches.” If you haven’t seen it, take a look. Many are questioning whether the commercial in its attempt to address real women’s issues around self-esteem and body image is actually depicting the average woman at all. Some are asking us […]

Guest Blog & Giveaway: Six Ways to Leave Self-Defeat Behind

Lately, we’ve been talking about what you can do when body positivity feels impossible. Today we feature a guest post from author Rosie Molinary on six ways to leave self-defeat behind and move toward self-belief. Too many of us do it: berate and belittle ourselves until what’s left is simply defeat. Eradicating negative self-talk (from […]

Fitness Friday: Experiencing My First Nia Class

Today’s post is by Green Mountain fitness intern Melissa on experiencing her first Nia class. During my first week as a fitness intern at Green Mountain, I was fortunate to be able to go through the Green Mountain program with our participants. Looking at the schedule, one of the classes that intrigued me the most […]