What Do You Need to Hear Right Now? From Self-Criticism to Self-Compassion

When I bring up the concept of self-compassion to people, without fail, the same question always comes up: [quote]“But what if I’m not doing well at (fill in the blank)?  Shouldn’t I be hard on myself to do better?”[/quote] My response is generally the same: “Well, how has being hard on yourself motivated you to […]

Journaling for Change: Finding Success One Blog at a Time

Journaling is not my thing. I like to write and I’ve been lucky enough to find outlet for my writing but I don’t particularly like journaling. I tried it once and it didn’t go well. I was pregnant. I know what you’re thinking…[quote]Who the hell decides to write down their innermost feelings while riding the […]

Success Spelled with a Capital S of Support

Five weeks out and things are going about as I thought they would – some really great days when I eat healthy food in a mindful way, stay attentive to my hunger cues and get in some meaningful exercise. Then there are those other days – the ones where I find myself grabbing a bite […]

The Life Lessons of Golf: What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger

As I stared at the golf ball and stood in golf swing stance, I began mentally preparing myself for the probable failure of making contact with the ball. Three better golfers (one is a 10 handicap player – no pressure) stood patiently waiting as I took too long to run through the mantra: relax the […]

How to Navigate the In Between

Do you sometimes find yourself surviving rather than thriving in life – restlessly existing in what I call the “in- between”? In between what you want out of life compared to how your life actually looks? Finding Self-Compassion While Striving For Change We want more friends, more love, a better job, a smaller waistline, more […]

Find Your Healthy Weight Day

Change your thoughts, change your life We’ve all heard that. Finding your healthy weight depends on knowing all sorts of ways to stay balanced and nourished, even beyond what you eat or how you choose to move your body. But what we think and what we tell ourselves also impacts our emotions. I heard Dr. […]

How to Be Happy Now

Happiness – The Be All End All If you really think about it, being happy is the ultimate goal, the reason we might strive to do almost anything. Everyone wants to be happy. Why would I want to take care of health?  So I can be well enough in old age to enjoy my retirement […]

Weight Stigma Webinar: When Liking Your Body Seems Impossible

Weight stigma – judgment or stereotyping based on a person’s weight, shape or size – is everywhere we turn. With this epidemic of shaming people about their bodies, is it any wonder that women who struggle with eating and weight often find it nearly impossible to like their bodies? According to Marsha Hudnall, MS, RD, […]

An Introduction to Self-Bullying

For the longest time I thought that most people treated themselves the way that I used to, and unfortunately sometimes still do treat myself. I was confused between “being hard on myself” in order to better the concept of “me” and bullying myself. When I think of the word “bully” I think of a playground, […]

Are You Living the Life You Want?

Bombardment. Social Media. Brainwash. Photoshop. Shame. Self Doubt. This is the world that women are born into, struggle to survive in and die with.  And the secret that many of us hold close to our hearts, try  not to say out loud and hope that no one else sees it is “I am not enough.” […]

Excuse Me, Where’s Your Affirmation Room?

“Excuse me, I need to use my affirmation room,” I said to a friend on the phone the other night. She laughed and asked me what the heck an affirmation room is. “The bathroom,” I clarified…”It’s a Green Mountain thing.” Darla, Green Mountain’s behavioral psychologist, encourages us to use the bathroom as our “affirmation room,” […]

Can Kindness Stop Weight Gain?

Sing, Cheer, Pray. Creating positive self talk in your head is a step toward kindness, which interrupts the cycle of self loathing – overeating – self loathing that can lead to weight gain. The more negative self talk and self hate we engage in, the worse we feel, the more we eat to cope, the […]

Loving Ourselves, Our Lives: Tips for Stopping Waiting, Hating and Starting to Live

Although every week is a celebrate-your-body week at Green Mountain, it has been a special one this week because we’ve hosted the original body image warrior Mara Glatzel, a masters level clinical social worker and self-love coach.  During this week titled “Stop Waiting, Stop Hating, Start Living,” she’s led Green Mountain participants on a week-long […]

Being Assertive without Being Aggressive

For our #gmKISS (Keep It Simple, Sweetheart) focus this month, I’m going to take on the topic of assertiveness . I feel that assertiveness is elemental to gaining and keeping a feeling of control in your life and your eating. I’ll talk about a few specific topics within that range: Saying ‘no’ (or words to […]

Change Your Thinking: Startle Yourself with Surprises!

Let little gems be your big rewards. Savor the surprise of tasting the food at tonight's party and enjoying every bite and noticing when you have had enough. Savor the surprise of achieving your fitness goals for five days in a row with nary an internal nag. Savor the surprise of doing even very small […]

Support Healthy Self Talk & Choice with Your Enough-O-Meter: A Green Mountain KISS

e-nough: adj. Sufficient to meet a need or satisfy a desire. Oh, all those after-the-holiday sales. They kind of make you forget that you really don’t need the stuff of fantastic bargains. At some point you reach the decision point that enough is enough. How do you make that decision? Likely it will not be […]

Preventing Relapse: Emergency Procedures for Getting Back on Track

For those of us still working to learn how to listen to and trust our internal cues, the holidays can be a challenging time.  When we overdo — and it’s almost guaranteed that we’ll overdo a bit during this time of wonderful, not-the-usual food in abundance — if we drop back into our old habits […]

Creating Affirmations to Add Positive Self-Talk to Our Lives

Today’s post is again by Darla Breckenridge, our psychologist-masters at Green Mountain. It’s a follow-up to last week’s post on turning your bathroom into an affirmation room. Caught in a cycle of negative self-talk and criticism?  Try creating affirmations that allow you to be focused in the present moment, not thinking about the past and […]