Altering the Equation for Happiness

Remember when you were in school and thought: “Why am I learning all this stuff? I’m never going to use it in the real world!” Well, you were right. Most of it you didn’t ever use. But the learning process developed critical analytical thinking that you most certainly need in life! I bring this up […]

Spring Cleaning Tips to Find Joy In Your Clothes, Body & Life

The KonMari Method I’ve recently been reading the KonMari method of “tidying” my house. After 28 years and two (now long-moved-out) kids I’ve, shall we say, filled it a bit.  And it’s driving me crazy. Last summer, I did a giveaway challenge that a Facebook friend started. In July, you had to give (or throw) […]

The Binge Eating Diaries: The Moment of Truth

I Really Thought I Was About To Binge Thursday July 24, 2014 – 6:35 PM I’m standing in front of the donut shelves at a grocery store. Right now. I’m typing this on my phone. Thursday July 24, 2014 – 9:30 PM That’s when I got a call. I’m home now. And my head is […]

5 Reasons Why Accepting Compliments is Good for Women’s Health and Self-Esteem

Why Women May Have Difficulty Accepting Compliments Have you ever given someone a compliment and then have it rejected by that person?  Or have you yourself received a compliment but then downplayed the acknowledgement?  I’ve certainly been guilty of downplaying a compliment and have also been on the flip side and had compliments that I […]

Food and Money, Part I

A month ago I stood in the middle of my favorite clothing store completely buzzed. Not on alcohol. Not on food this time. Simply put, I was high on spending. With a change of weight comes a change in wardrobe. Trips to Ann Taylor Loft, Lucy, Gap and more. Perhaps I took it a step […]

A Note of Encouragement to lululemon

There’s a story making its way around the Internet this week about a former lululemon employee who disclosed that shunning plus-size shoppers is part of the company’s business strategy (plus-size apparently is anything over size 12). Sadly, the news is reminiscent of the recent Abercrombie & Fitch fiasco, in which the CEO unapologetically admitted that […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Move that body!

Find a friend. Take a walk.  Have a conversation. Move that body!  It helps manage emotions and feels good. Exercise is becoming the new medicine. It increases life span; prevents heart disease, stroke and diabetes; lowers cancer rates and blood pressure; improves cholesterol; treats glaucoma, arthritis and osteoporosis; fights Alzheimer’s, depression and dementia; writes David […]

Can Sensuality Help Body Dissatisfaction?

“I hate my body” is a refrain I hear from women of all sizes. Body dissatisfaction oozes through our culture, bombards us with social media and chips away at our fragments of tender self esteem. As the holidays approach we are often visited by the ghosts of the past that invite us to compare ourselves […]

Weight Stigma Awareness Week: Notice Your Own Behavior First

Join Green Mountain at Fox Run as we blog about Weight Stigma Awareness Week, sponsored by the Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA). Today, we encourage you to recognize and notice your own behavior. How might you be contributing to weight stigma unknowingly? Augh! I am SO fat!! I wonder how she ever got into those […]

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 […]

Stop Hating, Stop Waiting and Start Living

In honor of Mara Glatzel, who will be doing a special workshop next week at Green Mountain called “Stop Hating, Stop Waiting and Start Living,” today we are reposting a beautiful piece she wrote for after her guest stay in January about the importance of losing the body fantasy. I think we all have one. […]

A Losing Battle: Comparing Ourselves to Others

Last week, I was obsessed with the news about Google executive, Marissa Mayer, being named the new CEO of Yahoo! Not only is Marissa a millionaire (she was Google employee #20), she’s pretty, brilliant, pregnant, and….. 37 years old.  Up until I read the part about her age, I read the story with interest like […]

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 […]

The Binge Eating Diaries: Why I Recommend an Alter Ego

This post is the second installment in “The Binge Eating Diaries” series by Green Mountain alum Jacki Monaco on her experience with binge eating disorder. Follow Jacki every other Thursday as she shares the discoveries she’s made on her journey to health and happiness. In my first blog post, I introduced myself and my journey […]

Gratitude: Make It Happen In Your Life

Can you imagine starting out your day with a thank you? Imagine connecting with your Green Mountain wins…small successes that you count, notice and hold on to. Imagine starting a sentence with I am thankful____________. Gratitude and appreciation are ways to increase your positive self talk and by definition, decrease your negative self talk. The […]

Weight Loss –The “Should”

There is something about the New Year that invites the word “should” into our hearts and minds.  “I should have de-cluttered my house last year” or “I should be thinking about weight loss as 2012 begins” or I should taking better care of myself”. I was reading  Stepping Out of the Should Trap by Jo […]

Magical Thinking and Wishes

During this holiday season, I hear many women wishing for weight loss or not having  negative feelings about their body image. This time of year the power of weight stigma becomes more soul crushing. Judgment based on size crumples the tender, budding esteem for which we are desperately searching. Deciding that we are not okay […]