Green Mountain at Fox Run http://www.fitwoman.com Women's Weight Loss Spa Retreat for Healthy Living Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:49:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Thanksgiving in Vermont http://www.fitwoman.com/blog/2014/10/21/thanksgiving-vermont/ http://www.fitwoman.com/blog/2014/10/21/thanksgiving-vermont/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:00:17 +0000 http://www.fitwoman.com/?p=28710 Does Thanksgiving stress you out? The thought of all the food…all that shopping, cooking, then struggling to enjoy it without worry? Thanksgiving Getaways Well, you’re in luck. We’ve planned special 4- and 7-Day Thanksgiving Getaways just for you! We love Thanksgiving at Green Mountain. Each year, we host a traditional Thanksgiving meal as part of our acclaimed non-diet healthy weight […] Read more »

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Thanksgiving Getaway in VermontDoes Thanksgiving stress you out? The thought of all the food…all that shopping, cooking, then struggling to enjoy it without worry?

Thanksgiving Getaways

Well, you’re in luck. We’ve planned special 4- and 7-Day Thanksgiving Getaways just for you!

We love Thanksgiving at Green Mountain. Each year, we host a traditional Thanksgiving meal as part of our acclaimed non-diet healthy weight program. In our supportive environment , our participants savor the wonderful food as well as the company of like-minded women who understand the struggle with food and eating.

When joining us at Thanksgiving, you can E.A.T.:

Escape to the calming serenity and beauty of Vermont this season. Take time to catch your breath, refresh and renew with regular physical activity before the busyness of the holidays.

Absorb the teachings of a pioneering non-diet mindful eating program and the support of like-minded women who can help you put in place a self-care strategy to serve you well through the holidays and beyond.

Taste the deliciousness of the traditional Thanksgiving foods you love, eaten in a way that makes you feel well – turkey, stuffing, gravy, potatoes, vegetables, cranberry sauce and, yes, pumpkin pie. And you won’t have to lift a finger! Just a fork, and maybe a knife and spoon.

Black Friday Shopping 2014

Plus, this year we’re featuring Black Friday shopping so you can enjoy the unique shopping opportunities of Vermont. If you don’t want to shop, we’ll have a full day of programming also.

So join us to immerse yourself in the country’s only approach to health and fitness tailored for women that’s FUN, liberating and doable!

If you have questions, give us a call at 800.448.8106. Or email us at info@fitwoman.com.


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Is Fast or Slow Weight Loss Better? http://www.fitwoman.com/blog/2014/10/17/fast-slow-weight-loss-better/ http://www.fitwoman.com/blog/2014/10/17/fast-slow-weight-loss-better/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 18:48:36 +0000 http://www.fitwoman.com/?p=28716 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 loss. It found in Phase […] Read more »

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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

fast or slow weight lossIn Phase 1, ‘Fast’ Group Lost More Weight

The study divided 200 participants into two groups: fast weight loss and gradual weight loss. It found in Phase 1 of the study that more in the fast weight loss group lost 12.5% of their body weight in the allotted time (81% vs 50%).

But hold on a minute…

In Phase 2, Both Groups Regained All The Lost Weight

Yet….read the headline in Forbes

“Another Diet Myth Exploded:
Gradual Weight Loss No Better Than Rapid Weight Loss”.

Wouldn’t you think it would be more accurate to say:

“Another Diet Myth Exploded: Diets REALLY Don’t Work!”?

Short-Term Results May Lead To Long-Term Health Consequences

I don’t have access to the complete study, but the quotes in the Forbes post disturb me:


“They cite a number of potential short-term advantages of very low calorie diets and note that these diets are now well formulated and provide adequate protein and essential micronutrients. They are “safe if used under expert supervision.” 

Short-term advantages? I would love to know what those are if people just end up regaining weight they work so hard to lose. And the yo-yo diet cycle is associated with chronic inflammation, NOT a good thing for our health.


“...our results show that achieving a weight loss target of 12.5% is more likely, and drop-out is lower, if losing weight is done quickly.”

Yeah, but if they just go on to gain it all back, no matter whether you lose it slowly or quickly, you end up in the same place.

For Long-Term Weight Management, Focus On Health

I have a hard time with the logic here. But in this day where people walk around with weight bias blinders on, and think that weight loss at any cost is worth it, I’m not surprised.

That’s not to say that weight loss is impossible. It’s the result of intentionally trying to lose weight that this study describes.

When it occurs as a side effect — weight loss that happens because it’s right for your body as it gets healthy through living well and not dieting, obsessing about food or your body, or resolving one of the other many factors that may negatively affect our health — then it’s more likely to stay gone.

I’m going for a walk now. Reading this study leaves me in need of some serious stress management.


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Wow! You’ve Lost Weight! http://www.fitwoman.com/blog/2014/10/16/wow-youve-lost-weight/ http://www.fitwoman.com/blog/2014/10/16/wow-youve-lost-weight/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 13:00:02 +0000 http://www.fitwoman.com/?p=28509 “Wow!  You’ve lost weight!”  I was sitting at the Ford agency waiting for a repair on my car.  A salesman walking by recognized one of his customers, stepped into the waiting room and blurted out the observation. Have You Ever Commented On Someone’s Weight Loss? Before my stay at Green Mountain, I would have quickly figured out a way to tactfully ask […] Read more »

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“Wow!  You’ve lost weight!”  I was sitting at the Ford agency waiting for a repair on my car.  A salesman walking by recognized one of his customers, stepped into the waiting room and blurted out the observation.

Have You Ever Commented On Someone’s Weight Loss?

Before my stay at Green Mountain, I would have quickly figured out a way to tactfully ask how she did it, how she found the Holy Grail that I’ve been searching for my whole life.

Instead, I marveled at the intimate nature of the question between two acquaintances, shocked that the comment was his “lead’ instead of a more inappropriate greeting.  “Hey, how’ve you been” would have been just fine.

“I’ve been sick” was the reply.  Aha!  Vindicated!

I watched the salesman backpedal, stammer and beat a quick retreat.  Serves him right.  But, let’s face it, just a few short weeks ago I would have made the same observation and pleaded for the miracle diet, the one I haven’t been on yet.  Is that even possible?  I don’t think so, I’ve tried them all.

Weight Loss Industry Makes Billions Off Diet Failures

setbacks are only challenges in disguiseThe annual global revenue of the weight-loss industry, including diet books, diet drugs and weight-loss surgeries, has been estimated to be in the $60 billion range.

Marsha mentioned that figure during a class I recently took at Green Mountain and I got to thinking, gee, how’d it get so big?  I mean, if they worked, the industry wouldn’t have grown so large, right?

If even one of those diets or fads worked, wouldn’t it kind of put the industry out of business?  Makes you think.

How sad that my fellow service customer had experienced a substantial weight loss through sickness. Had she lost it through dieting, though, she would have only gained it back.  I should know, I’ve lost the same 30 pounds no less than three times in my adult life only to regain it.    I’m hoping, however, that the education and understanding I absorbed at Green Mountain will keep me from doing the weight roller coaster and lead me to a life of consistent health and weight stability.

It’s week two of my journey and I’ve hit a few snags.

The weekend was tough. I ate healthily and mindfully all week and felt really good about my efforts.  After several glasses of wine with dinner Saturday night, I went home, waited until my husband went to bed and devoured half a bag of potato chips.

Not the best choice for my new outlook, I know.  I closed the bag, turned it upside down once so the remaining chips would kind of fan out making the bag look fuller, placed it back in the cabinet in the exact place and went to bed.

Learning From My Lapse And Letting It “Be”

When I woke up, there it was, that guilty feeling.  Negative self-talk was close behind. I decided to do something I’ve never done before – I told my husband what I had done.

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Thankfully, his response was ”Okay, that’s over.  Today is a new day.  Step right back into the center of your new path and look forward, not back”.

Thank you, John.  Thank you, Green Mountain.  Thank you, Self, for letting the lapse “be” and moving forward, instead of feeling like a failure.

Instead of identifying a failure, I identified a trigger (alcohol) and support (my husband).

Not a bad week, huh?


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Holiday Webinar: Take the Fear Out of Food! http://www.fitwoman.com/blog/2014/10/15/holiday-take-fear-food/ http://www.fitwoman.com/blog/2014/10/15/holiday-take-fear-food/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 13:00:39 +0000 http://www.fitwoman.com/?p=28539 Say the word “holidays” and women with weight worries start to fidget. How will I be able to avoid all the foods I love but that are so high in X (fill in the blank as to the food ingredient of worry). How can I avoid those holiday parties — I’m too fat and I hate how I look. All […] Read more »

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Say the word “holidays” and women with weight worries start to fidget.

  • holiday webinar - take the fear out of foodHow will I be able to avoid all the foods I love but that are so high in X (fill in the blank as to the food ingredient of worry).
  • How can I avoid those holiday parties — I’m too fat and I hate how I look.
  • All my fitness plans go out the window during the holidays — and that definitely means I’ll gain weight.
  • That means the family is going to get together. I’m so tired of my family’s comments on my eating and weight.

Clearly, for many of us the holidays aren’t what they were meant to be.

Is Holiday Weight Gain Inevitable?

This wasn’t always the case. Not until people started dieting did issues like the above become such a problem.

In truth, the problems above still only occur for those who worry about their weight.

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A study in the New England Journal of Medicine a few years ago showed that Americans gain, on average, only one pound between Thanksgiving and New Years. And if you’re up on a mindful, intuitive eating approach, you’ll know that that extra pound easily disappears when people return to their normal way of eating.


As Dr. Alan Wayler, our executive director, has long said, “It’s not what happens between Thanksgiving and New Years. It’s what goes on the rest of the year.”

It’s Different for Weight Worriers

The study showed, however, that higher-weight people were likely to gain more weight during that time — more than 5 pounds on average.

Why the difference?

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There are no studies that I know of that answer that question. But my guess would be that higher-weight people are often dieters. And dieting means restricting. And restricting means overeating.

Combine that with the wonderful foods and stresses of the holidays and you definitely have a recipe for weight gain.

Learn How To Change The Picture This Holiday Season

Join us next Wednesday, October 22, at 12:30 pm ET, for our webinar on how to take the fear out of eating this holiday season and add back in the F-U-N.

webinar scheduleWe’ll discuss:

  • How letting your body guide you in what you really want to eat helps you eat those special treats of the holidays in a way that leaves you feeling good.
  • Why fitness routines fizzle during the holidays and why something is better than nothing.
  • How to manage holiday food choices based on what you enjoy without feeling out of control.
  • How the pressure about what you “should” and “shouldn’t” eat only enhances the “forbidden fruit” response.

Hope you’ll join us!


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