Green Mountain at Fox Run http://www.fitwoman.com Women's Weight Loss Spa Retreat for Healthy Living Fri, 19 Sep 2014 19:40:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Weight Stigma Awareness Week 2014 Starts Monday! http://www.fitwoman.com/blog/2014/09/18/weight-stigma-awareness-week-2014/ http://www.fitwoman.com/blog/2014/09/18/weight-stigma-awareness-week-2014/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:00:55 +0000 http://www.fitwoman.com/?p=28128 Next week marks the third annual Weight Stigma Awareness Week, sponsored by the Binge Eating Disorder Association (of which I am privileged to serve as a board member). Weight Stigma: Judging People By Their Body Size Weight stigma is an insidious yet pervasive problem in today’s world. It comes out of the judgment about body size, the judgment about a […] Read more »

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weight stigma awareness weekNext week marks the third annual Weight Stigma Awareness Week, sponsored by the Binge Eating Disorder Association (of which I am privileged to serve as a board member).

Weight Stigma: Judging People By Their Body Size

Weight stigma is an insidious yet pervasive problem in today’s world. It comes out of the judgment about body size, the judgment about a person’s health based on their body size, the judgment that people are somehow “less” if they are different than the societal ideal.

People have come in all shapes and sizes since the dawn of mankind. Yet as I write, there’s an often unrecognized “opinion” that there’s something wrong with us if we don’t fit the mold.

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That “opinion” is often at the root of struggles with eating and weight. And it’s one that is often lodged deeply inside each of us, as we’ve grown up hearing these messages and have internalized them to the point that we think we’re unacceptable, too. It’s not just the opinion of others.

Weight Stigma Drives Unhealthy Practices To Change Our Bodies

When we think like this, we often find ourselves engaging in unhealthy practices in an attempt to change our bodies. And often we do see change. Except it’s not what we’re looking for. When they diet, most often women end up gaining weight, not losing it. The intentional pursuit of weight loss doesn’t get you where you want to go the vast majority of the time.

That’s not to say that smaller body sizes aren’t right for some of us. But the only way we know that is by letting our bodies find their right place naturally, not trying to force them through unsustainable and hence unhealthy means. In essence, that’s what the Green Mountain program is all about. Helping you find your natural healthy weight and stay there. And it happen as a by-product of living well.

Stay Tuned For More Weight Stigma Awareness Week Activities

I’ll be posting next week about some of the Weight Stigma Awareness Week activities and issues surrounding them. But in the meantime, check out what’s in store here.

I have a post coming up during the week, talking about how when we “take weight stigma off our plate,” healthy eating is a much easier thing to do.

‘Til next week!

Marsha

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7 Ways to Stay Fit This Fall http://www.fitwoman.com/blog/2014/09/17/7-ways-stay-fit-fall/ http://www.fitwoman.com/blog/2014/09/17/7-ways-stay-fit-fall/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:00:46 +0000 http://www.fitwoman.com/?p=28097 Fall is in the air. The colors are starting their annual change to the multicolored hues that descend Okemo Mountain, the ski area we look out on from our perch on the opposite mountain. It’s a glorious sight each year. Family Fitness Then there’s apple picking, pumpkin patches to visit, and cornstalks to gather to decorate the front steps, and mums […] Read more »

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7tipsforstayingfitthisfallFall is in the air. The colors are starting their annual change to the multicolored hues that descend Okemo Mountain, the ski area we look out on from our perch on the opposite mountain. It’s a glorious sight each year.

Family Fitness

Then there’s apple picking, pumpkin patches to visit, and cornstalks to gather to decorate the front steps, and mums to buy to add even more color to an already riotous display. All perfect activities to keep the whole family fit.

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Along with that annual rite of Fall comes renewed energy for me. Actually, with every change of season, I find myself with extra energy. I want to get outside and enjoy our beautiful surroundings.

beautiful tree fungusFall’s Natural Beauty

In the fall, whether it’s walking on country roads as the leaves fall or hiking through quiet woods, stopping to look closely at the fascinating bits of nature such as the beautiful fungus I found last year growing on a fallen log, it’s invigorating. Yes, fungus can be beautiful!

I also want to do things like clean my house and sort through my clothes. Clearly, there’s something in the air…

Have Fun!

All that adds up to fun fitness, and although I may sound like a broken record when I say it again on this blog, that’s key to keeping fitness in your life. Fun fitness = motivation. If it’s not fun, who really wants to do it??

LynnAnn’s 7 Tips For Staying Fit This Fall

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Take a look at these 7 tips from LynnAnn Covell, our inspirational and fun fitness specialist at Green Mountain at Fox Run.

If you’re looking for ways to liven up your fitness routine this fall, or even just get one going, LynnAnn’s got some tips for you.

Hint: They include food, friends, fun and shopping. What could be better?


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7 Steps for Women Beginning a Yoga Practice http://www.fitwoman.com/blog/2014/09/16/7-steps-starting-yoga-practice/ http://www.fitwoman.com/blog/2014/09/16/7-steps-starting-yoga-practice/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:00:37 +0000 http://www.fitwoman.com/?p=28095 The first time my friend, Marianne, dragged me to a yoga class, I had pretty low expectations about getting anything out of the class. Personally, I had preferred a more intense type of workout that was going to make me sweat, for example like spinning or BodyPump. Arriving At Yoga Class For The First Time When I arrived for the class, […] Read more »

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beginning yogaThe first time my friend, Marianne, dragged me to a yoga class, I had pretty low expectations about getting anything out of the class. Personally, I had preferred a more intense type of workout that was going to make me sweat, for example like spinning or BodyPump.

Arriving At Yoga Class For The First Time

When I arrived for the class, I quickly noticed the other students with thin yoga sticky mats, hoping no one would notice the thick, puffy workout mat that I had brought.  I pretended to rummage through my purse as I watched trepidaciously out of the corner of my eye as everyone removed their shoes and placed their mats in the room.  It was a large room with about 25 students so I chose a spot in the back, hoping not to humiliate myself.

During the class all the postures were unfamiliar to me, with the exception of Child’s Pose, Downward Facing Dog, and Warrior II.  I spent much of my time looking at the teacher and other students.  I remember feeling embarrassed that I couldn’t touch my toes and that many of the postures were uncomfortable, especially the twists.  My arms felt short and my stomach felt big.

Trying To Think Of Nothing During Meditation

But then, something happened at the end of the class.  Savasana:  the meditation portion of the class.  Students were given the instructions to lie down and think of nothing.


“Nothing?  You mean no anticipation of what’s going to happen next?  No multi-tasking?  No worrying about what people might be thinking about my not-really-a-yoga-mat or that my poses looked awkward and uncomfortable?  You mean my job for the next 5 minutes is to JUST BE?”

I savored the first 20 or 30 seconds of quiet mind bliss.

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And then I heard some sort of siren outside.  I began to wonder about my kids.  “Were they ok?  Was that ambulance for them?  How much longer did I have to lie here and think about nothing?  Am I the only one who can’t stop thinking?”

I opened my eyes and discretely looked about the room.  Everyone else was just lying there, being still.  I heard someone lightly snoring.

I closed my eyes and thought about my breath like the teacher had instructed if we were distracted.  “Ahhh….yes.  Focused breathing.  I can do this…”  And I did…for about 30 more seconds.

And then the thoughts came back.  “How are other people able to keep their thoughts from happening?  I think my nose is itchy.  Should I scratch it or just let it drive me crazy?”  And so on….

Five minutes later the teacher rang some sort of chime, indicating class was over.  I shot right up, thankful to be released from meditation, but also noticing a calmer presence about myself.

Driving home I realized that I was relaxed, but peacefully energized – not the usual feeling of being tired and worn down following an exercise class.  And so that’s how my yoga journey began.

Tips For Those Beginning A Yoga Practice

  1. Find out what type of yoga class it is.  Look for a hatha, Iyengar or a class specifically labeled as a beginner class.
  2. Find out if you need to bring your own yoga mat or if they have some available.  Some places will charge a rental fee to use their mats.
  3. Try to eat no less than two hours before class and limit water intake right before class.
  4. Use the restroom before class.
  5. Wear comfortable clothing that can stretch.  Bring a sweatshirt to layer.
  6. Arrive early to talk to the teacher before class and let her know if you have any orthopedic issues or medical concerns so she can supply you with modifications if necessary.
  7. And most importantly -

Let go of expectations, self-judgments, and be present in the moment.


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Mindful Eating When Dining Out: Enjoy! http://www.fitwoman.com/blog/2014/09/11/mindful-eating-dining-out/ http://www.fitwoman.com/blog/2014/09/11/mindful-eating-dining-out/#comments Thu, 11 Sep 2014 13:00:59 +0000 http://www.fitwoman.com/?p=28072 If there’s one thing that strikes fear in the hearts of many of the women who come to Green Mountain, it’s eating in restaurants. That is, until they’ve gone through a week or two of our program. Then it’s a whole different experience. Change Your Dining Out Experience With A Mindful Approach After a weekend spent enjoying the delights of Vermont, […] Read more »

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If there’s one thing that strikes fear in the hearts of many of the women who come to Green Mountain, it’s eating in restaurants. That is, until they’ve gone through a week or two of our program. Then it’s a whole different experience.

Change Your Dining Out Experience With A Mindful Approach

mindful-eating-dining-outAfter a weekend spent enjoying the delights of Vermont, including eating in some of our wonderful restaurants as well as sampling the delicacies of country stores and the like, many of our participants share with us on Monday morning what a truly different experience they had with eating. It was, they agree, the result of the different approach to eating they learned and practiced all week at Green Mountain at Fox Run.

So why is it that something that is seemingly so pleasant so scary for so many before they learn the Green Mountain approach?

Why Women Fear Eating In Restaurants

In my classes here, I talk about the fact that we as a society have been set up to fear dining out, especially if you are a woman who struggles around weight.. Everywhere you turn, you run into messages that tell you to be careful what you eat — that who knows what and how much chefs add to the dishes they serve to you. And the portion sizes! Of course, the fear is based on whether the food you eat is “fattening” or not.

Relish Dining Out With Mindful Eating

What if I were to tell you that mindfully embracing eating out, enjoying what it has to offer while staying in touch with how you feel, can lead to an experience that is more than filling — it’s fulfilling!

The bottom line is something we’ve been saying for a long time now at Green Mountain. Food is one of the greatest pleasures of life, and having someone else do the cooking and cleaning can make it even more pleasurable. Add the company of good friends and family, and you’ve got an experience that far bypasses the simple act of feeding yourself. It’s about truly feeding your self well.


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