Do You Think Life is Supposed to be Easy?

As we navigate this journey called life, many of us acquire ideas that hinder us. Ideas like we should never be uncomfortable or we should avoid discomfort. Or everything should be easy.Then we turn these

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When You Mess Up, the Key to Success is Getting Right Back on Track

Every morning, I start my day by drinking a glass of warm water and lemon, with which I wash down a probiotic capsule. Although my digestion is pretty good these days, that wasn’t always the case. After

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Are Your Beliefs Keeping You From Achieving Your Dreams?

Are your own beliefs keeping you from reaching your goals? As a life and weight coach, I work with many people whose biggest barriers to achieving their dreams are their own beliefs. Most of these beliefs

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Forget Willpower! Effort is the Key to Successful Weight Loss

Effort. It is what we do to get things done. To achieve our goals. Some things require a lot of effort, and others require very little. Our success boils down to how much effort we put into something. This

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Escape from the Prison of Your Thoughts

My wife and I live in Maine.  It’s a beautiful state, and the weather in the summer is usually gorgeous – mid seventies, not too humid.  This year, not so much.  It

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6 Steps to Dump Your Diet Brain

You’ve read it a million times. Diets just don’t work. Only a tiny percentage (3%) of dieters actually lose weight and keep it off.  So why is it so hard to give up the belief

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Positive Motivation Works Best for Weight Loss Success

Does this sound familiar? That dress you bought last summer is too tight! You get on the scale and learn you’ve gained ten pounds over the winter. Ten on top of the 30 you already wanted to lose.

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How to Not Be a Jerk on Social Media

I was all set to write today about why you shouldn’t waste your willpower on food. Then something very unsettling happened on Facebook. Again. So this week’s post is about why and how to

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When You Enjoy the Process, You’ll Reach Your Goal

Why do diets fail for 97% of people who attempt to lose weight? There are many reasons, but one is that the focus is on the end goal, and not the process of getting there. If you really want to lose

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How to Stop Your Brain From Telling You Lies

When I was a new lawyer, I would get very stressed out and overwhelmed by my workload. My reaction would be to eat the peanut M&Ms the secretaries kept in the candy bowl. Like maybe almost the whole

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Did You Think Before Eating That Doughnut?

Last week, I talked about meditation and how it can help you reach a healthy weight. One of the benefits of meditation is that it increases your awareness because, at its essence, meditation is all

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Meditation Really Can Help You Lose Weight!

Meditation. People are saying it can help you in numerous ways. Well it can. One of those ways is in losing weight. I won’t tell you that if you start meditating today, you’ll lose weight tomorrow.

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How to Really Enjoy Food on Vacation Without Gaining Weight

With summer coming, many of you probably have plans to take a vacation. When you go on vacation, how do you eat? Do you eat differently than you do at home? Do you pretty much always gain weight on vacation? When

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If Hunger Isn’t the Problem, Food Isn’t the Solution

Why are people overweight? We have lots of excuses. “I have a slow metabolism.” “I’ve tried so hard to eat less, but I hate being hungry.” “I just love the taste of food.” Those are just

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How to be a Great Gift Giver

Do you like buying gifts? Or do you dread it? Or does it depend upon the situation? Giving is supposed to be a rewarding and positive activity. Voluntary. An act of love and generosity. Why are some people

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Want to Have a Great Relationship with Your Adult Daughter? Throw Away the Manual!

You love your daughter so much.  You’ve given much of your life to raising her the best you possibly can. You’ve given her lots of love and have made so many sacrifices for her.  Now that

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Want a Love that Lasts? Be Yourself and Love Yourself

The dynamics of relationships can be very strange. First, you meet someone and find him very attractive. He finds you attractive. What he initially sees and finds attractive is usually you being yourself. So

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Stoke the Marriage Flames with Mystery Dates and Trips

My husband Eric recently marked our shared calendar “Mystery Date.” I notice it and start to wonder.  Where are we going? I won’t know until we get there, although he will give me some instructions,

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In Relationships, You Reap What You Sow

It really is true.  We get out of a relationship what we put into it. All relationships, be they with your spouse, children, parents, coworkers or friends. My marriage is fantastic! It hasn’t always

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Make Your Marriage a Negativity-Free Zone

When you are cranky or frustrated, do you blame someone else, like your spouse? Do you avoid intimacy or working out conflict by spending too much time on Facebook, watching a lot of television, doing

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