August 20, 2019

Every Diet Works . . . If Only For a Little While

Last week I was encouraging my daughter Elizabeth to attend an event at our church.  She didn’t wanna go. I said, “Noelle’s gonna be there.” She said, “Noelle and I are complete opposites.” I asked, “Whadaya mean?” She answered, “Noelle’s really shy.” (She’s right.  Noelle is really shy.  And Elizabeth, after warming up to someone, is certainly not.) I asked, “Is Noelle mean, rude, unkind, and disrespectful?” She replied, “No.” I said, “So, you’re mean, rude, unkind, and disrespectful?!” She got my [hyperbolic] point. Instead […]
April 15, 2019

Painful and Powerless or Painless and Powerful?

There’s a fable that says if you put a frog in a pot of boiling water, it will immediately jump out.  But if you place it in tepid water and begin boiling the water slowly, the frog won’t notice the danger and will be cooked to death. The moral of the story is that if a threat arises slowly versus suddenly, people will be unaware or unable to react. I get it.  It makes sense.  But some biologists did a study, and this is what […]
March 12, 2019

Rise and Shine, Athlete! Yes, You!

ath·lete /ˈaTHˌlēt/ noun a person who is proficient in sports and other forms of physical exercise Whether you consider yourself to be one or not, if you’ve taken any interest in the way you look, feel, and move, you’re an athlete. Although I’m not a Crossfit coach or athlete, founder Greg Glassman stated . . . “[Our] needs and those of an Olympic athlete differ by degree not kind.  Increased power, strength, cardiovascular and respiratory endurance, stamina, flexibility, speed, coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy are […]
March 6, 2019

The Pen Is Mightier Than the . . . Dumbbell?!

(I’ve tried to limit my recent posts to 500-700 words.  This one is double that.  But it’s only because I needed most of these words to explain this invaluable success tool!) A new tool I’ve recently placed in my toolbox is the Advantages Response Card.  It’s something I learned about while reading the Beck DIET solution by Dr. Judith Beck, Ph.D.*, a book I highly recommend.  It’s been an essential tool that has help her clients change their mindset and overcome the [the inevitable] sabotaging […]
February 27, 2019

Groundhog Day

Although over three weeks removed, I wanna talk about Groundhog’s Day.  Not so much the holiday (really, is it a holiday?!), but the movie.  And, although delayed, I didn’t wanna wait 49 more weeks before sharing the wisdom that’s found in this classic. (To my wife: I know you think Groundhog Day is a terrible movie, but you’re wrong.  According to the American Film Institute, it is the 34th funniest movie of all time.  Two other websites had it ranked 18th and 5th.  Fifth!) If […]
February 20, 2019

Small Hinges Swing Big Doors

Not so recently I met with a new client.  She was referred to me by her mother, whom I used to train.  As with all new clients, she needed to fill out some paperwork.  My new client paperwork includes the legal stuff that, in case of injury or sudden death, [supposedly] protects my ass(ets), a questionnaire that asks about general information, health history, goals, etc., a habit checklist, and a three-day dietary record. I explained the importance of each form in my decision-making process.  When […]