A Secret Friend?

Sometimes I wonder how many different theories about weight loss or gain, metabolism and self-image most of us have investigated over the years.  How many programs, schedules, "good or bad" foods?  Should I eat breakfast?  Is it still breakfast if I don't eat it until noon?  Is it better to eat three times a day,…

Seeds of hope.

For all of us who struggle with any form of compulsive behavior, or who feel inadequate, unloved, uninspired, let today be one in which we measure ourselves differently.  Even if we manage only a moment of freedom from whatever individual plagues we endure, let us be brave enough to acknowledge the truth of that moment. Look again…

My Story?

  Prudence didn't like her name, because she wasn't.  Prudent, that is. Not liking her name gave Prudence pain, because it was the last thing her mother had given her - as well as the first - just before she died in the delivery room.  Her mother hadn't been prudent either, according to the man…

Sticks and Stones–Words do break bones!

There are many words that can strike terror in the heart of someone who struggles with compulsive eating and body image.  Obese.  Overweight. Massive. My inner concept of myself as small and helpless, and at the same time too large and obese, creates so much emotional confusion. Am I a hippo in a world full…

Round and round she goes!

When I clicked on "add a post" to write about patterns, the page came up with the "post settings," "preview" and "publish" icons ON THE RIGHT HAND SIDE. Immediately, high anxiety coursed through my body, followed by doubt in myself as a computer savvy old lady.  When I last used this page - maybe 24…

Am I a Ruminant?

I thought ruminate was just a fancy word for "think" or "ponder."  Imagine my surprise when the following popped up under definitions: When people ruminate, they over-think or obsess about situations or life events, such as work or relationships. Research has shown that rumination is associated with a variety of negative consequences, including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic…

Thanks, but I’m not hungry.

The doctor's office called the other day to remind me of a test scheduled for Friday morning (today) at 11 am.  "Don't forget," the woman says casually, "nothing to eat or drink for four hours prior to the test." Okay, seriously, that means that on Friday morning I could grill a steak, bake a large…

New day, new year, same old, same old.

If there could have been a better word prompt for the first day after starting this new site, I don't know what it would have been.   On an overwhelming number of days, I awaken with enthusiasm, new resolve, a determination that today will be different.  You know how you feel on January 1st?  I'm not…