Mindfulness – Every Day, Hopefully

It didn't take me long to realize that I was getting myself in trouble by numbering days in the titles of these posts.  From this realization, and my focus on mindfulness over the past few weeks, I have learned some important concepts. 1.  Even when committed to necessary change, it shouldn't become an obsession. While it…

Mindfulness, Day 2, Living in the Present

Day Two was really yesterday (Saturday, August 27) but I am writing this in the morning of Sunday, August 28. One of the main ways of observing the Sabbath in Jewish tradition is to refrain from creating (which includes writing) in any way that is considered to mirror the process of original Creation as described…

Mindfulness, Day 1, Goals

Make peace with the past, live in the present, and look fearlessly toward the future. Investigate with honesty and courage roadblocks and detours that have guided my choices and decisions, and led me to places I don't want to be. Notice the moments when choices are made, and whether they are genuine choices or simply…

Body, Mind and Spirit

I just returned from a visit to my PCP as a follow-up on my progress (really lack thereof) on developing a more healthy approach to eating and weight loss.  She has been my doctor for a relatively short time, and for a while was primarily treating all the more immediate and critical medical issues I…

My New Weight-Loss Plan

I probably should give credit to WordPress and their daily prompts for this post, but to be truthful I would have to give more credit to Suze and her funny post regarding the word of the day.  When I saw the prompt yesterday, I couldn't even face looking at what others were posting in response, let alone…

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…