June 2017 - My Mind My Body

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Did I Just Refuse a Donut?

Did I Just Refuse a Donut?

I have been in education for well over a decade, and one thing that I have noticed at every single school site I’ve been at is the amount of treats readily available. And this goes beyond the hooray-it’s-Friday treats. I could enter the teacher’s lounge area any day of the week and find something to eat the majority of the time. Because teachers have such a sweet tooth,1 it usually wasn’t a veggie platter. When I first started dieting, I made it a rule to avoid the teacher’s lounge at all costs, especially on Fridays.

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The “Rule” of Three: Retraining Your Brain

The “Rule” of Three: Retraining Your Brain

I attended middle school in the early ’90s, and this was a time when the word “like” was inserted into our conversations. Like, a lot. It wasn’t used as a comparison or as a statement of preference; it was a filler like “um” or “uh”. I didn’t know if it was rampant across the country or just isolated to my middle school, but it was part of my reality. I learned it was bigger than my little world when Clueless came out in 1995.1

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Is This What Acceptance Feels Like?

Is This What Acceptance Feels Like?

Cottage cheese was injected into my upper thighs last night. A wee, mythical creature of sorts apparently snuck into my bedroom last night1 and ruined my thighs. I sat down today to put on my socks and glanced down at my thighs. What happened? I used to have smoother, thinner thighs. Granted, my outer thighs have always had a bit of cottage cheese appear when I sit down, but it had crept to the tops of my thighs. I was appalled as I noticed more dimpled markings on my upper quads now. I immediately and frantically checked the rest of my body. Everything else looked relatively normal. Nothing cottage cheese-like.2 After breathing a sigh of relief, my brain immediately began going through all of the reasons of how this could have happened. Though I’d like to blame some kind of make-believe creature, I know that there is a logical reason for this change in my body.

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Post-It Therapy

Post-It Therapy

In my path towards healing, I incorporated something I call Post-it Therapy as a way to re-wire my brain with a visual reminder. Have you ever heard of people who want to lose weight taping “encouraging” notes to themselves to the refrigerator door so they don’t eat? Something like “Don’t eat that cake. You’ll ruin your diet and get fatter!” I always thought this was just cruel and stirred up a bunch of emotions around food for the person. I decided to combine the concept of this activity with a team-building activity I had to do before the start of the school year one year. I came up with my version of Post-it Therapy!1

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To Journal or Not To Journal?

To Journal or Not To Journal?

Many people use journaling as a form of expressing and reflecting on their feelings. It can be used to explore ideas or clear your head of mindless clutter. Journaling can also be a written record of your life. But can journaling help you make progress with intuitive eating? Yes….and no.

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Never Give Up! Never Surrender!

Never Give Up! Never Surrender!

When Galaxy Quest first came out, I didn’t understand why husband liked it so much. I am not a huge sci-fi fan, so all of the references were lost on me. But then it grew on me and over time it became one of my favorite movies. My husband and I now regularly insert various quotes from it in our conversations.1 One of my favorite quotes comes from Tim Allen’s character, Commander Taggart. His tagline from the Galaxy Quest tv show is “Never give up! Never surrender!” What starts off as a trite, overused line becomes a powerful phrase when the Thermians use it as their inspiration to stand up to the bad guy, Sarris. For me, the dieting industry was my Sarris. Once I realized this, like the Thermians, I needed to remind myself to never give up and never surrender when facing my opponent.

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The Veruca Salt Effect: I Want It Now!

The Veruca Salt Effect: I Want It Now!

Have you seen Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory? I’m talking about the classic Gene Wilder version from 1971, not the Johnny Depp version. 1 One of my favorite characters is Veruca Salt. I love the part when, upon entering the part of the factory where the golden geese are laying their golden eggs, she has a bratty tirade and then bursts into song about how she must have a golden goose…NOW! 2 I won’t spoil the ending for you if you haven’t seen it, but it does not end well for my beloved Veruca.

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Who Says I Can’t Eat Dinner at 4pm?

Who Says I Can’t Eat Dinner at 4pm?

I know that Downton Abbey has a hardcore fanbase. I did watch the first few seasons until **** died in a car crash, but it wasn’t one of my favorite shows out there. However, I can watch endless clips of Violet Crawley’s hilarious one-liners. My favorite was when the family was sitting down for dinner and someone mentions a weekend. Violet Crawley, in all seriousness, asks “What is a weekend?” She is so wealthy that she doesn’t need a job, so the idea of a weekend is completely foreign to her.

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