Category Archives: Goals

How Stress Can Undermine Your Goals

I came across this study in the journal Neuron about how stress undermines self-control and predisposes people to choose foods with “immediately rewarding taste attributes” (code for Ben and Jerry’s). Here is what the authors said in the abstract: “Our results indicate that stress may compromise self-control decisions by both enhancing the impact of immediately rewarding… Read More »

Just Do This One Thing…

Engage (verb): to participate or become involved in. To assume an obligation. We often hear this in our groups “I had a bad week, yet I still lost a pound. I don’t know how that happened.” And then they go on to describe several instances where they made sligthly better choices, or choices that were… Read More »

The Importance of Daily Practice

Practice, noun: the repeated exercise in, or performance of, an activity or skill so as to acquire or maintain proficiency in it. A foundational tenet of our program is that in order to change habits, a person must have “a practice.” We borrowed the idea of a practice from the Eastern traditions of yoga, meditation, and… Read More »

How to Make Your Health Goals a Priority

One of the most common problems we see in our groups is not having enough time. People’s lives are filled to the max, and sometimes overflowing. Times are tough. We frequently hear people say they are “stretched thin,” “putting out fires all day,” “don’t have time to breathe,” and “pulled in all directions” — and… Read More »

How to Set Yourself Up for Success

Does this sound familiar? You have encountered a fair share of obstacles along the way. Your weight loss journey feels like two steps forward and one step back (well…maybe five steps back). Your motivation started high, faltered a few times, and still feels kind of anemic. Maybe you have have walked away from the whole… Read More »

What is the Difference between Goals and Dreams?

What is your weight loss dream? Your vision? Your perfect end point? How does that differ from your weight loss goals? Or do you use the terms interchangeably? Knowing the relationship between dreams and goals is crucial. If you don’t understand this relationship, you risk not being able to achieve either. Goals are small steps… Read More »

Your Vision Statement

If you don’t know where you are going, where will you end up? A clear, tangible statement of your weight loss vision is an essential part of this journey.  It tells you, in great detail, where you are going, why you want to go there, and how you will get there.  A good vision statement… Read More »