February 8, 2016

Planning for Success

As I mentioned in my last blog, my sister and I are rotating week by week taking care of my mom after surgery, and before I left for my stint this week Caroline reminded me, “Mom likes to plan her days, so make sure you do that with her. I know you like to plan too, so it works out perfectly”. I do like to plan! Those of you who signed up for my 7 Secrets to Getting Unstuck, know that I love scheduling (secret # 2), which is part of planning. When I am out of town like I am now, it becomes especially important to plan or my nutrition starts to backslide. For some people, their exercise routine goes awry (read: disappears) when […]
January 25, 2016

My Vow to Talk Less

I talk a lot. In class, I have always been the student first with her hand up, ready to share. Sometimes I don’t even put my hand up, I am so eager to say something. In non profit committee meetings, I always put my 2 cents in. It feels insightful in the moment, but later I often realize it didn’t move anything forward. On long car rides… suffice it to say I am not one to look out the window at the scenery (unless I can comment on it). Talking to me feels like catharsis, like I will burst if I do not speak. The problem with this is manifold: When I am speaking, or thinking about what I am going to say, I am […]
January 12, 2016

My Favorite Recipe (no cooking needed!)

People often ask me what I eat. My favorite dish at the moment is an acai bowl, which I make at home for breakfast every day. It is filling, healthy and yummy. It could even be decadent, dependent on what toppings you add to it! Not only does it taste delicious, but it also allows me to incorporate so many fruits and vegetables easily into my diet. At last count, I was putting 14 healthy ingredients into my high speed blender to make the acai base. Here is my recipe: 1 frozen acai pack (found in the freezer section health food stores, and at some conventional groceries) 3 chard leaves (destemmed) 4 kale leaves (destemmed) 2 florets broccoli frozen blueberries (about ¼ cup) 6 frozen […]
January 8, 2016

I Was a Control Freak

When I was a kid, my riding teacher would tell me to relax on my horse, and I would think to myself Relax? Heck no. If I relax, I will fall off! And I would grip the reins tighter. When I was struggling with eating disorders in my teens and twenties, I was sure if I relaxed around food I would eat everything in sight. I worried that if I took a day off from exercise I would never get off the couch again. I used to try to make everything OK when there was a family fight. My twin joked that I was the peacemaker. In truth, I just heightened family drama by inserting myself. Now, after decades of trying to control myself and […]