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Do the Sabotage Shuffle, says Skinny on Slim

April 28th, 2013 No Comments

Ok let’s face it, sometimes when you’re trying to do your best on your eating regime, some people just aim to block you. Whether they feel threatened or jealous, it’s imperative to find ways to manage these situations. As if you don’t have enough challenges just trying to succeed without all of this nonsense. In my new book Skinny on Slim a group of successful weight losers, fondly referred to as “The Slimtownites” weighed in with colourful commentary on how they handle these obstacles:

— Annie “Stick to Your Guns” Oakley

Yes — stick to your guns! You’re an adult and can make your own decisions. If people don’t understand why you don’t eat French fries, tell them. In the end you are the only one responsible for your health.

— Mrs. Mississippi

Deep breathes and ignore them. 1 Mississippi, 2 Mississippi…..

— Justine J. Justify

I’d rather live longer than eat that piece of cake that I didn’t plan to eat; know that you’re doing something healthy for yourself. Eventually friends and family come around; they need a period of adjustment to your healthier lifestyle just as you did. You live it everyday, they don’t. Know what works for you and don’t get sucked into defending it – just let the advice wash over you.

— Mimi Focus

Ignore them all… Who is important about all of this? YOU…think about YOU and YOU only.

— Rick O’Shea Backintheir Face

Go for it and don’t listen….SUCCEED. Family members and friends sometimes don’t like you to change because they don’t know how to deal with a skinnier version of you! Just know that you are on the right track and don’t take what they say or do personally… it’s their issue not yours!

— No Mo Rolie Polie – Now a Role Model for Others

My trainer told me to assume I’m the role model for these people. When they can’t shake my foundation they begin to respect what I do and why I do it. It’s a weird twist of human behaviour but it does truly work.

Another strategy to consider is staying under the radar. We all know a shady saboteur who can sniff out the “good-diet-doers” honing in on what we’re eating and try to dash our efforts. Cast your eyes away, because it can be good night nelly when you’re caught in their steely gaze. Write a new script and review it to be ready.

You all know someone who tries to throw you off your diet – your all admiring co-worker Sandy Sweet with candy on her desk; the consummate Betty Bun the bulimic baker at your client’s office who brings in delectable delights; the overweight Olga Overdoit friend who enjoys having you to nosh with and can’t stand the thought of your friendship shifting focus away from food. Take the time to identify who these people are and develop strategies to stay in control.

  • Avoid being hungry around these people as they can sniff out your weakness if your blood sugar is low and will dive in for the kill. Have a snack.
  • Practice your list of excuses ahead of time so they roll off your tongue in any situation: “I’ll bring this home and will enjoy it later … My doctor advised me to … I can’t really drink on an empty stomach because … I’m intolerant to …. My dietitian suggested I eat (x) less often …. I can’t eat this with that new medicine I’m on…”

Add to this list to use at times like these. You are seizing control when others try to take it from you.

There are numerous healthy and stealthy suggestion in Skinny on Slim. It’s also available on i-Tunes, Kobo/Chapters, Barnes & Noble, Diesel and Sony.

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Handling the Rough Spots & Party Hearty! says Skinny on Slim

April 26th, 2013 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

There are numerous circumstances in life that challenge our eating regimens and can throw us under the proverbial bus. Truth be told though, these culinary challenges are usually the most joyous of life’s occasions – family get togethers, exotic vacations, dinner treats and parties. Some people prefer to steer clear from these situations while losing weight assuming they’ll learn on the fly how to manage later.

I say why miss out and learn to “party hearty” and face these head on. You can develop a repertoire to deal with these rough spots if you work on it. When all is said and done, you can’t take back those precious moments in life ever again. Let’s get our priorities straight, shall we?!

  • Some people diet in hiding and cower away from the challenges of eating out. People need to face the world and eating challenges because life happens and you are a player. You learn how to manage the eating rough spots by taking part in them and training your robot more adaptive behaviour. Cheers!

There are numerous healthy and stealthy suggestion in Skinny on Slim. It’s also available on i-Tunes, Kobo/Chapters, Barnes & Noble, Diesel and Sony.

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Few Focused Foodie Fundamentals in Skinny on Slim

April 24th, 2013 No Comments Tags: , , , , , ,

So many diet books have a long menu of food “don’ts” that they turn your life on it’s head until you say uncle. These restrictions and rules make you hungry, listless, cranky and crave food you can’t have. They’re often difficult to adhere to in the short and long term. They certainly build a negative relationship with food, far from establishing that love story with food we should strive for.

  • In my new book Skinny on Slim I outline some food fundamentals for you to consider that could be pivotal. This is discussed after many other very important aspects of your lifestyle are addressed. Food isn’t the central focus ushering you to successful weight loss. It is one important aspect of many.
  • Allow all food to fit, in time you won’t go bonkers with bon bons because you’re allowed everything.
  • Take 6-9 Minutes to change from a Food Court Jester into a Brown Bagger, you will have time left over to fit in a few 15-minute intervals to move and decompress on your break.

There are numerous healthy and stealthy suggestion in Skinny on Slim. It’s also available on i-Tunes, Kobo/Chapters, Barnes & Noble, Diesel and Sony.

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Take a “Dieting Time Out” if Needed, says Skinny on Slim

April 21st, 2013 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , ,

In my new book Skinny on Slim I encourage my reader to take a “dieting time out” if they need it. Many just want results and to reach their goal fast. I say stay attuned to how you’re feeling as so many adjustments are taking place to your masterful machine.

Losing weight involves physical and mental changes to take place as you journey from Fat City to Slim Town. Many people just want to gun for the finish line when they might not be ready. Also some people might hit a bump on the road with a lot of stress at once. Take the pressure off. It won’t hurt to maintain your lost weight for a while and readjust “the junk in your trunk” and get your head around your achievement to date.

If you try to gun for the finish line when you’re truly not ready your weight could rebound in no time. Don’t do it to yourself and take all the time you need this last time!

There are numerous healthy and stealthy suggestion in Skinny on Slim. It’s also available on i-Tunes, Kobo/Chapters, Barnes & Noble, Diesel and Sony.

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Muscle Preservation Project Moves, says Skinny on Slim

April 19th, 2013 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

So it’s time to come out of hibernation after a long cold winter and welcome spring. For some that emergence brings the realization of a spare tire or bulges that emerged under those double cable knit sweaters and parka. Don’t fret, we can overcome!

Let’s start your own movement movement to help get the lead out:

  • It’s helpful to build a love story with activity your life. Our bodies were built to move! You do this by working in stealthy and healthy ways of moving more today and every day such as finding 15-minute intervals of walking – a new interval training! Start with one or two intervals and work up to three or four.
  • So many people say they don’t have the time to work this in. Well think about how much time you waste in the day with idle chitchat, yacking on the phone or watching television – time better spent moving!
  • Also work in a callisthenic routine where you bend, stretch, build flexibility and strength – your 16 Minute Investment into your hourglass every 2nd day.

Muscle is certainly your friend. It is a highly metabolic tissue and it makes you look more toned. Ultra low calorie diets that make you lose weight quickly burns protein before fat – don’t do it to yourself! Do all you can to build some and preserve it. It’s never too late to start! Welcome the spring outdoors with your movement movement today. Read all about how to build your love story with activity in my new e-book Skinny on Slim. Keep in mind it’s also available on-line at Chapters/Kobo, Apple’s i-Tunes, Barnes & Noble, Sony and Diesel. Get yours today and why not tell a friend!

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Awareness is Bliss According to Skinny on Slim….

April 17th, 2013 No Comments Tags: , ,

We’ve all heard the saying “ignorance is bliss”. I feel ignorance comes from the same dark place as avoidance and denial and when they band together they’re just a negative trio of doom. Steer clear of all three like the plague!

I prefer we spin this into “Awareness is Bliss” because you cannot change what you do not realize. Awaken your senses to what’s really going on. You will then be able to move forward.

  • On the behaviour front this can include hunger and fullness cues and learning to enjoy your food more. It’s a true shame when so many people eat on the run and eat mindlessly.
  • Successful losers keep tabs in their weight regularly. It’s important to know where you stand, but not be obsessed and overdo it. I suggest a few times a month.
  • Discover clues of eating and emotions, especially if you eat because of stress. Aim to untie those knots that connect stress to eating to free you for good. Build non-food coping mechanisms. These new habits will stay with you for life.

We ought to also get up close and personal with our food by putting our favourite food to the test. In my book Skinny on Slim I describe the “Food Satisfaction Index to a Happier Meal”. When we start to become more aware about the food we eat by focusing on that first bite AND how that food makes you feel in an hour of eating it you may knock some of your old favourites off of your “favourite food” list. Suddenly that “happy meal” is not making you smile!

Read all about the importance of awareness and how heightening it can work in your favour:

Get Skinny on Slim It’s also available on-line at Chapters/Kobo, Apple’s i-Tunes, Barnes & Noble, Sony and Diesel.
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The Skinny on Dieting Rights & Wrongs in Skinny on Slim

April 14th, 2013 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , ,

You know the saying there are a 1,000 ways to do the same thing right? That certainly pertains to how to approach weight loss to suit you to a “T” and to do it for good. There are certainly many ways to get it right provided you don’t land on a snake, that is, in the game of Snakes and Ladders: The Weight Loss Edition that I wrote about a few posts ago.

  • In my new book Skinny on Slim I refer to the successful weight losers of the National Weight Control Registry (NWCR) out of Brown Medical School in Providence Rhode Island. They track over 10,000 successful weight losers who have lost at least 30 pounds and maintained it for over a year. They identify what they did to lose and maintain their weight loss. This seems like the most logical place to start, don’t you think? Here are some details about the registrants:
  • 80% women average age 45, 145 pounds, 20% men average age 49, 190 pounds
  • 45% followed their own plan, 55% followed a program
  • 95% increased physical activity (mostly by walking)
  • 78% eat breakfast daily
  • 75% monitor weight regularly (scale or putting on jeans)
  • 62% watch less than 10 hours TV/day

When you want to find success in life why not model someone who actually succeeded in what you’re trying to achieve. In the “weight loss arena” follow the behaviour of successful weight losers. Read all of the juicy details in my book:

Get my recent release Skinny on Slim You can also find it on-line at Chapters/Kobo, Apple’s i-Tunes, Barnes & Noble, Diesel plus Sony.

By the way I devote an entire chapter on dieting wrong to help you avoid those snakes too!

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Don’t Mess with the Machine! Reads Skinny on Slim

April 12th, 2013 1 Comment Tags: , , , , ,

So many bad diets out there mess with your machine, your bodacious body. Let’s get these inconvenient truths out on the table once and for all so you can work with the system you have and help your machine sing to get lifelong results!

  • Don’t mess with the machine! As I already mentioned dieting can be like playing a game of Snakes & Ladders, remember that game. You land on a ladder and move forward a bunch of steps or you land on a snake and drop back. Following the rules of human physiology helps propel you forward – eating daily calories to allow for a slow weight loss (no less than 1,200 for women and 1,600 for men) for example. Here are some tips:
  • Set a realistic goal with your doctor using BMI.
  • Takes time to lose the junk in your trunk. Weight loss might be steady at first but is far from steady as you progress. You don’t lose 1-2 pounds/week every single week, until “ding” you’re there, don’t you wish! Also, be prepared to hit a plateau or two along your journey to Slim Town so you’re not caught off guard. The closer you are to your goal weight, the slower the weight loss will be.
  • Take a Dieting Time Out if you need it. It’ll do you good to maintain your weight instead of gunning for a goal when you’re not ready.

Lodge these golden nuggets of truth into your noggin for good. Get all the juicy details in my book, Skinny on Slim found here, plus i-Tunes, Kobo and Barnes & Nobles and be kind to your machine to get results!

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Read Skinny on Slim and Discover Your Eating & Lifestyle Fingerprint

April 10th, 2013 No Comments Tags: , , , , ,

Most diets are a rubber stamp that sound logical on paper that give you a menu of do’s and don’ts up the ying yang. They may help one or two out of a hundred people yet are rarely custom designed to suit you to a “t”.

When you go on a journalling journey you begin to unfold what makes you tick and discover clues to why you are the weight you are. Here’s more:

  • This is the ultimate awareness exercise as it presents a million little pictures of why your weight is where it is from how, when, where, why and what you eat. Seeing this more clearly can help you reboot your life.
  • Capturing those days that have totally fallen off the rails are key to realizing your personal issues and shows you your own eating and lifestyle fingerprint.
  • When you get started, set easy goals, up to 3 at a time – 3-By-3 (easy to hard, take the pressure off)
  • Then use the 3 R’s weekly – reviewing, reflecting and reframing as your journey proceeds

Experts say we make over 200 decisions about eating every single day. Many are so automatic. Using this method, in time you will retrain your internal robot to be reprogrammed so you’ll eat better and keep active.

Check out my new book Skinny on Slim if you want to lose some weight this spring once and for all. Why not custom design a plan to your personal eating and lifestyle fingerprint? It’s now available on Kobo, Barnes & Noble and i-tunes.

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Skinny on Slim, Avoiding Snakes & Climbing Ladders

April 7th, 2013 No Comments Tags: , , , , , ,

It’s the year of the Snake according to the Chinese calendar folks. One thing I wrote about after it chimed in was a reminder of that board game of old, Snakes and Ladders. When it comes dieting, going on a bad one is like landing on a snake which sends you back 15 paces if not more. Who needs that?

There are a lot of bad diets and gimmicks out there that make magical claims to make you skinny in a jiffy. Many; however, don’t follow physiological principles and when followed “mess with the machine” your bodacious body. One example is the ultra low cal diet of 500 calories a day.

Experts suggest not to eat any less than 1,200 calories/day for women and 1,600 calories/day for men and suggest not to lose more than 1-2 pounds/week. Ultra low cal diets do result in fast weight loss. Much of the weight is water and muscle, when you really wanted to lose fat. Your metabolism tanks and once you’re off the diet the food flood gates fly open as you try to make your body right. A diet like this is like playing a game of Snakes and Ladders and going on this diet was like landing on a snake that sets you back 12 spaces and in real life. OUCH!

When you read about any diet that has the word “fast” in the name of it, that’s the speed you should run in the opposite direction of it!! Avoid it like the plague ladies….or in this case, a snake.

Check out my new book Skinny on Slim and learn more about those snakes in our lives that beckon us like the one on the Jungle Book movie. Find ladders to climb instead….

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