Thinking As a Way of Being

Those of us on the path of personal and spiritual growth have a tendency to analyze our unhappiness in order to find the causes and make improvements. But it is just as important, if not more so, to analyze our happiness. Since we have the ability to rise above and observe our emotions, we can recognize when we are feeling joyful and content. Then we can harness the power of the moment by savoring our feelings and taking time to be grateful for them. Recognition is the first step in creating change, therefore recognizing what it feels like to be happy is the first step toward sustaining happiness in our lives. We can examine how joy feels in our bodies and what thoughts run through our minds in times of bliss. Without diminishing its power, we can retrace our steps to discover what may have put us in this frame of mind, and then we can take note of the choices we’ve made while there. We might realize that we are generally more giving and forgiving when there’s a smile on our face, or that we are more likely to laugh off small annoyances and the actions of others when they don’t resonate with our light mood. Once we know what it feels like and can identify some of the triggers and are aware of our actions, we can recreate that happiness when we are feeling low. Knowing that like attracts like, we can pull ourselves out of a blue mood by focusing on joy. We might find that forcing ourselves to be giving and forgiving, even when it...

Therapeutic Weight Loss Group

Click Here to Register According to the National Institute of Health, Obesity is one of the fastest-growing health crises among Americans. Approximately 65% of Americans are either overweight or obese. Despite  the available wealth of information, weight loss and healthy living still eludes the majority of our population. Despite the cultural “ideal” promoting life as a  slim sized American, neither our social or practical life supports this ideal. Traditional weight loss therapy has also failed to address the multi-faceted problems associated with weight loss. As a certified weight loss coach, I know there is more to weight and health maintenance than following a prescribed exercise program and limited diet plan.  Everyone knows how to join a gym and knows how to count calories. But, diet and exercise are only a portion of the problem and only a portion of the solution. Health and weight loss is a complex issue. And too often we are focusing on the simplistic solutions and not addressing, the sometimes confrontational, contributing factors that keep us stuck in our patterns. Pulling from the best resources on this subject, I have partnered with Dr. Jami Kulkin-Alvarez. Jami is a licensed Marriage and Family, Therapist. She also holds a Doctorate in Naturopathy and is a Certified Personal Trainer.  She has been studying the psychology of weight  loss for more than a decade and has lost over 65 lbs over the last 5 years herself. Join Jami and I for six weeks of group sessions covering: Contributing psychological factors Nutritional deficits that influence our food choices Making cognitive-behavioral change Understanding the link between what we eat and how it...
Eleven Ways to Achieve a Healthier Life

Eleven Ways to Achieve a Healthier Life

As important as it is to learn to develop and listen to your own voice, sometimes there are moments when we have to trust to supplant other people’s judgment for our own. I work with a lot of weight loss clients and while they might know the calorie count to every menu item out there, there is often times still a breakdown from theory to practice.  In these cases it is important to structure a system of practice that will serve as a temporary (and yes, artificial) default, until your brain and habits catch up. Along those lines are Eleven Ways to Achieve a Healthier Life. With one great tip each from eleven different voices in the health and fitness industry this Livestrong article covers a lot of ground and certainly is worth the read....