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Willpower OR Freedom.

  You found The Diet. The one that promises to be the last diet you'll ever need. Your friend lost 12 pounds on it. It's 9am Monday morning and it's on like Donkey Kong; you have all of your food perfectly portioned and packed. You’ve hidden your “bad” food, because outta sight outta mind.  Your fat days are surely over. You have a crazy day at work. You manage to ignore the donuts in ... [Read More]

Lessons in Weight Loss From my Weiner Dog.

Weiner dogs are notorious for being difficult to house train, not liking children and barking at strangers. Clearly a perfect breed for our clan: we keep a mostly meticulous household, we have 4 children and we entertain often. Upon Derek the Dachshund's arrival to our family we put up a movable 10x4 White Plank to block him from peeing on the carpeted areas of our home. When he was a puppy he ... [Read More]

The Last Supper. Really?

When we are in the thick of crappy diet mentality, we often "enjoy" big elaborate Last Suppers. And I use the word enjoy loosely...because how enjoyable has a food comma ever been? In the world of crappy diets, a Last Supper can be defined as sentences in your head that go something like this: "I’m just gonna eat this large pizza,+ a chocolate Sundae + a bag of ripple chips and onion dip. Today ... [Read More]

A One-Sided Affair

I admit it.  I’ve had a one-sided affair with Snooze for way too long.  I gave myself to Snooze every single morning for 30 years.  I kept thinking Snooze was a good idea, that one day it would show me some love back.  Alas, decades of devotion to Snooze has given me a Big Fat Nothing in return. According to entrepreneurial coach Eben Pagan, “Your first ritual that you do during the day is the ... [Read More]

Are You Paying Yourself First?

Forbes names paying yourself first as THE habit to boost wealth.  In other words, you wanna make a deposit into your nest egg before handing over one red hot cent to anything or anyone.  Let’s apply this simple theory to the wealth that has nothing to do with money: self care. Do you give yourself the first of anything? If you’re like most of my clients you will have experienced putting ... [Read More]

Confused about Ditching Diets?

A couple of women have told me recently that they are confused about an anti-diet approach to weight loss.  Perfect.  Thank you.  Let’s address that. The Word, “Diet” Miriam Webster defines the word diet a couple of ways.  One is, “a regimen of eating and drinking sparingly so as to reduce one’s weight.”  Exactly.  In my mind traditional diets = deprivation + following someone else’s rules ... [Read More]

On Bikinis and Being 41

Hello.  My name is Crystal Thompson and I’ve never had a perfect body.  For the last 40 years I've declined all invites to pool parties, camping getaways and weekend trips.  Everyone else had a perfect body so clearly they deserved to go while I clearly deserved to stay home, wearing a moo moo, eating Hagen Daaz, loathing my imperfection. Two summers ago, while my husband Blair and I were still ... [Read More]

A Powerful Question for Weight Loss

  I know you want the answer to your weight-loss struggles.  Like yesterday. I believed for so long that if someone would just tell me what and when to eat so that I could feel full for more than 28 seconds that I could do it.  I could lose weight.  I could be so happy.  I could be Ms America.  I was certain someone out there had the answer.  As a result I spent decades scouring ... [Read More]

On having short hair and 1.5 lips

These days my hair is only growing on one side of my head. I went to my beloved hairdresser to have my lop-sided folicles evened up.  I came home with hair much shorter than I’d anticipated.  Not my hairdresser's fault, he did the best he could with what he was presented. On June 30th, 2010 I went to a friend's house to watch a movie.  That night her dog took a bite out of the left half of ... [Read More]

Don’t Let a Gift Become a Burden

  Wow. The quote, “Don’t let a gift become a burden” hit me like a ton of Happiness Bricks when I listened to Gretchen Rubin’s podcast Happier earlier this week. I was immediately reminded of the Bible story where Jesus visits the home of Mary and Martha.  Mary sits enraptured by His teachings, while her sister Martha runs around like a crazy woman (I would imagine) getting everything ... [Read More]

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