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March 23, 2009

Spring into Shape: Our Diabetes and Mother's Day Program Deals

444976647_d67199d2a7 Spring is a time to celebrate renewal and hope…just what Green Mountain is all about! There's a lot happening these days and we wanted to mention few of the special programs and offers we have going on this spring.

Join us April 19–25 for Living Well™ with Type 2 Diabetes, a residential program featuring faculty from the world-renowned Joslin Diabetes Center, affiliated with Harvard Medical School in Boston. The week-long program will be offered at Green Mountain at Fox Run to introduce women with type 2 diabetes to an integrated lifestyle and mind/body approach to mastering the disease. Book by April 3rd and get a $500 discount.

Book our special "Spring into Shape" offer by April 15th for any stay through May 2nd and receive our value season rates and a room upgrade.

We've got the perfect Mother's Day gift for you! May is Mother-Daughter-Sister month at Green Mountain, and participants in this family-focused program receive a ten percent discount. Together, you can re-frame your attitudes about weight and healthy eating and become mindful again.

Photo by Per Ola Wiberg via flickr.

Posted by Emily on March 23, 2009 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

March 20, 2009

In Pursuit of a Healthy Weight: One Woman's Green Mountain Experience

3293903618_273fdc0958 Today's post comes from Beverly Dame of Lyndonville, Vermont. After staying at Green Mountain at Fox Run for a week, she wrote a letter to friends and family to explain her experience with our program. We're sharing parts of it here to give women an idea the kind of changes that they can expect when they begin to make themselves a priority. Thanks for sharing, Beverly!

It has been almost a week since I came home from my week at Green Mountain at Fox Run.  It was such a wonderful experience (life-changing, paradigm-shifting, revelatory) that I want to write about it. Women come from all over the country and the world to stay at Green Mountain.  Honolulu, Hawaii; Chicago, Illinois; Alexandria, Virginia; Kingston, Ontario; Montreal, Quebec; northern Georgia; Brooklyn and Manhattan, New York; New Haven and New Canaan, Connecticut; and Croatia all had women there.  Young women in their 20s and women like me in their 60s and in between.  All had been dealing with food and body issues for most of their lives.  Some like me were staying for one week; many for two and a few lucky ones for a month or more. What we came for was a comprehensive way of dealing with the size and shape of our bodies.  Notice, I’m avoiding the use of the word “weight.”  

At Green Mountain it is about mindfulness: being aware and in the moment as we confront choices about food, exercise and responses to all the stresses of daily life. The week combined classes and discussion groups with exercise opportunities.  Women who are in their first week have “required” classes including: fitness soul search: the return to intrinsic movement; are you ready for change? Introduction to the behavior component and to mindfulness; the principles of mindful eating; redefining healthy eating; and understanding the emotions that lead you to eat. 

I was most impressed by the time and attention the program and staff devoted to sending each one of us home with the materials and support to put all we learned into daily practice.  Including the idea that as far as exercise and mindful eating goes, “Something is better than nothing,” and “there will be days.”  

We identified the energizing people in our lives and the energy-drainers and talked about how to deal with them.  I came up with strategies for dealing with dreaded cocktail parties.  I paid for an extra session with the fitness director.  We put together a weekly plan combining weight training and cardio. 

I also came away with human support.  There were six of us of about the same age who formed a group that I loosely dub the “Green Mountain Girls.” Sorry Ethan Allen.  We’re emailing each other with support and understanding.  Staff encourage us to stay in touch with questions.  I’m to check in with my fitness guru at the end of the week after we return from France.  She also gave me hints and suggestions for working out while traveling even if the hotel doesn’t have a gym.  

Before going I would weigh myself every day; how demoralizing, depressing and defeatist.  I’m working on unlearning that habit.  Told myself this morning that I could get on the scale but why?  I’ve been exercising every day, working on eating more slowly, and having a balanced snack in the afternoon to keep from getting too hungry.  And I did well at two eating out occasions this week.  All of that is really more important for my long-term health and success than a number on a scale. 

How is Beverly doing today, about one month after returning home from Green Mountain?
"I'm trying to stay off the scale.  Hard, hard, hard.  I know there's a lot of psychological baggage going on with wanting to weigh myself every day. 

I think the hardest thing to is being in charge of my eating.  I do the cooking and have been trying new healthful things (actually had bison burgers last night) but I can feel that my speed of eating has increased.  Need to start putting down that fork or spoon between bites.

And my husband and I need to set a time for an evening meal.  He's a chaotic eater and I'm a dieter.  Not a match made in Green Mountain heaven.  Of course, tonight there is a business dinner which always is a challenge.

The one thing that is much better is that I've stopped beating up on myself for my size and weight.  Actually, I'm finding out that there is more to life.

Posted by Emily on March 20, 2009 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

March 18, 2009

On Meghan McCain, Tyra Banks & Hope

1150786_85005404 Have you been following the Meghan McCain body size debate over the last week?  If you've somehow missed it, Lesley at Fatshionista has a good review of what's gone on.

My take on it has to do with dismay, gratification and optimism.

  • I'm appalled that a woman dissed Ms. McCain about her body size.  Guess I shouldn't be.  But I like to think that women are leading the way away from size prejudice, and it's just disturbing to see my belief so publicly challenged.
  • I'm pleased Ms. McCain had a prominent, beautiful woman like Tyra Banks as a model for fighting size disparagement.  Let's face it, if Tyra weren't beautiful, she wouldn't have as much clout in this issue.  But that gets into another subject.
  • I'm hopeful these kinds of attacks are becoming more recognized as wrong -- or at the least, politically incorrect.  My hope stems from the fact that we've seen what began as a small number of voices over 30 years ago snowball into the Health at Every Size (HAES) movement, which is gaining significant momentum. 

The basic tenets of HAES are the future of self-care, which is ideally what healthy weight is all about.  The tenets -- eating intuitively, moving our bodies regularly in order to feel well, taking care of ourselves in other basic ways, and accepting the bodies that result -- are, in a way, about optimizing our genetic destiny.  And accepting we are all different.

Hope, optimism, destiny.  They're all good words to help us keep on keepin' on

What words describe your feelings about the state of size acceptance?

Posted by Marsha on March 18, 2009 | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

January 14, 2009

Healthy Weight vs. Normal Weight: Who's to Say?

1077713_scale_series_5 I had such a hard time deciding on a post topic this morning.  There are so many good/important things to post about. What finally won was another discussion of Oprah's weight.  

But no salacious comments here. 

The question at hand is not Oprah's up-and-down battle with serious weight loss but the measure by which many of us define success. Is it the government's definition of 'normal,' which is defined by the body mass index?  Or is it a weight at which we feel well, function well, and at which a variety of health parameters (such as blood glucose or cholesterol) tell us we're doing fine?

For a great discussion of this, check out the article by Paul Campos, author of The Obesity Myth, in Rocky Mountain News.

If you can get on board with this, I vote that we all give up talking about our weight (and weighing ourselves -- toss out that scale!).  If we want to talk, let's discuss our healthy lifestyle habits instead.   Positive = Forward.

Posted by Marsha on January 14, 2009 | Permalink | Comments (11) | TrackBack

December 24, 2008

Sharing Our Bounty

21108491_17522334 On this eve of Christmas, even those of us who don't celebrate the holiday are likely affected by it.  Here in the Northeast, we're hunkering down for another snowstorm, that's promised to turn to rain and blanket the gorgeous snow we have with an icy crust. Oh, well, that's winter in Vermont.

Fortunately, we've got a larder full to nourish ourselves with today and tomorrow as much of the world takes a holiday and the weather outside says, "Stay in!"  But many of us don't have the good fortune of a full larder on this day or any other day of the year.  Consider helping those who don't by contributing to your local food bank.  You can find the one nearest you at Feeding America.  

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happy Kwanzaa to all!

Posted by Marsha on December 24, 2008 | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

November 04, 2008

Women Under The Influence - Rock The Vote!

Make your voice heard, it's a privilege and a right.1026145_stars_and_stripes

I believe that the influence of woman will save the country before every other power. - Lucy Stone

... even if the right to vote brought to women no better work, no better pay, no better conditions in any way, she should have it for her own self-respect and to compel man’s respect for her. - Susan B. Anthony

... we are not dreamers or fanatics; and we know that the ballot when we get it, will achieve for woman no more than it has achieved for man.... The ballot is not even half the loaf; it is only a crust—a crumb. The ballot touches only those interests, either of women or men, which take their root in political questions. But woman’s chief discontent is not with her political, but with her social, and particularly her marital bondage. - Laura Bullard

... today we round out the first century of a professed republic,—with woman figuratively representing freedom—and yet all free, save woman. - Phoebe W. Couzins

... while one-half of the people of the United States are robbed of their inherent right of personal representation in this freest country on the face of the globe, it is idle for us to expect that the men who thus rob women will not rob each other as individuals, corporations and Government. - Susan B. Anthony

In the courts women have no rights, no voice; nobody speaks for them. I wish woman to have her voice there among the pettifoggers. If it is not a fit place for women, it is unfit for men to be there. - Sojourner Truth

No matter how well-born, how intelligent, how highly educated, how virtuous, how rich, how refined, the women of to-day constitute a political class below that of every man, no matter how base-born, how stupid, how ignorant, how vicious, how poverty-stricken, how brutal. - Mary Putnam Jacobi

So long as State constitutions say that all may vote when twenty-one, save idiots, lunatics, convicts and women, you are brought down politically to the level of those others disfranchised. - Susan B. Anthony

The right to vote, or equal civil rights, may be good demands, but true emancipation begins neither at the polls nor in courts. It begins in woman’s soul. - Emma Goldman

Women have had the vote for over forty years and their organizations lobby in Washington for all sorts of causes; why, why, why don’t they take up their own causes and obvious needs? - Dorothy Thompson

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Posted by Cindy on November 4, 2008 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

October 14, 2008

Healthy Living: Giving Back

RoseI haven't mentioned Green Mountain at Fox Run much lately. And its true I may not be considered an uninterested party, but I happen to believe that the program offered here is the very best in the nation.  For those of you new to this blog, Green Mountain at Fox Run (Vermont) began in the summer of 1972 when founder Thelma Wayler, MS, RD, took over an empty dorm at Vermont's Green Mountain College. There she began telling women that diets can make you fat -- almost four decades before the idea became as accepted as it is today.

Today, Green Mountain operates out of a former corporate retreat on a hill overlooking Okemo Mountain and the Okemo Valley Golf Course, premier winter and summer resort areas in Vermont. Set on 26 wooded acres, the lodge is a comfortable, relaxing retreat. For over 37 years, Green Mountain at Fox Run has been helping women achieve healthy lifestyles and long-term weight loss through a practical, down-to-earth, healthy eating, non-diet approach to fitness and weight loss. The philosophy is focused on an approach to health that focuses on intuitive eating and the intrinsic joy of exercise, rather than on dieting and weight loss.

When you walk in the door to Green Mountain at Fox Run, you enter a proven educational program with a singular focus on healthy weight loss and we're proud everyday to share our knowledge, expertise and friendship to thousands of women across the globe. The goal here is about long-term lifestyle change, not a short-term health spa vacation. In fact, our long-term published success rates are one of the highest in the United States.

Consequently, we believe it is important to share what we know. And we know times are tough. Therefore, I wanted to take the opportunity here to announce the Rose Caron Scholarship to assist women in need of financial assistance who wish to improve the quality of their lives through serious lifestyle change. A limited number of scholarships will be provided each year to deserving women ready to take charge of their weight, their health, themselves.

Established in honor or Dr. Rose Caron, a nationally- renowned psychologist, who with her husband and research partner, Albert Caron, PhD, is credited with the development of the field of psycholinguistics of newborn infants. A graduate of Vassar (BA) and University of Chicago (PhD), Rose was a highly endowed researcher at the National Institutes of Health, Professor, George Washington University and Boston University, in both the departments of Psychology and Women's Health Studies.

Rose attended the first program of Green Mountain in 1973 and became a frequent participant and advisor to the program. As Rose often shared, the Green Mountain philosophy approach and community of participants had a profound and positive effect on her life.

Rose felt strongly that a key element for the success experienced by the women who come to Green Mountain was that they were willing to make an investment in themselves, which attached a real "value" to the experience.

In celebration of Rose, Green Mountain at Fox Run is announcing a series of partial scholarships that will be awarded for Fall and Winter periods through 2008 - 2009.

Women interested in applying should contact me at (800) 448 8106, or via email to [email protected].


Learn more about this healthy weight loss spa and retreat and the Rose Caron Scholarship by clicking here.

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Posted by Cindy on October 14, 2008 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

September 02, 2008

A Simple Step towards Positive Thinking

We've talked plenty about positive thinking over the years we've had this blog. Most often it's focused on helping ourselves overcome negative self talk that really cuts into our ability to take care of ourselves, to do the things that we need to do to make ourselves feel well and achieve our goals whether they be about weight loss or living happily.

My Daily OM horoscope yesterday suggested a very simple strategy that I've already employed a couple of times since I read it. Just repeat to yourself periodically (or come up with something similar that 'speaks' to you):

Things are wonderful.


My life is joyous.

The horoscope then goes on to say,

Inner satisfaction comes from a realization that we already possess everything we require.

Say these things to yourself a couple of times today, or whenever you think of it. Where do your thoughts go? For me, it's all positive.

Posted by Marsha on September 2, 2008 | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

August 12, 2008

Healthy Living: Fat People Are Healthy. Huh?

Yesterday there was news that a good portion of fat people might actually be healthy afterall. Who'd a thunk it? Well, we thunk it and have said so for years.

That doesn't mean that getting to healthier weights for many of us isn't a great idea, there's plenty of evidence for that - but putting all overfat people into one big bucket of paranoia doesn't do anyone any good. And having a healthy approach to life is always going to put you in good stead.

Just because you're not at your healthiest weight at the moment does not mean you're automatically predisposed to diabetes, high blood pressure, breast cancer, or heart disease. However, we do know, that most Type II Diabetics who are overweight and lose weight generally improve most factors that affect vascular disease. That includes blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol.

Some interesting research just publised int he August 12th Journal of Diabetes Care, showed that there are real long term benefits for diabetics if they are lose significant weight and believe it or not - even gain it back.

"If you lose weight after diagnosis, you can achieve some long-term benefits in terms of blood pressure and glycemic control that extend even beyond the point at which you regain weight," said Gregory A. Nichols, co-author of new research published online Aug. 12 in the journalDiabetes Care.

Added Dr. Spyros Mezitis, an endocrinologist with Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City: "We haven't had results like this before. This is telling us that with a significant mean weight loss of 10.7 kilograms [23.5 pounds] in 18 months, there's an improvement despite weight regain after 36 months."

We've heard for years that it's not healthy to gain, lose and regain weight. That maybe it's better to stay at a higher weight as opposed to yo-yoing back and forth. Maybe that isn't really true. This is good news for most of us, because we it is still challenging to keep lost weight off - but do we want to quit trying?

There are pro's and con's to both sides of the argument. But for more information on healthy weight loss , weight management and diabetesprogram.htm">type 2 diabetes prevention , visit Fitwoman.com.

A friendly reminder, Green Mountain at Fox Run is conducting their 7th annual LIVING WELL Women's Program for Mastering Diabetes Through Lifestyle Change: A Type 2 Diabetes Program. Program dates are September 14th - September 20th. For more information, call 800.448.8106.

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Posted by Cindy on August 12, 2008 | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

August 05, 2008

Healthy Living: STAY HAPPY!

I was having a hard time getting to this blog today. Already the afternoon and I hadn't posted anything. Apologies, loyal readers! Just in the nick of time, Marsha sent me an inspiring email - something she found on the internet - and I'm going to post it because it's filled with oodles of good advice!

1. Try everything twice. On Madams tombstone (of Whelan's and Madam) she said she wanted this epitaph:
Tried everything twice...loved it both times! 

2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down. (keep  this in mind if you are one of those grouches)

3. Keep learning:  Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain get idle. 'An idle mind is the devil's workshop.' And the devil's name is Alzheimer's!

4. Enjoy the simple things.

5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath. And if you have a friend who makes you laugh, spend lots and lots of time with HIM/HER. (that's more time with Marsha!)

6. The tears happen: Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person who is with us our entire life, is ourselves.  LIVE while you are alive.

7. Surround yourself with what you love: Whether it's family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.

8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

9. Don't take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county, to a foreign country, but NOT to where the guilt is.

10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity. I love you, my special friend.

11. Forgive now those who made you cry. You might not get a second time.

And if you don't send this to at least 4 people - who cares? But do share this with someone.  Lost time can never be found. Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle..
Source: Anonymous (internet)

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