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November 20, 2007

Getting Ready To Be Thankful

Thursday is Thanksgiving in the U.S., when many of us will gather with family and friends to celebrate another year.  I love Thanksgiving because my family usually spends the day at home (maybe a relative’s home, but it’s a home) with a group of people we feel very special about. 

We have a special Thanksgiving meal for the folks who choose to be at Green Mountain on this day, too.  It ends up being a very festive day, and most of the folks who join us appreciate not having to make their own Thanksgiving meal.  That’s usually my job – I’m the only cook in my East Coast family, although my husband started learning this year, and he’s doing a great job.

Several years ago, we started the tradition in our family of each of us speaking aloud what we’re thankful for.  It’s fun to do that – in the early stages, our repressed family was a little embarrassed to say what they were really thinking, but we got used to it, and now we enjoy telling each other how thankful we are that they are in our lives.  Because that’s usually what we all end up saying to each other.

I found this ‘thankful list’ on an interesting blog the other day.  It makes for a bit more humor in the reciting.  Some of the things people say they are thankful for include:

• Toilet paper (for obvious reasons)
• My electric blanket, foot bag and peppermint mocha creamer for my coffee.
• I’m thankful that even though I feel like I’m talking to air 99% of the time, I do get a kid who comes back and tells me, “Hey, I actually learned something.” I wish more of them did this.
• Nacho Cheese Combos
• That I have 10 healthy toenails.
• Trash cans
• That I’m just as excited about a life-sized Malenium Falcom cockpit as J.

I don't know what a life-sized malenium Falcom cockpit is, but makes me giggle. Hope you have some really great giggles tomorrow – even if you’re not celebrating Thanksgiving.  And that you stop to think about what you’re thankful for.

Posted by Cindy for Marsha while she is away...enjoying her family.

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October 15, 2007

Healthy Affirmation

Gm_meditation_2I'm on the road to fitness.
I am feeling stronger everyday.
I can manage my hunger today through mindful eating.
I look and feel healthier.
I'm enjoying how I'm feeling now.
I love the feeling of making progress.
I love the food that makes me feel powerful.
I enjoy being healthy.
I'm making things easy for myself now.
My body is getting stronger, more flexible and healthier every day!

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October 09, 2007

Healthy Living - Women Mastering Type 2 Diabetes

FriendsThere is but one month left to plan a healthy vacation to Green Mountain at Fox Run, for our 7th annual, "A Women's Program for Mastering Type 2 Diabetes" week. Our nationally renowned program which is offered in partnership with the internationally renowned Joslin Diabetes Center– Harvard Medical School. This program offers lifestyle advice and answers to health questions for women who have been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes (or Pre-Diabetes), and are still left wondering how to manage their disease.

Other good news on the diabetes front. It was reported today (we’ve been touting these benefits for a very long time), that a recent study shows that aerobic and weight training exercise helps to bring down blood sugar levels in diabetics. You can read more about what the latest study reveals HERE.

"Living Well: A Women’s Healthy Lifestyle Program for Mastering Type 2 Diabetes & Prediabetes - Green Mountain at Fox Run | November 4th - November 11th 2007

Get more information about this nationally renowned program and special rates HERE.

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October 06, 2007

October in Vermont

Autumn_walk2 No doubt about it, Moonlight in Vermont is a beautiful song, but the morning and afternoon are pretty hard to beat this time of year too! Ah, fall foliage. If you haven’t spent an October in New England you’ve missed some of the most beautiful and glorious images on the planet.

Some of our participants have taken the opportunity to combine their visit with us with a wonderful vacation in New England to capture fall foliage at its peak. Sometimes its tough to determine exactly when the leaves will be at their peak, so here are a few tips you might want to consider.

Autumnwalk1. Fall foliage moves from the north to the south. Typically, foliage turns it’s most brilliant colors first, in Maine.

2. The Columbus Day weekend is thought to usually be the best time to see leaves. This year it appears the leaves are about a week behind schedule, so check weather.com for specific updates.

3. The longer you stay in New England, the better your chances of seeing leaves at their peak.

4. Once you know where you’re going, call and ask the locals when leaves peak in their area, they’re your best resource.

5. Rent a car and drive to different locations. There is varied terrain and leaves may show differently along rivers and mountains.Fallbridge_2

So, if you’re thinking of joining us in the next couple of weeks, please, bring your camera. You’ll be glad you did.

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May 29, 2007

Tuesday Inspiration

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Inspiring Words from Wonderful Women Across the World:

Harriet Beecher Stowe, writer
Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.

Dianne Feinstein, politician
Toughness doesn't have to come in a pinstripe suit.

Eleanor Roosevelt, activist You Learn by Living
You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, "I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along." You must do the thing you think you cannot do.

Indira Gandhi, Indian politician
You must learn to be still in the midst of activity and to be vibrantly alive in repose.

Anne Frank, writer
How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.

Janis Joplin, American singer
Don't compromise yourself. You are all you've got.

Dolores Huerta, activist
If you haven't forgiven yourself something, how can you forgive others?

Mother Theresa, social activist
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much.

Dolly Parton, singer
If you want the rainbow, you've got to put up with the rain.

Helen Hayes, American actress
Rest and you rust.

Kaethe Kollwitz, German artist
I am gradually approaching the period in my life when work comes first. No longer diverted by other emotions, I work the way a cow grazes.

Virginia Woolf, writer
Each has his past shut in him like the leaves of a book known to him by heart and his friends can only read the title.

Maya Angelou, poet, educator
It is this belief in a power larger than myself and other than myself, which allows me to venture into the unknown and even the unknowable.

Quotes from About.com

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April 09, 2007

Green Mountain at Fox Run - Mother, Daughter, Sister Program

Motherdaughter2This year is flying by! One more week and taxes will be just a distant memory. Then, before we know it, it will be Mother's Day. Usually Mother’s Day is celebrated by allowing mom to relax and refrain from her motherly duties for just one day, but what about the rest of the year? A girl needs a little love and care everyday, doesn't she? Think about it, when is the last time you really had a great time with your mom, or your daughter or with your sister?

Well, I've got just the ticket. Green Mountain at Fox Run invites you to join them for their 3rd Annual Mother, Daughter, Sister Program beginning this May.

• Discover familial, historical and cultural influences that affect how we as women feel about our bodies and, therefore, how we take care of them. The mother-daughter relationship is the earliest and most significant influence.

• Explore more deeply the complex ways in which food and body shape/size impact women of all ages today.

• If you're the mother of a college-age daughter who struggles with eating and eating disorders, you can learn how to be supportive, to make a big difference for your daughter who is under much more pressure to ‘be thin' for today's standards of beauty.

• Enjoy adventures together – just like you used to. Hike forested New England trails, or try Pilates or yoga for the very first time.

• Learn new ways to take care of yourself and each other. At the end of the day, pamper yourself with any assortment of spa treatments.

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Enrollment is limited. For more information, call Gina or Amy at (800) 448-8106 or (802) 228-8885 - M-F, 9am-5pm EST. You can also register on line to reserve your spot now. Make sure to mention Mother-Daughter Month in the ‘Special Comments’ section.

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November 29, 2006

Eating What You Want

Christmas_candy In conversation with a friend who struggles with eating and his weight -- and also has Type 2 diabetes -- I mentioned last week's post about enjoying holiday foods, eating what we want in a way that makes us feel great, e.g., eating mindfully.  He was all agog, yet skeptical.  He didn't 'want' the turkey or green beans that usually made up his Thanksgiving meal.  He was into the stuffing and mashed potatoes and sweet potato casserole (with marshmallows aplenty) and homemade pies, with lots of whipped cream, thank you very much!!!

That revelation got us into the definition of the word 'want.'  Actually, his response to the advice to eat what you want isn't unusual.  When many of us think of it, all we think of are the generally rich goodies that diets and the diet mentality have taught us are off-limits.  But there are a couple of primary ideas at work behind this advice.

1) By eating what we want, we reduce the risk of overeating just to get what we want.  How many times have we eaten all the stuff we're 'supposed' to eat -- the 'healthy' stuff -- then continued foraging until we end up eating all the stuff we really wanted...and walked away stuffed?  What if we just ate what we wanted in the first place? Chances are we would have stopped when we felt like we'd had enough -- and that would probably have been at lot fewer calories.  Maybe the nutritional quality of the calories wouldn't have been stellar, but if we listen to our bodies (mindful eating), they generally tell us when to lay off the cookies and munch on a few carrots instead.  P.S.  It helps to eat regularly -- every 3-5 hours or so -- to help your body give you accurate signals.  If we get too hungry, we tend to want the richer stuff regardless of how much we've previously had of it.

2) When we think of the word 'want,' what comes to mind most often?  If it's cakes, cookies, and candy, we're likely still caught up in thinking that we shouldn't eat those foods at all.  But if we let ourselves have them when we really want them, we begin to see/feel when we really don't want them.  Instead, we want to feel well.  Eating cakes, cookies, candy and the like doesn't necessarily make us feel unwell -- it's just when they make up the majority of what we eat, or if we eat them until we're stuffed.  So if we eat them in moderation, as part of a well-balanced eating style, we find they are the treats they're made out to be.  We feel well when we eat them, but we find we don't want too much of them -- just like we don't want too much of other foods.

If we've got something like Type 2 diabetes that dictates we be a bit more judicious in our use of richer foods, all that means is that our definition of 'want' is a little different from the so-called average person -- but not that much different.  For the vast majority of us, including those with Type 2 diabetes, when we give ourselves permission to eat what we want, then put the 'goodies' up against the 'healthy stuff,' we'll find we want the 'healthy stuff' as much as we need it.  And we can forgo excessive amounts of the richer stuff because we know it's not what we 'want' on several levels. (I could go into the fact that the 'goodies' can be considered 'healthy stuff,' too, on many levels, but this post is getting too long.)

Anyway, if you can understand what I've just written, i hope it will help you truly enjoy the coming holiday season and all the wonderful things it brings.  I've gotta go now -- the busyness of this season is beckoning!

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October 09, 2006

Mise en Place

"Mise en Place" (mise en place [MEEZ ahn plahs] a French cooking term meaning "everything in its place”)

What a wonderful concept. What if we could incorporate this wonderful French cooking philosophy into our everyday life? With the holidays rapidly approaching, just think what it would mean to be prepared, rested and ready!

Before I know it, the holiday’s sneak up on me like an uninvited interloper. Disrupting my rhythm and blurring my focus. It’s a time of year where expectations run high and I'm usually left holding the turkey baster. So, with great confidence I say, not this year! Before I start unpacking the good china or shopping for the perfect table runner, I'm commiting myself to getting everything in it's place, before it's too late.

You can too, by joining Green Mountain at Fox Run for a very special program:

‘Everything in its Place – Including You’

Special weekly classes beginning November 12 - December 9, 2006

Move through the season with confidence. Work side by side with our senior fitness expert, Lynn Ann Covell, as she takes you through ‘Holiday Fitness Express and Exercise Strategies.’ Learn how you can fit exercise easily into any busy holiday schedule, yes, even yours!

• Bring your favorite recipe and Green Mountain will supply the aprons. Join our head chef, Nate Worth, in the kitchen and learn how you can prepare family favorites healthfully, while satisfying even those with the most discerning tastes. Marsh mellows on your sweet potatoes? You bet! He’ll also work with you on how to best manage your pantry, go grocery shopping and more!

• Let our behavioral therapist's Mimi Francis and Teri Hirss, guide you through some of that tough holiday terrain, when family and friends may try to sabotage your best intentions. They’ll supply you with real world solutions that will empower you to take control and stay the course.

• We’ve even thrown in some special time for Christmas shopping at local artisans, the popular Vermont Country Store and some of Vermont’s premier outlet shopping in Manchester.

It’s a great time in Vermont, so come join us for this very special program.

Call Gina or Amy at (800) 448-8106 to learn more about how this program can make the difference.

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October 04, 2006

Count What Counts!

Ks9358_2 "Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted." - Albert Einstein

This post is a repeat, just in time for the holidays when it can be easy to forget what really counts.

I doubt that wise old Al would have been thinking about calories or his cholesterol numbers when he wrote that. Which made me think about how much time I’ve spent counting things that don’t really count….cholesterol, HDL, LDL, CRP, glucose, HbA1c, TSH, T3, T4, pounds, ounces, hairs, FSH, LH, BMI, body fat....feel free to throw in your own alphabet soup of things you count.

How can I say that these things don’t really count? Well, at the end of the day, what does knowing any of this stuff mean in your life? Other than provoking an anxiety attack, what was accomplished by knowing all these numbers? Well, in my experience, the answer is “nothing.” I had to learn that the hard way, that being obsessed with the counting doesn’t help with the doing.

In fact, anything that increased my anxiety about my body made me view it as an enemy, instead of a friend. And when is the last time you took your “enemy” out for a walk, fed it well, or thought about doing anything except ignoring it?

When you make make friends with your body – accepting it for whom and what it is in the present, you can make some strides in helping your friend feel better.

So today I’m counting my blessings and taking my “friend” out in the sunshine. How ‘bout you?

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September 05, 2006

Knowing Boundaries

Recently I saw Victoria Jackson on a follow up to Celebrity Fit Club. She was a "cast member" on the show's second season. In the follow up, there was a segment with her father. He was showing photos of a young Victoria with her middle- and high-school gymnastics team. Here's a snip of dialouge:

"See, she's bigger than the other girls...I had to work on keeping her small all the time...oh, here's when she really started to get big...she was always bigger than the other girls..."

I don't think I have to go further. Victoria revealed that she was always made to feel bad about her size (ps she was not any different looking than the other girls) and that drove a lot of her dieting, which in turn drove her excess weight. She did confront him about his comments and attitudes later in the show, he replied, "oh, you took that all wrong."

While it would be easy to paint Mr. Jackson as a foe of women, an abuser of minds, a monster, the truth is quite something else. He clearly loves his daughter, as does she - they have a "simple" case of lack of boundaries.

Here's a story that illustrates having a lack of boundaries:

The Pastor's Ass

The pastor entered his donkey in a race and it won.

The pastor was so pleased with the donkey that he entered it in the race again, and it won again.

The local paper read: PASTOR'S ASS OUT FRONT

The Bishop was so upset with this kind of publicity that he ordered the pastor not to enter the donkey in another race. Donkey

The next day, the local paper headline read: BISHOP SCRATCHES PASTOR'S ASS.

This was too much for the bishop, so he ordered the pastor to get rid of the donkey. The pastor decided to give it to a nun in a nearby convent.

The local paper, hearing of the news, posted the following headline the next day: NUN HAS BEST ASS IN TOWN.

The bishop fainted. He informed the nun that she would have to get rid of the donkey, so she sold it to a farmer for $10.

The next day the paper read: NUN SELLS ASS FOR $10.

This was too much for the bishop, so he ordered the nun to buy back the donkey and lead it to the plains where it could run wild.

The next day the headlines read: NUN ANNOUNCES HER ASS IS WILD AND FREE.

The bishop was buried the next day!

The moral of the story is: being concerned about public opinion can bring you much grief and misery...and even shorten your life. So be yourself and enjoy life. Stop worrying about everyone else's ass!
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When boundaries are terribly blurred, we internalize the "stuff" of other people.  In this case, the bishop kept feeling the mortification of the headlines on behalf of the nun and the pastor.  Some might even say that the bishop felt more mortification than either the nun or the pastor did - after all, neither of them fainted or suffered any ill physical effects.

Remember to allow other people their own feelings: shame, elation, grief, contentment, mortification or pleasure.  It's their right because it's their life, not yours!

(We have been unable to locate an original author's name.  If you know who should receive credit for this, please email to let us know so we may properly attribute it.)

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