I have heard that Einstein said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. I’m not sure if he actually said this but I don’t care because he’s famous and the statement is the most certainly true. It is so true that whenever I repeat it to someone they will invariably nod and chuckle in affirmation. Generally people only nod and chuckle in affirmation to things that are really, really true. In spite of the fact that it’s really, really true and that everyone knows that it’s true, when it comes to many people’s attempts at weight loss they seemed to forget that it’s true. Continue reading
We’re now into 2016, the ball has dropped,the hangover has worn off, and unfortunately, reality has returned. If you’re like many, part of the nog-induced pre-New Years delirium included lofty plans to start exercising and changing your diet. Not right away, I mean the holidays were coming and who can be expected to diet and exercise during the holidays? Let’s get real people! So that was your bargain. You bought an unfettered holiday eating season on credit and it’s time to pay the piper. Continue reading
I am a big fan of memes. I don’t know how to pronounce the word correctly but there’s something about the ability to capture a complex idea in a well written but brief statement packaged together with an interesting graphic. For those of you who do not know what a meme is, according to Webster it is an idea, behavior, style, or usage that spreads from person to person within a culture. In the context of the internet age, the term commonly (according to wikipedia) refers to an activity, concept, catchphrase or piece of media which spreads, often as mimicry, from person to person via the Internet. Continue reading
Is there any place in the world where one feels more judged than in the dentist’s chair? You’re sitting there in a relatively compromising position as the hygienist probes the depths of your mouth exposing all of your deepest lies. “Sure I floss regularly” (regularly but not daily). “I wear my mouth guard all the time” (all the times I feel like it which is not so many times). You can’t lie to the dentist or her minions. The truth is written on your gumline like a signed confession. And speaking of confession time, I have a cavity. It’s not a big one, if there is such a thing, but a failure in oral care nonetheless. I am so ashamed. Continue reading
The following is a guest post from a friend of mine who is a family therapist. I believe that effective weight loss stands on three pillars, diet, exercise, and psychology. I focus mostly on the diet and exercise part in the blog but I wanted to expand to address the psychological impact of weight. Hopefully more posts along these lines will be coming. Enjoy…
If you are a reader of this blog, I am guessing that you are interested in losing weight. I’d like to offer a new angle to this problem, as seen from my perspective as a marriage and family therapist. Family therapy as a formal approach involves addressing problems people face in the context of their family as a system, not just as the problem of a single person who happens to be in a family. Weight management too can be seen and addressed through this lens.
In my many encounters with people who have attempted to make changes in their lives, they seem to come to a stopping point. There is a moment where the brain recognizes that a change is necessary but the body seems to lag and the first steps are never taken. They just never get going. Part of the reason for this problem, I think, is that the change often seems so enormous that it becomes an insurmountable obstacle. Continue reading
I was sitting in my office with a patient of mine the other day having a conversation I find myself having frequently. She was a long time smoker who I had diagnosed with severe COPD (the lung disease caused by damage from smoking). She had been hospitalized and was close to needing oxygen. Yet, in spite of my warnings and castigations, she had broken her brief period of abstinence and was back up to “only a half pack a day”. She was staring at the floor unable to look me in the eye like a child caught misbehaving by their parents. Continue reading