We are such creatures of habit, aren’t we? I see the same people on the same cardio machines day after day at my gym. (And I don’t just mean they’re always on the elliptical or whatever; they’re literally on the same machine! As in, the woman with the purple running shorts is always on the […]
Go ahead, ask me how much Audrey makes me laugh. Good grief this girl is a riot! In this episode of The Messy Middle Audrey and I talk about how we eat, day in and day out, after each having lost 120 pounds. What does it take to lose the weight and keep it off? […]
Welcome to the premiere episode – both audio and video – of The Messy Middle. My partner-in-crime (or sister in psychosis, as she so graciously refers to me) is Audrey Slade. Audrey is … how shall I say this … freaking amazing! As a young mother, she left an abusive marriage with nothing but her […]
The correct answer is … whichever one you need to lose. No seriously, it’s true. They’re both challenging, but for very different reasons. And wherever you find yourself on the spectrum, that’s the one that’s the most difficult. Here’s what I mean… Let’s say you are in your mid-40s and find yourself 50+ pounds overweight. […]
A decade or so before I finally lost weight, in the midst of one of my more earnest attempts at dieting, I enlisted the help of a nutritional counselor. She was a sort of hybrid nutritionist and behavioral coach who had me record what I ate for the week and then take it to her […]
The other day I decided, not really impulsively, but definitely not with my usual slow, methodical deliberation, to apply for a job that I’d been coveting. It’s one of those jobs that I’ve always dreamed of; one of those jobs that seemed more aspirational than realistic. But it involves everything that I’m passionate about – […]
I recently had the privilege to sit down with Weight Watchers personal coach and leader Dale Snyder to talk about the new “Beyond the Scale” program. Listen in to learn what’s so smart about “SmartPoints” and why losing weight is just part of what makes this new program so exciting!
I had the pleasure of appearing on KOMO TV in Seattle on Friday, January 15th to talk about my own weight loss experience and a few tips for others who want to create healthy change in their own lives.
Up until very recently (like literally two weeks ago) I would’ve told you that cheat meals were a bad idea. In fact, I did tell you that cheat meals were a bad idea. In a blog in April of 2013, I wrote: … cheat meals become unnecessary because we construct a diet around rules that […]
From pages 180 – 181 of Eat Like It Matters: Raise your hand if you have an uncomplicated relationship with your mother. So nobody, right? Yeah, me either. This is one of the most complex human relationships there is. For those of us who are lucky enough to have our mothers in our lives, we may still […]
I had the pleasure of talking with Michelle King Robson and Pam Peeke, MD on Radio MD recently to talk about my book, Eat Like It Matters. We had a lot of fun sharing our dieting horror stories but agreed that the path to health and happiness is worth the struggle. Listen in!
Yes, I know it’s October 31st, not December 31st. Don’t worry, I don’t have my calendar on the wrong page. It just that, a couple of years ago I started celebrating my “new year” on my birthday rather than in January. Since my birthday was last week I invested some time deciding what my goals […]
From pages 166– 168 of Eat Like It Matters: This may sound harsh. Certainly it’s a big ol’ serving of tough love with no holds barred. And the last thing I’m gonna say before I launch into it is that I made every one of these mistakes, to the nth degree, for decades. So the tough love […]
I used to joke that I was a lifetime member of Weight Watchers … not because I’d ever reached my goal weight, but because I’d been dieting my entire lifetime. Maybe that’s just the nature of dieting; it leaves us feeling like time’s standing still … and we’re not getting anywhere. When I finally decided I’d had […]
From pages 92 – 95 of Eat Like It Matters … When I decided I was ready to change my life I knew I needed support from the person I had the closest relationship with: my husband. My decision to have lap-band surgery worried him initially; the surgical risks are not insignificant, and the cost […]
Listen in as I’m joined in the studio by some folks from my local YMCA! We talked about establishing new habits, finding a balanced approach to fitness and weight loss, and the many Y programs that can help us achieve our goals. My Y is my happy place, and the skilled staff and caring volunteers are a […]
A friend’s recent trip to Vegas led to a Facebook post that included a photo of the “Heart Attack Grill,” famed for its single, double, triple and quadruple bypass burgers. There’s even an Octuple Bypass Burger (eight patties) that’s just shy of 20,000 calories – not including the Flatliner Fries – which holds the Guinness […]
Chapter One MAYBE YOU CAN’T BREAK THROUGH UNTIL YOU ADMIT YOU’RE BROKEN I once weighed 265 pounds and had a body mass index of 43. To clarify, the National Institutes of Health labels as “overweight” those people with a body mass index (BMI) of between 25 and 29.9. Those who have a BMI of between […]
Trying to live a healthy lifestyle is a challenge, even under the best of circumstances. If you’re actively trying to lose weight, it’s easy to get frustrated with the glacially slow pace of progress. That frustration can give way to desperation, and we all know that desperation can lead us to fad diets, gimmicks and […]
We hear the term “clean eating” everywhere these days, but what does it mean, exactly? It’s one of those weight loss catch phrases that grabs us every few years and comes to define a whole dieting era. But what does it mean? Are its principles nutritionally sound, or is it just another gimmick? And if it’s […]
There are five distinct categories of weight loss programs: pre-packaged food diets, counting programs, restrictive diets, external influencers (pills etc.), and weight loss surgery. Is there one “perfect” diet? Let’s talk about how each category works and figure out if there’s a weight loss program that will be perfect for you!
Picture someone kicking, screaming, digging their heels in, throwing a tantrum. Not a pretty picture. Most of us grown-ups don’t do this literally, but we may do it mentally. Especially when it comes to facing the reality of why we’re not losing weight. When a friend asks how our diet is going we throw up […]
Eight years ago I had what I describe now as a “rock bottom” experience. Impulsively, in a wave of exasperation with my work, my home life and my weight (I was more than 100 lbs. overweight at the time), I quit my job. As I climbed out of that dark place, I realized that my […]
This is a question someone posed to me recently on Facebook, and I think it’s worth answering to a bigger audience. I have been asked this – in many variations – before: “How did Rob feel about your obesity?” or “Was he still attracted to you when you were overweight?” Admittedly, these are very personal questions, […]
Marilyn continues her interview with Audrey, a weight loss superstar, about her amazing success story in losing 120 pounds.
We usually think of weight loss as a straight line, with a definitive starting point and a finish line. From my vantage point, now nearly eight years since I lost 120-lbs., it seems clear that it just doesn’t work that way. There’s a starting point, yes, at least in the sense that we make a […]
I’m generally a pretty neat and tidy person, but stuff creeps into my house sometimes, cluttering things up. Sometimes that “stuff” is food that has no place in my healthy household. (Ahem, Girl Scout cookies!) What do I do when that happens??? Time for a little spring cleaning! Please click here to read more …
I get questions all the time – from the “Ask Marilyn” button on the website, at speaking engagements during the Q&A, sometimes at the grocery store – when people learn that I’ve lost a lot of weight. Though I’m not shy, I admit it caught me off-guard at first. But truthfully, I think it’s really […]
The third of the three phases of the Eat Like It Matters Program is the Lean Phase. When you’re within ten pounds of your ideal body weight, the details of diet and exercise become critical. The truth is, there’s very little wiggle room when you’re so close to your goal weight. Really, everything matters if […]
Strength training is the anti-aging drug we’ve all been looking for. It is the Fountain of Youth. kay, that may be a slight exaggeration, but it’s no stretch to say that strength training gives you the best bang for your exercise buck in terms of strength, stamina and calorie burn. If you’re already doing cardio, […]
In an article recently published in the journal The Lancet: Diabetes and Endocrinology, which hit the popular media by way of The Los Angeles Times (“Diet and exercise alone are no cure for obesity, experts say”) four well-respected weight-management physicians (from Mount Sinai Hospital, the University of Colorado, Northwestern University and the University of Pennsylvania) challenge […]
TV host Stacy London (What Not to Wear) has a new show on TLC called Love Lust or Run. Her guests are women whose wardrobes are what most of us would consider garish, even bizarre. (One guest referred to herself as a “post-apocalyptic Amazonian warrior.” Wowzers.) The show’s premise is that we don’t always see […]
The Gear Up Phase of the Eat Like It Matters Program is for those who would like to lose 10 – 30 pounds. This is the sexiest of the three phases of weight loss, as far as I’m concerned. It’s certainly the one that gets the most attention (shows like “The Biggest Loser” emphasize the […]
I realized a few months ago that I was suffering from an energy crisis. Starting first thing in the morning, I would begin jacking myself up on caffeine just to feel human. After a couple cups of coffee I’d be good to go for the morning, but by mid afternoon I was dragging again, barely able to […]
You may have heard my podcast recently in which I told the story about being on the treadmill – where much good thinking happens – when I realized that my own weight loss journey evolved through three distinct phases. I’m not sure why it never occurred to me before that my own patterns, behaviors and habits changed […]
‘Tis the season to take stock and possibly to change directions as we make improvements to our health. If you’re trying to do an about face in your own life there are some ideas from this week’s blogs you might find helpful. If you’re feeling indecisive about which weight loss path to follow, start with […]
Sometimes I lie awake tossing and turning, trying to figure out how to articulate a weight loss concept. I beat myself up, thinking I’m just not explaining it right. Occasionally I get frustrated because I see people relying on the same “expert advice” that I did for so many years. We figure, they should know, […]
It’s haunting to you, isn’t it? That damn bowl of candy that’s been sitting on the counter since Halloween night. Maybe even keeping you awake at night. You lay there, telling yourself you’re just gonna eat a piece or two a day, but as if possessed by Zuul the Gatekeeper of Gozer, you end up with a mound of wrappers […]
There’s a happiness deficit going around; maybe it’s because we’re all back indoors as the temperature drops, or maybe it’s the pre-holiday angst we feel when contemplating the end-of-year stressors that will soon be upon us. And no matter the origin, it’s tough to make strategically healthy living choices when we’re down in the dumps. […]
I will say I am not a fan of this concept. Oh, I hear about it all the time and I understand the idea. You eat according to your diet’s prescribed rules all through the week and then you get a “cheat meal” (or in some cases, an entire “cheat day”) to eat whatever you […]