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Much Obliged

By Susan Howard

Like in an annoying friendship, hanging out with someone because of guilt or feeling like you are “supposed to” leads to a destructive unhappy life.  My new responds when someone tries to lay a trip on me about not calling is, “I don’t do that guilt thing.”  I verbally reject the bogus accusations because, guess what, I am an adult and I get to do what I want, when I want.  As I protest, it is obvious I have previously fallen victim and bought into their heavy negative feelings.  In the past I have felt remorse and crappy about myself.  That is why now I have to reject the lame attitudes out loud to prove it to myself.  “I’ll call you when I am damn ready.”

Which brings me to this; food.

You have no obligation to eat what you ordered at a restaurant.  

You have no obligation to eat what someone else ordered at a restaurant.

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If you're a food addict, you do have options to move past it.

Addict

By Susan Howard

Talking to one of my big weight loss clients, she lamented about all the advice she had been given by various diets and food bloggers alike, “Eat intuitively,” your body knows what it needs.  “Listen to your body, the pounds will naturally shed.”

“How can I do this,” she protested, “when I am a total food addict?”

What a great point.  If you act out with food, using it for emotional support, stress relief, or are just plain hooked, you will not lose weight. How then can you get to the bottom of your oversized bottom? (LOL)

It is worth it take a moment to question why you are there in the first place.  If food addiction seems to ring a bell for you, there are programs – OA, therapy and abstinence all seem to help.

When I say abstinence, obviously you can’t completely quit, like in AA, but my aforementioned client cuts carbs and sugar pretty strictly.  She’s is having a ..read more

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Susan Howard discusses the drawbacks of being overweight and to focus on one pound at a time during your weight loss journey.

Skinny Bitch

By Susan Howard

Here are somethings I will never have to worry about.

Shopping in stores that will carry my size. If a belt hole will reach the buckle. Buying boots that go over my calf. Fitting into a movie theater seat/airplane seat. Fastening a seat belt. Wearing short sleeves on a hot day.

Working with my weight loss clients, I have learned a lot — mainly that it kind of sucks to be over weight.  Yes, there are more and more plus size stores and on the cover of February’s Sports Illustrated swim suit issue there was a plus size model.  Yet, there’s still limits to carrying around 100 extra pounds, not including joint pain and heart health.

Overeating is an addiction you wear everyday.  Not to mention, there’s the social stigma, as people can be so harsh.  You can be a closeted alcoholic/drug addict, but not the same can be said when it comes to food.

Recently I heard a statistic that at least fifty percent of Americans ..read more

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Love yourself if you dare

By Susan Howard

Recently I got into an email battle with an author that I quoted in a post on my site. She was upset about how I pleaded with readers to stop buying food in large quantities which often leads to overeating. Love yourself at any weight is the driving message in her book and she was claiming that I was being hurtful to the overweight population. I was talking with one of my successful weight loss clients (75 lbs. down) and she wisely replied, “What about loving yourself enough to take CARE of yourself.” I couldn’t agree more.

My goal in working with clients is to get them close to their “set” weights. Unless you are an actor or an underwear model, why bother with anything else? No, my client isn’t a size two, but she went down 10 sizes and can fit into most anything she wants. She looks and feels great and has re-gained energy, confidence and control ..read more

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