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Check out SP's new Blog site: the dailySpark!

Monday, August 18, 2008      8 comments

In case you haven't heard, SparkPeople has launched a brand new blog-style website called dailySpark.com . Instead of adding new blog entries here on my SparkPage, I'll be blogging ... Read more

The Power of Conformity

Friday, August 08, 2008      25 comments

Have you ever wondered why social support is so important for a project like weight loss? There are lots of ways social support can help you out, of course. Being involved in a group of people trying to do the same thing you are can be a g... Read more

How Far Are You Really Willing to Go?

Friday, August 01, 2008      32 comments

You've probably heard of "aversion" therapy--that's where you take some behavior you're trying to stop and pair it with an immediate negative experience (like an electric shock) so that your brain starts associating that behavior with the negati... Read more

Just a reminder...

Thursday, July 31, 2008      2 comments

For those of you participating in the experiment (see earlier blog with Einstein photo), you can post your results as a comment below. Please include how many times you were and weren't successful at your goal, and what words you substituted for... Read more

Can Feeling Hungry Make You Happy?

Thursday, July 17, 2008      20 comments

Here's a new concept that could make losing weight a lot easier: emotional not-eating. We all know how easy and tempting it is to reach for something to eat--especially something that's sweet, rich, or salty--in times of stress. "Comfort" ... Read more

Just Say OM

Monday, July 07, 2008      13 comments

Do you have trouble just saying NO to your sweet tooth, or your Inner Couch Potato when s/he really wants to skip that exercise session you've got planned? Well, maybe NO isn't really the word you should be using. Trying saying OM instead. ... Read more

Want to End Your Motivation Problems Once and For All?

Tuesday, June 24, 2008      42 comments

I've been working lately on Coach Toughlove's Unified Theory of Why People Have Persistent Problems with Motivation (aka CTUTWPHPPM), and I think I've come up with something that really could help people solve these motivation problems once and ... Read more

Are You Orthorexic?

Monday, June 09, 2008      15 comments

Some psychologists and health professionals who work with people who have eating disorders or persistent weight problems have been lobbying for a while now to add a new diagnosis to the list of eating disorders. This new diagnosis would be calle... Read more

Confused About the Best Way to Do Your Strength Training?

Sunday, May 25, 2008      21 comments

There have been quite a few questions, discussions, and even debates on the message boards lately about the most effective way to do strength training. Should you do heavier weights and fewer repetitions, or light weights and lots of repetitions... Read more

Have You Gotten Your Outdoorphins Today?

Monday, April 28, 2008      29 comments

You’ve probably heard about endorphins—those great “feel good” chemicals that start running around your brain when you push your body pretty hard with exercise and physical activity. Endorphins (the word is a combination of endo (inner) + morphi... Read more

Happy Earth Day!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008      8 comments

For many, Earth Day seems to have lost a lot of the meaning and appeal it once had, possibly because the whole idea has been thoroughly co-opted by sales and marketing gurus, and used to promote a lot of businesses and products that are about a... Read more

Timing may not be everything, but it's definitely important...

Thursday, April 10, 2008      14 comments

To lose weight, you have to use more energy than you get from food. Simple enough, right? Yes...and no. It's true that any extra energy from food that your body doesn't use right away is going to be stored as fat. And it's true that, to ge... Read more

Do You Have a Problem with Autopilot Eating?

Tuesday, March 25, 2008      25 comments

Do you often find yourself heading into the grocery store full of good intentions to buy healthy foods, only to find your cart full of the same old high-calorie junk foods you've always loved? Do you promise yourself you'll only have one piece o... Read more

The Hazards of Sitting Still

Thursday, March 20, 2008      19 comments

It's been pretty clear for a long time that a sedentary lifestyle is not very good for you, and that physical activity is key to good health and to maintaining a healthy weight. In the past 50 years or so, science has been able to discover exact... Read more

Fine Tune Your Fat Burning

Monday, March 17, 2008      34 comments

I normally try to focus here on ideas related to motivation and the mental aspects of fitness and weight management, but this entry is going to talk about some info you can use to make sure you're getting the most out of your fat burning potenti... Read more


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