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Posted by Catherine Morgan on September 15, 2009
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Posted by Catherine Morgan on May 11, 2009
Stalker Diet Detective Ambushes Overweight Women For Reality TV Show
Yes, you heard right. There is a new show on We-TV that has many women (including myself) up in arms – It’s called I Want To Save Your Life. But what could be so bad about a show that wants to save lives? Well, it gives the impression it is a kind of “intervention” type show…but it’s really an attack on women who are overweight.
This show is wrong on so many levels that I barely know where to start. Below is a promo clip of this pathetic excuse for reality tv.
I did happen to see this show last week, and it was quite shocking. I think the worst part about it is how family members (in the case I saw it was the husband), basically “rat out” the women and allow this guy to stalk them and then confront them about their weight and diet on reality tv. I don’t know who is worse, the stalker nutritionist or the husband who rats out his wife?
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Posted by Catherine Morgan on May 5, 2009
Kirstie Alley on Oprah Talking About Her Weight Gain
Did you see Kirstie Alley on Oprah? She was on to talk about her weight gain, and her desire to develop her own weight loss program. The interview wasn’t at all what I expected. She talked to Oprah about spending this past year researching weight loss (for her soon to be announced weight loss program), while gaining even more weight than she had lost on Jenny Craig. It was a bit odd.
One of the biggest questions I got from my post on Valerie Bertinelli’s recent weight loss, was about whether or not she will be able to keep it off once she stops the Jenny Craig diet. It seems that if Kirstie Alley is any example, the answer might be no.
What do you think?
I’ve known for a while now that Kirstie Alley had gained back all of the weight she lost on the Jenny Craig diet, and I have no judgment of her about that. After all, most of us spend a good portion of our lives gaining, losing, and gaining again. I’m no exception. I just don’t understand why she didn’t seem to make any attempt at all to maintain her weight loss? Even moving all of her high-end exercise equipment to her garage. Why? She obviously had the means to hire people to cook healthy meals for her, or trainers to work-out with her. Why didn’t she? I think I could understand a little better if she wasn’t also claiming to be developing her own weight loss program. I just don’t get it.
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Posted by Catherine Morgan on April 27, 2009
Understanding why we overeat is an important step on the road to making healthy food choices. And for many of us, our unhealthy emotions are contributing to our unhealthy eating.
It’s called being an emotional eater. Are you one of them? I can admit…I am. I think if we are being honest with ourselves, we all do this to some degree. And in small doses, emotional eating isn’t so bad. But many of us have gone way beyond minor emotional eating. Many of us are using food to avoid dealing with our true feelings…and not only doesn’t it work, but it also compounds are troubles with feelings of guilt and anger toward ourselves.
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Posted by Catherine Morgan on April 25, 2009
Spring Cleaning and De-Cluttering For Better Health
I should probably have called this post…Do as I say, not as I do. The clutter in my house has gotten totally out of control, and I really do think it affects the way I feel. But I also believe that cleaning out the clutter in our homes (and our lives) is helpful to our overall well being. So I plan on doing some serious spring cleaning and de-cluttering very soon.
I’m going to start by purging my closets of all the clothes that no longer fit or that I haven’t worn in the past year. I try to do that a couple times a year and donate them to our local Goodwill. I’m also planning on having a garage sale in a few weeks to get rid of a lot of stuff cluttering my house and my life.
Do you have any plans for de-cluttering? Do you find the clutter in your home affects your emotional or physical health?
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Posted by Catherine Morgan on April 4, 2009
New Study: Reading Is Best To Reduce Stress
I wasn’t sure what I was going to write about today, and then I came across this interesting article on how reading can reduce stress. Since I love to read, and I also love anything that can help me reduce stress, I thought this would be a great post for today.
Are you stressed about the economy? Your job? Your kids? Politics? It’s no secret that life is very stressful these days. So…What can we do to reduce stress? Apparently, reading a book is one of the best ways to reduce stress.
Reading is the best way to relax and even six minutes can be enough to reduce the stress levels by more than two thirds or 68%.
New research by consultancy Mindlab International at the University of Sussex says reading works better and faster than other methods to calm frazzled nerves such as listening to music, going for a walk or settling down with a cup of tea.
Are you a reader? Does it help you relax and de-stress?
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Posted by Catherine Morgan on April 3, 2009
Last week I watched Valerie Bertinelli and Marie Osmond on the Oprah Winfrey Show talking about their personal weight loss success stories, and I found both stories to be very inspirational. As most of you already know, I’ve been struggling with my weight for several years now. And for that reason, I find myself easily able to relate to these two women. After watching that show I felt more motivated then ever to continue eating healthy and losing weight. I don’t think I was alone, but as always, there was also a backlash.
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Posted by Catherine Morgan on March 22, 2009
Are you depressed? In a bad relationship? Stressed out over the economy? All of the above? If so, you could be at a greater risk for heart disease.
There is new study that links serious depression to sudden cardiac death in women. Depression linked to heart disease…
Severe depression may silently break a seemingly healthy woman’s heart. Doctors have long known that depression is common after a heart attack or stroke, and worsens those people’s outcomes. Monday, Columbia University researchers reported new evidence that depression can lead to in the first place.
The scientists tracked 63,000 women from the long-running Nurses’ Health Study between 1992 and 2004. None had signs of heart disease when the study began, but nearly 8 percent had evidence of serious depression.
The depressed women were more than twice as likely to experience sudden cardiac death — death typically caused by an irregular heartbeat, concluded the 12-year study, published Monday in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. They also had a smaller increased risk of death from other forms of heart disease.
How is your marriage? Are you happy? Did you know that an unhappy marriage could increase a woman’s risk for heart disease?
A strained marriage can lead to heart disease risks for women. A new study show the chances of developing depression, leading to metabolic syndrome and obesity is worse for women in strained marriages than for men. The result is increased heart disease risk for women who are in an unhappy marriage.
And recently I blogged about a new study that found women are increasingly stressed over money and the economy.
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Posted by Catherine Morgan on February 21, 2009
Is stress wearing you down? Are you worried about the bad economy? Your job? The mortgage? Your health? Your family? If so, you are not alone.
Life is always changing, and that can feel very stressful. But often, seemingly bad things will happen in our lives, that will actually turn out to be the catalysts to something positive. It’s very true that when one door closes another will open. Although it never feels so great when that one door closes. Recently I’ve had several doors close on me. But as hard as it’s been, I can already see that these things needed to happen to bring me closer to where I am meant to be.
There are three things we can do to help relieve the stress in our lives…
Number one is acceptance. We need to accept that life does not always go the way we perceive to be best.
From This Journey – Stress or Sadness…
Here are some great ways of dealing with the burdens of life:
- Accept that some days you’re the pigeon, and some days you’re the statue.
- Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.
- Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.
- Drive carefully. It’s not only cars that can be recalled by their maker.
- If you can’t be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.
- If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.
- It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply be kind to others.
- Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won’t have a leg to stand on.
- Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance.
- Since it’s the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.
- The second mouse gets the cheese.
- Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.
- You may be only one person in the world, but you may also be the world to one person.
- Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once.
- We could learn a lot from crayons… Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull. Some have weird names, and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box.
- A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.
Number two is gratitude. Take time to recognize all that you have to be grateful for.
From Britt Bravo – Keeping a Gratitude Journal…
One tool to help keep life in perspective is a gratitude journal where you write down a few things each day that you are thankful for. They can be big things, like I’m thankful that I have a warm, dry place to live in the midst of this crazy California rainstorm, or small things, like I had a really yummy hot chocolate the other day.
Number three is your inner game and positive affirmations.
What is your inner voice saying to you? Have you developed the habit of saying negative things to yourself? If so, this is a habit that needs to be broken.
From Family Matters…
Whether we speak out loud or we are in silence, our brain is in continuous chatter. We have thoughts about things to do, feelings, expectations, ideas, reminders, theories and conversations.
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Much of our mind chatter is thoughts we have been given by others, thoughts based on past experiences we have had (as kids), things we have seen in the media and interpretations of what has happened around us. The real challenge is to switch from negative thoughts to positive ones.
Taking a wealth/prosperity affirmation as our example, it’s unlikely that a wealthy person would tell someone “I’m a very wealthy person” or “I’m a multi-millionaire,” but they might tell someone “I’m never in need of money” or “My finances are better than they’ve ever been before.” Think of a way in which you’d tell your friends and family about your wealth, and use that as your money mantra. If you use a lot of slang or colloquial phrases, fashion your affirmation that way. A person who refers to money as “dough,” for instance, would probably be better off writing her mantra as “I’m rollin’ in dough!” than as “I have a lot of money!” Keep your own speech pattern in mind when you write out your affirmations, and they’ll be much more powerful for you.
From Angela Booth’s Writing Blog – Affirmations For Writers…
Here’s how to create your own empowering affirmations: create them from your mind tapes. Just switch the old tapes from negative statements to positive ones.
* Writing is hard, I’ve never been good at writing BECOMES: “Writing is easy and fun for me, I’ve always been great at writing”;
* I can’t write BECOMES: “I write easily and effortlessly, I’m an excellent writer.”
Try it. Affirmations enhance your creativity and your income. Why walk around with old, damaging self-talk? Start changing your self-talk today, with the power of affirmations.
Here are some videos on the topic of positive affirmations that your might find helpful…
Your thoughts create your future…
An affirmation video…
A healing affirmation video…
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Posted by Catherine Morgan on February 1, 2009
Do You Hate or Love Your Body? Is It Possible To Love Yourself Healthy?
A long time ago I read a book called Love Yourself Thin. The idea of the book was that if you love and appreciate your body, choosing to feed it healthy foods would come naturally. It also emphasized the importance of loving our bodies just the way they are…even suggesting you stand naked in front of a mirror and replace negative self talk with positive self talk. Even though I never tried that, it did make me notice how many times in one day I was passing my reflection and telling myself I was fat or ugly (more than I could count).
So the idea of loving ourselves healthy isn’t a new concept. But it is something that most of us are neglecting to practice.
When we choose to eat healthy out of love for our bodies, we are able to let go of the negative aspects of weight and appearances. We no longer have to hate our bodies into going on starvation diets. Instead, we can love our bodies into making healthy food choices.
The first step in loving yourself healthy is to STOP JUDGING YOURSELF and your appearance. If you can’t say something nice about yourself…Don’t say anything at all. This is a great opportunity to recognize your negative self talk and begin to practice positive affirmations. Check out this website where you can randomly pick a wisdom card by Louise Hay.
The next step is to start treating your body like you love it (even if you don’t). Try making food choices that reflect your desire to fuel your body with nourishing and healthy foods.
Leslie Karen Lobell – Learning To Love Yourself…
One way to learn to love yourself is to act as if you already do (i.e., “Fake it till you make it”). An important way to love yourself is to nourish and care for your body: eat healthy foods and exercise regularly.
Healthy Eating Tips from Love Your Body Love Yourself at Women’s Healthcare Empowerment Now…
- Make stir-fry using a little chicken, some veggies, some seasoning all in one pan; and you have a healthy meal.
- Carry nuts, fruit, string cheese (part skim mozzarella), low-fat yogurt, or hard-boiled eggs with you for healthy snacks.
- If other people in the house eat junk food, put it all in one cabinet and start eating less of it.
- Make a healthy grocery list and don’t buy the junk (chips, etc.).
- Avoid foods with the word “hydrogenated” on the label, or look for foods that say “no trans fats”.
- Avoid deep fat fried foods like french fries.
- Eat throughout the day. If you don’t eat much all day you are more likely to binge at night.
- Eat something with a lot of fiber, like a salad, before your meal; it will make you feel less hungry.
- If you find you frequently eat for emotional comfort, think of other things you could substitute, like a warm bath, or your favorite music.
- You can be a good example for your children and teach them to eat healthy foods along with you. This may change their lives for the better now, and help them be more likely to eat healthfully as adults.
If we really and truly care for ourselves, we would take good care of these bodies that are taking us through life.This minor revelation helped me change my negative thoughts about myself as I was writing. I realized that I usually do love myself enough to eat healthy foods which contribute to my being exceptionally healthy most of the time.
How many companies rely on us feeling crappy about our bodies to sell more product? If we all loved our bodies the way they are, douche companies wouldn’t be the only ones going out of business–the diet, health & beauty, pharmaceutical, and cosmetic surgery industries would suffer as well!
Think of the money we could save if we loved ourselves and accepted our bodies in their natural state.
Thick thighs. Narrow hips. Thick lips. Thin ones. Big nose, small boobs. Flat butt, fat butt. Dark skin, light skin. You got what ya got. Can you find the courage to love it all…right now?
So…Do you see a connection between how you feel about your body and how you treat your body? Do you love your body or hate it?
If you hate it, are you willing to try loving it for a little while?
Do you catch yourself saying judgmental and negative things to yourself all day? Do you think you could stop?
- Is It Really Possible For Us To Love Our Bodies?
- BlogHer’s Letter To My Body
- The Tao of Healthy Living and Weight Loss
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Posted by Catherine Morgan on January 15, 2009
A few weeks ago I was flipping through the million channels on my TV trying to find just one thing worth watching (which isn’t an easy task). Luckily I found Dr. Wayne Dyer on PBS.
I read my first book by Dr. Wayne Dyer (Real Magic) about twelve years ago, and I’ve been hooked ever since. So when I watched his seminar on PBS that was based on his latest book, of course I had to run out the next day and buy it. This one is called Change Your Thoughts – Change Your Life, and it’s his interpretation of the 81 verses of the Tao.
[The Tao Te Ching was written five hundred years before the birth of Jesus, and offers advice and guidance for living a balanced life.]
As I read, I came across aspects of this wisdom that are helpful in my quest for better health and weight loss. So, even though I’m no philosopher (obviously), I thought I would share some verses that stood out for me. They offer guidance for healthy living and even weight loss. Here are three.
[Keep in mind that I am only pulling the parts of these verses that I find most relevant to good health, this is by no means a complete look at any of these verses.]
Verse 9 – Living Humility – To keep on filling is not as good as stopping.
This verse is interesting in how it relates to healthy eating and weight loss. It’s telling us to eat, but to stop when we’re full. Eat until your hunger is satisfied, and no more. That’s pretty good advice, I wonder how many of us actually follow it?
It also tells us that we should seek joy and pleasure in the activities we are doing. In order to do this, we need to slow down and enjoy our lives (and our meals).
Here is a way you can begin to practice this idea during your next meal. Enjoy each bite of your meal. After a couple of bites take a moment to reflect on how you are feeling and determine if you are full. Once your hunger is satisfied, stop eating.
Verse 63 – Living Without Difficulties - Take on difficulties while they are still easy.
This verse can relate to how most of us see weight loss as being difficult or a struggle. It encourages us to see the simplicity in the things we perceive to be hard. You can do this by taking one day at a time, or one meal at a time, or one moment at a time. Break down your biggest challenges into smaller, more manageable ones.
It also reminds us to tackle problems in our life before they become big problems. In my case, it would have been better to begin eating healthy when I was only 10-20 pounds overweight. Rather than waiting until I was 40+ pounds overweight and my blood pressure was so high that I required medication.
You can practice this idea by taking time to recognize whether your weight or eating habits are suffering because you fear the problem is too difficult to address. If this is the case, believe in your ability to tackle the problem one day (or one meal) at a time…It need not be difficult.
Verse 71 – Living Without Sickness – Only when we are sick of our sickness shall we cease to be sick.
As someone who suffers with chronic illness, the notion of healing ourselves implies that we make a choice to be sick or to be well. And I just don’t believe that. But this verse isn’t about blame. It’s about being aware. Basically, our symptoms are our body’s way of talking to us, and we need to take the time to listen.
Could fatigue be a message to slow down and get more rest? Could high blood pressure be a message to make healthier food choices and lose some weight? Could a headache be a message that we are allowing stress and worry to steal moments of our life that we can never get back?
Each symptom may mean something different to each person. The goal is simply awareness.
I think with chronic illness, it’s also about how we “perceive” it. We may need to accept our illness, while still listening to our symptoms and striving to be the healthiest version of ourselves that we can be. Remember that we are not our body, so we can stop seeing ourselves as our illness.
Practice this idea by taking some time to listen to what your symptoms may be trying to tell you.
So…What do you think? Could the Tao help you find your way to better health? Can changing your thoughts change your life? Let me know in comments.
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Posted by Catherine Morgan on January 8, 2009
Last year around this time I came to the realization that I was at my highest weight ever. I knew I was overweight, but when I checked my BMI I was shocked to realize that I had actually tipped into the “obese” category. My BMI was 30.8 and anything over 30 is considered obese. It was at that moment that I decided I needed to make a drastic lifestyle change. But hardcore dieting really isn’t my thing, so I started a “pre-diet” to ease myself into weight loss.
By the end of the year, my healthy eating had paid off, and I had lost 29 pounds [insert happy dance here]. Anyway, it took almost a year, but my BMI is down to 25.7 (overweight is considered to be between 25 and 29.9). So I’m still a few pounds away from being considered “normal weight”, but I’m more determined than ever to get there.
If I lose 15-20 more pounds, that will put me smack in the middle of what’s considered to be a normal and healthy weight (a BMI between 18.5 and 24.9). So that’s my goal for the new year, and it’s time for me to start a real diet. But what diet? There are so many.
I decided to try using a Health Tracker that I found online. Each day I can record my weight along with the food (calories) I eat, and keep track of every aspect of my diet. I also decided that I would take advantage of the sales on pre-packaged diet meals that we always see right after the holidays. I ended up getting Lean Cuisines for 50% off, and paid between $1.45 and $1.85 per meal. This is working great for me because it’s easy to keep track of calories, quick to prepare when I’m hungry, and I have a lot of choices so I don’t feel deprived. I’m also still using Isagenix supplements and shakes for added nutrition.
Since January 1st I’ve lost 3.5 pounds, and I’m now less than one pound away from not being overweight – woohoo.
I also found a great deal on a Bally Total Fitness – Core Sculpting System that was on a clearance table a few days after Christmas…Now I just have to watch the DVD and figure out how to use it.
So that’s my plan, and I’m sticking to it. Do you have a plan for healthy living in 2009? Let me know in comments, or at the 2009 Good Health-A-Thon.
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Posted by Catherine Morgan on October 18, 2007
Hollywood and the fashion, cosmetics and diet industries work hard to make each of us believe that our bodies are unacceptable and need constant improvement. Print ads and television commercials reduce us to body parts — lips, legs, breasts — airbrushed and touched up to meet impossible standards. TV shows tell women and teenage girls that cosmetic surgery is good for self-esteem. Is it any wonder that more than 80% of fourth-grade girls have been on some form of fad diet? Is it any wonder that 80% of U.S. women are dissatisfied with their appearance? — go to Love You Body
92% of girls want to change at least one aspect of their appearance. Dove believes all girls deserve to see how beautiful they really are and is committed to raising self-esteem in girls everywhere. That’s why we created the Dove Self-Esteem Fund.” — above image is from Dove campaign
Sussane Reisman, BlogHer contributing editor, did a great post on body image a few weeks ago.
Just look at some of these ads that are offensive to women. No wonder women can’t be happy with their bodies, the images of what they “think” they should look like are based 100% on men’s fantasies (not reality).
So, what can be done? Will this ever change?
Today is LOVE YOUR BODY DAY – You can learn more about it here.
On a more positive note, I received this in my email today…
Posted by Catherine Morgan on September 26, 2007
Choosing Happiness — by Catherine Morgan
Are you making significant life decisions from a place of fear or anger? Most of us do. When we make choices and respond to people and situations in our life, in reaction to fearful and angry emotions, we are choosing unhappiness. From the little responses and decisions in our life, right up to the big ones.
You can read this full post at my new blog – CatherineBlogs.com (my first attempt at a blog with ads), I’d love to know what you think. Thanks. And, don’t worry…I still plan on continuing my blogging here and at all my other blogs.
Posted by Catherine Morgan on September 25, 2007
Birthdays and Aging — by Catherine Morgan (cross-posted at BlogHer)
Every twelve months or so we all go through it, that time of year that some of us may loath and others may love…Yes, I’m talking about the “B” word. How do you feel on that one day a year? Are you happy? Depressed? Angry? Ambivalent? All of the above? Is every year different? Are some numbers easier to reach than others?
If it’s possible to be bi-polar when it comes to your birthday, then that’s my diagnosis. Sometimes I’m happy, sometimes I’m sad, sometimes I feel like I’m getting more mature, and sometimes I just feel like I’m getting more old. I imagine I’m not the only birthday girl that feels this way at times, so I thought we could take some time to examine the emotional side of birthdays and getting older.
Posted by Catherine Morgan on August 1, 2007
Hi everyone, I’m back from the BlogHer conference in Chicago. And, it was GREAT. My plan is to write a whole post about the conference, the people, the experience…and more. However, I have been extremely ill since I have been home (I’m certain I picked-up something on the plane, I always do).
I decided to re-post “Finding Empowerment Through Adversity”, from back in January when I first began blogging. Many of the bloggers I talked with in Chicago, seemed to have similar stories of hardships that were the catalyst to their personal empowerment, and brought them to blogging.
I hope you enjoy the post…
Posted by Catherine Morgan on May 10, 2007
Music and Flowers for Mother’s Day
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Posted by Catherine Morgan on May 8, 2007
image from breastcheck
THE ONE THING WE NEED TO START DOING WHEN WE GO TO GET OUR YEARLY MAMMOGRAM. — by Catherine Morgan
We all know that we need to get our yearly mammogram. None of us “want” to get it, but we get it anyway because we know how important early detection is in the treatment of breast cancer. However, there is something that most of us don’t do when we go to get our mammogram that I think we should be doing, something that the doctors and technicians don’t tell us to do. I’ll warn you now…this may be hard for some.Let me start off by telling you that I had my mammogram recently, it was what they call a “diagnostic” mammogram, as opposed to the normal yearly “routine” mammogram. You get a diagnostic mammogram when they find something that doesn’t appear normal…At this point it is still more likely than not that you don’t have cancer, but it could turn out that you do. I know cancer is a scary word, but we really need to get over it. Cancer is not a four letter word that we can’t talk about, in fact we actually need to talk about it. Because, the more we talk about it, and the more we understand it…the less scary “it” will be. Like everything in life – Knowledge is power.
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Posted by Catherine Morgan on May 6, 2007
This is from a post I did on my Be The Change You Want To See In Yourself blog. I thought it would be nice here as well. Hope you like it.
FINDING PEACE AND HAPPINESS IN MOMENTS OF SILENCE — by Catherine Morgan
Where did the saying “I just want a little peace and quiet” come from? Obviously, from someone who understood that peace can only exist in silence. The noise of life is like a barrier that stands between you and peace. But, quieting the noise with silence can break down this barrier, and open the door to the peace that is within you.