It's All Mental

When it comes to changing our lifestyle for the better, sometimes the biggest hurdle we face can be mental. Here, let’s discuss those hurdles and how we can overcome them together!

22 03, 2017

Q&A Wednesday: How Do You Fit It All In?

By | March 22nd, 2017|It's All Mental, Q&A Wednesday|0 Comments

Q: How do you fit fitness and healthy eating into your day with some of the challenges of living in a big city?

24 02, 2017

The Science of Motivation: How to Develop It, Keep it, and Achieve With It

By | February 24th, 2017|It's All Mental|0 Comments

I know why you think you aren't motivated to workout, and how to change it to achieve your goals.

6 12, 2016

A Few Words on Self-Love, Self-Care, and Fitness

By | December 6th, 2016|It's All Mental|1 Comment

It's not that people don't 'love themselves enough' to work out—we just don't all define "loving ourselves" in ways that include 'working out.'

2 12, 2016

“You’ve Changed a Lot Since You Lost Weight”

By | December 2nd, 2016|It's All Mental, Social Construct|0 Comments

"You know, you've changed a lot since you've lost weight." It was always—always—said scornfully. It was supposed to signal to me that I was different now, and the difference was not welcome.

22 11, 2016

The Truth About Using Exercise as a Tool Against Depression

By | November 22nd, 2016|Exercise 101, It's All Mental|1 Comment

One of the frustrating things that I've learned in reading about depression is that people rely heavily on the idea that you should just be able to work out, and boom—problem solved. And this is sort of true. Sort of.

23 09, 2016

5 Tips to Help You Lose Weight While Still Feeling Satisfied

By | September 23rd, 2016|Friday 5, It's All Mental|1 Comment

5 tips to help you control your portions, feel satisfied, and still shed the unwanted pounds.

18 07, 2016

It’s Time We Talk Honestly About Gyms and Locker Room Culture

By | July 18th, 2016|Beauty, Body Image, It's All Mental|3 Comments

There are some cruel and inhumane people in this world, like Dani Mathers, and unfortunately you are likely to meet at least one or two of them at the gym.

13 07, 2016

Q&A Wednesday: We All Fall Off the Wagon, Including Me

By | July 13th, 2016|#ScaleFreeBaby, It's All Mental, Q&A Wednesday|4 Comments

So many of you talked about how you'd 'fallen off the wagon,' and how you regretted it. Here's how to hop back on the wagon, and stay there.

1 07, 2016

5 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started My Weight Loss Journey

By | July 1st, 2016|Friday 5, It's All Mental|7 Comments

Yes to sweets, no to soul-crushing workouts, and definitely calorie counting,but not for the reasons you think!

17 06, 2016

When Working Out Starts to Feel Like an ‘Obsession’

By | June 17th, 2016|It's All Mental|0 Comments

Sometimes, your exercise routine can feel unhealthy, and obsessing over it can take up so much of your time that it makes you fear that you're developing a disorder. Learn more about exercise obsession.

3 05, 2016

Why The Biggest Loser Metabolism Research Doesn’t Surprise Me

By | May 3rd, 2016|It's All Mental, The "Study" Guide|5 Comments

I believe I said, years ago, one more link for good measure, that the onslaught of reality tv show weight loss porn aggravated me to no end. I stated, very plainly, that these shows are little more than fat people publicly paying penance for being fat. As someone who’s lost a three-digit amount of pounds, [...]

29 03, 2016

Why Your Co-Workers Sabotage Your Weight Loss

By | March 29th, 2016|Body Image, It's All Mental|1 Comment

Your co-workers bring those raggedy cupcakes and cookies in while you're on your weight loss journey because they can't help it. Really. It's human nature.

2 02, 2016

Motivation, and The Power of Physical and Emotional Inertia

By | February 2nd, 2016|It's All Mental|1 Comment

Some people will struggle with their first steps towards fitness. Some will struggle with motivation for a long time. But they can be successful, too.

21 09, 2015

3 Books That’ll Change the Way You Look at Yourself and Your Journey

By | September 21st, 2015|It's All Mental|5 Comments

Good books that take you forever to read because you spend so much time re-reading and highlighting are a treasure to behold. Here's hoping you'll find some treasure in here, too.

3 09, 2015

The Ridiculousness of Women’s Clothing Sizes, All in One Chart

By | September 3rd, 2015|Body Image, It's All Mental|0 Comments

Some numbers that illustrate the insanity of women's clothing sizes: A size 8 dress today is nearly the equivalent of a size 16 dress in 1958. WTF?

11 05, 2015

First Lady Obama’s Incredible Commencement Speech at Tuskegee University

By | May 11th, 2015|Body Image, It's All Mental|2 Comments

Quote: ...if I wanted to keep my sanity and not let others define me, there was only one thing I could do, and that was to have faith in God’s plan for me.

29 04, 2015

5 Things You Should Know About Becoming A Great Cook

By | April 29th, 2015|Cook It Yourself, It's All Mental|40 Comments

Five things that I think we should remember when it comes to making ourselves better kitchen dynamos.

4 03, 2015

The Will Power Series: Can Self-Control Be Developed?

By | March 4th, 2015|It's All Mental|10 Comments

How do I go from eating a bag of verona cookies in one standing (almost a 2700 calorie venture, might I add) to being able to sit with people eating cookies and cupcakes and not have any, myself, if that's what I ​want​ to do?

28 02, 2015

Erika’s Tips for Avoiding Holiday Weight Gain

By | February 28th, 2015|Emotional Eating, It's All Mental, Tools For Weight Loss|3 Comments

How to avoid gaining 5, 10, or even 15 pounds during the holiday season.

25 02, 2015

Who Should I Allow To Call Me Fat?

By | February 25th, 2015|Beauty, It's All Mental, My Journey, Standards of Black Beauty, The Op-Eds|15 Comments

A little while ago, I asked the wonderful, amazingly awesome readers of this site who they allow to bring their weight to their attention. Lots of great comments, with a couple of standouts below: I think people who really have your best intentions at heart are allowed to express their concerns to you about becoming [...]