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!

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 [...]

13 02, 2015

Easing Into Eating Clean

By | February 13th, 2015|Clean Eating Boot Camp, It's All Mental|31 Comments

Reminiscing on the days when I used to eat 7-layer nacho dip for breakfast. That's right. 7-layers.

6 02, 2015

Understanding Calorie Counting: A Final Word

By | February 6th, 2015|Debunking The Myths, Did You Know, Healthy Eating, Inspiration, It's All Mental, Tools For Weight Loss|21 Comments

For our first series ever, Black Girl’s Guide To Weight Loss will be explaining calorie counting, and ways to win the war. This is post 6 of the series - post 1, Defining The Basics of Calorie Counting, can be found here. Comments are always welcomed, and questions will always be answered to the best [...]

16 01, 2015

Men And Your Weight

By | January 16th, 2015|It's All Mental, The Op-Eds|59 Comments

Y'know, I often wonder just how much of our body issues as women come from men. Trying to attract men... or trying to keep a man... or trying to please a man. This isn't some man-hating thesis... I love my men just as much as the next hetero chick (or gay dude, for that matter) [...]

15 01, 2015

One Foot In Front Of The Other: Mentally Preparing For Weight Loss

By | January 15th, 2015|It's All Mental|35 Comments

I'm a firm believer in natural progression. I believe that there is no single catalyst to force a woman to begin to commit to her health. I believe there is no such thing as waking up and saying, "Yup, today will be the day that I do this thing." It just doesn't happen that way. [...]

8 01, 2015

Putting All Your Faith In Fitness

By | January 8th, 2015|It's All Mental, Strength Training|50 Comments

You know, I get it. If I'm having a long day, I may forget to eat. That hunger hits me. I wander over to the donut table in the break room. I take the first bite... and the angels sing. The chain of events is something like this: The problem presents itself. I [...]

22 12, 2014

Big Love: Dating While Losing Weight

By | December 22nd, 2014|It's All Mental|89 Comments

Is there any reason for a woman to refrain from dating while losing weight?

15 12, 2014

On Whitney: Addiction, Grieving and Coping

By | December 15th, 2014|Celeb Watch, It's All Mental|13 Comments

My thoughts on addiction, coping and grieving, as brought on by the passing of Whitney Houston.

26 11, 2014

The Side-Effects of Obesity: “Overweight Is The New Norm”

By | November 26th, 2014|It's All Mental|29 Comments

As society strives to accommodate a country increasing in size, could this be cause for concern for those of us trying to lose or maintain?

27 10, 2014

5 Reasons Why You Won’t Lose Weight

By | October 27th, 2014|Friday 5, It's All Mental, Running|100 Comments

Consider this my collective screaming, shouting, and fussing because y'all just know you are wrong.

24 10, 2014

Is The Idea of Motivation Merely A Myth?

By | October 24th, 2014|It's All Mental|28 Comments

The idea of being "motivated" into some giant whirlwind of fitness... does not work for everyone.

3 10, 2014

The Trouble With Convenience

By | October 3rd, 2014|It's All Mental|14 Comments

"The easier it is to acquire something, the more likely I am to eat it..."

31 08, 2014

How I Became A Better Mom & Friend In 10 Minutes

By | August 31st, 2014|Challenge!, It's All Mental|12 Comments

"...value my needs just as much as the needs of those who depend on me."

4 08, 2014

What Do Marshmallows Have To Do With Your Will Power?

By | August 4th, 2014|Debunking The Myths, It's All Mental, Running|17 Comments

This proves what I believed a long time ago: self-control, the ability to overlook instant gratification and complete the task at hand… these things are not innate…

22 07, 2014

What, Exactly, Is Emotional Eating?

By | July 22nd, 2014|It's All Mental|29 Comments

A crash course in identifying and defeating emotional eating.

22 07, 2014

Beyoncé’s Personal Fitness Mantra: Do You Have One?

By | July 22nd, 2014|Inspiration, It's All Mental|37 Comments

The YBF got wind of an upcoming In Touch magazine article where Beyoncé (one of my personal favorites, sue me) and her trainer discuss her methods for motivation in fitness and weight loss. “She is performing the best shows of her life and her body looks amazing,” her trainer and author of Power Moves, Marco [...]

15 07, 2014

“Weight Loss Is For People With Low Self-Esteem”

By | July 15th, 2014|It's All Mental|48 Comments

"People who want to lose weight have low self-esteem. Why can't they just stay the way they are?"

1 07, 2014

The Self-Confidence Game

By | July 1st, 2014|It's All Mental, Running|15 Comments

A short rant on the development of self-confidence as it applies to weight loss.

1 07, 2014

The Will Power Series: Why Is It So Hard To Develop Self-Control?

By | July 1st, 2014|Debunking The Myths, Did You Know, It's All Mental, Tools For Weight Loss|7 Comments

There's a legitimate scientific reason why you just can't put those cookies down. Read on to learn about the system that keeps you from developing self-control.