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!

2 05, 2013

Successfully Converting Away From Eating Red Meat

By | May 2nd, 2013|Healthy Eating, It's All Mental, What Are You Eating?|34 Comments

Back in high school, my Mother was like the Iron Chef of the South... migrated way up north to the mid-west. She was always cooking. Baked ribs, fried pork chops and applesauce, fried chicken, steaks, roast beef, corned beef, cornish hen, polish boys.. It was seriously meat overload. As a junior in high school, out [...]

29 04, 2013

High Heels, A Pole… and Me?

By | April 29th, 2013|Debunking The Myths, Exercise 101, It's All Mental, Strength Training|63 Comments

Yes. I said it. High heels. A pole …and me.

23 04, 2013

Is It Okay To Be Vain?

By | April 23rd, 2013|It's All Mental|22 Comments

What role do you think vanity plays in a weight loss journey? Is there a place for vanity?

26 03, 2013

When Was YOUR “Come To Fitness” Moment?

By | March 26th, 2013|It's All Mental|64 Comments

It's the point where I gave up the pills, gave up the diets, gave up the "cheating," the junky food, the emotional eating, the stress, the struggle, the self-defeatist mantras...

25 02, 2013

How To Indulge Like A Grown Up: What Chocolate Taught Me

By | February 25th, 2013|It's All Mental|21 Comments

I always knew chocolate would do me some good... I just never thought it'd be this much.

28 01, 2013

Black Women, Our Bodies & Perceptions of Beauty: On Self Esteem

By | January 28th, 2013|It's All Mental, Standards of Black Beauty|26 Comments

Society would make you think that being overweight is a sin...

23 01, 2013

Refuse To Be A Slave To The Scale

By | January 23rd, 2013|It's All Mental, Tools For Weight Loss|36 Comments

I spend a good half hour skimming through my feed reader and checking out different fitness-related tidbits and news out there. Today is no different. I found an article - I'm not going to say where - that basically stated that it's a "great idea to check your weight every morning on the scale." Actually, [...]

27 12, 2012

Priced Out: Too Expensive to Buy Healthy?

By | December 27th, 2012|Conscious Consumerism, It's All Mental|21 Comments

People often complain - loudly - that they'd love to eat healthier, but that it's much too expensive. It's hard to justify purchasing a gang of tomatoes at $2 per pound, when tomato sauce comes in a giant jar for $2.99. It's hard to justify buying oranges at $3 per pound when a can of [...]

19 11, 2012

Joy Bauer: Eat To Beat Your Food Cravings

By | November 19th, 2012|Did You Know, It's All Mental|24 Comments

Joy Bauer, Today Show Nutritionist, on cravings and how to overcome them.

9 10, 2012

The Importance Of A Strong Support System

By | October 9th, 2012|It's All Mental, My Journey|6 Comments

The value of a support system to help you through the rough patches, and how mine is helping me through now.

18 09, 2012

My Re-Dedication And My Goal Tree: How Do You Manage Your Goals?

By | September 18th, 2012|It's All Mental, My Journey|15 Comments

Come and share how you plot, plan and track your goals!

5 09, 2012

Who’s Allowed To Call You Fat?

By | September 5th, 2012|Beauty, It's All Mental, Standards of Black Beauty|32 Comments

One evening my Mother, sister and I sat at the bar in the house, and my Mother couldn't stop staring at me. "I'm just so proud of you. You just up and decided that you weren't going to be big anymore." In an effort to not start smelling my own roses, so to speak, I [...]

31 05, 2012

Calling A Truce With Brooklyn

By | May 31st, 2012|It's All Mental, My Journey|35 Comments

Overcoming my fears of the big city... and learning to love what Brooklyn has to offer.

1 03, 2012

Setting Goals: How, Why & Who Do You Tell?

By | March 1st, 2012|It's All Mental|47 Comments

The evolution of my goals, and whether or not we should share them publicly.

30 12, 2011

The Three Stages Of “Full”ness: How To Stop Stuffing Yourself

By | December 30th, 2011|It's All Mental|7 Comments

There's the "starved" feeling and the "stuffed" feeling. What about inbetween those two?

28 12, 2011

Self-Compassion: A Key Factor In Weight Loss

By | December 28th, 2011|It's All Mental|18 Comments

How showing ourselves a little - or a lot - of sympathy can help lead to better and longer-lasting weight loss.

20 12, 2011

The Myth of Will Power

By | December 20th, 2011|Debunking The Myths, It's All Mental|22 Comments

If so much about weight loss is will power... where is the myth?

7 09, 2011

Me vs. The McMachine: On McDonalds… And My Daughter

By | September 7th, 2011|It's All Mental, The Op-Eds|20 Comments

On marketing, McDonalds, and teaching my daughter about what really makes her big and strong.

11 05, 2010

Motivation and Measuring Weight Loss Progress: The Progress Dress

By | May 11th, 2010|Inspiration, It's All Mental, My Journey|81 Comments

I'm almost tickled to tell this story. Partly because it's lightweight embarrassing, but what the hey - it can't hurt, right? Right? In 2007, I ordered a dress-I-had-no-business-buying-and-never-would-wear-in-public from Fredericks of Hollywood. Well, I purchased three of 'em but this one... this one was different. I knew it would be my "Awww, snap!" [...]