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Publisher and Editor - Judith Martin-Straw

The Skinny - Amy Brunell

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The Skinny by Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

I Eat Too Fast. It’s an old problem that I still have to manage. Now I’m less resistant to learning about my need to eat fast. I used to hate this topic, to think about it, to feel it, it just left me frustrated. I’ve been “outed” so many times in my life for eating too quickly. No one likes getting outed about something she finds difficult and painful. I’ve spent time analyzing [...]

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

Welcome to My Island of Perfectionism! Why an “island?” Because on this island I am truly in my own head; truly in my own thoughts making up my own reality of how life should be. This reality of “perfect” is of my own making. And while I can certainly blame my parents, culture, upbringing, and society, this version of reality that needs to be perfect is of my own choice and [...]

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

Making Mistakes -- Obviously I make mistakes. It’s part of being human. We are designed this way it turns out. Yes, I lose my keys, even though I have a certain spot, and most of the time my keys make it there. I forget appointments occasionally by forgetting to put them in my calendar immediately. I am usually 5 to 10 minutes late and I really work on that, yet somehow my distraction issues [...]

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

Learning to Respond with Love -- The world is a difficult place to learn how to love. There is fear, anger, betrayal, heartache and pain. Instead of connecting with others, we divide the world into one side or the other, one religion or the other, one political side or the other, one idea or the other. Perhaps some of us look at each aspect of the world in relationship to something else. [...]

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

What you think, do and say...Is it any of my business? Byron Katie asks, “What’s my business, your business and God’s business?” This question is helping me to change some of my deepest core reactions. I wasn’t aware of how much I get involved with others business, who just instead, want a friend to listen. The challenge is paying attention to when are you stepping off your own [...]

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

I’m tired of not liking my body. I’m tired of comparing myself and of feeling “less than” someone or something else. I don’t respect myself with the amount of energy I spend thinking and being consumed by issues of my body. It’s a forbidden secret I tell very few. Why? Because I find that not liking my body to be morally dishonorable. After all, I have a body. I’m lucky. And I have [...]

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

I spent the weekend in Tucson Arizona. I had a Unitarian Universalist convention and a friend’s wedding reception on the same weekend, so it was two birds with one stone, as the proverb says. I discovered two other things when I was there; a sphere and a wall. On the first day, I went to Biosphere 2, a science experiment started in the 80’s to see if people could sustain themselves on [...]

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

Getting to the other side... I ran into a former member the other day. We hadn’t seen each other in what must be about 3 years I’m guessing. She had lost over 100 pounds during our time together. We talked about the country, yakked about stuff and I asked her how her health was. She said that she left my meetings because she didn’t feel safe as a “smart woman” in my meeting. She said [...]

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

Enough with the To-Do’s! Our modern world is crazy. Totally f-ing crazy. We are expected to do and maintain so many undertakings, as if the constant spinning of plates model is some measure of what a successful person you are. Who cares that the quality of anyone’s life might be compromised with so many plates? Just keep spinning, will ya? The internet doesn’t help. We keep comparing [...]

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Torture of Tight Jeans -- So the other day I put on my jeans. They were tight. Not fitting well. Tight. Fat. Ugh. Dam. Again? “Too bad,” I told myself “Deal with it!” Every time I walked my jeans waist would uncomfortably roll over trying to accommodate the fat from my stomach. I told myself it was a good reminder of my fat self and that I needed it as a sort of anchor to eat [...]

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