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The Skinny - Amy Brunell

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The Skinny by Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

Today I participated in my last IEP. And IEP for those of you fortunate to NOT KNOW, is an Individualized Educational Plan. It is the legal document and process for children with challenges to obtain services during school hours. I came in literally dancing and singing about my last IEP EVER and hugged my rep from the district. I’m lucky now. Not always. Now I love my rep. I have been supported [...]

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

Embracing the Flaw (Get some paper and a pen...Don’t worry, I’ll wait....) Quick, think of one thing, only one thing you don’t like about yourself. Pick either a habit, a part of your bod or thoughts you really wish weren’t there. You actually might find yourself resisting this exercise already, because the idea of thinking about what I don’t like feels “negative” or “I just [...]

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

Lowering Your Weight May Take Longer... I could just scream... In the New York Times, Monday May 2, 2016 I have finally been confirmed. I mean I knew, I kept saying, I kept reading, learning, repeating, experimenting, failing, trying, and doing it all over and over again. I’d cry, scream, show doctors, talk to fellow employees and still just shake my head at the feeling of being alone and [...]

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

What Am I Willing To Do? What Am I Not? Look, we come into a professional weight management program because we feel unhappy with ourselves. I get it. But the thing is that we don’t suddenly love ourselves once we get to goal. Perhaps if we did truly love ourselves we wouldn’t gain all the weight back? I’m not sure. I’m one of those people who lost all her weight and then gained it [...]

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

“I don’t want to have to think.” I was at a doctor’s appointment talking to one of the receptionists about weight. She mentioned that she had been doing Jenny Craig and had done very well, but now was stuck at her weight for about two months. I suggested she come see me at Weight Watchers. She said emphatically, “I don’t want to count Points. I don’t want to have to think!” I [...]

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

Helpful Criticism? “You didn’t do that quite right.” Helpful (?) criticisms are increasing lately. They come out of the woodwork from all sorts of expected and unexpected places. I’ve been working on handling people’s opinions with grace. They seem like a lesson that I need to keep learning until I completely let them go. What I’m practicing is my response. I realize that at times [...]

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

I’ve been thinking about levels of confidence. Why levels? Because it seems to me that the people I meet are on a spectrum of confidence based on their unique nature and their life experiences. I’ve met people who say, “I always had the confidence gene. I just didn’t see why if other people could do something I couldn’t either.” Then I’ve met others who say, “I could never get up [...]

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

I Am Angry at My Body -- Look, I don’t eat badly. At all. I’ve cut down wine, sugar to occasional amounts. I eat vegetables and protein for 90% of my diet with little grain and fruit. I eat healthy fats and my one addiction is coffee with soy milk creamer. I have changed my relationship with food. My body doesn’t seem to know that. After “trying” this last week...planning three [...]

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

I am a BEING, not a DOING! Recently I went to a meditation retreat and really integrated into my heart that I am a being. I am not a doing. What does that mean? My “to-do” list is so exhaustive that it never gets completed. Ever. There is always something to do or someone who needs something that somehow only I can provide? Can you relate? Part of the is phenomenon of living your life [...]

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

Look, I’m always hungry. I’m so relieved, yes, relieved when I’m not hungry. Hooray! What a moment to actually not be thinking about food. Researching what the experts say about emotional versus physical hunger, I can’t agree with some of their conclusions. For example, some experts say that hunger that is emotional comes on quickly where physical hunger comes on gradually. In my reality, [...]

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