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The Skinny by Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

Binge: a short period devoted to indulging in an activity to excess. One time I had a person tell me she ate “this much broccoli!” as she indicated a cookie sheet size of broccoli. I said, “Any food can be a trigger food if I’m having trigger feelings.” Exasperating she said, “But it’s broccoli!” And I made my hand into a fist and said, “But your stomach is this big.” She [...]

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

Feeling Satisfied, Not Necessarily Full -- What is it to be satisfied? I teach a concept-eating until you are satisfied, not necessarily full-at least twice a year. Many find it very difficult to eat until satisfied. It takes a consistent practice to pause during a meal long enough to start understanding what satisfied feels like. Many of us enjoy feeling full. Eating until satisfied is [...]

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

Who do I want to be 2015? I hate those pesky resolutions. They seem so important, but after years of failing to accomplish goals, I’ve lost my nerve to be brave and state what it is I want. But last year, I did set a goal of reading more than one page before falling asleep. And I am reading more. I’m giving myself permission to get into bed earlier or sit on a chair and just read. So [...]

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

Holiday Adjustments -- I love the idea of the holidays more than the actual holidays. At this time of year, I have earnestly tried to be in the moment and simply enjoy what comes. When my mother was really too far gone in her dementia, my mourning began for the type of holidays that would never be again. Losing some of our traditions actually made my life far easier. Frankly much of the [...]

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The regret of things we cannot change... I was talking with another mother who has a child with learning disabilities. We were relating our history of having children who even as infants showed up differently than other children; remembering how we would tell doctors the things we noticed, kids not crawling for example, and how no one really took us seriously and negated these challenges as [...]

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

Find a bathing suit, find yourself -- Yes we have to talk about it. Cellulite. I know. I don’t get it either. Why, why did anyone think that cellulite was a good invention-we can ask when we’re dead. In the mean time, I would guess that 80% of all women have it. Most women no matter how big or small have it and only through genetics (yeah, thanks mom!), do some of us avoid it. If it had a [...]

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

I know this may sound like some middle-aged woman’s rant: Having some table manners makes a difference in how others view you and could influence your future opportunities. Table manners are a reflection of how you view yourself and how you view others. “Like table manners” may attract “like people.” My mother had perfect manners as far as I could tell. And I HATED the manners rant [...]

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

You are SUPPOSED to have FLESH! I’ve been inspired by my muses to invoke the passion of the flesh! I want all of you to go out your doors, grab someone you see and yell to them, “I am here to love your flesh! All your flesh! Not just the perfect parts but the equally imperfect parts as well! All of you is beautiful! All of you is lovely!” What you do after that, well, we are [...]

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

Walking with Grace -- I apologize that I’ve been so off-the-grid with my writing. I’m sorry I haven’t shared myself lately. I’ve been avoiding writing. Why? I’m not sure. My guess is that I’m avoiding doing some “soul work.” That’s what writing is -soul work. When I avoid things like writing, it’s often an indication that for whatever reason I can’t deal right now with my [...]

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

Happy New Year-What Returns You to Yourself? Recently I asked people what made them feel connected to themselves when life threw them for a loop? I thought many people would be able to quickly tell me some strategy they had to connect to their deepest selves. They didn’t. Most people didn’t have an answer. So Happy New Year. Let’s make a list of what makes us happy and connected! [...]

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