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Staff

Publisher and Editor - Judith Martin-Straw

The Skinny - Amy Brunell

Looking Up - Bob Eklund

Ruth's Truths - Ruth Morris

Special Features - T. S. Owen

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Archived Posts

The Skinny by Amy Brunell

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 [...]

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

How To Deal With The Life You Got (With Compassion.) In an ever bigger world, our human challenge is to internalize the understanding that we are all more the same than we are different. We suffer, our hearts break and no one avoids facing what I’m calling the tsunamis of life; rogue wave events that completely throw us off course and leave us wrecked. We secretly hope that our difficulties [...]

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

Willpower: Control deliberately exerted to do something or to restrain one’s own impulses Control: The power to restrain something Restrain: Prevent someone from displaying or giving way to Determination: Firmness of purpose; resoluteness Tenacity: The quality of being very determined Intention: The thing intended; to aim or plan Deliberateness: done consciously and intentionally I [...]

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

I Don’t Wanna Do This. It’s been one week since the world turned upside down for some of us. What we believed about possibilities, changed, and now we sit with our fears, our disbelief, and discomfort. Our situation in America now asks us to make a choice: Do we wait and see? Do we numb? Do we use our addictions to help us cope? Addictions such as food, alcohol, television, or any [...]

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

Change is Required -- One time I had a family come to my work. The topic that day was about how many hours it takes to be healthy. I told the group that I spent at least 25 hours a week on my health program; The lesson being how many hours are you spending to get the results you desire? So we strategized effective ways to make time more efficient. At the end of the meeting, the father sat [...]

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

A Unexpected Fold Came Today... I’m sitting cross-legged, writing, emails, etc and I reach with my left hand to feel my right side flank. There is a pile of fat there and I notice how I can easily grab it, make it squish around and how the skin folds into itself as I sit here writing. For some reason, my shape is different on the left side. My weight isn’t evenly distributed and it [...]

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

Communication...It’s hard. I’m awoken from a dream where I was the passenger in the vehicle showing my friend a hotel in a quaint village. I tell her, “Go left.” She hesitates, doesn’t go left. I say, “Go left! What happened? Why didn’t you go left?” And she looks at me and says, “You mean left TURN? Why didn’t you say TURN?” As I am feeling totally crazed in the dream, I [...]

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

Why Change? I have a friend who often says, “I live in my own mind.” We laugh about the circumstance where it’s one thing and she’s decided a whole story about it that includes all sorts of characters and outcomes that have nothing to do with the actual situation. I know someone else who has created such a world in his mind that when you disagree with his viewpoint, he feels [...]

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