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The Skinny by Amy Brunell

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, [...]

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

It’s a Matter of Time-Challenging Priorities -- Whether you need to lose weight or not, deciding to live a healthy life takes an investment of time. No one who wants to maintain a balanced life, gets away with winging it. From shopping, planning, exercise and sleeping, we have 24 hours and we have to invest time each day to be healthy. Being healthy, means plotting a certain [...]

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

Who is your Community? Who is your Tribe? I believe that after food, water and air, our basic human need is to feel included. What are the qualities that make a community? The anthropological reason for community was survival. If one couldn’t count on community, one wouldn’t survive the seasons. Community was the tribe. The tribe was the backbone. There wasn’t necessarily one set of [...]

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

What is the “Math of Your Body?” For so long people with weight issues have been told that weight is simply a matter of eating less and moving more. It’s a matter of calibrating the calories in and calories out for your body. If we aren’t able to eat less and move more than it must be directly related to our lack of willpower. Bullshit. First, I can’t stand the word [...]

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

Kindness Without A Side of Guilt -- I work with hundreds of people who suffer from guilt. It seems for some to be a natural state. To feel “guilty” feels familiar and then in a weird sort of projection, to make others feel guilty for our own sense of “lack.” The other portion of the population seems to feel little guilt, but going to another extreme, they feel justified in [...]

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