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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

“Eat What You Love?” -- Some weight loss experts propose that eating what you love can be a step towards the solution of weight management. You might think “Well if I only ate what I love, then I would only eat chocolate, fries, chips, ice cream and mac & cheese.”Eat what you love” is problematic because essentially we don’t value our bodies. We don’t love ourselves and [...]

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

Regrets? I’ve Had One Lately --- Sorry for the delay in new blogs lately-my computer crashed. Yes, I’ve become one of the many unfortunately souls who lose their technical device. I’m hoping the Geek Squad is going to let me know that yes, they have saved my photos, but alas no such call has come yet. When I was first told my computer hard drive was crashing, I kind of couldn’t believe [...]

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

I’ve been thinking about patience lately. I realize how much patience one has to develop to accomplish any worthwhile goal whether it’s getting a degree, raising a child or losing weight. Regarding my children, one lecturer used to say, “It’s a marathon, not a sprint.” That saying has helped me when parenting my children, but I use it to in other aspects of my life. We’re so used to [...]

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

Waiting for the Inspiration to Come... What is Motivation? The urge to move forward. Why do we lose it? We’re tired. How do we get it back? We move anyway. This week I’ve been exploring how we get motivated, how we lose motivation and how to get it back. Frank Tibolt says, “We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing. Action always generates [...]

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

Stop Bringing Us Food! It’s the topic Oprah never did and...it’s got to stop! I’m imploring you to rise from your couches, scream out your windows, “It’s enough and I won’t take it anymore!” What am I speaking about? The insane problem that Americans have when they are hit with every imaginable junk food available. Where is this place you ask? AT WORK!!! Each day millions of [...]

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

Sharing Something About Special Needs Kids -- I have some special needs in regard to special needs kids. I need people to understand that that are not like everyone else. They are, in fact, special. This last week I had two unrelated experiences regarding special needs kids. First, I saw a fantastic one-man play, A Child Left Behind at the Beverly Hills Playhouse, written and staring Alan [...]

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

How to Communicate to People, Not Their Behavior -- This week I’m attending a national camp convention. Camp staff from everywhere come together for three days of workshops and networking. I attended one workshop and was reminded how we don’t often communicate with children and adults very effectively. Not only do we  tend to talk down to children, we also talk down to adults. We are [...]

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

You Want How Much on That Street? I have a hard time shopping in certain places in the city. Montana Avenue is close to my home and yet I hardly ever go there. I feel like I’m Julia Roberts in that scene from Pretty Woman where she goes shopping in Beverly Hills and no one will help her and stares at her clothing. The thing is I don’t have Richard Gere handing me $100 bills to go shopping [...]

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny –  Amy Brunell

Self-Compassion Part 2 To be human is to endure suffering. We all suffer. It is in the design. However, we misunderstand the nature of suffering. You can look at the rocks in your path as stumbling blocks or stepping stones. But you cannot ignore them and hope your path stays smooth; this goes against your purpose. To wish for an easy path is a guarantee for frustration and [...]

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

How do we listen ? I realize that I’m not listening well lately. Usually I’m a pretty good listener. I work hard at listening. Listening is different than hearing. Hearing is often misunderstood communication. Hearing has the potential human problem of playing the Telephone Game even when we think we’re really listening. What’s the Telephone Game? Remember the childhood game of saying [...]

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