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on Emotional Eating

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Understanding why you turn to food is the key to changing it. Join in the discussion each week as Dr. Gould shares his valuable insights from over 30-years of clinical experience.

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Oprah Interview


In an interview Oprah once said that when they say, "God only gives you what you can handle, they're not just talking about suffering, they're talking about the good stuff, too."

Are you ready to be a success? Do you think you're worth it? Are you ready to be thin? To reveal your whole self to the world without the safety that extra weight provides?

This may sound like an easy question but you'd be surprised how many people tell us just how terrified of success they are.

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Fat: A Protective Coating


Fat can actually serve to protect us from things we don't know how to otherwise handle. On most days, my emotional eating habit is in check. I have learned to manage my feelings without using food for comfort. However, I, like most other emotional eaters, have certain themes, emotions or areas of my life, where it's difficult to cope without food. On a recent trip home to visit family, I immediately put on 7lbs. It almost seemed like I stepped into a new, heavier, dare I say safer, body. Despite the fact that I'm in my thirties, I still feel like a little girl when my parents fight. I built a little house around myself so I could bear with being in their house.

Fat can protect you from all kinds of things. It can protect you from a spouse you don't want to be too close to but don't have the courage to leave. It can protect you from admiring glances. It can protect you from taking risk. And conversely, when you find a way to provide yourself with real protection, the kind that only comes from knowing yourself, many people report a feeling that they describe as "stepping out of a fat suit."

Has fat been protecting you from anything? How could you learn to protect yourself?

I've decided that my next trip home will be shorter. In the meantime, the seven pounds have fallen off. I'm safe at home again.

Leslie Sansone - If You Live In A Dangerous Place - Walk in the Safety of Your Home


If you're taking a "no excuses" approach to weight loss, you can always find some way around your obstacles. Yes, it's true that if you live in an unsafe neighborhood you might not want to walk or run outside, but Leslie Sansone's DVDs give you no excuse. You can walk right in the comfort of your own home.

Remember, when there is a will, there is a way. And necessity is the mother of invention. Find a way to make exercise work for you. It doesn't have to look a certain way. it can be chopping wood, gardening, dancing.

Today, I jumped on a trampoline for twenty minutes with my seven-year old son. He can be quite challenging but suddenly there we were in a moment when I wasn't correcting him. We were just having fun, jumping, and laughing. And in the end he was chanting, "I love my Mama." I got to play with my son (something that is difficult for me to do sometimes) and I didn't even realize I was exercising at the same time.

What way can you make exercising fun today?