Done with Dieting Episode #82: Why Mainstream Diets Don’t Work for Women in Midlife

Hint: it’s not because you’re lazy or don’t have willpower. When you purchase a product or service that does not work or even causes harm, you might blame the company, demand a refund, leave a bad review, and skip out on it next time.  When that product or service is a part of the diet industry, you may blame yourself and return time and again to spend even more money on these services.  Why is that?  Well, unlike most other factors in our life, we consider our body’s weight and appearance to be solely a personal responsibility and, for some, a personal failure.  Women are continually socialized to think that  WE’RE the ones who are wrong. That there’s something wrong with us – our bodies are ‘mysterious’ or weird.  Women are not little men & so our bodies respond to food and exercise very differently than men. So we need Read More . . .

Done with Dieting Episode #81: Women’s Reproductive Health with Amanda Kingsley

Healing After Abortion. Ever since the leaked Supreme Court Ruling overturning the 50 year right for women in the US to have access to safe abortion services, women’s health and women’s rights have been the topic of conversation. One side claiming to be the voice of the fetus, and the other side speaking out for themselves – the women who are then forced to carry an unwanted pregnancy to term. In this powerful episode, Amanda Kingsley joins me for a complex and highly nuanced discussion about women’s rights, empowerment, and what this ruling means for women in how we identify ourselves, and what it means for us to have authority over our life and agency over our bodies. About Amanda Kingsley: Amanda Kingsley is a Certified Feminist Life Coach and Doula. She is the host of the Speaking Light Into Abortion podcast. And the Author of ‘What I Wish: 100 Read More . . .

Done with Dieting Episode #78: Building the Skill of Self-Trust

What does it mean to have your own back?  What does it mean to have your own back? To be your own best friend? When it comes to self-trust, so many of us don’t trust ourselves. And when it comes to lasting weight loss, self-trust is a skill that we have to develop if we never want to go on another diet ever again. In this episode, I’m talking about the sneaky ways our inner critic erodes self-trust, and how we can build it up so that we no longer have to have accountability buddies, and we can make commitments to ourselves and follow through. What you’ll Learn from this Episode What is Self-Trust? And what it means to have your own back. The 3 C’s of Self-Trust.  Where we make mistakes when it comes to building self-trust and how to fix it. Listen to the Full Episode: Featured on Read More . . .

Done with Dieting Episode #76: Body Neutrality

 If loving your body seems completely out of reach, you might want to try a more neutral approach. Body love – it’s something that we all aspire to. Women are consistently told that we should love our bodies. But instead of actually doing that, we use it as evidence of one more way in which we’re not doing ‘being a woman’ good enough. We use the fact that we dislike our bodies (and we shouldn’t) as further evidence of why we suck. Although loving our bodies is for sure something that we can aspire to, for many of us, it feels unattainable. Like – how do you even DO that? If this is you, you’re going to want to tune in because in this episode, we’re addressing body neutrality, which may feel more realistic for you. What you’ll Learn from this Episode How Body Neutrality differs from Body Love or Read More . . .

Done with Dieting Episode #75: Pivoting

How to go with it when life sends you a curveball. It’s natural for us to jump to “the How” when we’re talking about our goals – we’ve been conditioned to think that way: Me: I’m going to make a million dollars. Dad: Great! How are you going to do that? Me: I want to take a gap year & travel Europe. Mom: That’s fantastic. How are you going to pay for it? And those questions are good intentioned, but they limit us in our ability – because we believe that we can’t DO the thing until we have the perfect plan laid out from beginning to end. AND THEN, when things don’t go as planned, it blocks us from getting scrappy & figuring it out. But the truth is, that if you’ve ever set out towards a goal, that when you reach it, there were lots of turns, plot Read More . . .

Done with Dieting Episode #74: Mothers and Daughters with Karen CL Anderson

How shame is passed down generationally. When we think about mothers and daughters, we think of a Norman Rockwell painting, don’t we? We think of mothers and daughters who have a close relationship, where the mother teaches the daughter how to become a woman, teaches her valuable life skills from the perspective of “I remember my mom teaching me this too & it’s all normal.” But because mothers and grandmothers are humans, they perpetuate the same stories generation after generation because of their human-ness and make mistakes. If you want to heal your relationship with your mother, this episode is a must listen. Listeners can sign up to receive karen’s weekly Love Notes and when they do they get her Definitive Guide to Setting Healthy, Mature Boundaries With Your Mother About Karen CL Anderson: Karen C.L. Anderson is a master-certified life coach and author. Difficult mother-daughter relationships are her jam. Read More . . .

Done with Dieting Episode #73: Mental Fitness

Like Physical Fitness, but for your brain Can we talk about mental fitness? We talk a lot about physics fitness, but what does it mean to be mentally or emotionally fit? When we become physically fit, we perform repetitions of physical exercises, where we build up the strength of our physical muscles.  When we talk about mental fitness, we talk about the mental work where we build up the strength of our mental muscles. In other words, doing what we want MOST over what we want in the MOMENT. How would it feel to make a commitment to yourself & then follow through with it? The thing is that many of us start out with weights that are too heavy for us. Just like a personal trainer would never start their client out squatting 225 lbs, we don’t want to commit to setting and following through with goals that are Read More . . .