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Ayurveda & Weight Loss

I first learned about Ayurveda in 1997, just as I was beginning my work at the Duke Diet & Fitness Center. While I was intrigued at how it could help people find balance, and in doing so, lose weight, I was mostly curious to learn more for myself. And now, nearly twenty years later, I’m certain that […]

New Year’s Resolve

                  As the New Year approaches, many people are contemplating the resolutions they’ll make. Something about the calendar turning from one year to the next brings out the desire to turn over a new leaf. And yet, most of these resolutions don’t make it past Valentine’s Day. […]

A Client Shares Her A-Ha! Insights

This week we are sharing some key A-Ha! moments that a client has experienced on her journey toward sustainable, healthy behaviors. Thanks to Heidi M for her willingness to describe what has helped her make change possible. Stopping All-or-Nothing Thinking and Diet Mentality I stopped starting all diet actions on Mondays. In fact, I stopped […]

Time for an A-Ha! Moment

“A-Ha!” That just about says it all. It’s the easiest way to say: “That’s the insight I needed!” “A-Ha!” sums up how we feel right now. In the last year and a half, we have been working on the faculty for Wellcoaches, Inc, and training other health professionals to become wellness coaches. In our journey […]

Carol’s Impossible Journey

Below is the account of one of our NOVO Wellness Community members of her journey from wheelchair to 5K finisher. Over years and years of dealing with the ravages of cancer and chemotherapy, Carol had become convinced that walking was “impossible”. But, she found inspiration from her extended “family” and she soon found out that […]

Overcoming the Willpower Myth

A pathway to success exists that does not require an ounce of willpower. In fact, the Willpower Myth is one of the 7 Undermining Obstacles to Weight Loss from our book, Coach Yourself Thin. We assert that willpower does not exist, at least as a source of lasting motivation. Instead, what most people think of […]

Foolproof Goals

                  If you and goal setting just do not get along, these 3 crucial steps to setting great goals can make the difference.   Step #1 – Make It Important First, decide if the goal is right for you by assessing its importance to you at this […]

Re-Frame Your Holiday Splurges

            With Thanksgiving upon us, we thought that the following tools might serve you well. The first is the “Pickle Jar” exercise. Below that you’ll find 5 strategies for navigating the temptations of the holiday season. The first step is to gain some perspective on holidays by considering the big […]

Celebrate Your Non-Scale Victories!

                      A client recently shared an incredible list of victories she has experienced on her journey. It goes to show you that the scale is not the only way to measure success. What NSVs have you experienced?   1) I found I can cook and […]

Coaching Conversations: Is it OK to Eat The Same Foods All the Time?

It’s entirely possible to eat the same foods every day and have weight loss success. Jared the Subway guy lost all of his weight by eating the same Subway lunch and dinner for an entire year. But is it healthy to eat like this? One reason to eat a wide range of foods is to […]