Welcome to my lab. I set up this space in early 2011, shortly after I lost 90 pounds in nine months, to try to identify the key mental factors that worked for me in taking the weight off. (The short answer, of course, is diet and exercise. In my case, jogging and Weight Watchers.)
I’m still experimenting with diet and fitness, though these days I’m increasingly interested in improving my performance as a runner and triathlete — even as I continue to come to terms with my inner pig.
Projects of interest:
- “Normal People” interviews. How do some people manage to live in modern-day America without getting fat? I asked a bunch of thin friends and family members how they eat. (Click on “interviews” above). Now I’m incorporating their ideas into my dietary toolbox and writing up my conclusions. Stay posted.
- Mental tools to build will power. I’m working on setting up a page specifically devoted to weight loss, but in the meantime try clicking on “mind games,” “tips” or “Weight Watchers.” Or better yet spend all of 99 cents for my ebook, Declutter Your Diet: Buffet Goggles, Infinite Pie and Other Imaginary Devices that Helped Me Cut 90 Pounds in Nine Months. (It’s not so much a how-to manual as a framework of evolving ideas and nutty tricks that worked for me.)
Family fitness strategies. I wish I’d learned dietary discipline in time to help our four kids form healthy eating habits, but all we can do now is work together to re-engineer our family lifestyle. Click on “Fitness Protection Program” for posts relating to our family team’s experience participating in a county weight loss contest. (We came in 5th out of 101 teams.)
- Alternative fuel. Recipes tested in the Caylor Family Kitchen aren’t always pretty. As former homeschoolers, we emphasis learning and creativity over presentation. Nutritional data tends to be presented in the form of Weight Watchers points, not because I think you should try that program but simply because that’s the scoring system I use.
- Questions, comments, or ideas you‘d like to discuss? Shoot me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Usually (unless something hijacks my brain), it looks like this: running on Mondays, interviews on Tuesdays, dietary tools on Wednesdays, cross training/triathlon stuff on Thursdays and food on Fridays.
Bio in brief
My name is Tanya Isch Caylor, I’m a copy editor and diet/fitness columnist at The News-Sentinel in Fort Wayne, Ind., and I live near the small town of Ossian with my husband, Bob; four kids — Rowan (off at college), Ben, Cassie, and Colleen — and our dog, Buddy, a Great Pyrenees-Newfoundland mix who now weighs more than I do.