Category Archives: positivity

‘Maybe the next bite will be better’ syndrome

There’s a lot of things that irritate me about the book “Ten Habits of Naturally Slim People,” by Jill H. Podjasek. It’s too New Agey for my tastes  and makes it sound like all naturally thin people have these enlightened … Continue reading

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‘Salvage run’ scenarios

The frowny-face perspective: After the euphoria of last weekend’s DIY mud run, it was infuriating to have so many days go by when I couldn’t seem to carve out time for much of a run. The one time Traci and … Continue reading

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How to read my new book without a Nook

It’s been a lot of fun pulling together the ideas I’ve been exploring on this blog into an e-book that’s now, finally, available on BarnesandNoble.com. Declutter Your Diet: Buffet goggles, Infinite Pie, and Other Imaginary Devices that Helped Me Cut … Continue reading

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Brady Hoke’s next challenge

Michigan coach Brady Hoke inspired his Wolverines to an amazing turnaround this season, culminating in last night’s dramatic overtime Sugar Bowl win. Now he’s got an opportunity to take his tough-as-nails message to a new level: By applying it to … Continue reading

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Learning to appreciate bad moods

“Lean into discomfort. … When we numb the dark, we numb the light.” — Brene Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection There’s nothing worse than being stuck inside a bad mood. Well, that’s not true. Sorrow is much, much worse. A … Continue reading

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Dooley noted*

Flipping through one of those can-do, positive thinking guides at the library recently, I came across an anecdote that resonated. The author was recounting the time he bought an expensive suit to pump himself up for a job interview, only … Continue reading

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Building a butterfly on the run

When I go running with my sister, that first mile is full of frustration. It doesn’t have anything to do with the run itself; that’s just about how long it takes us to go through whatever’s been bugging us recently. … Continue reading

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On positivity

I often wonder if I would’ve lost 90 pounds last year if I hadn’t been reading up on the psychology of positivity in the months before I started my quest. It wasn‘t something I planned: First develop a fundamental understanding … Continue reading

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