By: karengray | July 01, 2019

National Bikini Day falls on July 5, and it’s the perfect opportunity to head to the beach. National Bikini Day celebrates the anniversary of the invention of the two-piece bathing suit. It’s also the perfect opportunity to talk about building up self confidence. Even if you don’t plan to show up in a bikini, you can create unbreakable confidence with resources you already have.


Self confidence is important in almost every aspect of our lives. It makes it easier to connect with other people, and it tends to create positive results. Most people are more likely to be persuaded by someone who speaks clearly, looks you in the eye, and answers questions confidently than someone who is nervous, fumbling, and overly apologetic.


What Is Self Con...

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By: karengray | May 27, 2019

Now that we have kicked off the unofficial start of Summer, we can start to shift our attention to the shape we are in. Even if you have struggled with your weight this last Winter, this is the perfect time to reshape those habits and get stronger, healthier, and feel better.


Here’s the thing - restrictive diets and demanding exercise programs don’t work. Yes, you will probably stick with them for a while, maybe even months. And yes, you will lose weight while you follow those plans. But the moment you stop following the restrictions, you will gain the weight back.


They don’t work because they aren’t sustainable. They aren’t sustainable because they don’t do anything about those habits and behaviors we have about eating and exercise. Those ha...

By: karengray | May 07, 2019

May 6th was "International No Diet Day" , and it began in 1992 with a woman who decided to fight back. British feminist Mary Evans Young battled anorexia, body image issues, and bullying for years.


Young invited her friends to wear “Ditch That Diet” stickers and fully embrace their bodies for a day. She had no idea it would spark a global movement. May 6 became a day to put away your scales, wear your light blue ribbons, and simply enjoy who you are. But you don’t have to wait until next year to start changing the way you feel about yourself.


Why it's Important to Love You

I will often share with my weight loss clients that I love my body, in all of its transitions, its imperfections, and squishiness. I love it SO MUCH that I do some...

By: karengray | February 12, 2019

Basically, you are the smartest person you know, and you believe everything you say.

 

What you say to yourself is extremely important. When you tell yourself something, either positive or negative, you are reinforcing that idea. And just like those famous drooling dogs of Pavlov’s, that continuous reinforcement makes those positive or negative statements of yours real.

 

Not only that, but negative self talk is further reinforced by the negativity of others. If your own inner dialogue is constantly putting you down, you are more likely to believe others if they put you down, and to not believe the ones who compliment you.

 

Of course, the opposite is true. When you build and maintain a strong self esteem and a positive inner dialo...