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Repair Your Strained Relationship with the Gym

By Christine O’Hagan from Spindle Fitness

Would you stay in a relationship with a person that left you feeling depleted, that you didn’t look forward to seeing, and that you didn’t have a good time with? Of course not!

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Laura B. FolkesRepair Your Strained Relationship with the Gym
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Two Simple Ways to Keep Your Discipline at Events

Imagine you’re at a social gathering and you walk into a party where you know a couple people but not many. As soon as you walk in the door you make a beeline to the bar and quickly down your first drink. You see the appetizers so you immediately head over and quickly start sampling them.

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Laura B. FolkesTwo Simple Ways to Keep Your Discipline at Events
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Reasons You Reward Yourself with Food

You walk by the candy bowl at 3:00 and try to resist it but what the heck? After all that you’ve accomplished you think, “I Deserve it!” and grab a handful of chocolate candy. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing “bad” about having a handful of chocolate. What isn’t ideal is when regret and guilt kick in because you feel like you have sabotaged your healthy eating efforts.

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Laura B. FolkesReasons You Reward Yourself with Food
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Why We Sabotage Our Healthy Eating Efforts

One day I was talking to a friend about self-sabotage because it’s a topic that often comes up with my clients. As I was explaining that I wanted to write a blog post about the topic she said, “I’ll start it for you!” because she could relate. Here’s her story and then I’ll get into more about self-sabotage and what it really is and what it means if you’re feeling like you’re getting in the way of your health and weight goals.

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Laura B. FolkesWhy We Sabotage Our Healthy Eating Efforts
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Uncover What Your Cravings Really Mean

The start of the year is typically synonymous with restrictive New Year’s resolutions and crash diets that work for a while but don’t last long-term. When we fall off track is typically when shame sets in or we resolve it just wasn’t meant to be. But there is a better way! Check out the video below to learn more.

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Laura B. FolkesUncover What Your Cravings Really Mean
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Video 3: How to Keep Willpower Up During the Holidays

In this video series I’m talking about ways to keep your willpower up during the holidays. In the video yesterday I shared three things you can do if you find yourself to be uncomfortable at a social gathering and therefore obsessively thinking about food and alcohol. In this video I talk about how our desire to fit in with others can overshadow our healthy eating goals.

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Laura B. FolkesVideo 3: How to Keep Willpower Up During the Holidays
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Four Reasons Willpower Dwindles During the Holidays

Many cravings or the intense focus on food isn’t really about the food itself. It can often be a result of internal conflict. However, when you can get clear about what you’re anticipating as the holidays approach and what you want out of them, the holidays can be managed differently than in years past. Below is an infographic that outlines four reasons you may lose your willpower at an event.

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Laura B. FolkesFour Reasons Willpower Dwindles During the Holidays
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New Mini-Program: Holiday Power Strategy Sessions

The holidays are supposed to be festive and a time for celebration but sometimes they can be anything but. Between all of the social gatherings, festive foods and extra time with our families, the holidays can be fun, indulgent, exhausting, emotional and stressful all at the same time. But what if you could approach the holidays with ease and a sense of calm?

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Laura B. FolkesNew Mini-Program: Holiday Power Strategy Sessions
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Interview: Is “Fat” a feeling?

When I started my journey to become a Health Coach I decided to start working with my own Health Coach, Ali Shapiro. Even though I had lost 60-pounds and was maintaining my weight, my thoughts were consumed by food and constantly thinking about when I was going to eat next. It scared me to think that I could possibly get hungry and be ill prepared without any food on hand. I thought there had to be a better way other than the exhausting mental gymnastics. I had done one of the leading weight loss programs for years with success in getting down to my goal weight. However I was missing one piece of the puzzle.

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Laura B. FolkesInterview: Is “Fat” a feeling?
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There’s More to Emotional Eating Than You May Think

Through the years of my own self-discovery, one of the biggest insights I’ve had is that while we may be on a journey with our weight, we never fully arrive. For years I would focus on how life would be different and better when I hit my goal weight. However, in 2008 that dream came true, yet life wasn’t easier and I still wasn’t happy with my body or my weight. In the past I have opened up about my challenges with maintaining my weight and I fully admit that I still have challenges. In all honesty it’s difficult to admit that I still have my struggles. However, I want to share more about my journey in case you feel the same way so you know you aren’t alone.

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Laura B. FolkesThere’s More to Emotional Eating Than You May Think