Thursday, July 26, 2012

"I Did It Before and I Can Do It Again!"

Sandy is a return guest to my blog. You may remember her from her Youtube debut Shrink and Splash last July. In that video Sandy taught us how she learned to eat healthy and exercise while on vacation. She had lost 52 pounds at the time that video was filmed.



This year, at 78 years old, Sandy faced some major life challenges. Watch as Ellen interviews Sandy to discuss the trials and tribulations she encountered on her weight loss journey. Anyone who has experienced an injury, illness, or stressor that derailed their weight loss efforts will relate — and let’s face it, who hasn’t?

Sandy’s unexpected illness led to her being hospitalized and getting weighed. Her shock at having gained 12 pounds from her lowest weight resulted in her epiphany moment:
                             
                      “I Did It Before and I Can Do It Again…and I will!”.

Sandy is now using an online app to track her food and exercise. She is more committed than ever with the help of her diet buddy Alan, and me, her “├╝ber coach”. She has already lost 6 of the 12 pounds she’d gained.

We have to accept that Sandy’s experience is all too common amongst dieters. The good news is she has picked herself right back up. Doesn’t she look great? You can too. Learn how….


Ellen is a psychotherapist in private practice in San Francisco and Redwood City, California. She specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and incorporates the use of mindfulness into the treatment of depression, anxiety, and emotional overeating. She runs a holistic weight loss program called Center for Thoughtful Weight Loss, www.thoughtfulweightloss.com. You can email Ellen at ellen@thoughtfulweightloss.com and follow her on Twitter at @thoughtfullellen. Watch Ellen demonstrate CBT for permanent weight loss on her YouTube channel, Ellenresnick’s channel.
Copyright © 2012 Ellen N. Resnick, LCSW

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Get Out and Get It Done!: Using CBT to Lower Cholesterol

Denial is a coping mechanism that helps us manage our anxiety and keeps us from feeling overwhelmed.

Seems good, right?
Sure…until it has us avoiding the very behaviors that keep us healthy.

That’s what happened to Jean who nicknamed herself Nefertiti because she acknowlwdged being “The Queen of De-Nial”.

Jean’s epiphany moment was less like a light bulb going on, and more like being hit between the eyes with a 2 x 4. She found out avoiding her dangerously high cholesterol didn’t make it go away.

Watch Jean’s courageous epiphany journey when the six simple words

                                     “Get out and get it done”

 may very well have saved her life!



What are your epiphany words?


Ellen is a psychotherapist in private practice in San Francisco and Redwood City, California. She specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and incorporates the use of mindfulness into the treatment of depression, anxiety, and emotional overeating. She runs a holistic weight loss program called Center for Thoughtful Weight Loss, www.thoughtfulweightloss.com. You can email Ellenat ellen@thoughtfulweightloss.com and follow her on Twitter at @thoughtfullellen. Watch Ellen demonstrate CBT for permanent weight loss on her YouTube channel, Ellenresnick’s channel.
Copyright © 2012 Ellen N. Resnick, LCSW