What’s Your Favorite Way to Suffer?

Thousands and thousands of years ago your ancestors would prowl through the jungle or travel through the plains searching and hunting for food. Some of them would starve to death and some of them would get impaled on the tusks of a Woolly Mammoth as they were simply trying to get food to survive. One […]

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How to Plant Trees You’ll Never See Grow

When I was a boy scout (shocker right), we had a policy when camping. Leave the site better than you found it. There is only one real constant in life and that is change. Jobs are going to change, you’re going to leave the place where you currently live, and people are going to leave […]

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Boosting confidence and getting on board with behavior change

  In the fourth season of the show How I Met Your Mother, the characters stare enviously at the hot tub on the patio of the building next door. One of the characters, Marshall, walks over to the edge of their roof, looks at the seven-foot gap and says: “I can jump that far” I […]

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The three key components to motivated behavior

Decades ago in Dade County Florida, the local government banned the sale of laundry detergents with phosphates. Phosphates were pretty good for cleaning but pretty bad for the environment, causing algae to explode in growth. This leads to oxygen reduction, which leads to animals dying, which isn’t good. It was a pretty good idea to […]

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Five Things That Great Listeners Do

I’ve cried in front of my master’s thesis chair/professor twice. It had nothing to do with school, managing that was never a problem for me, it was when I felt that I was really struggling with everything else that was going on around me. I felt completely comfortable doing this in front of him. It […]

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Why Can’t I Put the Cookie Down?

Recently I was away for a family vacation in the Adirondacks. For about 24 hours my diet consisted of beer, fudge from the Candy Cottage in Old Forge, and pizza. Also, I had the good fortune of being in the right place at the right time when a bag of marshmallows fell out of some […]

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Dieting with the enemy: How to deal with weight loss sabotage

Changing health behaviors can be extremely challenging . Behavioral theories usually include measures of four variables that have a direct or indirect influence on our behavior. These include behavioral intentions, attitudes towards the behavior, perceived control over the behavior, and social norms/support as they relate to the behavior. When we are trying to lose weight […]

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Goals are Useless Without a How and Why

In my life, I’ve had more than a handful of unrealized goals; I will never play professional basketball, I failed to become an incredible hip hop dancer (never tried I just like the idea), and it’s unlikely that I will ever share a life with Emma Watson (sigh). Based on these lofty goals, it’s easy […]

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Exercise can Feel Terrible but that’s Okay

Two years ago I started running. Prior to that I used to be adamantly against it. It’s not that I thought it was bad; I was well aware of the health benefits, I just didn’t like it. Sometimes exercise can feel terrible and this particular form of exercise just felt awful to me. Then a […]

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Why you should stop relying on willpower to lose weight

People who desire to lose weight often rely valiantly on willpower to achieve an ideal body. Self-control is great but I’d like to encourage people to stop relying solely on willpower to lose weight. Here is why Regardless of willpower, a person who finds a bowl of ice cream in front them seven days a week […]

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