‘Fat Guy’s Guide to Health’ Articles

The on-going saga of one man’s fight against his brain, his heart and–most of all–his gut.

Facing the Little Death

Facing the Little Death

“…I’m leaving’ on a jet plane, Don’t know when I’ll be back again. Oh babe, I hate to go.” -John Denver (but I recall the Peter, Paul & Mary version more)  I’ve written a lot about fear, no matter if it’s the allure of fear or conquring fear for various reasons. I even wrote an [Continue]

Olympic You

Olympic You

  “When people think of the psychology of excellence, images of outstanding athletic performances often come to mind,” Daniel Gould and Kristen Dieffenbach asserted at the beginning of their article in the Journal of Applied Sports Psychology (Dieffenbach and Gould, 2002). While I would argue the word “often,” I can’t argue that people would think [Continue]

Ghostbusting & Dragonslaying

Ghostbusting & Dragonslaying

“You-you, sir, are playing a dangerous game! Keeping this much raw… ‘Viking-ness’ contained! There will be consequences!” –Hiccup, How to Train Your Dragon The fear was unexpected, but it was the fear which showed me that this moment was different. It hit me while sitting on a park bench at work, speaking to my dietician [Continue]

The Strength of Surrender

The Strength of Surrender

  “Surrender: to give oneself up into the power of another…or to give oneself over to something (as an influence).” -Miriam Webster’s Dictionary I mentioned the concept of surrender in last month’s article on my decision to sign into a weight loss center. I began to chew on that concept, and re-realized how important to [Continue]

I am a Patient Boy…

I am a Patient Boy…

    The words, innocuous—even inviting—leapt off the page and hit me like a viper’s nest in the face. “Meet the Treatment Team,” it read. The paper had been photocopied so many times that the edges of letters were worn and blurred, like windblown hieroglyphics. They set off a Bobby Brady firework explosion in my [Continue]

Operation Habit: The Do Over

Operation Habit: The Do Over

It’s been two weeks and there hasn’t been profound interest in The Operation Habit Challenge despite the chance to try something life changing, and the motivation of a prize. That’s not too surprising, since I firmly believe that change is on a continuum and if you’re not at the point where you want to change [Continue]

The Operation Habit Challenge

The Operation Habit Challenge

I sat in the green plastic chair and tried not to think about the amount of weight that the scale just told me I had gained. Then the Weight Watchers group leader said “They say it takes 32 repetitions of a behavior to build a habit—I don’t know if it’s true, but that’s what they [Continue]

New Year’s Revolution

New Year’s Revolution

Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanza have come and gone, leaving us many welcome gifts, and potentially one unwelcomed one; guilt. Eat too much over the Holidays? Drink too much? Sleep too much? Smoke away your frustrations at Holiday shopping? Curse away your frustration at Holiday driving? Gossip about family?   Well [Continue]

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