Weight Loss & Inspiration Blog

By - 2/1/2019

On the “almost eve” of yet another Patriots’ Super Bowl, I thought it appropriate to discuss winners and losers and to again make note of the fact that in the SWLS family “losers “ are in fact “winners.”  The following is a terrific article from Jane Brody and the NYT.  Jane certainly has “street cred” as she has lost weight and maintained that loss for 40 years.  For decades, she has also dispensed her common sense health and wellness advice to millions of readers.  You can take what she...

By - 1/5/2019

I want to take a moment to wish all of you a very happy, healthy and productive New Year.  I am not much for “New Year’s resolutions” if only because I believe that every day is an opportunity to...

By - 12/12/2018

The other night I visited my son’s college to see his sketch comedy performance. On the way into the auditorium, I passed a classroom named after me. It was called “Adams Teaching Lab.” Okay, so it wasn’t ...

By - 11/7/2018

“There’s a refrigerator in the parking lot.”

I paused for a moment to digest this. There was a refrigerator in the parking lot of my medical office building. This was not exactly the news I wanted to be greeted with on a Monday morning.  In a state of disbelief, I wandered outside to the back of the building and sure enough, there stood a beat-up, old refrigerator, tilted and with the door partially ajar.  Someone had driven on to our lot, presumably in the dark of night and over the...

By - 7/28/2018

Of the many magical things about summer, somewhere on that list is the excitement of finding a sand dollar. Maybe it is the memory evoked of childhood scavenging, or the rarity of the find, or just the amazing symmetry of a perfect design in nature -- or perhaps all of those things. Last weekend it meant even more.

My son Ari and his girlfriend Micaela had joined Jordana and me for a day at a beautiful Popham Beach in mid-coast Maine. As we walked along the beach toward Spinney’s...

By - 6/21/2018

If you’ve been reading my blog lately (or if you have come to support group), you may have heard about my weakness for McDonald’s. Yes, your weight loss doctor has admitted that he had a bit of a bad habit. (Note the past tense there!)

My penchant for the Golden Arches started at a young age, as many of our habits do. On nights that my father was working late, my mother would take me, my brother and my sister out for a special meal -- a “happy meal,” you might say. I still remember...

By - 5/19/2018

If you know me at all, you know that one of the only things that excites more than one of our Boston sports teams on a championship run, is a good and inspirational quote. Sometimes, I am fortunate enough to enjoy both: a great quote from one of my favorite teams. Ten years ago, the stars were aligned. As the Celtics were competing for a championship, their inspirational coach Doc Rivers memorably told his players "If you want to go fast, go alone, but if you want to go far, go as a team."...

By - 4/16/2018

Considering weight loss surgery?  Here are 10 things you can do to decide and prepare!

  1. Think. Are you ready to change your life? Weight loss surgery...

By - 3/14/2018

A “friend” of mine used to love the Filet-O-Fish sandwiches at McDonald’s. The crunchy coating on the fish patty, the buttery taste of the roll, the tangy flavor of the tartar sauce…. It got him every time. He’d find himself craving that Filet-O-Fish at all times of day – passing a McDonald’s on his way to work in the morning or late at night after a long day. More often than not, he would give into that craving and pull into the winding line of cars at the McDonald’s drive through. In a...

By - 3/11/2018


Turning Around Obesity

By Susan Cetlin, PhD., Psychologist


There is a word in Hebrew “nahafochu” that doesn’t have an exact parallel word in English. More or less it means to do the opposite, to reverse and to transform in a radical way. It means to completely turn things around, inside and out, from a dire, negative situation to a positive and sweet one. “Nahafochu” are actions taken to sweeten, elevate, and transform the...


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