Weight Loss & Inspiration Blog

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...

By - 2/22/2018

Something strange happened on the way to work today. Do you believe in signs? I’m not talking about street signs, although I saw plenty of those on my way. I’m talking about weird little things that happen in life that you think must be telling you something, even though you’re not always sure what. 

I’ve been thinking the past few days about what I could write in a new blog post. Although I had lots of ideas swirling around my head, nothing quite seemed to be clicking. As I...

By - 2/5/2018


The Top 10 Reasons Not to Be Upset About the Super Bowl Loss

1.       Okay, you can be upset.

2.       But only for 24 hours max.

3.       We’ve been there and done that (the losing thing) before. And it always makes the next victory even sweeter.

By - 12/29/2017

I recently saw the new Star Wars movie. (If you haven’t seen it yet and don’t want to know ANYTHING about it, then better skip the next two paragraphs. But I promise, no major spoilers.)


There is an interesting scene in the middle of the movie where the sound cuts out entirely. For several seconds it was totally silent in the theater, and then as people took in what was happening, there were a few oohs and ahhs and gasps. It was a powerful effect and for an instant brought me...

By - 12/26/2017

I remember years ago my parents had a sign that hung in our house. It said something like “It’s not enough to be busy; the question is what are we busy about?” I always liked that quote and in thinking about writing this holiday message to you, I decided to see if I could find the quote on Google. (I’ll explain why I was thinking about the quote in relation to YOU in a minute. Hang with me….)

It didn’t take me very long to find the quote. It was from Henry David Thoreau and it must be...


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