Does 'The Biggest Loser' Promote Anorexia and Bulimia?

The season finale for The Biggest Loser prompted strong viewer reaction to Rachel Frederickson who won $250,000  by losing 58.62 percent of her 260 pound starting weight. That's a record weight loss in the show's 15 seasons, and at-home viewers assessed it to be too much to be healthy.  ...more
I am 5'4 with a slender build and I weigh 110. Thing is, I actually have a fat roll at 110. It's ... more

Understanding Bieber's Drug Use from a Mom's Point of View

It came out today that Justin Bieber tested positive for marijuana and Xanax. I am not surprised. Justin started out as a kid who just wanted to sing. Then something happened that changed his life. He got the chance. Since he was 12 years old, people have made fun of his music, his face, his hair -- and not in nice ways either. Even with his recent arrest the Internet thought it important to compare his mug shot to Miley Cyrus. ...more
I completely agree! My point is not that we should overlook his behavior, but that given his ... more

Understanding Bieber's Drug Use from a Mom's Point of View

It came out today that Justin Bieber tested positive for marijuana and Xanax. I am not surprised. Justin started out as a kid who just wanted to sing. Then something happened that changed his life. He got the chance. Since he was 12 years old, people have made fun of his music, his face, his hair -- and not in nice ways either. Even with his recent arrest the Internet thought it important to compare his mug shot to Miley Cyrus. ...more
Kathy K I always wonder with kids like this, like Miley, like Madonna (when I was younger) where ... more

The Parenting Call That Didn't Work Out

Last week, Kansas City got hit with a whopper of a snowstorm. We saw video of drivers forced to stop on major interstates and abandon their cars -- on pretreated roads. Kansas City is no stranger to snowstorms, but the snow was falling so fast we literally couldn't keep up. School had been called off the night before, but for the first time in my memory, the emergency daycare called all the parents to say they were closing, too, and please come get your kid. Good luck to you if you were one of those drivers stuck on the Interstate. Fast forward to today -- another major storm is on the way, and because of conflicting predictions of when the weather would start, I decided to keep my daughter home this morning even though school is in session....more
I plan on keeping my kids out of school Monday. We are moving to a new place Saturday and I ... more

Is My Willpower Challenge Over Now?

When we first starting talking about Kelly McGonigal's book The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do To Get More of It, I was intrigued but I wasn't sure how I'd feel about actually doing my willpower challenge. What would I learn? Would be be scary? What if I failed? Well, I've learned and I've struggled. Does that mean I'm done now? ...more
I honestly don't think this willpower challenge will be over for my entire life. I chose to make ... more

Discovering My Challenge Within My Willpower Challenge

I have to say that my willpower challenge is still going well. If I learned anything at all from Kelly McGonigal's The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do To Get More of It it's that paying attention to why you are -- or are not -- doing something is really important....more
My main challenge has been taking the time. My challenge really cuts into my very limited free ... more

What I've Learned (So Far) From My Willpower Challenge

I was scared when I announced my willpower challenge last week. While I totally understood why Kelly McGonigal suggests that you do one while reading her book, The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do To Get More of It, I was wary. I was concerned not only about what I might learn about myself -- what if none of the strategies worked?...more
I've learned that I'm a lot better at sticking to my goals when I have a clear and reasonable ... more

What I've Learned (So Far) From My Willpower Challenge

I was scared when I announced my willpower challenge last week. While I totally understood why Kelly McGonigal suggests that you do one while reading her book, The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do To Get More of It, I was wary. I was concerned not only about what I might learn about myself -- what if none of the strategies worked?...more
So far I've learned that I can make it to the gym and I actually like going when I have the ... more

What Is Your Willpower Challenge?

In her new book The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do To Get More of It Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D., suggests the best way to learn about the self-control methods she discusses is to take a willpower challenge. I hesitated. I am not big on resolutions, perhaps because I never stick with them. I was also intrigued because her book offered me some new perspective on willpower and self-control. ...more
I love the idea that I need to stop waiting for a future me with more willpower to show up. If I ... more

What Is Your Willpower Challenge?

In her new book The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do To Get More of It Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D., suggests the best way to learn about the self-control methods she discusses is to take a willpower challenge. I hesitated. I am not big on resolutions, perhaps because I never stick with them. I was also intrigued because her book offered me some new perspective on willpower and self-control. ...more
My willpower challenge is to make healthier food choices. I'm starting the year with the Daniel ... more