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Tips For Beating Social Overeating

  "No thank you." Whether you’re hungry or not, it can be difficult to say those three words when you are in a social setting. For this reason, it's very common for people to overeat at Thanksgiving, birthday parties, events and other social gatherings - especially in an effort to fit in or to make other people feel more comfortable. In a previous newsletter, I discussed the importance of mindful eating and how it can improve your relationship with food. Mindful eating is being aware of your body's hunger and satisfaction signals. It involves eating slowly, tasting your food, appreciating your meal and savoring each bite. When you are alone, you may find it easy to be conscious of what you are putting into your body. But in a social setting, it's easy to get distracted by friends/family/entertainment. Additionally, if you are worried about hurting the feelings of another person or frequently put the needs of others in front of your own, you may give in to social

Finding motivation to exercise on bad weather days

A lot has been studied on the topic of weather and productivity. Interestingly, the results vary. But this shouldn't come as a surprise since human beings are different and react to various conditions differently. For example, I find myself much more productive when the weather is rainy. When the weather is nice, all I want to do is play outside. If you are the same, a primary reason for the bad weather-productive connection is that you are less distracted, more focused and work more efficiently when the weather is bad. The idea of being outdoors is not very attractive so you may as well get stuff done inside.  However, for some people, a gloomy day can lead to a dreary mind. It's hard to get stuff done when you are feeling down. Although most people would agree that weather that looks and feels good puts you into a good mood, and you are more likely to be productive when you are feeling good, you can't get much done in life if you plan your productivity around the weathe

Gravel Riding - So Many Climbs!

  On Friday afternoon, I asked Karel what his plans were for training on Saturday. I mentioned to him that a small group was riding at 8:30 from the parking lot at North Greenville University (a popular meet-up place for cyclists, around 20 minutes away) but I really wanted to go gravel riding. Karel was excited for the off-road adventure so he planned a route that included a mix of grave and road. He wanted to show me some of the segments that he covered during the Belgium Waffle Ride .  We decided to leave from North Greenville University and it worked out great that we started our ride with a few of our friends that were riding on the road. The first ~60-minutes was mostly climbing as we headed toward the Watershed and the up the Hendersonville side. We accumulated around 1500 feet of elevation gain on the road, while chatting with those in the small group. The time went by fast and sometimes I forgot that I was on my gravel bike. That's the nice thing about having a gravel bik