Sustainable You

I sent out yesterday the first edition of "Sustainable You," a newsletter I hope to post about once a month. In addition to keeping readers abreast of my speaking gigs, I'll be using it to lay out the principles of sustainable personal change, as I've defined them via the experience of keeping 155 pounds off my body for more than 20 years. I'm sure I'll find other interesting things to talk about as well.

"Yeah, man, we're still here!"

Early in my days as a reporter, I remember reaching a frustration point in my writing a few times and just typing some trash (not unfactual, just unartful), thinking, "no one will see it." As if, very soon after I filed, they weren't going to print 18,000 copies of it.

I felt a vestige of that a couple of times in the past week — you mean, anyone sees this thing after I hit "save"?— when readers of this blog asked me if there was something wrong with its RSS feed, or me, since I'd sent nothing out in a while. (Until yesterday morning, it had been since Dec. 10.)

"Oh my God, we're all gonna die!"

I’m sure I’m not the only person who has fantasized about how I would react in a moment of crisis — rush into the burning building, shove the unsuspecting child away from the onrushing car, change the channel before the cliffhanger is spoiled.

I suspect I’m in a smaller cohort who wonders how I’d really react — split-second action or soiled drawers.

I reflect on those this morning because I’ve been wanting to write about dying, and no matter what opinions I espouse, I have no idea how I will react when my time comes. OK, so I’ve acknowledged that.

"I don’t share enough that faith is important to me."

Welcome to another installment of “10 Words or Less,” in which I ask brief questions of interesting people and request brief answers in return. I became interested in today’s participant via our mutual interest in the National Speakers Association, of which he is not only a former president but a recipient of its highest honor, the Cavett Award. He’s a successful author and Ph.D. psychologist whose clients have included 3M, Daimler/Chrysler, GE, Honda, the FBI, and many more.

Tuthmosis, just one more of the addled masses

I won't add a link because he certainly doesn't need my help for traffic, but after balking a couple of times, I'm wading into the aftermath of the scurrilous post by Tuthmosis, who ran a piece about the five reasons to date an eating-disordered woman. He has been pilloried widely for saying awful things such as, "Her obsession over her body will improve her overall looks," and "She's fragile and vulnerable."

"It’s unlikely for it to be one disease, and to have one cure for everyone"

The hits keep coming on “10 Words or Less,” the feature in which I ask brief questions of interesting people and request brief answers in return. Today’s participant is one of the foremost living experts on addiction. He is a Distinguished Alumni Professor and the Donald Dizney chair of the Department of Psychiatry in the University of Florida College of Medicine. Before we proceed, here’s the usual “10 Words” disclaimer: "Ten words" is an ethic, not a limit, so please, no counting.

Things you don't know about diabetes, or that you do

A guy cold-called me the other day, essentially asking for a link to a graphic his organization created about diabetes, hoping to "get this conversation outside of just the diabetes blogosphere." I said sure.

Part of his idea was that I would share what I learned from reading the graphic, but there wasn't much. Apparently, stuff I think anyone knows isn't as widely known as I'd have thought. Stuff like:


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