Since I spent the entire morning looking for cheap flights and making travel plans I feel like I should share where I am going and my plans for the rest of the year. I know you all think I’m moving to Oregon soon…. but I’m doing something completely different and even more exciting.
First, a little back story. As you know I went to BlogHer this year to meet some of the amazing women from the weight loss/healthy living/fitness blogosphere and twitter world. I didn’t mention one woman I met in my BlogHer post because I didn’t have a photo of her. That woman was Marsha Hudnall, the director/owner of Vermont’s Green Mountain at Fox Run, a healthy weight retreat for women tired of dieting. I met Marsha briefly while in Chicago. We had been chatting on Twitter for a while already so meeting her and having a quick chance to chat face to face was one of the highlights of BlogHer.
A few days after I came home I received an e-mail from Marsha with an offer to come to Green Mountain as a “staff participant.” I accepted this offer and am soon headed to Vermont for three months to work and play. As a staff participant I will participate in the program fully for one week and then work part time and participate part time for the remainder of the three months. I see a lot of fitness activities in my future.
If you’ve never heard of Green Mountain at Fox Run, you aren’t alone. I only heard of it a few months ago when Marsha left a comment on my blog. They have a website, and a blog, from which comes this description:
Imagine a fitness and healthy weight loss retreat for women only…that teaches normal eating, like you did before you started to worry about your weight…eating what you want…feeling great…liking yourself for who you are.
More than just another weight loss camp, Green Mountain at Fox Run is the country’s foremost women-only healthy weight loss program.
We offer a practical, livable healthy lifestyle approach with which, for the past three decades, women have discovered how to lose weight and keep it off.
But losing weight is only part of what goes on at Green Mountain. More importantly, women discover that success means much more than a number on the scale.
Well that sounds good. The only problem I see with it is the idea that I once ate “normal” or had a time before I started worrying about weight. Um, no. I’ve never eaten normally. I ate like a hungry teenage boy, then a secret eater, then a compulsive eater, then a binger, and always as an emotional eater. Now I eat closer to normal than ever but I still manage to slip back into one of these past categories enough times to keep my weight stalled in the 230s. If there is anything I hope to learn while I am there I hope to learn how to keep weight off and keep my mind in control of my eating.
Unlike the other weight loss camps/retreats that I’ve seen around Green Mountain seems to address the underlying issues with weight loss like behavioral and emotional triggers – my biggest problem with consistent healthy living. Finally working through these with professional help will lead me to establish a permanent healthy eating pattern free from the old habits I just can’t seem to break free from.
Here is another things I’m excited about:
Nestled in Vermont’s beautiful Green Mountains, Green Mountain at Fox Run sits among 26 peaceful wooded acres overlooking Okemo Mountain.
I love Vermont! Really, I do. I lived about an hour away in New Hampshire when I was younger and it was one of the best times of my life. My brothers and I often talk about living there and wish we had never moved. I can’t wait to live in the area again temporarily. I love the mountains! Expect lots of pretty pictures to come.
Overall I couldn’t be more excited about living in a beautiful place completing a program that addresses all aspects of a healthy life: physical, nutritional and emotional. It sounds like a great place and I can’t wait to both participate and spread the message. I will be blogging my whole journey while I am there, under the category “Green Mountain.” You can follow my progress while I am there and hopefully watch me finally lay down some of the things (both physical and emotional) I’ve been carrying around. I’m very excited to be going and very excited to share my journey with all of you. Now I must go back to searching for cheap flights to the northeast.