Scale Back Alabama Blog

The Scale Back Alabama Blog features tips and advice from some of the health professionals who make Scale Back Alabama possible each year. We will be adding new blog posts each week during the 2021 challenge.

Inputs Outweigh Outcomes

Inputs Outweigh Outcomes

The other night my husband was telling me about a problem he’d been having at work. He’s in technology sales and serves as the middle man for a variety of technology and cabling products. He told me he had placed an order for a specific product and the shipment was...

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Redefining Success

Redefining Success

I have A LOT of expectations about how things should go and (especially) how other people should act. When I really stop to think about it, mostly these expectations get in my way and lead to disappointment. Usually when I find myself getting upset about something, I...

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Fueling Your Active Life

Fueling Your Active Life

As a D-I distance runner in college, I found nutrition to be really important to how I felt and performed at races. I often struggled to eat well, and because of my experiences I believe that our weaknesses can be turned into strengths and used to help others. I hope...

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Self-Care During COVID-19

Self-Care During COVID-19

School closings. Working from home. Empty toilet paper aisles. Social distancing. I think we all know what these things have in common. The coronavirus has taken the world by storm, and it’s been life altering to all of us in some degree. I am sobered by the news of...

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Mind Over Meals

Mind Over Meals

Growing up in a household with 4 adults and 5 other kids was interesting.  We all lived with my grandmother, Momma Mary, and she cooked every day.  We had plenty of food to eat, but getting healthy foods, without additions, was a whole other story. Momma...

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A Cruel Cruel Villian

A Cruel Cruel Villian

They call it the thief of joy. It’s a creeping, sneaking, dirty little snake, sifting into the dark corners of your mind when you least expect it. It starts as a tickle, then an itch, then a full on throbbing headache. It whispers lies to your soul. “You’re not good...

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Take an Inclusive Fitness Break

Take an Inclusive Fitness Break

Take an inclusive fitness break. By the sound of that, I bet you’re hoping my words of encouragement are to literally take a break from your hard work and physical activity regimen. While it can be a great idea to take breaks from fitness to prevent wearing yourself...

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The Best Strategy for Sticking With Exercise

The Best Strategy for Sticking With Exercise

We’re all familiar with it. The new year brings high hopes that "This will be the year! This is the year I will stick with exercise and lose weight, look my best, improve my health, (fill in the blank)." Yet we are also familiar with the dreary statistic that most...

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Comparison is the Thief of Joy

Comparison is the Thief of Joy

Did you know that if we all ate and exercised the exact same way, we would still all look completely different? This is something I’ve had to remind not only my patients but myself when it comes to maintaining positive body image while trying to lose weight. In my 10+...

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