Food Addiction Infographic and Food Addiction Quiz

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Suspect you or someone you know might be a food addict? This Food Addiction Infographic and the attached Food Addiction Quiz may help you figure it out.   I'm a personal trainer that identifies as a food addict. At 34, I'm a healthy size 6, but by the time I was 18 I had high blood pressure … [Read more...]

Loving My 300-Pound Body Keeps Me Thin

Coffey, Before & During

When obesity has roots in shame, loving our larger bodies (in my case, a 300 pound body) may contribute to healthy, sustainable weight loss. We're tormented by our obsession with weight. Losing weight is hard to do, and the overwhelming majority of us gain back whatever weight we lose (and then … [Read more...]

Fat Body, Ten Years Gone: A Love Letter

Exercisey Coffey.
Tres Dark. Tres Edgy. 
Mais oui.

Hey there, Hot Stuff - It’s been a long time. Over ten years. Time flies. I'm married now and have two tiny daughters, a two-year-old and a one-year-old.  Believe it or not, I’m a personal trainer. I know, I know – how the hell did that happen, right?  I’ll spare you the details, but after you … [Read more...]

Portrait of the Trainer as an Addict

Kelly Coffey Before 307lbs c

How do you know you're addicted to sugar and starch? I get this question a lot. Admittedly, sugar and starch addiction is less devastating than alcoholism or drug addiction. But just because I've never sold my body for a bagel doesn't make it any less of an addiction. So how do I know I'm a sugar … [Read more...]

The Case for Abstinence Over Control

That's right, get angry.

If portion-controlled diets make you feel like you're having a food-related asthma attack (can't....get...enough...food), but the way you eat normally makes you miserable, abstinence - not just a low-carb diet - may be a strong choice. If you've ever been on Weight Watchers or other … [Read more...]