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What is keeping you stuck?

By Michelle May, M.D.

Is there something that you’ve really wanted to do but for some reason, keep putting it off?

For me, it was this: Talking to you on video! Here’s what was keeping me stuck…

As I shared in the video, I had all kinds of reasons for putting if off, like:

  • I don’t know what I’m doing.
  • I don’t have enough time.
  • I don’t know if I want to spend the money.
  • And the real reason is that, if I’m honest with myself, I’m afraid.

Are you stuck?

This made me wonder whether some of you have really wanted to learn about mindful eating but have let similar reasons prevent you from taking action. I decided to overcome my excuses (uh, reasons) about doing video and at the same time, address some of the reasons you might be hesitating to jump into the mindful eating thing!

“I don’t know what I’m doing.”

Oh course I don’t! But I knew enough about video to believe that it is an important way to reach out to the people who can benefit from mindful eating and that it was important enough to want to learn. I also realized that I could continue to think about doing videos, watch videos, read articles about doing videos, watch videos about doing videos, but I needed a more structured, organized course and some hand holding by experts who do videos. I signed up for a 3 day Video Lab and an online course that I can do from home to implement what I’m learning.

With mindful eating, many people now recognize that it has the power to change one’s relationship with food. But a lot of people read blogs, articles, and even books, but never go through the process from start to finish with someone to guide them to learn the skills and address their personal challenges. And that can make all the difference! If that’s you, please take a look at our workshops, retreats, Support Community, and webinars (I’ll be starting a webinar in one week!).

“I don’t have enough time.”

I talked about this one in my second video (see, I told you I’m committed to getting unstuck!):

Here’s the blog post I mentioned about how to do a time study to see how much time you might be wasting thinking and talking about food.

I don’t know if I want to spend the money.

Besides the amount of time (and therefore money) we already waste when we are stuck, I believe that where we invest our money reflects our values. Having said that, I don’t like to spend money without first understanding why.

That’s why I did this free webinar to explain how the Mindful Eating Cycle helps you break eating patterns that just aren’t working for you.

I’m afraid.

This is a big one!


About the author

Michelle May, M.D. is a recovered yo-yo dieter and the founder of the Am I Hungry?® Mindful Eating Programs and Training. She is the award-winning author of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat: A Mindful Eating Program to Break Your Eat-Repent-Repeat Cycle , winner of seven publishing awards. She is also the author of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat with Diabetes, Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat for Binge Eating, and Am I Hungry? Mindful Eating for Bariatric Surgery. Michelle shares her compelling message and constructive keynotes with audiences around the country, offers workplace wellness programs, and has trained and licensed hundreds of health professionals to facilitate Am I Hungry?® Mindful Eating Programs worldwide. She has been featured on Dr. Oz, the Discovery Health Channel, and Oprah Radio, and quoted in Diabetic Living, Fitness, Health, Huffington Post, Parents, Self, USA Weekend, US News & World Report, WebMD and many others. Her personal success story was published in Chicken Soup for the Dieter's Soul. Michelle cherishes her relationships with her husband, Owen and grown children, Tyler and Elyse. She regularly enjoys practicing yoga and hiking near her home in Phoenix, Arizona. She and Owen, a professional chef, share a passion for gourmet and healthful cooking, wine tasting, photography, and traveling.


  1. I took the Mindful Eating Class in Fort Collins, Co and it was very informative. The potluck opened my eyes to the fact that if I eat mindfully, I don’t need a lot of food. I did well at home following the guidelines to mindful eating but slipped right back into my binge eating and gave in to my sugar addiction.
    I need help! Please, if you have some magic about that, let me know.

  2. Shelly-Anne says:

    Whohooo way to go Michelle. Love the vulnerability and you just jumping in and going for it. You were GREAT!! A true natural on video. You got this!! Love your energy on camera too.

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