& Musings

Carmela Ramaglia

The Benefits of Bingeing

“Great! How are you??” That’s the socially acceptable answer when someone asks how you are. But when my good friends ask, I can share what’s really going on. “It’s January.” The winter bug-a-boos are a seasonal reality, and I’m not ashamed to admit that I cope with them by bingeing. It’s easier to forget that… Continue Reading

Dinner’s at 6:00

Trick or Treat! This is usually the time of year when I write about emotional eating – and why it’s actually good for you. This is the time of year when every magazine, blog and morning talk show features “experts” with “tips and tricks” to avoid the dreaded holiday weight gain – and when I… Continue Reading

Zen and the Art of Weight Loss

Yes, you are correct. Both the title and this post itself were inspired by that literary classic, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. This was required reading for everyone in my college dorm – everyone, that is, except me. For some reason, my philosophy syllabus included Kierkegaard, Goethe and Nietzsche. I missed out on… Continue Reading

Highway to Hell

As a loud and proud 80’s Rocker Chick, I had to pay homage to AC/DC with the title of this post. However, the subject I want to explore has more to do with the proverb, The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions. Hmmm… I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. To make… Continue Reading

The True Price of Happiness

Last week, while sitting in traffic, I noticed an odd sensation wash over me. I was 45 minutes into what would ultimately be a 90-minute commute, and I initially thought I was feeling a sense of resignation. I, like many in the Seattle area, have learned to accept the fact that obscene traffic has simply become… Continue Reading

A Body Like Hers

With the latest celebrity outcry over Photoshop (Meghan Trainor pulled her “Me Too” music video off the internet due to the unauthorized digital retouching of her waist), it seems a blog post is in order. First off, I have no dog in this fight. I am neither for nor against digital retouching – authorized or… Continue Reading

The Four-Way Test

Every now and again I’ll get a phone call from a company executive asking me to speak to their employees as part of their company wellness program. Generally, I’m the last person they call. By the time they reach me, they’ve already spent a summer doing a “Biggest Loser” contest, a Fitbit challenge or have… Continue Reading