& Musings

Carmela Ramaglia

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

Facelifts and Photoshop

I got a facelift! Well…technically it was my website that got the makeover. But since I’m the one who built it, I did suffer quite a few pains during the procedure – and I definitely needed some downtime to recover. This project stretched me in many ways (still going with the facelift gag…), but there… Continue Reading

Oprah, Weight Watchers, and Playing “Games”

Yup – it’s January. Like many in the weight-loss and wellness industry, I have been fielding a higher-than-normal volume of inquires regarding my services. And based on all these conversations I’m having with people, two things are abundantly clear. First, there is an underlying assumption in the air that says this: If you are overweight… Continue Reading