Who’s Goal Is It Anyway? (Part 2)

March 17th, 2014

By Katryna Starks In the last post, Who’s Goal Is It Anyway? (Part 1), I talked about the transtheoretical model of behavior change and its 5 phases: Precontemplation, contemplation, preparation, action, and maintenance. If you have a goal, you are in one of those phases. This post is about deciding which phase you’re in and […]

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Who’s Goal Is It Anyway? (Part 1)

March 15th, 2014

By Katryna Starks I hear many people who have gone through the hardships of losing weight and getting healthy. They’re ecstatic. They’re helpful. They’re full of advice about how to be healthy. They’re encouraging. They’re enthusiastic. And they’re judgemental. It’s this last adjective that I’m going to address today. Losing weight successfully is a laudable […]

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The “Oh, YES!” Wardrobe

June 10th, 2011

By Katryna Starks No, this has nothing to do with lingerie. It has to do with making every day a perfect wardrobe day. With never looking in your closet and finding things that don’t fit, are out of style, or just make you feel “blah”. It’s about building the perfect wardrobe so that no matter […]

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DEBUNKED: Black Women are Less Physically Attractive Than Other Women

May 17th, 2011

By Katryna Starks Satoshi Kanazawa recently posted an article on the Psychology Today website titled “Why Are Black Women Less Physically Attractive Than Other Women? Why Black Women But Not Black Men?”  Now, as a Black Woman, I’ll be the first to say that this is offensive, I’m also offended that this is considered valid […]

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Never “Clean Up” Again

November 30th, 2010

By Katryna Starks Cleaning up clutter is time-consuming and stressful. For every item you pick up, you have to make several decisions. Here or there? Keep or toss? Those decisions can be overwhelming and mentally taxing. And, depending on how much clutter you have, you might have to make hundreds of those decisions at once. […]

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Hablas Espanol? Parlez-vous francais? Here’s why you should!

November 9th, 2010

In the past few years, brain games such as sudoku have become very popular as people try to ward off the mental signs of aging. For the social types who aren’t prone to puzzles, there is another way to strengthen the brain. Canadian researchers have found that the brain appears to treat multilingualism as a […]

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Body, Mind and Spirit: Beth Payne

October 27th, 2010

Beth Payne is an actress, linguist, comic, children’s advocate and health coach. She has appeared on My Wife and Kids, The Jamie Foxx show and Comic View. Currently, the midwest native who speaks 7 languages, lends her voice to 6 different characters on PBS’s Maya and Miguel. In 2009, her whirlwind life came to a […]

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Weight Loss Success: Audra Wasson

September 7th, 2010

By Katryna Starks YourBestSelf gives you the real deal when it comes to attaining your goals. Recently, we talked with Audra Wasson, who lost 70 pounds over a year and a half. She spoke about the changes she made, how she dealt with a plateau, and one exercise method that women shy away from, but […]

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The V.O.M.

July 29th, 2010

By Katryna Starks The other day was hectic – as usual. I barely got breakfast, didn’t get lunch, and although I was on my way home, when I stopped for gas I was ravenous. I scoured the convenience store for something to take the edge off when I spied the chocolate chip cookies. I bought […]

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Having trouble meeting your goals? Care less!

January 17th, 2010

By Katryna Starks We’re usually told to set a specific goal and then move toward it. However, if the goal has an emotional tie, then a more indirect goal is the best. Sometimes its hard to reach goals because we care too much about them. Here’s an example. A direct goal for many is to […]

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