The Mind Game

A Fence Post Up My Ass

by Carol Hess on April 17, 2012

I’ve got a fence post up my ass.  It’s been there for a month or more, and it’s starting to get pretty damned uncomfortable. Ever since I allowed my authentic self to be seen, I’ve been sitting on top of this damned fence.  First I lean one direction, poised to leap off that side of […]

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Categories Personal Empowerment, The Art of Star Polishing, The Mind Game

Your One and Only Story

by Carol Hess on April 5, 2012

You know how you hear one word and then you keep hearing it and hearing it and hearing it?  I always take that to mean, “Don’t make me repeat myself, Carol.  Sit up and pay attention!” So that’s what I do.  I sit up and pay attention. And the word I’m hearing everywhere the last […]

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Categories Personal Empowerment, The Art of Star Polishing, The Mind Game

The Biggest Killer of Your Dreams

by Carol Hess on March 22, 2012

There are two kinds of settling.  One denies your significance, and one celebrates it.  Which kind of settling are you doing? I spent most of my life doing the first kind of settling, and I don’t recommend it.  I settled for second best when it came to everything.  Actually, now that I think about it, […]

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Categories Dream Catching, Personal Empowerment, The Art of Star Polishing, The Mind Game

Imagine

by Carol Hess on March 15, 2012

Imagine you are perfect just the way you are right now. Imagine you don’t have to fix one damn thing about yourself because there is nothing to fix. Imagine you were born whole, always have been whole, are whole right now, and always will be whole no matter what. Imagine you are so magnificent and […]

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Categories Personal Empowerment, The Art of Star Polishing, The Mind Game

Duckling Meets Swan: An Unlikely Tale of Transformation

by Carol Hess on March 5, 2012

Okay, I’m hooked.  I admit it.  I’m addicted to reality tv.  And not just any reality tv, Friends.  My drug of choice is makeover reality tv.  In one short half hour some poor ugly duckling becomes a beautiful swan right before my eyes in my very own living room.  It’s the stuff of fairytales, and […]

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Categories Body Image, The Art of Star Polishing, The Mind Game

The Total Who of You

by Carol Hess on February 29, 2012

I guess Leap Day is the perfect day to confess I am not a big fan of leaping. Left to my own devices, I’m a cautious Cancer the Crab who scuttles at and away from things sideways. So cautious, in fact, that I carry my home with me wherever I go so I can quickly […]

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Categories Personal Empowerment, The Art of Star Polishing, The Mind Game

Transformation That Changes Your Life

by Carol Hess on February 27, 2012

There’s no do-over when it comes to life. You only get one chance to do it right. I don’t believe there’s anything worse than coming to the end of your life and realizing you’ve blown it. You haven’t created the life you dreamed about. You haven’t become the person you wanted to be. And now […]

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Categories Fat Lady Sings Book, Personal Empowerment, The Art of Star Polishing, The Mind Game

A Star (Polisher) Is Born!

by Carol Hess on February 20, 2012

Bring on the balloons! Strike up the band! Set off the fireworks! It’s a celebration! Star Polisher the business opens its doors today! Overweight women rejoice! Star Polisher is your community, your place. It’s all about and for you.   It’s Your Place to Visit When – You want to stop letting a number on a scale tell […]

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Categories Community, Personal Empowerment, The Art of Star Polishing, The Mind Game, Weight Loss

The Fat Lady Doesn’t Go on a Diet

by Carol Hess on January 25, 2012

Phew! I’m back. But I’m still shaking off the effects of that photo/video shoot. What can I say? Reality can be a bitch sometimes. Well, actually more like a bitch slap. Wake-up calls – at least the kind of wake-up call where you lose yourself – are very unpleasant, but they are necessary if you’re […]

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Categories Relationship with Food, The Mind Game, Weighing In (Rants & Raves), Weight Loss

Who’s That Fat Woman in the Photo?

by Carol Hess on January 16, 2012

I got ambushed by a camera yesterday.  It was not a pretty sight.  I’m still bleeding, bruised, and shaken to my core. I had arranged for my friend Wendy to take some new photos and shoot a couple of videos of me.  You’ve been looking at a 10 years/50 pounds ago image of me.  I […]

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Categories Body Image, The Art of Star Polishing, The Mind Game