Diane Carbonell

Wellness Warrior, The Dr. Oz Show
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Joining Dr. Oz is a panel of experts from across the country, representing different medical disciplines, genders, and opinions. Together, they're creating a center for health and wellness information where no topic is off limits.

We tend to measure everything. How high is that building? How far to the mall? How much does this cost compared to something else? How tall are you? What's your shoe size? Waist size? Hips?

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Added to Nutrition, Weight Loss, Diet, Wellness Warrior, Wellness on Mon 10/10/2011

When is free food not free? When the free food adds inches to your waistline and pounds to your scale. When the free food has enough calories in it to qualify as a separate meal, and when instead...

Here's a little cautionary tale for those of you who avoid going to the dentist. I've always been a little afraid of going to the dentist... the drill, the noises, the smell. As I gained massive...

Added to Weight Loss, Wellness Warrior, Wellness, Dentistry on Tue 07/19/2011

Until recently, my family had not been on a real vacation in a long time, though we do visit family in other states and call it a vacation. It's a vacation for us, but I'm sure when our family of...

Added to Weight Loss, Diet, Fitness, Wellness Warrior, Wellness on Mon 06/06/2011

Over the years, as I've helped people lose weight and spoken to groups of people about my journey, I often hear the phrase, "Listen to your body." What does that phrase mean to you? Let’s all...

Added to Nutrition, Weight Loss, Diet, Wellness Warrior, Wellness on Mon 05/23/2011

Getting healthy takes time. It’s funny, because when you were born, you had someone else to make sure you were healthy. As you grow to be an adult, there should be people in your life to make sure...

Added to Weight Loss, Diet, Wellness Warrior on Fri 05/13/2011

I've read stories of people who have lost weight and feel a sense of betrayal from food. They are angry and dissatisfied with food. They direct their  frustration towards food and seem angry...

Added to Weight Loss, Diet, Wellness Warrior, Wellness on Fri 05/06/2011

When I began walking for exercise, I weighed 305 pounds and was walking only for a few minutes at a time. Commitment to reasonable exercise can often determine how successful your weight loss...

Added to Fitness, Wellness Warrior on Wed 02/23/2011

If someone told you, “Lose weight and I’ll give you $100,” you might be motivated to try and lose excess weight and get healthy. What if your doctor, spouse, children or significant other...

Added to Weight Loss, Diet, Wellness Warrior on Mon 02/14/2011

This is a question I ask about midway through the weight loss class I teach: “Say one positive thing about hunger…” After the laughter dies down, the participants work on an answer. I ask you: is...

Added to Weight Loss, Diet, Wellness Warrior on Tue 02/01/2011

Fail. Fail. Fail. That’s how I always felt when I weighed 300 pounds and had failed to achieve any weight loss during the holiday season. January would roll around on the calendar and I’d stand...

I don’t know who said that fat people should be jolly, but I’d like to have a little chat with them – especially this time of year, when so many people seem jolly. I wasn’t a jolly fat person at...

Added to Weight Loss, Wellness Warrior, Holidays on Fri 12/17/2010

Dread: To anticipate with alarm, distaste, or reluctance. The holiday season is in full swing, and the word dread is one you may not expect to see in a blog at Christmastime. I never dreaded the...

Added to Weight Loss, Diet, Wellness Warrior, Holidays on Tue 12/07/2010

Do you remember that line from the poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, "Water, water, everywhere and not a drop to drink?" This time of year with Christmas just around the corner, I...

Added to Diet, Wellness Warrior, Wellness, Holidays on Mon 11/29/2010

Eating healthy at the holidays never crossed my mind when I was a size 28. Holidays were just one big eat-fest. I’d pour over the grocery store and department store ads looking for the best deals...

Added to Weight Loss, Diet, Wellness Warrior, Wellness, Holidays on Mon 11/22/2010

With the holidays fast approaching, it is easy to feel stressed about upcoming food choices. The abundance of food at work, during parties and even samples in the big box grocery stores can make...

Added to Weight Loss, Diet, Wellness Warrior, Holidays on Mon 11/15/2010

"Honey, we are never going to have your favorite meal ever again." You know, if I had said that, my sweet husband probably would have been a little bit upset. To hear that he would never have...

Added to Nutrition, Weight Loss, Diet, Wellness Warrior, Family Health on Mon 11/08/2010

I've received a lot of questions from people wondering what happens to your skin physically when you lose a lot of weight. It's funny, because when I lost my weight, this wasn't even a concern of...

Added to Weight Loss, Wellness Warrior, Beauty on Tue 11/02/2010

Have you ever looked around and realized that you are the only overweight person in the room? I hated that feeling. These days, with about two-thirds of Americans officially overweight or obese,...

Added to Weight Loss, Wellness Warrior, Wellness on Fri 10/22/2010

I was thinking about the guilt that I felt during the 10 years I struggled with being obese. I felt guilty for not looking better for my husband, guilt over needing to sit down while my kids ran,...

Added to Weight Loss, Diet, Wellness Warrior on Mon 10/18/2010

In my pre-fat life I loved shopping. I enjoyed spending an afternoon looking in store windows, having a cookie and a diet coke, and shopping for clothes. It was pretty easy to find things I liked...

Added to Weight Loss, Wellness Warrior, Wellness on Mon 10/11/2010

As we go throughout our lives, our caloric needs change and evolve. Teenagers have the highest caloric requirement, and as we age, our calorie requirements diminish slightly. In adults, caloric...

Added to Weight Loss, Diet, Wellness Warrior on Fri 10/01/2010

It’s a common refrain among women. “I was an average size, but then I had a baby and I haven’t been able to lose my pregnancy weight.” Unfortunately, it was a joyous pregnancy that started me on...

Added to Weight Loss, Diet, Women's Health, Pregnancy, Wellness Warrior on Mon 09/27/2010

I think that it is important for us to consider how we will respond to tragedy and sadness in our lives – not only from an emotional and spiritual perspective, but from the perspective of being...

Added to Weight Loss, Diet, Wellness Warrior, Stress on Fri 09/17/2010

For better or worse, fear is a part of our emotional make-up. If someone tells you they are never afraid, they may be stretching the truth. I’ll raise my hand right now and admit to being a...

Added to Weight Loss, Diet, Fitness, Wellness Warrior on Mon 09/13/2010

It's hard, isn't it? Walking into the wind. One time, many years ago I visited New England. I had just lost 150 pounds, and was looking forward to walking/running in a new place. The flight up the...

Added to Weight Loss, Fitness, Wellness Warrior on Fri 09/03/2010

We've all heard that in order to lose weight and prevent certain diseases we need to eat less and move more. I was thinking about this concept this other day and thought it would make for an...

Added to Weight Loss, Diet, Fitness, Wellness Warrior on Tue 08/31/2010

I know people who have crazy schedules. Their schedules are so full that it takes an entire wall calendar or installing extra memory on their smart phones to keep track of everyone’s comings and...

Added to Weight Loss, Fitness, Wellness Warrior on Fri 08/20/2010

I was an expert at cheating the scale. When I got married, I was an average size, but as our marriage progressed, my weight increased and I got bigger. We didn't have a scale at first, so when my...

Added to Weight Loss on Fri 08/13/2010

I was guilty of using my children as an excuse not to lose weight and exercise. During my first pregnancy I gained 75 pounds. When I added those 75 pound to the pounds I had gained since my...

Added to Weight Loss, Fitness, Family Health on Fri 08/06/2010

People always ask me about my exercise routine. They want to know if I still exercise on a regular basis, if I ever get tired of exercising and if I ever take some time off.

 

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Added to Weight Loss, Fitness, Wellness Warrior on Fri 07/30/2010

Most of us have a lot of events to attend during the year. Even someone like me, who doesn't work outside the home, is invited to weddings, showers, meetings, meals with friends and more.

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Added to Nutrition, Weight Loss, Diet, Wellness Warrior on Fri 07/23/2010

I was an expert at looking in the mirror without really seeing what I looked like. I had developed the uncanny ability to brush my teeth, blow dry my hair, and occasionally put on makeup without...

Added to Weight Loss, Wellness Warrior, Wellness on Fri 07/16/2010

"Look at that fat lady, Mommy." I turned to look at whom the child was referring to, and realized with much horror that it was me. I was standing in line at Wal-Mart, getting ready to check out...

Added to Weight Loss, Wellness Warrior, Wellness on Fri 07/09/2010

In honor of the upcoming Fourth of July holiday, I wanted to share my thoughts with you on freedom. Not freedom from bondage to food, or freedom from obesity – but freedom of choice.

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Added to Weight Loss, Wellness Warrior, Wellness on Fri 07/02/2010

We are a family of 9, and not surprisingly, everyone likes to eat. Whereas I used to be a drive-thru queen; these days we rarely eat out. That leaves 2 options - either everyone is one their own,...

Added to Nutrition, Weight Loss, Diet, Wellness Warrior, Family Health on Fri 06/25/2010

I used to eat brownies for breakfast. I also ate cookies, candy and cake for breakfast on occasion. If there was something sweet in the house, my 300 pound self would find it and eat it...

Added to Nutrition, Weight Loss, Diet, Wellness Warrior on Fri 06/18/2010

It happens all the time, all over the world. Food is used as a reward, as a soother of hurt feelings, and hurt knees.  In school, my teacher would give us candy as a reward for good behavior...

Added to Weight Loss, Diet on Fri 06/11/2010

I’ve been thinking back on my own journey to lose 158 pounds and what really enabled me to lose half of myself. It wasn't just about size, although that was a big part of the journey. It wasn't...

Added to Weight Loss, Diet on Fri 06/04/2010

Why can't you just get started on your weight loss journey? If I had a nickel for every time I asked myself that question during my obese years, I'd be seriously rich. So many times,...

Added to Diet, Fitness, Wellness Warrior on Fri 05/28/2010

When I teach my weight loss classes, I often hear people sharing their frustration over weekend weight gain. When I weighed 305 pounds, I used to love the weekends. I looked...

Added to Nutrition, Weight Loss, Diet, Wellness Warrior on Fri 05/21/2010

I dieted for years. Like many people, I was constantly "dieting." You may not have believed it if you watched me eat candy bar after candy bar, but in my mind I was always trying to lose weight....

Added to Weight Loss, Wellness Warrior, Wellness on Mon 05/17/2010

If you can't fit in a restaurant booth, you probably shouldn't be eating there. After all, restaurants are designed to be accommodating for guests of all sizes, designing their chairs and booths...

Added to Weight Loss, Fitness, Wellness Warrior on Fri 05/07/2010

I’ve been thinking about forgiveness lately. Forgiveness isn’t just a gift that we give people who have wronged us, but forgiveness is also a gift that we give ourselves. Why would we need to...

Added to Nutrition, Weight Loss, Diet, Wellness Warrior on Fri 04/30/2010

At 305 pounds, the thought of exercising made me tired. When I turned my back on obesity forever, I reluctantly gave exercise a try. Surprisingly I didn’t hate it as much as I thought I would. In...

Added to Weight Loss, Fitness, Wellness Warrior on Fri 04/23/2010

When I was morbidly obese, I hated it when friends talked about all the different activities they participated in. Weighing 300 pounds didn’t lend itself to joining in. In fact, for me,...

Added to Weight Loss, Fitness, Wellness Warrior on Fri 04/16/2010

If I had 1 wish for myself when I was fat, it would have been that there was an easy fix for my obesity. Being heavy was a burden that I couldn’t get rid of (no pun intended!) Every day I would...

Added to Nutrition, Weight Loss, Wellness Warrior on Fri 04/09/2010

Is it possible to save money on food while cutting back on calories and making healthier choices? 


I say absolutely! 


I am always concerned with the cost of...

Added to Nutrition, Diet, Wellness Warrior, Family Health on Fri 04/02/2010

Let me start off by saying that I have nothing against the wearing of glasses. I know a lot of people whose glasses are stylish and do a lot for their look. For me, however, wearing glasses was a...

Added to Weight Loss, Wellness Warrior, Wellness on Wed 03/31/2010

I’ve maintained my 158 pound weight loss for 12 years, and throughout those years I’ve been asked a lot of interesting questions regarding my experience. I’ve been asked questions that are way too...

Added to Nutrition, Weight Loss, Diet, Wellness Warrior on Fri 03/19/2010

It seems like a small thing when you think about it. After all, we should easily be able to control the amount of food we put it our bodies. When I was morbidly obese, well-meaning friends would...

Added to Weight Loss, Diet, Wellness Warrior on Fri 03/12/2010

When I began my weight-loss odyssey, I weighed about 300 pounds. My waist was so large I couldn’t even measure it with a 60” tape measure, and I had outgrown all the clothes that were available in...

Added to Weight Loss, Fitness, Wellness Warrior on Fri 03/05/2010

You can't hide the fact you are overweight. The only way to hide as an overweight person is to stay inside, and for most of us that isn't practical or fun. You can't hide behind baggy clothes or...

Added to Weight Loss, Wellness Warrior, Wellness on Fri 02/26/2010

I was suspended in the air like a marionette. The carousel horse at the amusement park had stopped in the upright position, leaving me with a problem. I couldn’t get down. I tried putting my...

Added to Weight Loss, Diet, Fitness, Wellness Warrior on Fri 02/19/2010

Every journey we take has to begin with the first step. But sometimes that first step is difficult to take. And oftentimes that first step has to be repeated several times until we finally get it...

Added to Nutrition, Weight Loss, Diet, Oz 100 on Mon 02/15/2010