The “Eeyore Syndrome”—-yes, I have it!



“Do you ever find yourself espousing a “woe is me” mentality? If so, you may be channeling the aura of one of Winnie-the-Pooh’s most famous friends, Eeyore — the sad, grey donkey who had a chronic case of the blues. With his head hung low, a rain cloud followed him everywhere he went. But, what Eeyore failed to realize is that many of his troubles were self-inflicted and caused by a lack of self-esteem.

Alan Cohen, author of “Why Your Life Sucks: And What You Can Do About It,” has a message tailor-made for all the Eeyores out there:

Your life is not what the stars, numbers, genetics, environment, politics or economic conditions make it; it is what YOU make it. External variables influence, but internal variables determine.

In other words, how you respond to life’s challenges determines how miserable or happy you will be. Attitude is king!

Cohen presents a list of reasons of why you may feel as if your life “sucks.” Do you identify with any of these?

  1. You give your power away
  2. You expect it to suck
  3. You get fooled by appearances
  4. You waste energy on things that suck
  5. You keep trying to prove yourself
  6. You say “yes” when you mean “no”
  7. You think you have to do it all yourself
  8. You try to fix other people
  9. You starve your soul
  10. You forgot to enjoy the ride

Pessimistic thoughts, playing the blame game, and setting low expectations for yourself will drain the inertia from your life — and have the power to create an ongoing dialogue in your head that screams, “my life sucks!”

This defeatist attitude deprives you of reaching your full potential, and becoming the person you were meant to be. If you only view yourself as a small goldfish in a small fish bowl, that’s what you’ll be. But, if you have the confidence to swim out into a larger pond, you’ll go grow larger – expanding your life in ways you could never have imagined.

Becoming a growth-minded person involves:

  • Reaffirming your positive thoughts
  • Making measurable goals
  • Taking pride in your accomplishments (no matter how small)
  • Nurturing the healthy relationships that provide you with support

These are the surest ways to securing your happiness and guarding against a life that “sucks.


Edited by: Tara Dosh



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As in, “Thank G-d October’s Over”!

Yes, it was not a month of good memories, especially when it comes to my food and exercise plan.  What tripped me up so much? Hard to say—combination of things, like, having my schedule and routines change frequently, the weather change, still recoiling from my late September binge week, etc.  Sure, I can come up with what I think would be good excuses, except–this is no time for anymore excuses.  If nothing else, I’ve learned that I am fully accountable for my disease.  Although I seriously don’t feel in control of my compulsions, it’s still me that is doing the damage.


Still, I am hopeful, and not all is a wash.  I’ve been consistent with my personal training, I haven’t gained more than 2 pounds back, (and then lose them and gain them, and lose them and gain them—), I am working with a sponsor now, though we are still on baby steps, and I feel like I can still do this.  So, watch out November!

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Boom! went my week….

It all started out fine—knowing that I was going to be on “staycation” for a week starting Wednesday, I breezed through my Monday and Tuesday, with a fine workout Monday evening.  And then—we took a slide on the slippery slope!

Wednesday: Indulged in Compulsion #2–a day at the casino.  While I stayed within budget, I did not quit while I was ahead.  Can I say I enjoyed my day? Yes and no.

Thursday: Compulsion #3–spending money without really thinking about it. Wasn’t having the best of days, had some difficult conversations with people that got me upset, so I took it out by….ordering a Kindle.  Now, I don’t need a Kindle, and I had just upgraded my iphone, so why??? (OK, so yes, I had been thinking about a Kindle for some time but rationalized that I could save a little and use it as a reward for reaching a certain weight loss milestone).

Thursday PM: Compulsion #1—Feeling buyer’s remorse, I found myself eating one slice of pizza, then another, then another—all within 10 minutes! If it hadn’t been put out of sight, it would have been gone!

Friday: Feeling sickly from pizzagate, didn’t eat much or exercise either (pretty awful TOM too!)

Saturday: While I had some good exercise, I goofed with food-again.

Sunday: Went to water aerobics class to find out—pool was closed for renovation! Got sad news about a friend, felt stressed but DID NOT eat about it (rather, slept lots today).

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Food Diary: Day 278 (Oct 26)

Breakfast:  None–full from my pizza splurge 😦

Lunch: Trader Joe’s Reduced fat chicken salad

Dinner: 2 potstickers, 1 cup steamed chicken and vegetables, garlic sauce

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Food Diary: Day 277 (Oct 25)

Breakfast: cottage cheese, light carmel latte

Lunch: Ham and cheese sandwich (wheat pita), 1 TBSP. blue cheese dressing

Dinner: pizza overload (hanging head in shame)

Snacks: pretzels with greek yogurt dip, omega trek mix

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Food Diary: Day 276 (Oct 24)

Breakfast: Starbucks Reduced fat turkey sandwich, small iced nonfat latte

Lunch: mongolian grill-veggies; ham, watermelon, au gratin potatoes


Dinner: Minestrone soup, peanut butter

Snacks: lite swiss, coffee with creamer


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Food Diary: Day 275 (Oct 23)

Breakfast: Total yogurt with honey, apple slices, coffee with cream

Lunch: Jimmy Dean delight ham bowl, veggies


Dinner: Grilled chicken salad, ff balsamic dressing, pop chips

Snacks: egg, muesli (dry), light swiss cheese

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