Keeping it real

Today is my first 'weigh in' day.  After two days of 'loading' (eating lots of high fat foods) I woke up yesterday feeling less than prime.  I weighed myself - 191.8 lbs (a full 1.8 lbs heavier than when I did my first blog proving the loading really does just that - load) - and decided coffee was not going to be my friend.  Cuz then I would want toast.  Toast was not on the list.  It also wasn't on the menu as I had deliberately not bought any....more

Getting-Ready-to-Get-Ready Syndrome

The symptoms of Getting-Ready-to-Get-Ready syndrome include feeling like you can’t possibly move forward until you lose ten pounds,get a degree, receive permission, know the right people,have enough money, get more experience, pay your dues, or obtain the right equipment....more

How to Fall in Love With Your Body Through Swimming

I swim because I am thin and sleek and beautiful in the water. For thirty minutes a few times a week, I love my body and marvel at what it can accomplish. I cut through the water, feeling it on every part of me. The straps of my bathing suit form an X across my back, freeing my arms and shoulders to move without resistance, everything feels good. If I have time, when I am done I take off my bathing cap and goggles and float on my back with my eyes closed just hearing the water lap in my ears, letting the water hold me. ...more
I enjoyed this, you describe well the joys i feel while swimming.  I have arthritis, but in the ...more

To All The Girls Who Struggle With Body Image, Please Read This

Hey Gorgeous,Before I say anything further, I just want to let you know that you’re not alone in this. There are millions of women out there who feel the same way as you do and it’s absolutely normal to feel so.It’s normal to be insecure, to compare ourselves to others, to find faults with our body especially in this era of perfectly airbrushed images, of beauty contests, of online fame. But it doesn’t mean we are meant to do all that, to be so harsh on ourselves for nothing....more

The battle I choose not to fight

I've spent the better part of my life feeling inadequate.My efforts always fell short of expectations, my potential was always three steps ahead. And that's not all....more

Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Going Bathing Suit Shopping

If you’re one of those people who has no issues when it comes to shopping for beachwear? Consider yourself lucky. Also?  Go to hell....more

Beach Shenanigans & Paleo Moderation

Happy Monday! I'm back - feeling refreshed after a super quick beach weekend trip. Friday night, Ryan and I left Houston and drove to New took about 6 to 6 1/2 hours thanks to ridiculous lane closures. We made it into NOLA around 11:30pm, and I popped out of bed at 5:30am to finish the drive to Orange Beach, AL, for my friend's beach bachelorette party!...more

Peace, Love and Food: A New Way To Start Loving Your Body

Through our Facebook page, I was fortunate enough to come in contact with Cyndi Springford, the founder of Love Your Body Project: Peace, Love and Food! Cyndi is ACE/AFAA Certified Personal Trainer, RRCA Certified Running Coach, Certified Eating Psychology Coach with training from the following organizations:, ...more

Embracing my Post Baby Bod

 I got off work early unexpectedly one Friday afternoon a few weeks ago.  And I chose to spend that surprise free time swimsuit shopping.Because I was in the mood to torture myself, apparently....more

How to Be Kind to Yourself

About a year ago, in the middle of my yoga session, the yogi said something that was so profound and life changing that I stopped – mid Warrior.  As she adjusted one of my classmate’s poses, the classmate commented quietly that the lower she went in the pose, the more her “fat rolls poked out”.  The yogi, her hand gently on the woman’s hip, said something that nearly brought me to tears with its simplicity and sincerity. “Your body is listening,” she said softly as she adjusted her lunge lower.  “Speak kindly, as you would to a dear friend.”...more