Stress and Weight Gain are Related

I know this is a happy time of the year, what, with not just one, but at least four holidays piling up on each other (depending on what holidays you choose to  recognize).  With all those holidays, the travel, the spending, the parties, the eating, I want to remind you that you might  just be a teeny bit under stress.  And you might gain weight.What is Stress and Why Would it Make Me Gain Weight?...more

4 Tips to Help You Avoid the “Inevitable” Holiday Weight Gain

The holidays are a time of massive indulgence for many of us. In fact, even those who have managed to stick to healthy diet and exercise programs all year long often fall off the wagon at the end of the year.There’s nothing wrong with enjoying some extra food and drink at this time of year. In fact, studies show that following stricter diets actually makes things harder in the long run. However, it’s important not to go completely overboard, otherwise you’ll undo all of your good work and make the start of the new year that much harder!...more

Indulging in a little whine

Yesterday concluded with a scattered collection of frustrated, unproductive,"why me-poor me" thoughts wisping through my mind, which, instead of being blown away by a good night's sleep, have now managed to amass themselves into a gloomy cloud that is currently hovering over my head and spoiling my morning. ...more

The Beck Diet Solution: My Experience (Week Two)

In the spirit of giving myself credit - one of the key strategies in The Beck Diet Solution - I want to start today's post by acknowledging that I am really proud of myself for completing my first two weeks' worth of tasks on the program, and for (re)starting my diet yesterday. Yay! *pats self on back* ...more

Body Image Issues

BlogHer November Prompts: Day 6Wednesday, November 6, 2013If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?————————————-...more

The Other Side of the Weight Spectrum: Being Too Thin

This is not a pity party. I am relatively healthy, of sound mind (albeit occasionally debatable). I love myself, I do. I practice self worth in front of my girls, never complain about my [under]weight. I am happy and free and in love with my body in front of them. Oh, I can give the performance you've never imagined. But inside my head? Ugly. Skinny. Tittyless. Meatless. You're always cold because you don't have enough meat on your bones. No one wants you. Your husband is pretending. Your girls are destined to follow the skinny path. Make them some potatoes. ...more
I came across this post after taking in my new bra. Sad isn't it? They don't make them thin ...more

Pretty times PLUS - day 1

So I've ventured into middle age ( how did that happen?) and I weigh 50 lbs more than my highest weight ever (HOW did THAT happen?) and I've been trying to lose weight unsuccessfully for the last several years. I realize one of my problems is poor body image. From a very young age I was taught to believe I was fat and that it was bad and, as hard as I've tried over the years, I can't seem to shake that belief!...more

How To Avoid Gaining Weight While Traveling - Paris the Happiest 15 lbs. I Ever Gained!

Paris…the happiest 15 lbs I ever gained Gaining weight while traveling does NOT have to happen. Packing on the pounds is not a souvenir I am interested in taking home with me after a trip! Over the years, I have gotten a bit smarter, in general about how I eat. But, I must admit, it is a constant practice! There was a time when keeping up with my wellness practice did not apply to my vacation time or work trips....more

Should being built "like a 5th grade boy" make someone a willing target?

Talk show host Wendy Williams once said she would love to see full-figured Adele naked in a PETA advertisement (whose images of naked women have somehow not convinced me to stop eating chicken). Here is Willimas’ quote (read the full article at the Huffington Post):...more
Well said. Nice example turning Wendy's words around to the other foot. The world will be a ...more

Fitnessgrams: Your Kid Passed Math and Failed in BMI

A in science, B+ in math, and an obese in weight? According to an article in Salon, middle school students in 65,000 schools in 19 different states are now receiving Fitnessgrams, the evaluation from a physical fitness assessment that looks at a students' BMI amongst other criteria. ...more
We were not only weighed, but in seventh and eighth grade, the students learned to do body fat ...more