I wasn't going to write about this.  The first time I realized that I might have an issue with my weight was when I fainted on the way home from the local pool. I was 14 and despite years of activity and a doctor who described my weight as "normal" and "healthy", I felt fat. I'd felt fat for years. Possibly thanks to the ballet teacher who nicknamed me "Fatty". ...more

Skinny Mini No More

 For the first time in my life it has been strongly suggested that I lose weight.Up until the last couple of years I was a skinny mini.But no more.  I am not a hippy hippo by any means.Still, I no longer wear clothes sized in single digits and when I sit my tummy rests on my thighs.I still have a lap!  Just a smaller one.So I am being pressured to lose at least ten pounds but twenty would be better.I do not like this!...more

The Beck Diet Solution: My Experience (Week Six)

Well, I did it... I finished all six weeks of The Beck Diet Solution, and have learned so very much along the way! While I know it will take time to cement the habits and strategies the book has taught me, I feel far better equipped to handle food and eating challenges than I did before I began working through the program. I'm glad I made the decision to do it. This week I give myself credit for: ...more

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
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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