The influence of siblings on your weight

My son is relatively fit. He gets plenty of fresh air and exercise (way more than I do), and he likes to show me his "big muscles." As parents, we are trying to reinforce the idea of staying healthy. We are slowly winning him over - not to the point of eating vegetables - but our son definitely requests that we run around outside, go swimming, ride bikes and do other activities that are really active. ...more

Come alone

I can honesty tell you that at the ripe age of____ it is time to start it all over again. I’ve worked full time for over sixteen years, built a house from the ground up, and raised two kids. I’ve lost the job, house is getting filled with stuff I can’t fine when I need it and the baby is going off to college in four months....more

Show the world the real you

Last week, I went out to lunch with a friend of mine that struggles with her weight. I know that weight is something that she gets upset about so I didn’t breach the topic until she did. I have known her at her lowest weight as well as her highest and have loved her always. She is honestly one of the most amazing people I have ever known, yet for some reason she labels herself as overweight. She is compassionate, stunningly beautiful, kind, intelligent, hilarious, brave, creative, quirky, and inspirational....more

Wrecking My Diet

photoI'm riding atop a thousand pound wrecking ball wearing nothing but a pair of ginormous granny panties, Doc Martens and the smile I was born with....more


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