The Image in the Mirror and My Brain Don't Match Up

So this is going to sound strange, but just bear with me. I think I have reverse body image issues. I'm one of the billions of women who "used to be skinny." But in the past couple of years, I've noticed that I look at my body in a different ...more

Work Out in Your Kitchen: Hand Towel Slides

I love using the gliding discs in my boot-camp classes, but my clients and students don't love them because the discs literally kick their butt. Still, I had to develop a gliding disc boot-camp workout for all my frugal exercisers that really want ...more

Remember That Your Body is Amazing

Of course, it hasn’t stopped me from scrutinizing my body with a less than kind eye now and again, but that shift in focus has been a really powerful thing. So my advice to women when they find themselves dissatisfied with their looks is to try  ...more

Make All the Pieces Fit by Writing about Autism

April is Autism Awareness Month, and what better way to understand autism than through your words?  Blog posts can give readers a panoramic view of the experience since autism differs from person to person.  We've created a roundup of posts ...more

How to Have the Dreaded Sex Talk with Your Child

According to the Kinsey Institute, the average kid loses his or her virginity before he or she graduates high school. For boys, it's an average of 16.9 years, and girls lose their virginity on average at 17.4 years. Heroin use is up amongst ...more

"You Have Dense Breasts": This Information May Save Your Life

When I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010, I was told by the mammography radiologist that I had dense breasts.  This was the first time I had ever heard this, and I'd been getting mammograms for 10 years. In fact, I had never heard of dense breasts before and asked him what he meant.  He explained "Your breasts are really dense and so the mammogram isn't able to see if there are any other lumps or suspicious areas in them."  I pressed for more information and he then explained that when breast tissue is dense, it's more fibrous instead of fatty which makes it very difficult to see anything in them, even with a mammogram. ...more
I have dense breasts and found out at my very first ultrasound at 38.  I had to go for a 2nd ...more

How Much Do Braces Really Cost? I'll Tell You.

When the twins were six, we started talking about whether or not they'd need braces. It was an interesting topic for me, because I've never had them. I was excited. By the time they were nine, we knew the direction we were headed in, so I called a few orthodontists in Texas to get an idea of the process and cost. Here's what I didn't expect to find out—it's a secret. It's like Fight Club. Seriously....more
I've been through it with 2 kids and I really don't believe that they can give you any info over ...more

It's Been 26 Years but I'm Still a Drunk

Although it’s been 26 years since my last drink, I am no less a drunk. The passage of time does not diminish this fact. In a strange paradox known only to alcoholics, the years actually fuel the denial that whispers to us, “I really wasn’t that bad.” ...more
I loved your post!  I'm almost 4 years sober and I could relate to so much while reading.  Thank ...more

Popcorn Trail Mix (a healthy sleepover snack idea)

How old were you when you had your first friend stay the night for a sleepover visit? ...more

Oh, deer!

I got a text from my brother, Brian, this morning, asking if I could take him and Becky to the airport at 10:30. The only thing I really had to do today was get in my half-marathon-pace run, so I asked if he would mind watching the boys while I ran for an hour. I love that it's so light out early in the mornings now; I don't have to wait around to head out for a run ....more

Let's not keep score

Wow. So it's been a weird couple of days....more

Part 9, Meltdown

Hey everyone, sorry but this is going to be a smaller post. I don't have much left written right not and I don't want to just post a couple sentences, haha. I hope you enjoy this. I'm going out on a limb here in posting this stuff. It doesn't seem like there is too much interest in my story and the depression seems to be taking away some of my inspiration and motivation so I'm not sure how much longer I'm going to keep this going. I'm not looking for sympathy or anything, just keeping it real. Anyway, here's the next portion. Enjoy. ...more

Day 2 of Living on $1.50 per Day

I'm living on $1.50 worth of food per day for five days as part of Live Below the Line, a project to raise awareness about extreme poverty and raise funds for charities. I am fundraising for UNICEF. Iam 20% of the way through my challenge. I'm honestly a little surprised I've lasted this long....more

NOW Foods offers help with achieving your weight loss goals

It's become increasingly challenging to find safe and effective weight loss products.  Recently, we had a chance to try some of NOW Foods offerings.  Our verdict? They're high in quality and can help you achieve your weight loss goals....more


It's amazing how supporters and haters come out of the wood work when you start a new venture. Strangers may embrace you more than loved ones. The word "Hater" gets thrown around a lot and yes, in some instances it is not warranted. Some need not apply. However you may be a Hater if:...more

Borderline Personality Disorder In Teens : Is it really a Disorder?

What's in a Name?Various therapists and many books characterize the name Borderline Personality Disorder as a misnomer as the name stems from the thought that the condition was on the frontier between between psychotic and neurotic behavior.  It was officially recognized in 1980 in the U.S. by the name Borderline Personality Disorder.  There are many experts concluding that the name has a negative connotation and thus makes diagnosising and treating the condition problematic.Border Schmorder Who Cares?...more

Peaches and Cream Popsicles

I think the warm weather is here to stay here in Dallas....more

Losing weight is not easy!

 Robin's view So I've started the Mandatory diet period of my weight loss journey. It’s not as easy as it seems, thus why I need to have the DS surgery....more