How I Lost Weight Using My Fitbit

Since I posted the picture below on Facebook and announced that my husband and I have lost about 135 pounds between the two of us, I've gotten several questions from friends asking for details: how we did it and how we used our Fitbits. So here goes. ...more

Why Angelina Jolie's Essay Moved Me to Tears

I didn't think I would cry reading Angelina Jolie's essay in the New York Times about the surgery she recently had to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes. But the tears started coming mid-essay. ...more

Athletes Beware: Know the Signs of Blood Clots

Yes, I want to scare you. A bit. OR actually, I just want you to be aware. You think of blood clots in old people. You don’t think about ultra runners or triathletes being the ones who who develop these blood clots. Yet we are prime candidates for ...more

What to Bring to Your First Barre Class

I've been wanting to try a Barre class for a while because there is something about that ballet barre that speaks to my inner ballerina. I imagine myself, long and lean with my hair in a tight bun, stretching gracefully over my pointed toes. Maybe ...more

Little Food Changes That Have a Big Impact

It's National Nutrition Month, so it's a great time to take a look at small changes you can make in your daily diet. With the average American diet comprising approximately 70% processed foods, it’s safe to say that most of us enjoy eating at least a ...more

What Do You Miss About Being Pregnant?

Pregnancy is rough. It's hard on your body, it's hard on your emotions and it's just plain hard. But it's also an absolute beautiful time of life and one that, once you're out of, you kind of miss. Today, I'm focusing on the good parts of pregnancy, and sharing what other moms miss about being pregnant. "Me time. It's few and far between now that my baby is my number one priority!" –Katie R. "Eating whatever I wanted, and blaming it on 'cravings.'" –Claire D. ...more
Sadly? The allowance that society, only then, gives us women to not have a perfect body.more

Rape Culture at the Department of Veterans' Affairs

Survivors of rape should not have to hear rape jokes at medical facilities that treats rape survivors. But they do. What is the Department of Veterans’ Affairs doing to combat its rape culture?   Image Credit: Bob Shepard via Flickr ...more
Everything about the military seems to be a rape culture and they affect the civilian world as ...more

I Miss Grocery Shopping with My Mom

My grocery cart isn't nearly full enough today, but my heart is another story. I've put off grocery shopping for about a week and a half now. A little over a year ago, I had no choice. When my mother was low on food, I had to replenish. There is no longer any urgency. My family can endure a few days of doing without. That's why God invented pizza. ...more
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3 Ingredient Protein Pancakes!

These are the easiest protein pancakes that I have ever made. They do get a little crumbly because they are only 3 ingredients. But, the taste is still great, and they are very filling due to the high protein and fiber content ....more

Dr. Phil creates new weight loss book featuring 20 fat-burning foods

If you're looking to lose weight and feel that conventional diet books have failed to meet your need, Dr. Phil has created a weight loss book with something different to offer. It's called "The 20/20 Diet: Turn Your Weight Loss Vision Into Reality" (click for details on how to order)....more

Back in the sun + meals, fitness

Hi friends! How’s your weekend going? Hope you’re haven a great one so far ....more

Confessions of a Former Cutter

I never thought I would write this story. It's something I never wanted to be made public. But I've recently been thinking about my journey and decided it's time to confess to something I no longer do.I am a former cutter. I used to self-mutilate. (As I type this, my chest tightens with tension and anxiety.)...more

Spring Cleaning Challenge: The Bathroom

I have a confession to make: I don’t like cleaning. I like the results after cleaning, but the actual cleaning process? ...more

Coming to terms with my seasonal selves

 Showed up at the airport for the first time since the beginning of the year, and understandably received exclamations of "Where have you been?!" "Haven't seen you in awhile!" "You been busy?" from friends at our first potluck of the season....more

Give and Grub Food Truck, Giving Back to Tampa Bay

Give & Grub Food Truck has entered the Tampa Bay Community and is already making a huge difference. Created by Laser Spine Institute, Give and Grub is more than your ordinary food truck - for each gourmet menu item sold, Laser Spine Institute will donate one meal to a hungry child or family in need. On a daily basis, more than...more

The Angelina Jolie effect – the negative side of Premature Menopause

Having been prematurely menopausal for two and a half years (being diagnosed with Premature ovarian failure at the age 38), and having put my family through absolute hell, I can guarantee, that it’s no picnic to go through the grand climacteric, as Mrs. Angelina Jolie and her brilliant doctors might want you to believe....more

Lorna Jane Get Fit Challenge Phase 2 Review

Hi everyone! Happy Sunday. I hope you’re weekend has been fantastic ....more