Thanksgiving Weekend Wrap-Up

Well, we have survived yet another Thanksgiving whirlwind weekend. As much as I’d love to say I controlled myself and only ate just enough to feel satisfied, I definitely did the exact opposite. Family in town means a lot of meals out at great restaurants and A LOT of DESSERT! I swear, it is as if I am a hibernating bear waiting for my first spring meal when family comes into town: I literally cannot stop myself when it comes to delicious food....more

The Six Pounds I Gained Over The Holidays: It's So Hard To Say Goodbye!

Like many people, I gained about 5 or 6 pounds over the holidays.  I am pretty happy with that, given the rabid indulging that took place, and I’m now trying to knock them out before they get out of hand.  That said, I get a little misty thinking that they will soon be gone and all the fun we had together will be but a distant memory.  I put together a little reflection list so I could remember each one and how we met....more

wednesday weigh-in & recap: a weight gain and a 5k

 (note: cross posted to my blog, my weigh-in this week: 152.0 ...more
Love the 4th of July race outfit!  : )more

Arm Yourself against Temptation

You can find this post and others like it at If I’m going to make it the next 3 weeks, I’m going to need a serious arsenal to deal with temptation.  I’ll tell you, I grab a coffee most mornings at the café in my building at work, and they serve the most delightful Chocolate Chip Espresso Coffee Cake.  Yeah.  I’ve got temptation staring me in the face. So how do you deal with cravings and temptations when they’re knocking down your door?  In a previo...more

Heart Healthy Holiday Tips

HEART HEALTHY HOLIDAY TIPS The holiday season officially begins with Thanksgiving and ends after the New Year’s celebrations leftovers are gone.  Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza or any other winter holiday, this can be the hardest time of the year to follow heart healthy habits! ...more

Accepting Gifts

We're approaching a season of giving--an appropriate time of year to examine how well you allow yourself to be given to.  Yes, receiving--the ability to fully accept gifts and enjoy and appreciate being given to--is an essential part of the human relationship equation.  It is the complement of giving and just as important. Relationships are an ongoing interchange of giving and receiving--reciprocal exchanges of love, ideas, resources, caring. ...more

How to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain (and Holiday Overwhelment)

Holiday weight gain and holiday overwhelment, while seemingly dissimilar, share a common root. Contrary to popular thought, they are not caused by too many holiday parties, high calorie foods, or family expectations. Those are the correlations. Do they contribute to the cause? Absolutely. Will addressing them solve the true problem? ...more