Ellen Brenneman

Weight loss/Maintenance blogger, professional artist and inexperienced traveler.  When I'm not writing, you can usually find me in front of my easel or out walking my dogs. 

The Obesity Lies

While at the library the other day, I was browsing through the self-help books.  I flipped through a worn-out, oversized paperback and came across a chapter about abusive relationships.  I was going to continue flipping past that chapter because I thought it didn’t pertain to me, but the first paragraph grabbed my attention and really stuck with me long after I put the book back onto the shelf.  It was about abusive relationships.  The chapter wasn’t about the physical abuser, but the emotional abuser....more

I have been of a so-called 'normal' size, and gained a great deal of weight due to emotional ...more

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The Fat Girl is Wearing Thin

Nothing tastes as good as thin feels. What a load of crap. If that were true, everyone would be thin. I never would have gotten fat in the first place if I believed that ever-so encouraging phrase.  There are countless reasons why people overeat. Mine happens to be that I use food as a comfort tool. When I’m in a good place emotionally, I may bake cookies with applesauce instead of butter. When I’ve had a somewhat discouraging day, I’ll most likely pull out the butter but then use an egg and sugar substitute to ‘balance it out’....more

This post was written as an introduction to readers so that you know who I am, why I blog and ...more

Health & Wellness Bloggers: I want YOU (for my Google Reader)

As a BlogHer contributing editor, part of my job is to link to other women bloggers. So when I decide to write about a particular topic, I spend a great deal of time searching for other women who have also blogged about that topic. And that can be very time consuming. ...more

I run a topic-style blog regarding the challenges of maintaining a 100+ pound weight loss. I ...more