What Happens When You Reach the Goal? Outgrowing a Goal-Oriented Blog

I didn't start my blog intending for it to have an expiration date. I don't think anyone does. But that is what happens when you write a goal-oriented blog. It happens with cancer blogs where the writers are each hoping for remission, or weight loss blogs where everyone is hoping to get healthy. Reaching your goal means losing your place in the community. Your story is over. You've reached the finish line. Except you haven't. Because there is no finish line when it comes to the need to write your story or gather support through the blogosphere. Especially coming through an experience where charting your journey feels like an emotional necessity. Blogging is a way of documenting a journey, but what happens when the journey veers off into an entirely new direction but your readership remains the same? ...more
I see a lot of people who think they need a different blog for for everything they want to write ... more

I Log Every Single Thing I Eat. Here's Why.

I've gotten a lot of questions about how I maintain my weight and what kind of diet I follow, so today we're going to talk a little about logging food and how it works for me and might (or might not) work for you....more
I agree! I track every single thing I eat as well and have been for years without missing a ... more

Are My Facebook Posts Obnoxious?

The messages that started this post were a few of the comments I received. I know most of them were meant to be sarcastic because only my family, where sarcasm is a dominant gene, and friends, whom if not connoisseurs of sarcasm don't last long, are my friends on Facebook. So I know they were just teasing... sort of... kind of... right? Or are they nicely, with humor, trying to tell me something else? Does posting this kind of thing make me obnoxious? Is it offensive? Does it mean that I'm unfeeling or out of touch? Am I a show-off and just plain nasty? ...more
Don't apologize and don't feel bad because who cares!! It's your FB and you can post what you ... more

Spring Dresses I Had to Have

I might have gone a little crazy, but I never expected that I would find so many dresses I liked this season. I used to hate dresses, and I have a bunch of dresses in my closet I haven't even popped the tags on … but that's all changing now. Simply put, I love dresses! They can be casual. They are comfortable and easy. It's all one piece, so you don't have to coordinate a top and bottom. These spring dresses are all leggings-friendly, too, so I can wear them year round. It takes me a while to come around to certain things … but once I do, I'm all in. ...more
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Spring Dresses I Had to Have

I might have gone a little crazy, but I never expected that I would find so many dresses I liked this season. I used to hate dresses, and I have a bunch of dresses in my closet I haven't even popped the tags on … but that's all changing now. Simply put, I love dresses! They can be casual. They are comfortable and easy. It's all one piece, so you don't have to coordinate a top and bottom. These spring dresses are all leggings-friendly, too, so I can wear them year round. It takes me a while to come around to certain things … but once I do, I'm all in. ...more
Court Blanche Me too!! Getting a good deal is such a natural high!  I think the photo has to be ... more

I Would Love to Be a Housewife. There, I've Said It.

Why do I feel so guilty and so old-fashioned admitting that my week as a stay-at-home wife was awesome? I felt healthy. I was able to cook my own meals, do yoga while I watched reality TV, go outside to garden, ride my bike to the store, and take dance class. I felt relaxed. I didn’t feel any outside pressure, no one was around (except for my two gigantic cats) to stress me out, and I was able to visit my mom more often, which made her and me happier. I was extremely productive....more
We get a nice chunk of time off for winter break and I look forwrd to that staycation every ... more

The Superstar Blogger Award

I am absolutely thrilled to accept the Superstar Blogger Award from author and journalist, Melanie Jean Juneau at joy of nine9.  Melanie already made me feel like a superstar, the first time she commented on my post.  joy of nine9 is a must read, it will make you laugh, gasp out loud, think and reflect.  Melanie writes with an honest pen and in a tone that draws you in....more
I'm totally opposite-I remember lyrics to most songs and I crave warm weather.  101 years old? ... more

Goodbye Paleo and Hello DASH Diet: Nutrition in 2014

As we go into our second week of 2014, what's on the forecast in diet and nutrition? The prediction most likely to have already come true is that many people have made "getting in shape" and "eating better" their New Year's resolution. Beyond that, what can we expect to see this year? ...more
I'm not doing any particular diet unless you count focusing on percentages.  I am focusing on ... more

NaBloPoMo: Add All Your November 2013 Posts Here!

Here's where you share the link to every NaBloPoMo post you're writing on your blog daily this month -- and share your words with the world! ...more
I've never been a daily poster and honestly I'm not sure how far I'll make it through the month ... more

Bringing Bulimia to Work

Potential trigger warnings for eating disorder behaviors.Twenty-nine minutes. That was my record for locking myself in the bathroom last year in the middle of a binge/purge attack during the workday. I know because unlike some people, I still have to wear a watch everyday out of habit....more
I've been that girl that never eats lunch at work for the longest time but I'm working my way ... more