Step Away from the Scale

How do you measure success?My whole life, I've measured physical success by numbers on the scale. Gain a pound or two? I'm a huge and hideous failure. Lose a pound? Yes! Time to celebrate.But then something happened. I started exercising. Regularly. With Shanna and the most fabulous group of women imaginable -- supportive, encouraging, diverse, smart, friendly. Great people. And over the past two years:...more

My Whole30 experience

Let me be clear, I did not do whole30 because I am an avid crossfit person, or I wanted to be "clean" or eat more greens.  I did it because I am fat and I need to lose weight.  I know that this is one reason NOT to do this "way of life" and I know that there was a chance I wouldnt lose any weight, but I may learn to eat better.  All of that is ok, and is my disclaimer.... that being said - I lost 12 pounds......more

Military Diet (Day One)

Beginning weight: 150 Here is my first day breakdown....more

"It's not really Paleo"

I slept well.  I woke up ready for coffee, but overall I felt okay.  Then, I read the "timeline" that goes with the Whole30 challenge.  It says that days two, three, four can be rather miserable as stuff works its way out of your system.  Hmmm.  Not so keen on that, nor the whines and fall-aparts from the kids, but I imagine it can't be worse than the constant colds and congestion and crabbiness we've been dealing with.  The best days where you feel the positive change in energy aren't till the start of the third week.  ...more
@elaineR.N.  @FatCat No walking?  I wonder why, but maybe it's the intensity that's the issue. ...more

Is It Possible to Live The Healthier Life on Vacation?

Summer is almost here which means it’s time to plan summer vacations!  The beach. The lake. Camping with the family. Summer offers countless opportunities to get away and see new (or familiar) surroundings. While our destinations may change each summer, one thing stays the same … vacations can wreck the healthier life. Fear not! With a little bit of planning and research you can keep your vacays from undoing all of your hard work. ...more
I LOVE this post!  I always make time for fitness when on vacation but I usually do it alone ...more

My Attempt at the Military Diet to Drop 10 lbs in 3 Days

We leave for vacation in 4 days. About 4 months ago I had made it a plan to drop weight and lean up before vacation. Fast forward 3 months and 1 week and I just haven't gotten around to it. I did start working out more regularly by signing up for crossfit, which is a whole other story, but I still am carrying the same spare tire I had a few months ago. Although my husband said I do look thinner. Anyway, in a last ditch attempt to lose a quick 10 before vacation I am going to attempt the military diet. ...more

April Squat Challenge

I love that there are random exercise “challenges” that keep popping up monthly.  I’m not sure who creates them, but for people like me who are super competitive, even with myself, the April Squat Challenge is the perfect challenge! The goal is to take a picture of yourself before day 1 and then after Day 30 and see the results....more
@NICURNmama glad you joined in!!  May will be a little more knee friendly ;)more

Pumpkin Pancakes, Mustard Chicken and Butternut Squash

Today is day one of the Whole30 Challenge.  It's a Paleo thing.  I feel uncomfortable saying it's the Paleo Diet because I'm really not one to jump on any type of bandwagon.  I kinda like moving through a parade dancing with some, clapping with others and just weaving amongst everyone.This could be the problem....more
@Linda Anselmi I'm not sure why my husband is on board.  He loves his grape nuts and yogurt and ...more

You are Not Your Sister (or Your Brother for that Matter)

It seems that when it comes to weight we are always trying to find a reason for our extra poundage. Time and time again you hear “I’ve just got bad genes”. Maybe you think because you come from an overweight family that obesity is “in your genes”. Our maybe, if you are like a lot of us, you look at your thinner sister or brother and think you got the bad end of the stick. But are our genes really to blame?...more

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