9 Ways to Comfort Others!

When was the last time you sought an opportunity to comfort someone in need? Most of the time we are so busy with our lives that we just don't notice others. We may notice if our friend's outfit is in fashion.  We may notice their state of their vehicle. We may take note of the cleanliness of their home. We may notice surface things like that...but do we REALLY notice them? The state of their well-being, the expression of sheer exhaustion, the tired eyes that say so much more than they ever will - these are things that we should look for!...more

This Is Not My Body

These aren’t my hips, breasts, calves, skin, or hair. The curves swallowing me whole, the sagging, the structure, and the shape, don’t belong only to me. They don’t tell my story....more
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Dear Abby, My Mom is VERY Proud of My Weight

This morning I saw a post about Dear Abby on The Anti-Jared. Appears a young woman was told by her mother she couldn't wear her bikini to the family pool gatherings. At first Abby suggested the woman should follow her mother's wishes as it is her home and her rules....more

Going Gluten-Free for Weight Loss?

Chances are, you've heard about the gluten-free diet - the hottest new trend alongside the Paleo diet. It's been such a popular topic lately that the Jimmy Kimmel show 'street interviews' focused on the residents of Los Angeles, California, and their reasoning for going gluten-free....more

Body Image After the Wedding

Your wedding day. You worked so hard to get to that day looking your best. You munched on salads, tried crazy diets and avoided sweets for months to drop those pounds. Maybe even a slight stomach flu to help you drop those last 5 pounds. After all of that, you looked amazing. The dress fit flawlessly and you pranced and danced all night, glowing in your new marriage and hot body. Because you are supposed to drop weight to be beautiful, hot on your wedding day, right? But after the wedding, after the pounds make their way back, comes a new body image struggle. ...more
I had this on reverse...I wasn't worried about my weight prior to the wedding, even though I ...more

It starts today

Monday starts a new chapter in life. A much more visible fish-bowl like exsistence. One of which has been a culmination of 28 years of service by my husband.  We begin navigating this new world today.Looking at the pictures from the event last Friday has me looking worse as I ever have. I've spent too much time on others fitness and wellness and not one minute on my own. Today, I need to shift gears. I can not be in the number of expected photos, around the number of people, feel good the next 30 months without making a change....more

My One Birthday Wish

This past Saturday, I had only one wish for my birthday and that is a date with my husband.  In all honesty, I miss him.  I miss what we use to be before the kids.  When kids come along, if you're not careful, you can lose yourself in your children and forget about your relationship with your husband creating a distance between the two of you....more

It's Such A Bummer About Body Hair

"If you don't shave your armpits," she beamed, "it gets all wavy like a man's."We all turned to the back of the room and laughed at the strangeness of our classmate's statement. We'd been getting A Talk about personal hygiene - specifically, how to not smell awful after our eighth grade PE class. Mrs. Loo had just finished extolling the virtues of baby powder. Walking the Razor's Edge, Image Credit: JD Hancock via Flickr...more
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When the Cat's Away

Our instructor for our Flip Fitness class is on vacation for two weeks.Whoo-hoo…well, because she gets to have vacation, naturally.We had Jessica as our instructor tonight and it really was funny. Our instructor Jackie is infamous for not liking odd numbers of repetition for exercises. She tens to make us do ten and then tries to slip more in, We imagined her at her shore hang out, and we joked that we were sending vibes down to her every time we changed the count amount.**Don’t tell her, but we did actually do ten most of the time, but she doesn’t have to know that**....more

If I'm Okay and You're Okay, Is It Still Okay To Want to Better Myself?

At the halfway mark in my fifth decade of life, I have grown weary of the endless conversation with myself concerning my weight. I flip-flop between scolding myself over my lack of initiative, motivation and action to do something about it, and making patronizing, coddling excuses for just accepting the inevitable, continuing weight gain; a gain that is averaging about ten additional pounds each decade since becoming an adult....more