Can Americans be Motivated to Combat Rising Obesity Rates?

For some incomprehensible reason, nothing seems to shock us into compliance when it comes to maintaining a healthy weight. As a people, Americans continue to grow, despite education, law making, and support programs. What will it take for us to take control of this problem? ...more

Why I am terrified to eat. How fitness pop culture is confusing women.

At 225 pounds, I wasn't always afraid to eat. Currently, my weight is high, but I am not as fat as one would imagine. I wear a size 16/18 in Women's clothes, I can jog 2 miles, and have been trying every "diet" and "meal plan" I can find. The problem is, I am still fat. Or at least, bigger than I would like to be. My ideal weight is 160. Despite being rather "average" in the height department, perhaps even slightly below average, I am not "very large". When I "came out" to my friends and family with my numeric weight, there was shock....more

Hey not everyone needs to come out with their actual number! It's sometimes something very ...more

Ink for the Greater Good

Three years ago, in honor of my 50th birthday, I had the I Ching...more

Introduce Yourself

My blogging is inspired by my son Ryu (Means dragon in japanese). I have always known in my heart that I was meant to be a mommy and when the day finally came, it was filled with excitment, curiosity, and of course love at first sight!! After a painful yet very fast son was out in 3 son was born at 11:20pm weighing 6lbs and 9oz. That night my son was born I didn't sleep a wink. In fact, all I could do was stare down at my little blessing and watch and listen to everything he did....more

Thanks for Signing the Own Your Beauty Statement of Belief!

Congratulations! You've pledged to join Own Your Beauty. Here's more you can do: Start changing the conversation. Tell your friends about Own Your Beauty now: Email ...more

I have been blogging on this topic for several months now. Love that i can be a part of ...more

Women's Bodies

When I read The Red Tent by Anita Diamant in high school, I hadn’t known that long, long ago, women’s bodies were in synch with each other and with nature: on the new moon, the women of a given tribe would gather in a tent for three days of menstruation....more

some bad news on top of bad pain

So I just got back from a trip to the ER, the second in 4 days. My migraine's been killing me, and in addition, I was having a bad reaction to my new medication. I received less than stellar treatment.I went in with a level 10 migraine, where I was disassociating and leaving my body mentally (not healthy) because the pain was so bad....more

Eat, Shop, Breathe: The Tyranny Of Skinny Fashion

I am taking an Elizabeth Gilbert-esque journey to the center of my seams.  She traveled around the world in search of enlightenment, inner peace, and self-love. It is no surprise she found it, head to dusty floor, in an ashram cradled in the India delta. Why? Because she wasn’t stuffed into an oppressive piece of denim like sausage links jammed into their slimy casings!...more

Aack! Cathy comic strip ended Sunday...

The first time I "heard" the beloved comic strip character Cathy say "Aack,"I laughed out loud  to the alarm of my fellow mass transit passengers....more

Reviving Ophelia - Must Watch Lifetime Movie for Parents and Teens

The Lifetime Original Movie, Reviving Ophelia, is inspired by the best-selling book by Dr....more