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Say No Sign

The Hardest Two Letter Word to Say When Losing Weight

Let’s face it. Saying “no” to yourself isn’t really popular, or a lot of fun. It’s not fun to tell yourself “no” when you want to buy a new pair of shoes, a new laptop, or a new outfit. But, if you are working on reducing how much money you spend, you have to learn   Continue Reading…

Restaurant Food Choices

Mimicking Good Behaviors From Home While Eating Out

The other day I was at a speaking engagement where I talked about making good choices when eating out. As I was preparing my talk, I did a lot of reflection on my habits as an obese person who loved buffet restaurants and super sized portions. I remember eagerly anticipating going to Ryan’s Buffet where   Continue Reading…

Women eating pizza

What Happens to Food Friends Once You Lose Weight?

Do you have a food friend in your life? Is there someone in your life with whom you enjoy eating food? Or was there someone you enjoyed eating with before you started on your journey to get and stay healthy? I had a food friend during my obese years. Actually I had several of them.   Continue Reading…

Success for Weight Loss

Starting Out on the Right Foot: Set Yourself Up for Success

When you set out to lose weight  the first time, you may expect to have success. I know I did. I still remember one of my first dieting attempts – when I only had 22 pounds to lose. I began the diet enthusiastically, followed the plan fairly well, and lost a few pounds. Honestly, I wasn’t   Continue Reading…

Life Challenges in Weight Loss

4 Tips for Losing Weight In Spite of Life’s Challenges

Everyone always says weight loss isn’t easy, and “everyone” is right. Just like most things in our life, anything that is worth doing is going to be challenging and rewarding at the same time. It’s easy for life’s challenges and disappointments to get in the way of our desire to get healthy, get fit, and   Continue Reading…

Weight Loss Motivation from Within

Staying Motivated When No One Can Tell You Have Lost Weight

No matter whether I weighed 200 or 300 pounds, I never truly gave up trying to get back to a healthy weight. Sure, I’d try to talk myself into temporary contentment for a short while, but before long, I would try some new weight loss strategy in the hope that I could get to a healthy   Continue Reading…

flexible restraint

Flexible Restraint in Weight Loss: A Simple Technique

I saw this term, flexible restraint, a little while ago in a magazine I was reading, and it really stuck with me. What is flexible restraint when it comes to weight loss? I did a web search, and one of the best definitions I came across was from the Weight Watchers website. Flexible restraint is when   Continue Reading…

woman sitting couch

How to Stay Positive When You Just Want to Quit

A few weeks ago someone asked me to blog about how to avoid getting discouraged during the weight loss process. In other words, how to stay positive and focused even when your weight loss goal seems far away. Discouragement comes so easily during periods of weight loss doesn’t it? For me, depressed and discouraged were two words I   Continue Reading…

red dumbbells

Sustainable Exercise: It’s More Important Than You Know

This is one of those posts that I hesitated to write, because I don’t want to step on any toes. But step by step, I’m going forward. And the reason I wanted to write this post, was to get your opinions and thoughts on exercise. Not if you think it’s a good thing, because probably   Continue Reading…

Putting Food in a New Perspective

Does Eat to Live, Not Live to Eat Work?

You can’t just turn your back on food. Substances that some people struggle with such as tobacco and alcohol are optional, but food isn’t optional. We need food for our very being, whereas smoking cigarettes or drinking alcohol are not necessary for life. Food is an integral part of our social lives as well. We   Continue Reading…

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Weight Loss

Say No Sign

The Hardest Two Letter Word to Say When Losing Weight

Let’s face it. Saying “no” to yourself isn’t really popular, or a lot of fun. It’s not fun to tell yourself “no” when you want to buy a new pair of shoes, a new laptop, or a new outfit. But, if you are working on reducing how much money you spend, you have to learn   Continue Reading…

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Exercise

woman walking outside

Gathering the Courage To Exercise: First Steps Count

When I weighed 300 pounds, the words overweight and exercise didn’t seem to go together. First of all, there was the body size issue. It was almost impossible for me to walk from the front door to my mailbox without getting out of breath, so the idea of going for a walk for the purpose of exercising   Continue Reading…

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Weight Maintenance

Drawing a line in the sand while losing weight

Drawing a Line in the Sand

I got an email from a reader the other day and she shared the difficulties of maintaining her weight loss through the menopausal period. She said that she was “drawing a line in the sand” with the few pounds she had gained and was motivated to get back down to her goal weight. I loved   Continue Reading…

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Massaged Kale Salad and Dressing

Massaged Kale Salad with Walnuts and Raspberry Dressing

I thought I hated kale. It’s probably because I had never had it, didn’t really know what it was, and it looked a lot like other greens I do hate such as collard or mustard greens. It was with trepidation that I tried to make kale chips using this recipe from AllRecipes.com. It was pretty good   Continue Reading…

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