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Holiday table settings

Is it the Thanksgiving Food or the People?

As I lost weight and learned to stop thinking about food every single minute of the day, I also learned something really important about the holiday season. I learned that the success of the holiday isn’t about what food is on the table, but rather who is sitting at the table and what kind of   Continue Reading…

Invisible

The Invisibility of the Overweight

Are overweight people really treated differently or overlooked? Some people say no. Some people say yes. I am a person who says yes and so is Kathleen Brooks, who is a writer for The Huffington Post. She wrote an interesting article on the site a few days ago that echoed much of my experience and feelings about   Continue Reading…

family expectations at Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving: Food Expectations and Weight Loss

Thanksgiving is next week and unlike some other holidays, it really is all about the food. (And the shopping. . .) The pilgrims celebrated the first Thanksgiving in 1621 and according to historical sources, the celebration lasted for three days. In usual American fashion, we not only celebrate Thanksgiving with a meal, but with a   Continue Reading…

crowd one overweight person

Is It Harder Now to Visually Identify Overweight People?

A few years ago I read about a study that described the difficulty parents had in identifying whether their children were overweight or not. I was a little surprised that a lot of parents struggled with this and thought their overweight child was at a normal weight. I chalked it up to the prevalence of obesity   Continue Reading…

Diet Confusion

I Have Been Saying This for 16 Years

I have maintained my weight loss for over 16 years now and have seen a multitude of diet plans come and go. As I was losing weight way back in 1997, the Atkins diet was really hitting its stride and the no fat diet was waning in popularity. Every grocery store in the country was suddenly   Continue Reading…

Winter exercise tips

5 Reasons to Get Up and Exercise Even If It’s Cold Outside

Even though I live in the South, there are a lot of mornings where the temperature drops. Yesterday morning when I checked the weather on my beloved iPhone, it was 38 degrees. Brrrr. I remember driving to work in early winter mornings before I had children and I would see people running alongside the road, their   Continue Reading…

Adding positives in weight loss

Focus on the Positive and Not What You Give Up

Most diets are all about taking everything away. Take away grains. Take away legumes. Take away all fat. Take away cooked foods. Take away white foods. Take away processed foods. Take away sugar. Take away meats. Take away eggs. Take away ______________ (you fill in the blank). Take away, take away, take away. You see   Continue Reading…

Take Your Mind Off Food

5 Ways to Stop Thinking About Food All the Time

I used to think about food for many, many hours every day. If I’m honest, I thought about food all the time except when I was asleep. From the minute I woke up, I started thinking about what I was going to eat. Then when I was eating brownies for breakfast, I was already thinking   Continue Reading…

Today Show

Woman Gains 50 Pounds on Purpose

I was on Twitter the other day and saw this article on Today. Turns out Katie Hopkins, who is a very thin, very fit British reality star decided to gain 50 pounds by eating 6,500 calories a day  to prove that being overweight is the fault of the overweight person. Then, she said she’d lose the weight in three   Continue Reading…

film camera

Delete, Throw Away, Delete

There was a time, long, long ago, where your camera did not have a little screen on the back, but rather had a compartment for film. Some of you may be too young to really remember this, but back then you had to take your film to be developed and wait for it to be   Continue Reading…

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Weight Loss

Holiday table settings

Is it the Thanksgiving Food or the People?

As I lost weight and learned to stop thinking about food every single minute of the day, I also learned something really important about the holiday season. I learned that the success of the holiday isn’t about what food is on the table, but rather who is sitting at the table and what kind of   Continue Reading…

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Exercise

seal balancing

Finding the Balance In Exercise: What’s Too Much, What’s Too Little?

This is the third in a three part series on balance. We’ve all heard that in order to lose weight and prevent certain diseases we need to eat less and move more. The first post in the series dealt with the lack of balance and its role in obesity. Last time we talked about food   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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Dessert

Analyze That Dessert Before You Eat It: Here’s One I Hate

I’ll be the first one to admit it. I cannot stand those trifle desserts. You know, the ones that look like this: Sure, they are pretty to look at, but have you ever thought about what goes into those things? Here’s a standard ingredient list: 1 package brownie mix 1 package instant chocolate pudding mix   Continue Reading…

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