Progress Is Made When. . .

No matter where you are in your journey, you have already made progress. If you have been working on getting healthier for just one week you have made some progress. You may not have lost any weight yet, but you’ve made progress just by taking the first step towards working on your health. I worked   Continue Reading…

Today Would You Please Thank A Friend?

Tell A Friend Thank You

I’ve talked before about friends who aren’t supportive of weight loss efforts, and how relationships can change for the worst after one person in the relationship makes a change in their appearance and lifestyle. I realized that although that can be reality, there is another type of friend that I wanted to applaud, and that’s   Continue Reading…

Fallouts of Weight Loss

I talked yesterday (3/29) about the fact that I didn’t feel as though I was losing things while I went from 300 pounds to 146 pounds, rather I felt as though I was gaining health, fitness, and improving my self-esteem. In the midst of all the good things that happened there were some unfortunate consequences, or   Continue Reading…

The Importance of Taking Time Out For You

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If you are anything like I am – you are busy. Sometimes I can’t believe how much I have to do on a daily and weekly basis. Running the children places, schooling, cleaning, exercising, negotiating arguments between little boys, keeping up with friends, checking in on family members, etc. It makes me tired just thinking   Continue Reading…

Are You Suffering From Post-Holiday Letdown?

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It’s finally over – the major holiday season is past us. For many of us – myself included, avoiding the post-holiday letdown is an important part of our continued success. The whole months of November and December were spent either planning how to avoid forbidden delights, or planning how to include a taste of those delights   Continue Reading…

Psychological Costs

Unhappiness with our appearance Stress related to unhappiness with our health Anxiety over social situations Depression Someone emailed me recently and asked if I thought there were psychological costs to obesity.  I responded to them privately, but thought that the question was a very interesting one.  Are there psychological effects to obesity? And if so,   Continue Reading…

Emotions Revisited

NewMe asked this question the other week: Diane, your posts are incredibly honest and truthful, but I’d be interested in hearing more about how you overcame what was clearly a huge (pardon the pun) problem with emotional eating. What did you do from a psychological point of view to address your emotional need for food?   Continue Reading…

Prepare Mentally

Yesterday I gave you a couple of lower fat/calorie recipes for the upcoming holiday. Whether or not you make and eat lower fat desserts for Thanksgiving, I want to encourage you to mentally prepare yourself for the upcoming holiday and beyond.  Mental preparation is so important in this journey towards better health and fitness, and now   Continue Reading…

No New Clothes

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“I don’t want any new clothes,” I’d tell John when he asked if I’d like to go shopping. “Why not?” he’d ask. “I’m losing weight,” I’d say. Then he’d try and encourage me to get a few things just to tide me over until that magical day when I finally lost weight would arrive but   Continue Reading…

The Hayride

Not Left Behind!

At 300 pounds I didn’t really fit into social situations very well. I spilled over chairs. Got stuck in restaurant booths, and sat on the sidelines of life. As active members of our church John and I were involved in an adult class. Most of the other couples in our class had small children and   Continue Reading…

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