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Fitness for Dummies


Recently I took advantage of a free personal training session being offered by a popular gym chain.  Though I've been working out 5-6 times per week for more than two years now, I've always been a solo act.  I began my weight loss journey by participating in group classes like kickboxing, step … [Read more...]

Obesity TV


I'm sure most of you have heard about Nikki Blonsky's latest foray into television: a show entitled Huge airing on ABC Family. I find myself reacting quite strongly to her flashing before my eyes (while I'm watching Gilmore Girls reruns, not gonna lie!), as the commercials show her suggestively … [Read more...]

My Own Worst Critic


Lately I've been doing a lot of reflecting on my weight loss journey thus far...and how it hasn't exactly gone as planned. In my first year on Weight Watchers in 2008, I shed a whopping 80 pounds.  I was sticking to the program, exercising like a fiend, and the pounds were melting off.  I jumped … [Read more...]

A Different Person


My family and I just returned from a few nights in Atlantic City to celebrate my sister's 21st birthday.  I'll spare you the gory details of all the martinis and steaks and desserts that I may or may not have consumed...just suffice it to say that most of what I ate was most certainly not … [Read more...]

Old Habits Die Hard


Yesterday, my sister and I decided to treat our mom to a Mother's Day brunch buffet. Gulp. I found myself surrounded by masses of food - everything from cheese and crackers to pastas to roast beef.  Then, of course, there were the breakfast items; you had your scrambled eggs and bacon in addition … [Read more...]

Why This Time’s Different


I have been on many, many diets in my life.  Whether in the form of Slim Fast shakes or "magic" fat-burning teas and pills, I've been dieting for as long as I can remember.  In all of my previous battles of the bulge, I'd somehow manage to drop enough weight to shrink a dress size or two, only to … [Read more...]

Throwing in the Towel


Lately, my Weight Watchers leader has been pressuring me to declare myself at "goal." This wouldn't be such a bad thing - in fact, I might just take it as a compliment - if she weren't telling me this as though she has no faith in me and my ability to reach my initial weight loss goal. Allow me to … [Read more...]

Clean Plate Club


If there really were such a club, I would be the president. While in so many ways I feel like a completely different person since losing 90+ pounds, when it comes to sitting down at a table with a full plate of food before me, it's painfully clear that I still struggle with a long list of issues … [Read more...]

WANTED: Running Songs


"I wonder if this would be good for running..." Anyone who has ridden in a car with me in the past, say, 12 months has heard me say that at least three dozen times.  Any song I hear on the radio that has even a slight upbeat tempo catches my attention. I imagine my legs striding forward in sync to … [Read more...]

Too much exercise?


Even though I eat well and work out at least 5 times a week, for the past several months I've seen nothing but small losses on the scale as reward for my hard work: .6 lbs here, .4 lbs there, with a full pound loss thrown in every now and then for good measure. When my body first began … [Read more...]