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Throwing in the Towel

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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

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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

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"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?

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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...]

Healthy Habits

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As soon as I started actually paying attention to what I was putting into my body, it didn't take long for me to start making other healthy adjustments to my lifestyle. Before I began this weight loss journey, I never realized all of the not-so-healthy - and even potentially dangerous - things that … [Read more...]

Understanding the Addiction

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I'm still amazed when people who didn't know me "back then" start chastising overweight people right in front of me. Better yet, it seems they actually expect me to join in. While I can't blame someone who genuinely has no idea that I used to be morbidly obese, there are plenty of friends and … [Read more...]

Diet Detox

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Lately, nearly every woman I know has filled me in on some form of "diet detox" they're currently trying.  I've seen friends and co-workers consume nothing but brown rice for a week and drink vinegar straight from the bottle.  They'll inform me about wacky drinks they concoct from … [Read more...]

Top 10 Favorite Snacks

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I love snacks.  There's no way I could have lost over 80 pounds without 'em.  It may sound counterintuitive, but three meals a day just isn't enough to keep my energy up, and nibbling every 4 hours or so helps keep your metabolism running strong.  Plus, when my stomach starts growling at 4pm, I … [Read more...]

Fitness for Kids

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This afternoon on my run in the park, I ended up trailing a mom jogging with her daughter.  The fit, toned woman was decked out in cute activewear, and the little girl - who was probably about 7 or 8 - was dressed up just like her mom.  They stopped every couple of feet to do some stretching and … [Read more...]

Goal Weight

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I lost .2 at weigh-in this morning.  Once again, I was expecting more - I had a particularly good week.  In fact, according to my scale at home, I was down a full pound as of yesterday morning.  But then I went out for dinner last night to celebrate my boyfriend's father's birthday, and even … [Read more...]