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Why This Time’s Different

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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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Twilight Zone

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After I weigh in at 8:30am on Sunday mornings, I enter what I like to call the "twilight zone" of weight loss. Essentially, it's the one time a week when any and all food items I consume simply don't "count."  I've just had my weekly weigh in, and there's a whole seven days until I have to step … [Read more...]

Gains Happen

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At this Sunday's weigh-in, I was slapped with a 1 lb gain.  Actually, allow me to rephrase that.  It was a 1 lb undeserved gain.  In the grand scheme of things, a single pound is nothing.  It's a measly 16 ounces.  I've been at this for more than two years now, so I know better than to get … [Read more...]

Surviving Restaurants

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Since I started my weight loss journey, I've made it a point to continue eating out in restaurants regularly.  While the over-sized, fat-laden meals at restaurants can be kryptonite to those of us trying to lose weight, dining out has always been a big part of my own personal weekend time...and … [Read more...]

There is No “Only” in Weight Loss

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On television and in magazines, we're constantly bombarded with "lose weight FAST" schemes and promises.  Swallow this pill, drink this powder, or have this frozen meal plan delivered to your home, and you'll lose 12 pounds in two weeks. We're obsessed with shows like The Biggest Loser, where … [Read more...]

Cookie Monster

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Cookies are my one true weakness.  Chocolate chip cookies, oatmeal raisin cookies, Oreo cookies...homemade cookies, store-bought cookies, Girl Scout cookies...drop cookies, rolled cookies, sliced cookies...no matter what form they take, those little pieces of heaven are absolutely irresistible to … [Read more...]

All or Nothing

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The other night I grabbed dinner in Jersey City with my friend, Ashley.  We used to intern together at a magazine, before I made the leap to the freelance life.  In those days, I was scarfing down salami and mayonnaise sandwiches, potato chips, and coffee with extra cream in the lunchroom, and … [Read more...]