Do you ever wonder if the health benefits of losing weight are worth all the work it takes to actually lose weight? I did. When I was overweight, I knew I was headed down a dangerous path. I was old enough, at 30, to realize that weighing twice what I should weigh wasn’t healthy -- … Continue reading Weight Loss is Work: Is Your Health Worth It?
Photo Courtesy of AKARAKINGDOMS at FreeDigitalPhotos.netWe live in a different world now than 50 years ago - in some ways that's good, and in some ways it is not. In one of my podcasts (of which I haven't done many) I was talking about being obese back in the 1990s, I said into the microphone, … Continue reading Do Real People Care About Obesity Rates Anymore?
Here is a pet peeve of mine and apparently I am not alone. A Facebook contact of mine (I'll call her Sue) sent me a message explaining a scenario that happened to to her recently. This person was in a group setting and some friends were talking about exercise and working out. An older gentleman … Continue reading Rude Only Goes One Way for Overweight People
Have you ever read the Madeline book series? The picture above is from the book right after Miss Clavel realizes that "Something is not right" with one of her pupils, Madeline. She rushes to the little girl's bedroom and determines that Madeline is ill. She swiftly takes action and calls the doctor. In the end, all … Continue reading How to Know If Your Weight Loss Isn’t Going Well
I used to hate the summers. At 305 pounds, I was always hot in the summer, especially since I absolutely refused to wear shorts because of my large legs. I know it seems harsh to say that, but that was honestly how I felt. In fact, this picture is the very last time I wore … Continue reading Why Summer Weight Loss Is a Good Thing
I've shared a lot of bad embarrassing moments with you over the five+ years I've been blogging, and believe me, I have plenty more stories where they came from. But, today, I thought I'd share an embarrassing moment that turned out to be a good one. Well, at least for me. My morbidly obese years were spent … Continue reading Celebrate Those Positive Embarrassing Moments
Does this ever happen to you? You are walking in the mall - either by yourself or with a friend and you catch sight of yourself in a mirror? Are you ever surprised and find yourself wondering, “Who is that and how did I get like this?” Like many women, I avoided the mirror, especially when I was obese. … Continue reading Seeing What You Must See: How to Face Reality and Get Started
I am generally a positive person. But when it came to losing weight, I was the very definition of a negative Nellie. Sometimes I think back to that time in my life and wonder why I always tended to focus on all the things I was giving up when I tried to diet? I would … Continue reading What Gains Do You Get When Losing Weight?
The title of my book is 150 Pounds Gone Forever and I am proud to say I have recently passed another milestone on making it forever. It was 17 years ago this past March that I declared myself "done" with losing weight. I had lost a total of 158 pounds in 14 months in March … Continue reading 158 Pounds Gone for 17 Years
I'm not a style maven or Stacy from the show What Not to Wear, but I have learned a thing or two about fashion while losing weight, fashion while pregnant, and even fashion in weight maintenance. After all, I lost weight, I had seven full-term pregnancies, and have been in weight maintenance since 1998. For … Continue reading 10 Fashion Tips for Looking Good While You Lose Weight