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?
A Gallup poll on obesity, desired body weight, and changing perceptions over the years caught my eye. The 2011 study, reported by Fox News, indicated that the average American weighs about 20 pounds more than they did 20 years ago. This is plenty obvious to me by just looking around the mall, visiting a school, … Continue reading Real Weight Loss Goals Versus Imagined Ones
I usually get John a little bit of candy for Valentine's Day. He likes chocolate of all kinds and we don't often have sweets in the house. But, in anticipation of this upcoming Valentine's Day, John has told me that he wants no candy. None, not even a small piece of dark chocolate. So, being the agreeable wife … Continue reading Vintage Weight Loss Advice: Sugar Helps You Lose Weight
I've been in this weight loss world for a long time. First, I dieted constantly for 10 years and had lots of exposure to different diet programs. Richard Simmons? Yep, tried it. Super Low-Fat? Yes, tried it. Weight Watchers? Yep, tried it multiple times. Magazine Diets? Yes, did that too. Cottage Cheese Diet? Yep, did … Continue reading Why I Accept Other People’s Diet Choices
I am a picky eater. I always have been, especially when it came to fruits and vegetables. I picked at them while guzzling diet soda and chewing a triple cheeseburger. I picked at salads while waiting for my Monte Cristo sandwich to come from Bennigan's kitchen. I rarely ate apples but would happily gobble down … Continue reading The Benefits of Being Picky
Have you ever thought about food in terms of kid food versus grown up food? When I was a young teenager, I loved kid foods. I regularly visited the convenience store and bought packages of Oreos, candy, dried out looking honey buns, sodas, and chocolate covered nuts. I was a steady customer at the Burger King near my high … Continue reading Making Grown Up Food Choices: Bye Bye Kid Food
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?
It seems easy enough doesn't it? Keeping junk food out of your house. After all, if you do not buy it then the junk food does not come in. Right? Well, kinda. In theory, if you live alone, no junk food comes in unless you buy it. Unless a friend comes over with snacks while … Continue reading Keep Junk Food Out of Your House: It is Up to You
Losing weight is only part of the equation. The number on the scale is important, but equally important is how healthy and fit you are. Morbid obesity plagued me like a bad dream, and my unfit body was a constant reminder of how bad I looked. Lack of energy, low self confidence and depression just added to … Continue reading Why Should You Exercise While Losing Weight?
When a baby gets mobile she doesn’t just stand up one day and run. Instead she rolls around, gets up on all fours and rocks, crawls backwards for a bit, figures out how to crawl forward, and eventually stands and walks. It is a process that takes some time. Some babies figure it out by … Continue reading 10 Small Steps That Work for Weight Loss