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
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?
Have you ever heard someone say something that had nothing at all to do with weight loss but you immediately made an association? That happened to me a few weeks ago when I was listening to a talk show on the radio while I was driving in my big 12 passenger van. Although I don't … Continue reading Three Little Words That Can Change Your Weight Loss Path
Every person is different and every dieter has his or her own unique struggles; however, there are certain situations that make almost everyone vulnerable to temptation when dieting. A study recently published in the Annals of Behavioral medicine studied 80 people who were already trying to lose weight. They asked them to use an app … Continue reading What Makes You Vulnerable to Temptation When Dieting?
Are overweight people really treated differently or overlooked? Some people say no. Some people say yes. I am a person who says yes and so is Kathleen Brooks, who is a writer for The Huffington Post. She wrote an interesting article on the site a couple years ago that echoed much of my experience and feelings about being … Continue reading I Felt Invisible When I Weighed 300 Pounds
I'll be the first to admit that fashion is not one of my strong suits. I can get dressed up and look decent when I need to but on a day-to-day basis, I tend to live in jeans and my favorite oversized fleece. There are some days where I don't have to be anywhere and the kids … Continue reading Why Wearing Clothes That Fit Matters No Matter Your Size
I've talked before about the fact that I didn't feel as though I was losing things while I lost 158 pounds, rather I felt as though I was gaining health, fitness, and improving my self-esteem. In the midst of all the good things that happened there were some unfortunate consequences, or "fall-out" from my weight loss success. … Continue reading The Impact of Weight Loss on Relationships
Sometimes I look at Facebook or Instagram (I hope you will join me at both!) and think that everyone's life just seems to be sailing along without any problems. Then I remember that people put things on Facebook that they want others to see and often times leave off the negative things. I do that too. I … Continue reading Stress Eating: How to Manage and Stop It
Willpower has been one of the buzz words in the weight loss and dieting industry for years now. You might have used this term yourself from time to time. I know I often did. I'd often say, "I just don't have the willpower to stick with a diet for very long" or sometimes I'd say, "My … Continue reading Do You Need Willpower to Lose Weight?
My oldest daughter and I were talking the other night about meal planning, food prep, and eating out. You see, she recently got married and is doing a great job at feeding her family great meals. She told me, "I'm so glad that you taught me how to plan meals and make a grocery store … Continue reading Easy Peasy Grocery List