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Lost in The Dark: A Hiking Tale
Saturday, August 28, 2010      4 comments

I wrote this in response to a blog post by a Sparkfriend. Her Spark page is set to private, so unfortunately I will not be able to link to her original tale. To give you a summary, she went on a hike and got lost. Some trail markers got moved... Read more
Avoiding Waste When Buying Bulk
Friday, August 27, 2010      9 comments

How many of us got a Costco or Sams Club membership intending to save, and ended up wasting a lot of money throwing out a 5 lb bag of rotten apples? Yep. I did. I am a huge Costco fan. They have very high quality items and food at ve... Read more
Health and Beauty
Wednesday, August 25, 2010      4 comments

I've read several blogs recently about weight loss success stories and the compliments they receive. Several of them complained about comments along the lines of, "You look so much better now!". They felt it implied they didn't look good befor... Read more
Vacations and the Buffet Challenge
Tuesday, August 24, 2010      9 comments

This morning, just out of curiosity, I calculated my calories for a couple of days on my vacation. I was preparing myself to write a blog about how I blew it, and how to do better next time. To my surprise, I did better than I thought. De... Read more
Loving my Vacation Photos for a Change!
Monday, August 23, 2010      4 comments

I just got back from a fabulous trip to Mexico. We went for a short weekend vacation to meet with my future in laws. We had a fabulous time exploring Mayan ruins, snorkeling, tubing, and splashing around in the pool! I just looked through... Read more
Lessons in Juggling Cooking and Jobs from Mom
Monday, August 16, 2010      2 comments

I've blogged recently about how home cooked meals changed my life. Instead of dining out for most of my meals, I eat in. This has saved me a tremendous amount of calories and money over time. How do I do this while holding down a full tim... Read more
Close Encounters of the Roach Kind
Thursday, August 12, 2010      8 comments

Yikes! Ok, I've never lived in a place where roaches are commonplace. I grew up in Colorado, and lived in Seattle for about 6 years. Roaches like warm, wet places. Colorado satisfies neither of those requirements. Seattle satisfies only... Read more
Eating at Home Changed My Life
Wednesday, August 11, 2010      6 comments

"If you really want something, and really work hard, and take advantage of opportunities, and never give up, you will find a way." - Jane Goodall A long time ago, I used to think it cost more to eat in, than eat out. I also thought I was "... Read more
Why Do People Hate Veggies?
Tuesday, August 10, 2010      7 comments

In my last blog post, I said this: "The truth is, we are eating too much fat and carbs. We are also eating too much protein, sugars, and salt. The western diet is too much of EVERYTHING." Except veggies and fruit. Why is this? ... Read more
To Carb, or Not to Carb?
Monday, August 09, 2010      3 comments

In the 80s, low fat diets were the rage. Americans were eating too much fat, so we were warned we could lose weight and live longer with low fat diets. Now we're warned away from carbs. There's nothing in recent history more controversial... Read more
Should I just get the Wedding Dress?
Thursday, August 05, 2010      8 comments

My fiance and I have been going in circles about our wedding plans. We plan on the date to be in 2012, so we still have some time. At first we wanted a small, intimate destination wedding somewhere in the Caribbean. Our families live halfway ... Read more
Overeating During Pregnancy Puts Baby at Risk
Thursday, August 05, 2010      2 comments

It is necessary to raise calories when pregnant, however, I was shocked when a pregnant friend of mine said she can eat whatever she wants, as much as she wants - fried chicken, hamburgers, cakes, whatever. The strange thing is, she had a prett... Read more
Beautiful in Our Own Skin
Wednesday, August 04, 2010      1 comments

I saw an blog article today about Ann Taylor's website accidentally displaying unretouched models instead of their photoshopped 'enhanced' versions. Take a look for yourself. www.huffingtonpost.com/2
010/08/04/ann-taylor-websi... Read more
Lady Gaga, Petite and Fit
Tuesday, August 03, 2010      9 comments

I'm a petite woman at 5'0" tall. My goal weight is at about 120-125lbs. I arrived at that number because that was what I weighed in high school and college at the peak of slimness and fitness. I was very active with soccer and later martial a... Read more
Drew Carey Shows Us We Can Do it!
Friday, July 30, 2010      4 comments

Drew Carey went from 44 inch waist with type II diabetes to 33 inches with no diabetes. How did he do it? You already know the answer to this one. Diet and exercise! Apparently he reduces carbs, drinks water, and exercises 45 min... Read more

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