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Tuesday, October 30, 2012      6 comments

Most of us, myself included live fairly routine even mundane daily lives. Once in a while something transcends the ordinariness of life. Don't get me wrong, my life could be a whole lot worse and I have gratitude for everything I have but there ... Read more
Cognitive Dissonance
Thursday, October 25, 2012      7 comments

Is it possible to be ashamed of oneself yet proud at the same time? Or am I just suffering from Sybil syndrome? Since starting this journey almost a year ago I have lost 44 pounds. I have currently backtracked and gained 2 pounds. So, I have ... Read more
Zumba - how we think we look, how we really look!
Tuesday, October 23, 2012      8 comments

I am a big zumba fan so I really got a kick out of this. I hope you do too! ... Read more
Big Sis and Me
Monday, October 22, 2012      5 comments

About a month ago I took my sister to see my personal trainer during an Open House at my gym. My trainer already knew that my sister Arlene, belonged to a very fancy club. This club has a swimming pool, gym and gorgeous changing rooms. For years... Read more
Little Skirt
Sunday, October 21, 2012      5 comments

Yesterday, I had a surprise spending splurge. I bought a much dreamed about pencil skirt (thank you Clinton Kelly and Stacey London for that inspiration). I have a good friend who works at a lovely high end store called Eileen Fisher. I find tha... Read more
Can't get over or under it.
Saturday, October 20, 2012      9 comments

My sister-in-law who lives out of town paid a rather quick unplanned visit and stayed over for several nights. She was here to see her alcoholic father who had fractured his neck in a drunken fall. Also my husband's father and he has had the bru... Read more
Mixed Messages and Mates
Tuesday, October 16, 2012      6 comments

It occurs to me that it must be tough being married to someone trying to lose weight. For example, when my husband first started to date me he noticed that a sure winner was to take me out to dinner! He was a little shocked to find I could eat s... Read more
Monday, October 15, 2012      5 comments

Almost a year ago I started lifting weights with a personal trainer. Before the trainer, I used to grab the 5-8 pound weights, now in my group sessions I lift dumbells anywhere from 15 to 25 pounds. Well, sometimes she has to spot me if I use 25... Read more
Thanksgiving Aftermath
Thursday, October 11, 2012      3 comments

Well, I wondered why I was so worked up about cooking Thanksgiving dinner and I finally figured it out. It wasn't just the cooking, it was the fear of pigging out on the traditional favourites. I wasn't perfect but I was moderate. Upon ref... Read more
Thankful for some things at Thanksgiving
Tuesday, October 09, 2012      5 comments

I am going to paint a Thanksgiving picture here that some will find less than impressive. First, by the time dinner was prepared and served by me I was pretty exhausted. I made all my Thanksgiving favourites sides and desserts. So, let's just sa... Read more
The things people say
Friday, October 05, 2012      9 comments

I went out for dinner with a group of women. One of them hadn't seen me for over a year since I lost 40 pounds. She couldn't stop raving about how THIN I was - over and over again. The weirdest part of all is she kept grabbing and rubbing my thi... Read more
The Trouble with Turkey
Wednesday, October 03, 2012      9 comments

As a mom it's the planning meals part that always gets to me especially this year's Thanksgiving. I am making dinner for the Canadian Thanksgiving on Oct. 8. for the extended family. Before I go on my little rant I want to politically correctly ... Read more
Lessons Learned from the Men in My Life
Monday, October 01, 2012      8 comments

I have had a weight problem since I was 9 years old - an ongoing struggle now for over 50 years. How ironic that some of the most valuable lessons I have learned around food has come from 3 men in my life that have never struggled with their wei... Read more
Creature of the Night
Sunday, September 30, 2012      6 comments

I have another weird animal tale or should I say tail to tell. It happened around this time of year, last year. I was walking in an area of town with a lot of very tall deciduous trees at dusk. I saw a mom and dad with two little girls who had s... Read more
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
Sunday, September 30, 2012      5 comments

There I was standing in my kitchen chopping carrots when in my peripheral vision I thought I saw a dark curly head bending over our cat's food dish. Now, my husband has dark curly hair and I had to wonder what on earth he was doing crawling arou... Read more

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