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How to End Emotional Eating
Wednesday, January 06, 2016      9 comments

I just finished reading an article giving advice on how to tame emotional eating. ("Tame the Emotional Eating Beast for Good: 3 Ways to Get Back on Track" by Dean Anderson. www.sparkpeople.com/reso
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Towards Motivation and the Magenta Dress
Tuesday, February 11, 2014      5 comments

When I started working with a personal trainer I had a lot of weight to lose. I was highly motivated. But as the pounds came off I became increasingly more comfortable in my own skin. As my weight loss slowed, my trainer asked me what was motiva... Read more
What a Difference 4 Years and 80 Released Pounds Makes
Friday, January 10, 2014      22 comments

In a few short months, I will have been Sparking for FOUR YEARS! I wish today-me could have gone back in time to tell the newly-joined me that there are so many wonderful, life-changing experiences and accomplishments just waiting for her. ... Read more
How I Know This Time Is Different
Tuesday, March 19, 2013      12 comments

How many times have I started a diet saying, “This time it’s going to be different. I’m going to lose the weight and THIS time I’m going to keep it off.” Well, I can honestly say that I’ve said that every time I’ve ever gone on a diet, includin... Read more
The Cravings Beast: Why Moderation Is Not For Me
Thursday, February 21, 2013      19 comments

Just last week I was approaching the 80-pounds lost mark, bumping up to it, actually, when I went off the rails and gained three pounds in the past week. Granted, some of... Read more
Exercise Is Good for the Body and the Mind
Wednesday, February 06, 2013      14 comments

I cannot believe the responses that I have received from my last blog post. I am overwhelmed in a very good way! I knew SparkPeople is a community of supportive and generous people, but I was still bowled over by the incredible amount of support... Read more
Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts 70 Pounds Lighter (70? Really? Yikes!)
Saturday, January 05, 2013      523 comments

(Near my 231.5-pound max.) At 231.5 pounds, the heaviest I’d ever been in my entire life, I was a big girl. I knew I was big. But as big as I was, I don’t think I saw my... Read more
I Did the Splits!
Wednesday, March 14, 2012      7 comments

I really can't believe it myself! First, I haven't been able to do the splits since I participated in gymnastics in my youth. Second, this was a goal of mine for the year. It's only March! I've slowly been increasing my flexibil... Read more
It Doesn't Have to Be That Hard.
Monday, February 06, 2012      8 comments

Today I read the perfect quote painted on the wall at the gym: Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. What a great quote. The trick is to get to the point where you don't even have to think about it. Because ... Read more
Goals for 2012
Monday, January 02, 2012      4 comments

2012: Day 1 – 194.5 lbs My goals for this year are to write a book and reach my goal weight. Big goals, I know, but absolutely doable if I keep focused on the ultimate prize: accomplishment of goals that truly matter to me. To write ... Read more
I'm Moving, But I'm Still Here (on SparkPeople)!
Tuesday, May 17, 2011      5 comments

I can't believe it's been almost two months since I posted a blog. I could say that it's been because I'm really busy, but the truth is that I've been pretty depressed and just didn't want to be a total bummer. Turns out that I wasn't just pre... Read more
Non-Scale Victory
Tuesday, March 29, 2011      5 comments

I went out to lunch with two colleagues. A particular restaurant has become a favorite of ours because of our mutual delight in perfectly cooked sweet potato fries. True to form, we each got a sandwich with a side of sweet potato fries. At th... Read more
5 Calorie Dessert
Saturday, February 12, 2011      6 comments

Sometimes (a lot!) I want something sweet after dinner. I'm not hungry, but still want a little something. I saw a product-placement type embedded commercial on the Biggest Loser suggesting that Extra Dessert Delights gum be chewed when you wa... Read more
"Thinking, eating, exercising -- in that order."
Wednesday, February 02, 2011      5 comments

"Thinking, eating, exercising -- in that order." Trainer Bob Harper, explaining the three most important elements of weight loss on last night's "The Biggest Loser." I don't think I've ever heard it said better and more concisely. After t... Read more
Self Respect Instead of Worth
Sunday, January 30, 2011      2 comments

For as long as I can remember, I have struggled to overcome feelings of worthlessness. I strive to be, do, achieve so that I might one day feel like a person of worth. But recently I wondered if there might be another way. After some se... Read more

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