Note To Self:
Struggling where others succeed isn't due to an internal failing or weakness. You aren't less than they are. You are you; unique in your struggles and triumphs, and powerful beyond measure. Don't compare your journey with anyone else's, because ... Read more
Plan it out.
I plan my meals a week in advance, I plan where my money is going, I plan my clothes, my kids' clothes, my laundry routines, my household cleaning: I pretty much plan everything. Everything except exercise, that is. I hate making an exercise pla... Read more
I'm doing it again. I'm trying to pick up exactly where I left off before the pregnancy and giving myself no room whatsoever to ease into my groove. I'm getting frustrated when I'm more tired at the end of a video or have a harder time knocking ... Read more
I'm getting really, REALLY tired of this.
So this morning I turn on the TV and I see...
"This is the only look that counts as beautiful. Unless you look THIS way, you're ugly and unworthy."
No, wait. "Yo... Read more
Who Am I Doing This For, Anyway?
My biggest and first major battle in this whole endeavor has been silencing my inner critic. There's a huge part of my personality that's completely perfectionistic. Nothing is ever good enough, ever clean enough, ever cooked properly, etc. If... Read more
Baby Natalie was born on July 16. She's gorgeous and perfect. (No, that's not new mommy smugness talking, she really is.) I'm on the fast track to getting back on target with my weight loss and lifestyle changes. I won't be weighing myself until... Read more
Couldn't have said it better myself
Sometimes, you struggle for AGES to communicate a concept or idea and you just can't make it come out right. One of the most beautiful and terrible things about modern technology is our ability to instantly disperse knowledge and scientific find... Read more
I was recently the unfortunate witness to the worst that can happen when people's passionate opinion about food collide with a well meant suggestion that violates that opinion. A thoughtful lady suggested on a Facebook thread not long ago that t... Read more
Putting it into Perspective
I dropped off the radar here on Spark People in late November/early December because I was trying to do too much during this pregnancy. I was pregnant (not easy to adjust to under any circumstances), I was counting calories (not the greatest ide... Read more
I didn't make this announcement before I dropped off the radar a few months ago. I'm pregnant... Massively so at this point. The baby is due tomorrow. Aside from getting impatient to simply be DONE being pregnant, I'm also getting really impatie... Read more
"If You Do What You've Always Done..."
I hear over and over and OVER, "Guaranteed weightloss without any lifestyle adjustments necessary!" in advertisements for 'miracle' weightloss supplements, pills, you name it. It drives me INSANE. Maybe it's the season, maybe I'm just sensitive ... Read more
Looking For Advice Here.
I'm struggling right now with consistency in tracking my food. I'll get one or two meals in and then forget the last one. Or, I forget to transcribe my hand-written notes. Or, I'll try tracking EVERYTHING in the morning based off of my planned m... Read more
I Love My Dog
I have a 13 month old Golden Retriever named Hanzo, and he has to be among the best dogs I've ever met in my life. I'm not kidding. Sure, he's dumb as a post but he's imminently trainable. He will do just about anything you can communicate to hi... Read more
What You Don't Know Really Is Important
Normally, I have a VERY healthy dose of skepticism which I apply to any and all health/fitness/nutrition advice I see online. But, I recently stumbled across a body-type image that also had some very general guidelines to get the most out of ea... Read more
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I Don't Have Time For This
I have to confess, I've been putting off getting a tooth capped that a root canal was done on for ten years now... Actually, more like 12. OUCH. Of course, the last dentist I saw was a butcher and my mouth hurt for weeks afterward. Additionally,... Read more