My Changed Identity
When I was obese, it used to kill me when friends would say, "You're beautiful, just the way you are. You don't need to change." It killed me because it wasn't true. I needed a change. Sure my carefree approach to life is always the same, bu... Read more
Gotta Find the Time this Week
Last week was a bad week in terms of my fitness goals. I'm trying to wrap up a project at work, but of course, as it gets closer to the end of the project, I start finding other problems that need to get fixed.
So I put in a lot of overtim... Read more
My Menu for the Week
One of the most important things I do to eat healthy, nutritious meals at home is to plan my week's menu ahead of time. I usually do a big shopping trip on the weekends, then a few smaller trips during the week to fill in the gaps. I watch a l... Read more
Making Your Own Success Story
What works for one person, may not work for another.
I'm a plate cleaner. I was taught to eat everything on my plate, else I'll suffer the wrath of Sally Struthers and starving children in Africa. I can't live with that kind of guilt. I ... Read more
Cake, Take Two
My first attempt at making a pineapple cake failed in misery. The cake was completely inedible. I tried again tonight.
It came out better - at least it was edible! Still not quite right, though. The 'pineapple' cake didn't taste like pi... Read more
Is Breakfast the Most Important Meal of the Day?
10 years ago when I was at my heaviest, I didn't eat breakfast. I'm not much of a morning person, so I wasn't motivated to make something to eat. I'm lactose intolerant, so milk and cereal was out. I would roll out of bed, into the shower, an... Read more
Total Fail at Cake Baking
I'm a pretty good cook. I can whip up a number of meals in no time mixing and matching things in my kitchen and fridge. However, I'm not so hot as a baker.
I can make no bake cakes and puddings, no problem. But cakes? I'm not sure what ... Read more
Old fashioned values in modern times
When I was little, I was taught to clean my plate. It was wasteful not to eat all the food on your plate, I was told. So deeply is this ingrained in me, that I still cannot leave food on my plate without twangs of guilt.
I've learned to l... Read more
Not Worth the Calories
I'm not really a picky eater. In general, I'm on a "See Food" diet. It's a big part of why I had weight trouble to begin with. I love food! All kinds of food! Even food that people typically turn their nose up at. Sauerkraut, kimchee, brus... Read more
A 'Visit' From my Grannie
Last night I pulled out a loaf of bread we stored in the freezer. It wasn't sealed tight enough, so I found when it thawed this morning, it was hard as a rock. I was loathe to throw it away, but I certainly couldn't use it for sandwiches.
... Read more
Lost in The Dark: A Hiking Tale
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
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
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
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!
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