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  • WI and coming back stronger after stumble

    12/20/2014 8:34:45 AM, by COEURAIMANT

    Both my husband and I weighed in after my stumble that caused me to suffer with awful heartburn all night. I was still in a holding pattern but my darling had gained even more and weighing more than he has ever had in his life. You see he was always naturally slender, in fact in his ... Read more

  • Day 18 -- Back to Juicing

    12/18/2014 11:27:06 AM, by PRETTYPITHY

    I had to take a break from my juicing due to my acid reflux -- it was pretty much just white rice for a few days there. I'm feeling a lot better today and decided to segue back into juicing with a little bit of carrot and persimmon this morning. Apparently, carrot juice can actually help to neutra... Read more

  • Day 17 -- Good news (Keep on burnin'!)

    12/17/2014 11:33:10 AM, by PRETTYPITHY

    Tons of good news -- I got offers for both of the jobs I interviewed for last week! That means I'll have a tough but excellent decision ahead of me this week. It ALSO means that soon -- in January, most likely -- I'll be kissing my horrendous 90 minute - 2 hour commute goodbye! BOTH of the ... Read more

  • Day 15 -- Boo! Birthday reminder.

    12/15/2014 12:07:11 PM, by PRETTYPITHY

    Boooooo . . . After some gustatory celebration in honor my birthday, I awoke at 2:50 a.m. with searing pain from acid reflux. I should have seen this coming. My birthday pleasures included Indian food, movie theater popcorn, sea salt caramels and chocolate macarons. Why do I do this to myself... Read more

  • Day 14 --- Birthday celebration

    12/14/2014 11:56:47 AM, by PRETTYPITHY

    My birthday is tomorrow -- thanks for the birthday wishes I've received so far already. I decided I wanted to have a low key celebration this year, nothing fancy. Today, my husband, my sister and my brother-in-law and I are going to one of my favorite restaurants for lunch followed by a movie ("To... Read more

  • Day 13 -- Wonderful weekend

    12/13/2014 5:04:44 PM, by PRETTYPITHY

    Having a lovely, low-key weekend at home with my honey. Delicious kale smoothie for breakfast today at the farmer's market. I need to buy coconut milk and coconut water so I can recreate it at home. Homemade butternut squash for lunch. And I made my own cashew cream for the first time! So easy ... Read more

  • Day 11 -- Using my treats

    12/11/2014 3:59:29 PM, by PRETTYPITHY

    I'm starting to use my treat stones but it's funny, I'm not quite sure when to use them. For those who missed it earlier, my health coach has given me 5 pretty, colorful, smooth stones that I carry in my bag. Each one represents a "treat". What constitutes a "treat"? Well, that's what I'm trying... Read more

  • Day 10

    12/10/2014 4:01:07 PM, by PRETTYPITHY

    My energy is waning a bit as TOM prepares to arrive. Still, today is a good day. I had an interview for a job that could really be an awesome opportunity for me. They are hiring 2 positions out of 5 candidates so I really have a good shot, especially since the interview went very well (though not... Read more

  • MAKING THE MOST OF MY DAYS

    12/9/2014 4:59:08 PM, by READYRUBBIES

    I AM MAKING THE MOST OF MY DAYS LEADING UP TO THE HOLIDAY SEASON,IN MY FAMILY WE CELEBRATE THANKSGIVING,CHRISTMAS,AND NEWS YEAR DAY WITH A LOT OF FOOD EATING,DESSERTS,AND FAMILY.SO I'M TRYING TO GET SOME WEIGHT OFF.EAT HEALTHY AND CONTINUE TO EAT HEALTHY.BUT WHEN I WANT SOMETHING SWEET I DON'T DEPRI... Read more

  • Pretty picture

    12/9/2014 10:44:31 AM, by PRETTYPITHY

    A photo of me at my friend's wedding back in May. I'm about two pounds heavier now. In this photo I see someone who has some weight to lose but is happy, healthy and beautiful. I hope I can keep tapping into that confidence and joy through out this process. Read more

  • Day 9 -- Non-scale victories and scale victories

    12/9/2014 9:33:22 AM, by PRETTYPITHY

    I have so much good news to report! Yesterday, I got my full my lab results from my doctor's visit on Friday. Everything is normal, cholesterol, blood sugar, everything! Not only that but I've made some positive strides since my last bloodwork at the end of 2011 (too long, I know). My HDL ... Read more

  • Phase 3 Plans, Introducing Phase 4 and Motivational Pic (TL;DR?)

    12/8/2014 4:33:06 PM, by PRETTYPITHY

    When I started in 2009 at 245 pounds, my long term goal was to lose 90 pounds. Accordingly, I have always viewed my weight loss in 3 phases of 30 pounds. I'm changing things up, now for two reasons: 1) I'm raising my final goal by a few pounds. After discussing it with my doctor, we both fee... Read more

  • Day 8 -- Drawing from a deeper well

    12/8/2014 2:42:21 PM, by PRETTYPITHY

    I'm going to re-post part of a blog I wrote on 2/2/13 because it is equally apropos today: "Well, I'm on a positive streak which is good. I've logged in and tracked for 8 days. I've met and exceeded my water goals for 8 days. . . As we know, attitude is everything. This week seemed easy and fu... Read more

  • Day 7 -- IT IS WORKING!!

    12/7/2014 6:26:13 PM, by PRETTYPITHY

    December -- one of my favorite months! My birthday, Hanukkah, Christmas -- it's all coming up! I'm happy with my progress this week -- I've already achieved my goal of resetting my palate and regaining my motivation and energy eating a plant based diet. I'm looking to keep it going as the month p... Read more

  • Day 6 -- good old clean fun

    12/6/2014 10:14:04 PM, by PRETTYPITHY

    Last night, I went to see Stevie Wonder with my family. He was amazing as usual -- a true legend and a class act. I was super proud of myself because concerts are usually an excuse for indulgence (I have many!). But yesterday I successfully stuck to my guns despite the fact that I had an out of t... Read more

  • 1 day pity party, from a newly divorced woman....

    12/6/2014 12:27:51 PM, by THESHELBSTER

    Well, it is official. As of December 2nd, I became a legally and officially divorced woman. I just found out by my ex yesterday that the judge signed the papers on Tuesday. After almost a year and a half of separation to a douche canoe I was married to for only 2 weeks before he asked for a divorce,... Read more

  • Day 5 -- Non-scale Victory!

    12/5/2014 4:08:43 PM, by PRETTYPITHY

    Non-scale victory: my blood pressure is 109/54! I was terrified that with my stress and weight gain this year, I would see my BP rise as high blood pressure is very common in my family. Not for me! I feel like I've been given a second chance -- and extra motivation to get it right this time! ... Read more

  • Day 4 -- Veggie Victory

    12/4/2014 5:27:28 PM, by PRETTYPITHY

    Day 4 has been great so far. One potential challenge is that my MIL is coming into town. We're going to eat out tonight and I was worried about how to find a restaurant that would be compatible with my currently ascetic eating habits. Fortunately, I remembered that a restaurant in my neighborhood... Read more

  • Day 3

    12/3/2014 4:28:20 PM, by PRETTYPITHY

    Ahhhh, yess . . . feel the micro-nutrients penetrating the cells! A few days into juicing, I feel GREAT. Bright eyed and bushy tailed. I've been having about 24 ounces of green juice a day as well as 2 meals comprised of tofu and vegetables and two snacks of fruit. My goal in doing this is j... Read more

  • Day 2

    12/2/2014 5:58:17 PM, by PRETTYPITHY

    I don't know how to describe the change but I'm ready now. Maybe it was my post-Thanksgiving acid reflux attack. Maybe it was how happy and well rested I was after a week of vacation -- and realizing I wanted to feel healthy, too. Maybe it was the shock of "gaining 7 pounds" when I st... Read more

  • COLD COLD COLD GO AWAY

    11/28/2014 2:31:44 PM, by READYRUBBIES

    IT IS BRUTALLY COLD HERE IN THE SOUTH.IT FEELS LIKE WINTER ALREADY.NOW I WILL HAVE TO START DOING EXERCISE VIDEOS TO GET MY WORKOUT IN.RIGHT NOW IT IS TOO COLD TO DO ANYTHING CONSTRUCTIVE OUTSIDE.IT WENT FROM SUMMER TO WINTER IT SKIPPED FALL.I HOPE EVERYONE IS STAYING WARM ALL THE WHILE STAYING FIT ... Read more

  • my goal for this week

    11/25/2014 6:40:55 PM, by CAYLAISDONE

    I have a simple goal this week.To not eat after 8pm. That's it. I derail in the evenings and wreck all the great choices I've made during the day. So. 8:00pm I am zipping my mouth shut.... Read more

  • DETERMINED

    11/25/2014 4:36:57 PM, by READYRUBBIES

    I AM DETERMINED TO PUSH THROUGH NO MATTER WHAT!SOMETIMES I DON'T WANT TO WORK OUT.ESPECIALLY WHEN IT GETS COLD.I TEND TO GET LAZY AND WANT TO STAY IN BED.I AM DETERMINED TO BE MORE STRONG-WILLED,DETERMINED,AND FOCUSED TO GET IN PLENTY OF EXERCISE.THIS IS NOT A TIME TO BECOME LAZY AND SATISFIED WHERE... Read more

  • how am I feeling in one sentence

    11/24/2014 9:47:46 AM, by CAYLAISDONE

    I'm back and I'm proud.... Read more