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Who is that slender woman?
Tuesday, October 04, 2011      5 comments

I have been the heaviest sibling in my family for decades, and I'm used to picking out myself in the family pictures by looking at the largest one. But this past summer I went to a family wedding, and in one picture with my sister, I'm actu... Read more
Wow! Shopping can be fun!
Sunday, September 25, 2011      4 comments

I still get a thrill when I go to a clothing store and walk right by the plus size section. While I technically still fit into Women's sizes (I'm a size 14), the Women's size 14 is just a little bit too big for me. I'm in normal sizes no... Read more
What I've learned on my weight loss journey
Monday, April 25, 2011      25 comments

I thought I'd make a list of what I have learned in the past 18 months. I've gone from 310 pounds to 200, with another 50 pounds to lose. Maybe something will resonate with some of you who are just beginning your journey or feel stuck. This i... Read more
Spring is coming, and I have nothing to wear!
Sunday, February 27, 2011      3 comments

I scraped through the holiday season with clothes that no longer fit. I wore the now too big satin pants with no belt loops to the work holiday party, praying they would stay up. I wore the red corduroy trousers to the casual work party, tight... Read more
What a difference!
Sunday, October 31, 2010      2 comments

There are groups of people in my life that I only see once a year - extended family and other members of my profession. In the last three months I saw those two groups for the first time after my 90-pound weight loss. My family was great... Read more
Think before you eat.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010      0 comments

I have a work friend who is trying to eat healthier, and he occasionally shadows what I'm eating when we go to lunch because he likes the results I'm getting. I don't mind that at all - I'm always happy to share what has worked for me so far. ... Read more
The Work DOES Pay Off
Sunday, July 11, 2010      4 comments

One of the hardest things about this journey is that the hard work that occurs every day is not automatically matched to success. I sure do know how much work I do every day to eat right and get exercise, but the progress only becomes visible ov... Read more
80 pounds!
Sunday, June 27, 2010      7 comments

I do not weigh myself weekly because I know that week-to-week fluctuations are normal and I don't want to get discouraged when my progress is not as fast as I would like. So I set other goals and weigh myself when I achieve that goal. My f... Read more
Celebrating small victories.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010      5 comments

I'm starting to see real progress. Many of my clothes no longer fit, and this week my elastic stretch pants are gapping. Even the stretch fabric clothes are almost too big! I am clearly down two sizes, and when I get to the next size do... Read more
Progress is slow but sure
Sunday, April 18, 2010      3 comments

Today I visited my friends at the gourmet take-out. I've been avoiding their wonderful store because it is filled with food I'm not eating right now. Not only do I want to avoid temptation, I would feel bad if I walked into the store and left ... Read more