Filed under Weight Loss

Before and After and…

Since shifting my focus away from weight, I’ve been contemplating the multitude of “Before and After” pictures I have shared and what to do going forward. I have very mixed feelings about those pictures, to be honest. On one hand, I want to take them all down. This isn’t about what I look like, it’s … Continue reading

Health is not a Size

Let’s start with the basics.  What is “health”?  I rather like the World Health Organization’s definition: Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. In other words, health is a complicated concept.  It is a balance of many things.  Health cannot be reduced … Continue reading

Personal Responsibility

Last night, I was looking through an old sketchbook/notepad and I found a grocery list from around 2006.  I was living in Philadelphia, I was a full time student, and I was obese.  Here’s what was on the list: cilantro red pepper purple onion cheese sour cream lettuce black beans milk fat-free cream grapefruit juice … Continue reading

My Own Personal Fat Camp, Phoenix Arizona

When I was offered a job transfer to Arizona from Massachusetts over 3 years ago, my general attitude about it was “why not?”  I wasn’t particularly thrilled with Massachusetts, I didn’t know much about the American Southwest, and it seemed like my skills would be better suited to the work in the Phoenix location (they … Continue reading

Blissful Yoga 30 Day Challenge – Day 6

Love, love, loved Margie’s Yoga Fusion (Core) class this morning at 7:30 am.  I have really gotten to be a person who loves early mornings.  It’s so quiet outside before the sun comes up.  Arizona deserts will do that to you- it’s the only tolerable part of the day for much of the year. We … Continue reading

Is Lifestyle Change just another Diet?

I’ve heard this infuriating statement or something similar too many times not to respond:  “I’ve tried many diets, I even tried the lifestyle change once.  Nothing works.” I think there are a lot of people who aren’t sure what the difference is between a diet and a lifestyle change.  Eating healthier foods, eating less, counting … Continue reading

The Educated Calorie Counter

Counting calories was the foundation of my weight loss plan.  Recording what I ate did many things for me, not the least of which was creating accountability.  Previously, I ate with no thought at all except for what sounded good and tasty.  I paid no mind to the amount I ate and in retrospect, the … Continue reading