Accepting Myself



We are who we are and we must learn to accept that!    We vary in body frame sizes, body weight, and body shape.  Oh don’t misunderstand … I am NOT suggesting that we merely sit back and sigh with “I can’t help it ….  this is who I am.”  NOPE!  We must do the best we can to be the best we can be.

My point is that I cannot change my genetic inclinations, but I might control how I look and feel somewhat by taking responsibility for my eating and exercise habits.  Now I love cookies so much so that I claim ownership to the cookie monster title!  I have had to learn self-control by telling myself it’s OK to eat 3 cookies and not the entire batch.  The same goes for vanilla cakes …. it’s OK to eat half of a tiny slice and save the second half for tomorrow.  OH let’s laugh about my chip cravings every now and then …. a plateful vs. the entire bag …. ?!?!?  HA HA!  I’ve had to learn to say NO to these temptations before me every day and yes, I can do it with presence, awareness, and determination.  As a matter of fact, I have an affirmation sign on the wall just in front of my desk that reads “Just because it’s here doesn’t’ meant I have to eat it!”

I’m convinced that if I do my best, my body will be at it’s appropriate size and condition for ME, and I must not compare myself to my skinny friends.  Are you with me as well at this point in YOUR life?

Clothing Counts



Beyonce makes a great choice, wrap-style dresses are always slimming.  From:  Do your clothes make you look fat? How to look 10 pounds thinner by changing your clothes
BY CHARLA KRUPP DAILY NEWS WRITER Thursday, March 11, 2010, 2:52 AM


Hey, let’s face it:  Sometimes fat IS fat and sometimes fat is an illusion we create ourselves by our clothing.  Yes, that’s right … sometimes we sabotage our efforts to look slim by choosing the wrong clothes …. especially bras (for the ladies)  and pieces with just way too much fabric and / or patterns.

I went clothes shopping last night for my 2015 summer uniform …. that perfect little summer dress I can wear everywhere, look acceptable, and stay cool without looking frazzled by the heat.  I wanted a skirt to wear with cute little summer tops, but all I could find were long ones which covered the entire bottom half of my body (too hot) or flowing mid-length skirts with lots of fabric which made me look HUGE!  Watch out for loose and baggy clothing that while comfortable for certain are very unflattering for most of us.  Some dresses I tried on had large bold flowers across the bodice which made me look even more endowed than I am, and then those horizontal stripes … Yikes!

I was thrilled to be able to fit into a size M at this point in my life and especially after wearing XL for so long!  In the past year not only have I lost weight, but I’ve apparently lost inches as well in spite of my mobility issues for the past several months.  If I can do it, so can YOU!  Ask me how!



Size 14




I heard on GMA this morning that 67% of American women are a size 14, and not long ago we heard about how size 14 is considered a PLUS size.  Personally, I don’t qualify a 14 as fat, but as having been there I always thought I could stand to lose a few.  My friends said I was a bit chubby and not fat.  Is that denial?  Complacency?  Or is the entire size concept over-rated?

Tummy Troubles




A two-day stomach flu/bug = highly effective weight loss results!


Seriously … I had it so bad I had a friend empty the refrigerator of all solid foods …. I couldn’t even stand the THOUGHT of such things even stored in that large pretty silver box.  So today I have returned to the land of the living, and I have to go to the grocery store and restock.  Now that I think of it … throwing everything away was kinda silly, wasn’t it?






How ‘can my weight be up 2 lbs. in just a few days?  I mean GEEZ … Turkey and/or beef sandwiches on gluten-free bread and salads all week … Oh wait … Could it be the White Chocolate Peppermint Bark cheesecake … NO because I made it last 4 days … UGH!  Do you think I’m fooling myself?  Can you relate?

Changing It Up AGAIN



OK so here I go again … I’ve run into another plateau … UGH.  So THIS time I’m gonna switch to THIS workout schedule:

Walk-jog-run 2-2 1/2 miles 2 days … 1 mile the next … then a day off and repeat the sequence starting on the 5th day.

Additionally … 5 days a week I will do 3 weight-lifting exercises … and do abs daily for 5 days.  I figure that’s a minimum of 15 exercises per week and 30 sets.

This kinda sounds like a contract agreement, doesn’t it?

Let’s see what happens and you KNOW I will keep you posted!

Folks … don’t let yourselves develop diabetes if you can help it.





THIS is SOOOOO true for whatever CHALLENGE we embrace … be it getting in shape, relationships, jobs/careers, illness, and/or simply starting a new chapter in life.


Here I am again and when I arrive … Sometimes I FREEZE in my momentum.

AND when THAT happens, forget everything because discouragement sets in and I have to make appointments with myself to set myself straight!  HaHa!

Who relates?




Another Labor Day Weekend Holiday



It was quite the BBQ weekend, wasn’t it?

I must say I DO LUV a  grilled medium-rare rib-eye OR a gourmet burger … both from Whole Foods of course because I think they just plain taste superior and after all … they are supposed to be high quality meats.  I mean geez … if I’m gonna insert it, then it should be the best, right?  Ha!  Problem is … and I bet this is true for most folks … the word “reasonable” in reference to portion size seems to go out the window on these weekends, doesn’t it?  I kinda wonder why and then again … I don’t CARE!  I gotta LIVE … right?  And anyway … haven’t I said that it’s good to shake up the intake every now and then?  Sure … so why do I feel regretful this morning?

Fat Is Ugly


This is  really gross … One pound was bad enough but THIS is enough to push most  of us over the edge to start doing SOMEthing serious about weight loss and fighting our own obesity!  JOIN ME!



Sales and Diets


This is a great article from INC magazine about how creating a sales business (like mine) and starting a new diet/lifestyle (like mine) are similar.

WOW … interesting connection and briefly … here’s a few BAD things we tell ourselves to set ourselves up for failure.

1.  I like the goal, but I won’t do the work. (Too much effort required maybe?)

2.  That won’t work.  (Knocking it before trying it.)

3.  I know what I’m doing.  (The know-it-all mentality.)

4.  This time it’s different.  (Good reasons to fall-off plan/program.)


It’s a good article … ENJOY!

5 – 10


Just heard on the news that running 5 – 10 minutes a day can be beneficial for our heart health.  OK!  We all know that, don’t we?  So I walk the dog for somewhere between 2 1/2 – 3 miles …. I’m gonna try stepping it up a bit!  I think I can do this … What about YOU?  Let’s do this together and let me know how it goes!  Starting with 5 … Tomorrow!  Yep … I’m in for the night and once I’m in … I’m in!

Not any more!

There was a time when a party dinner plate filled with beef, chicken, veggies, salad, potatoes, and bread would have been the cats meow for me.  Last night, however ... As DEE-luscious as it all was ... I just couldn't finish it all. Now the wine and awesome birthday cake afterwards ... That's a different story!  I'm not friends with the  weight scale today though.

There was a time when a party dinner plate filled with beef, chicken, veggies, salad, potatoes, and bread would have been the cats meow for me. Last night, however … As DEE-luscious as it all was … I just couldn’t finish it all. Now the wine and awesome birthday cake afterwards … That’s a different story! I’m not friends with the weight scale today though.