Goals, Setting & Achieving Archive

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Going with the Grain

  For Christmas I gave my sister, and myself, a subscription to Bon Appetit magazine. I thought it was going to be just a bunch of pretty pictures of food I would never make because I don’t have the urge to cook a standing rib roast with confit potatoes nor do I

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Resolutions: Less “How” More “Why” – or – I can’t believe I’m going to admit this!

Five years ago, I was chatting with a co-worker, shortly after “coming out” about my new weight loss regimen. She asked a few questions about how things were going and I proudly shared the number of pounds already gone. She expressed enthusiasm for my progress then followed up with an obvious, but personal,

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As Good As a Feast

I have watched Disney’s Mary Poppins numerous times. As a child I stomped around the living room demanding ‘votes for women,’  imagined chortling myself up to a tea party on the ceiling, hopped in and out of chalk drawings, and swelled with the final notes of Let’s go Fly a Kite. It is

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To Throw a Perfect Birthday Party – First Throw Out Perfection

We have a newly minted 4 year old in our house. He has been practicing being 4 since mid October but now he is the real deal. We avoided throwing parties the last couple of years opting instead to set aside his birthday for a special family outing. A few weeks ago

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I’m a Weight Watchers “Success Story”!

“I no longer think in terms of “I can’t” or “I won’t.” Now I just think, “I wonder what would happen if…” and then I go out and try something new.” – Rose McAvoy (my two years ago self was pretty smart) Oh my goodness! I am so excited, I can now

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Celebrating 5 years and over 300 pounds of weight lost

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? It is such an easy question to ask but much more difficult to answer. I can tell you this: If I were forced to answer the question 5 years ago I couldn’t have begun to come close to what has unfolded. The time feels

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How to Lose (or Maintain) Weight on Vacation

Planing to lose weight on vacation can be tricky. In many cases you are setting yourself up to go against the cultural norm. Over the past five years I have lost, maintained, and gained weight while on vacation. Each time the key to success or a weighty surprise has been in the

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Weekend Warriors – 5 Upcycled Wood Projects

One of the wonderful benefits of shedding a collective 300+ pounds is an increase in energy and physical ability for both Mr. Second Helpings and myself. Just yesterday we charged through a bedroom painting project in a couple of hours and marveled at easy it felt. Shortly after moving into our home

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Good health starts with diet not dieting

I was glancing at my calendar of “national _____ day(s)” and learned today, May 6th, is No Diet Day.  I was intrigued. After a brief search of the web I discovered No Diet Day is an international movement whose intent is celebrating bodies of all shapes and sizes. According to Wikipedia the

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Reader Question: Overweight and Expecting – How much weight should I gain?

This week I am just over halfway through pregnancy #2. Since announcing my current pregnancy I have received a lot of great questions about having a healthy pregnancy. Readers, friends, and family have all been especially curious to know how I am dealing with weight gain this time around. Truthfully it has been

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MyPlate on My Budget: We Ate $1300 in March

Throughout the month of March Jenny Bardsley of Teaching My Baby to Read took on the challenge of limiting her family’s food budget to only the USDA’s Thrifty Food Budget, about $560 for her family of four. That would have been challenge enough but she simultaneously attempted to feed them according to

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Colorful Easter Meringue Cookies

More than a year ago I went on a mission to conquer making meringues. It took me a few months and several dozen eggs worth of trial and error but eventually I figured out the technique and now I am a meringue making machine! Last Easter I took my new skill to
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