Weight Loss Archive

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The Biggest Loser Record We Should Have Seen Coming… (contains spoilers)

I just watched last night’s Biggest Loser season finale episode. While the confetti fell I sat staring at the t.v. feeling stunned and uncomfortable. Biggest Loser producers have a brand new record on their hands but I doubt it is one they are celebrating and as a viewer I can’t believe I

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How Much Should I Eat to Lose Weight?

Standard disclaimer: I am not a health professional. Nothing on this site is ever intended to replace the advice of a doctor, nutritionist, or other certified and licensed professional. Our Lady of Second Helpings strongly suggests seeking the guidance of a professional before beginning a new health plan. I love answering questions!

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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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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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How to Lighten Recipes

By now you should have caught on that I feel strongly about continuing to eat familiar favorite foods while maintaining my weight in a healthy way. Achieving the full extent of this lofty goal takes a combination of creativity and patience. When I look at a recipe I can tell fairly quickly

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Don’t skip this meal!

Who ever it is that declares things has declared September to be National Breakfast Month. I find it fitting to have breakfast month coincide with the beginning of a new school year. Even though we are a few days in, I challenge you to fit in a balanced morning meal every day

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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

Over the past five years I have lost, gained and maintained weight while on vacation. Each time the key to success or a weighty surprise has been in the planning. Before you put so much as a sandle in your suitcase, ask yourself: “Do I want to gain, lose, or maintain my

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Double Chip Brownie Cookies

Here are a few things I love: People who are passionate, motivated, and eager to make life a little sunnier for those around them. Digestive regularity. Cookies. A few weeks ago my buddy Megan, over at Wanna be a Country Cleaver, announced an event combining all three of these loves into one

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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