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

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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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

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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