Weight Loss Archive

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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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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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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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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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April 3rd is National Walking Day

Lace up those sneakers - Today is The American Heart Association’s National Walking Day! Please check with your healthcare provider before beginning a new routine. Walking is one of the few activities that I can fit in almost any time. Even at my heaviest I frequently chose walking as my method of

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Put your Heart Into It

Today I took a little time out to show some love to myself. Even with a busy day ahead I spent 30 minutes jogging on our treadmill. Over the past few months I have been working to make physical activity a greater priority. Because it is Valentine’s Day and we are smack

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5 Simple Steps to Launch Your Weight Loss Resolution

It’s that time of year again! Time to look inward and think about all the ways you can become a better person. When the clock strikes midnight it will be time to take one last sip of alcohol, cut out caffeine, start arriving on-time, eliminate excess spending, and battle that bulge. Are you