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

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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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

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Grandma’s Nanaimo Bars

From the archive: Enjoy the Holiday treats you love then cross them off the list!

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Pam, My Motivational Speaker

In previous posts I have mentioned our Weight Watchers leader, Pam.  She has played a tremendous role in all the changes that both myself and Mr. Second Helpings have made over the past 3 ½ years.  I feel extremely blessed to be able to hear her straight-forward words of wisdom every Monday