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Things always happen in 3’s

I'm always fascinated about how things seem to happen in threes. Three celebrities die in a week to 10 days time, three people announce they are expecting, three pounds down on the scale. Three, to quote Schoolhouse Rock, seems to be a magic number. But right now,...

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Putting myself out there

Here it is-- me putting myself totally out there for the world to see. I've entered a contest on Mamavation where I compete with other mommies to earn the right to participate in a seven week health challenge. The winner gets prizes and simply the pride she's lost...

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IHOP is evil…well not really

Think about this. When IHOP (International House of Pancakes) has a simple and fit menu and all the meals on that are "under 600 calories" does it put it into perspective how much you're actually eating when you don't order off the simple and fit choices? I mean, when...

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A New Year, A Different Perspective

For many months in 2010, I spent sitting, trying to figure out what was wrong with me. Doctor visits, medications, more visits, frustration, all lead to many minutes of emotional eating. Of course it would; it really put a huge strain on my life. And every visit would...

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Beginning again

Okay, now I've got the reason for my weight gain and constant fatigue (major sinus infection), I've started my medications and lovely twice a day sinus flushes, and I'm changing my diet so decrease the crap that got me fat in the first place. I need to rephrase that,...

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Finally, Answers

For the past several months, I've been fighting myself. As I've posted before, I feel sluggish, unmotivated, and frustrated. I've not accomplished what I wanted healthwise as the numbers have slowly crept up on the scale. Then I feel more frustrated so I embark on a...

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New and Better Day

It seems my symptoms are finally subsiding and I am feeling human again. Not to say I'm without some effort to breathe, but far better than four days ago when I started my medicine. I've stayed aware of what I'm eating and haven't resorted to food for comfort this...

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Sick of being sick

This time if year is feast or famine for me. I'm either doing great with all the general chaos of my life or I'm fighting sinus infections or colds (add in a vicious case of stomach flu this year) and I feel like I'm either in recovery of one thing or down for the...

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How the Stomach Flu can “clean you out” in a good way

Organizational expert, Peter Walsh, wrote in his book Does This Clutter Make my Butt Look Fat? that weight loss isn't simply eating less of the foods that make you fat. He reports that "the clutter around you and the clutter inside you prevents you from living the...

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Forgiveness–The Gift that Keeps on Giving

“To forgive is the highest, most beautiful form of love. In return, you will receive untold peace and happiness.”--Robert Muller Was my birthday yesterday (yes, I know, happy birthday to me) and this year, I gave myself something I'd never given me before--I forgave...

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No one wants to be in the “during”

So my long time friend, Shelly, sent me this incredible email about her weight loss struggles over the years. I had to appreciate her honesty about it all and it made me feel so blessed to have friends like her, but I didn't think that at first. When I read it and she...

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Patricia Fischer speaks about supporting her best friend during her ovarian cancer journey as part of the Our Way Forward program created by TESARO, with The Moth, during the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition’s 2018 National Conference in New York.

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