Last night, I was looking through an old sketchbook/notepad and I found a grocery list from around 2006. I was living in Philadelphia, I was a full time student, and I was obese. Here’s what was on the list: cilantro red pepper purple onion cheese sour cream lettuce black beans milk fat-free cream grapefruit juice… Continue reading Personal Responsibility
Two years ago, I was half way through my weight loss journey. I had lost 60 lb. The way I did that was to count calories and exercise. It worked slowly, but steadily. I felt pleased with my success. A big part of that success was a website called Fatsecret. Not only did I find… Continue reading Why I Started This is Not a Diet
When I was offered a job transfer to Arizona from Massachusetts over 3 years ago, my general attitude about it was “why not?” I wasn’t particularly thrilled with Massachusetts, I didn’t know much about the American Southwest, and it seemed like my skills would be better suited to the work in the Phoenix location (they… Continue reading My Own Personal Fat Camp, Phoenix Arizona
One of the biggest obstacles to making a positive life change is stubbornness. As a Capricorn, this is supposedly one of my defining personality characteristics. The Stubborn Goat. But thankfully, I think astrology is a bunch of bull-crap. The date of my birth does not define my personality. The strongest things I have ever done… Continue reading Changing Yourself Means Admitting You Were Wrong
I got to thinking about how much the way I eat has morphed and changed over the years. Believe me, I didn’t just wake up one day with good eating habits. It was a process of metamorphoses and it continues to this day. So I thought it would be fun to see how things have… Continue reading One Day of Food, Then and Now in Pictures
I’ve heard this infuriating statement or something similar too many times not to respond: “I’ve tried many diets, I even tried the lifestyle change once. Nothing works.” I think there are a lot of people who aren’t sure what the difference is between a diet and a lifestyle change. Eating healthier foods, eating less, counting… Continue reading Is Lifestyle Change just another Diet?
In order to lose 125 pounds, I did not: Have gastric bypass surgery Get the lap band Follow a plan Go hungry Drink shakes Take supplements Hire a personal trainer Inject myself with HCG Give up bread Give up carbs Give up fat Give up chocolate Give up wine Suffer Punish myself Berate myself Use… Continue reading 50 Things I Did Not Do to Lose Weight