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5 Things — Lessons in Weight Loss for 2018

With 2018 in my sights, I sat down to write my top 5 weight loss lessons from 2017 so I could (hopefully) learn from the past. I was thinking the lessons would be all about food and eating. It turns out they weren’t about food at […]

The end of “being careful”

As I was walking the dog the other day, I was scrolling through some weight loss lessons in my mind. This is kinda how I process things. I think about what’s working (or not) and why, then I try to put my finger on it […]

Vitamin D & Me… Karen talks to her vitamins

For those of you that know, you know that besides losing weight there are other things I want to lose.  I’d like to lose the aches in my hips and knees when I walk up and down the stairs, and I’d like to lose my fear that if I do fall, I won’t bounce back like the 20 year old I think I am… being over 50 can be fun, provided you don’t fall, right?

So yesterday while I was waiting for the prescription toothpaste my kids with braces use, I was struck by a bright yellow bottle that read: Sunshine in a Caplet.

Captivated (as I usually am by shiny bright things) I took a closer look.  It was Vitamin D-3 with Vitamin C.  Not only did this little bottle boast “the most bioavailable form” but it listed the following traits:

  • Promotes Healthy Bones & Joints
  • Supports Colon Health
  • Supports Positive Mood
  • Supports Immunity

And because I’m a sucker for this type of advertising, (and because I had the $10 burning a hole in my pocket) I picked it up.

Now, I’m not a doctor and I wouldn’t pretend to be a doctor or even suggest this is advice, I’m just telling you my experience.

I LOVE these things.  Whether it is chance, luck or the Sunshine in a Caplet, I have managed to dodge the cold that is wreaking havoc in my office.  AND whether it is my imagination or I was actually low on Vitamin D… my hip pain has subsided.   I am very hesitant to say, “Disappeared” because I really don’t know what causes it, and what relieves it.  I will say that Advil, does not help.  I have thought at times, that changing my shoes helps… so, until I am pain free for a long period of time I will not announce… Pain is Gone… I will say for now… (hedging my bets) that it has subsided.

Because I’m responsible for my health, I didn’t just willy nilly decide to take Vitamin D,  I read some research online and I contacted my Dr.’s office to ask if there was any problem taking Vitamin D.  In fact, she told me that, “You need to take Vitamin D, I think I suggested that the last time you were in”  So, there you have it.  Turns out that I should probably start looking for something to help with my memory too!

So, me and my bottle of Sunshine Caplets are happily making our way through the winter.

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Have an amazing day!

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My Dear Diary Discovery

The Value of a Weight Loss Journal One of the things that I’ve noticed in my journey towards a healthier weight is that weight loss affects many aspects of my life.  For instance, I’m still a lazy cook, but I am eating better.  Simply because […]

Running a “dry burn”

“…After every five roasts, we recommend you do a system dry burn and interior cleaning. This is done to ensure there is no sediment buildup blocking a sensor…” As some of you know from an earlier podcast, to foster weight loss I’ve gotten into home […]

Getting Started… all over again

I think we all understand that feeling of freedom… of wild abandon… the moment we decide (or admit) that we are ready to let go of the restrictions of eating healthy in “diet” mode and step into the real world of “real eating mode”.   That fantastic feeling of freedom and electricity as we plot and plan how our day will revolve around new food choices…

(queue record scratch sound)

The truth is, that very feeling is exactly why diets fail.  Maybe, it’s the word diet, maybe it’s the restrictive feeling, maybe it’s … everything that we’ve been writing about and talking about, Freedom, Control, Power, Choices, Goals… maybe we are just tired of paying attention to what we eat.

I feel no guilt about the abundance of food choices available to me and my family, because I have the money to pay for it, because I live in a nation that supports it, because I live in an densely populated suburban area.  Not Guilt. EXCEPT. Maybe a little guilt.

Weird right?

The fact is… with Weight Watchers I don’t have to deny myself ANYTHING.  I can eat anything I want, I have YET to find something that I couldn’t add to my calculator… but it’s a give a take.

To eat healthy, to stay healthy, I have to understand that not all calories are equal.  I have to understand that it’s not just weight loss that’s the goal, I’m really on a “anti-aging” quest.  A way to keep my body functioning well, longer.

I have said it before and I’ll say it again, I will be using the weight watchers app on my phone for the rest of my life.  NOT because I’m dumb, but because I need the reminder.  I need the company, it’s like a friendly tap on my shoulder saying…  You know…  that Taylor Ham Egg & Cheese breakfast sandwich that everyone is talking about is 65 points.  Is ANYTHING worth 65 points?  Do you really want that sandwich… will that bring you joy right now as you sit at your computer in working looking at having to sit there for another 7 hours… or… is there something else going on?

Food satisfaction had become my #1 GO TO COMFORT.   

I realized there are so many things that I allow into my life that do NOT bring my joy or comfort or closure or any positive influence or energy.  AND, for a short (very short) period of time, I can forget about all of that by having something that activates the pleasure parts of my brain in a way that for the 5 minutes it takes to eat it… I think I’m in heaven.

BUT where am I… I’m back in my crappy job.  I’m still overweight.  I’m still looking forward to … nothing.

Getting Started –> Starting Over

I’ve lost 17 pounds.  That feels great.  I was really tempted by the Taylor Ham Egg & Cheese sandwich on Friday at work, so I had to take a long hard look at what works for me.

FIRST, it was GREAT that I looked it up on the weight watchers app… because just seeing the number 65 points, was very off-putting.  I seriously did not give it a second thought.

SECOND, I did not fall into the sabotage of co-workers that tried to get me to join in on their food debauchery.  I realized that they are no friends of mine as they try to talk me into something after I had said, “No” and;

FINALLY, I realized: I don’t like much about my job or most of the people I work with.

I think my weight loss has helped me have the confidence to admit to myself that I don’t like my job.   For me, it’s hard to believe that I would stay at a job… for 10 years, working over 40 hours a week… unhappy.

I imagine there is a job that I’d like, I don’t dislike work in general… I believe that there is something fulfilling and sustaining and even something that will allow me to thrive out there.. I just need to find it.  So while I search for “that thing” I will FLIP my dissatisfaction about my work environment and pay attention to the things that I DO like about my job.  For instance:  The weekly paycheck that pays all the bills. 🙂

Starting Over

I realized that in order for me to live healthy and thrive I need to make sure that my life does not REVOLVE around food and food choices.  I need to make sure that the weight loss isn’t the goal, but rather happiness is the goal.  This diet has brought to the forefront how I was allowing myself to eat emotionally.  Literally, if I was dissatisfied, felt a lack of control over a situation… what is the ONE THING I knew I could control?  What I put into my mouth!  right?

With happiness as my goal, I’ve decided to add another layer to my new habits.  I’m adding ArbonneArbonne has a long history of providing planet friendly pure botanical driven makeup and nutritional products.   I’ve decided to join Arbonne and in conjunction with Weight Watchers step into their 30 days of healthy living.  It’s really very simple and an easy transition from where I am right now.

In my case, I’ll just be adding a delicious chocolate shake to my diet, and continue to organic.  The shake contains the vitamins and minerals that I’m missing from my normal eating habits.

Why do I call this starting over, because I’m revisioning how I’m viewing my weightloss, and instead of “dieting” now I’m changing the chemical reactions inside my body to be more properly aligned and balanced.  So, the internal conversation I’m having isn’t about weight loss now… I’ve got my tracker, that’s working for me. I’m going to continue to do that.  NOW, it’s about something else.  NOW, it’s about wellness.   AND as I grow healthier and healthier I will have more stamina, more energy and more courage to make other changes.  Who knows… maybe I’ll change my job.


I have spent a lot of time in my long life (52 years) thinking about, talking about, complaining about the things that I don’t like.  It’s time for me to take what I know I don’t like... and use that as a guide for achieving the things that I do like.  Building a life that is heading towards and experiencing more of what I do like, takes intention, goals and a lot of positive self talk.

The Fact Is:  I have failed thousands of times.  I will fail a thousand more times… but that is never a reason not to try.

Let me know what you think.  What challenges have you experienced that you’ve overcome and learned from?

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Karen Wonders Why She Got Where She Is

There is something  very therapeutic in writing in the 3rd person.  Detaching from myself while I talk about myself helps me be more honest.  AND, as a result, when I read it back, I see the wisdom and insight that I may normally miss.   Last […]

Why I’m taking a break from weight loss

I’ve lost 28 pounds. And now I’m stopping, on purpose, before my goal. Most people would be ecstatic at 28 pounds and finding the path to reach their ultimate weight loss goal and do anything to keep it up while it’s working. Well, it’s not […]

Losing weight is not a panacea

Let me start by saying that I’m very, very happy to have lost weight, 24 pounds! Woot woot!

Let me next say that for every great thing that has occurred because of this weight loss (smaller pants size, visible cheek bones) almost an equal number of, albeit smaller, things have come to my attention—and not always good things either.

Namely, my wrinkles. What’s up with these wrinkles?? And why do we look in the mirror to inspect ourselves to this level of detail anyway?? No one looks at me from 3 inches away who isn’t a.) married to me, or b.) shares my DNA. Perhaps we need to re-re-think mirrors for distance only (see Karen’s blog on mirrors.)

What’s going on here?

I think I’m about to hit a wall. I’m continuing to lose weight successfully (dare I say easily?), but I’m beginning to question why??

Muffin top: smaller, but unlikely to disappear. (Don’t talk to me about sit ups.)

Non-body related things: the job is, well, still a job. The commute is, well, the commute. Aging parents, kid’s soccer practice, laundry, dirty dishes (that’s my crammed full dirty dishwasher pictured above).

And the world is still, well, the world – all messed up. And in that crazy mix I’m worried about hiding 3 ounces of cheese from myself….

Why? Why I ask!?

<Existential crisis time>

<Pause, exit room, reenter room an hour later after tucking in oldest child, putting plates in dishwasher and petting the dog>

Two things just happened that have helped with the above mentioned existential crisis.

  1. I just signed up for my first yoga class in 20 years; and
  2. I just re-read my blog “So Many Pants, So Few Options” from the end of August

Regarding yoga – I hear good things, but what do I know? I’ll let you know.

Regarding “So Many Pants”—it brought back very strong memories of the past few years of staring at 20 pairs of pants knowing that I couldn’t fit in about 15 of them. I had so many clothes I couldn’t wear because they didn’t fit me at the time—and for a LONG time. But I thought I would hop back in them at a moments’ notice.

There was no “moments’ notice” of losing 20 let alone 5 or 10 pounds in the past few years and jumping back into those pants. Who was I kidding??

This has taken MONTHS and diligent planning and attention. I think I’ve tracked my weight watchers points on all but 3 of the last 90 days. (You know how hard it is to enter 65 points when your daily total is 30?? It’s happened.)

Now, I have the opposite “problem”; I’m looking at the remaining 3 pairs of pants that are all that stay on without falling down or looking like MC Hammer pants.

It’s so funny that our biggest challenges seem so large when they’re right in front of us and so small when seen from a distance.

While it’s hard to picture myself back at 212 pounds, I CAN picture myself staring at my closet hoping a good solution would magically present itself before I just grabbed the same size 16 black pants and black top, as always.

The 212-pound old me is kicking the 188-pound new me for whining about having wrinkles and (still) a muffin top. Those were there before, stop whining about them now and enjoy the goodness of being slimmer and peppier.

I still can’t process that I’ve lost 24 lbs. I really, really can’t.

I didn’t know whether I’d really get this far when I started. Why now and not earlier? I really, really do not know. I keep asking myself that. I’d like to understand why I couldn’t get myself in the zone until this moment in time.

I’d like to understand how to get and stay in this zone. I hope I don’t have to go through this again, but you really never know.

Life is funny that way.

I bought pants off the rack. #Winning

This week I walked into a store, picked up a size 14, tried them on, loved them, and bought them. In fact, to back up, I went out of town for a day trip for work—wearing pants I wasn’t fond of—and bought and put on […]