Visit Janice Taylor's site, and sign up for the "Kick in the Tush" club. You'll receive a helpful email each week full of humor, tips, advice, and healthy recipes to try. Her cheerfulness is definitely helping me shed pounds!View Thread
For a weight loss boost, find yourself a dark blue plate. The color blue has been scientifically shown to suppress appetite and promote feelings of fullness faster. Supposedly a square blue plate works the best to achieve this affect. It is also a good idea to swap out huge twelve inch dinner platters for plates that are ten inches in diameter. Studies show that if you shift from a 12-inch dinner plate to a 10-inch dinner plate, that you could lose up to 18 pounds in one year. Every little bit helps! (I found some really nice blue plates on Amazon.com, and you don't even have to purchase a whole set if you don't want to) View Thread
Are there other activities that you enjoy other than going to the gym? Maybe on some days you could take a nice long walk instead. Or even just stay at home and do a workout dvd. I like to go to the gym, but sometimes I just don't feel like going over there because it seems like too much of a chore. Instead of getting down on myself I just pick out a different physical activity to do for the day. I walk my dog, do pilates or yoga, or occasionally call up a friend so that we can do some mall walking- whatever it takes to get me moving a little bit! You do have hope, and there are lots of people here who will support you. Just take baby steps. Don't think about what you haven't done in the last few day, focus on what you can do right now to give yourself the positive boost that you need.View Thread
Yesterday I drank too much rum with a gal pal, and as a result was nursing one hell of a hangover today. Ever notice how a hangover puts sensible eating in the back seat? Healthy food choices are bound and gagged and tossed in the trunk, and Chinese take-out can come up here and sit by me. The fried dumplings are riding shotgun today, salad and sprouts, sorry.
I am moving to Florida in a day or two, so I figured a late night with some friends and a couple bottles of rum wouldn't be too bad of an idea. And it really wasn't too bad of an idea until I had to wake up today with a crippling headache and a queasy stomach. It is a good thing that I am moving to Florida to go to school. You see, I am from Wisconsin. I love the Midwest with every fiber of my being, but I believe it is currently detrimental to my health. Wisconsin is my heart, and my heart is dripping with cheese and New Glarus beer. Can I rationally blame my weight problems on the state that I live in? Meh, why not… I will be living in Florida for three years while attending a midwifery college. Three years is long enough for me to wash the Wisconsin out of my hair. I plan on spending as much time as possible sprawled on a beach and getting a really mean tan. The house I'll be living in has a pool, and I already have a membership at Anytime Fitness which has two new locations within a couple of miles of home. Can you say "one way ticket to Svelteville" five times fast? I have no desire to be a skinny girl, but I am on a quest to fit into all my old size 12 clothing. I was smoking hot as a size 12, but I was too young and too big of a twit to realize it. I know of some attractive skinny girls, but I still think I have a better butt and nicer hips. I think I'd like to be a size ten, but I don't know how feasible that is. I come from the dairy state, after all. Cheese and I have a close personal relationship, and I have a weakness for finely brewed porter's and I.P.A's. I guess admitting to getting all drinky and eating Chinese food might not be the best way to start things off on this site, but I gotta keep it honest. At least I didn't eat til I was stuffed. And I fed the extra dumpling and half of my eggroll to my dog. Baby steps, baby steps, baby steps. I feel thinner already.View Thread
I've read all of these in the past couple of weeks, and they have really been changing my outlook on myself and my weight issues. I have given a couple of these books to friends who are also enjoying them. Just thought some of you folks might be interested!View Thread
I'm a voracious reader, but for whatever reason I've never really read any self help books dealing with weight loss or emotional eating. I bought a couple of them on a whim, and LOVED them. There are so many good tidbits of info in these types of books, and such a refreshing amount of honesty. Obviously something is clicking in my brain, because in the last couple of weeks I've been inspired to frequent the gym and take my dog on plenty of long walks. I ordered several more of these kinds of books from Amazon... so that list may have to be revised pretty soon.View Thread
Hi there. I am new to this discussion myself. I too am addicted to food, and I gained lots of weight by doing lots of emotional eating. An exercise routine and a healthful diet are important, but I think lasting weight loss can only be achieved by getting to the emotional root of the problem. Otherwise we just end up stuck in cycles of weight loss and weight gain... the curse of the yo-yo dieter! I've been reading some awesome books that have been keeping me motivated, and maybe they would help you out too. When Food is Love- Geneen Roth When You Eat At The Refrigerator Pull Up a Chair- Geneen Roth Why Weight- Geneen Roth (This is a workbook, and I have found it to be very helpful and beneficial. I complete different parts of it sporadically, and return to it while I am reading other books.) Also, for a little added inspiration you may want to check these weight loss memoirs out- Half-Assed a weight-loss memoir- Jennette Fulda (she lost over two hundred pounds, and has a good sense of humor about it) Secrets of a Former Fat Girl- Lisa Delaney I hope this helps you!View Thread