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Holding myself accountable.
Friday, July 10, 2020      9 comments

I know I'm in good company, but damn, I really didn't expect myself to regain 15 lbs during this pandemic! The crazy part is that my life didn't really change, so I don't have that as a valid excuse. I'm currently a stay-at-home-mom, spending ... Read more
Don't wait until the New Year to start fresh!
Monday, December 09, 2019      7 comments

Today is December 9th. It would be so easy to say, "You know, I'm going to enjoy the holiday season and not worry about focusing on my health until January 1st". I know I've fallen into that trap year after year, no matter what my goals were (... Read more
Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts Never compare your journey to someone else's!
Thursday, March 07, 2019      93 comments

Let me preface this by saying that I completely understand that everyone's weight loss journey is different. I have 100 lbs to lose but someone who has 20 lbs to lose may have as much difficulty losing it as I will with my much larger amount. ... Read more
Learning how to take care of yourself when you've literally been trained to care for others.
Friday, January 18, 2019      2 comments

Self-care. Loving oneself. Putting oneself first. Taking some "me" time. All of these phrases mean fundamentally the same thing. In theory, they seem rather simple, but in actual practice? Not so much. As a therapist and self-admitted ty... Read more
Are any excuses really valid?
Tuesday, January 08, 2019      3 comments

Wow, it's been a long time since I've blogged! Who am I kidding? It's been a long time since I've really committed to a healthier me. I could use my new baby as an excuse. I could say that lack of sleep has propelled me toward poor foo... Read more
Re-evaluating my "Whys"
Tuesday, December 19, 2017      4 comments

I have realized that I've completely lost motivation the last four days or so. Four days isn't a lot, as long as I take immediate control of the situation and get back on track before I make too many decisions that I regret. I'm down almost 30... Read more
Three week, pre-holiday challenge!
Monday, December 04, 2017      2 comments

So, I've been giving a lot of thought to this holiday season and what I can do to come out of it happy and focused. There were a lot of things to consider before coming up with a plan. I have a birthday coming up (December 26th). That lea... Read more
October review, November goals!
Monday, October 30, 2017      2 comments

I'd like to take this opportunity to review the goals I set for myself October 1st and set my goals for the upcoming month :) My first October goal was to lose a minimum of 10 lbs. I met that goal, but just barely. Don't get me wrong, I'm... Read more
Dear Erica...
Saturday, October 21, 2017      7 comments

Dear Erica, I know you're feeling frustrated because you had your first "bad" food weekend since restarting this journey almost two months ago. I know you're angry at yourself and feeling physically ill because of the carbs and fat you've ... Read more
Goals and plans for mom's surgery week.
Sunday, October 15, 2017      2 comments

This Thursday is the day that my mom is having right thumb/hand arthroplasty. We've both been hot messes (my mom more than me, obviously) with a severe spike in anxiety. My mom is fiercely independent and despises having to ask for help. I'm ... Read more
A stress-busting blog.
Saturday, October 14, 2017      2 comments

So, my mom is having a thumb arthroplasty done next Thursday and I have become increasingly anxious about it. I'm obviously anxious about her making through surgery and about the surgery being successful. I admit that I'm also extremely anxiou... Read more
Did you know it's ok to say, "NO!" and take control?
Monday, October 09, 2017      3 comments

I've noticed a theme lately among other Spark users. A lot of people, including myself, seem to have difficult saying "no" to others and taking control of our own health. Personally, I have historically had a very hard time declining invitatio... Read more
October goals!!!
Monday, October 02, 2017      2 comments

September was a reset month for me...and a fairly successful one at that. I lost some weight, changed some habits, etc. Now that I *finally* feel like I'm on track, I thought I'd start doing my monthly goal blogs again! 1. Lose a minimu... Read more
Our thoughts only have power over us if we believe them.
Monday, September 25, 2017      2 comments

Despite being a mental health therapist and knowing strategies to help combat anxiety, I can't help but continue to feel anxious about the current state of our world. I'm left in shock on a daily basis by the hate, anger, hypocrisy and judgment... Read more
Some things I'm (re)learning about myself.
Monday, September 18, 2017      1 comments

Anyone who has read any of my blogs over the past several years knows that I lost a significant amount of weight about five years ago. Since then, I've fallen in love, gotten married and become totally complacent. As I refocus on this journey ... Read more

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