Proud Quitter – Guest post by Kari

Starting on Monday. What an ideal concept, right? Like Monday is the automatic reset button for everything and anything you've ever started or attempted to stop in your life. Diets. Quitting smoking. Exercising. Mending fences with someone. We've all said it but I wonder how many people have actually stuck to it. I can say that, for myself, I have failed miserably at most things I have said this about except quitting smoking. I loved everything about smoking. I loved the act of buying the packs of cigarettes, slamming them unopened on my palm to "pack" them (apparently this helps them burn longer), unwrapping the cellophane, and lighting it up. There was nothing like the first … [Read more...]

Plus Sized Women with Average Sized Men

I'm plus sized my husband is not. Last week a ‘fitness trainer’ wanna-be model wrote that he and his friends laugh at men who have partners that are bigger than them. This really hit home for me and hurt more than I wish it did. My husband is 150 pounds. I will never be 150 pounds again. Even when we met when I was a size 7, I was 144. I was also 19 and didn’t have 2 kids and a connective tissue disease. My husband, bless him, has never said a word about my weight gain over the years. He fell in love with my ass at 144 pounds and still tells me he loves it daily, 31 years and 70 pounds later. He still lets me know he wants me. He still makes me feel desired. He still compliments … [Read more...]

Fat Shamers Not Welcome Here

More Fat Shamers Show Their Colors If you didn’t hear all of the commotion yesterday, there was a little backlash to the Cosmopolitan UK cover with plus-sized supermodel Tess Holliday on the cover. Some fitness trainer/wannabe model suggested that people unfriend him if they find that attractive. The nasty responses from people who agreed with him were absolutely horrifying. Yes, Tess put herself out there knowing there would be backlash and not caring, in fact, that’s WHY she did it. Tess Holliday has been an outspoken advocate for body confidence since she created the #effyourbeautystandards campaign on Instagram. She said she created the popular hashtag “out of frustration” and to … [Read more...]

Confessions of a Weed Smoking Mom – Guest Post by Jen

I am Jen. I am a bestselling author. I smoke pot. I am the mini-van driving soccer mom with 4 kids and I do it on the reg. I would love to tell you I don’t do it when I’m responsible for other people’s kids, but I’d be lying. High is my normal. I have smoked pot since I was a teenager and now in my mid-40s, I still smoke. Daily. I am not a hippie. In fact, I am that normal suburban wife you see in your local Kroger. I’m room mom. I’m on the PTA and the school band board. My husband coached our son’s little league team and he smokes it daily as well. He goes to work high and is a very successful accountant. We don’t drink often (maybe 6 drinks a year at most). We don’t take … [Read more...]

“Such a Pretty Face” – Guest Post by Author Amy Queau

"Such a Pretty Face" - Guest Post by Author Amy Queau “She has such a pretty face. She’d be gorgeous if she just lost some weight.” That was the first time a guy had ever given me a compliment. I heard it from his girlfriend, my friend, and I thought, “Wow. I guess that’s the only way a man is going to love me. I’d better get started.” I was 12. My name is Amy. And what I can tell you now, at 41 years old, is that it doesn’t matter. It has never mattered. I’ve spent more time trying to love myself than wishing someone else would love me. I’ve been to hell and back, and back again. I’ve spent years wishing I was someone else and then spent even more wishing I was my old self again. … [Read more...]

May 2018 Update

It has been a crazy, busy few months. I plan a large 3 day book signing in April, and my focus was 100% on that for the month before, not really stopping to have time to cook. I did some drinking and a whole lot of pudding shots, and I am thrilled I didn't gain. I have completed 16 weeks and lost 21 pounds on Weight Watchers so far. And I'll be honest. Though I am going to meetings and watching what I eat, I have been slacking on my tracking (See what I did there? I'm a poet and didn't know it!). I came back and have now been sick for three freaking weeks! I have had no energy to cook, but I'm hungrier than ever. Figures. So tomorrow (Monday, of course), I am starting again. Tracking … [Read more...]

Start of March Check-In

I can't believe it's a new month. Here in Parkland we have been in sort of a numb bubble. My focus has been on making sure these kids are heard and represented correctly. I have also been educating myself more on our constitution, guns, politics, and the NRA. The helicopters are still overhead every day as local schools walk out and march toward ours. There are new stories and new insights unfolding hourly and I feel like I can't miss a thing. Like I need to stay on top of it at all times. So my focus has not been on dieting. On top of that, Wicked Book Weekend, the book signing I work all year on, is next month. But, I have been able to stay on Weight Watchers. I am super proud of … [Read more...]