This Big Girl Is Gonna Do It!

I keep starting and stopping this blog. I get really into it when I'm on a new diet, then after a few weeks, when I'm back to my normal eating, I abandon this page. Sure, I lose 10-20 lbs, but I put it back on, with some interest within weeks. I'm a sugar junkie. And I mean junkie in a very real sense. It's a drug to me. I can't remember the last day I went without a sweet treat. But it isn't just sugar, it's carbs as well. And cheese. I look like I'm 8 months pregnant. I have front butt. I'm a size 20. But my husband and older son struggle to GAIN weight (fuckers). My younger son and I just look at food and another jelly roll appears. THEY can eat whatever they want and do. And … [Read more...]

We Are Who We Are Guest Post by Melissa Collins

Guest post from Author Melissa Collins: I recently saw a Facebook post from one of my long-time friends who wrote that her six-year-old daughter came home from school one day complaining that she was “fat.” Now, I had only just had lunch with my friend and her daughter over the holiday break and I can one-thousand percent testify to the fact that her daughter is most definitely not fat.  She is intelligent and creative, shy but inquisitive – in short, she’s pretty much a dream come true. But even if she was “fat”, would her “fatness” negate all of those things. Does being “fat” make you less intelligent? Less important? Less worthy of love? No, it doesn’t, but somewhere along the way, … [Read more...]

Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie Review

This review also appeared on Ana's Attic Book Blog. I do listen to audiobooks as an attempt to get myself up and walking, yet still reading. Well, I just ended up listening in the car. That's why Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie really hit home for me. Also, when I was putting together my list of Top Funny Happy Romance books, my research put this at the top of so many lists, so I had to check it out. The main character had some weight struggles, especially with a mother that doesn't stop reminding her! (I TOTALLY relate to this). Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie was a total hit for me. It combined a fun chick-lit romance and contemporary romance in one great book. Min (Minerva Dobbs) has a plain name … [Read more...]

Book Review: On The Plus Side by Tabatha Vargo

I had heard some really good things about On the Plus Side by Tabatha Vargo, and I thought it would be a great book to feature on both of my blogs, Ana's Attic Book Blog, and Starting on Monday. I really loved this book even more than I expected, because it was filled with romance, humor, sexy times and great characters. Let me give you a little background on myself. I am now plus sized, but spent most of my adult life straddling the line between regular and plus. I didn't grow up heavy, (though I was referred to as bubble butt a few times), I was never overweight as a kid, just...almost. So I wasn't quite able to relate to someone that spent their whole life overweight, who never … [Read more...]

Wicked Girls GNO! Book Boyfriends

A weekly feature from Ana’s Attic and Starting on Monday Welcome to Wicked Girls GNO. My glass of sangria is next to me, and I'm ready to get buzzed and talk. It's been an interesting week for me. First of all, my husband almost passed out at my gynecologist appointment! (My hero!) Read about here. Then my little guy lost his tooth and now is all gums. Plus, he got the flu. :(  Older spawn was just given a condom by yours truly. Better to be safe than sorry, right? I think I may need a couple more glasses of this tonight.... I was going to write a separate post here vs. Ana's Attic, but frankly, the wine got to my head, so this is reprinted... Tonight's topic is book boyfriends. … [Read more...]

How Your Body Image Can Change You

It's amazing how different I am since I became heavy. I used to be a figure skater, a dancer, I sang in a band, I was in every play. I was an attention whore. As I got older, I sold advertising, and was confident and flirted my way to be the best salesperson in the company. Now? Total opposite. I had a crazy weekend that I was in charge of this past weekend. As a blogger under an assumed name, I liked being anonymous, where nobody knew who I was and I can hide behind my computer. But to be out there and having to be at the center of things when I'm heavier than ever wasn't as easy as it may have appeared. This may sound awful, but we are all friends here. Since I was ordering shirts … [Read more...]

My Valentine’s Guest Post and Giveaway!

I am so grateful that I was invited to the Fools for Luv blog to do a guest post. It's all about body image, sexiness and how hot and sexy books can help. One of may favorite authors, Cherise Sinclair, has also graciously offered to give away one of her hot novels that feature a curvy heroine with body issues, Master of the Mountain, part of the Mountain Masters Series by Cherise Sinclair. Please pop on over there and leave a comment, and enter to win! … [Read more...]