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...]

Guest Post – Angelisa Stone

I wrote a children?s book. Not to make money. Not to get rich and famous. Not to win any awards. I did it to simply carry on a tradition that my mother started with us when we were children. I wanted more people to share in the joy of what we?ve always done, The Wishing Santa. My daughter is five-years-old. For a treat for all of her classmates in her kindergarten class, I went in and read them the book. They liked it. One boy picked his nose. Another girl stood up and showed me how her dress swirled out. Emersyn, my daughter, said the words aloud with me?she?s heard it quite a few times. But when their teacher told them that I was the writer and creator of the book, you would have thought I … [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...]

Guest Post from Starla: Learning to Love Me

My Journey: Learning to Love Me   In the summer of 2003 I found myself moving again, a military transfer with three kids and a dog. Our first stop was my best friend?s house. She?d been on her own journey struggling with weight and had recently lost some.? She owned a few bathing suits she thought might fit me, so I tried them on.? What I hadn?t realized, until that moment, was that I hadn?t seen my body in a mirror, below my neck, in years.? But there I stood in a bathing suit, in front of the full length mirror, crying. I truly saw my weight, all 207 pounds of it. That was the height of it for me. This isn?t a story just about my weight though; it?s one discovery and learning … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Diet Cheating by Beth Waters

Diet Cheating We?ve all done it. We?ve all started a diet and before the first week is complete we give ourselves a reason to eat that piece of cake at the birthday party, or to get fries instead of a salad. Sure, that?s fine if you want to be on the downward spiral to weight gain, not weight loss. So since we all cheat while on diets, why do we do it? Little did you know, cheating on a diet is actually great for your diet. What!? Did I just say that? Yes, cheating on a diet is great for your diet when done correctly. Here?s why: Start with a lifestyle diet? To begin, we need to make sure we are on the same page about what a diet actually consists of. I?m not talking about a diet … [Read more...]

Guest Post by R.L. Griffin: My Fat Pants Are Too Tight!

Guest Post by Author R.L. Griffin My weight is something I've thought about every single day of my life since I was 13. Although I'm excited to do this guest post, it pisses me off, because I wish I didn't have to think about my weight. ?I wish that I didn't have to exercise to stay the same weight, but I do, so that's reality. ?I've always been a well rounded body type. ?I competed in gymnastics from the time I was 6 until the 6th grade. ?I trained and practiced at least 2 hours a day every day. ?I'm an athlete, always have been. ?From my years of gymnastics I was muscular, very toned for my entire adolescence. ?Of course, I thought I was fat. ?I wasn't. ?When I hit college and wasn't … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Dieting and Gas…WTF?

? <standing up> Hi. I?m Lisa and I love food. I?m also overweight-by a lot. I have dieted a bazillion times which means I have tried every one of those fucking things.??I?m what you call an Oprah. That?s right. My weight goes in and out and up and down like a bad accordion. One minute I?m thin, the next minute I?m bloated, can?t see my cankles, and I?ve grown a double back with a matching double chin.??My ass and stomach are the same in circumference and you can?t tell the difference front to back. . Almost every day I think, geez I REALLY need to diet again. I had my son 8 years ago. ?Oh you?ll lose that baby weight?. You know what? I didn?t! In fact, I think I?m the same weight … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Forever Fluffy by Kari

Forever Fluffy? To hear my sister tell it ? I?ve never been fat.? ?You?re just fluffy? she says. I?ve struggled with my weight for as long as I can remember.? I?ve ranged from a size 12 to a size 26.? During my younger years it was hard.? I was teased by kids in school, criticized by teachers, and had meals withheld by adults who felt I was ?fat enough?.? In high school, I was ignored by almost all the boys that I had crushes on, called out by a dance teacher in an incredibly public way that caused me to stop dancing ? even though I?d been doing it since I was 7 and loved it.? I cannot even tell you how many times I?ve been told the dreaded ?you have such a pretty face, if only you?d … [Read more...]

Fitness Summer Bucket List-Guest Post by Emily

Fitness Summer Bucket List When you are into fitness there are great opportunities specific to each season. By altering your fitness plan from season to season, it is a great way to keep things interesting and not slack off. My summer ?bucket list? may sound a little over-zealous, but each of these goals has different requirements to reach so it will certainly keep me motivated! First, I would love to complete a 5K in less than 20 minutes. While a 5K isn?t a distance run, it isn?t sprint either. It should be a combination of speed and distance. I like to be fit, but focusing on a running time has never been a focus of mine, so this is completely new to me. What is most important to me is … [Read more...]

Monday Motivation: Guest post- Joanne, 150 pound loser!

Howdy from Florida everyone, Former, but forever, fat girl here. My name is Joanne and I lost 157 lbs., which took 3 years (it?s been 5 years since the start of this journey).?I have since gained 17 lbs. of it back, so I?m in panic mode?so I guess now I say I lost 140 lbs.?.we all know how easy it is to gain and how quickly it can spiral out of control. ?I?ve been working like a whore trying to lose it. It is not easy and it?s not working.? The older you get the harder it is.? I am going back to the start to try and get on track. Here?s what I did. 1)??? ?Went to the doctor ? you have to make sure the heart can handle what you are about to do to it 2)??? I went to the nutritionist ? … [Read more...]