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Did You Drink Your Water Today?

Drinking plenty of water every day can help you keep your waistline small. When you take sips of water during your meals, you start feeling full faster and you eat less. Drinking water also aids in burning fat by helping your liver metabolize fat more efficiently.

Water is the second most essential substance your body needs, next to oxygen. Our bodies are 60 percent water. Water makes up a large percentage of your organs. Over two-thirds of your brain is  water. Your lungs are 90 percent water. Three-fourths of your muscles is percent water. Your bones are 22 percent water and body fat is 10 percent water. Your blood is about 83% water. Seeing how much of your body is water makes you want to go and get a nice cold, tall glass of water, doesn’t it?…

High Blood Pressure: The Silent Killer

How often do you check your blood pressure? If you’re like most people, you don’t think about your

blood pressure until you’re treated for an injury, illness or other medical condition. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in every three Americans has high blood pressure,   also known as hypertension. Many people don’t know they have it, because it has no symptoms–until it reaches a potentially life-threatening level. I can relate, unfortunately.

Blood pressure runs in my family. My Mom and brother both have it. Despite a horribly unhealthy diet and being sedentary 24/7, I managed to dodge that bullet until last year around the Thanksgiving holiday. During a trip to the grocery store, I decided to check my blood pressure using a monitor located near the store pharmacy. …

Is Stress Making You Fat?

Stress is actually good for you. Stress enables you to deal with everyday challenges. It helps you focus on what’s important at any given moment in your day. Stress drives the adrenaline rush that boosts your strength, agility and mental focus in times of crisis or danger. It’s your body’s natural response to every event in your life. Stress becomes harmful to your mental and physical health when you can no longer manage it. Stress management is crucial for your overall health, and it’s also a must if you’re watching your figure.

Can stress make you fat? It sure can. Stress has a way of making it seem as if you’re not really eating that much until you discover you’ve gone up a dress size.…

Watching Your Weight When You’re Over 40

If you think watching your weight is a challenge, wait until you reach your 40s. Gone are the days when you could eat an entire cheesecake and not worry about going up a clothes size. You may have been able to eat a whole pizza without gaining a pound as long as you were physically active, but eat a whole pizza now and you gain five pounds plus heartburn. The pounds no longer melt off when you eat less calories. Now you have to work your butt off to get rid of them, and then they slowly melt off.

Don’t despair (although I’ve yet to meet anyone, including yours truly, who turned 40 and didn’t gripe about how much harder it was to lose weight and how much easier it is to gain it).…

Big is Beautiful, But Obesity Isn’t

Nowadays, a person who is a size XXL can be just as stylish and beautiful from head to toe as someone who is a size small. I’ve known plus-sized women whose hair, makeup, clothes and accessories were always on point, and they had a personality that drew people to them like a magnet. I’ve also known big men who were well-dressed, good-looking, charming and well-mannered–and they had more “swagger” than a lot of the slim guys I knew.

I have always admired and even envied plus-sized people who not only looked gorgeous, but were confident without being conceited and had a great personality to boot. Being overweight robbed me of what little confidence I had, not to mention the blow to my self-esteem.…

Weight is Nothing But a Number

Every person attempting to lose weight has a specific goal weight they want to achieve. Their goal weight is that magic number they hope will eventually register on their bathroom scale. It’s the weight at which they feel they can truly be happy, sexy, beautiful and live their lives to the fullest. The never-ending quest for that magic number is the reason everyone knows someone who is always on a diet.

There’s nothing wrong with having a goal weight to shoot for, but is your goal weight really the right weight for you?

For the longest time, my goal weight was 125 lbs. According to the body and weight charts, I should weigh between 110 and 150 lbs, depending on my frame size.…

Why Weight Loss Plateaus Are a Good Thing

For anyone who has lost weight, including yours truly, weight-loss plateaus are a real test of your resolve. Plateaus make you curse at your scale–and want to smash it–when it registers the same weight despite the fact that you’ve been running 5 miles a day and eating like a rabbit for a month. Plateaus frustrate you. They discourage you. They may even make you shed a few tears. They more weight you have to lose, the more plateaus you will likely encounter.

How can all that be a good thing, you might ask?

A weight loss plateau is like an intermission. What do people do during an intermission? They get up and move around to loosen stiff muscles. They go the restroom to answer the call of nature and freshen up.…

What to Do When Weight Loss Hurts

Losing extra body weight is the best thing you can do for your overall health. You look and feel better when you lose weight. You gain more energy and stamina. You sleep better. Your sex life (hopefully) improves. With all the positives, how can weight loss not be a good thing?

All the weight-loss programs on the market tell you how to lose weight and keep it off. What they don’t tell you about are the times when weight loss doesn’t feel so good:…

When your best friends grow distant toward you because they’re intimidated or jealous of your weight loss.
When your spouse or significant other is not supportive and starts criticizing your progress, insisting you were fine before you lose weight or complaining that you’re losing too much weight.

Why “Diets” Don’t Work

On December 31, 2003, I decided I had enough of diets. I was tired of even hearing the word “diet”. I knew that eating less and exercising more promoted weight loss. I’d lost a lot of weight over the years on diets, so why was I still fat? What was I doing wrong? Was I meant to be a big, beautiful woman who loves all of her curves? My “curves” made me look like that Michelin Man on the tire commercial. That’s very hard to love.

Then it dawned on me.

Behavior modification. Diet experts don’t teach enough about this crucial element of any weight loss regimen. Without behavior modification, you may lose weight, but you’ll never keep it off. Permanent weight loss requires changing those behavioral patterns that are keeping you plus-sized.…

Embrace Healthy Living for Life

This is my first official instalment on this blog, and I’m looking forward to connecting with everyone who has made a commitment to living a healthy lifestyle. I was elated to be invited to become a regular contributor, because for me it’s an opportunity to share my thoughts on weight loss, diet and exercise trends, weight loss successes and failures (God knows I’ve had plenty of those), and hopefully inspire someone who, like me, struggles with achieving and maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle for life.

I have to admit that embracing healthy living isn’t something I’ve always done, or else I’d be a svelte size 2 or 4 as I write this post instead of a size 20 (slowly shrinking down to an 18 and aiming for a single-digit size even if it’s a 9).…