Have you heard of the NBC show called THIS IS US? It’s one of the few shows on television that I actually sit down and watch. I love the characters and complexity of their relationships, both with themselves and each other. I was pulled in immediately by Chrissy Metz and her struggles with weight from the first episode! Her portrayal of Kate is spot on.
I recently re-watched the episode where Kate gets married. There’s a scene where her two brothers are in the car together on a mission to find her t-shirt before the wedding. It’s not just any t-shirt. It’s the one their Dad gave her before he died. She’s heartbroken because her fiance forgot to pack it. …
Tell me something, have you ever started a diet or exercise program on Monday only to fall off track before the week is over? Motivation is funny like that. It comes and goes. It’s with you at the beginning of the week, but when you smell the pizza delivered at the office you lose it on Friday.
I’ve lost count how many times I’ve lost and found my motivation. But here’s the thing. If you’re longing for change, don’t give up. Because it only takes sticking with it once to finally make your goal a reality.
I was 43 when I decided to lose the “baby weight” and my “baby” was ten years old. I’ll turn 50 next fall and I can tell you that because it was so damn hard I’m so damn proud of myself for doing it. …
From a woman who’s been there
You sit down at your table at the Mexican restaurant.
The waitress brings over the chips and the salsa.
You tell yourself you’ll just have a few chips. The salsa does have tomatoes after all.
The first one is sooooo good, it’s salt on your tongue and the chips are still warm!
You’ll have two more you rationalize.
Only you get engrossed in conversation and your hand automatically dips back in the salsa more times than you count.
Uh oh! Where did all those chips go?
Does this happen to you?
Maybe it’s not chips and salsa but ice cream. Before 2013 I used to eat multiple pints of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream each week. Often I would dig deep into an entire pint on a Friday night as a reward for getting through the week. I deserved it, I worked hard. Unfortunately, it led to massive weight gain. …
It’s Thursday night. You told yourself you’d start exercising and eating right months ago. You had good intentions. It just didn’t happen. So instead of starting tomorrow, you tell yourself you’ll enjoy just one more weekend of freedom before you start your diet of choice on Monday.
If I had a dollar for every time I told myself this story I’d be rich. Here’s the thing. It doesn’t get easier the longer you wait. In fact, you make it harder on yourself.
Take it from a woman who knows. I ballooned up to 198 pounds in 2013. For the record, I’m only about five foot two. At 43 I’d been on weight watchers more times than I care to admit and my blood pressure was off the charts. …
3 Tips To Hit Your Goal Anyway!
This topic is near and dear to my heart. In fact, my weight loss coach heard my sob stories weekly in 2013. It was hard for me to lose my 65 pounds while my husband started his food blog. He was inspired to start food blogging after returning from our trip to Italy to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary.
Truth be told. He wasn’t deliberately trying to sabotage me. That doesn’t mean the struggle wasn’t real. It was. I had to use a ginormous amount of willpower to resist temptations and stay focused on my goal. You can get a glimpse of what I’m talking about on his blog www.quantobasta8.com. But, I stayed strong since I had hit 198 pounds and my five-foot-two-inch body was ready to see that number go down. …
Ok, who’s worried about all those Hershey’s miniatures showing up everywhere this month?
I don’t know about you but October can be the beginning of giving yourself permission to binge on Hershey Miniatures. They’re only 45 calories each you rationalize. Which is true. The problem comes when you mindlessly eat hundreds of extra calories. When you’re in the process of losing weight this will sabotage your longer-term goal for a short-term sugar fix.
It doesn’t help that every time you turn around you see the temptation. The grocery store, the pharmacy, and my personal favorite….Target. It seems we are bombarded with bigger bags of candy sooner each year. But, I lost over 60 pounds in 2013 and I intend to keep it off for the rest of my life. Most people gain five to seven pounds the last few months of the year. …
And What You Can Do to Take Back Control
Recently I was shopping for a new journal. Is your job making you fat? The book nearly jumped off the shelf. YES! Blame it all on my job! That’s why I skyrocketed to 198 pounds in 2012 right? Insert laughing emoji.
I knew deep down that I had to take responsibility for my choices. However, in retrospect I do believe my toxic job was a contributing factor. My hope is by sharing my story you might be inspired to find the courage to make a change in your life.
Whether you need to find a new job or just set better boundaries? Only you know. Either way, I hope this article provides actionable steps you can take today to assist you on your journey to well-being. …
I’m An Accountant, Mom, Wife, Writer, Coach and My Tax Returns Are Filed!
By Samantha Keith
Truth be told, taxes are not my forte. I actually hire tax accountants for my business and personal income tax return preparation. This is one of the best things I ever did, because it relieves the fear of missing something. Whether it’s a new deduction I’m able to take or analyzing the impact of tax law changes I feel more peace working with trusted advisers in their field.
I like to joke, I know enough about income taxes to be dangerous. I’ve probably learned more about tax laws in my twenty plus year career than I care to. Unfortunately, I learned the hard way when I uncovered some inaccuracies in some prior year tax returns when the tax accountant relied on a software packages ability to convert a client from accrual to cash basis financial statements improperly. It’s important to trust your gut and ask questions about your return since it’s ultimately your responsibility. After I decided to change tax accountants when he couldn’t answer my questions satisfactorily, I learned from a local newspaper he was arrested for tax fraud. So ask questions and listen to your gut. …
I Step On The Scale Everyday. Here’s Why.
The scale used to bring up so many negative emotions in me before I lost over sixty pounds in 2013. Self -loathing was at the top of the list. It’s like I knew inside that I was approaching 200 pounds but I wasn’t willing to do anything to change so I just avoided the scale. I barely stepped on it for five years.
One New Year’s Day I gathered the courage to step on. Then had to force myself to look down. One hundred and ninety-eight! I wish I could say the scale was wrong. …
I finally won my battle with the scale in 2013. I lost over sixty pounds. I’ve maintained my weight loss several years now and recently reflected on why I believe it’s actually easier to keep it off than it was to lose it.
Sure, it might be easy for me to say now that I’ve lost the weight, adopted new lifestyle habits and let go of the fear of gaining it all back. My hope in writing this article four years later, is so you can reach your goal faster, and with less suffering.
If I’d known these three things when I embarked on my journey before I hit forty I think I could have resisted unhealthy choices more easily knowing smooth sailing was right over the next wave of temptation. I could have arrived at my destination sooner, with less guilt-tripping too! …