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Best week ever!

Just kidding. It's been a terrible week, which is why I haven't been writing. I always have a hard time writing when I'm feeling down. My depression and anxiety have been pretty bad over the last week. Usually, it's one or the otherShow More Summary

Freezing hunger-signaling nerve may help ignite weight loss

Freezing the nerve that carries hunger signals to the brain may help patients with mild-to-moderate obesity lose weight, according to a newly presented study. The treatment was determined safe and feasible in the initial pilot phase...

Taxonomy-based content analysis of sedentary behavior questionnaires: A systematic review

Today’s post comes from researchers Salomé Aubert and Fabien Rivière, and describes their recent review of the content of sedentary behaviour questionnaires.  More on Salomé and Fabien can be found at the bottom of this post.  Their full         

Chicken Con Broccoli {Olive Garden Copycat Recipe}

When I was in college, a big night for me and my girls would have included at trip to the OG (Olive Garden).  It was about 20 minutes away from us.  You know, in the town where the mall was.  And, we had all become raving fans of the big bottles of OG wine… naturally... Read More

Green Mountain at Fox Run: The floodlight and the twinkle lights

(Apologies to RSS readers who got an earlier draft of this post when I hit publish by mistake, d’oh!) Out of all the ideas I heard at Green Mountain, one that really sang to me was the floodlight and twinkle lights.  In the aforementioned Hungers That Influence Eating Behaviours class, Shiri explained that a binge acts like a [...]Show More Summary

Green Mountain at Fox Run: It Never Ends

I took a lot of notes during my three weeks at Green Mountain and I can’t tell you how satisfying it was that they fit precisely into my little notebook, with one page to spare! Maybe I subconsciously paced my scribbles but it’s still a pleasing outcome. Even if I hadn’t learned a thing, the [...]Show More Summary

Do we fatten our kids in front of screens? Yes, no, maybe, it depends!

Today’s post comes from Professor Stuart Biddle, of the University of Southern Queensland.  More on Professor Biddle, and links to papers cited in this article, can be found at the bottom of this post. I         

Caloric restriction in combination with low-fat diet helps protect aging mouse brains

New research finds that a low-fat diet in combination with limited caloric consumption prevents aging-induced inflammatory activation of immune cells in the mouse brain - and that exercise is significantly less effective than caloric restriction in preventing these age-related changes. Show More Summary

Healthy Pancakes for One

Have you seen those recipes for “pancakes’ that are made from eggs and pancakes (and that’s it?)  I’m just not that into all that.  I mean, isn’t that just banana eggs? When I spotted this recipe for pancakes that include real flour and real ingredients claiming to be low in Smart Points, I decided to... Read More

Healthy One-Serving Banana Bread

Something I love about this Weight Watchers community is how incredibly generous everyone is about sharing!  Whether it be product finds, grocery lists, how to sell clothes that no longer fit.  I’ve seen so many great ideas on Instagram and Facebook that have helped me in these first few months. I spotted the idea for... Read More

Crunchy Green Salad with Chicken and Champagne Vinaigrette

During my recent travels to New Jersey, I met a new salad and we fell in love.  My friend Natalie lives in the seriously adorable town of Red Bank, NJ and that’s where I spent the weekend. She had run across an incredible salad at a local fresh juice restaurant a few weeks prior, and... Read More

Weekly Wrap-Up: Week 9 of Half-Marathon Training

Nine weeks of training... done! When I started this training for the Martian Invasion Half, I honestly didn't really have much confidence that I'd stick with it. I'd had a hard time getting back into running after taking so much time...Show More Summary

Thrifty Thursday: Selling more stuff (and some sad family news)

Thank you for the support on my last post! My anxiety has still be sticking around the last few days, but on a scale of 1 to 10, it's probably only about a 5 right now. It's interesting--before I started my bipolar meds, my anxiety was either a 1-2 or a 9-10... Show More Summary

Mental Health Monday: The Top 5 Ways I Relieve My Anxiety

As I mentioned yesterday, I have been having a rough time with anxiety over the last week or so. Along with bipolar disorder, I have generalized anxiety disorder (again, diagnosed when I was very young). "Generalized" anxiety means that...Show More Summary

Weekly Wrap-Up: Week 8 of Half-Marathon Training

Hey, Friends! It's been a while. I have had a tough week mentally, and my anxiety has been kind of overwhelming. The thought of writing a blog post just made it worse, so I have been avoiding all blog things all week. But today, I wanted to do my weekly recap of my training. Show More Summary

What’s Next?

Thank you for all of your lovely notes on Monday.  It was a harder decision than you think for me to 1) make the change, and 2) share it here.  Nothing but love for my friends at Jenny Craig as I move forward. You might also remember that I chose the word Renew as my... Read More

If I’m Completely Honest…

This post has been a long time coming… so pull up a chair, and a cup of your favorite tea. I’ve been writing at this little blog of mine for almost EIGHT years.  EIGHT.  And during that time, I’ve been busting my butt to lose weight and/or keep that weight off. If I’m completely honest, there... Read More

Mental Health Monday: "I know how to lose weight, so why am I not doing it?"

This post is a combination of Weight Loss Wednesday and Mental Health Monday. I asked on Facebook recently for ideas for blog post topics--since I've had a bit of writer's block lately, I hoped that maybe people would have some fresh...Show More Summary

Weekly Wrap-Up: Week 7 of Half-Marathon Training

I could not be more exhausted right now. The whole week kind of wore me out, but today especially makes me feel like I could just fall asleep for hours and hours. Jerry and I have officially finished our training for week 7--this was a big milestone, because now we only have 6 weeks to go! We are more than halfway done. Show More Summary

Sitting on a ticking time bomb: managing type 2 diabetes in a sitting-centric world

Today’s post comes from Dr Paddy Dempsey.  You can find more about Dr Dempsey’s work at the bottom of this post. To request copies of the papers described in this article, visit his profile on         

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