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  • From Disaster to Fabulous

    "Let's weigh you first," she said, and I almost pushed her aside to reach the scale. It showed three pounds more than my scale at home, and for a split second, I entertained the thought of stripping butt naked in a doctor's office. My doctor was impr...

    Posted on 7/19/2017 by The_Movie_Chair | 37 Comments

    217 votes + -

  • 200 Days - 50 Pounds - 1 Kindl

    Today is my 200-Day Anniversary here at MFP; it's also my weekly weigh-in day and the scale was kind to me. 50.3 pounds lost and according to my contract, I have just earned myself a Kindle. I don't know what's more exciting; the weight loss or the r...

    Posted on 7/27/2017 by The_Movie_Chair | 69 Comments

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  • It takes a Village

    It's not the first time I am trying to lose weight, but it is the first time I am doing it successfully so far. All the other times I had a plan, this time I don't have a clue. There is not a diet out there that I haven't I tried. It started about 2...

    Posted on 6/29/2017 by The_Movie_Chair | 38 Comments

    156 votes + -

  • A different focus

    For the first time in my life, I am selfish. This weight loss journey requires my full attention.After years of being a wife, a friend, a Mom, a nurse, a play buddy, a caretaker and a Mom-taxi- I am putting myself first. It's an odd feeling, somethin...

    Posted on 8/03/2017 by The_Movie_Chair | 33 Comments

    133 votes + -

  • Tough Love

    "Be kind and gentle to yourself - Love yourself - You are beautiful!" That's something I often read in the comment section of my blog. You all mean so well, and you seem to care about me and my well-being. I appreciate it very much - more than I can...

    Posted on 6/21/2017 by The_Movie_Chair | 41 Comments

    132 votes + -

  • Be good when you are bad

    Every time we go out to eat, I feel like I have one hand in the cookie jar already. Being in control at home is not that complicated. I am the chef in our kitchen. I plan the menu and the meals; I weigh the food, write down the ounces and grams and l...

    Posted on 7/08/2017 by The_Movie_Chair | 21 Comments

    129 votes + -

  • My New Life

    Some days I don't really know about life. I have taken a few hits since I first joined MFP in 2011 I suffered congestive heart failure that year. It's a big deal. You know it took 8 months to recover and a year to complete Couch to 5K.I am glad I did...

    Posted on 8/01/2017 by dsjohndrow | 33 Comments

    127 votes + -

  • 10 Things which Really Helped Me Get Fit

    After 6 years on MFP, I have figured out a few things about weight loss, fitness and running. Most of it I didn't learn in the forums. ;)The most important is this, weight loss and fitness is fragile!I have met a few of the MFP clan in real life. The...

    Posted on 8/08/2017 by dsjohndrow | 20 Comments

    117 votes + -

  • Viva Scale!

    Last week's weigh-in was not a success. I stepped on the scale, and for the first time in 150 days, it didn't show a weight loss. I felt disappointed, stood there, butt naked in all my glory in the bathroom and started an argument with our new, digit...

    Posted on 6/14/2017 by The_Movie_Chair | 27 Comments

    116 votes + -

  • Finding a Way to Change

    How did I ever let myself get to almost 300 pounds? I ate too many calories, that's how. The change occurred slowly over a period of millions of bites of food. It's pretty much the same way I became a daily drinker, a smoker, and drug user. I never s...

    Posted on 8/15/2017 by dsjohndrow | 25 Comments

    115 votes + -

  • The fat lady at the beach

    "If you want to look skinny on the beach, find the biggest person and lay right beside it." I thought about the old joke when I looked around. Sure enough, I was the biggest person there. I even make overweight people look tiny beside me.  The long ...

    Posted on 8/16/2017 by The_Movie_Chair | 42 Comments

    91 votes + -

  • Making Positive Changes Despite the Challenges

    I have been living the single life for a while now. I am pretty well into my 4th year. If my bathroom is not clean, it's my fault. I am a bit of a neat freak, so that doesn't happen very much. Between  running, work, traveling, and weekend races, I a...

    Posted on 6/27/2017 by dsjohndrow | 15 Comments

    84 votes + -

  • Life's curveball

    Just when I thought I had it all figured out, life threw me a curveball. This one I didn't see coming, and it hit me right between the eyes -as usual. I just have been diagnosed with a disease that I can control if I stop eating gluten.  I had to l...

    Posted on 8/10/2017 by The_Movie_Chair | 21 Comments

    82 votes + -

  • Dialing in the Calories and Running Marathons

    The older you get, the easier it is to regret that fact that you didn't do anything about your health for too long. Long enough to end up on MFP. I will turn 60 next year. I first joined MFP when I was 53 - right after a week-long stay in ICU after h...

    Posted on 6/20/2017 by dsjohndrow | 23 Comments

    81 votes + -

  • I Don't Like this Meal, Not One Bit

    I am not very good at returning food at a restaurant if I don't like it. I usually just don't go back. Times have changed and I now have the revenge of the Internet! I also can ask nicely for something else, or a replacement. I have had very good exp...

    Posted on 7/11/2017 by dsjohndrow | 7 Comments

    72 votes + -

  • Another Dietician Appointment

    Today I had my second appointment with Chelsea, the dietician I told you about in my last blog.  In the 6 weeks since I last saw her I have lost 8 pounds . . . and the exciting part about that is I have not been obsessed with the scale during that ti...

    Posted on 6/28/2017 by SnagTop | 17 Comments

    59 votes + -

  • Things You Say to Your Scale

    The scale has a lot of power over us. It's like a religion - an object of worship even! The fact that it is inanimate doesn't seem to stop us from talking to it, though. I am thinking about some of the things I've muttered under my breath besides the...

    Posted on 7/25/2017 by dsjohndrow | 13 Comments

    52 votes + -

  • It's My Birthday. I Can Eat Anything I Want!

    This food thing is pretty intense. It seems that we think about food more than we do fitness and personal health. At least that has been my experience.It's hard to get it right. Why is it that skipped past the produce section and walk down the ice cr...

    Posted on 8/22/2017 by dsjohndrow | 19 Comments

    36 votes + -

  • Quitting The Cake Club

    I haven't posted here in a long time and mostly, it's been because I haven't made a lick of progress in just as long. Until this week. I'm one of those people who wrecks all the good work they do during the week on the weekends. It's not food that sc...

    Posted on 6/02/2017 by futuresize8 | 8 Comments

    30 votes + -

  • Day 1 (for the 5,100,333,444th time)

    I don't know if anyone will read this. I think I am more writing it for myself as a kind of journal. Yesterday I made the decision, again, to leave another slimming group. I have joined so many diets over the years.... tried pretty much all of them. ...

    Posted on 8/23/2017 by Fedupfatty82 | 7 Comments

    17 votes + -