Popular Blog Posts

  • Hold your horses!

    Someone left a comment on my blog, stating that all fat people are unhappy and it made me frown a bit. If all fat people are unhappy, does that mean all skinny people are happy? I don't think so.  I was a happy fat woman, still am, both, fat and hap...

    Posted on 11/29/2017 by The_Movie_Chair | 40 Comments

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  • The fat lady in maintenance mode

    "Thanksgiving is just one day," someone wrote, and I didn't leave a comment, just grabbed my keyboard and tiptoed away. Yes, I suppose that might be true, but not in our family. We are Holiday-crazy and Thanksgiving is the official start of the Holi...

    Posted on 11/22/2017 by The_Movie_Chair | 33 Comments

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  • 40 pounds gone!

    i did it! I lost 40 pounds. 40.2 to be exact of this morning, and, you know what, it feels great! I still have 11.8 to get to my goal, but that seems so achievable now! I have learned to love fruits and vegetables more than I thought possible. I am m...

    Posted on 12/04/2017 by dawnviking | 38 Comments

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  • Dear Food Network!

    Nobody made me fat -I did that beautifully all by myself. And while I do not look for excuses, I will blame you, dear Food Network, for at least 30 pounds which I am carrying on my hips, thighs, belly, and all the other good places I don't want to ta...

    Posted on 11/16/2017 by The_Movie_Chair | 41 Comments

    97 votes + -

  • I Suck at Willpower!

    If this journey was up to willpower alone, I'd be 400 pounds by now! There were a bunch of things I tried to do to lose weight. I tried not eating, eating diet meals, shakes, fads, and I thought of vomiting it back up too. I didn't.I just don't have ...

    Posted on 11/14/2017 by dsjohndrow | 25 Comments

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  • I Don't Want to be Obese Again! But...

    It has been more than 5 years since I started this journey, but not yet 10. I lost the first 5 pounds and then the first 10 pounds. I ran a 5K and then a 10K. Finally I lost over 70 pounds. I also ran 8 marathons.This is my first blog back since the ...

    Posted on 12/05/2017 by dsjohndrow | 18 Comments

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  • Why I Put Xanex in the Turkey

    In the US it's Thankgiving week. For Americans that means at least a half day off from work, more food that we usually eat, our crazy families, and being thankfiul for cash to buy Christmas presents.This year is different for me.My kids will be here ...

    Posted on 11/21/2017 by dsjohndrow | 13 Comments

    70 votes + -

  • Come on Baby Light my Fire ..

    This phrase is all but common on MFP. Every other day (or if you do a search) you see the same plea again and again – “Need Motivation”, “Fell off the wagon, need motivation”, “Gained X pounds, need motivation”. To those that just need tips or help a...

    Posted on 11/27/2017 by jaimydude | 18 Comments

    71 votes + -

  • Just one, please!

    Last week I stepped outside at lunch and stopped at my all-time favorite food truck. I hadn't been there in months. The guy who owns it is a genius, he comes up with the most fun lunch meals, and people wait in line to try his newest creations. A gre...

    Posted on 12/07/2017 by The_Movie_Chair | 21 Comments

    72 votes + -

  • Army St.

    I’ve told you before about my hour-long commute. A few years ago, that commute used to be from Hillsdale, CA to San Francisco. I used to take the Caltrain into San Francisco. Every day, as we approached San Francisco, at around Army St. (Technically,...

    Posted on 12/04/2017 by jaimydude | 11 Comments

    44 votes + -

  • My Mama always said..

    .. life was like a box of … no, that was Forrest Gump’s mama! Not mine. Mine said something else.   I was a kid. It was summer and I was being punished. That was very unusual for me. I almost never got punished as a kid. I'm told I never misbehaved, ...

    Posted on 11/20/2017 by jaimydude | 12 Comments

    40 votes + -

  • The waiting (is the hardest part)

    "I can't wait until Christmas!" My 16-year-old routinely begins saying this in July. I always say wise, patient Mom things, like "Don't wish the summer away!",  and "It will be here before you know it!", and "Give it a rest, I'm already way behind an...

    Posted on 11/21/2017 by rundgrenrocks | 15 Comments

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  • Mind over Matter

    So I’m doing C25K – Couch to 5K. It’s a running program that claims to get couch potatoes from the couch to running a 5k in 9 weeks while having you do three sessions of walking and running a week. This is my third attempt at C25k – I failed my previ...

    Posted on 12/11/2017 by jaimydude | 21 Comments

    36 votes + -

  • The Letter

    It's time to plan my family photo and letter for the Christmas cards I still stubbornly insist on sending every year. Most of the letter is routinely taken up with the goings-on of my two kids and husband. I can usually get away with saying almost no...

    Posted on 12/04/2017 by rundgrenrocks | 13 Comments

    32 votes + -

  • My 4th Time (Hospice)

    This is the 4th time in my life that I've been the responsible party for someone beginning hospice care.  It's such a wonderful and helpful resource but so sad and depressing at the same time.  My first experience was with my sister-in-law 32 years a...

    Posted on 12/05/2017 by luluinca | 12 Comments

    31 votes + -

  • I Think I Need a New Tattoo - Not Dying Reward

    Today I am off to the hospital for a bone scan. Later this week I will get the results. There is a lot more health stuff to do before the year ends. I have to go back for an ultrasound of my heart. It’s my six year follow up to congestive heart failu...

    Posted on 12/12/2017 by dsjohndrow | 7 Comments

    22 votes + -

  • The Jerk Store called …

    … and they’re running out of you! That’s a line from a Seinfeld episode where George Costanza is ruing a missed opportunity at a zinger / comeback. He’s going over what he should have said in response to someone and seeing if he can get himself into ...

    Posted on 11/06/2017 by jaimydude | 4 Comments

    17 votes + -

  • I'm Different

    Something weird has happened a few times now. I like to make a big salad for my lunch some days, and I will spend a while prepping and logging it. I just made a salad with chicken, wing sauce, lettuce, celery, homemade ranch, bacon, some toasted pank...

    Posted on 9/29/2017 by rundgrenrocks | 3 Comments

    15 votes + -

  • Obsession

    Now that I've been back on MFP for a few weeks, familiar patterns are emerging. Weighing chicken breast. Weighing everything. Medium peach or small peach? Counting the slices in a pound of deli cheese. Dirtying up all of my measuring spoons every day...

    Posted on 9/19/2017 by rundgrenrocks | 3 Comments

    13 votes + -

  • Time, Weight Loss and Life

    I'm not really sure where I'm going with this but as I age I keep thinking about how time seems so long some days and so short other days.  My weight loss (about 70 lbs) took about 4 years, lots of stops and starts, but I never really gained more tha...

    Posted on 12/11/2017 by luluinca | 3 Comments

    10 votes + -