Prices and Obstacles

Yesterday was my last day of classes! Excellent, now I can spend even more of my time reading everyone's blogs and writing on my own... I mean, studying for my upcoming exams. Yesterday was also my third belly dancing class; we've graduated to learning how to do snake arms and…

Losing 20 Pounds = Farewell to 17 Pairs of Pants

My first day of the challenge was a success! I filled up on tasty foods: Plain yogurt with frozen berries Skim milk Apples and bananas Copious amounts of white tea Carrots Oatmeal with sugar and cinnamon Salmon poached in white wine with scallops, roasted yam fries, and steamed asparagus Today…

The Challenge Begins!

Today marks the first day of my challenge to myself to eat only non-processed foods. That means limiting all additives and eating basically only natural, whole foods. I think it can be done, with a little bit of careful effort and preparation. We've been making all our own bread at…

More Reasons to Love Milk

My final assignment for my nutrition class was to research a nutrient or supplement and determine whether or not the claim being made about it is legitimate and true, according to scientific studies. I chose the topic of calcium and its claim to aid in weight loss (that is, a…

Chocolate and Books!

Okay, so I'm still a bit sick---I've been nursing a sore throat the past couple days with ham and split pea soup, excessive amounts of green tea, yogurt, and oatmeal. Yummy! Also, this morning I made some fantastic hot chocolate: take 3 small squares of Lindor 99% dark chocolate (probably…

What’s your favourite way to relax?

Happy Easter everyone! I hope you are all engaging in much egg and chocolate consumption (although, as I write this it occurs to me that I haven't partaken in any egg or chocolate eating yet today. Hmm, must rectify that...). Unfortunately I've been sick since Thursday, which has really been…

The Use of Language

Leslie over at The Weighting Game wrote a post on dieting every other day, which has initiated this current train of thought (my apologies in advance for the sarcasm and cynicism throughout)... Ever since I started paying a wee bit more attention to my nutrition and general health---sometime around January 2007---it's…

Belly Dancing and Independence

Last night was my first of eight belly dancing classes. It was awesome and I'm already looking forward to next week's class---there are only about 10 of us in the class and most of the women appear to be between their late 20s and early 40s. There are all types…

Discussions on “Junk-food Dieters”

Today I read an article entitled Junk-food dieters fake their way to skinny by Lesley Rotchford that really made me shake my head. You can view it here. Basically, the article is a review of how people will take extensive measures to achieve the "ideal" of being thin, no matter what…

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

I adore holidays. I see them as the perfect opportunity to enjoy time with family and friends, eat good food, and dress completely head-to-toe in one color (today I've got a green shirt, green sweater, and green scarf to celebrate the Irish! I'm also drinking green tea and have a…