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Many people ask me what’s my secret to losing 100 pounds over the years. Is there a special diet? Workout regiment? Here’s the real deal: there is one very special key. It’s love. I know you were expecting a certain type of workout, or a specific number of calories or carbs to eat every day. Yes,...
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Along any weight loss journey, plateaus are inevitable.  No matter how many calories you count or miles you run, there will come a point when the scale will not budge.  It doesn’t necessarily mean you’re doing anything wrong.  Our bodies get used to the good habits. Believing that is MUCH easier said than done when...
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Finding the motivation and desire to exercise can be a tall order some days. The excuses to skip a visit to the gym or walk around the neighborhood are always within reach. I don’t have time.  I’m too tired. I’ll do it tomorrow.   In the moment, we convince ourselves that these are valid excuses. ...
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In the picture on the left, I had just completed my very first Crescent City Classic 10K in New Orleans.  At nearly 260 pounds in 2010, walking the 6.2 mile route through my hometown was painful.  The pressure on my back from the weight felt like it was crushing me at every turn. You wouldn’t...
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The mirror is often the first place we become inspired to launch our weight loss journeys.  We notice the extra bulges here and there.  We poke and prod and frown and turn around in circles in frustration.  We imagine ourselves at that perfect weight or size like all the people on TV or in the magazines.  We hit the...
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The holiday season is truly the most wonderful time of the year.  Family.  Friends.  Food. More food. Even more food. Did I mention the food? I did? Okay.  Just making sure you didn’t miss it. Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, it seems gorgeously good food follows you everywhere you turn.  It can be a...
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“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate… Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.  It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us…” – Marianne Williamson Whether it was feeling enormous at a size 12 during my sophomore year in high school (what was I thinking???) or feeling...
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I admit it. I lied.  I did it with a straight face. I lied because the truth was too painful to speak. Eventually, that lie became the truth. I was getting my license renewed back home in Louisiana while I was home from college. I thought I would be in and out with no problem. ...
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My awesome mom, a math teacher back home in Louisiana, spent a huge chunk of her summer vacation with me in Virginia in 2014.  Instead of filling her days away from the kids with ice cream and lazy days at the beach, she decided to lace up her sneakers and step into journey right along with...
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When I took the first steps on this weight loss journey, it was painful. Literally. With nearly 270 pounds on my 5’2 frame, my back was often in unbearable pain. I would often find myself in tears from the pressure.  I couldn’t see how I would ever get to the point where workouts would be fun...
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