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Entries Tagged as 'fruits of my labor'

Let’s Just Say, “Fuck Perfectionism.”

January 18th, 2011 · 13 Comments

If you’re new here and want to understand the title and purpose of my blog, you can read my first post by clicking here. You may also want to subscribe to my RSS feed so that you don’t miss further posts of interest to you. Thanks for visiting, and I hope you’ll stop by often! […]

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Tags: fruits of my labor · gratitude · sturm and drang

From 30 to 20: A Letter to My Younger Self

August 5th, 2010 · 25 Comments

Dear Sally, I know the age of 20 is confusing for you, so I’m traveling back in time to give you a heads-up about what’s coming in life. Feel relieved? Good. Right now, at 20, you’re a girl consumed with swirls of emotions about nearly everything in life.  You feel battered by some of what’s […]

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Tags: fruits of my labor · gratitude · on the soapbox · sturm and drang

Great Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, & Vegan Bread

November 14th, 2008 · 283 Comments

Note: I originally published this post in April, but my friends and I have tweaked the bread recipe since then, so I’m making the changes and bumping it up for the rest of you to see. From April: It’s been nearly a year since I was diagnosed with serious food allergies, which was followed pretty […]

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Tags: allergen-free recipes · fruits of my labor · gratitude · vegetarian

Oh My Goodness

October 12th, 2008 · 34 Comments

What a week this has been! Let’s recap the highlights: Early in the week, I bought a pair of size-8 jeans!  These are the smallest-size pants I have ever worn. I had to whip out my cell phone and call my husband and my best friend from the store’s dressing room when I put the […]

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Tags: celebrations & holidays · fruits of my labor · gratitude · non-scale victories

28 and Growing

July 27th, 2008 · 28 Comments

Last week I visited a practitioner of Chinese medicine–acupuncture, herbs, and diet.  I’ve done too much research into diet to discount the wisdom of cultures around the world and the traditional ways of healing within those cultures. Several blog readers had suggested that I go, and when the latest suggestion came in, I guess it […]

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Tags: fruits of my labor · sturm and drang · summer

Another Victory

May 19th, 2008 · 35 Comments

My 100th post on this blog: a great time to celebrate a new level of fitness. It’s me . . . in a size-8 top and size-10 jeans! This isn’t the first size-8 top I’ve bought lately–it’s the fifth or sixth one in the last few months–but this is my first size-10 pair of jeans […]

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Tags: fruits of my labor · non-scale victories

A New Milestone: 40 Pounds Down!

May 6th, 2008 · 15 Comments

A photo of me at around 215 pounds A photo of me at 163 (To see more photos of my transition, click here.  As a side note, I’m a big proponent of the “embrace what God gave you” philosophy, so the above photo of me with straight hair is only the third time in my […]

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Tags: fruits of my labor


April 24th, 2008 · 13 Comments

When I was 22, I had my first major abdominal surgery. Prior to my surgery, I had been in a period of body loathing. Part of that loathing came from malfunctions in my body that were very frustrating (malfunctions probably related to the cancerous tumors I had removed along with one of my ovaries). I […]

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Tags: fruits of my labor · non-scale victories

Valentine’s Week Healthy Meal Plan (& My Weigh-In for the Week)

February 9th, 2008 · 10 Comments

I’m weighing in this week at 168.8 pounds, which means I have now lost 34.8 pounds since January of 2007 and over 58 pounds since my highest weight. I have 18 pounds until I reach my goal weight! That’s exciting. (My goal weight could always change if I decide I’m comfortable at a different weight […]

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Tags: 2/3 veggies · allergen-free recipes · baked potato of the week · celebrations & holidays · dessert · flexitarian · fruits of my labor · meal planning · new activity of the month · winter

Excuse Me, Everyone, I Have An Announcement

February 2nd, 2008 · 40 Comments

Ahem. TODAY I OFFICIALLY WEIGHED IN IN THE 160S! Yippeeeeeeeee! Aaaaand . . . I made my husband go clothes shopping with me, and I discovered that I now generally wear a size 12 in pants and a size 10 in tops! So, by two measures, I am back to the size I was my […]

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Tags: fruits of my labor · non-scale victories