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Entries Tagged as 'non-scale victories'

Crossfit, or A Very Long Story About How I Spent My Thirtieth Birthday Evening

July 30th, 2010 · 5 Comments

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Tags: non-scale victories · running just as fast as we can · sturm and drang

Six Days Without Sugar

February 14th, 2010 · 25 Comments

We–my husband and I–are at the end of Day Six of a 60-day trial of being sugar-free.  For the past six days, we haven’t had any cane sugar (table or unprocessed), honey, brown rice syrup, maple syrup, or artificial sweeteners.  When we set up the rules, we allowed ourselves one agave-sweetened treat per week, and […]

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Tags: dessert · non-scale victories · weight loss

The Year of Self-Care: Embrace Gradual Change

December 31st, 2008 · 22 Comments

We want change to happen instantly.  We want fast results.  We want to dive head-long into something and discover success within days, or even moments.  We think that instant success will feed us for the long haul—keep us going until we are truly great at something, or until we’ve accomplished what we’re trying to do. […]

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Tags: 26 changes: the year of self-care · New Year's resolution · non-scale victories · weight loss

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

Self-Control Vs. Self-Care

September 10th, 2008 · 22 Comments

I was reading a book in the steamy, hot bathtub this morning when my mind wandered off the page and into my life history.  Particularly, for some reason, I remembered the winter several years ago that I never turned on the gas to get heat in the apartment I was renting.  That was the winter […]

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Tags: non-scale victories · on the soapbox

The Small Things (A Short Post of Gratitude)

August 20th, 2008 · 13 Comments

I was just scratching my collarbone, and I’m still amazed that my collarbones have emerged from my body in the last 15 or so pounds of weight loss. When I’ve had abdominal surgery before, it’s always been followed by a natural period of swelling and then an unnatural period of extreme weight gain as I […]

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Tags: gratitude · non-scale victories · running just as fast as we can

Patterns Matter

May 22nd, 2008 · 19 Comments

Why is this such a difficult post to write? For about two days now, this screen has been up on my computer, and I have been struggling to say what I am trying to say. I guess it is because this topic is so interwoven and because it is still, in some ways, a painful […]

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Tags: gratitude · meal planning · non-scale victories · on the soapbox · Uncategorized

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


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

Taking care of myself: it’s in the little things, too

March 2nd, 2008 · 4 Comments

About a year ago, I started flossing daily.  It wasn’t that I had a dentist tell me to floss better (though that had happened previously).  It was just that as I was embracing taking good care of myself, and as I was taking greater pride in my appearance, it made sense to adopt a few […]

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Tags: non-scale victories