The Journey

“A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find that after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us.”  – John Steinbeck Check out our June photo shoot taken by guest photographer Stephanie Ann — Stephanie is a photographer…

Tell Me I Am Fat

There have been a few moments in my life where I have been viscerally wrecked by the medium of story telling: The play The Convert by Danai Gurira. The play adaptation of Crime an Punishment  by Marilyn Campbell.  The musical In the Heights by Lin-Manuel Miranda The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler “Your Elusive Creative Genius” — Elizabeth’s TEDtalk video…

Crave

Well, I made it through one week. I woke up at 6:20 everyday last week and worked out for an hour before I went to work. I mean, I have basically become a grandma who is fighting sleep at 9:00pm each night, but I made it through. I feel like there is a strange sort…

Fellowship of the 8 Week Challenge

  Over the years I have tried many-a workout strategy. For the longest time I would go to my local YMCA in Whittier and run on a treadmill for 20 min, work out on a elliptical for 20 min, and use a bicycle for an additional 20 min. For the first couple years after I…

In the 90’s

It’s happening! For the first time in four years (except for one week last year) I am under 200lbs! Hello 90’s! It’s good to see you! I feel like celebrating this victory in the best way I know how… with thanks yous. Thank you roast green beans, for being my favorite alternative to potato chips…

Now Boarding the Struggle Bus (Morning Edition)

I feel very sure that most of the success I have had thus far has had to do with the fact that I have been either unemployed, or working only in the afternoons.  Sure, sure, there may be some other factors (dedication, hard work, wedding dress, blah, blah, etc…), but really that flexible schedule has…

Jumping to Lightspeed

I have always dreamed of running the Disney Half-Marathon , but I have put it off for one reason or another — generally because I thought I was “too fat” and I didn’t want to embarrass myself in front of Mickey Mouse. I am through with that mentality. I am worthy of doing something I…

Ice Crystals in the Ice Cream

For the first 22 years of my life I was supermodel thin. In high school, when all the girls would obsess over their “fat,” I was an object of scorn. It’s surprising really. Both my parents were overweight. My dad was a gourmet; not by trade, but born out of his sheer love of food….

Learning to be Spicy

I am a spice wimp. My eyes water. My nose flairs. I start to choke — even at the slightest hint of a chili pepper. I am also actually allergic to Cheyenne Pepper (it makes my throat constrict). But these days I am on a new mission to embrace spicy food. My brilliant and gorgeous…

I Am Doing It

Today, I shall write about my victory. I feel like I have written a lot about how much this whole journey has been difficult and how much I hate it and how I hate to exercise. I’ve written about boredom and missing the carefree eating ways of my past. All of these things are still…

The Same Over There

Hi! I’m Laurie-ann. I’m from England and I was inspired by Ashley’s post “The Dress” to write about my own wedding dress search in the UK. I have never been a super ‘girly’ girl, I love some girly things, but 30 minutes into a shopping trip I’m bored and getting grumpy. However, my gorgeous fiancé Michael proposed to…

There’s [not] an App for That

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that when attempting to find a romantic partner once must take to the internet — as we are too absorbed in swiping on our phones to look up and discover the cute girl smiling at us at the Thai place. And yet, online dating — for those of us who have not…