Action!

This week has been a low one. As I mentioned yesterday, I have chosen to eat my feelings (and a little bit more). So, I’m taking action. I am switching directions. I’m switching plans. Weight Watchers has several different versions of its plans. I am presently on “Smart Points,” which puts me on a daily…

Food Coma

I have a few confessions to make, confessions of which I am not proud. Sometimes with this blog I feel like a fraud. Although I have been as vulnerable as possible, there have been things that I have hidden, or times I’ve only posted the positives, but it’s time to come clean. I still binge….

Feeling Foolish

“People do not wish to appear foolish; to avoid the appearance of foolishness, they are willing to remain actually fools.” – Alice Walker It has been quite a year. There have been many times that I have felt foolish writing this blog. I have felt too vulnerable. I have felt too vain.  But I have…

Run for Your Life

Pounding. The cold concrete. Heart thumping.Feet moving fast. No air left to scream. The sweat hides tears. Pound it. Lift it. One foot in front of the other. Legs turn red with cold. Heart racing — reminding you it still works. I love running. I used to run away from home — in college. I…

No One Wants Me

There are a lot of lies we tell ourselves. Some of them are less damaging than others like, “they won’t kill off Tyrion, he’s the best character.” But others can be catastrophic. This week’s Weight Watcher’s meeting was about body confidence. It was about learning to love ourselves. A month ago, I would have marched into that room…

Valentine’s Survival Kit

I love Valentine’s Day. I have always loved it, since my doily covered shoe box was filled with the half-heartedly signed names of my classmates. I think that it is a beautiful day to celebrate love — of all forms. I think it is crazy that couples have hijacked this holiday for themselves and I…

Back to School

This month, I started school — again. I am going to get my single-subject teaching credential in English (and maybe social studies if I get up the motivation to take another giant, five-hour, standardized test). Usually I love school (at least since math was no longer a part of the equation), but this time around the…

Now What?

Since our Ashley left us last week, I thought I’d take a moment to let you know what’s next. Here’s what I’m planning to do in this next chapter of Embraceable. Here is my new commitment to Embraceable, to you, and to myself. First: I am continuing on with Weight Watchers. I’ve learned a lot from…

Mind-Full

I got a record player for Christmas. Yep, it’s one of those hipster suitcase-looking ones from Urban Outfitters. For a woman who owns five typewriters, a record player seemed like the logical next step. Today however, I realized it went a lot deeper than that… In today’s culture, everything from our words to our love affairs…

I Ran Once

Once upon a time, I ran cross country. For three years, I, Rachell, ran on the high school cross country team. I even lettered in cross country. I have a Lettermen’s Jacket. Oh yeah. Now, before you get too many visions of an incredibly toned and athletic Rachell bounding up mountains — let me paint…

I’m Back!

Hello all. I’ve missed you, and I’m back! I’m back and I’m overwhelmed with gratitude for your support. This year has been interesting. I started Embraceable, Ashley got married, I quite teaching at APU, I started substitute teaching, and I got accepted into a credential program. I signed up for a half-marathon, discovered a new love…

Visualize!

It is my third week being steadily back on my Weight Watchers plan. I have attended three meetings and I have separated all of my Cheerio’s and chocolates into individual Ziplocks with my points written on the baggies. (1 cup Cheerio’s 3pts. 3 TJ’s Tahitian Vanilla Caramels 2pts). The first week, I was down two pounds…