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…

A Sentimental Journey

This month, Ashley and I took our last Embraceable photo shoot together.  For all the photos, click here: https://embraceableproject.com/january-2017/  It’s been a crazy year. Ashley and I have learned a lot, and although I will be continuing the project alone, it is the end of an era. Ash has been a wonderful partner in this as she…

Starting Over

There are few things in life harder than starting over. Starting from the bottom, from zero, and having to work your way back up. Last year when we began this blog, it was one of the harder things I have done. I truthfully didn’t believe I would be successful in accomplishing anything, but I hoped…

13.1 Miles

Seven months ago, I signed up for the Disney Half-Marathon as a motivation tool to get into shape. Two weeks into my training, I got injured. I attempted to refund the money or switch days (or years), but it was a no-go. I was going to have to run it or forfeit.  The weeks leading…

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…

Progress, not Perfection

A huge part of my journey in making peace with food has been the discovery of the philosophy of intuitive eating, which is detailed in the book Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Program That Works by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch, two registered dieticians. The book is indeed revolutionary, at least to me, because it freed…

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…

I am a Loser

I am a loser. I have been for a week and a half now. I get out of bed in the morning. I go to the bathroom. I go back to bed for ten minutes. I get back up.  I weigh myself and…. I am down three pounds! I have lost three pounds this week!…