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I am a Biggest Loser junkie. I'll admit it. Not a lot of TV is "appointment TV" for me, but I eagerly await each episode. First, as a trainer/fitness professional, I love to watch for tips/comparrison/validation. Second, as someone who has always struggled with her weight and body image, I find the journey the participants take to be an extremely motivating and inspirational story. I think if you've ever struggled with your weight, for whatever reason, there's always someone to whom you can relate. I would love to go live on The Biggest Loser campus and let Bob put me through the paces for a week. I feel like even with all my education/knowledge, I have so much to learn about my own struggle with weight and body image. I often feel like an imposter in my job because I struggle modeling what I teach...whether it's stress, or fatigue, or just laziness...I too have a hard time putting it all together. At the same time, it just goes to show, it's not an easy task for anyone...not even a fitness professional!

Each week as they show the update of the voted off participant, I get re-inspired to focus on my own struggle once and for all...13 weeks in a row now. Anyway, after looking through my old year book I've been wondering...would it even be POSSIBLE to weigh what I did in high school? Not that, that has been my goal, but don't you always wonder in the back of your mind? (Fess up ladies, you know it's true.)

So today I did the math. At my current weight, 40 pounds heaver than my average weight my senior year, I have approximately 15 pounds MORE lean body weight than back then! (Luckily we did body fat measurements once in gym and for some reason I remember mine!) So, in order to weigh what I did in high school, I'd have to:

A) either lose a rediculous amount of body fat, putting me BELOW the healthy range


B) lose lean body mass in addition to body fat

Being as I'm pretty darn proud of how strong my body is these days, I'm not ok with either of those options. Perspective.

The journey for me continues. I'm glad that even though I continue to struggle with the scale (low rise jeans, swimsuits, and slim fit dresses) I have found the confidence to love and care for my body at whatever size and to appreciate all that it has given me over the years. That in itself is worth so much more than fitting into a size 6...or 8...or 10....or...



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Today while I sat in a classroom supervising students as they worked on their math assignments, I watched Lexi through the window enjoying time with her friends during recess. My heart smiled.

Those moments, moments of learning and carefree fun, those are the moments that SHOULD make up a school day. As a Mom, and an elementary school employee, my heart is breaking over the news and images coming out of Connecticut today. 
I send my kids off to school everyday without a second thought that they will return safely come day's end, just as I'm sure each one of those parents in Newtown did this morning.
Every day I walk into my school for work without a second thought to my personal safety, just as I'm sure each of those teachers, paras, custodians, sectretaries, etc in Newtown did this morning. 
Theories will be published. Evidence will be presented. Words will be exchanged about gun control and the need for change in our current culture of violence. I don't suspec…

DIY: Reusable Produce Bags

With Earth Day festivities gearing up for tomorrow, I thought I'd take a moment to post a short DIY tutorial on making your own reusable cloth produce bags. (Tutorial inspired by my favorite crafty mom blog, Crazy Mom Quilts. Produce bags inspired by running into my friend Laura at the grocery store while she was stuffing her produce into these.) This is my next step in the fight against the excessive use of plastic bags.

Our family has been making small environmentally minded changes in our daily lives over the past few years. We use reusable shopping bags. We've stopped buying/using Ziploc bags and plastic wrap. I'm trying to commute around town via bike more. I'm being more mindful about where the food we buy comes from and how it was produced. We more often hang our laundry on the line to dry in the spring and summer instead of just throwing it in the dryer. (Which is convenient at the moment since our dryer has decided to quit drying.) As we use up chemically clean…

Sunday Morning Silly...

Once in a while Dando's curiosity urges him to venture off the bookshelf so he check out other toys in the house.

I think he thinks Froggy is missing a few marbles.