Exercising versus Moving More: 5 Tips to Increase Your Daily Activity


are you moving as much as you should during the day? move more than just in your prescribed workouts So last week I talked about how working out should be used to improve your overall health and happiness but it shouldn’t be used to move the number on the scale.  When I did my goal setting for the new year I used a program called 5 Days to Your Best Year Ever and in that program they teach you to look at recurring themes of the previous year to help you identify where you need to improve.  One of my recurring themes was that I needed to Move More.  I spent a lot of time last year separating exercise from nutrition and working to exercise only for pleasure and for my overall health and less focusing on what it did for me on that scale.   But I realized that outside of my prescribed “workouts” I wasn’t simply moving a lot in my day to day activities.  There was way too much sitting going on and sitting makes you more susceptible to thinking you’re hungry when you’re not.  You’re bored or uninspired or unfulfilled in some other way that you are confusing with hunger.  So I started looking at ways that I could increase my everyday movement and here are my top tips for moving more without actually having to do a prescribed workout. Continue reading

Sunday Prep Day and FoodLove Girl’s Weekly Accountability Report (May 22, 2016)

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Well, hello again and welcome to another week of FoodLove Girl’s Weekly Accountability and Sunday Prep Day.  This is my weekly post where I give you specific details on where I’m at in my weight loss journey.  This is both to help keep me accountable to you, my weight loss support community as well as to be sure to carefully document for you any successes I’m having and yes, even the setbacks so that we have that data and can dissect it and use it to our full advantage.   Knowledge is power and Data is our fuel for that power!  But if you find this boring or not useful to you, please by all means, scroll down to my Sunday Prep section where I discuss preparing for a healthy, awesome week!

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Meal Prep and FoodLove Girl’s Weekly Accountability Report (May 15, 2016)

Sunday Meal Prep and FoodLove Girl’s Weekly Accountability Report


Another Wonder Sunday is upon us which means it’s Meal Prep Time.  It’s also time for me to tell you how I did this past week, also known as FoodLove Girl’s Weekly Accountability Report.  This is really a chance for me to stay honest with you and with myself about my goals by reporting my progress once a week and figuring out how to make it better the next week.  If this bores you, please skip on down to the meal planning portion of this post.


My Weigh-in Results for LAST WEEK:  -4 lbs!   Woohoo.  That’s right four pounds.  You heard me!  You will notice that last week when I posted I made a note to update post later with weigh-in results b/c I was posting on Sunday but I wasn’t weighing in until that Monday.  I decided not to post my weigh-in from the week before that way it works better with my blogging schedule.  Still working out details, folks, I appreciate your patience.  Anyhoo,  I lost four pounds and if you recall that was the week that I was below my allotted 1300 calories for all four days Monday –Thursday.  That’s a total of 7 lbs since I started this Weekly Accountability Report.  Accountability works my friends! It works! Thanking for letting me be accountable to you!

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5 Tips to Help You Maintain a Healthy Relationship with Exercise

5 Tips to Help You Maintain a Healthy Relationship with Exercise

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If You did not read Monday’s post, please read it first here.

So, always, always, always, on this blog, I try to help you (and myself) fix our little crazy heads and get to the truth of the matter. But sometimes the time it takes to fix our brains and really figure out how to heal, can takes a long time.  But we don’t have to wait until the end of that part of the journey to start see some of the results.

At FoodLoveMe/FoodHateMe we are here to fix all of the pieces of ourselves that have led to our emotional overeating.  Some of you already know how to lose weight , you’ve done it before but you haven’t been successful keeping it off.  Others are learning for the first time.  Regardless, when we finally lose it, we all want to keep it off forever.  So we’re doing the hard work to make sure it sticks.  I call this our “truth journey”.   But while we’re getting through that journey, it’s nice to have some tips and tricks to help us along the way.  Afterall, we are human and just because we have an Ah-hah moment about something doesn’t mean that we instantly change our behavior.  So Monday, I talked about the proper role exercise should play in our lives and I warned of the danger of allowing exercise to be your “solution” to weight loss.  Some of you may already be in that situation.  So, if I didn’t catch you in the beginning of your exercise obsession and you’re needing some extra help to get out of the addiction or if you are in the beginning stages of exercising but you already fear what I’m telling you, here are some tips to help make sure you do not associate exercise with you eating and/or your weight loss.  I’ve been here before and I know what the triggers are.  These are the tricks that have worked for me over this past year to really fix my addiction to exercise and keep it a healthy part of my life. Continue reading

Exercise For Your Health NOT To Be Thin!

Exercise For Your Health NOT To Be Thin!

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So this is a topic that I’ve been meaning to talk about for a while and I’ve been hearing a lot of chatter about it online recently and I heard a great podcast about it and so it has finally compelled me to discuss it with you today but it is long overdue.  And that is the subject of exercise.  More specifically I am hear to tell you a brutal, honest truth.  Here goes:  Exercise will not help you lose weight.  It won’t.  But you should love it anyway.  Confused?  Let me explain. Continue reading

Fears of Being an Overweight Mother: Tips/Suggestions on Reframing

Fears of Being an Overweight Mother:  Tips/Suggestions on Reframing


On this lovely Sunday, I am never more aware than today of my desire to be a mother………..soon.  And that desire brings me face to face with my looming fear of not losing this weight before I become pregnant.

I’ve made no secret that I am afraid of not conquering my emotional eating before I start a family.  That said, I do believe in my heart that this is my year to start trying to get pregnant.  In my life, I have learned to trust my gut and to know when the timing is right for the important things and that feeling I usually get – I am getting now.  So that means no matter where I am with my weight, it’s go time.  So how do I marry these two feelings? These feelings of both surety and doubt? How do I reconcile a failed goal with a new one?  I think the answer lies in one magnificent word: Reframe.  I wrote a while back about changing your story and how you control the thoughts you tell yourself that may be hurting or helping you lose weight so choose to tell yourself the right stories. Much the same way, reframing can help to face our fears and turn them into challenges that you can overcome.

I’m reframing my thoughts about pregnancy, about weight loss, and about my journey so far.  I hope these ideas can help you if you are struggling with the same issue. Continue reading

5 Features of MyFitnessPal That Can Help You Lose Weight Faster Today!



How much do we all love this site? I know, right? It’s insane how useful it is and so easy. The name is so spot on.  It truly is MyFitness Pal.  🙂

Well, recently I discovered some features that I’m not sure everyone knows about because I didn’t know about them.  Whenever I find something, ANYTHING, that I think will help me lose weight, then I gotta share it with you as fast as possible so that you can lose more weight too.  We’re in this together!  So here are 5 features of MyFitnessPal that I think will help you lose weight faster, starting today!

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FoodLove Girl’s Sunday Prep and Weekly Accounting (4/10/16)



Hello, and welcome to what I hope is the first of many weekly reports of my eating as well as a look at my Sunday Prep to ensure a healthy week moving forward.

So this week, and hopefully only this week, I’m gonna have to go old school with this report and write everything out because I am having technical difficulties in trying to import MyFitnessPal the way that I want to.  I will try to have this sorted out next week.  Anyhoo…..

Weigh in Results:  2 lbs down!  

So the way I’m doing this, I’m still not looking at the scale for lots of reasons that I may share in another post at a later date but what I’m doing is I’m having my nutritionist weigh me each week and just tell me if I’m up or down and the net gain/loss.  We’re calling this Week 1.  So Week 1 – Down 2 lbs!  Woohoo!   That two pounds went from Friday, April 1 to last Wednesday, April 6th because that is when I was able to schedule my appointments with her.  Next Sunday I’ll be able to report a cleaner week from last Wednesday to this Wednesday.

My total daily caloric intake for Friday – April 1st – Wednesday , April 6, 2016, looked like this:

[04/01 = 1986]; [04/02 = 2529]; [04/03 =1965]; [04/04 = 1723]; [04/05 = 1810];  and [04/06 = 1695]

Average daily calories = 1951

So far, since that weigh-in, my daily intakes to end the week, Sunday April 10, 2016, looked like this:

[04/07 = 2161]; [04/08 = 1505]; [04/09 = 2439]; and [04/10 = 2289]

So, I can’t believe I’m saying this but if you want to see the details of what I’m eating, you can see everything on MyFitnessPal account here: www.myfitnesspal.com/food/diary/FoodLoveGirl

Talk about accountability!  There’ll be no hiding now!

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10 Favorite Weight Loss Blogs



When I started my blog, almost a year ago, I was already hooked to a few weight loss blogs and lifestyle blogs that inspired me to tell my own story.  While I definitely got a lot of great tips and tools to use to help me on my journey, the most important thing I got was a ton of good background stories.  The individual stories of each of these bloggers are what really helped me because inside each story of a former overeater or a struggling dieter, I saw a piece of myself.  And whether the blogger had accomplished her goal and was in maintenance or was still struggling, I really related to her story and I felt connected.   I think connection in today’s world is so important.  We all want to feel understood and loved and heard.  And I felt heard when I read their stories.  I felt like, “she gets me”.  She understands what I’ve been going through.  And I thought to myself, one day, I want someone to feel that way about me.  So I started this blog in hopes that I can help just one person out there feel the way I felt when I read these blogs.  Like there is someone else out there fighting this battle alongside me and we’re going to do this thing together – one day at a time.

So today I’d like to give a shout-out to my favorite weight loss blogs that shared their story and say thank you for showing up each and every week to help other people out there who are struggling just like you, just like me.  I hope you find comfort from their stories the way that I have. Continue reading

The Book That Changed My Weight Loss Journey Forever


Single most important read to help cure emotional eating


The book is A Course In Weight Loss: 21 Spiritual Lessons for Surrendering Your Weight Forever by Williamson, Marianne 1st (first) Edition (11/2/2010)
Let me start by saying this year was my third attempt at trying to finish this book.  The fist time I made it through the first 3 lessons and that was enough to get me going to lose that 30 lbs I lost in 2010/2011.  But it wasn’t enough to keep it off.  This time, after reading some other very good books that helped me tap into my past (posts coming later on those) and books that helped me get closer to “my life’s work”, after reading these books and really coming to terms with the idea that my real work in weight loss at this point has got to be on my brain and my heart – not my body (i.e. not exercise).  Also my new habit of practicing the Miracle Mornings allowed me the time to work through the exercises in this book and really think about what they meant to my life.   When I came to terms with that earlier this year, I was able to get back to this book for the third and final time and I made it all the way through.

In short the book’s message is this:

You are overweight because you use food to cope with your fears.  Instead, turn to God and let his love support you through this journey and fill up your heart so that there is no room for fear. Continue reading