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Protein for weight loss

Dear Readers,

Do you have a diet danger zone? By which I mean a time of day when your hunger catches up with you, and you suddenly feel like you could eat a horse (or equivalent in chocolate)?

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The heart truth about weight loss

Dear Readers,

If I were to ask you, “What’s the leading killer of women?” what would you say? Continue reading

Hunger always wins

Dear Readers,

Today I want to talk about one important factor that keeps us from losing weight, even when we’re “doing everything right.” The factor is not self-sabotage; it’s not conflicted emotions about weight loss; it’s not lack of willpower. That factor is hunger, and hunger always wins. Continue reading

Losing weight right, starting….now!

Dear Readers,

If you’ve been hanging around with us for a while, you’ll likely remember our long-running and popular “Weight Loss after 50″ series. With so many of us vowing to “live lighter” in 2015, this seems like a good time to reprise some of the basics. Continue reading

Weight loss after 50: What’s your Easter weakness?

Dear Wendy,

Well, it’s here again. Easter Sunday, which in this house used to mean hiding caches of foil-wrapped chocolate eggs around the back yard, then sending the kids out with their baskets on an egg-hunting free-for-all.


I’m ready to go. Just point me at the chocolate.

These days, we still celebrate the holiday with chocolate, though probably not as much of it; and our kids no longer leap out of bed at half-past-oh-God-what-time-is-it? to rush down to the dining room table in search of their giant chocolate bunnies in nests of shredded paper.

Still, there’s no denying it: ’tis the season for chocolate.

And even though those foil-wrapped eggs aren’t exactly Godiva quality, there’s something about the way they melt on the tongue…let’s just say that I find them hard to resist.

So I won’t even try.

Yes, you heard me. I know, I’m watching my weight, and chocolate isn’t exactly diet food, but I figure that if I can’t allow myself a bit of chocolate on Easter Sunday, I’m doing something very wrong.

After all, holidays happen, and food is an integral part of most holiday festivities. If I had to sit out the fun, pinching my lips together to keep myself from popping one of those delicious little morsels into my mouth, I know how I’d feel: isolated, left out, and pissed off.

Because really, denying myself the occasional treat would mean that I’d crossed the line from “watching my food intake” to “policing myself”…and is that really how I want to live the rest of my life?

I’ll answer that: Nope, it is not.

So. Chocolate it is, then. But here’s the deal I make with myself: I’ll eat the minimum amount I need to feel satisfied. And as I always do, I’ll write it down (okay, to be strictly honest, I’ll type it into my food tracking program on my phone).

By the end of Sunday, I expect I’ll have exceeded my usual calorie allotment by a few hundred calories…and that will be okay. Because on Monday, I’ll be back in the saddle again, my chocolate-noshing day behind me. At least until next Easter.

I know you’re a fan of jelly beans around this time of year. How will you be handling your holiday treat situation? Inquiring minds want to know!




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