Smart Shopping

It’s a heck of a lot easier to shop when clothing fits well, which kinda goes with the territory when you approach your best shape. Shopping pains (you know, where you stand in the dressing room near tears wondering why manufacturers can’t seem to make anything that flatters your particular shape, and yes, I’ve been […]

Glorious Glutes at Last: My Butt is Bigger than my Belly!

Hiding in Plain Side

If you’ve ever stumbled across transformation photos of me online, you might notice a glaring lack of side view photos.

That is not by accident. It is because I was always so ashamed of the look that I never submitted the actual side view photos. I cheated it a bit by […]

New Squat PR

I am sure you are beyond thrilled that I have managed to hit a new PR with squats! So let me just tell you how long this has been in the making and a tiny bit of what has gone into this.

Fall/Winter 2011-2012

As part of my goal to improve my lean body mass, […]

Holiday Maintenance: Starting the New Year off Right

Watching Grass Grow

Maintenance seems to look about as interesting as watching grass grow from the outside and part of that is the not letting anyone see you sweat because it sure looks stupid to sweat to stay where you are. But the truth is, I sweat and now I realize I always will.

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Xylitol Salted Caramel Mocha

Thanks to Statbucks free birthday drinks, I have discovered the joys of salted caramel with espresso and mocha. The craving does not just go away so I decided to come up with my own sugar free version.

I consider recipes suggestions so I started here.

Here is what I did.

Ingredients (more or […]

Setbacks are the Norm, not the Exception

My Daughter Recovering from Surgery

No excuses people. None. I simply will not allow you to get away with that crap anymore!

Too Poor to Afford Good Food

When we were flat broke, our excuse for getting fat was that we could only afford pasta so we had to get fat? Oh yeah? Well […]

Washing the Dishes

Dieting is Housework

I had this idea when I was first dieting down to my ideal ratio that I would actually come in a bit low and then whenever I had some party food or a small setback, I’d already be ahead of the game.

Unfortunately, it turned out it wasn’t livable to try to […]

Bulking Experiment

Naomi used a DEXA or DXA scan to measure her results. DXA scans are used primarily to evaluate bone mineral density.

Last time I shared that I had some health setbacks; I started 2012 in the best shape of my life and ended it in much worse shape. In December I had a DEXA […]

No Rebound Diet – AKA Naomi’s Gonna Wear a Dress

Ruh ro. The dress doesn’t flatter.

Naomi’s gotta do a quick diet.

An event has come up and Naomi’s gotta see what can happen, realistically, by the end of the month. Naomi doesn’t wanna be seen wearing a dress with her belly pooching out.

(Okay, what’s up with the 3rd person? Maybe I don’t really […]

Restricted Eating Leads to Binging

This post is not designed to offend anyone. I apologize in advance if it does.

So many of my friends seem to be dieting or attempting to hang on to their improvements with a set of difficult eating rules. Or they slim down and then backslide, then conclude that diets don’t work.

I do a […]