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So I wanted to start a blog with recipes I like to make.  You start to think about having those things for the future after you have suffered a loss.  There are plenty of things my Mom used to make that are gone forever now that she has passed.

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Most of the recipes will be healthy and Weight Watcher friendly since that has been a common theme in my life.  The picture at the top, well as you can tell by the Brenda 90210 hair it’s from about 1992 I’d say and I thought I was positively obese.

To be that “fat” now, eh?

I was definitely a normal weight but sure as hell didn’t think I was.  Throughout my 20’s I would fluctuate between this and a bit smaller – I had a job that had me on my feet all day and working hard so I basically just didn’t eat a ding dong with my lunch and I’d lose weight.

Then I hit 30, graduated from college, and also got a desk job.  This is not a good combination when you are used to basically working out all day.  It was like pulling the rip cord out of a raft.  In two years time I probably gained 80 pounds if I were to guess.

The problem was I had never learned about nutrition.  Oh yes, back in my “obese” 20’s I tried all kinds of things – slim fast, that crazy Susan “Stop the Insanity” person, some freakin’ pills that made my heart race from Herbalife…They never lasted long and truth be told I didn’t need to do any of them.

I was healthy until I started messing around with all of that.  Vegetables are my favorite food.  I love healthy food.  Even though I had tried all kinds of diets I had no idea how to have a safe, sustainable, healthy weight loss.  When the weight packed on doing those crazy things like the hot dog diet (it should be made illegal) just messed me up more.

I joined Weight Watchers for the first time when I was 32 years old.  I did really well, until I didn’t.  It was far healthier than anything I had ever tried before, but you could still eat a bunch of junk and lose weight without making good choices.

That will only get you so far and I hit a wall.  I was hungry because of my choices and fell off the wagon.  I ended up quitting and gaining the weight back.  At 34 I realized that I was about to gain ALL of it back so I rejoined.

This time was much different.  The program had changed, as it does every once in awhile, and they had a new program called “CORE”.  It focused on healthy non-processed food and you didn’t have to count points.

I lost almost 70 pounds that time, 35 with the points system and 35 with Core.  It really changed the way I ate.  When I fell off the wagon again, this time I didn’t immediately start gaining.  My relationship with food had changed, and changed for the better.

So I finally rejoined again after seeing this picture:

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We all have that one picture, right? The one that when we left the house we thought we looked super cute and then you see a picture?  Wake up call!

So I’m back and I’m on Smart Points.  I hadn’t gained all my weight back from before, and I’ve lost 34 pounds and counting this time around.  What I had to finally admit to myself is that I need help with my relationship with food.  I have to go stand on a scale in front of a stranger.  Period.

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