An Open Letter to My Father

I grew up without much of a relationship with my father.  I haven’t seen him since I was 12. A few days ago, my sister Arial called to tell me her husband had called her and said there was a letter from our father in the mail. As she drove home, we talked and then … Continue reading An Open Letter to My Father

Stop Waiting for Perfect

Growing up I wasn't very athletic and I was never comfortable with body; my weight was always a struggle. When I got into working out in my early 20s, I became a gym rat but I still didn't think I looked fit enough. And even when I fell in love with cardio kickboxing, pushed hard … Continue reading Stop Waiting for Perfect

I am not defined by my body, and neither are you!

I was looking through old pictures the other night and found this one. I'm five years old in this picture, it's one of my favorites. I remember that I got the poster behind me in school for knowing how many noses people have. It was the only contest I ever won. In my left hand … Continue reading I am not defined by my body, and neither are you!

What’s up with nighttime eating?

So, what’s up with nighttime eating? Is this something that you’ve dealt with or are still struggling with? Because it’s definitely something that gave me trouble over the years. Something happens at night. Even when my food was clean and healthy all day, the nighttime is when it would all fall apart. It’s a lot … Continue reading What’s up with nighttime eating?

Are You Good Enough?

From an early age I thought I wasn't really good at anything. I was ok at a few things but didn't excel at anything in particular. I wasn't very athletic and I hated gym class. Those days in school when we were forced to play team sports were terrifying. I remember the boys getting annoyed … Continue reading Are You Good Enough?

Quinoa, Kale, Spinach & Squash

Every holiday, my family asks me to make this dish. I like making it once and then having leftovers. Quinoa is a complete protein, so with the kale, spinach, mushrooms and squash, this makes a great side dish or a whole meal. Since spinach and kale are highly covered in pesticides I recommend buying organic … Continue reading Quinoa, Kale, Spinach & Squash

How to eat out like a normal person

http://grooveanywhere.com/media/k2/items/cache/a522a6005d1cb428ea34ef1769cd7452_XL.jpg I was at dinner with a friend recently who is interested in losing weight. As she looked at the menu she asked my opinion on what food was ok. Was the grilled chicken a good idea, should she have the skinny margarita? While I watched her agonize over her every decision, it brought back … Continue reading How to eat out like a normal person

Why I Kickbox

My first cardio kickboxing class was in 1999, before that I was big into the step aerobic classes. They were fun but when I first went to a kickboxing class and I got to jab, cross and uppercut, I was hooked. Other workouts were cool but kickboxing made me feel powerful and let me release … Continue reading Why I Kickbox

Banana Ice Cream

As I mentioned in a previous post, my long standing craving is for ice cream. The nighttime is usually when this craving hits, so I decided to try out a different way of dealing with this longing for something smooth and creamy. My mother always made banana ices for holidays but it was too icy … Continue reading Banana Ice Cream

The Myth that Thin Equals Happy

Most of my life I've been overweight. Not a lot but never thin. Or, at least, what I thought of as "thin". About two years ago, after gaining a lot of weight due to a severe depression, I lost 40 pounds. I went from a size 14 to a 6. Everybody told me I looked … Continue reading The Myth that Thin Equals Happy