Self Image

The “Self ‘Talk” article posted earlier hit home.  At the age of thirteen my aunt bought me a girdle and from that day on, regardless how much I weighed or how fit I was, I was convinced I needed a girdle, then there was SPANX and I became a religious follower of the SPANX movement (or lack thereof).   I thought I was destined to stuff my body into some constraining fabric the rest of my life.

This week-end I had a chance to do some retail therapy and saw two perfect dresses, a pair of shorts, and a must have blouse.  I picked my size in the first dress and went to the dressing room.  The armholes were huge and the dress hung on me.  I decided I must need a smaller size.  I put the size 12 back on the rack, got the next size down that was in stock, sure the 8 would not fit.  To my surprise, it fit and was even a tad large.

With regained confidence, I grabbed the second dress off the rack and it fit even better!  I was so pleased, I decided to try on a pair of shorts  and a blouse in the same size and they were too big.  I could not understand why one dress fit perfectly and everything else looked big.  Then I re-checked the second dress and it was not an 8 but a 6.  To my total surprise, I exchanged everything for size 6.  However, I was not beaming.  I was confused.

My self image was a size12 (and I have seen many women whose bodies are too die for that are even larger) and I was happy with being a 12; the size does not matter, just the fit.  However, size 12 did not fit, it swallowed me.  That is the point.  I am a size 6 and I thought I was a 12.  I noticed my jeans were a size 10 and  could hardly keep them up and there was no way to keep the hems from dragging, but that did not register with me when grabbing that first dress.

Some of my heavier friends like to say they are a little woman trapped in a big body, I never thought I could say I am a big woman in a small body.  Yes, there is size 0 and truly small women who would think I am overweight or at least be glad they are not like me,  I get that.  The point is, there are size 0 women who think they are a size xxxxx.

Self talk, self image.  That is what it is about.

To your health,




Last week headaches and side effects caused by clinching my teeth took me out of the loop!  Misery loves company, but not in this case, I just curled up and babied myself so when I went to the pool today, I did not expect much from myself, thinking I needed to gradually obtain my previous benchmark of 16 laps.

To my delight, swimming was easier than ever and I hit 22 laps, all free style except the last two backstrokes I threw in just for fun.  Hot tub, steam shower, and sauna finished with a lavish coating of coconut oil made my pool experience better than an expensive day at the spa!

Since we started healthier eating about 6 weeks ago, I lost 18 pounds and hubby lost  21 pounds.  SO FAR!  We generally lose about 1/2 pound per day, then stabilize for a few days, then start losing again. Making this change in our eating has not been difficult at all, except  learning HOW to uncook standpoint.

We start everyday with Kimberly Snyder’s Glowing Green Smoothie

I pack a vegan salad for hubby’s lunch and include a packet of Chia seeds, Flax seeds, and nutritional yeast.  I add a small container of Grapeseed oil and Bragg’s Apple Cider vinegar, a glass of tea (sweetened with Stevia), and a small packet of homemade trail mix

After my workout I cannot wait to get home and have a spring, lettuce, or nori roll with a smidgen of Tamari, spiralized veggies and avocado!

I take recipes from Amber Shea Crawley’s cookbook Practically Raw and Ani Phyo, Kimberly Snyder, and a multitude of vegan bloggers.  For more complete list of great chef’s and nutritionists and foodists, visit me on Pinterest


To your health,


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World Cuisine Spiralizer

Here is another Spiralizer (I guess I made that word up because spell check does not like it)!  This one was recommended by Dara Dubinet and passed on by

Spiral away!

Spirialing Out of Control Benriner Cook Helper Slicer: Home & Kitchen.

I got it!  The Benriner Spiralizer is my BFF.

Benriner Spirializer

Benriner Spiralizer challenges Chef Knives!  When I received my package, it was so feather weight I thought it was empty. When I opened the box I thought I had been ripped off; it looked like a toy. Then I started to read the directions and at first thought they were only in Japanese.  THEN, I inserted the blade upside down, I swear according to the directions!

It was not love at first sight, but now I hesitate to put her away so she sits atop the counter!

This is a must have for beautiful, quick sliced veggies!


Happy spiraling,