ERICAANN44
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Dear Erica...
Saturday, October 21, 2017      4 comments

Dear Erica, I know you're feeling frustrated because you had your first "bad" food weekend since restarting this journey almost two months ago. I know you're angry at yourself and feeling physically ill because of the carbs and fat you've ... Read more
Goals and plans for mom's surgery week.
Sunday, October 15, 2017      1 comments

This Thursday is the day that my mom is having right thumb/hand arthroplasty. We've both been hot messes (my mom more than me, obviously) with a severe spike in anxiety. My mom is fiercely independent and despises having to ask for help. I'm ... Read more
A stress-busting blog.
Saturday, October 14, 2017      1 comments

So, my mom is having a thumb arthroplasty done next Thursday and I have become increasingly anxious about it. I'm obviously anxious about her making through surgery and about the surgery being successful. I admit that I'm also extremely anxiou... Read more
Did you know it's ok to say, "NO!" and take control?
Monday, October 09, 2017      2 comments

I've noticed a theme lately among other Spark users. A lot of people, including myself, seem to have difficult saying "no" to others and taking control of our own health. Personally, I have historically had a very hard time declining invitatio... Read more
October goals!!!
Monday, October 02, 2017      1 comments

September was a reset month for me...and a fairly successful one at that. I lost some weight, changed some habits, etc. Now that I *finally* feel like I'm on track, I thought I'd start doing my monthly goal blogs again! 1. Lose a minimu... Read more
Our thoughts only have power over us if we believe them.
Monday, September 25, 2017      2 comments

Despite being a mental health therapist and knowing strategies to help combat anxiety, I can't help but continue to feel anxious about the current state of our world. I'm left in shock on a daily basis by the hate, anger, hypocrisy and judgment... Read more
Some things I'm (re)learning about myself.
Monday, September 18, 2017      1 comments

Anyone who has read any of my blogs over the past several years knows that I lost a significant amount of weight about five years ago. Since then, I've fallen in love, gotten married and become totally complacent. As I refocus on this journey ... Read more
Beyond fed up!
Monday, August 21, 2017      5 comments

Time has marched on and instead of being healthier, I am at my all-time highest weight!!! I guess my story is fairly typical. Thin girl gains weight in her 20s, loses said weight in her late 20s and gains it back in her early 30s. I keep ... Read more
You know that road that's paved with good intentions...
Friday, July 07, 2017      3 comments

...well, that is kind of how I view "dieting". Of course I never meant to get this fat. I admit that I was naturally lax about my food intake because I spent my entire youth thin. I also admit that I became lax again after losing almost 100 l... Read more
I have my master's!!!
Friday, June 16, 2017      4 comments

I'm so freakin' proud of myself! I received my grade on my 33 page thesis paper today and I can now say that I have a master's in clinical mental health counseling!!! I've always wanted to pursue my M.S. and it feels amazing to finally check i... Read more
Goals, goals, goals!
Wednesday, April 26, 2017      2 comments

Ok, so it's been a while since I've written out any specific goals for myself. I've managed to stay off the scale (only because it's in hiding in my mom's guest bathroom), which is a total miracle. I BOMBED during my vacation a couple weeks ag... Read more
The breakup of a longtime relationship.
Monday, April 10, 2017      6 comments

Before anyone gets too worried, the breakup to which I'm referring is the one I had this weekend with my scale! I woke up yesterday morning and the first thing I wanted to do was get on the scale...after eating sodium-laden Chinese the ni... Read more
Realistic goals!
Friday, April 07, 2017      1 comments

Even though I'm focusing on weekly goals, I just realized that I have some significant dates this summer that I can use as mini-goal dates. In the past, I would place expectations on myself that were barely attainable. When I lost weight the f... Read more
Mid-Week Update
Wednesday, April 05, 2017      1 comments

Well, I'm actually not hating this week! I've been trying to stay positive, even though I have to deal with that obnoxious 23-year old student again tomorrow LOL. I'm just going to keep my head down and do my work the best of my ability. I th... Read more
Recovery!
Monday, April 03, 2017      4 comments

Well, last week was a b!tch. We had a death in the family and were constantly on the run. You all know what that means...horrible food choices. I was so physically and emotionally spent that I honestly didn't care about making healthy choices... Read more

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