No-Neck Blues: The Shocking Trigger That Led to a 100 Pound Weight Loss

No-Neck Blues: The Shocking Trigger That Led to a 100 Pound Weight Loss

“The greatest revolution of our generation is the discovery that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.” ~William James (more…)

Sugar, America’s Addiction (Infographic)

Sugar, America’s Addiction (Infographic)


I’m sharing this infographic today because it offers a lot of important reminders. While I don’t advocate crash dieting or excessive restriction, there’s something to be said for educating ourselves about the food we’re putting into our bodies.

In the case of sugar, it’s especially important to remember that moderation is key–a little bit is okay for most healthy people, but too much can cause serious health concerns, including obesity, diabetes, heart disease and more.


Sugar, America’s Addiction (Infographic)

Get Inspired: Using Your Own Photos as Motivation

itworks promo2Editor’s Note: Today’s post comes from Dawnie, one of my Fit & Fabulous girls.
With her permission, I’m publishing this stream of consciousness post she shared in our private weight loss group.
When I read it, I felt like she had made some really big realizations, and I asked her if I could share it here at Project Blissful.
Fit & Fabulous: How I Used an Old Photo to Inspire Me for Future Change
By Dawn Bininger
So I am on the verge of a mental breakthrough. Been weeding through some mental garbage in my head for several days now. I will share here in a few days. Mostly for my benefit, as it will probably bore you guys to death.
Anyway, I too made some progress pics this morning so I could hop on the progress pic train, but then I decided at the last minute to add a different pic, because it is more relevant to me of where I want to be.
This pic below was taken in the Summer of 2007…It was a very sad/weird/happy time of my life…I was 180 pounds here. STILL OBESE by society standards (I am only 5″1!!)But I absolutely love this pic.

At this weight, at this time in my life, besides the personal shit I was going through, I had a very high confidence level.

And people were coming out of the woodwork to hang with me…Attracted by that confidence. Both male and female…

THIS is where I want to be again. Not to the dark stuff.

But to the light.
I want to reach 180 pounds by June first.
That is 2 pounds a week for the next 12 weeks.
I KNOW I can do it. For I HAVE done it.But I have to get through this mental shit first. And I am almost there.
How about you? Do you have  goals you can get inspired for with old photos? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments section, below!
FYI: ‘FAT’ is Not a Personality Trait

FYI: ‘FAT’ is Not a Personality Trait

By Sarah Aarssen

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“Fat” is not a personality trait.

I was pretty lucky growing up. I never got teased for being a chubby kid.

Even as an adult I never really “suffered” from my obesity like the horror stories you hear on TV or read about on Facebook, with kids being tortured on the playground and adults who are ashamed to come out of their houses or be in social situations.

I was never so awkward that I wouldn’t go to my prom or meet new people. I was just never all that bothered with my weight. Even in a size 22/24 I still managed to feel pretty good about myself most of the times.

I do realize how very lucky I am for that… my parents must have done a great job in that department! (thanks Mom and Dad!)

I’ve always had a bit of a mouth on me though so maybe that was why I was never a target for fat jokes or taunting. I’ve learned to filter over the years but I’m still not one to take too much bull from anybody without stepping in and setting the story straight rather quickly.

I realize not everybody has the same attitude (or the self esteem or whatever it is) to do that though and I am writing this post for some of those people who have just never had the balls to say anything.

Being fat is not part of my personality. I can lose weight, gain weight, have lipo, get implants, cut off limbs, grow a third arm and that still wouldn’t change me from the person I am now.

I will still be a witty (read: mouthy smartalek) character when I’m at my goal weight, just like I was when I was at my rock bottom weight.

Being overweight doesn’t mean I am lazy. I have worked my butt off at every job I’ve ever had. I’ve never had a problem keeping up with my thinner colleagues and in most situations I could work circles around them.

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At one point in my life I was in between jobs when an uncle thought he should let me know that if I didn’t lose weight I would never be able to find a job because people just didn’t hire fat people. I, of course, got a job almost immediately and worked my way up the ladder within the company in a short period of time. When I left they were sorry to see my un-thin ass walk out the door.

So that blows that theory.

Regardless of my experiences in life there are certain “visions of sugar plumps that dance in your head” when people think of the an overweight person. Just to set the record straight and to leave you with a clearer picture of those jazz handed dancers, here is the scoop:

Being fat doesn’t mean that I’m jolly or jovial.

It doesn’t mean that I am mean or bitter.

It also doesn’t mean that I want to be thin or that I’m jealous of those who are.

It doesn’t mean that I’m depressed.

It doesn’t mean that I’m out of control.

It doesn’t mean I’m dirty.

It doesn’t make me ugly.

It doesn’t make me unqualified for the job.

It doesn’t mean I have no willpower.

It doesn’t make me stupid.
It doesn’t mean I’m sloppy.
It doesn’t mean I’m unlovable.
It doesn’t mean I’m unworthy.
It doesn’t mean I’m weak.

Being overweight doesn’t define me… it doesn’t define anyone. I hope we all can recognize that in our daily lives.

What do you have to say? Have you ever felt that being overweight defined you or someone you love? What do you think now? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments section, below.

Sugar, America’s Addiction (Infographic)

Portrait of an Unkempt Slob: Why Fat Stereotypes Suck

An obese topless man on a motorcycle. Original...

“Attempting to get at truth means rejecting stereotypes and clichés.” ~Harold Evans

I’ve noticed a trend in language throughout my lifestyle change. Once I discovered it, I started noticing it more and more and now when I see it, it sticks out like a sore thumb.

I think what irritates me most about the language is I’ve noticed I’ve started using it myself.

There are certain words associated with unhealthy foods that you don’t really see connected to healthy food very often.

Let me give you a few examples of what I mean.

“You should quit guzzling soda.”
“You just wolfed down a biggie burger and fries.”
“You must be shoveling in the twinkies to weigh that much.”
“Chow down wide load!”

I never read the advice “you should guzzle at least 8 glasses of water a day.” I’ve never read that some Hollywood star was “wolfing down” anything unless they were talking about Kirstie Alley, Rosie O’Donnel or some other un-thin celebrity. Nobody’s photo is unknowingly snapped while “wolfing down a salad”!

I guess I find it so irritating because it draws a really disgusting picture of what overweight people are doing.

It paints a portrait (at least for me) of some unkempt slob sitting on the couch with his/her TV tray pulled up next to his/her belly which is protruding out from under his/her too small t-shirt with his/her bucket of KFC next to him/her and about 6 cans of Coke strewn about.

Yes, being overweight is not healthy. Yes some overweight people may guzzle, shovel, inhale, cram, chow down, wolf and pig out but it’s not necessarily the norm and the language we use when talking about obesity really dictates differently.

Not every overweight person is cramming food in their mouths every second of the day.

Not every overweight person has a drawer full of Little Debbies and Snickers in their desk.

Not every overweight person guzzles soda all day long and belches loudly as they wipe their dirty faces on their sleeves.

Maybe it bothers me so much because when I used to eat anything (even healthy things) I would sometimes think others were looking at me thinking “geesh does she really need to be eating that?”

And I would really be self-conscious when I was eating something unhealthy.

Maybe all these years of associating my weight with words like “pigging out” and “shoveling” has made me draw myself as some sloppy unworthy self portrait that doesn’t really reflect who I am at all.

So I’m going to try to do my part to disassociate these grossly misused words with being overweight. If anything it can only make me more at peace with my own body.

What do you say? Are you ready to stop beating yourself up and to learn to love your body? Have you been the victim of negative stereotypes?

Let’s discuss! Share your thoughts in the comments section, below!



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