Finding the Light

“The gift of life gives you the greatest opportunity to live and chance to rise above any situation. With hopeful attitude you can overcome any struggle.” ― Lailah Gifty Akita I recently received a Facebook message that held no context, only a link. The website belonged to a Tennessee artist whose blog featured a raw,…

Tearing Down to Rebuild

I developed a flare for the culinary arts when I first visited Charleston, South Carolina. I had never tasted benne wafers or tomato pie – and who knew using real cream in grits could be so life-changing?! (It was.) My husband and I came to one of those make-or-break crossroads with our weight at the…

Goodbye Fear

A few weeks ago, my mom texted me this photo with a simple caption, “OMG.” “Do I need to listen to this?” I asked. She immediately responded, “YES.” At the time, her music video was all I could find. With a voice reminiscent of Sara Bareilles, I was already sold, but then I saw images…

Let’s Be Candid

My husband and I are a part of this amazing creative community. We meet once a month to have coffee and commune around a topic, learning from different creative leaders. The series is led by volunteers, including professional photographers. Each month, I scroll through the Flickr account hoping to discover a great shot for the…

Heavy Reactions

I recently read a heartbreaking story of a mother who simultaneously dealt with issues of her weight and her son’s fatal cancer. While pregnant with her second child and sitting with her eldest in the hospital, she realized she hadn’t eaten in three days. The nurses convinced her to have a bowl of mac and…

Self… Tolerance?

“Our need to connect is as fundamental as our need for food or water.” —Matthew Lieberman, Ph.D. I’m not quite sure when it happened, but somewhere along the way I began resenting myself. I wouldn’t call it hate; It grew into the type of relationship where you work and live so closely with someone… and…

Spiraling Forward

I’ve been meeting with a voice of reason for several months now. I walked into the room with a smile that faded as she closed the door behind me. As southern pleasantries go, it’s only polite to ask how someone is when you meet them (whether you truly care or not). I told her that…

A ‘Liviting’ Life (or How I Quit Dieting)

Have you ever considered the root word of diet to be die? A diet I signed up for in high school had this same realization and touted itself as a live-it instead. Some riveting life! I still found myself dreading the weekly weigh-ins and quickly getting discouraged when I didn’t have the same results as my peers. Dress it up and call it what you want, but it still is what it is.

Hi. I’m Amanda. And I’m a serial dieter. Counting calories, counting/eliminating carbs, binge-ing on cabbage soup, South Beach, Atkins, Weight Watchers, Paleo — you name it, I’ve done it.