You Look Great (and Other Insults)

It’s been a minute since we talked about weight. (Did your brain just jump to a picture of a scale? Hang with me for a minute; that’s not what I’m going for.) ‘Tis the season for delicious treats, festive drinks, and the softest of PJs. Unfortunately, it’s also prime time for diet talk, resolution pressure,…

I’M Possible

I recently witnessed one of my favorite authors experience some professional setbacks and disappointments. After wallowing for awhile, her colleague asked her, “what does this make possible?” It’s easier said than done. Isn’t it? There’s a note on my desk that mocks me: Create more. Consume less. I haven’t felt much like writing lately. I…

Internal v. External

Aren’t personality types fascinating? I have always thought so. Even my favorite sleepover activities as a kid included pouring over magazines and taking quizzes for hours on end. It’s no surprise that as the Enneagram recently gained popularity in my corner of the world, that I would go all in with it, too. I am an…

The Shame Game

I’m about halfway through Brené Brown’s Gifts of Imperfections. It’s a short book, but I’m taking it chapter by chapter, averaging one every two weeks to really unpack this. It’s like my Voice of Reason and I have our own little book club (although, mostly one-sided), where I draw parallels between other things I’ve read…

Do You See What I See?

Since I first took a deep dive of introspective focus on body image, I’ve honed in on something: Our society is quick to notice and value the surface. Obviously – I mean, it’s natural to acknowledge the first thing we see. And through diet culture, we’re pressured to keep up appearances for whatever reason currently…

Patience, Young Grasshopper

I had one big pep talk this morning with a little wonder on the side of what this session would hold. Might this be the last one? I’ve made so much progress and feel so much better! Am I “cured?” As I wrapped up the last two chapters in the book I’d been working through for…

Bending Over Breaking

A thought hit me this morning, half-way joking and wishing that I was struggling with an alcohol or smoking addiction instead. I know, I know. I’ve never struggled with either vice and I’m sure those who have would give me an earful, but allow me to explain. The term “quitting cold turkey” doesn’t apply to…

(Not) Easy as 1, 2, 3

I haven’t found a real use for this talent, but I have a brain for music. If it has lyrics and a catchy little tune, I automatically file it away for future reference. Occasionally my husband will prompt me to sing random commercial jingles when he needs a party trick. And don’t think it was…

A Light at the End of the Cocoon

It all started at a gift shop in the Lowcountry. A dear friend who was caring for our fur-child in my absence sent me several photos, letting me know she was doing just fine. I proudly showed off their grandcat to my parents. “What’s that?” my Dad asked pointing to my friend’s tattoo. The word…

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.