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Why would the Weight Watchers lady support Whitney’s no body shame campaign?

on Aug. 18, 2016, at 8:51 a.m.
Like it or not, they call me the Weight Watchers lady. I’ve been associated with Weight Watchers for almost 30 years. I started in January 1987 as a mother of 3 girls under age 6, and my weight had gotten out of control. I had an effective way to lose weight …

Eating more meals at home can cause you to lose weight

on Aug. 14, 2016, at 10:13 a.m.
Back in the 50s eating at home was normal, dining out was special. Dining out was so special, in fact, that Mainers only averaged fewer than 20 times in a year. Considering most of us eat 21 meals every week, the average of those meals eaten out of the home nowadays, are …

How to dodge the freshman 15

on Aug. 12, 2016, at 10:14 p.m.
Gaining weight your first year of college is more common than unusual. That’s why it’s called the “Freshman 15.”  There are several obvious weight gaining traps to avoid and a few subtle ways that pounds are added to your freshman frame, but you can escape their negative affect on your …

How to stop cheating and start eating to weigh less

on Aug. 08, 2016, at 1:48 p.m.
Cheating seems to be a pesky problem for people who want to get thinner. Some people say they start cheating as soon as they begin a weight loss plan. Others say it takes a few weeks. One thing for sure, cheating is not a productive method of reaching your weight …

5 best ways to lose weight in the summer in Maine

on Aug. 06, 2016, at 8:05 a.m.
I don’t even like to write this, but it’s the sad truth. Summer is coming to an end in Maine. Kids will be back in school before the month is over. Some of the eager-beaver trees can’t even wait until September for their leaves to start changing. Lots of people …

What to do when your size 10 is no longer “perfect”

on July 29, 2016, at 10:35 a.m.
Believe it or not, in 1971 I was 5’7″ tall and weighed 125 pounds. I was a perfect size 10. I can say that with complete confidence because my first full-time job after graduating from high school was a pattern maker’s model for 3 (preppy,/collegiate) quality clothing manufacturers – John …

Guest blog: Having a fit over clothing fit

on July 26, 2016, at 6:27 a.m.
I’m delighted to have a guest author today! David Jester, author of the BDN blog, To New England…and Beyond, and firefighterwithapen, shares a frustration that anybody whose body isn’t a clothing industry standard shape and size, and who has tried to find clothing that looks good and fits well, understands. Men’s big …

5 weight loss exercise tips when it’s hot

on July 25, 2016, at 5:26 p.m.
Most people have heard the weight loss formula. If you haven’t, here it is: eat less + move more = weight loss The summer brings some challenges to putting this formula into action, especially when the weather gets hot. These tips help keep you active and on track but more …

5 foods you should never eat at a fair

on July 25, 2016, at 2:31 p.m.
It’s agricultural fair season in Maine! It’s a Maine tradition that should never be missed! There’s so much to see and do at the fairs. 2016 Schedule of Maine Fairs And so much to eat! Traditional faire at the fair includes the fatty favorites: Funnel Cakes! French Fries! Sausage Sandwiches …

‘We need to show that it is possible': Young Maine man shares story of recovery

on July 25, 2016, at 10:35 a.m.
Ryan’s personal story isn’t about how he got lost in the depths of opioid use disorder but an honest account of his challenges and triumphs in treatment and recovery, the support of his family, the love for his daughter, and his focus on getting an education and starting a new job.

What to do when you’re hangry

on July 23, 2016, at 9:50 a.m.
The Maine meteorologists have been talking a lot about the “Triple Hs” lately and why wouldn’t they? It’s summer and H•H•H goes with the territory. I’m talking about Hot, Hazy, and Humid, of course, but there’s a fourth H they never mention. Hangry!Story continues below advertisement. Dealing with weather described …

Maine AG’s ‘Dose of Reality’ campaign hits home

on July 20, 2016, at 10:06 a.m.
Prescription drugs have killed more than a thousand Mainers in the last 10 years and devastated many more lives.

How to eat like a happy loser in Maine

on July 19, 2016, at 2:54 p.m.
It could be hard to be a happy loser on vacation. If you’re losing by restricting your food choices, there’s no happy in that. If you’re eating too much and you’re reversing your losing progress, there’s no happy in that either. Maine is Vacationland and what better thing to do …

The facts about methadone and Suboxone

on July 19, 2016, at 11:38 a.m.
“The safety and efficacy of these medications (Methadone and Suboxone) are very well established.” But, “Access to treatment continues to be an issue.”

Local leader addresses opioid epidemic in our community

on July 14, 2016, at 3:25 p.m.
“We’re (CHLB) using every outlet we can to try to heighten awareness of this issue (opioid abuse).”

I gained weight and I’m glad

on July 13, 2016, at 8:47 a.m.
I gained weight and I’m glad! I wasn’t one of those skinny people who needed to gain some weight just to stop looking like a walking skeleton. HA! Heavens, no! I have plenty of meat (and fat) on my bones. In fact, more than I need, and yet I’m happy to …

Getting the peachiest peaches

on July 11, 2016, at 1:28 p.m.
Fruit is the most weight-friendly foods I know. I can eat fruit anytime I just want to eat something that’s sweet, but don’t want a lot of calories. Fruit is nutritious and loaded with vitamins and antioxidants that can protect my body from cell damage that causes cancer and heart disease.   Fruits …

The truth about ice cream

on July 09, 2016, at 7:56 a.m.
Hot, hazy summer days were made for ice cream. “Too bad ice cream was made to enlarge my hips and my belly and even my double chin. Like a lot of other women, I can’t even think about ice cream without gaining five pounds. As much as I love ice …

3 Things you should never say to an overweight child

on July 08, 2016, at 6:42 a.m.
#1. “You have to be careful or you’ll end up just like (fill in the blank – an obese family member.)” Every time you speak to a child you’re giving them information they’ll use to create their self-identity. You don’t want to unintentionally help them to create a negative self-identity. …

10 things to take away from My Big Fat Fabulous Life

on July 03, 2016, at 9:23 a.m.
I love On Demand. It lets me watch my shows on my time and if it’s been a while I can watch several episodes in a week. It’s a great way to catch up. I’ve just caught up with the current season of TLC’s My Big Fat Fabulous Life. I’d …