Author Archives: Susie @newdaynewlesson

Feel Thinner Than You Look

I know how to feel thinner than I look.

It is really simple and I don’t know why I didn’t think of it before.

All you need to do is wear pants (trousers for you Brits) that are just a bit too big for you. It makes you feel thin. Really it does.

Of course it’s even better when the pants were once tight and now they are a bit loose. (and who cares if they are your fat pants and you can’t get into your medium pants let alone your skinny pants)

So here is to my slightly loose jeans getting a bit looser.

Yay me. (for now)

Although I would like to fit into a dress like this again one day. Soon please.


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And Now I Understand What My Problem Is!

I have been agonizing over the fact that I have been gaining weight.

And then today I got the email below and I had a real aha! moment. Now I know the reason for my misfortune. I knew that the amount of food I have been consuming and the lack of exercise, could not possibly be the reasons.

I just discovered this important info below. Please share with all your friends.
I don’t know WHY I didn’t figure this out sooner!!!!!
It’s the shampoo I use in the shower!
When I wash my hair, the shampoo runs down my whole body, and (duh!)
Printed very clearly on the shampoo label is this warning,
No WONDER I have been gaining weight!!!
Well! I have gotten rid of that shampoo and I am going to start using Dawn    dish soap instead. Its label reads:


Problem solved! If I don’t answer the phone . . . I’ll be in the shower!

See you guys later. I am off to buy some dish soap! I could use some weight loss fairies.

Or some Joy.

Fairy Dish Soap
© juliegomoll | Flickr Creative Commons

Look What We Found Hiding Under Our Sink…
© semarr/Sarah Marriage | Flickr Creative Commons


Filed under Eating, Posts by Susie, Weight Loss

Want to Lose Weight? Buy New Clothing.

I don’t know how it is for others. For me it seems to be a no fail plan. I go out, spend a fortune some money on new clothing and then I seem to find the motivation to stop stuffing my face start watching my food intake.

I was thinking about it (something I do way too often) and came to the conclusion that it is probably not that simple.

It’s kind of like the which came first, the chicken or the egg, debate. Do you lose weight because you have bought new clothing that fits you and you feel good wearing them? Or did you buy the clothing in the first place because you were feeling better about yourself and that feeling better was the impetus for the clothing buying and the weight losing? (You might need to reread that a few times for it to make sense.)

Or maybe it’s a little bit of both rolled into one. Either way, it doesn’t matter. I had enough of the uncomfortable feeling of mushing my fat rolls every time I sit down. (And yes, I know, too much information.)

I am slowly getting back on the band wagon. It is not easy physically or mentally but I feel a bit lighter both mentally and physically.

Wish me luck.

Do you find that buying clothing is a good way to find the motivation to lose weight?

© Katrina Brown |


Filed under Clothing, Eating, Motivation, Posts by Susie

Now My Grandma Thinks I Am Pregnant

I keep falling back into the same lousy habits, because they are so much easier than working so hard at putting new good habits in place.

And then words uttered by my grandmother, not out of meanness (or at least I chose to believe not), but because her brain-mouth barrier is suffering, kind of jolted me back out of Lala Land. (Sorry Kat, know you call your daughter Lala, but for me Lala Land is a fairy tale world.)

My granny was over for the weekend and within an hour of her arriving she asked me with the accompanying hand motion, how many months along I was. What the heck???

My double chin should be the giveaway for fat vs. baby.

Now if I had been doing this, then maybe I could understand….

*Bows head in shame.*

I need to start exercising.



Filed under Exercise, Feelings, Posts by Susie

I Can’t Bear To Face The Truth

I cannot bring myself to face the truth. I can’t bear it.

I love something that does not love me back. So why oh why do I keep submitting myself to the same torture over and over again? Isn’t there a saying somewhere that “stupidity is doing the same thing again and again but expecting a different outcome” ?

How many times and how many headaches will it take for me to give up and admit that as much as I love chocolate it does not love me back?

Apparently many many many times.


And it does not even have to be a big piece of chocolate. An itty bitty piece is enough to start a massive headache.

Here is hoping that today is the day that I finally understand that there is no point in loving something that doesn’t love you back.


Goodbye chocolate. Hope you find true love one day.

© Siona Watson |Flickr Creative Commons


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Emotional Eating Is Too Emotional

I think that a good number of people who struggle with weight loss have an issue with emotional eating.

You know what I mean. Instead of dealing with the real issues and emotions we turn to food for comfort. We eat when we are sad, when we are tired, when we are stressed, when we are nervous, when we are ashamed ……

There really is no end to the emotions that we spurn for the comfort we think food has to offer us.


Like now, worried that I may have said something “wrong” to a friend whose husband has been in the hospital with no end in sight, the first thought that came to mind is I need to find food. Okay, I was also starving because I hadn’t eaten for hours, but that was not what I was thinking as I rummaged for food. My head was saying: “Let me fix this hole I feel inside by covering it in food.”  The foot in the mouth was not a satisfying enough meal.

Yeah that’s real smart Susie. Get a grip. Write about your emotions, acknowledge them, deal with them and then and only if you are really hungry go eat.

Fine Susie, stop talking to me, I hear you. See, I wrote this all down. Now can my gurgling stomach eat something? Please????

Is it just me that turns to food instead of dealing with the issues head on?

© mst7022 |Flickr Creative Commons


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A Deal Is A Deal

A deal is a deal. For good and for bad I guess.

The Book I Am Now Reading

For bad because I am thinking that as the amateur negotiator I am, I might have been had.

For good, because maybe the deal will get me motivated and moving.

My husband has had a few health issues in the past few months. He had a bronchoscopy and then back issues. I very much believe in the mind/body connection and have been trying to get him to go see my naturopathic dietician. He has been very a bit resistant to the idea.

But I am a bit stubborn. (Something that I have obviously learned from my hubby.) I have an appointment for myself next week and I wanted him to take it because while I enjoy our meetings, I know what to do food wise. (The fact that I haven’t is another issue…) Her appointments also have a six month waiting list.

And so I asked my husband for a personal favor that he please take my appointment. He responded in true negotiator style and asked me for a personal favor which entailed eating more healthy and getting into an exercise regimen of at least 3 times a week.

I was thrilled that he agreed and said “deal”.

A few hours later I came to some realizations.

The main one being that I am not a negotiator. I don’t realize that I have been had until it’s too late.

But it could be worse because I will benefit from the deal. Oh well-no more excuses.

Gotta go….exercise and healthy breakfast are calling.


Filed under Eating, Exercise, Posts by Susie