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Welcome to the inside of my brain. Here, I share experiences, tips, tricks and fun things I've learned during my weight loss journey. 

The Lazy River Fail.

Gail Ballin MS LPC CCM I've allowed my weight to limit me from experiencing some things I've always wanted to try. For example, I always...

Why the Y?

Remember that show from the 80's/90's called Cheers? The theme song was really catchy and focused on a place where 'everybody knows your...

How I Count Calories...

Last week during my Face Book Live session I talked about some of the strategies I use to help me lose weight. A lot of questions came in...

"I do running..."

It's funny how things work out. A few months ago, when I launched my Healthy Momma Bee (HMB) blog, I was daydreaming about where HMB...

A Daughters Perspective

As you all know from reading Healthy Momma Bee, my mom has done an incredible job losing weight. Throughout the process, she worked...

Fight the mush.

I love to spin. The room is dark, the music is blaring and I get into a zone that I can't really explain. For those 45 minutes my mind...

Meet my Negative Ninny.

I wrote a blog a few weeks ago about negative self talk and gave a few tips on how to get past the terrible things we say to ourselves....

The Click.

Stay with me through this first paragraph. I promise you, it's worth it. Obesity has many health implications including risk of stroke,...

What a year!!

We all have times in our life that stand out above the rest. Moments in time that we will never forget because of the people we are with,...

HIIT me up.

It was Christmas Eve and all through the Y there was a buzz about a cardio GRIT class at 9:30 am. GRIT is a High Intensity Interval...

The Bumblebee.

I was hard at work one afternoon last week when Robby came into my office and handed me a little brown box. I looked at him, perplexed...

Are you talking to me?

Sometimes we aren't very kind to ourselves. You know what I'm talking about. Those moments when you look in the mirror and don't like...

Suck it up.

It's 5:25 am and I'm in the spin room setting my bike up for my ride. I've been taking this early morning class with the most of the same...

The Promise.

I remember meeting Meri on the commencement line for high school graduation. We had a mutual friend who knew we were going to the same...

Running Girl.

I ran the Mistletoe 5k this past weekend. You saw that, right? Did you read that I actually RAN a 5K? That's a little over 3 miles AND I...

Me? Athletic?

I was never athletic. I never really had the opportunity to try thought. I grew up in NYC and my parents were always fearful that I'd get...

Down Dog.

Last week my spin teacher encouraged me to take a yoga/Pilates class, so I did. I will admit that I didn't enjoy it very much. I found...

Hungry.

This was written in the fall of 2015... I'm hungry today. It's not a physical hunger, its an emotional hunger and I can tell the...

Life Lessons.

NOTE: This was written in December, 2015. I live in North Carolina, which is one of the most beautiful places to live (in my opinion, of...

Day 1. Again.

January 1 was a day I always dreaded. Not for the hangover or the post-New Years Eve party clean up, but because I was overweight, it...

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