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The 15 Best Weight Loss Blogs of 2014

The 15 Best Weight Loss Blogs of 2014

Obesity is one of the leading causes of heart disease, cancer, liver disease, osteoarthritis, and type 2 diabetes in the US. Every day, thousands of Americans try fad diets, which never work, and they spend millions of dollars each year on diet programs and exercise equipment, and they read plenty of blogs. Here are the top 15 weight blogs of 2014:

1. Authentically Emmie

Emmie

    This is an awesome blog for plus-size women. Emmie weighed 450 pounds, and so far has lost more than 100 pounds. She doesn’t worry about goals. She says she will know when she feels healthy and happy.

    2. Prior Fat Girl

    Prior

      Prior Fat Girl began as a weight loss journal, chronicling one woman’s weight loss struggles and achievements. It turned into a “prior fat girls” (and guys) blog that helps people through all stages of weight loss.

      3. Feel Great Health & Fitness

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      Plexus

        Learn all about the Plexus Slim products that are guaranteed to help anyone reach their weight loss goals.

        4. Does this Blog Make Us Look Fat?

        Look fat blog

          This is a comical take on weight loss, and highlights how social media can help you lose weight. Rebecca Regnier and Robin Gorrell show you how to find the best weight loss buddies, stop binge eating, and more.

          5. It Sux to Be Fat

          Sux

            Find everything from food reviews and healthy but tasty recipes to exercise tips for plus-size women, from sisters Jennifer and Katherine. You will see their own transformation each week as they weigh in.

            6. Brooklyn Fit Chick

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            Brooklyn Fit

              Here you will learn about the latest trends in fitness, including the Paleo Diet. Find some great tips, as well as reviews on cookbooks, fashions, fitness equipment, and more.

              7. Can You Stay for Dinner?

              Dinner

                See one woman’s journey through the trials and tribulations of weight loss. Andie Mitchell shares a number of excellent weight loss tips, plus some delicious, healthy recipes.

                8. Cranky Fitness

                Cranky

                  Unless you are already an exercise fanatic, chances are you are like most of us, and you hate to exercise. You are obviously not alone, and Jan Graham shares her workout experiences in a blunt manner on this blog.

                  9. Diary of an Aspiring Loser

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                  Dairy

                    A large part of Michelle’s success can be attributed to an attitude of lifestyle changes, rather than temporary weight loss. Look at her before and after photos.

                    10. Yum Yucky

                    Yum

                      Sometimes you just have to splurge, and this blog lets you know that it is okay, in moderation. You can lose weight and still enjoy your favorite treats. Here you will find helpful tips on how to lose weight.

                      11. Roni’s Weigh

                      Roni

                        Veronica “Roni” Noone chronicles her weight loss in the form of a blog for all, instead of just a journal for herself. She offers amazing tips for weight loss that people can actually relate to, and offers ideas on how to stay active with the family.

                        12. Run, Eat, Repeat

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                        RunEta

                          Personal trainer Monica is a runner, and still couldn’t lose weight because of the way she used to eat. She started this blog to track her weight loss efforts, and offers tasty low-calorie recipes to help with weight loss.

                          13. Preppy Runner

                          Preppy

                            All runners will enjoy this blog. Learn how running can help you lose weight, and see the proof with the results that Theodora has achieved. This blog is inspirational for any level of runner.

                            14. No Thanks to Cake

                            Cake

                              This blog shows you how to overcome emotional eating. See how Kelly overcame her own bad eating habits, and learn how to get into a healthier lifestyle.

                              15. Sassy Pear

                              Sassy

                                This is for 40-something women who are trying to lose weight. The author shares her inspirations to help inspire others to start working out.

                                Featured photo credit: Alan Cleaver via flickr.com

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                                The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                                The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                                Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

                                your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

                                  Why You Need a Vision

                                  Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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                                  How to Create Your Life Vision

                                  Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

                                  What Do You Want?

                                  The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

                                  It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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                                  Some tips to guide you:

                                  • Remember to ask why you want certain things
                                  • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
                                  • Give yourself permission to dream.
                                  • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
                                  • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

                                  Some questions to start your exploration:

                                  • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
                                  • What would you like to have more of in your life?
                                  • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
                                  • What are your secret passions and dreams?
                                  • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
                                  • What do you want your relationships to be like?
                                  • What qualities would you like to develop?
                                  • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
                                  • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
                                  • What would you most like to accomplish?
                                  • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

                                  It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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                                  What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

                                  Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

                                  A few prompts to get you started:

                                  • What will you have accomplished already?
                                  • How will you feel about yourself?
                                  • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
                                  • What does your ideal day look like?
                                  • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
                                  • What would you be doing?
                                  • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
                                  • How are you dressed?
                                  • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
                                  • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
                                  • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

                                  It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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                                  Plan Backwards

                                  It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

                                  • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
                                  • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
                                  • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
                                  • What important actions would you have had to take?
                                  • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
                                  • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
                                  • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
                                  • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
                                  • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

                                  Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

                                  It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

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