Wooo to the hooo! 🙂 Today is a crazy day for me, but that’s a GOOD thing.  I decided to detach myself from the computer and walk to a nearby deli for lunch.  The Husband and the pups tagged alone.  Which means I carried Maggie several blocks.


(Showering, like cooking my own lunch, is currently in the “unnecessary” category of my life.  Also – someone mysteriously left those sunglasses on my bathroom counter and I have not been able to locate the owner.  Finders, keepers?)


James trudged along like a rock star!


The goodies:


I got the Lulu for the tenth time – it’s a hummus and tabbouleh wrap.   With some grapes on the side.




Change the Way You See, Not the Way You Look Guest Posts!


In honor of the OB Book Release, women (and men) all over America and the world are submitting guest posts describing their own experiences, struggles, and triumphs over body image issues.  To learn how to participate, check out this page


Here are today’s featured posts:



Just to ensure you’ve got enough awesome, inspiring, and motivating stuff to read on this lovely Monday morning, here is the latest and greatest Healthy Tipping Point success story:


Kayla’s Healthy Tipping Point:  Seeing is Believing!


Kayla said, "During the course of high school, I developed a food addiction, and tipped the scales at 200+ pounds.  Keep in mind I am a notch under 5′ 3.  “Portion control”, “listening to your body”, and “moderation” were terms entirely nonexistent in my vocab.  Graduation was approaching, and at 18 I was thoroughly fed up (no pun intended) with my obesity, lack of confidence, and overall unhappiness.  It was time for serious change.


I’ll never forget the life changing eye doc appointment I had 4 years ago. I went expecting nothing out of the ordinary.  She asked me the standard set of questions about vision, headaches, etc.  Next thing I know, my doc is telling me I need to immediately go from her office to the ER.  ”Your optic nerves are incredibly swollen and you need to find the cause… right now.”


I sat on the ER table having blood drawn, CT scans, and nurse after doctor after nurse asking me one thousand repetitive questions. “I thought I was just gonna get my eyes checked today…I just graduated high school last year.  I’m young.  What the hell is happening?!”  I was freaked out.  Then the ER doc sunk my heart: “It’s one of 3 things.  A brain tumor, Multiple Sclerosis, or Pseudotumor Cerebri”.  Uh, what??


The following weeks I visited multiple neurologists, had an MRI and spinal tap (horrible experiences), and started taking a pill several times a day (to reduce optic nerve swelling).  Finally, I was diagnosed with pseudotumor cerebri.  Basically, PTC is a condition where your body produces too much spinal fluid.  The result is increased pressure in the brain, which gives you headaches, blurs your vision, and causes your ears to ring all the freaking time.  Left untreated, you can go blind.  Serious stuff, folks. 


So I had 2 options.

#1)  Stay on pills my whole life, and hope PTC will go away (unlikely)

#2)  Lose weight.  (PTC has a direct correlation to obese women, and I definitely fit into this category at that time)


I chose to lose weight.  My journey of losing weight is discussed here.  Basically, I cleaned up my diet (quit fast food, ate less processed food, smaller portions) and started exercising.  The weight came off, but perhaps even more excitingly, I was able to quit taking meds.  I no longer had PTC. Obesity directly correlated with my condition, and by losing weight and getting healthy I was able to be free from pseudotumor cerebri.  For good.

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Three and a half years later, and I’ve had zero signs of PTC returning.  If I gain the weight back, PTC will come with it.  If that’s not motivation to stay healthy and take care of my body, I don’t know what is!”


Question of the Day:  What long-term goals motivate you to stay healthy?  For me, it’s living to be 100!  This has always been one of my fun goals.  Hope I make it – it’s in my genetics!  🙂



  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs August 2, 2010, 2:21 pm

    Great HTP story, and I can’t wait to read the other linked posts too 🙂
    Long term wise? I don’t want to break down or be miserable when I’m 40 or 50 or 60; I want to have a life of being fit and healthy!Life should be enjoyed, not wasted.

  • Katherine August 2, 2010, 2:28 pm

    Awesome story. My motivation is just feeling good, being able to be active outside, and improving my overall health. Going to the doctor this year and being told that I had “excellent blood pressure” was great. I never had super high blood pressure but it was always tetering on the high side. Losing even just 20 lbs can really make a differnce.

  • Laurie August 2, 2010, 2:31 pm

    LOVE Kayla’s story, and man you look great (I am assuming you will be reading these). I am about to go read your story, but I think I have to run to see “Beezus and Ramona” first w/ my 9 year old. How do you think it would go if I blogged during the movie? Not so good.
    Will read more later.

  • Monique@FindingtheCouragetoChange August 2, 2010, 2:31 pm

    My motivation is to someday have my hormones balanced enough naturally that I will start to fix my problem with Polycycstic Ovarian Syndrome…and someday be a mama as a result 🙂

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin August 2, 2010, 2:32 pm

    Wow what an amazing story! I am so happy for you with all these amazing things happening in your life!!

  • Kelly August 2, 2010, 2:33 pm

    Wow what a story! I want to be able to be active with my kinds and grandkids some day.

  • Amanda- The Nutritionist Reviews August 2, 2010, 2:35 pm

    That wrap looks awesome!
    And your comment about your dachshund needing to be carried made me laugh because I would have the same situation with mine!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg August 2, 2010, 2:35 pm

    Wow, that is an inspirational story!! Thanks for posting, and for all of the other OB post links as well!

  • Tina August 2, 2010, 2:35 pm

    Wow! I couldn’t imagine just going in for a basic eye exam and experiencing that. At least it led to much more wonderful things!! Congrats on getting healthier and happier. 🙂

    About to go check out all those OB posts!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) August 2, 2010, 2:36 pm

    i want to be able to walk, talk, workout, and live the healthiest life i can as long as i can! i hate that my grandparents have a hard time being self-sufficient…i don’t want that to happen to me EVER!

  • Marilou @ Mostly Healthy August 2, 2010, 2:36 pm

    Long term goal = Never going back the old way. I wanna be one of those nasty unkillable grandma that everybody loves 🙂

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) August 2, 2010, 2:37 pm

    Great story! Thank you for sharing! Oh and that sandwich looks amazing! Perfect combo if you ask me!

  • Michelle August 2, 2010, 2:37 pm

    That is such an AWESOME story – and I’ve never heard of the condition before. My long-term goal for being healthy is to avoid the heart disease that plagues my family.

  • Carolyn @ lovinlosing August 2, 2010, 2:38 pm

    My motivation os a combination of wanting to feel good about my self, wanting to be healty, and races! I love races!! 🙂

  • Holly @ couchpotatoathlete August 2, 2010, 2:40 pm

    Kayla’s story is amazing – how inspirational! Thanks Kayla for sharing your story!

    My long term motivation is having kids one day. I want to have a healthy pregnancy and I want to have a healthy family. I’m putting in the effort now to maintain my weight loss and to develop healthy habits that I need in the future.

  • Shannon August 2, 2010, 2:43 pm

    OK, I have serious lunch envy!

    I am so excited about being a Mom some day, and that is a big part of my long-term health motivation. I know that I will have an easier time conceiving if I am at a healthy weight, but perhaps more importantly, I know that my relationship with food and my body will likely rub off on my children. I fear it will be difficult for them to love themselves and have a healthy relationship with food if Mommy is obsessing over her calories one day and then eating an entire pack of cookie dough the next. I’m seeking healthy, self-loving and accepting moderation 🙂

    • Shannon August 2, 2010, 2:45 pm

      Completely forgot the point of my comment – I am so so glad that Kayla’s condition was discovered in time! Congrats to her on her healthy changes!

  • Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete August 2, 2010, 2:44 pm

    Damn, Kayla. You are badass!!

    My long term motivation is to be able to keep up with my husband when we are old. His family has really long lives, and mine not so much. He is in great shape (much better than me even though he is 9 years older), and I know he is going to stay that way. I don’t want him to ever get bored with me. I want to be the first person he thinks of for a bike ride, run, climb, etc. 😉

  • Anya @ Fitness & Sunshine August 2, 2010, 2:49 pm

    What a great story! 🙂 Thank you so much for the inspiration to be healthy. You are a beautiful, strong woman!

  • Megan August 2, 2010, 2:49 pm

    I believe each generation aims to do a little bit better than their parents. My long term goal is to keep off the weight I lost, in hopes of staying healthier longer and being able to avoid some of the health problems my parents have faced at too young an age. I also hope to be healthy long enough to see them through old age and support them the way they have always supported me.

  • Jessica August 2, 2010, 2:50 pm

    I want to live forever….ok maybe not forever, but I hear stories all the time of 90 year old people still driving and active and healthy…I want that to be me….

    I just checked my order and it tells me that my book is in Transit….I almost have my very own copy….I cant wait to see it….

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite August 2, 2010, 2:54 pm

    What a great story! I love reading these!

    I want to be able to run five miles when I’m 80 🙂 That’s my inspiration 🙂

  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write August 2, 2010, 2:55 pm

    I’ve looked three times at the La Mesa, CA Barnes and Noble and it’s not on the shelves yet. I’m so excited to see it in the store (even though mine will be coming in the mail). Good luck this week!

  • Janna@Janna's Keeping it Real! August 2, 2010, 2:57 pm

    Oh wow! Kayla’s story is simply amazing! How awesome that she recognized what was necessary to be done, rather than wallow in the life changing news she was given! She is probably such an inspiration to many!:0)

  • Lisa @ Early Morning Run August 2, 2010, 3:02 pm

    First, the sandwich looks delicious!

    To answer your question, what keeps me motivated is knowing that I have to eat well and exercise to stay healthy and live a long life and accomplish everything I wish to!

  • Jaime Runs August 2, 2010, 3:04 pm

    Seriously I can’t take it anymore. I need to make that Lulu wrap at home. It looks so good.

    Long-term goal that motivates me? I want to be healthy so I’m around for a while…I mean I know you can’t exercise yourself out of getting hit by a truck or cancer but at least I can say I did the best I could! Before I turned 30, I quit smoking so I’m on a mission to remove & reverse all those harmful effects.

  • Katie @ Healthy Heddleston August 2, 2010, 3:10 pm

    Wow great HTP story.. amazing! So inspiring. Honestly, when I read this HTP stories I just chills during most of them.

  • Camille August 2, 2010, 3:17 pm

    Wow! Go Kayla! What an incredible woman to take action!

    The long term goal that motivates me is to someday be a mother and then a grandmother who runs with my kids and grand kids and doesn’t need to be taken care of!

  • Carly (Swim, Run, Om) August 2, 2010, 3:22 pm

    Great HTP story!

    I don’t want to say that I want to live to 100, but for however long I live, a definite long term goal of mine is to have a good quality of life right up to the very end.

  • Ashley @ Will Run for Food August 2, 2010, 3:31 pm

    Your wrap looks delicious! Thanks for sharing Kayla’s story! I have Type 1 Diabetes so it motivates me to be healthy, since the right food choices and exercise help to regulate my blood glucose levels. I feel so much better when they are in control and it greatly reduces my risk for other diseases that uncontrolled diabetes can bring on!

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape August 2, 2010, 3:33 pm

    Everytime I see that wrap I really want one, haha. Yay for the links being posted!!! I’m looking forward to reading them 😀

  • Gavi @ GaviGetsGoing! August 2, 2010, 3:34 pm

    As always, thank you for the inspirational stories! I want to live long and prosper! I may not make it to 100, but I want to be active for as long as I can be. Seeing my 85-year-old grandmother walk daily on the treadmill gives me motivation and inspiration to stay healthy for my whole life. As Kaiser Permanente says, “live long and thrive!”

  • Monica August 2, 2010, 3:55 pm

    Long term goal that keeps me pushing: to be a Mom that is able and strong and around for a very very very long time to be a big part of my kids lives.

    Being a healthy and able Wife and Mom are my top two priorities in life and when I do become a Mom one day I want to be a health and fitness role model to those little ones. 🙂

  • Anna @ Doing Good & Living Well August 2, 2010, 4:02 pm

    What a great story! My long term reasons for being/staying healthy are family. I want to have a healthy pregnancy in a few years, be healthy and active with my kids and then do the same when I have grandkids. I don’t want to be dependent on other people when I’m older; I want to live my own life and love every single minute of it!

  • Julie August 2, 2010, 4:10 pm

    Congrats on the big week ahead.

    Also, 100 years? Hmm, make that 100 HEALTHY years!

  • Melissa August 2, 2010, 4:12 pm

    Can’t wait to get my hand on your book! Congratulations!

    Thanks for all the stories. They motivate me to stay on track!

  • Jojo August 2, 2010, 4:19 pm

    My long term healthy goal is to be a healthy and active mother to my (not yet born) children. Both of my parents have had many healthy issues over the years and I do NOT want to put my children through everything I’ve been through.

  • Amber K August 2, 2010, 4:19 pm

    My long-term reason to be healthy is that I want to have a baby! And when I finally have a child, I want to be healthy and around for them for a long time!

  • Laura@FindingAHealthyBalance....after a 100+ Pound weight loss!!! August 2, 2010, 4:27 pm

    I hit a HUGE milestone today……….it has been 1 YEAR since I offically lost 100 POUNDS!!! =)

    And, I am so happy to report that I kept it off…………=)

    Love the sucess stories as always.

    P.S. My long term reason to be “healthy” is 1st to take care of myself and 2nd be a good role model for my daughter!

  • tanyasDaily ProductViews August 2, 2010, 4:34 pm

    good post…and your wrap looks awesome

  • Krystina August 2, 2010, 4:36 pm

    Congrats Kayla. You are beautiful.

  • Miranda @ MirandasJeans August 2, 2010, 4:37 pm

    I hope to live to 100 as well. My maternal greatgrandmother just passed away at 92 2 years ago, and my paternal greatgrandmother turns 100 this Oct 7th. I can’t wait to go see her and celebrate her milestone of a birthday with her.

  • Britney August 2, 2010, 4:38 pm

    In the long run, my goal is not to develop diabetes! My grandfather died from diabetes, and he had just about every complication there is – he spent years on dialysis, his feet were amputated, and he had heart attacks – and I never want to experience the disease myself.

    I also took ballet class with this woman who was in her 60s or 70s and was incredibly fit and I want to be like her when I’m her age. One class she lamented that she had cut her bike ride short that day! Ballet class was my only workout.

  • Cyndi @ Weightless Life August 2, 2010, 4:40 pm

    This story is so inspiring! Thank you for sharing. My motivation for getting healthy is to be able to be there for my husband, and my future children. Managing my health is a small thing I can do to make sure that they don’t have to be without me.

  • Stacey @ Tipping the (Kitchen!) Scales August 2, 2010, 4:43 pm

    I really love reading people’s healthy tipping point stories, they are so inspiring.

    That wrap will never get old – it still looks darn tasty!!

  • Hedda August 2, 2010, 4:55 pm

    This was a strong story. And you, my dear Kayla, are a beautiful person. You got a frightening message, and you used it the best way possible : by doing what you knew was absolutely necessary changes. You should be incredibly proud of yourself for deciding to take responsibility for your health, and to do what was in your power to create a better future. It is not easy, but you did it – and you continue to do so. Give yourself a huge hug every day because you are great. You love and honour your body and mind.

    My long-term, as well as overall goal, to work for a healthier body is simply to be able to have a future. To live. Experience. Love, laugh and cry. To help other.
    To do so I must invest in my body – it needs proper nourishment and to be treated with respect. This body is my life-long companion and I want to do my best to make that a long and happy companionship.

    PS : I got a mail from Amazon today – my book is on its way to Norway 😀

  • Ellen @FirednFabulous August 2, 2010, 4:58 pm

    Oh my goodness, what a great story. I’m so glad she caught it in time and turned everything around!

    I’ve said it before here, but I’ll say it again. My health goal is to get off the rollercoaster I’m on. I want to be more balanced with my eating, and to ditch the “all or nothing” approach I have with food. AND I want to love myself RIGHT NOW…not 5 pounds less from now 🙂

  • kirsten August 2, 2010, 5:00 pm

    congratulations Kayla! I’m glad you caught your condition in time!! 🙂

  • Chase @ The Chase Project August 2, 2010, 5:01 pm

    My grandmother has dementia which is a condition that is linked to belly fat and inactivity. It’s been incredibly difficult to see her struggle and I most certainly don’t want to head down that path.

  • Hayley (Breath of Fire) August 2, 2010, 5:19 pm

    Great story from Kayla. For me, scary health conditions like that are a BIG motivation for exercise and eating well. I’m a bit of a hypochondriac, and combined with faithful Grey’s Anatomy watching?? Way too many ideas in my head of what could go medically wrong!!

  • Monica August 2, 2010, 5:29 pm

    I’m motivated to work out, eat well and take good care of myself by many of the patients I have worked with through my jobs and volunteer work. I definitely think the quality of life we have as we age is greatly determined by the way we treat our mind, body and soul. I’m always inspired to make healthy choices and live a healthy lifestyle when I see an 80 yr old patient who appears more mobile, happier and healthier than a 60 yr old who hasn’t been so kind to their body.

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) August 2, 2010, 5:52 pm

    Seriously – what a great post, a great reader story and great links to other like-minded posts!! THanks!

  • Keri August 2, 2010, 5:57 pm

    Have you ever read the book Healthy at 100? Its by John Robbins (heir to Baskin Robbins) and its one of my faves…

  • maria @ Chasing the Now August 2, 2010, 6:11 pm

    Being a lifelong runner challenges me to keep the weight off. Weighing less=easier on joints!

  • kimmy August 2, 2010, 6:25 pm

    I too have PTC, I have had it for three years. I went through three spinal tabs before they could tell me what is wrong. Although it is amazing that she was able to break away from the condition, i just wanted to say that that is not possible for everyone. I, like others are not overweight and still have the condition.

    • Caitlin August 2, 2010, 7:19 pm

      Aw I’m so sorry you struggle with PTC! Thanks for educating us that it can be due to other issues besides weight. I hope you find a resolution soon.

    • Kayla @ Lets Live Wholesome August 2, 2010, 7:55 pm

      Kimmy- You are absolutely right that PTC has causes that are completely unknown. I did a ton of research on the condition when I had it, and this just so happened to be the fix for me. I hope you can find your cure soon, and wish you the best!

  • Kayla @ Lets Live Wholesome August 2, 2010, 7:52 pm

    THANK YOU X100 for all your kind words, friends! You guys are amazing, and I will never forget the kindness and encouragement I’ve received from your comments! You guys are incredible.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 2, 2010, 8:10 pm

    Thanks for sharing Kayla! I’m so glad you caught your condition in time and were able to fix it! 🙂

  • Maya August 2, 2010, 10:46 pm

    What an amazing story. It’s so important to remember that being healthy is so much more than looks or body image.

  • Wei-Wei August 2, 2010, 11:14 pm

    Oh my gosh this is such an amazing story. I agree with Maya, it totally reminds me that being healthy is waaaaaay more than looking good or “perfect”. If you’re not healthy, you can look like a supermodel but be dying inside. That would definitely not be worth it.


  • Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) August 3, 2010, 1:11 am

    Wow, that is such an inspiring and striking story! Many congrats to Kayla for reclaiming her health.

    My long-term motivations for staying in shape are numerous, diabetes runs in my family so I hope to avoid getting it by staying within a healthy weight range. I also want to live to be like my spunky, healthy, and energetic Grandma who just turned 87 today!

  • Marieke August 3, 2010, 6:43 am

    It’s amazing how many health problems being overweight/obese can cause, even when you think that particular problem has nothing to do with it. I’m losing weight myself and every couple of kilos I can feel a difference, not just in my body weight/shape but also my general health. This is a great story, I think it should inspire overweight people to lose weight for health as well as for being slim.

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie August 6, 2010, 1:47 pm

    Yeah Kayla!! You look amazing sister.

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