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

I've given up on fashion and blaming my body for not fitting into arbitrarily sized clothes. Instead I appreciate it for being strong and healthy.

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 Meyer of Norwich, Emily M, […]

Guest blog: Having a fit over clothing fit

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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 and tall – by David […]

5 foods you should never eat at a fair

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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 in big, bulky rolls and […]

What to do when you’re hangry

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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! Dealing with weather described as the triple Hs, is often a catalyst […]

How to eat like a happy loser in Maine

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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 on vacation than enjoy all […]

I gained weight and I’m glad

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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 have gained weight. It’s a […]

3 Things you should never say to an overweight child

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#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. Winding up obese like “Auntie […]