Not so nice compliments

I almost always take the cautious way out. If I think someone is pregnant but they haven’t explicitly stated so, I don’t make a comment. What if they are just gaining weight, I’m not going to be the jerk who asks when the baby is due. If I know someone is trying to lose weight and there is a noticeable difference, I will tell them they look good. But what if there is actually something terribly wrong and they’ve lost weight because they are seriously ill, I don’t want to be the idiot who says ‘you look great!’ Last summer, I was getting ready to leave the house and I put on a dress that I knew was no longer my size, but I thought it had enough of a drappy look to be okay. I looked in my full

Chicken Vegetable Soup

I usually cook once or twice a week and eat tons of leftovers. It’s not uncommon to get home from work and the gym at 8:30 and by that time reheating leftovers is just the easiest way to get a decent meal. Leftovers also ensure I have reasonable lunch. I don’t discriminate, I eat soup all year. I’ve been known to make soup for the freezer in August and eat all of it by October, but I especially find a hearty soup to be perfect in the winter. This week I made one of my favorite go-to soups. It’s easy and a great way to pack in a few extra veggies. You can always add more veggies if there are other varieties that you particularly fancy. The recipe below is the general base I use and go from th

When your body moves faster than your brain

In a previous lifetime, I knew what I would see when I looked in the mirror: a big stomach, flabby arms, back fat, essentially everything we are taught not to desire. I started to eat right and exercise and bit by bit, pounds burned away. I would have thought that if I lost 60 pounds, I would look in the mirror and see a huge difference…but reality is I still see a stomach I wish was slimmer, I see arms that I wish were tighter, a back that could be more toned. The numbers don’t lie, my scale says I’ve lost weight, my tape measure shows I’ve lost inches, my jeans size says something is clearly different. I can see, however faint, two little lines that try to convince me that abs may appear e

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