About Error of My Weighs

Heather Robinson moved from Littleton, Colorado to Tucson, Arizona in 1993. After graduating high school she went on to work for America Online, where she met actress and writer Carrie Fisher in an online chat room. Carrie eventually convinced Heather to write a screenplay based on her life as a teenager growing up with a single mother in Tucson. In 2004, Heather sold her first screenplay titled, “The Perfect Man” to Universal Pictures and in 2005 had a world wide release starring Hilary Duff, Heather Locklear and Chris Noth. Heather is currently working on her second screenplay titled "E-Girl", which is again based on her life and a book that details her life from surviving a kidnapping when she was five years old, to working for Oprah Winfrey in Chicago and most importantly, her weight loss journey. Heather has been a guest on Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood, Extra!, Good Morning America and featured in various magazine articles.

4 Reasons Why Every Day Should Be A Birthday!

HappyBirthdayA friend of mine came over for dinner and when she walked in the front door she looked up toward the ceiling with a questionable look on her face. I didn’t notice right away until I turned around and saw her standing there looking at the “Happy Birthday” banner hanging on the wall. She cautiously asked, “Isn’t your birthday in July?” With a smile I said, “Yes, it is.” She then asked, “When is Gary’s birthday?” Knowing where this was headed, I started to laugh and replied, “Oh his is in August.” She slowly lowered the bags of food onto the kitchen counter and grabbed a bottle of wine. With a slight WTF look on her face she poured me a glass and asked, “So why are there Happy Birthday banners still hanging all over your house in December!?”

As we started dinner I explained, “Well, my birthday is July 31st and my husband’s is August 11th. So when we decorate for my birthday, we have always left them up for his as well. This year is the first time that we just never got around to taking them down. There is something wonderful about waking up each morning, shuffling into the kitchen half awake and being greeted with a “Happy Birthday” message to start our day. It is a constant reminder that while we are all born on one specific day at a certain time, each day is truly something that should be celebrated.”

We clanked our wine glasses and enjoyed a wonderful dinner. Later that night as I was cleaning up the dishes, I couldn’t help but think of the reasons why we should all make each day a birthday.

1. Life is Short – Celebrate Long and Often!

Let’s face it, the older we get the faster life passes us by. Who says you can only celebrate once per year? Give gifts to people for no other reason than to celebrate who they are and what they mean to you. I will frequently send birthday cards at the wrong time of the year with a note that says, “I know that you weren’t born today, but I am grateful for you EVERYDAY.” You would be amazed how that simple message can positively change a person’s day.

2. Enjoy The Best First

Instead of saving the best for last, enjoy the best first! My husband and I will eat out often. It’s our thing. We love going to restaurants and enjoying good food. Often times when we go to a fancy restaurant the waiter will ask for the occasion we are celebrating. The truth is, the occasion is just being alive! Some people may think it’s funny, but for a man who recently recovered from a brain tumor, the truth is, we have so much to celebrate. Let’s face it, we all have struggles that we have overcome. So enjoy your favorite things as often as possible. YOU deserve to be celebrated, not just once a year but every day!

3. Celebrating Little Moments Become Big Memories

When you take a small piece of sand and place it under a microscope, that little spec looks enormous. The same goes with moments in our life. Something simple if looked at differently, can be amazing. Last night while my husband and I were out to dinner, our waitress was extremely friendly and attentive. She looked a lot like Celine Dion, however, it was obvious she had extremely bad acne that she had tried to cover with makeup. When she came to the table with our food, she asked if we needed anything else? I asked her, “Has anyone ever told you that you look like Celine Dion?” Her hand went over her mouth and her eyes filled up with tears. She smiled so big and shook her head no. You could see she was afraid to feel beautiful, yet accepted the compliment with a huge smile. When she left the table Gary said, “Did she start to cry because she thinks Celine Dion looks like a horse?” I said, “No, you jackass, she is a very pretty girl and deserves to hear it! Hell, we all deserve to hear more positive things about ourselves.” (Sorry Celine, you don’t look like a horse.)

4. Make Life An Experience Not An Expiration

For many years I would give gifts to people that didn’t require much thought or action on my part. As I have gotten older I have become more aware of the feeling I get when I give a gift that takes some thought and consideration. The smile on someone’s face when their lifetime dream is being fulfilled is something that no gift card could ever provide. Make your life an experience. If you have a dream of driving a Ferrari, or flying in a Stearman Bi-Plane, go for it! There are several companies that provide the opportunity to fulfill your dreams, no matter how big or small. Live big…you deserve it. We all deserve it.

Portions Shmortions!

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I will say this…portion control is the fat person’s chastity belt.

It’s cruel, it’s mean and it’s something that I have struggled with for a long time.

Until now.

My friend Christy started on a program where she learned about portion control and how to eat right. When I saw her latest Facebook posting of her before and after picture I quickly messaged her to find out what her secret was. When she first mentioned  “Take Shape For Life”, I was thrilled at the idea of drinking milk shakes for the rest of my life. She quickly spelled out S-H-A-P-E not shakes and sent me to her website.

I scrolled through the website. I read the articles. But the proof I needed was that my friend, who I had known for several years, had taken back control. She wasn’t selling me anything. She wasn’t pushy and demanding. She was just simply Christy, minus (at that time) about 80 pounds.

I signed up for the program and I waited for my box of chocolate happiness to arrive. I explained to Christy that there might be a good chance that I would eat all of the boxes of chocolate bars within the first few days and could possibly die of my rectum bursting from constipation. She laughed and simply told me to print out the articles and read them over the weekend. For some men the article titled, “Lean Shrinkage Chart”  might make them squirm for a moment. However, the information is great and easily accessible.

I am happy to say I made it through the first week on Take Shape For Life, and survived eating the bars without my rectum exploding. I’m down 12 pounds which is really a no brainer since I’m cutting back my freak show way of eating and pounding more water than Niagra Falls.

Thank you Christy for being so brave in telling your story and inspiring change!

More posts and pictures to follow…

 

 

 

 

People Will Hurt You…

People will hurt you and all that matters is how you react to that hurt.

I want to make something perfectly clear when you hurt me, I get stronger. I don’t assume the fetal position and wait for the storm to pass. I learned long ago that you stand up for yourself and you don’t allow people to treat you poorly.

Yes, I have a weight issue, but that doesn’t mean I left my self esteem, pride and morals at the All-U-Can eat buffet. People have medical, personal or financial issues and some have struggles that we may never begin to understand. They had to adapt and overcome those struggles and maybe just maybe they made it through by eating more than they should have. Maybe they survived a death of a loved one by stuffing their face with carbs, sweets, sugars, sodas or anything else that might be bad for them, but in turn saved them from giving up on themselves or life as they know it.

I don’t point my finger at someone who has PTSD and shame them for having their issues. Their issues may not add twenty, thirty or sixty pounds to their frame, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t fighting every day to be a better person.

In turn, don’t point your finger at me and blame me for being fat. I get it. I see it everyday and I certainly don’t need a reminder.  Someone said this today and I wanted to post it here…

“Step into my shoes and walk the life I’m living – and if you get as far as I am, just maybe you will see how strong I really am.”

Sometimes it helps to know that we’re not alone. You’re not alone and I’m not alone. If someone has an issue with you or shares your issues with other people, use their weakness for your strength!

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Need Inspiration?

While learning new and healthy ways of eating, I came across this amazing gadget called the Paderno Spiralizer at Williams Sonoma. It was if I had just brought home a new born baby. I cried with excitement, then I carefully removed the spiralizer from the box and cleaned each piece. (Okay I didn’t really cry, but I would think people cry a lot when they bring home a newborn.)

Anyhow, I searched Pinterest for several Spiralizer recipes and started on my spiralizing journey to healthy eating and weight loss. In one week of eating “Zoodles” instead of regular pasta, I dropped a pant size and had more energy.

Some of you may think this is old news, but for a newbie such as myself, I wanted to share my new found love.

Sorry pasta but we’re breaking up for good! :-)

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WTF is Oil Pulling + Why I’m Hooked

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Everyone has a morning routine… mine has recently changed. Let me share::

1. First things first, I battle with my alarm (i.e. hit snooze thirty times).
2. Bitzy then wakes me up, I stumble to the kitchen to feed her and let her out.
3. We both get back into bed & snuggle for a bit.
4. I turn on morning cartoons (not kidding).
5. Head to the kitchen & put a spoonful of coconut oil in my mouth.
6. Get back in bed, set a 20 minute timer, start checking emails.

So, you may be wondering about #5. Why the hell am I putting a spoonful of coconut oil in my mouth & then getting back into bed with a 20 minute timer.

Two words. Oil Pulling. One word. Obsessed

Oil pulling has been around for years, which makes me mad I’ve only just found out about it. It’s an ancient Ayurvedic technique that basically involves you swishing oil in your mouth for 20 minutes (no more no less) & it pulls toxins out of your body through your mouth. The idea behind it is pretty simple stupid- the oil is “sticky” and when you swish it around in your mouth bacteria gets stuck in the oil & dissolves.

It’s easy to do. Pick an oil, you can use ORGANIC coconut oil or sesame oil (I prefer coconut cause it also has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, & anti-inflammatory properties), put anywhere from a teaspoon to a tablespoon (depending on what you can handle) in your mouth, swish for 20 minutes.

I know, I know you are freaking out about the 20 minute thing, but TRUST me when I say- it flies by. Something about the whole process is relaxing to me. No talking, just swishing. Pull the oil through your teeth & make sure NOT to swallow it. Once you start, that oil fills up with toxins (the ones you’re going to get rid of), you don’t want to swallow!! When your timer beeps, spit out the toxic waste into a plastic baggy or directly into the trash. Don’t spit it down the drain cause the oil will solidify again & mess up your pipes.

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Now for the benefits::

I mean… they are pretty much endless & differ for everyone, but some of the big ones are–

+ Whitens teeth

+ Strengthens your gums/teeth/& jaw. It helps with sensitive teeth & even has reported to help TMJ sufferers like myself.

+ Prevents cavities & gingivitis. Some people even reported it HEALED their cavities?! Not sure about that one… but who knows?!

+ Helps get rid of acne/ eczema/ psoriasis/ & other skin care issues.

+ General body detox.

+ Cures a hangover (hallelujah!!!) & a migraine.

+ Helps with sleep issues.

+ Clears out your sinuses & helps allergy sufferers.

+ If you have halitosis, oil pulling has been a big savior for many sufferers & your morning breath will get MUCH better (you can now kiss your S.O. good morning w/o them cringing!).

+ Helps with general pain issues.

+ Manages any weird hormonal imbalances.

+ & so so so so much more. If I listed everything people say, this would be the longest blog post ever. People rant & rave about oil pulling, & I can see why!!!

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I have now gotten my best friend, my mom, my dad, & my Dad’s best friend hooked on oil pulling. They’ve all been doing it for a week, so I called them this morning & asked them if they’ve noticed any changes… here is what they said.

+ My Dad says his teeth are INCREDIBLY whiter & his sinuses have improved.

+ My Dad’s bestie said she has had terrible plaque psoriasis on her scalp (nothing has ever worked for her to clear it up), after 2 days of oil pulling it’s nearly gone! She is beyond thrilled.

+ My Mom has pretty healthy teeth, but she did report they are much whiter.

+ Katie, my best friend, says she noticed her teeth have gotten whiter & the whole process is very relaxing to her.

+ As for me, let’s see– my teeth are so so so much whiter (which is great cause I can’t do any sort of white strips- my teeth are too sensitive), I have been sleeping much easier which is a big feat for this insomniac, my teeth have been much less sensitive to hot & cold, & the best result of all- MY JAW PAIN HAS DECREASED TREMENDOUSLY!!! I have major jaw issues & awful TMJ. Last week it started to get bad, lock jaw, spasms, shooting pains– I oil pulled and it all went away. That is enough for me to do this for life. I do have a dentist appointment next week, so I am excited to see if the dentist notices anything!!

I know this all may sound too good to be true, but I have researched Oil Pulling for hours upon hours & there has not been one negative report. See for yourself– one google search & I guarantee you will be at the store purchasing coconut oil in no time.

If you do decide to try it, I am dying to know how it works for you/ what changes you notice/ if you like it/ if you can handle the 20 minute swish/ & whatever else you want to share.

xx, E

// UPDATE //

Sooo… this post has gotten quite a bit of attention, so much so my site actually crashed for a good deal of time ( #stressmeout ).

I am so happy to see this information has proved helpful to so many people. I have been getting a lot of questions though… so I decided I’d add in a little FAQ to help clear things up!!

P.S. Went to my dentist this week & it was the first “GREAT” I’ve heard from her in a long long long time. Yahoo! I am totally contributing it to OP.

Q1: I hate the taste of anything coconut/ I am allergic to coconut. Anything else I can use??:: Absolutely! You can use cold pressed organic sesame oil or sunflower oil.

Q2: I see that you have pictured refined coconut oil,  but lots of people are saying you should ONLY use unrefined coconut oil??:: Here’s the deal with this one… unrefined coconut oil is better, but all I had on hand at the time was refined. The main thing that helps with the oil pulling is the Lauric Acid in the coconut oil- the refining process could remove some Lauric Acid & add in chemicals/solvents. Yet, by the time the process is complete, there will still be around 50% Lauric Acid and little to none chemicals or solvents left over- so you will still get the benefits. People will have varying opinions on this, but that’s what I’ve found out about using refined coconut oil.

Q3: 20 minutes?! There’s no way I can put oil in my mouth for a full twenty minutes!!:: My first bit of advice– try it! I was a little frightened by the number at first too, but once you get going the time flies. I personally find the process to be relaxing. If at any time your mouth is too full of oil, spit out a little & keep on truckin’. If you still can’t handle it- do it 2x a day for 10 minutes each.

Q4: Do I NEED to buy organic coconut oil?:: Yes yes yes!! The benefits will be greater with organic oils.

Q5: I gag over weird textures- can I melt it first before I swish?:: Certainly! Many people say no no no to nuking in the microwave cause of radiation, yet if it’s just 10 seconds (which is all you really need) I wouldn’t freak out about it. That said, the better option would be to run the jar under hot water & then pour the liquid into a bowl for swishing.

Any more questions? LMK in the comments section below & I will answer at the best of my ability.

Sometimes You Feel Like A Whale…

Today was just another one of those days where we just wanted to enjoy the beauty that life has to offer. My husband and I decided to take our boat “Trudy” out into the Pacific Ocean and see what beauty we could find. Well, were we in for a wonderful surprise. The dolphins were the first to greet us and as we headed several miles off shore we found more dolphins and seals. As we returned home we could see something in the distance that looked a lot like water shooting up. Sure enough, this beautiful whale was in the channel at Seal Beach leading into Los Alamitos Bay. In the words of Jimmy Buffet and Alan Jackson, this whale was “keeping it between the navigational beacons.”

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