My name is Nina. I’m a wife, mother, teacher and writer. This is my “Are you there God it’s me Margaret” moment. A space where it feels like you’ve just dug through your sister’s sock drawer and foundto find a journal that containes her deepest thoughts and observations.

This is my outlet- a way to share the now in an effort to gain perspective on life.  This process will include an embarassingly honest portrayal of my trials and triumphs as I navigate my way through the different seasons of my life. By reading this blog you will see what it means to chase after your dreams, embrace all of your flaws, and simply acknowledge that the good can only exist if there is a bad.







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  1. Nina, I nominated you today for the Interesting Blog Award. Your story is inspirational. Congrats on the nomination!

    The rules for the award include:
    1. Thank the person who nominated you.
    2. List 5 random facts about yourself.
    3. Nominate a minimum of 5 blogs for the award.
    4. Answer the 5 questions and Ask the nominees 5 questions of your choice.
    5. And finally, let them know you have nominated them.

    My questions for you include:
    1. How do you handle transitions in life?
    2. Do you ever want to retreat into your own world?
    3. What do you want to be when you grow up?
    4. What is the funniest thing that has ever happened to you?
    5. How do you see us ending the horrible suffering in this world?

  2. Congratulations on your journey and positive attitude Nina! I love your story and so happy to see you are making it fun with barefoot bike riding (love the thong joke!) and camp-outs with pizza. It took me 10 years to lose 10 pounds (and I actually gained more in the process) because I never made if fun like you are. But finally, through trial and error I found 10 simple things that made losing weight easy and I’ve been the weight I always wanted to be for more than 15 years now. I’ve set up a weekly lesson to share what I learned and it is FREE because I don’t want anybody to go through what I went through. I’d love it if you had a look at my site: http://www.the10principles.com Thanks so much for putting your story out there! 🙂 Kelly

  3. First off, I just want to say I am so happy I stumbled on to your blog. Love the simple design, wonderful writing and of course your humor! I was curious what weight loss blogs you read? I am always on the hunt for inspiration! Thanks so much!

    • I’m happy you stumbled upon my blog too! It’s funny but the blogs that I mainly follow are centered around food. I tend to gravitate toward blogs where the writers have achieved that balance I’m always striving for. I also love healthy food blogs because I feel like the more I inundate myself with images of healthy whole foods the more likely I am to crave them. A few of my favorite blogs are iowagirleats.com, http://www.skinnytaste.com, pinchofyum.com, and Katheats.com to name a few. Hope that helps with your quest to find inspiration 🙂

  4. Reading through your blog was the perfect pick-me-up I needed while feeling lousy about myself for unnecessarily eating my leftover calories last night via mulitgrain tostito rounds, hummus, two dark chocolate covered salted caramels and half of my boyfriend’s icecream sandwich … sigh, I feel gross typing it out. The weight loss journey is such a precarious one; one day you are feeling on top of the world and the next you could be considering cozying up on the floor, next to your pooch because you are convinced he’s the only one who loves you for who you are INSIDE. The trek is relentless as you feel as though you are constantly reaching for the destination yet know you are really never going to get there – but it IS worth it; I think I am having a dog day. If I heard any of my own grade ten English students on a likewise discouraged and melodramatic rant I would look them in the eye and say, get a grip and get to work – you’re not going to be any worse off tomorrow if you try and fail than if you sit around and do nothing. So, I guess that is what I have to do, too. No icecream sandwiches tonight (I will try the apples and greek yogurt instead and probably do 20 extra minutes on the ellipitcal trainer). Thank you for sharing your experience in such an honest and genuine way – it was a refreshing way to enjoy my tea this morning and get some motivation for the rest of my week/month/eternity 🙂 Cheers!

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