About Arlene

Me in December 2008
Me in December 2008

Hi. I’m Arlene. Welcome to my Adventures in Weight Loss, Cooking and Life.

I spent the first 28 years of my life in Indiana, a true corn-fed Midwestern girl who dined on meat and potatoes and rarely met a green vegetable I could stand. When I moved to Flagstaff in 1999 to take a job at the newspaper there, I wore a size 26/28 and had no idea how much I weighed, not having been near a scale in years.

Me in 2013
Me in February 2013

My weight has been a constant battle since about fifth grade. In high school, when my mom went on the Nutrisystem diet, I did too. I lost some weight, going through my senior year at 198 pounds. But bad college habits — breakfasts of PopTarts and Dr. Pepper, brunch buffet plates laden with biscuits and gravy and too many pizzas to count — packed on the Freshman 15 … and the Sophomore 15 … and — you get the picture.

I didn’t get serious about my weight problem — or even want to admit it was a problem — until 2003. That was the year both my parents died — my father of lymphoma and my mother of complications from obesity. (She had a heart attack and bypass surgery, and while she was in the hospital, they diagnosed her with previously undiagnosed diabetes. She didn’t make it out of the hospital alive.)

2003 was the year my younger brother tried Atkins. I decided if he could do it, so could I. I lost 105 pounds in two years on Atkins — and got down to a Size 8. Sadly, I regained about 70 of those pounds after meeting my boyfriend, a carb freak. I’ve tried almost every diet out there: From Atkins and South Beach to the Carb Lover’s Diet, Weight Watchers and the Whole30. After unsuccessful dabbles with paleo eating in the last quarter of 2012, I decided to give WW another try at the start of 2013. I’ve dropped 20 pounds in six weeks.

I like to cook — when I have the time. But between my day (night) job as a copy editor/page designer and my efforts to write and publish romance novels, time is in short supply. So a lot of my meals are quick, easy and use minimal dishes. I love butternut squash, Honeycrisp apples, fast-food hamburgers and drinks from Starbucks.

Now that I’m on the other side of 40, my two cats, Destiny and Spirit, and dog, Cocoa, are the only children I’m likely to have. But I have a niece and nephew that I don’t get to see often enough, and the Boyfriend has a huge family.

For some fun facts about me, check out the ABCs of me. Other fun posts include Me from A to Zthis fun Christmas survey, a healthy living survey and Currently.

Interested in my Atkins experience? I wrote a series of Blast from the Past posts. Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4 are here. They were excerpted from a book I started writing about my weight-loss experience.

5 thoughts on “About Arlene”

  1. Hi,

    I wanted to inform you of the 2011 Fitness and Health Bloggers Conference, scheduled for June 24-26 in Boulder, Colorado.


    This conference will be a gathering of bloggers from throughout North America who specialize in the areas of fitness or health. I live in Boulder and can tell you it is a very active, healthy city and the perfect place for this conference.

    Please let me know if you have any questions or would like to be included in conference updates. Find us on Twitter @fitnessbloggers

    I hope you can join us!

  2. Hello Arlene! Happy to come across your page. I absolutely love Arizona.
    I just moved to New Mexico and I’m loving every minute of it. I recently started a blog to keep family back home posted on life out west and to hopefully find some support doing WW.
    Keep fightin’ the good fight! Have a great week 🙂

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