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Rose McAvoy | rose@halfhersize.com
Published: Friday, October 19, 2012, 8:23 a.m.

Welcome to a blog for a lighter lifestyle

  • Rose McAvoy and her husband, after more than 300 pounds of weight lost between them.

    Rose McAvoy and her husband, after more than 300 pounds of weight lost between them.

  • Rose and her husband before they lost the weight.

    Rose and her husband before they lost the weight.

Hello and welcome!

Wow, a brand new space! Very soon it will be full of light recipes and stories from my journey to lose weight and improve my health.

I'm Rose. In August of 2008 I began a journey to lose weight. Now, more than four years later I have shed over 140 pounds and life has changed in ways I never imagined. I began writing to share my journey with others. I hope to provide kernels of inspiration and motivation for anyone searching for ways to become healthier and happier in their own skin. In my experience, it is a combination of many small choices that add up to major change and a new lease on life.

Food and eating are the core of my weight loss success. As this site develops you can expect many original recipes developed in my kitchen and tested by family and friends. I love eating light food packed with flavor. I have never once felt like I was dieting while losing weight. I strive for balance and enjoy many of life's 'good things' along the way. Yes, that includes dessert!

I met my weight loss goal in November of 2011 and now make lifestyle choices to maintain that loss. As my weight reduced I began to look for ways to move more. I absolutely love to feel my body move but have not adopted a specific exercise routine. Some days I walk around the neighborhood or run on the treadmill, other days I stroll back and forth in the mall, swim, bike, stream a yoga video, go for a hike, play with the Wii Fit, or chase my toddler around the park. For my lifestyle the movement is more important than the routine.

Soon you will meet my husband, "Mr. Second Helpings." At -170 pounds and counting he is a success story in his own right. Our son, "The Little Helping," finds his way into many of my stories and recipes. Parenting a busy and growing toddler has a way of helping me take an even closer look at myself.

I look forward to getting to know all of you in the coming weeks and months. Let's use this space to have a conversation.

It's true that we must take the steps for ourselves but no one should have to walk their journey alone. We all deserve to be Light for Life!

See more from Rose at Our Lady of Second Helpings.
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