Posts Categorized: Life’s a Butter Dream

Life’s a Butter Dream – Author M.J. Pullen blogs about body image, weight loss (and gain) (and loss again), fitness and struggling to stay healthy as a working mom. When my oldest son, Skywalker, was a toddler, he used to sing “Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily… life’s a butter dream.” And he’s right!

At the gym the other day, as I wiped my sweaty brow for the twentieth time or so, I thought suddenly of my paternal grandmother. She used to say, “Southern ladies don’t sweat, they glisten.” Yeah, right. She said a lot of crap like that. I think she knew that we knew she was full  […]

Well, I’m 1/3 of the way through the 90 Day Challenge at Lifetime Fitness with somewhat mixed results. I thought it would be a good time to check in with a progress update. We’ll start with what’s going well: – I have tracked all my meals nearly every day on the LoseIt app, (with a  […]

I haven’t weighed in yet today (will do that tonight at before a weight training class), but I suspect I did this past week exactly what I did the week before — which is stay exactly where I was at the end of week 1 (down 16 pounds since April – yay! – but 0  […]

As you know, I am serving an eviction notice to about 60 extra pounds that have been following me around for the last several years. Decades, some of them. This venture includes a 90-Day Weight Loss Challenge at my gym, where they took these spectacular “before” pictures of me last week in my sexy purple  […]

The other day I was in the car with Hubs, trying to explain my new perfume. I’m not always a perfumey kind of girl; most days I’m lucky to remember deodorant and make sure my socks match. There have been many years of my life when I wouldn’t bother with mascara unless I was going  […]

Let me just say right off the bat that I know I am breaking many of the cardinal rules of blogging. Don’t blog angry, don’t go over 800 words, don’t blog when you have a raging case of PMS. Whatever. This is long and rambling account of a shitty experience I had yesterday. But also  […]

Dear Skywalker, Sometimes I feel like I’m not winning at this game. It’s been a bit chaotic at our house this week and everyone seems a little off their A-game. The good news is that we’re getting a puppy, so that will make everything calmer and easier! I was late to pick you up at  […]

So, you know that person who is always 2000% confident in themselves and their own knowledge? You know how, for some people, that confidence never seems to waver, regardless of the correctness or reliability of their beliefs? While it’s true, many of these folks are drawn to politics and therefore spend most of their time  […]

“Do one thing every day that scares you.” I love that advice from Eleanor Roosevelt, a supremely cool person in so many ways. I’ve always thought of myself as a fairly adventurous person, and as I chatted with a mommy-friend the other day over coffee, I realized that so many of the things I’m proud  […]