Beth Blair

Beth Blair is thrilled to be the SHAPE 2013 Weight Loss Diary columnist and is excited to be sharing her journey in the magazine and the Weight Loss Diary blog. She currently lives in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area and has been married to her husband, Jeff, for 10 years and has two school-aged children, Jeb and Maddie, and two college-age stepsons, Robert and William. As a former flight attendant, it comes as no surprise that Beth evolved into a travel writer. In addition to freelancing, she wrote Break into Travel Writing (McGraw-Hill, 2012) and co-founded The Vacation Gals, which won gold in the Travel Blog category in the 28th Annual Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition. Learn more about her at BethBlair.com.

Deciding what and how much to eat can be tricky, especially if you're trying to lose weight and improve your health.

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Writing down goals is the first step to success.

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Words can be so empowering.

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While I’ve been measuring foods in the kitchen on and off for years, during the last several months I've been making much more of an effort to pay attention to my serving sizes.

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Humans are creatures of their habits, and when it comes to losing weight they can be more destructive than constructive.

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Plateau. If you're trying to lose weight, this word can trigger nightmares.

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This may not come as a surprise, but I have never been one to enjoy swimsuit shopping.

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Never in a million years did I think workouts would be part of my cruise itinerary. But on my recent Princess Cruises vacation, I vowed to not gain weight or, better yet, lose weight.

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When I woke up on Saturday morning for the Rock 'n Sole Quarter Marathon in Milwaukee, WI, I felt a twinge of doubt.

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It was the spring of 2012 during my daughter's first track season.

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