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.

Despite all of our best efforts, sometimes there are external factors that get in the way of our healthy goals.

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When I first started practicing yoga regularly, there were only a couple of poses I could pull off confidently: downward facing dog and child's pose.

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Water aerobics. A few months ago, I would have never considered trying it. Why?

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This past weekend, I celebrated my 38th birthday.

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This past weekend my mom, Rita, and I enjoyed some girl time at the Women's Wellness Weekend at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs...

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When I first started this weight loss journey with SHAPE, I made a trip to my local Sports Authority for new fitness gear.

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Exercise frustration. That's what I've been struggling with for the last few months.

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I consider myself an adventurous person and like to try new things, but when it comes to testing my physical endurance, I'm the queen of staying in the box.

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Exercising on the road has always been a little tricky for me, especially with a family.

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Being a travel writer, it would make sense that I have a passion for Travel Channel shows—and I'm particularly fond of the foodie shows.

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