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.

When I started writing this column a year ago, I thought my journey would be filled with all of the classic weight-loss strategies I was familiar with (though honestly, they had failed...

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The tricky thing about weight loss is coming up with new healthy recipes to try because I tend to get into a routine of eating the same thing over and over.

Below are three new...

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As much as I love the holidays, I've come to almost dread one aspect of them: the internal struggle I go through at parties and dinners. Something about the festive atmosphere—and the...

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Social media has changed all of our lives, especially those of us trying to lose weight.

Not that long ago if you wanted virtual fitness or weight-loss support, the only options...

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Eating out has its pros and cons: It's convenient and there is no clean-up, but on the other hand, it costs much more than eating at home and you can't control which ingredients go in...

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Before and after weight-loss photos are fun to look at, as well as super inspirational. But behind every set of photos is a story. For me, that story is all about the little changes....

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Are you a grazer? You know, slowly eating your way through the day, having a cookie here, some cheese there, a handful of nuts (or chips or crackers) there. In my former life, that was...

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With a three-day weekend approaching, I've been thinking about how I'm going to survive the parties and grilling and stay on track with my weight loss. But then I remembered that I was...

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My favorite reason for the spring through fall months is easy: fresh foods. And while my family loves browsing at the St. Paul or Minneapolis farmers' markets at least once a week, this...

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As a child, one of my favorite pastimes was bike riding. Along with my brothers and the other neighborhood kids, I would race, explore, and enjoy the freedom my bike gave me.

Last...

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