FatTuesday

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Happy Fat Tuesday! To celebrate Mardi Gras 2016, here are some spreads in my “Mardi Gras Activity Book” written by Karl Jones.  you can find it on amazon.

http://www.amazon.com/Mardi-Gras-Activity-Book-Jones/dp/0843182970

Mardi Gras comes alive for readers in this bright, bold activity book with colorful craft ideas, recipes, games and mazes, stickers, and even press-out pieces to create a Mardi Gras celebration in your own home!

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On this Fat Tuesday I look back at the adventure I had this weekend with spectacleandmirth and se-curtis in a small town in West Virginia. 

Helvetia, West Virginia celebrates Fasnacht (roughly translated, “night before the fast”) the Saturday before lent starts. The celebrations entail eating rich foods, a masked parade through town, square dancing and burning Old Man Winter in effigy. 

I was there with reporter and folklorist Emily Hilliard to do a food piece for National Public Radio. 

Photos copyright Pat Jarrett, all rights reserved. 

This is my weight loss transformation .. A year ago was me on the right hand side, always in denial, always yo yo-ing between that (my biggest) and a size 14.. Never really happy with my body but to scared to actually look at myself properly. I was confident, I’ve always loved myself don’t get me wrong.. But my god the day I looked at myself properly was the day I realised I was only getting bigger, I had grown out of yo yo-ing.. Was long away from my comfort zone and I had expanded.. Very big.. I was a size 16 and dating, holidays and tight clothes where out of the picture for me now it was time do fix myself before I went up up and up. I started my journey the end of January 2014.. It’s been along 4 months but I have managed to lose 3 and a half stone. I feel like half the girl I was. I still have another stone to drop .. I will continue on with my exercise and clean eating now. I can’t imagine ever going back to that place. If my size 10 dresses ever become tight.. I won’t buy the next size up.. I will simply push harder. I hope to inspire someone that’s unhappy in their fat.. I hope that you find the determination I did to love yourself so much that you have the control to lose what you need. Sasha.