I lost 70+ lbs, it’s great, but it’s not all that glamorous

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Writing about weight loss should feel amazing, a real success story of willpower, determination and the power of change. I should be beaming with pride and accomplishment — and some days I am. …


The dynamics of a fatal attraction.

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Before it got bad, it was not only good — it was amazing. It was everything I have ever wanted, everything I have ever wished for, and so many things I have never even dreamt to ask for. It was love, pure and raw and earthmoving love — that changes…


#5 Availability doesn’t mean being appreciated

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I know I have changed. Life has changed me, and while I know it is for the better, sometimes I look into the mirror and I am looking for the woman I used to be a few years ago — and I don’t find her. …


No magic pills, no shortcuts, just your own personalised plan that works

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I am kind of ashamed to admit that it took me 30 years to figure out what works for me when it comes to weight loss and weight maintenance. …


Drama and anxiety can be addictive and self-propagating

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Human beings are so controversial in their emotions and actions that it’s a miracle how we got to the top of the food chain at all. Any other species would act in a logical and natural way — when it comes to survival, feeding, mating or socialising.

Us? Not really.


#1 Love is not a zero-sum game

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There was a time when it took me no time to fall in love. I carelessly walked the tightrope of need and want and desire — the need to be loved, the want to be with someone, the desire for it to last a lifetime. The promises and sweet talk…


Easy, tiger… can we just please calm down

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When I started writing here two and a half years ago, I used to be very much in the loop with everything that happened on Medium. The good, the bad, and the ugly. …


The simple but not easy concept of calorie deficit

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After having been struggling for decades with my weight and all the adjacent hardships of lack of mobility, lack of motivation, eating disorders, fatshaming and beauty bias, I lost 70lbs and reached my ideal weight earlier this year. …


Lessons from running a half-marathon in 7 weeks

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Around the 11th mile, I hated it all. I was completely exhausted and for no apparent reason, I started sobbing. I had to slow down to the point of walking until I could pull myself together and could continue the run. …

Zita Fontaine

Writer. Dreamer. Hopeless romantic. Newsletter: zita.substack.com Email me: zitafontaine (at) gmail

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