Skinny COW?

Skinny COW?

I get the point of the brand name Skinny Cow, but seriously folks? This is NOT helping folks like me to get skinny. Yes their less calories, maybe even a few less grams of fat; but over all their still a diet killer… still hate saying “diet,” but couldn’t think of another good word to use in it’s place. I’m trying to live a healthy and cleaner (food speaking) life while enjoying the freshness of the food grown by hand and made without preservatives. I’m not successful 100% of the time. I struggle with keeping my eating priorities where they should be… I could list a million + reasons/excuses why, but it wouldn’t change anything. Until my desire to live a healthier life is stronger than my desire for my immediate need to be met, success and clean living won’t be mine. It’s a choice. It’s my choice. No one out there can make it for me. It’s mine alone to choose. I’ve been given some great encouragement lately and thought I’d end this post with a quote by Oscar Wilde.

“What often seem like bitter trials, are often blessings in disguise!”



I sooooo need the ingrediants that are in this avocado! It’s looks delish!!!

Truth Is Green

Need I say more?


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ME! I Will Beat Her!!

ME! I Will Beat Her!!

Hi Everyone!

Well it’s been a couple of crazy weeks, and it won’t slow down a bit for another several weeks. I can’t complain as it’s been mostly good; but it has definitely had me on my toes!!

Jack and I were able to get away for a week together while my mum stayed with Noah here at home. What a blessing! Sweet relaxation and even faithful gym time. I only missed one day and that was our day of rest while we enjoyed a church service on the beach!! Amazing!!

I did what most of us do on vacation, I ate some things I shouldn’t have… I will say I am still down 13 pounds from my starting. Gym time alone and with trainer has been profitable. The cardio is helping me trim down while my trainer keeps those muscles in line as I build and work on my definition. I am a lucky girl to have such great support at home and the gym.

I wanted to share with you the pic I added to this post. My dear friend Janet sent this to me and I found it incredibly encouraging as it reminded me once again that the issues I face (for the most part) are not those given to me by others, but by my own choice at times to DO NOTHING!

I have my goals. I have my menus. I have my strength. Getting my head in the game and keeping it there is that constant internal struggle with which I deal each and every day. So here’s to US, here’s to waking each morning with a renewed sense of taking care of ourselves inside & out!!




“Excuses Don’t Burn Calories.”

Oh man how true that statement is to me! I’ve come up with pretty much every excuse under the sun, and then some…

I think we’ve probably all done at one time or another. But at the end of the day were back to my beginning statement:

“Excuses Don’t Burn Calories.”

So why is it so darn hard to just get up and go exercise; yet easy as pie to find one more reason not to??? Your guess is as good as mine!

What I do know, is that I do have the ability to try again, and again, and again if that’s what it takes for me to succeed.

If it’s worth having, it’s worth working for…. sometimes in this process I’ve grown weary. I’ve wondered why it had to be so hard. Appreciation comes to mind. I’ve taken alot for granted in my life. Always being thin was one of those things! Then life happended. I went from worrying about nothing, to worrying about everything.

There’s an old saying of sorts that goes something like this: “if the road is always easy, we never truly appreciate the destination.” Sometimes (many times) the road is hard, it’s bumpy and the way riddled with pot holes. It’s during these times that I often want to give up. Many times I did. But then there is this small spot in the back of my head that keeps pushing me to get up again. To dust off my work-out shoes, put away the NUTELLA and get back at it. I truly hope that my blog today isn’t discouraging to anyone; it’s not meant to be.

What it is meant to be is honest; and encouraging. We all have our moments of weakness, our moments of stress and trial. But we each have endless opportunities to try again. And again. So that maybe the day will come when we find our healthy routines have become a healthy habit and way of life; not just an 8-week plan to lose weight. For myself, I need to truly grasp that my journey to weight-loss is merely part of an overall lifestyle change towards being the best I can be: inside and out!

I’m ready to get back to work.





Why can’t veggies taste like chocolate? I mean really, doesn’t SALTED CHOCOLATE CARAMELS sound yummier than oh, say PARSNIPS???

Silly you say? Maybe. Maybe not!

But let’s be honest, shall we? Even when we’re eating healthy, so many times I (we) look for what is the more flavorful route. Yet I think we’ve managed to train our taste buds to “need” that extra power punch of what we think we need, when in fact we need to get back to basics and truly taste our food rather than just cover it with sauce, spices or “chocolate!”
Flavor comes in all sorts of forms. I think sometimes we need to rediscover for ourselves the true flavor in many of our foods rather than just assume every thing needs help!

Forgive my food ramblings tonight. I just had this in my mind as I noticed myself and many around me always looking for something to put on their food; many times without even tasting it first…

Off to night night land my friends. Sleep well and have a beautiful Friday!!

Gym Support!

Gym Support!

Summertime is here and it brings a lot of needed babysitting support. We (myself and fellow weight-loss bloggers) talk a lot about what works for us, what DOESN’T work for us, good & bad foods, good & bads days…. it’s a lot. But what I thought of this morning while weighing in and figuring out the day was how much I am truly supported on my journey. There is not a day that goes by that I am not supported in one way or another by hubby, son, family friend or life-long BFF while I make this trek to a healthier me. So as I sit here planning the day… wondering if indeed I will make it to the gym amongst my myriad of duties today; I’m remembering to be grateful.

So to my husband Jack: you are the most fantastic man I know. You have loved me for nearly 23 years and supported me throughout weight ranges of 135-215!! You learned the hard way how to help me (or not) when I struggled with my issues! Mostly, however you have been there… day in, day out, and never leaving. For that, I will forever be grateful. I love you!

To my dear BFF Karen Schmautz (of the fabulous blog “Yes, Chef!”) Thank you for 20+ years of friendship. For sharing your “couch” with me through many tears and much laughter. Your enduring friendship and love have meant the world to me and I am blessed to call you friend.

To my son Noah, & big Bro’ Christian: you two have given me so many reasons (mostly good! LOL) to understand unconditional love. It wasn’t something I understood as I do now, until you both entered my life. Thank you. My love for you will always be the shining bright spot in my life. You and your father have made me truly happy.

Lastly, my Father in Heaven who gave me a new life. Who helped me understand that even on the darkest of days, I am never alone.


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