Posts tagged ‘food’


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!!


Good Fuel vs. Bad Fuel

Well my birthday has passed and it’s time to get back on track. I didn’t fall completely off the wagon, but I did allow myself a few birthday treats. Funny thing, I’m ready to just eat healthy and work-out. I think it’s those “cheat days” or whatever you call them that helps you appreciate how good you feel when you’re putting in the heathly fuel that your body needs… 

I’m actually craving this broccoli salad that I’ve had a few times lately! I think maybe it’s on the menu for lunch today! 

I’ve been thinking of doubling my cardio input for a time. I really enjoy my weight training and boxing, but find that when I’m at a plateau, it’s usually the cardio that gives me that extra burn I’m needing to push myself a little farther. 

We had a bad tank of fuel in our car the other day. It made me think of my body, of how I felt after some “birthday treats.” It wasn’t the greatest. Our car seemed to sputter on and off all day until it finally rid itself (or burned off) the bad gas!! * Ewww, bad gas!! Sorry, bathroom humor and I couldn’t help myself… if you can’t laugh at your own jokes, who will???

On a serious note, something as little as a bad tank of gas brought the point home for me. What goes in, affects the performance that comes out. I can’t expect my body to respond outstandingly if I don’t give it the fuel it needs. I’m still going to enjoy a birthday treat occassionally, but my daily fuel will be of a more healthier choice! So I’m off to have an amazing broccoli salad! Have a great day everyone!!Image /

~ One Tough Chick ~

~ One Tough Chick ~

Okay, so I borrowed my trainer’s name for me… but I’m giving him credit. Thank you “Mr. Get Navy Fit Smith!” Your friendship as well as fitness leadership have really encouraged me to keep it up!

Working on your fitness is a daily job. You don’t just lose weight and keep it off for the rest of your life by returning to the couch. It’s hard! It’s darn hard sometimes. I know it, and you all know it too. I think that’s the hardest part for most people; “keeping their head in the game.” I know it is for me when my home life is stress central. No one has to be (quote), doing anything wrong… life just gets crazy at times and we lose focus.

I’m being reminded daily by loved ones and friends alike that my journey isn’t a one-time deal and then it’s back to the TWINKIES! No, this journey of mine (or new life-style) is one of healthly living. That includes everything from the choices I make in eating, to those in my fitness routine and daily living. I don’t want to be on a DIET for the rest of my life. I want to learn and maintain a healthy outlook on the choices I make in my life.

A dear friend said to me the other day that my “mind” will check out long before my body does… Now he was referring to my fitness goals, but I also interpretted it this way: I can give up after one mistake, or I can use that mistake to learn, grow and further my goals for a healthy and happy life.

I’m going to go will the latter. I want to live A HAPPY & HEALTHY LIFE.

One of My Motivations…

One of My Motivations...

Sorry I’ve been MIA for a few days folks. It’s been a busy week for the family. Dad has had work issues, mom has had mom issues and sweet Noah has had the Special Olympics!! I wanted to take a moment and brag on my son (a mother’s right you know) and it gave me the idea for this blog post. Not only does he bring unimaginable joy into our lives, he is also a big motivator for me to succeed in my weight loss journey. Back to the bragging part: my son, who hates crowds, noise and exercise of any kind actually battled it all and ran the 50 meter dash. AND HE WON IT!  This was such a huge achievement for him; especially considering that last year in the same event he panicked and fell to the ground when the starting gun went off.

So back to my motivation:

I want to be around (and not couch potato around) if you know what I mean! I want to be here for him as he grows into a young man, runs another race and reaches all the potential that God has for him out in the world. I won’t be able to do those things if I can’t even get myself or my body up and moving. Nor will I accomplish anything if the only walk I ever take is to the refrigerator! When thinking today about all my son accomplished, it brought tears to my eyes. It made me realize how much he has to overcome every day just to function in this world that can be largely noisy, inconsiderate and totally overwhelming for him due to his autism. And yet here I sit, complaining that I CAN’T…. I can’t lose weight! I can’t stop eating! I can’t go to the gym enough! I CAN’T! I CAN’T! I CAN’T!  I came to the conclusion that the only person getting in my way is ME! The only nay-sayer is ME! The only obstacle is ME!

So if my sweet 13-year-old son who battles daily just to do the basics can muster up enough guts to run a race in front of a crowd of people on a hot day ; why can’t I get off my duff and get serious?  I CAN. And I have my son to thank for reminding me that I CAN!

On another note, my husband and I have to consider many things regarding the future for our son. One of the biggest motivations I consider with my whole journey in weight loss is being able to care for my son long after his 18th birthday. You see, our son will most likely live with us all his life. Now we have set up a special needs trust for when the time comes that dad and I are no longer here. That being said, we are both very well aware that as we are aging, we need to stay in as tip-top shape as we can to take care of our son. Again, “couch potato not really the best option!”  

I’ve said a lot in this post. Shared a lot of what my family life is like at home. When it comes down to it, I needed a reminder of my motivation for taking this journey. Please don’t get me wrong, I have plenty of personal motivators that I need to be holding onto and bringing to the forefront. But my son, my sweet young man is definitely tops of the list for this mom. I love him dearly and cannot imagine life without him!

Have a great night all!

Liebster Award Nomination!

I am so touched that My eDiets Journey for nominating me for the Liebster Award – Thank you!


The Liebster award is given to up and coming bloggers.

What is a Liebster?  The meaning: Liebster is German and means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.  HERE ARE THE RULES FOR RECEIVING THIS AWARD:

  1. Each person must post 11 things about themselves.
  2. Answer the questions that the tagger set for you plus create 11 questions for the people you’ve tagged to answer.
  3. Choose 11 people and link them in your post.
  4. Go to their page and tell them.
  5. No tag backs!

11 Things About Me:

  1. I was a flight attendant for American Airlines.
  2. My favorite color is PINK.
  3. I grew up in snowy, cold MAINE.
  4. My favorite food is comfort food!!
  5. I am a former Ms. California USA.
  6. I love exercising!
  7. I am married to a silver-haired fox named Jack.
  8. I own a Great Dane named Nitro!
  9. My maiden named was DARLING; for real!
  10. I love the show GRIMM.
  11. I am a RED Wine lover!

My 11 Questions:

  1. What was the name of your first childhood pet?  Sammy
  2. Where was your favorite vacation memory? Bora, Bora
  3. Who is your celebrity crush?  Drake Hogestyn
  4. What is the one addiction that you have that not many people know about? Cream Cheese Frosting
  5. If you could move anywhere in the world, where would it be? Maui, Hawaii.
  6. What came first: the chicken or the egg; why? Don’t know, but my son calls them Chicken Fruits!
  7. Windows or Apple; why? Apple (MAC) Just overall a better product.
  8. What was the first CD you ever purchased? NO CLUE…
  9. What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done? Cliff diving in Negril Beach, Jamaica.
  10. What did you want to become when you where young? Model.
  11. What is the one goal you have for 2013? Duh!  Lose weight!!

My 11 nominated blogs are:

  1. Happy Being Healthy
  2. Rise And Transform
  3. mymotherlied2me
  4. needlesspounds
  5. mimi’s getting fit
  6. moms-opinions
  7. Morning Story and Dilber
  8. iwasnevergonnahaveablog
  9. recoveryhealth™ – A Perfect Balance Of Health /// Beauty.™
  10. Grass, Roots & Grains
  11. perpendicularpessimist

Thanks again My eDiets Journey!

Friend Making Monday!


If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section here at: so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!



Friend Making Monday!

Food Questions

1. What did you eat for dinner last night?

I have fortunate to have a dear friends hubby make dinner for us all. It was the most amazing meatloaf I have ever had; accompanied by brussel sprouts & home-made mash potatoes.

2. If you could make one food calorie-free for the next year, What would you choose?

Mac N’ Cheese!! Yummers!

3. How often do you go to the grocery store?

Usually about 2x a week.

4. Do you make a list before buying groceries?

Not usually, but I should because I over-buy!!

5. List three things that can always be found in your kitchen.

Bottled H2O, greek yogurt & fresh veggies.

6. How often do you clean out your fridge?

I’d say about once a week.

7. Do you ever use a slow cooker?

I don’t very often; but I’d love to start with some of my blogger friends recipes.

8. How often do you try new recipes?

I’d say about 3-4 times a month.

9. What is the most delicious meal(s) you make?

Grilled Chicken w/ Green Chilis

10. Share at least one thing that is currently in your kitchen even though you don’t like it.

Regular mayo and Grey Poupon mustard.

Have a great week everyone!!

What Have I Got to Lose?

What Have I Got to Lose?

The obvious answer is WEIGHT! But as I am sitting here watching my son sleep, I am acutely aware that I have so much more to lose than weight. Depression, over-eating, self-pity, doubt, and fear just to name a few.

I’m struggling with a lot lately, but I can’t quite put my finger on the main issue that is causing me such turmoil. Is it a vanity problem? Is it a pre-menopausel hormone issue? Am I an over-whelmed mom of a special needs son who is going through his own issues in puberty? Am I a louzy wife because I just can’t seem to get it together like I used to do?

What is my problem? Selfishness? Pride? What issues have I put front and center that need to be moved? What issues am I ignoring that need to be put in that front and center spot? I seem to come up with more questions than answers…

Have any of you been so frustrated you just wanted to give up? Have you made deals with yourself to do better today? Have you promised that today begins the new and more committed you? The one who eats right, goes to the gym and sings Mary Poppins songs in your head while creating the perfect life. Maybe I’m the only one, I don’t know anymore. I just know I’m tired of trying and failing over and over and over again! Weariness and fatigue have taken over and I honestly don’t know how to get past it. I have been to see a nurse practitioner and am awaiting some test results for thyroid and hormones issues. I can only hope and pray that I will find some answers I am looking for in regards to my health; on the inside as well as the outside.

Please forgive me if my post today is a DEBBIE DOWNER. I am just trying to take another first step in my journey by being honest about where I am at and how I’m feeling. I have been a great concealer of my emotions for far too long and see how destructive it can be to myself and my family. Pray for me fellow bloggers/readers; and if you don’t pray then send me good thoughts. I’m realizing minute by minute that my journey will go on long past the end of 2013. It’s my life and as long as I have to live it, I need to begin again by living it well.

Rambling on,

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