Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Oh What a Feeling

Hello fine friends. It is absolutely beautiful here in Maine today!

Why YES! I AM at work….errr.the gym! =)

I am so happy to report my hypothesis was true regarding all the pain the past few days I have been feeling. I cut out the bread carbs and sugar and I am feeling remarkably better than I was. Not 100% but sooo much better. I am sure the more I get away from them the better each day I will feel.

My house is completely getting CRAZY right now! We are getting all things packed up and I am really getting so excited! =) I will absolutely be missing my dear friends but I also know I am still close enough I will come and visit. That makes me very happy. Friends and loved ones…they really are what life…the real life is all about. Right? You lose them and well really what do you have left? Nothing in my opinion. So I strongly cherish them all!

I log daily on My Fitness Pal and today I hit 110 days straight logging! That is to say I have been home from my surgery for 110 days!! Woohoo! Things have been going good. I hit a bump this weekend with allowing certain foods back into my diet, however I have quickly learned from it and have corrected my course. THIS is a NSV for me!!!

Each day I try to do things that will have a positive impact on me for all my tomorrows. Not just me though really, for my family and friends…yep that is so important to me, and yes I realize I am repeating myself here.

Thank YOU…each of YOU for the continued support and encouragement. It just pushes me to do better and continue on and to also continue to share my thoughts…good and bad…the whole journey and process. I really am blessed to be able to do this and share the good….bad….and ugly!! Thank you!

Until next time…


Wednesday, October 17, 2012


Good morning!!

What a great day! The sun is shining and it is a crisp cool day.

Last night at 7:14 PM, however, we did feel a jolt! Yes I am sure you have heard about it on the news that there indeed was an earthquake that originated in the lower part of Maine and was felt all the way to Nova Scotia and south as far as southern Connecticut! Absolutely crazy and was a bit eerie for a short time. It was a definite first for me. Have you ever felt an earthquake or been in a major one?

It certainly is surreal for me to think at how far I really have come since July. I feel so much better and so much more energy! I have already completed my house cleaning and am moving onto the packing in just a few minutes and when I think about that I still get amazed.

I want to share a NSV with you today too. Sunday when I was getting ready to go to the Sunday meeting I was actually able to wear stockings! Now I know there are a lot of woman who HATE wearing them and there are definitely times in the past that I just hated it too. HOWEVER…I have not been able to wear them without pain for sometime and just stopped wearing them. I FROZE last winner when I wore dresses and skirts because of that. NOT this year though! No sir! I am sooo happy!

Since I share a NSV with you I would LOVE it if you too would share one with me in the comments section below.

Until next time…


Friday, October 12, 2012


Good morning! It is a cold dreary day here but you got to take the good and the bad. I still LOVE fall despite this kind of weather.

I wanted to share a non-scale victory today with you. I am now in my smaller jeans again!! They are 4 sizes smaller than I started this journey out at. I am thrilled!!

I also wanted to share something that my husband said to me today. He told me in a nutshell he is seeing a remarkable difference in me in appearance and attitude and in how I carry myself. This made me feel so good on top of fitting into my jeans because after my dietician appointment this past Wednesday and feeling less than stellar I just needed some positive reinforcement.

On the house hunting front we found one we like. In another town. We shall see if it goes through. Filling out application for it and mailing it out today so we shall hopefully get a positive answer and this moving process will be well underway and life an get a bit back to “normal”. I definitely need to be settled. This upheaval is just not doing me any good at all.

Thank you all so much for the support. I really really appreciate it. You guys rock!

Until next time…


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal Bars

Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal Bars

Dry ingredients:

  • 3c. Old fashioned oats, dry
  • 1.5t. baking powder
  • 1t. sea salt
  • 2T pumpkin pie spice
  • 3 scoop unflavored protein powder (I use This)
  • 1/2c sweetener of choice (I use this)
  • 1c. unpacked raisins

Wet ingredients:

  • 1 1/2c. greek plain yogurt (I use Chobani)
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 2t. vanilla extract
  • 2 cans pumpkin puree (I use this)

Icing ingredients:

  • 1/3c. greek plain yogurt (I use chobani)
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder (I use This)


  1. Combine dry ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Combine wet ingredients in a separate bowl.
  3. Combine wet and dry ingredients together, do not over mix just to combine.
  4. Allow mixture to sit at least an hour to overnight.
  5. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  6. Spray a 13x9 baking dish with cooking spray or use this with canola oil.
  7. Place in oven and bake for 45 minutes.
  8. While baking make icing by slowly adding protein powder to yogurt.
  9. Add water, 1/4t. at a time, as needed to make icing the consistency you desire. (I used about 3/4t.)
  10. Allow bake to cool a bit and then spread icing over top.
  11. Cut into 16 equal pieces.
  12. Enjoy hot or cold.

Until next time…