Wednesday, November 22, 2017

#WIAW: Accountability

Call to action and take accountability.

I work from home teaching in the early morning hours so to eat is not going to happen until about 4 hours after I wake up.

Daily Eats

Thankfully I enjoy a high protein coffee each morning.



Eggs in basket

Hash brown eggs with cheese.


appetizer lunch

An appetizer plate.


Coffee break



BLT wraps

Breadless BLT’s.

A quick start to logging again.

For more WIAW posts be sure to check them out here.

Have a fantabulous day!


Sunday, November 19, 2017

Sunday Scale Time 11/19/17

Grapes 3

It is time for action!

Seeing that number on the scale, though trying to not allow it to define me, was hard.

11 19 17

REALLY hard.

But I can turn this around.

Step 1. Be accountable.

Step 2. Make a meal plan.

Step 3. Make an exercise plan.

So here I go….

I am totally owning this.

I can and will get to my goal.

Tonight I work on my meal ideas.

Making the plan.

What is on your agenda for tonight? Anything good?

Friday, November 17, 2017

The Struggle Is Real


I did so well for quite sometime after my RNY. My weight loss was steady, even after the stresses of my then husband left. I had lost 150 plus pounds and felt truly amazing. I was not at goal, but I was headed there.

But now…today I feel like a failure!

I have been able to keep off more than 100 pounds but I take 1 step forward….and slide 5 steps back.

I think I have a plan, I begin it and my head gets in the way.

Each step I feel like I am making in the healing after my divorce something happens and yanks me back 20 steps.

I know I am not the first person to go through a divorce and maybe I was a bit naive to think my marriage would be able to survive no matter what problems arose. That my spouse would be willing to work at our marriage and honor our wedding vows despite the difficulty.

I am here in my head hating that I have slid so far back, not just with the weight gain but the self hate I have.

I have always been strong, I have always had to be the one to be strong and I am tired.

I am tired of being the strong one.

I am tired of fighting for everything I have.

I am tired of not being able to rely on anyone else.

I am truly tired….physically and mentally.

I am weak and afraid to be here.

How did I get here?

what happened to succeeding?

Where did I go?

How do I find myself again?

I do not even know where or how to start.

How did I allow this to happen?

I need to work through this…somehow, someway.

I know what I should be doing, so why can’t I?

why does self sabotage seem to have reared its ugly head…again!?


Stay tuned if you dare.

I have got to write through all this junk….again!

Off to try to find a starting point.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Healtop - “Moms Over 45 Package” #Beauty #Review

Thank you Healtop for the products to try. I received the below products free of charge for my honest thoughts on the products. No other compensation was received and my thoughts and opinions are my own and in no way are influenced by receiving the products free of charge.

Healtop makes natural products designed to enhance ones health.

All of their products are naturopath approved, vegan, cruelty free, paraben and artificial scents free, as well as Kosher.

They carry a wide range of products specifically geared towards every age range, from infants to well our beautiful gray headed family members.


What a cute package!


I was given the option of packages to choose to review.

I chose the Moms Over 45 Bundle….Well because I am over 45!

This is what was in the adorable package:


There was a face cream:


I loved this and was my favorite out of all three of the products.

The smell was very nice and I do not use a lit of things on my face because they typically cause me to breakout. This was not the case with this face cream.

The colder months have a tendency to wreck havoc on my face, causing dry flaky skin. Not this year! My face is soft and smooth….and no breakouts!

Body cream:


The body cream smell very good too. I do not usually use body cream in the warmer months, but need to in the colder months. I really enjoyed using the body cream and helped with the dryness on my feet and elbows.

And a Balance supplement Blend:


I took the Balance as directed. The first couple of days I honestly did not notice any change. After about 3 days though I did notice a bit more energy and my sleep was deeper and I was waking up a bit more refreshed than I have felt in quite a while.

I have used these products for the past 3 weeks and I am continuing to use these products and if my feelings change I will update you, but I really do like them quite a bit, my fave of the 3 being the face cream.

Have you hear of or tried any Healtop products?

Until next time…Keep healing!


Thursday, November 9, 2017

Family Game Night Fun

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Hello November!!???

Wowzers! I cannot believe it is November! Just yesterday it was it was September!

I do not know where the time has gone.


How are things in your piece of the globe? Been ok here. Not great, not bad, but ok.

My eating stinks, exercise has been pretty much nonexistent. So there is that. The result has been a weight gain that is really bothering me.

I am to blame, I take full accountability for it.

So what am I to do?

Sit and whine and look for things to blame it on? Or instead own it, move forward and get a plan?

I am going to go with the later one.

Moving forward.

Making a plan.

As a matter of fact each week my kids and I have a family worship night and last night we touched on goals. Both spiritual and personal goas for the next year. With my personal goals I actually had a few related to this:

1. I want to lose 50 pounds this year.

2. Walk 30 minutes, 4 days a week.

3. Eat out less, making more meals at home, healthy meals at home.

So my plan is already on its way.

I often think of Dory…you know from finding Nemo…

So until next time….

             Keep swimming!

Sunday, October 29, 2017


*I received the following free of charge in exchange for my honest review. The thoughts and opinions expressed are solely mine and in no way were influenced by receiving the items for free. No other compensation was offered or received.


Thank you Karen for sending me these fantastic packing accessories to review!


I was excited when I opened the box and these appeared…

First the colors were great.


The amount of things that fit into each of these cubes is great, especially for those of us that, well the letters OCD do come in mind in regards to keeping things organized!

They are available in so many colors, not just the Lime green and blue.

Color availability:

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Sizes for each cube in the 3-piece set:

  • Small Size 11.5" x 6.75" x 3.75"
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Some features(right from the website) are:


  • 3 Piece WeekEnder Packing Cube System - Small, Medium and Large cubes let you compartmentalize similar size items and provide optimum utilization of luggage space.
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Monday, September 11, 2017

Loving Our Pets

*Thank you Squishy Mats and US Family Guide for facilitating the product for this review. I received the product free of charge. Thoughts and opinions are my own and are in no way influenced by received the product free of charge, no other compensation was offered or received.

What is a Squishy Mat?

Great question!

Squishy Mats contain almost one inch of Memory Foam - also known as the low resistance polyurethane foam developed by NASA in the 1960s. The surface of each mat is covered by a super soft, micro-flannel fabric and is backed with a nonslip rubber grid. Each mat is durable, sturdy and designed for life on the move.

Squishy mats are available in three sizes:

16x32" The Skinny Mini - perfect for little dogs with big personalities or cats and a nice way to protect "their" spot on the couch from hair - folds and fastens with a carrying handle.

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I was sent the Little Squishy and even though I do not have dogs, I have cats….3 of them and they can have lots of “glitter” they leave behind.

Enter the Squishy Mat:

Squishy Mat

Squishy handle

Mimi curious about the new mat


She is purring like a motorboat….I think she likes it.

Mimi enjoying

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Friday, September 1, 2017

Hello September!!


I have to admit I got a littles excited this morning when I woke up and I felt the cool air, then remembered it was September 1st!!!

Fall is here…I know not officially by the calendar but according to Mr. weatherman it is.


So hello September!

Hello Fall!


Time for cooler nights…sweaters…sitting by the fire with friends!

Ok I am a bit excited over the change in weather and change in season.

I feel a new chapter beginning to play out in the story of my life.


Beautiful Gift

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

A Fishing We Will Go

No food pics as yesterday was my and my boy time…with some of his friends.

First we went and picked a few apples.

Apple 3

Absolutely delish tasting apples if I do say so myself.

We saw gorgeous grapes too, but they were mot quite ready to be picked.

Grapes 1

Where’s waldo, err Robbie?!

Robbie 2

China Lake 1

The to the lake for a little rest and leisurely fishing.

Boys fishing 6

We encountered some ducks.

Ducks 2

I enjoyed being by the water, not the ocean but it was still relaxing.


Rob enjoyed all that goes with fishing…even the slimy icky stuff.

Robbie fishing 3

Food choices were still good, but no photos to show. Onto another day.

Until next time….keep swimming!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Sunny Monday

As Mondays go, it was a pretty good day.

My eating was better.

I averted a sugar coma.

I hate it when you order coffee…black because you do not want them to mistakenly add sugar and you still get a sickingly sweet cup of coffee!

That happened at a local McDonald’s yesterday. I took 1 sip and almost threw up. I even asked at the window….no sugar right?

”Yes ma’am”

Yes ma’am my foot! It tasted like extra sugar! What a waste, I was already in route and working before I tasted it so it went in the trash.

My daily eats:

August 28th

Breakfast: english muffin with almond butter and a few chocolate chips

Lunch: turkey and cheese roll ups with some grapes

Snack: coffee with extra nonfat milk, sugar free cinnamon dolce and topped with whipped cream

Dinner: broiled steak, potatoes and carrots

No photo of the McDonald's coffee as I literally had 1 sip and tossed it.

Overall a decent day.

It was nice and mild weather with a gorgeous sun shining.

Until next… time keep shining!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Losing the Fear

I was reading an article and those three words..




Really resonated with me.

I know I fear…at times… being successful in this journey.

It sounds crazy but success brings about change and that can be difficult for me. It can bring new responsibilities new opportunities, ones that may require me to step out of my comfort box. That scares the life out of me and that is when I see myself sabotaging my efforts to get to my goal.

Of course if I could recognize what I am doing in the midst it would be so much easier to stop myself before I do too much damage.

Unfortunately that has not been the case.

To be completely honest with myself I have allowed my efforts to gain my health and lose this excess weight to go on the sidelines for about the last year, sabotaging all the strides in healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle I had made up to that point. All to the tune of almost a 40 pound regain.

When I initially stepped back on the scale after quite sometime all I could do was cry. I knew I had gained a bit, I can see it, I can feel it in my clothes, I can feel it as I move, but to see that number devastated me.

It took me a bit to get my head around the fact it is ok…I just need to regroup…refocus and lose the regain!

I did it once before…I can do it again!

Yesterday was pretty successful.

Take it one day at a time.

Remember I still have lost more than 100 pounds and still have it off.

I am not this person anymore…


This was me then…


This is me now…


Not at my goal, but definitely on my way to it again!

Not giving up!

Moving forward!

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Portabella Stella

Today was good.

Beautiful weather.

Good friends.

Enjoyable family time.

Good food.

Todays daily eats:

8 27 17

Breakfast: PB Oatmeal

Morning Snack: Dunkin Latte Lite

Lunch: Turley and cheese sandwich wrap

Dinner: Portabella pizza with pineapple and an english muffin pizza

There ya have it. Post WLS day of eats.

Getting back to better choices.

It feels good.

Until next time…keep being awesome!


Sweet Sunday

Today ends my youngest child’s summer vacation.

Tomorrow he begins a new adventure.

He is starting in a Charter School. I have homeschooled him since the beginning except for 2 years and I think being in 8th grade he needs more of a focus and accountability to someone else other than Mom.

I have to say I am pretty impressed with what they sent him for books and supplies as well as a computer set up along with printer. He is not happy, but I really think once he gets into a good routine he will really enjoy it. I know it will be a struggle at first and I am fully expecting pushback a bit but I do not know too many 13 year old boys that in any situation that is new and one they do not want to be involved in that would not react the same way.

So along with his new adventure, it is a new adventure for me too. I am the one usually working hours on making out the schedules and curriculum then sitting teaching. So I am looking forward to a little change. One where I have a little more freedom in my schedule.

Well eventually I will. After we both get ramped up with what is expected of each of us and not having to nag and push my boy.Winking smile

With school beginning comes new opportunities as summer winds down and Autumn quickly approaches. I am actually beginning to look forward to Autumn. The change in the colors, the crisp night air, the seemingly brighter days. Less than a month away on the calendar…here though it is beginning to feel a bit like fall at sunset and early mornings, which I do enjoy because I can leave the AC off.20170731_171738

We also have been getting some pretty intense thunderstorms the past couple of weeks. They seemingly pop up out of nowhere and have just as quickly moved through. I remember many a summer day in Florida this would be a typical afternoon. But not so much here, until the past 2 years or so. They seem more frequent and more intense. Or maybe I am just paying more attention, not as many distractions in my life? Who knows, I am just working on rolling with what comes my way and to make things work as best as they can.

Until next time…keep rolling!! Hot smile