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.

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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.

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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:

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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

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Life is Crazy

Things in this life just are not fair at times. How we choose to deal with them can truly define the person we are….the real person we are.

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When someone tells you they would rather be dead than to remain with you, it can really have an impact of your self confidence and question yourself as to what is so wrong with you that someone would rather die than to try to work things out to keep your family together but choose to break up that family you together created.

This is what happened to me.Those words above were told to me by me ex-husband the night he said he was leaving. They have echoed through my head ever since. I tried to bury them, I have tried to ignore them. Just when I think I have rid myself of them they return with added vengeance.

I know in my head that those words were more of a reflection of the man he was, especially since his true colors have shined through immensely as to the character of a man he really is since we have been divorced. Seeing the person he has become hurts, not just me, but our children, his parents and siblings as well as many of the friends we had, and I still have.

I thought I knew him….I did not. I trusted him, that turned out to be foolish. I loved him deeply at one time, now I just feel pity for him.

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For a short time I felt sorry for myself though, for our children. My thoughts were that we were a broken family, in fact for a little while I felt like we were no longer a family at all. But you know what? That is the farthest thing from the truth. We are a family and the 3 of us are a strong family, working together to heal and move forward. We are succeeding in this, but there are blips, minor setbacks. We learn to take them, regroup and move forward again stronger than before.

I love my life as it is now. True there are minor changes I would like to see, but overall I have not allowed those above words of hate to define or destroy me. When they have set me back, I come out swinging stronger!

I am emerging from one of those set backs, a year of setbacks to be perfectly honest, but I am feeling stronger, more determined than ever to continue growing and regaining the person I lost to years of emotional abuse. During all the years we were together, knowing I was being abused, as with most in the situation I was in, was not evident to me or even to those around me, even my closest of  friends and family. Emotional abuse is the easiest type of abuse to continue in secret and can truly cripple a person.

When I speak to others that had been in emotionally abusive relationships, their stories and the feelings they experienced echo my own. I know I have scars. I know I have issues trusting. I no longer see the good automatically in people and give them the benefit of the doubt. I am working through those things and probably will for a very long time, but I also know I will not allow anyone to ever abuse me again in any way….ever! I am worth so much more than that.

My focus is healing myself…helping my children and being a good citizen of this earth.


My head spiral has had some consequences I need to address and gain a refocus. That of weight regain. I look at myself in the mirror and what I see I do not like. I am in control of that though…me I can do that. I may not be able to control something, but that I can control and I have the keys to do it.

It is one day at the time baby and I got this!!


Thursday, August 24, 2017

Red Light

Good morning friends!

Gonna be a great day I do believe.

Some exciting things are happening and I look forward to sharing it with you….


But until then here is a day of eats in the life of…


Protein Coffe Frappe

Working I need more…


Thankfully my job brings me into convenience stores so getting my caffeine fix is not hard

Buffalo Pizza

Lunch was pretty tasty!

Buffalo Pizza!


A snack of red bright…



These were so sweet and juicy. I forgot how good they taste!

Dinner was an old fave…

Tofu Steak

Tofu “steak”, sweet potatoes and broccoli.

LOVE this.

Quick, easy and high in protein!

Hope you have an amazing day!

Friday, August 18, 2017


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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Excited For Fall

Hello lovlies! How are things with you?

I am getting excited for Fall….almost.

The summer just goes by way to fast here in the northeast and already I am seeing all things pumpkin, back-to-school, halloween in the stores!

Now do not get me wrong, I LOVE pumpkin and really could eat anything pumpkin all year round but I am just not exactly ready yet for the fall to come. You know what happens right after fall arrives??? WINTER arrives!

THAT I am definitely NOT ready for!


No, not yet!




I am even ready for:

Pumpkin Pie Smoothies

Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Muffins

Pumpkin Bake Oatmeal Bars

Pumpkin Yogurt

But not the SNOW!

Which they are saying is going to be a lot and extremely cold!

OK I will stop whining…Rather, I will TRY to stop whining about the impending doom of cold quickly coming.

I really need to try and get out this winter and do winter stuff. Thirteen years here from Florida and you’d think I’d find something enjoyable about the winter months.

But seriously, this was bad. Snow…snow and more snow last year.20170224_130028


Do you have things in the winter you enjoy doing….if you live in cold snowy areas of the world?

So until next time…keep playing! =)


Monday, August 14, 2017

Mini Meal Prep #1

Hello Lovlies! Hope your Monday is off to a great start for the week.

I was busy this weekend with prep work….well a mini meal prep anyway.

I need to get serious about my health. I have really let other things going on in my life to derail my efforts and and I have found a self-sabotaging attitude creeping back into my head.

I thought I had gotten past….moved on and I believe I had but then somehow, somewhere along the way my head, or maybe my heart, I do not know, grabbed the past back and I was going through it all over again in my head.

So I am taking charge of what I can in my life and that is my health, well at least one of the things is my health.

Enter in my meal prep…

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I made:

  • Hard boiled eggs
  • sautéed summer squash and onions
  • Mini Crustless Quiche
  • Cut up tomatoes
  • Turkey sausage
  • Cooked chocolate sugar free pudding

Each week I plan on mini meal prep sessions to get a better grasp on my health and get off the regain weight then work towards my goal.

I am worth the effort….that is something I have to keep in mind because my ex really did a number on my psyche….

Until next time…Keep prepping!


Sunday, August 13, 2017

Crust Or no Crust

Hello lovlies!

I feel like I have been gone forever. Busy busy busy.

Crazy busy!

BUT I have managed to still do a little cooking.

Today I made quiche.

I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.


Crustless Mini Quiche

  • 6 eggs
  • 1/2 c skim milk
  • 1/2 c diced tomatoes
  • 5 slices bacon, diced
  • 2/3 c cooked kale or spinach
  • 2/3 c shredded swiss cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Spray baking dish with cooking spray.

Whisk eggs and milk until well combined.

Add remaining ingredients and mix.

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Bake for 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.

These are great for quick mini meals and my kids enjoy them as well.

They are part of my mini meal prep session this week.

Let me know if you try them and how you like or did not like them.

Until then….Keep prepping!


Monday, August 7, 2017

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I look forward to reviewing these so be on the lookout for food prep to come and the review of what I thought of the containers.

Until then… keep prepping!


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Be on the watch for my review to come.

Until then…keep cooking!