Returning to “Normal”

April 25, 2013 in Deep Thoughts, Exercise, Family Life

Oh my word guys, I don’t even know where to begin!

I’m so sorry my dang blog was “down” for about a week and a half.  It was such a nightmare.

I gotta tell ya, moving a blog and switching web hosts is an extremely stressful ROYAL pain in the bee-hind.

I had about 12 nervous breakdowns and 8 panic attacks.  I’ll spare you all the details, but let’s just say that I’m never planning on moving my blog anywhere ever again.

Btw, I switched to Bluehost and I love them SO MUCH!  After 20 million technical support calls, I feel like I’m best friends with all the guys over there.  They are all SO nice, SO knowledgeable and SO happy to help pathetic “non computer knowledgey” people like myself. ;-)

Several times throughout the process, I thought I deleted my blog, lost all my stuff and messed everything up.  Holy cow.  THEN, it took forever for the Domain Name Server to transfer.  THEN, I couldn’t find a bunch of my images and had to upload them again.

THEN (would you believe it!???!!) when I finally had everything transferred and everything was supposed to be working, my internet provider wouldn’t work right.  After talking to Bluehost and my internet provider a million times, we found out there was a “broken connection” somewhere down the line that wouldn’t let me access my blog.  OTHER people could access my blog, but I couldn’t.

Super weird, I know.

AND, my internet provider people said they COULDN’T fix it!  What the???  So, yesterday I had a dude come out and hook me up with a different internet provider and NOW I’m finally working!

Do y’all feel my pain??  I think I’ve aged about 10 years the past week.

I need to get a massage and go on a vacation now. ;-)

Oh, and there are still a couple kinks I need to work out.  For example, I don’t have any of my email subscribers in my database right now.  WordPress is in the process of transferring them over, so until that happens I won’t be able to send out notifications to my email subscribers.  Super lame.

K, moving on…..

Needless to say, my “healthy living” oooph has seriously been flat-lining the past couple weeks.  I have been in a psycho little funk.

AND, I don’t like being in a “psycho little funk” for too long.

Sooooo, I decided to pull myself up by my bootstraps and get BACK to work!  I am recommitting myself to healthy eating, exercise, good sleep and (mostly, sorta, kinda) stress-free living!  Woo hoo.

I knew I needed a big ‘ol kick in the pants, so I decided to call in the “experts”……

Inspiring Health Books

Ya, I went a little bit overboard at the library.

But, I love reading books on healthy living.  It really helps to boost the motivation.  AND, I absolutely love Bob Harper and Chris Powell.  They are both so adorable and so nice.

I’m sure I won’t get through all these books, but I will do my best!


Soooo, what in the heck happened to my little “Jamie Eason’s 12 week Trainer” dealy thing?  Well, I’ve taken a little break from it this past week.  But, I’m not quitting!

I am going to adjust things a little bit, however.

First off, I love the workouts in this plan!  They are amazing!  They are really tough (love it!) and very time consuming (don’t love it).  It usually takes me about an hour and a half to complete a workout and I’ve been trying to do that 6 DAYS A WEEK.


It’s been a little bit insane, I think.  It’s been especially tough for me because I’m still trying to be a good mom!

I’m fine with taking my kids to the childcare or leaving them home with the big kids occasionally, but not EVERY day….for an hour and a half!

Soooo, most of the time Kev and I tried to go to the gym at night after the kids were in bed.  That seemed to work pretty well for a few weeks.  But, we’d usually end up staying at the gym until it closed at 11:00.  AND, by the time we got home, showered and picked up the house a bit, it was well after midnight.

Soooo, I ran on about 6 hours of sleep (sometimes less) most days.

I learned the hard way that you can’t workout HARD 6 days a week and only get 6 hours of sleep at night.  I also learned that if you do that… face-plant….hard.

Ya.  I became completely worn out and utterly exhausted.  It was nuts.

Oh, I gotta mention that I ABSOLUTELY LOVE my vitamins!  I used to get sick all of the time.  I’ve always had a very lame immune system, but last fall I visited my doctor and she recommended I take a bunch of vitamins.  I was originally taking about 8-9 different things, but I’ve narrowed it down a bit now.  Here is my arsenal….

My Vitamin Arsenal

I take 4 (1,000 mg) Fish Oils, 1 Daily Multi, 1 vitamin D3 (5,000 IU) and 1 vitamin C (1,000 mg) every day.  I take 2 Fish oils in the morning and 2 at night.  If I feel especially run down or like I’m coming down with something, I take 1-2 more vitamin D pills a day and an additional vitamin C pill every hour (if I remember).

Works like a charm.  I hardly ever get sick now.  It’s pretty miraculous.

Anyway, after I became completely exhausted and fell apart, I decided to take a long, hard look at my life and figure out a “plan” to balance it all.

So, here’s what I’m going to do…..

For now, I’m going to try to eat as well as I can and sleep as much as I can.  Then, when I feel like I’m back to 100%, I’m going to do a short-term low carb diet.  I hate low carb diets, but they really are so effective!  They help to reset my body and get it working like it should.

BUT, because I know that low carb diets are hard, I know I need to be 100% mentally ready to tackle it.  Sooooo, that’s why I’m going to wait until I’m feeling 100%.  I hope to be ready to start in a week or two.

And, as far as my exercise plan goes….I’m going to start Phase 3 of Jamie Eason’s plan all over again.  But, I’m going to change it up a bit to accommodate my lifestyle.  I’m only going to do the Jamie Eason workouts 4 days a week and then I’m going to do two of my favorite classes at the gym the other days.  I’m also going to do some of the Jamie Eason workouts from home and I’m going to try not to go to the gym so late.  I’m going to aim to go to the gym around 8ish, so I can get back around 10ish.

AND, I’m going to put my overall health first.  If I feel extremely stressed out or worn out, I might skip a workout or two.  And, I’m okay with that.

So, that’s my schpeal.  Sorry, I’m babbling quite a bit today.

FYI, here’s what I had for breakfast this morning…

Eggs and toast with jam
4 egg whites topped with a little bit of cheese and some low sugar ketchup and a slice of Dave’s Powerseed bread topped with Smart Balance Light and some homemade strawberry jam
Pretty typical.  But, this was especially yummy today because of the cheese (a little shredded mozzarella) and jam.  Yum.

I also put a yummy dinner in the Crock-pot this morning….

Fall Apart Chicken in the Crock Pot

It’s my Fall Apart Chicken recipe and it smells so good!  I love it when I remember to throw something in the Crock-pot in the morning.  It makes dinnertime so much simpler!

Well, that’s all for now.  It’s been SOOOO crazy ’round here, but I look forward to returning to “normal” soon.

I love you all and am so happy to be blogging again.

Yay. ;-)

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Random Healthy Food

January 27, 2012 in Nutrition

I’m so sorry to report that I am still a very sick lady. :-(  I was doing a little better for a couple days and then I went downhill in a hurry.  I suspected I might have a sinus infection, so last night I dragged myself over to the Instacare and left with some antibiotics.  SoOoOoOoooo, I better get better soon!  I’m am not very good at being patient.

I gotta say I feel a little bit like a hypocrite writing on my “Healthy Happy Mel” blog.  Lately I’ve been more like “Deathly Ill, Mostly Miserable Mel”, but I am still trying to live a healthy lifestyle through it all.  Amazingly enough, there is some good that has come out of my little sick spell.

First off, I’ve decided that when I am well I WILL NOT take my health for granted.  I will remember that being able to exercise is a privilege and I will enjoy it even more!

I must also say that I’ve eaten pretty well this past week, but I have allowed myself a little more carbs than usual (I’ve needed the comfort food).  However, I just haven’t eaten a lot of food.  I’ve been mostly “out of it” and sometimes fixing food seems like too much work so I’ve just had a light breakfast, light lunch, light dinner and sometimes a small snack and that’s it.  I’ve lost 2 pounds this week!  Wa hoo!  2 pounds might not sound like much, but I’m trying to lose my last and final 10 pounds, so 2 is huge for me!  Yay!


I had a very interesting breakfast today.  I was just going to have a bowl of oatmeal, but when I looked in my cupboard, I saw this gem:

Rokit Fuel!  I got this in a swag bag at one of my races and I’ve just hung onto it.  It’s meant to be used during a run to help to refuel (kind of like Gu gel).  You’re supposed to add a little water and then slurp it up.  But, the thought of eating/drinking/slurping this up during a run makes me want to hurl.  However, the ingredients are so amazingly awesome that I knew I needed to use it somehow.  So, this morning I decided to use it as my “oatmeal” and it was awesome.

First off, check out the ingredients in this baby:

Everything in there is real and awesome.  There is some pure cane brown sugar in there, which I wasn’t happy about (I would rather sweeten it myself), but overall it’s not bad.

So, I threw this in a bowl, added half of a chopped up apple and some water and nuked it for 2 minutes.


I served it alongside 3 egg whites topped with a little low sugar ketchup.

It was yummy and very filling.  Oh, and on the front of this Rokit Fuel pack it says, “Not for Wussies.  *Wussie (noun) A person whose pursuit of excellence is eclipsed by a total lack of discipline and drive.”  Love that!  I had to laugh.

I had an awesome lunch today too (had the same thing yesterday too!).

I made a couple lettuce boats; Romaine lettuce filled with deli turkey meat, tomato, avocado, olives and a little mustard!  Yum!  I served it alongside some Raspberry Chobani yogurt!  Delish!

I gotta say I’m not a giant yogurt fan.  I like it okay, but I don’t love it.  I know that Greek Yogurt is killer in the protein department though.  I’ve tried a few brands and liked them okay.  I kept hearing about how good Chobani was, so I decided to give it a try!  Holy YUM!  I think I found a new favorite food!  It was so thick and creamy and almost tasted like a treat! Chobani is a wonderful company too and they only put real ingredients in their yogurts!  Love!

Well, I’m off to get my hair done.  Yay!  I hope it turns out cute….I’m in desperate need of cute hair!

Hope you are all happy!

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Why or Why Not??

December 2, 2011 in Nutrition

When life gets crazy and I feel overwhelmed, stressed, ornery, and just worn out….

I sometimes ask myself,


“Why do I strive so hard to live a healthy lifestyle??”


Sometimes I just want to eat whatever sounds good and exercise if I feel like it!

It would really simplify my life.


But, then I realize all of the many reasons why I LOVE to eat well and exercise regularly!

I love it.

I really do.

It is tough and it does take time, commitment and dedication.

But, it’s worth it….
for so many reasons.

In fact, a while back I made a list of all the reasons why I try to live a healthy lifestyle.

In times of stress and frustation, I take a minute and look over my list.

It helps keep things in perspective and usually gives me the boost I need.


So, in case you wanna know,

Here’s MY list….


  • I will feel a sense of accomplishment and self discipline.
  • I will have more energy and be more productive.
  • I will be a good example of health to my children.
  • I will have a healthier body; heart, muscles, mind, skin….the whole shebang.
  • I will lower my risk for a million terrible diseases.
  • I will like the way I look and feel more confident.
  • It will be fun to shop for cute clothes (sounds silly, but it is motivating!)
  • I will be more attractive to my husband.  Btw, Kev always makes me feel loved no matter what, but I feel like I owe it to him to take care of myself and not just “let myself go”.  That’s a hard one to explain, so I hope you catch my drift. ;-)
  • I will live a longer and higher quality life.
  • I will sleep better.
  • I will relieve stress.
  • I will be more optimistic and happy.
  • I will age gracefully; better joints, strength, bones, skin, balance, etc.
  • I will have a stronger immune system.

Well, that’s my little list.

I’m sure there are a million more reasons too.


K, just for fun, I compiled a list of the advantages of not living a healthy lifestyle.

Here ya go,

  • I get to enjoy my favorite yummy food whenever I want.  Yum.
  • I will have a lot more time on my hands (no exercise, planning and making meals, etc.)
  • I won’t feel disappointed when I “fall off the wagon” or don’t reach my goals.

K, sadly, that’s all I could come up with.



I never really thought about it that way.

There are a million reasons why we should take the time and effort to take care of our bodies!

It is hard.

It is tough.

But, so what.


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