Happy New Year!!

January 3, 2012 in Nutrition

I hope everyone had a wonderful New Year’s holiday!

We celebrated the New Year up at my parent’s house.

They’ve had a New Year’s Eve party at their house every year for as long as I can remember!

A bunch of my aunts, uncles and cousins come out and we all talk, laugh and eat food!

Me with some of my "fam".

It’s always a lot of fun.

It’s so funny though because the party usually ends around 10:00 or 10:30 because everyone wants to go home early and avoid a lot of the traffic.

Sooooo, we usually “bring in the New Year” along with those who live on the East Coast of the country.

Too funny.

We always say “Happy New Year” and then stand in a circle, hold hands and sing Auld Lang Syne.

It’s a fun tradition.

However, this year for whatever reason, we all decided to do the Hokey Pokey as well.

So, all of us (ages 3-mid 70s) danced around and did the Hokey Pokey.

It was memorable.

Here we are "Hokey Pokin" it!

I told my mom that she puts on a “mean” party.


Anyway, I hope you all had a “memorable” New Year as well!


I also hope you’ve made some New Year’s resolutions and are having success with them!

So far, I’ve done great with mine and I love it!!!

On New Year’s Eve, I ate so much crap (which was awesome!) because I knew it would be my last chance for a while.

However, I was SO READY to be disciplined once again.


So, yesterday (Sunday) I just kind of made up my own menu (since my “One Month Plan” started on a Monday).

I had an egg white omelet w/ a small banana for breakfast, a protein shake for lunch and then just snacked on healthy things (almonds, veggies and guacamole, low sugar/no salt kettle corn, string cheese, turkey, etc.) the rest of the day.

Today, I pretty much followed my “plan”, with a few alterations.

I had an egg white omelet (I added a little Feta cheese and it was so yummy!) and a small banana for breakfast again…

I had a small handful of Blue Diamond “dark chocolate” almonds for a snack.

I LOVE these things!

I usually just have plain raw almonds, but these are so so yummy and healthy too!

I love them and they really help me when I’m having “sweet” cravings.

Btw, for 24 almonds (I usually only have 8-12) it’s only 160 calories, 9 g. carbs, 3 g. fiber, 4 g. sugar and 5 g. protein!  Love it!

For lunch, I had an open-faced tuna fish sandwich (w/ pickles and a little bit of lite mayo) on 1 slice of low-carb bread and a very small bowl of chicken taco soup (Kev and I shared one serving from the freezer).  I topped everything with avocado slices.  Yum!

Before I went to the gym, I had a small chocolate mint Protein Shake.

Then, for dinner we had Swiss Chard Grapefruit Chicken (from Oxygen Magazine).

It was so good.

It’s similar to my typical Chicken Veggie Stirfry (which I had planned on my menu thing), but it’s a little different.

I just found the recipe a few days ago and have been dying to try it.

I will post it on here tomorrow.


So…..so far, so good.

For the most part, it hasn’t been hard to eat well.

I did have a few intense chocolate cravings today though!

They seemed to come out of nowhere!!!

However, I was strong, they went away, and I DID NOT STRAY FROM MY PLAN!

Woo hoo.

So, I’m going to keep on pluggin’ away.

So, let’s all stay strong….K?

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My New Year’s Plan!

December 27, 2011 in Exercise, Nutrition

Well, I told you all I was cookin’ up a “plan” for the New Year!


I finally put it all together.

I’m basing it loosely off of Tosca Reno’s Eat-Clean Diet Stripped Plan.

Love this book, BTW.

I love all her books, however I really love this one.
It’s geared toward those who are trying to lose the last 10 pounds, but it’s obviously helpful for anyone.

She has a one month plan in the back of the book that inspired me to write my own.

Her recipes are awesome, but a little too “gourmet” for me.

I’m all about simple, easy, practical and convenient.

So, with that being said, click below for my “Healthy Eating Plan” for January…

One Month Healthy Diet

Sorry, I couldn’t figure out how to fit it all on this little blog post.
I hyper-linked menu items to recipes on the web, so if you press Control and click on them, they will take you to recipes either on my site or other places on the web.

K, I want to emphasize that this diet plan is obviously customized to ME and what I like to eat!

You can easily customize it to what YOU like to eat!

If there are things on my plan you don’t like, feel free to sub it out for something similar.
If you have questions about comparable substitutions, feel free to comment or send me an email and I’ll be happy to give you my two cents. ;-)

ALSO, you can switch any of these meals around.  So, if you really like omelets and want to eat one every day for breakfast, that is fine.  You can have the same snack, lunch, etc. every day too if you like.

I just made a different menu every day for variation.

Also, if I find I have oodles and gobs of leftovers, then I’m going to use them as my lunches/dinners until they are gone…or I guess I can freeze them.  I’m going to play it by ear.

I hate wasting food.

Anyway, I’m excited to start this endeavor.


Also, here is my exercise plan for January.

I’m going to strive to exercise 6 days a week.

Monday: Bootcamp Class at gym
Tuesday: Run
Wednesday: Muscle Works class at the gym
Thursday: Power Flex class at the gym
Friday: Run
Saturday: Either Cardio Interval or Power Flex class at the gym.
Sunday: Rest

There ya go!  I love New Year’s and New Year’s Resolutions!

I’m excited to start!!!


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I Need Some Motivation!!

December 22, 2011 in Nutrition

Do you need some extra motivation???

Ya, me too.

….especially this time of year!


Let me tell you why I need some extra motivation this week….


We made candy houses up at my parent’s house on Sunday.  SO MUCH FUN and we do it every year, BUT there is candy everywhere!!


Okay, KEV brought home the Hershey’s from work (ya, he did!) and I bought a big ‘ol stack of KitKats to give to my kid’s male teachers and scout leaders and things (female teachers got girly stuff).

It is tough for me to have THIS MUCH chocolate in my house!
(I may or may not have snitched some of the aforementioned stack. ;-))


Yu…umm.  K, my sister’s birthday was yesterday.  She invited our family up for the evening.  She and I went to a Boot Camp class at her gym together (way fun!) and then we went back to her place for pizza, cake and games!

My bro-in-law bought some little chocolate mint cakes from Mrs. Backer’s Pastry Shop (my family’s fav for generations), so of course I had to have some!



I have to send in two dozen store bought cookies to my daughter’s classroom party tomorrow.  Kev and I ran to Harmon’s grocery store to buy them and Harmon’s also happens to sell the best sugar cookies on the planet….so we of course had to get some.

What the heck people!???

It is only Wednesday too!

This is not good!


I know it’s the holiday season and it’s a tough, crazy time of year!


I’ve let myself have a few treats because it IS such a fun time of year, but

when I give myself the green light I have a tough time turning it OFF!

So, my goal for the next two weeks is to just maintain my weight.

So far, so good.

However, I am cookin’ up a dang awesome eating/exercise plan for the New Year.

I’m excited.

I love New Year’s resolutions.

The hustle and bustle of the Christmas season is over and a fresh new year is waiting ahead.

It’s very motivational to me.

SO, when I get my little “plan” worked up, I will of course share it with all of you.

And, then you all can do it WITH ME!


I am also planning to start running again after the New Year too!


I’m going to hit it hard and hope to lose these last and final 10 pounds!


So, enjoy the rest of the year….but not too much!



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