Living my Best Life

I have lost 27 pounds this year.  I have also gained 1 walking buddy for weekdays (one of my neighbors) and another walking buddy for weekends (my husband <3)  Eating healthy and making exercise a priority has really helped give me some of my confidence back.  I feel healthier, stronger, and have more energy to do the things that are important to me.

For a long time I avoided social situations because of my weight.  I was depressed, miserable, and ashamed of myself.  I had just moved to a new state with my husband and I knew no one–so I turned to food for comfort.  Before I knew it, I gained almost 100 pounds.  I would tell myself “once I lose weight I’ll try to meet new friends.”  Well that didn’t happen, and I just spiraled even more into a deep depression.  It took a long time, but I’m beginning to understand that weight should NOT dictate how I live my life.  I don’t have to wait until I have a Victoria’s Secret model body to go to a social event.  (Plus, Victoria’s Secret models don’t even have those bodies in real life!)

I also started counseling, which has done incredible things for me.  I learned how to identify some thought processes that were particularly damaging and how to correct my way of thinking. I didn’t realize it, but I was my own worst enemy.  I brought myself down more than anyone else ever could.

Don’t get me wrong, I still struggle.  There are times I miss workouts.  Sometimes I cave in and order pizza.  And dessert.  The difference now is that I refuse to give up.

I hope this helps someone out there.  Self love is so powerful.

Until next time….Cheers 😉



Meal Prepping

I have been experimenting with different meal prep varieties lately 🙂  It has been working beautifully for me, and I find myself staying on track and less tempted to eat out if I already have my food prepared and ready to go.

My normal breakfast is 1/2 cup of non-fat greek yogurt with frozen berries (berry blend from Kroger), 1 tsp of vanilla and 1 tsp of Splenda.  I usually prep my meals on Sundays, so when I wake up Monday morning the berries are not frozen anymore, and there is natural berry juice in the container to flavor the yogurt.  I really enjoy it!

My lunch this week is my “lighter” version of a burrito bowl, which is 4 oz lean ground turkey, 1/2 cup black beans, and 1 cup of frozen veggies (fiesta blend from Kroger).  When I heat up my food, I add a little shredded romaine, pico de gallo, and 1 teaspoon of Boathouse Farms salad dressing.  I think the flavor I use is Salsa Verde.  Sometimes I add 1/4 cup of shredded cheese 🙂

For dinner, I’m keeping it simple with 4 oz of baked chicken, 1/2 cup of roasted sweet potatoes, and 1 cup of frozen veggies (stir fry blend from Kroger).  I usually use about 2 tablespoons of Boathouse Farms Ranch salad dressing to dip my chicken in.

For dessert, I have been eating Larabars in two of my favorite flavors, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and Chocolate Peanut Butter.  I break the bar in half and microwave it for 30 seconds, and then add 1 tablespoon of whipped cream to each half.  It’s not a brownie, but it leaves me satisfied enough not to run to the store for some sweets 🙂

If I get hungry, I have baby carrots and Wholly Guacamole’s 100 calorie cups, which is one of my favorite snacks!  I also really enjoy an apple with a laughing cow cheese wedge and some Kashi garlic pesto crackers.

As far as drinks, I drink water throughout the day, and have 1 large cup of coffee in the morning.  I have tried time and time again to drink my coffee black, but it’s just not happening.  Right now, I sweeten it with 2 tablespoons of Splenda and a splash of unsweetened almond milk.  After my Splenda runs out, I’m thinking of switching to Stevia since it’s supposed to be healthier.

Another thing that helps me is using clear containers.  I use the 2 cup glass pyrex containers for my yogurt and 32 ounce Glasslock containers for my lunches and dinners. I can open my refrigerator up and see everything, so that helps remind me that I worked hard to prep all of these meals, so I better eat them instead of ordering takeout 😉

I’m always on the lookout for cheap, easy, and healthy meals for the week.  If anyone has any suggestions please comment below 🙂

Until next time….

Cheers 😉


Well kids, I finally did it.  I ripped up the disgusting carpet on my stairs.  I’m feeling a little overwhelmed, I’m not going to lie.  This is what I’m dealing with….



What have I done???  I have to keep telling myself: the carpet was terrible, becoming a second cat scratching post, super smelly, and  beyond filthy.  So far I have gotten all of the staples out (that took forever!), and cleaned all of the dust and carpet fibers off.  Next on the agenda is to fill in holes and dents with wood putty.  I bought some paint from Home Depot (Behr – Sweet Molasses) that I plan to use on the treads and the railing.  I’m planning on using basic while on the risers.  I also predict I’ll need to use a truckload of caulk on all those gaps.  This may take longer than I thought 😦

In other news, I’m happy to report that I’ve lost 25 pounds since I began eating healthier and exercising in December!  I feel a lot better, and I have much more energy.  I have even gotten my husband involved; we go on Saturday morning walks at our local greenway.  I think we need to start getting up earlier – last time we went around 10 AM it was already nearly 80 degrees! I also have been meal prepping, which really helps me stay on track.  My biggest challenge lately has been eating healthy on the weekends.  What do you do to stay on track on weekends? Do you meal prep for weekends too? I’d love tips if anyone has any 🙂

Until next time, cheers 😉