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I took a little trip to Nashville over the weekend with a few girl friends, and I can honestly say, there was not ONE healthy decision made by any of us.  As far as nacho’s and onion rings, I’m quite certain that we ate all that existed in Nashville.

Nacho Number One……and Yes, it was as big as it looks!



We acted like 20 somethings for three days straight.



Why wouldn’t you?




Mike said that every picture I sent him, I was holding a beer.




Then I found this picture! 🙂



 We acted a little goofy at times.



 Hot, huh? There’s that beer again……




We may have played a few innocent practical jokes. Never leave YOUR room key with your friends.

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No doubt, we heard some awesome Bands and did a LOT of dancing!





I’m fairly certain it’s time for a detox and a cleanse…..

But I can’t wait until we do it again!

“love the life you live, live the life you love” 

Nashville Bound!

May 16, 2014

Well, it’s 4:00 in the morning, and I am heading out the door for a Girl’s Weekend in Nashville!



I didn’t give myself much time for a blog post!

Next Friday I will finally be back to my WW meeting! I miss my routine!

I had a really great week and I am really looking forward to this weekend! We come back on Monday, so I’ll write a post on Tuesday and I’ll have some new goals to talk about!

Have a Wonderful and Healthy Weekend!

“love the life you live, live the life you love”

But Before the Burrito….


I’m trying out a new Fitness App, and I’m kinda liking it! I downloaded MapMyFitness and I’ve been playing with it a bit. I’m not familiar with all it has to offer yet, but one of the things that I really like about is that at the end of your workout, you can make notes and save them, then go back to it later.  I had set out yesterday to find a 1 mile route that I could start running regularly, then if I was feeling it, I would run it twice.  I’m working on a goal for June that has to do with running, and I thought a regular route might help me with my goal that I am working on. Well, that’s not at all what I ended up doing. Perhaps another day. Instead I walked a 5K route. 🙂 When I got back to my driveway, I was short by a few tenth’s. It was kinda fun to pass my house and watch the little dot move, then as I headed back, watch the dot go backwards. I need to see what else this awesome little App can do!

Here’ my route at one of the park’s I like to walk at it. Two times around the park gets me a great 4 mile walk, and this path is a nice even surface, which I love!

I’m digging the map! Hence the name, huh?




Do you have a favorite fitness App that you use? I’d love to hear all about it!


I was in the mood for something with crunch, something hearty, something satisfying and filling and something quick and easy. I do love my egg whites for the protein. I know when I eat egg whites for breakfast, I’ll be satisfied all morning long. I’ve been in a tortilla mood lately, but I was wanting a little crunch. So I filled up my tortilla’s with my scrambled egg whites and cheese, and tossed them in the skillet with a little cooking spray!





Fold up one end of the tortilla.



Then fold over each side of the tortilla.

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Repeat with remaining cooked egg’s and tortilla and lay them in the heated skillet sprayed with cooking spray. Lightly spray cooking spray on the top side of the tortilla’s. 



Cook for 1 to 2 minutes, or until brown and just a tad crispy. Flip and repeat.


Crispy Breakfast Burrito's
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  1. 2 Small Carb Balance Tortilla's
  2. 4 Egg Whites
  3. 1 Slice 2% Cheese
  4. Salsa
  5. Cooking Spray
  1. Scramble your egg whites. I trust you know how to do that.
  2. Remove the skillet from the heat and set it aside.
  3. Tear up one slice of cheese into small pieces and spread it evenly over the cooked eggs.
  4. Put a lid on the top of the eggs and let the cheese melt.
  5. Remove the eggs to a plate and wipe out the skillet.
  6. Spray the skillet with cooking spray.
  7. Fill one tortilla with half of the egg mixture and fold to close.
  8. Repeat with remaining cooked egg’s and tortilla and lay them in the heated skillet sprayed with cooking spray.
  9. Lightly spray cooking spray on the top side of the tortilla’s.
  10. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes, or until brown and just a tad crispy. Flip and repeat.
  1. 8 SmartPoints
The Weight of My Weight




“love the life you live, live the life you love”

My day started off so great!

First of all, I got to tell everyone about my new involvement with Big Brother Big Sister, and introduce my new Little Sis, Samone!

Then I went to Yoga! I’m gonna like this Yoga thing. I did the 30 minute core class, then the 60 minute class that follows. At the end of the class, Stacey (yoga instructor) turned the lights down really low, turned up the music a bit, then walked around and gave every single one of us a nice little head massage with this awesome smelling oil! Ahhhhh, I was in heaven.

Then I headed home. It was only like 11:00, but I was starving, so I ate lunch early and headed back out for more errands. I grabbed a Latte and decided my toes needed some work. Then I went to the grocery store. It was almost 3:00, and my lunch had NOT stayed with me and everything in the store looked good. I had planned on Chicken and Roasted Veggies for dinner. I saw a package of Sushi in this new little part of our vamped up Grocery Store! So I grabbed it thinking I would eat half. It looked soooo good!

I went home and ate a banana, a few grapes, then the whole tray of Sushi.

I decided that was an early dinner and I would only eat roasted veggies when Mike came home.

My dad called at 4:30. I totally forgot we had dinner plans. They were kind of tentative, but still. So we met for dinner at a little Italian place that has been around for over 50 years. I asked if I could order from the Childrens Menu. They said “no”. Like it wasn’t a kinda sorta no. It was a “no”. But they said I could do a half order, which they charged me $8.00 for instead of $8.95 for the full order. ?????   I really have no idea how many points it is for the Sushi Rolls or the Three Pieces of Ravioli. Usually when I have no idea, I go with 12 or 15 PPV. I don’t know why. I think it’s usually safe for a meal.

Anyhow, we had a nice chat with my dad and stepmom, and all in all, it was a great day!



Four Scrambled Egg Whites, Cheese, 1 T. Bacon Pieces

Apple, 1 T. Better n’ Peanut Butter, 1 tsp Honey

Coffee with Frothy Skim Milk






Tuna Carrot Salad in Sandwich Pocket


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Un-Pictured Banana





Nonfat Latte





Crispy Sushi Roll

12 PPV??




Three Cheese Ravioli, One Meatball

15 PPV??



Weight Watcher’s Points Plus

I can eat 26 PPV a day.

I can earn Activity Points by doing exercise, and eat them if I choose.

I have an allowance of 49 extra points that I can dip into throughout the week if I choose.

I should drink a minimum of 6 (8 oz) glasses of water each day.

My Weight Watcher Week Begins on Friday’s


Breakfast = Egg Whites, Cheese, Bacon, Apple, PB, Honey, Coffee with skim milk (6)

Lunch = Tuna Sandwich (7)

Snack = Grapes, Banana, Sushi, Latte (14)

Dinner = Ravioli (15)

Total = 42

Exercise = 90 minutes of Yoga

How many glasses of water I drank = 8

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 5

Activity Points Earned This Week = 21

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 0

Alcohol Consumption = none


I really liked this when I saw it.

I’ve made an effort to be in the moment this past week, and this kinda say’s it all!



“love the life you live, live the life you love”

Big Brother Big Sister

May 13, 2014

Be a Big!

Before we left for our Mexico vacation in February, I jotted down a few things that I wanted to do when I came home. Some of the things that I wanted to do were little, and some were Big.

I have thought about being a Big Sister with the Big Brother Big Sister Organization off and on for years. I thought more about it after Tess graduated from Hight School and left for College. Then after Tess graduated from College and moved to Dallas, I thought about it a lot!

I have a friend that is a Big Sis, and I have asked her a few questions, and after talking to her a little bit about her experience and hearing her stories, I decided to look further into it. Before we left for our vacation, I filled out the application. When we returned from our vacation, I attended an orientation. After listening to the orientation, I knew this was something that I wanted to do, so I proceeded!

I finally got hooked up with a Little and we met each other for the first time last night! I am so excited!

Meet Samone!


She is 12, but she looks and acts about 15. She has a beautiful head of hair and eye lashes that I would pay for! She is as tall as I am. She said that she likes to do just about anything! Last night, after a little chit chat at her house, we went out on our own and got to know each other a little better over a bowl of guac and some chips! We both seem to have a love of guacamole, and a similar sense of humor. Simultaneously, we decided we were a good match. I think we both learned a lot about each other over dinner, and we already have plans for next week!

I really didn’t know a lot about the Big Brother Big Sister Organization, and apparently a lot of other people that I know thought the same thing as I did. I thought it was an organization for low income families and children. Well, that isn’t the case at all. The program is for kids that come from a one parent home. They have little or no contact with the other parent, or the other parent lives out of town, and they rarely get to see each other. The “Big” is simply another adult in the “Little’s” life that be can their friend, but also a mentor and a role model for the “Little”. It is suggested that you spend about two hours a week together, or 6-8 hours a month. Do you want to do this with your spouse? You can be a “Big Couple” too! I am super excited to now be a part of this organization and I think that Samone and I are going to have a great time together!

Her mom and I both signed a “Social Media” agreement. I wouldn’t share any photo’s or this story at all without her and her mother’s permission. Her mom was actually excited for me to blog about Big Brother Big Sister in hopes of getting the word out to other single parent’s that may be interested in enrolling their kiddo in the program!

We’re already on the Big Brother Big Sister Facebook Page and Instagram Page!





If you’d like to be a “Big”, or if you have a child, or know of a child that you think might like to be a “Little”, check out their website HERE

“Like” them on Facebook and spread the word.

Follow them on Instagram!

A Great Day!

I ran some errands in the early morning, then I got ready for a long walk outside. I walked with a friend for about three miles, then I ran a little over a mile by myself, then I walked the dogs for a mile. I ended up getting in just over 5 miles! It was cloudy and muggy the entire time and I kept waiting for it to pour, but it never did!

I spent the rest of the afternoon being nervous and excited all at the same time about meeting Samone.

Here are the day’s eats!


A Favorite!!

Blueberry Pancakes, Coffee with Frothy Skim Milk





Crunchy Tuna Carrot Salad


One 12 oz can Tuna in Water, drained

2 T. Light Mayo

1 T. Mustard

1 T. Pickle Relish

1 C. Shredded Carrots

Chopped Onion

Sea Salt and Black Pepper to taste


Mix all ingredients together! 🙂

Makes Two Servings

One Serving = 4 PPV



Enjoy this in a tortilla, on Flat Bread, in a Pita, on Toast, or on a bed of lettuce!

I ate mine in lettuce leaves like little taco’s!

I divided 1/4 C. Cheese over the top!




I had a Diet Coke on Sunday night.

It tasted so good, I had another on Monday.

I don’t want to get into that habit though.

I like my water habit.




24 Almonds





I almost forgot to take a picture!

Salty Iguana Grilled Chicken Platter

A Few Chips and Guac

15 PPV


Weight Watcher’s Points Plus

I can eat 26 PPV a day.

I can earn Activity Points by doing exercise, and eat them if I choose.

I have an allowance of 49 extra points that I can dip into throughout the week if I choose.

I should drink a minimum of 6 (8 oz) glasses of water each day.

My Weight Watcher Week Begins on Friday’s


Breakfast = Blueberry Pancakes, Coffee with Skim Milk (4)

Lunch = Lettuce Tuna Salad Wraps with Cheese (6)

Snack = 24 Almonds (5)

Dinner = Grilled Chicken Platter, Chips, Guac  (15)

Total = 30

Exercise = Walked 3 Miles with a friend. Ran 1 Mile by myself. Walked the dogs 1 Mile.

How many glasses of water I drank = 8

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 7

Activity Points Earned This Week = 16

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 15

Alcohol Consumption = none



“love the life you live, live the life you love”

Well, breakfast with my mom was cancelled due to her migraine headache, and I didn’t get to see Tess, but I still had a really great Mother’s Day! I slept in. As I woke up, Mike kissed me on the cheek and told me “Happy Mother’s Day”, and out of no where, both dogs appeared directly above my head, as if they were also saying “Happy Mother’s Day!”

I enjoyed my first cup of coffee on the deck, and Mike catered to me all morning. We headed over to his folks at around noon for a big lunch and an afternoon in the backyard playing with the Grandkids!

All of the mom’s relaxed on the deck while Papa Mike got some exercise! 

It was a combo of Hide and Seek, and Nerf Gun Battle!



I’m not sure who was having more fun with the Nerf Gun’s, Papa Mike or the kid’s.



Baby Charlotte was giving Great Grandpa lot’s of smiles!



These kid’s crack me up!



I think this was the first time all 5 Great Grand Children have been together!


It was a Great Day!!



Strawberries, Coffee with Skim Milk





Variety of Meat’s

Pickles, Potato Salad, Potato Casserole, Beans, Salad

Un-Pictured Small Piece of Cake

Un-Pictured Red Wine

23 PPV




Grilled Chicken and Cheese Quesadilla’s, Shared with Mike



Weight Watcher’s Points Plus

I can eat 26 PPV a day.

I can earn Activity Points by doing exercise, and eat them if I choose.

I have an allowance of 49 extra points that I can dip into throughout the week if I choose.

I should drink a minimum of 6 (8 oz) glasses of water each day.

My Weight Watcher Week Begins on Friday’s


Breakfast = Fruit, Coffee with Skim Milk (1)

Lunch = Mother’s Day Lunch (18)

Dinner = Quesadilla (8)

Total = 32

Exercise = none

How many glasses of water I drank = 12

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 0

Activity Points Earned This Week = 9

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 19

Alcohol Consumption = Red Wine

Hope You All Had a Happy Mother’s Day!




“love the life you live, live the life you love”

This was the 5th Annual Running With The Cow’s Half Marathon and 5K! This was my first time running in it, but certainly not my last. This race was at a Catholic Parish in a rural part of town. The 5K was down a two lane road with open green fields on both sides of the road (I assume the half marathon was the same.) I tried to take in the view while I was running. The location was perfect!  The sun was shining and there was a nice breeze. This race was so well organized, so much fun, lot’s of great volunteer’s, lot’s of great runners and walker’s, and FOOD! Oh my goodness, the FOOD! It was ONE – BIG – Church Pot Luck Dinner!

Sweets, Lasagne, Pizza, Burrito’s, Chicken Sandwiches, Sub Sandwiches, An entire table of Cinnamon Roll’s, fruit, granola bars, BBQ, McDonald’s, The Corner Bakery, and on and on and on……

I took just a few bites of a few things yesterday. I should have made a doggie bag!!

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Thanks, Rebecca! You just keep making me run!



I really liked participating in a race that had both a half marathon AND a 5K! The 5K runners were given these adorable little cow bells at the end of the race….



… Rebecca and I hung out at the finish line and rung our bells as the half marathon runners crossed the finish line!

I was so impressed with so many of the participants in BOTH events. I really am happy to be doing these 5K’s now. I see so many people that motivate me! Sometimes it’s the older people that motivate me, because I know I need to keep doing this to maintain my health as I get older, and that’s the whole plan anyhow. Sometimes I see someone that I think is my “body twin” and I am motivated by watching them and keeping up with them. 

Close to the end of the race, I had been keeping an eye on a lady that was walking/running at about my same pace.  I started running, and she started running. I looked at her and I said….”Let’s keep running and finish this together!”  And she said….”Lets!” So we did. When I got home, I looked up my results online, and she was listed right by me. She was 61 years old! Love it!

Lots of different people motivate me for lots of different reasons. And seriously, who doesn’t want to cross a finish line with a ton of people cheering you on???? And they even said my name as I crossed the finish line!!

My time was not as good as the Trolley Run, the last one that I did, but not too shabby for walking a bit. The hills weren’t big, but they were a tad long. I totally forgot to take/use my inhaler, and that helps me with my breathing a LOT! Oops.

I seem to be a 12 Minute Mile girl, and I’m good with that for now. It’s a comfortable pace.



Allie and Sara


Okay, now I have to tell you about Allie and Sara. 

Where do I begin with this story?

We have a family friend, her name is Allie. Allie is 25. She is actually one of our daughter’s (Anne) best friends and has been since grade school. Allie was actually in the delivery room with me and Anne, when Kate was giving birth to baby Charlotte in February! Well, she was until the mean nurse said there were too many in the room, and Allie offered to wait outside the room. Anyhow, Allie has been around the family for a long time and her and Anne are super close, and we all love her.

On March 25, Allie was in an awful car wreck and was thrown from the car. She is incredibly lucky to be alive, but she did have severe injuries that left her permanently paralyzed from the waist down. She has no brain damage and she does have full use of her arms and hands. She is currently in a rehab facility in Nebraska and it looks like she will be there until at least July. As you can imagine, this has been a very difficult thing for Allie to accept, but she is doing a great job of staying positive, keeping us all up to date on her progress via Facebook and a Caring Bridge Page, and maintaining her sense of humor.

I feel like every time I see someone in a wheelchair, I want to observe them, and tell Allie how I saw this person in a wheel chair at the grocery store…alone! I saw a person in a wheel chair doing this or that. I want her to know she still has her whole life ahead of her and that it will be an awesome life! Allie is one of those people that just makes you smile, and she’s kinda goofy and crazy, and I want her to know that the same Allie can still be the same Allie!


Okay, Sara. While running in the race on Saturday morning, I am passed by this cute little blonde in a wheel chair working those arms like crazy! I knew as soon as I was done, I HAD to find her! I need to tell Allie that she can do a 5K! I need to know who this is so I can tell Allie about her!

After much searching and almost giving up, I found her!!

I approached her, not really knowing what I was going to say. 

“Excuse me, but can I please ask you a question? I have a friend who was recently in a car accident, and she is paralyzed from the waist down. I’m wanting to help her know that her life will still be full and happy, and when I saw you in the race, I immediately wanted to tell her about you. Can I please take a picture with you so I can send it to her? She is currently in a rehab facility, and this is all new, and I want her to have hope and see what she can do.”

Not only did she pose for a picture with me, but she gave me her name, her cell phone number and her email address. She said that she would be more than happy to answer any questions that Allie had. 

This is Sara. She is 30 years old and has been in a wheel chair for 20 years. She plays wheel chair basket ball and this was her first 5K! When I asked her what she thought of it, she said it was awesome and that it was great to be surrounded by so many positive people!


I sent Anne a text with the picture I took and I told her about meeting Sara. I said I didn’t know if Allie was ready for that right now, but maybe soon she would be. Anne replied back that she WAS ready for that kind of a story and she forwarded my text and picture to her! Apparently Allie was super excited that I was thinking about her and that I had my picture taken with Sara! I was a little skeptical, but now I’m really glad that I did that 🙂 


Okay, after the race I mowed.

Then, after fighting with my old weed eater, and tired of tripping over the extension cord for 15 years, I went shopping for a new Weed Eater/Trimmer. Would you believe that after having a nice chat with the salesman, and giving him a high five on a good sales job, he asked me if he could take a picture of me with my new trimmer and the extra three spools of string I bought for it??? This is not a joke people! I’m like…uh, seriously? He’s like uh, yeah. My boss likes us to send him a picture of our customer after we make a sale??? What the…..??????

So you know I posed. Then I said….Okay, now I get to take a picture of YOU! This story HAS to go on my blog dude! 

Yep! That’s the guy that sold me my weed whacker!! That’s Justin.



Then I bought and planted just a few flowers. Then I assembled and used my new Trimmer! Then…..I fell into my hammock and stayed there for over an hour! It was heaven. Remember yesterday when I said I was stopping to smell the roses? Did it again.



After relaxing a bit, I fired up the grill (I turned the gas on) and grilled up some chicken breast. While I was doing this, for just a split second, there was a rainbow! You see it?? It was an awesome day.



Pre 5K Breakfast

Un-Pictured Oatmeal


I guess I was so excited to run that I forgot to take a picture of my oatmeal that I ate at about 6:00 am!  I went to find an old picture of oatmeal on my blog, and realized I don’t usually eat my oatmeal without all sorts of stuff on top of it like I did yesterday. So I’ll just tell you about it.

1/2 C. Dry Oats

1 Packet Truvia

2 T. PB2 Chocolate

3/4 Boiling Water

Mix the first three ingredients. Add the boiling water, stir. Let sit for about three minutes. The PB2 powder makes this super thick and yummy. Usually I make this with 1/2 a mashed banana mixed in there too, then I top it with the other half of banana all sliced up, but I had no banana’s!


Post 5K Breakfast

Un-Pictured bites of things…..I’ve never seen so much food at a race!





Hy-Vee Salad Bar

Lot’s of veggies and a couple of Tablespoons of Taco Meat










Grilled Marinated Chicken Breast, Baked Sweet Potato

Dole Asian Chopped Salad

13 PPV


Weight Watcher’s Points Plus

I can eat 26 PPV a day.

I can earn Activity Points by doing exercise, and eat them if I choose.

I have an allowance of 49 extra points that I can dip into throughout the week if I choose.

I should drink a minimum of 6 (8 oz) glasses of water each day.

My Weight Watcher Week Begins on Friday’s


Pre-5K Breakfast = Oatmeal (5)

Post-5K Breakfast = Bites (6)

Lunch = Salad (4)

Snack = Beer (5)

Dinner = Chicken, Sweet Potato, Salad (13)

Total = 33

Exercise = Ran a 5K..  🙂

How many glasses of water I drank = 15+

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 7

Activity Points Earned This Week = 9

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 25

Alcohol Consumption = Beer

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mom’s!!

Gotta Run!




“love the life you live, live the life you love”

While taking my little break from things here recently, I thought a lot about how the simplest things had become so overwhelming for me and how I didn’t like that I had let that happen. What was I doing wrong that was making everything in life feel so BIG?? That phrase…”Stop and smell the roses”, was floating around and around in my head, and I knew I wasn’t doing that, and I knew that I wanted to be. I knew that I needed to be.

Sometimes, I feel like I am hurrying to do everything, even it’s just unloading the dishwasher or letting the dogs out before I leave the house for the day. I hurry them out, then I hurry them back in! Rush, rush, rush. I hurry my shower, I drink my coffee too fast. I’m making a phone call as I’m walking out the door. I’m constantly making a “To Do List”. I feel like some nights I’m even hurrying just to get into bed! When did I stop breathing?? 

I made an extra effort to approach Friday with a “Stop and Smell the Roses” frame of mind. I didn’t hurry. I didn’t rush. I didn’t over think. I didn’t stress. I just let the day happen, and I enjoyed it. I got up early, without having a bad attitude about it. (I’m not a great early morning person.) I actually took the time to enjoy the taste of my coffee. I worked at The Food Truck and enjoyed chatting with all of the friendly people and I took notice of the gorgeous day outside. When I got home, I walked the dogs (well, it was actually more of a stroll, because I stopped to smell the roses). While on my walk, I introduced myself to some new neighbors up the street. I even took the time to remember their names, (Joe and Laura) which I can be really bad at….because I’m always in a hurry!  I enjoyed some good girl time at Happy Hour. Mike and I sat on the deck when he got home from work and we sipped on our first bottle of wine from our trip. We went to dinner at Sunset Grill (our favorite little neighborhood place…and listened to a great band, Three Orange Whips), then we went to a neighbor’s and sat around the fire pit with several other neighbor’s and finished our bottle of wine, while enjoying our friends. It was just an awesome, relaxing, no stress, stop and smell the roses kind of day, and I loved it. I’m gonna do it again today.

If you haven’t stopped and smelled the roses recently, I HIGHLY recommend it!



1 Egg, 3 Egg Whites, Cheese


Coffee with Frothy Skim Milk





Food Truck

Chicken with Pickled Carrots & Cucumbers




Pork with Broccoli Slaw and Aioli




Happy Hour

I had a little Happy Hour at a friends house, then Mike and I shared our first bottle of wine that arrived from our Wine Trip! It was a Malbec that Mike picked out and we both decided it was even better than we remember, which is so much better than the alternative! If you ever been on a wine trip, you know that can go the other way too. 🙂

Un-Pictured Wine, Pretzels, Hummus, Carrots

20 PPV




The Smallest Honey Crisp known to mankind 





Chicken Skewers, a few bites of the potatoes

10 PPV


Weight Watcher’s Points Plus

I can eat 26 PPV a day.

I can earn Activity Points by doing exercise, and eat them if I choose.

I have an allowance of 49 extra points that I can dip into throughout the week if I choose.

I should drink a minimum of 6 (8 oz) glasses of water each day.

My Weight Watcher Week Begins on Friday’s


Breakfast = 1 Egg, 3 Egg Whites, Cheese, Grapefruit, Coffee with skim milk (5)

Lunch = Pork, Chicken, toppings (8)

Snack = Apple (0)

Happy Hour = Wine, Pretzels, Carrots, Hummus (20)

Dinner = Skewers (10)

Total = 43

Exercise = Doggie Stroll

How many glasses of water I drank = 10

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 2

Activity Points Earned This Week = 2

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 32



 “love the life you live, live the life you love”

Happy Anniversary!

May 9, 2014

Happy Third Anniversary “The Weight of My Weight”!

May 9, 2011, I started writing my blog. I had no idea what I was actually doing, but I knew I needed to write. Here is my first post. I started my weight loss journey at 207 pounds.

This is day one of my blog. It has taken me about six weeks to figure out how to do a blog………probably shouldn’t be admitting that? I hope by putting it all out there, I will be able to reach my weight loss goal with a little humor, and hopefully encourage others to do the same. I plan to blog about the food I eat, my excercise routine, my mood and how it affects my weight loss, and recipes I’ve found that make the weight loss journey and the lifestyle change a bit more enjoyable! I hope you’ll follow me!

I needed to journal my weight loss efforts, including any success and any struggle. I kept the blog to myself for one year, then I decided to share it.The blog has become so much more to me personally than I ever anticipated. It’s gone in a completely different direction than I expected it to, and it’s taught me so much more about myself than I ever expected. I had high hopes of being at my goal weight by now, and working in a WW Location as a WW Leader, inspiring other’s to lose weight and live a healthy life. I am still not at that goal weight of 150 pounds, and I am not a WW Leader, but surprisingly, I am living a healthy life, and I have been able to inspire others to live healthier lives, all thanks to this blog!

The emails that I get, and the comments on the blog, make me realize that it is “The Journey” that is inspiring other’s, and the determination to continue the healthy choices. It’s not a diet, it truly is a lifestyle. I recently really beat myself up about not reaching my goal weight, and actually gaining back a few pounds, I’ve realized that the ultimate goal was better health, and inspiring others, and I am there.

The blog has given me the accountability that I needed, and still need to keep living a healthy life and sharing my story.

Thanks for reading, and thanks for your support!


Happy 15th Anniversary to my husband, Mike!

May 8, 1999, I married my best friend. Okay, he probably wasn’t really my best friend 15 years ago, but after so many years together of supporting each other through life’s up’ and down’s, watching our children become adult’s, celebrating each other’s successes and failures, and learning more about who we are, he is completely my BEST friend! He totally gets me like no one else does, and for that alone, I love him so much.

We had talked about celebrating our anniversary by going to New York, which I still really want to do, but when the opportunity came up to go on the Wine trip, we decided that sounded like a perfect trip to take for our anniversary!

Last night we had a nice dinner out, and we still are planning a romantic weekend in a B&B or in a hotel before the month is over.

When I woke up, these were on the kitchen counter. 🙂



I got in a great 4 mile Run/Walk along with some good stretching, incorporating some yoga moves I recently learned in a Yoga Class! I totally forgot to tell you about Yoga! During my little break from the blog, I had a lot going on. I had signed up for 25 yoga classes a few weeks back, but was a bit nervous to go. A friend of mine happened to sign up for classes at the same yoga place, and she convinced me to go with her. We did a 30 minute Core Class, followed by a 60 minute Yoga Class! Egads!! That was a lot for my first time, but I loved it! We did those classes the day before I left for our wine trip, and when I got up that morning after the class, I felt it from head to toe! But it did feel good! I’m ready to do that again! 🙂


5 Egg White Omelet, Salsa, Fruit

Coffee with Frothy Skim Milk





Tall Nonfat Latte




Salad Bar at Whole Foods





1 Piece Dark Chocolate




Dinner at J. Alexander’s

Best Veggie Burger Ever! Tomato Salad, Wine

17 PPV



Mike’s Dinner, Yummy Thai Salad



Weight Watcher’s Points Plus

I can eat 26 PPV a day.

I can earn Activity Points by doing exercise, and eat them if I choose.

I have an allowance of 49 extra points that I can dip into throughout the week if I choose.

I should drink a minimum of 6 (8 oz) glasses of water each day.

My Weight Watcher Week Begins on Friday’s


Breakfast = Omelet, Fruit, Coffee with skim milk (3)

Lunch = Salad, Dark Chocolate (7)

Snack = Latte (2)

Dinner = Veggie Burger, Wine (17)

Total = 29

Exercise = Walk/Run 4 Miles, stretching

How many glasses of water I drank = 12

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 5

Alcohol Consumption = 1 Glass Red Wine




“love the life you live, live the life you love”

Hump Day…..

May 8, 2014

I really had no idea what day of the week it was when I rolled out of bed yesterday morning. I was happy when I realized it was Wednesday though.  Since I watched Baby Charlotte for the month of April, I had been missing out on working at The Beauty of the Bistro Food Truck on Wednesday’s!  If you live close to me, check out the lunch menu. It is awesome!

Sidney, the owner, is always looking for something new and different to add to the menu. She had mentioned a few new sandwich ideas, and boy did she hit the jackpot! Have you heard of a Banh Mi Sandwich?  I had not. Apparently it is traditionally a Vietnamese sandwich served with pork, mayo, pickled carrots, and cilantro. She made a chicken version that was CRAZY GOOD!

Buttered Toasted French Bread, Marinated Chicken, Chipotle Mayo, Pickled Carrots, Cucumber and Jalapeno’s. It was so good! Crunchy, Sweet, Buttery and just all around full of flavor! Yes, I ate one. Well, I ate half, then tossed the bread and finished it.

Here’s the rest of what I ate. Not near as exciting!



Breakfast Sandwich on Light English Muffin  made with

4 Egg Whites, 1 T. Bacon Pieces, 1 Slice 2% Cheese,





Chicken Banh Mi Sandwich at The Food Truck!

12 PPV




Unsalted Trail Mix with Fresh Blueberries





Salad with lots of veggies,

Grilled Chicken with Tzatziki Sauce



I gave it all a good stir and stuffed some into a tortilla



Along with a little fruit

One Wrap Pictured, But I ate Two 



Weight Watcher’s Points Plus

I can eat 26 PPV a day.

I can earn Activity Points by doing exercise, and eat them if I choose.

I have an allowance of 49 extra points that I can dip into throughout the week if I choose.

I should drink a minimum of 6 (8 oz) glasses of water each day.

My Weight Watcher Week Begins on Friday’s


Breakfast = Breakfast Sandwich, Fruit (6)

Lunch = Sandwich (12)

Snack = Trail Mix (5)

Dinner = Wrap (8)

Total = 31

Exercise = none

How many glasses of water I drank = I lost count…but at least 15!

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 0

Alcohol Consumption = none



“love the life you live, live the life you love”