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30 Jul


I have no idea when this picture is from, but it wasn’t that long ago!


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Anyways, this is me saying I’m going to start blogging again. Whole30, Recipes, Life, etc. Stay tuned!



Road Trip: Day 1

18 May

Exciting! Road Trip Blog :)

15 Apr

I have not had any motivation to blog lately… probably because everything has been good, and stressful at the same time! I think when it comes down to it I haven’t had inspiration to write about anything, because I couldn’t think of a good topic that I felt I could write a good post about! 

So today, while driving home I was thinking and planning our upcoming road trip! I’m super excited about this road trip for a few reasons:

1. I’ve never been to California, San Fran, or even the coastal side of Oregon/Washington (all destinations on this trip).

2. I will have been living this “lifestyle” for 6 months when we leave for our trip. I’m excited to trial it outside of my regular comfort zone (we’ve had lots of trial-runs). I’m planning on making, portioning, and bringing special snacks along, as well as making smart decisions on the go.

3. These are the best places I can think of to keep active and maybe even LOSE weight on Vacation! (Could I be the first person to say this?) 

So, I started thinking, to keep myself extra accountable, maybe motivate someone else to turn their road trip into a “road to healthy trip” (haha so cheesy!), and an excuse to share funny moments, trials, successes and some pictures, I’ll do a road trip blog series! 

This is the plan:

The week before the road trip: May 4 -10th I’m going to post 4 or 5 posts, including some yummy recipes for road trip (or living room) friendly snacks, organization planning, etc. 

Then the week of the trip, starting the night before, and ending the day after we return home, I’m going to keep updating this blog… specifically each day I’ll share where we’ve been, what we’ve done, and specifically, the healthy food I found (as well as any indulgences – every vacation has to have SOME indulgences!), and how many miles we’ve travelled, and how many miles we’ve walked. In the spirit of spending over a week in the USA, I’ll be switching to miles! I’m not sure how I feel about having to walk farther to complete “1” but it’s in the spirit :). 

Here’s hoping I get to post another blog before we leave, but if I don’t you can for sure look for this 🙂 

Any West Coast Road Trip Tips? San Fran Trip Tips? 



1 Feb

I’m in a writing mood today, but am contemplating whether I want to talk about another APP, or if I want to talk about Life… I’m literally minimizing this window, going to decide, and come back and write.


OK I’m back, and I’m going to talk about my App. My favorite App that’s helping me lose weight.

Before I start I know people are going to say “What? How is this not a diet?” And I want to stress that the way I use the tool, and the way I manage my life around it, makes it not a diet. Dieters and Non-Dieters alike use this tool, although they try to focus on NON-DIETING because we ALL know that’s the way to go! I will briefly talk about using it as a Diet, but I want to focus on how it helps my NON-DIET LIFE.

The Tool is Lose It.

lose it

They have a website (www.loseit.com), and an App.  The app is free, as is the website. They do have a Premium Package (which I believe was under $40.00/year), which I indulged in, but many of the people I know have the Free Version, and haven’t needed to upgrade. The best thing is to look at what the benefits are, and decide if you want it. The Free version is completely functional, and I used it for a month or so before upgrading (I wanted better reports).


OK so what is Lose It? The short simple version is that it is a tool that tracks and manages your daily food intake. It tracks calories, sodium, carbs etc., as well as water, exercise, and even your fruit & vegetable count!  Lose It! Calculates your BMR and adjusts your calories based on how fast you want to lose weight (or maintain). You set a goal, and Lose It! Supports you along the way!

I could talk all day about Lose It so I’m going to just pick my Five Favorite Things:

#1. The Community.  It’s much easier to access on the Website, but also is on the App. So you can friend people like you can on Facebook. Comment on other peoples weight losses (or gains!), goal accomplishments, ask for advice, and event vent or complain! As you build your friends list people watch out for you (I’ve seen people posting on others walls saying “Are you eating all your calories?”) Keeping everyone in line and safe! There is also a forum which I watch from time to time. Everyone is very health conscious, and diets do not get a lot of approval here. There are volunteer moderators who are super friendly and are actual users of Lose It! I have a few people I know in real life as friends on LI, and a lot of people I have never met. A few of them I have also connected with off of Lose It (On FB, or e-mail) for real time support!

2. The Simplicity. You eat an apple for breakfast? Click Add Food -> Breakfast -> Apple. You can create foods or modify them, and create recipes as well. I utilize it simply – If I eat it I log it. Lose It tells me how many calories I have left (or if I’ve eaten over my calories. It’s important to eat all your calories in a day (I don’t eat exercise calories though…), and where this is not a diet for me is that: If I go over my calories in a day. It’s NOT A BIG DEAL. I know I want to lose weight and so I stick to the budget, but sometimes a healthy lifestyle IS eating over the calories (I’ve never eaten over 100 calories over my budget!)

3. The Challenges. You can create a challenge with your friends, or join an existing one. Some challenges get you Badge (yes Lose It! Uses badges – if you lose weight, eat properly, exercise, eventually you will get badges – and as cheesy as they sound you start to love it!)

4. I feel Great! Yes, Great!  If I’m having a bad day, I can go right to the community page and talk to friends. I can review my “Goals” and see charts showing how great I’m doing, or I can go to Reports and see in even more detail how I’m doing. I’ve found Lose It! is an immediate pick-me-up and inspires me to do better! For example, this week I seemed to just stay in place, go up and down etc… I just checked my goal section and realized I lost 1.7 lbs this week (not dieting!) I think if you don’t see these numbers every day you start to forget where you came from!

5. It keeps me accountable. Not only does tracking my calories and exercise keep me on track, the people on Lose It keep me on track as well! Sometimes I’ll post “Having a bad day, need motivation”, and then you are flooded with comments inspiring you, and even giving you tough love from time to time!

So, Lose It! Could be considered a Diet. They tell you how many calories to eat and you have to do things like track your food and ex. etc. Counting Calories is always listed as one of the “diets” people try. I listened to a podcast about an “anti-diet group” who say that Diet Mentality is what causes our failures in diets, and then goes on to say that “Diets” are when something or someone tells you what you can or cannot do in regards to eating. They said they don’t support this and that they are a “non diet mentality”. The next sentence says “So If you just eat what we say, and how we say it, you will lose weight without dieting”. So we are in a society where “not dieting” , is actually a diet.

At the end of the day, yes I count my calories. I eat the calories that my body needs to survive, and sometimes more. I am not tied to those calories. If I wanted to eat more, I would eat more (but I don’t want to). I need structure and to life without an “eating structure” means I would go overboard. I know that people will argue that what this is still a “diet mentality”,  and knowing that it could be, has helped me to use the system so it isn’t. I use the system as much of a support system I can, and the calories just fall into place with that.

So, if you sign up for Lose It! after reading this post, feel free to add me as a friend! Tell me you read my blog 🙂 http://www.loseit.com/#Community:Profile!id=9126735

Also for newbies: under the Forums, Kitchen sink there is ALWAYS a post where people request friendships etc. check it out.

Are you already a user? Do you love it?

Signing off! (BTW, once again I have no connection to Lose It!, and am just sharing my experience with the app!)



Apps for Success!

14 Jan

OK so now I want to start talking about some of the Apps I use on a daily basis… Some of my apps I use for 1 thing, and 1 thing only, so I’m hoping by going into detail I will find other things I haven’t utilized! I’m going to try something new and start implementing some images in my posts, wish me luck!

First App Up: My Diet Coach (I have no affiliation with this app, nor do I benefit if others use it, just for the record!:))

My Diet Coach Logo

This App is in Google Play Store. I’ve done fine with the free version!

I started using this app almost instantly when I got serious about changing my life around.

The idea of this app is to provide motivation in a moment of weakness, in various situations. There’s lots of inspirational quotes and tips that HAVE helped me, and that I read through on a daily basis.

The ability to customize your own tips, and goals makes this app even better.

One should note, that the app itself even warns if you get too crazy that it’s reminders can get annoying (you can totally control how many reminders you get!)

For me, this app is more of a background app, I don’t interact with it that much, although I do need to do more, and I need to sit down with it and update my goals as they change!

So, let’s start digging into the aspects I use on this app regularly!


This is the view on the main screen when you open the program.

See I have a custom goal? “I will lose 30 lbs in 3 months…” You get to choose your loss goal, time line and reasoning.

I love using the reminders button (which I will show you in a minute).

You can upload pictures from your gallery as inspiration, or take pictures to put in there! Every once in a while you get a reminder to look at your motivational pictures! I do this sometimes, although I should do an updated one!

Tips is great, although again I don’t use them much. Click on that button, and a whole other menu pops up. (see below right picture! ). Once you click on a specific category, an image and inspirational quote pops up (see below left picture). You can just swipe an flip through the entire category – super easy!

Screenshot_2014-01-14-11-39-47ImageSorry about the bad organization of photo’s! – this is tricky!

Anyways, the point of this feature is that when something happens that puts you at risk with your progress, you can find the issue, and get some good advise!

You can also add them to your reminders list, which I love, and I’m going to cover next! 🙂






Screenshot_2014-01-14-12-06-44OK so, every hour or so I get reminders on my phone – they are set to make a pretty sound, so I know it is from MDC, and not a text or phone call. When I look at the top of my screen, as you can see on the above pictures, the little pink dress is a notification from MDC! When I look at my Notification bar, it looks like this that.

I don’t know if you can read it because of the black screen, but here is a quick example of the notifications I have it set up to say:

7:45 – Measure My Weight

9:20 – Going to Alberta in June!

10:00 My Goal (shows the goal text I showed you earlier)

10:15 Drink Water

12:00 Shared Quote: “To be as fit as a fiddle first tone down the middle”…Screenshot_2014-01-14-11-38-16

These are posted as notifications because I’ve set them in reminders to do that – I set them so they do this every day, and as the day goes by I have more and more quotes that are notified to me.

NO I don’t read every single one of them, but at least once a day I read the ones that have piled up in my notifications. Funny enough, I know the times when my favorite quotes are posted, and I always read those ones from start to finish! You can also schedule random ones to be posted, which is what I do as well!

Sometimes It’s just seeing that Dress on the Notification Screen that helps you, or just hearing the tweet of the sound that keeps you on track!

The picture on the right is the Reminders Page, if you had clicked on that on the home page.  You can see I’ve scheduled them to certain times, and the pencil lets you edit that. Coincidentally the top 4 quotes on that screen shot are my FAVORITES!

The features that I don’t use are the Challenges. which you can see at the bottom of the page. While I have set the challenges, I use other tools to monitor the challenges etc. I believe you can track water, etc. through here. I wouldn’t recommend tracking food or exercise on MDC as there is many other good tools to do that!

So, what do you think about My Diet Coach? Will you be downloading it? Have you downloaded it already? What are your favorite Weight-Loss/Fitness quotes?


You can’t fall off!

10 Jan

I’m having a crappy day today. There’s no reason for it, nothing bad has happened, or going to happen, I’m not sad, mad, or frusterated, just feeling a little blah. It hit me yesterday right before work. My day was going completely as planned, walked in the pouring rain, ate good clean food, and then BAM. I felt useless. I might be catching a bug, could be T.O.M, or not enough sunshine, who knows. That’s not the point of this post though.

I’ve had bad days before while dieting, and as I’m sure many of you will agree, they are pretty much detrimental to your success (well they were to me anyways.) In my experience, on a diet, fad, trend, whatever you’re going to call it, a bad day means several things:

1. You revert to your old ways of eating

2. You don’t even attempt to follow your diet (and if you do it’s gone by Lunch).

3. Your power bill increases by $20.00 that day because you’re standing in the fridge door all day grazing.

4. Your so stressed or upset that you can’t make lunch, so Fast-Food Drive-Through it is,

5. Cooking supper is out of the question, so you either eat out or order in.

6. You feel as motivated as a snail, so dishes pile up, your once clean kitchen a nightmare.

7. Working out? Out of the question!

8. Tomorrow… you dread because now you have to get back on the wagon. The routines & plans you set have failed you, they didn’t work as you planned, and now you have to start over (and face the scale!)

It’s a good thing we aren’t on the wagon to start with right?

You can’t fall off a wagon (diet) that you weren’t on.

You can’t get back on a wagon (diet) that you weren’t on.

You can’t fail a diet you aren’t on.

You can’t cheat on a diet you aren’t doing.

I don’t like the word can’t, but to me, today, this is so powerful.

I started off my morning on the wrong foot. I had it in my head that I was going to have a bad day (trailing on from yesterday). I slept in half an hour. Got up anyways, weighed in, got dressed. I looked at the bed and though “I’m allowed to have a bad day, I could just leave it…” Then I thought, tomorrow I’ll be pleased I did it. So I made the bed. Then I did some work, looked at our kitchen which was a bit of a disaster from the previous day. So I cleaned it up, vacuumed and got our entry way looking all nice. Then I played around with some kinect fitness stuff. I ate breakfast according to what I had planned the day before, and same with lunch. I decided to be creative with supper, still staying within my limits. When noon came around, which is when I go for my daily walk, I thought, I’m not in the mood… but I did it anyways, a bit slower, and and a bit more forced but I did it. I did some work from our couch which is coincidentally 5′ away from our kitchen/refrigerator. I haven’t even looked at that fridge all day except to get my meal food out of it.

This is so revolutionary for me! I can’t even believe these two bad days came from the same person!

I’ve said this before: My bad days now, are so different than my “old” bad days. I should learn to not call days like today a bad day. It could just be a regular ordinary day, nothing amazing about it, but really, nothing bad?

So, while I was on my walk today, I was thinking about this, and wondering why I haven’t fallen apart today and binged my way through the day. The answer was almost immediately clear. You can’t fall off of something you weren’t on to start with.

When I’ve dieted, I’ve allowed myself a “cheat day”, or just let things go too far (or forgotten to take the pills, drops, powder, whatever) and felt like a failure. I had failed – I failed the instructions that I was told, or read, and in addition to that, I knew the next day I would have to struggle and find my way back onto it.

But today, my journey is that of a lifestyle change. When you’re on a diet and you “fall back” to your old ways, you’re just going back to the lifestyle you are used to. So on my bad days, I live the lifestyle I’m used to, which is a healthy, positive one.  I’m learning it’s just as easy to stay on track in a healthy lifestyle, as it is to fall off onto an unhealthy one.

So tomorrow, I’ll wake up, make the bed, weigh in, and go on with my regular, every day lifestyle, and today will be in the past, without any thought in my mind 🙂

Peace Out! ❤

My 3 Favorite (uber healthy) Recipes!

13 Apr

In celebration of Summer, I thought I’d start with a yummy Iced Tea!

ImageSummer Iced Tea – 6, 1 cup servings

– 6 Cups of Cold Water
– 1/3 cup of loose tea (I break apart tea bags to get the 1/3)
– Lemon Juice (Fresh Squeezed!) To Taste

Put the water in a pot with the tea, stir, and let sit overnight (or about 8 hours). You can add fresh lemon slices as well, or squeeze the juice in.

After the time is up, pour into container using coffee filter.

Sweeten by the glass using your sweetener/sugar of choice, so everyone gets their desired sweetness!



(Is it?) Cream of Chicken Soup1 Serving (Double for 2)Image
1 garlic cove
1/4 cup onion (chopped)
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup of chicken broth (I use reduced sodium)
3.5 oz chicken breast, precooked.

Boil vegetables in chicken broth, adding  chicken when the veggies start to soften.

Simmer until the veggies are soft, but not soggy (usually 10 minutes).

Remove from heat, and pour into blender, holding the lid down & on the lowest setting at first (very important or your soup will end up on your ceiling!) Once it gets going, use the highest setting for 1 minute.

Pour soup into bowl, garnish with fresh parsley or dill, and of course salt & pepper to taste!

ImageBruschetta (2-3 servings as a meal, up to 4 as a snack)
3 Tomatoes
1 garlic clove
1/4 of a large onion
1 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
Nutritional Yeast (…. or Parmesan)
1 tspn Olive Oil (totally optional!)

Chop veggies up finely, add liquids and spices, as well as sweetener if you wish, I bake for about 10 minutes at 350, and serve with Crackers (Or Melba Toast – This works nice in Lettuce Wraps!) 

The Soup is by far my fave, although my boyfriends fave is the Iced Tea!

Happy Friday the 13th!