March 1 – Just over 2 months in.

Two months in and I am down 12 pounds.   I am happy with that.  I have been eating well but I have not really been exercising the past 3 weeks.  I blame the cold.  Who likes running in the cold?  And my garage is not insulated.

Enough with the excuses.

Time to get back at it.




Week 6: Sickness, Sochi, and Eduard Khil

I lost 5 pounds this week!  And the Winter Olympics commenced in Sochi, Russia! What a great week!

Oh wait. Three out of the four of us got ill and it was really bad, especially for Meagan who barely said a word for 3 days.  If you know Meagan, she is not quiet – not even close! So it was peaceful, but not enjoyable.  I lost 5 pounds, but not the right way so I am not even going to try a check in this week.

In honour of the Winter Olympics being held in Sochi, I would like to introduce my favorite Russian song by the late Mr. Eduard Khil.  Don’t ask me I like this…I have no idea!

Because of this song, he was more famously, and unfortunately, known as “Mr Trololo.”  There have been numerous jokes and gags, as well as voice overs of famous movies with this song.  My favorite voice over is with Saruman singing from Lord of the Rings.    

Ok so that went a little off track from Sickness and Sochi, but this whole week was off track.  The only thing on track this week was devotions.  With no where to go but lay on the couch, I did a lot of sleeping and reading the past few days.

Tomorrow is a new day, back at her!

Have a blessed week.

Week 5 Check In: First Aid & Castle Fun Park!

I have not lost a pound this week and I blame First Aid.

That’s right.

I blame first aid.

I am re-certifying in Occupational First Aid level 2, and that has been hard on my diet and exercise.  I expected it to fry my brain and mess up my exercise routine, so I am not disappointed in the least.  At least I am not a first timer…

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My days were all pretty much the same:

Breakfast: Fruit smoothie

Snack: Almonds/Apple

Lunch: Green Smoothie

Snack: Homemade granola bars (mmmm)

Dinner was usually good except the two evenings that I had a committee meeting and class – then I had oven baked chicken burgers – not great but not horrid either.

Today was a free day!  And Daddy date day!  I took the girls to Castle Fun Park and we had a blast!


4 Week Check In

First things first.  Kaitlyn is training Meagan how to be a big sister!

That’s right…we are expecting!  Teresa is due early September 7th.  I am over the moon excited – although I don’t show excitement well 🙂  Below is a picture of a necklace Teresa created that we used to announced it our friends. 


Back to the check in! So I tried something this week.  I had smoothies for 2 meals per day – and I only gained 2 pounds this week!

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But I also lost an inch off my waist in one week for a total of 3.5 in 4 weeks…and my energy is higher than it has been in years.  This is usually the time of year where I start to feel SAD from Seasonal Affective Disorder, but it is not too bad this year…So all in all I am ok with that  extra two pounds in a week.

Here is what my meals typically were this week:

Breakfast Smoothie – 1 cup of frozen strawberries and blueberries. 1 banana, 1 cup OJ, .5 cup yogurt, and 1 cup H2O with 1 scoop of whey protein.

Snack: 1 boiled egg and an apple.

Lunch Smoothie: 1 cup of chopped Kale, 1 cup of chopped spinach, 2 cups of water, and 3 cups fruit (usually apple, grapes, banana, etc.) This is two servings and it is surprising filling.

Snack was usually skipped cuz I was so full. but I had packed almonds or a granola bar etc.

Dinner: soup/salad, Chicken and potatoes, etc.

Snack: veggies sticks with dip.

Stats for the week:

  • Weight: 182 lbs   (-12lbs)
  • Right Thigh: 24.5″ (-1″)
  • Hips: 40″ (-2″)
  • Waist:  38″ (-3.25″)
  • Chest: 40.5″ (-.5″)
  • Neck 15.5″ (-1″)

3 Week Check In

I have not been blogging about my daily routine on here as I am just too busy.  But I have been eating healthy and exercising. On Wednesday I had a couple cookies at Bible Study and I missed 2 days of working out as well.  So it wasn’t a perfect week, but it is about progress not perfection!

I have been eating huge salads and a ton of legumes this week.  I am feeling great.  My energy levels are way, way, way higher than they have been in a very long time. We had smoked salmon pizza for dinner tonight…oh so tasty!  We tweaked the recipe a bit to make it healthier.  We exchenaged the pilsbury daugh for a whole grain flat bread, and used regular kale – lots of it, and non-fat cream cheese.  Mmmmm. Here is the recipe, tweak it as you need:  Smoked Salmon with Kale Pizza


I only lost 2 pounds this week, but I have lost 2.23 inches off my waist in three weeks and my energy levels are up and I am feeling fantastic.

My three week progress check in looks like this:

  • Weight: 180 lbs   (-14lbs)
  • Right Thigh: 24.5″ (-1″)
  • Hips: 40.5″ (-1.5″)
  • Waist:  39″ (-2.25″)
  • Chest: 40.75″ (-.025″)
  • Neck 15.5″ (-1″)

2 Week Check In

So I told some friends what I was doing.  That I am making healthy changes like  exchanging my nachos and cheese for veggies and cottage cheese; eating more nuts, seeds, beans, kale, spinach and the like.   One of them responded, “Cottage cheese!?  Kale!? Did you find a book on cooking with crap?”

No, but I did find this…


What an awful name for a book!  And I am not making cookies!

I digress…

Today is day 14 of eating right and exercising… And I have lost 12 pounds!  Hi 5!  



Never thought that would happen!  I am not starving myself, I am just eating right and exercising every day – except on Sunday.  That is my day off.  I rest and have a free meal or two.  Tonight is roasted chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy and salad for good measure…and a glass or two of white wine.

It is amazing what eating right and exercising for 20 minutes per evening will do for you.

My two week progress check in looks like this:

  • Weight: 182 lbs (-12lbs)
  • Right Thigh: 24.75″ (-.75″)
  • Hips: 41.5″ (-.5″)
  • Waist:  40″ (-1.25″)
  • Chest: 40.75″ (-.025″)
  • Neck 16″ (-.5″)

Good times!

MFR: Creamy Salsa Dip

I hate cottage cheese.  But it is a fantastic source of lean protein, so I have been on the look for good recipes for cottage cheese.  Here is my favorite cottage chese recipe, it is from Eating For Life by Bill Phillips.

Eating For Life: Creamy Salsa Dip

Cottage Cheese, Nonfat, 1 cup

Salsa: 0.5 cup

Yogurt, plain, low fat, .05 cup

Jalapeno Peppers, 1 pepper (remove seeds)

Stick all that in a blender until smooth. Serve with raw veggies.


Day 8


Today I ate as well as i could but I had no appetite. I am feeling a little under the whether with a sinus infection. I missed both of my mid meals again as I was not feeling well. I went home a little early today.  I did a modified workout A this evening but not as hard as I would have liked, better than I had hoped.

I just took some nightime sinus meds…bed is calling.  Good night!




  1. 630am: COFFEE with milk.  Fruit Smoothie.
  2. 10:00 am: 1/4 cup almonds, apple &  8oz H2O
  3. 12:00pm: Chicken veggie stirfry with brown rice 8 oz H2O
  4. 3pm: 2 Boiled eggs and salad and 8oz H2O
  5. 6pm:  Barely and Bean soup, Green salad with Low cal ranch dressing, 8oz H2O
  6. 9pm:  Carrots and Celery with cottage cheese salsa dip 8oz H2O

Moves: Cardio

Devotions: Psalm 16

Day 6 – weigh in #1

Starting weight = 194

Today’s weight = 185

That’s 9 pounds!

I feel like cheering!








The weekend was good.  I did well, I did not exercise but I ate well, and had 2 free meals.

Today I ate really well, missed both of my mid meals as work was very busy.  I did my workout B but still struggle with finding a way to do pull-ups.  I need to install a pull-up bar.  So I used a band wrapped around the beam on the deck to do some lat pull-downs.  Not very effective, but better than nothing.

Tomorrow  looks like this:


  1. 730am: COFFEE with milk.  Fruit Smoothie.
  2. 10:00 am: 1/4 cup almonds, apple &  8oz H2O
  3. 12:00pm: Turkey fajita salad wrap 8 oz H2O
  4. 3pm: Boiled egg and salad and 8oz H2O
  5. 6pm:  Barely and Bean soup, Green salad with Low cal ranch dressing, 8oz H2O
  6. 9pm:  Carrots and Celery with cottage cheese salsa dip 8oz H2O

Moves: Cardio

Devotions: Psalm 7