Tis the Season!!

Well…New Year’s Resolution #2 (#1, obviously is getting healthy), be consistent. It’s been 8 days since my last post, it’s a hectic time of year and I have been busy! Let’s see, what has happened.

Friday, December 16,2016
I left work early and headed North to pick up my mom. We wanted to finish up our Christmas shopping and have dinner with my brother and sister-in-law. We also wanted to walk around Easton Town Center and look at their lights, but it was too cold for that. Columbus had gotten a decent amount of the snow during the week (my part of the state had none) and my brother’s tree looked so good.

Photo by: Garet Martin

We had a great trip, but stayed out a little too long. We ran into freezing rain on the way back, it was starting to get slick by the time I dropped my mom off and I still had an hour to go before I got home. My parent’s live at the top of a hill and I didn’t get far. A car was stopped at the top, one was stuck in a pull-off, two cars were stuck at the bottom. I had to curb check to avoid hitting the car at the top…it was a mess! I was able to put my car in 4WD and back up the hill and get turned back on to my parent’s road…I wasn’t getting home. The next morning, it was 60 degrees outside! Gotta love Ohio.

Mom and I had already planned to bake cookies on Saturday, so it worked out that I was forced to spend the night, it saved me gas money, at least. We made all kinds of goodies: sugar cookies, peanut butter blossoms, oreo truffle balls, lintz cookies, buckeyes, & crock pot candy. Unfortunately, all my pictures we on Snapchat and I forgot to save them so none here. I will admit, that I indulged a little on sweets. I was worried about Sunday’s weigh-in.

Sunday, December 18, 2016
Weigh-in day. I didn’t lose a lot, but I lost and I’m still on track as far as my weight loss goals are concerned. I was happy about that, but I still feel myself slipping…I need to stay focused!!!

I was able to watch the Titans beat the Kansas City Chiefs in a 10-point comeback victory and it was awesome!!! The playoffs are so close, I can taste it!

I was also able to officially finish my Christmas shopping and wrapping!! What a relief!

Star Wars wrapping paper, ftw!

Monday, December 20,2016
After work, I went to my parent’s house to build Gingerbread houses with my little cousins, but first, we decided to take all of the leftover Christmas cookies (we made WAY too many) to the local homeless shelter. We thought it would be a great thing to have the kids involved with and it felt good. They decided they wanted to donate some of their toys too, so that was pretty awesome. The gingerbread houses were another story…they had trouble with them and as a result had meltdowns so they didn’t there’s completed…but I did.gbhouse

I love Christmas and all the events that lead up to it, it’s just really hard not to overeat. We’re having Christmas at my house this year and I’m hoping I won’t cross the line too far, at least. One day at a time, though, that’s all I can do.



It was a looong week!

It’s been over a week since my last post, and what a week it was. I’m a supply chain coordinator, so my job is basically inventory…all inventory. Last week was our annual year-end inventory…all 5,000 items. It’s the most stressful time of the year for me…on top of the already stressful holiday season. So…what do I do when I’m stressed? Binge, apparently. My eating habits weren’t great last week. I ate my usual quinoa bowl for breakfast, and salad for lunch, but my evenings were hard. I can’t seem to get dinner figured out…I’m workin’ on it. I made it through the week though and I took off early on Friday to head to Columbus with my parents to visit my brother and sister-in-law. We went to the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium Wild Lights. It was VERY cold, but we all were in great spirits and had a wonderful time. We ate at Ted’s Montana Grill afterwards and I ordered possibly the best salmon I have ever had. It was just so good.


Saturday, December 10, 2016

My mom and I went to Ashland to finish up (or try to) our Christmas shopping. I started the day off with a spinach and egg white omelette I found onĀ Yummy Healthy Easy and some grapes.

I like my eggs, well done, btw.


We had a late lunch/early dinner at Outback Steakhouse were I got the chicken quesadilla appetizer, only eating 3 pieces. Finished the day off with a beautiful sunset.

No filter necessary

Sunday, December 11, 2016


Weigh in day. After the week I had, I was slightly worried about what the scale was going to weigh, but after thinking about it, I realized, I really didn’t care…I FEEL great! I have more energy, my knees still bother me, but I no longer need to use the wall and the railing to walk down the stairs, I’ve not had any depressing thoughts lately…all of this in just 2 weeks!!! With that being said, when I stepped on the scale and noticed a 6.2 lb decrease, I was very happy.

We had my little cousin’s 8th birthday at my house and we ended the evening by walking around Ashland’s Central Park Christmas light display.

And we’re off!!

Monday, November 28,2016

Today marked the official start of my health quest and so far, so good…but don’t they always start off great? Anyway…I began the week with a cleanse that I found on Small Kitchen College just as a way to give my body a “restart”. It was much easier than any of the other cleanses I have attempted in the past, I was a little hungry by late afternoon, but dinner was very filling.


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

I spent the day shopping with my mom & cousin and I was worried that I would have problems “sticking to the plan”, but I’m pretty proud of myself…I only went over 83 calories and while I would prefer not to go over at all…it’s much better than normal. For breakfast, I made a quinoa breakfast bowl from Two Raspberries. I substituted the almond milk for a tablespoon of Organic Greek vanilla yogurt and added Organic unsweetened shredded coconut and a touch of cinnamon…it was de-licious! img_1783We had Cracker Barrel for lunch and while I really wanted Chicken ‘n dumplings and fried okra, I opted instead for a grilled chicken Caesar salad and I’m glad I did, it was so good…and filling. I did break down and have a Starbucks green tea frappucino (my weakness), but baby steps, people!! We had Chick-fil-A for dinner and I got a Cobb salad with fat free honey mustard dressing…it was good, but I should have substituted with grilled nuggets which would have cut down my calories by about 200, I’ll know next time. We ended the night with a stop at Jolly Pirate’s Donuts, a childhood staple, but I was strong and got only a small black coffee.

All in all, I like the direction this is going, now I’ve just got to incorporate some exercise.