#tbt: Chalupas and Chicken & Waffles

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Another #tbt is upon us and what better way to celebrate than show updates on my progress.  The pic of the left was taken about a year and a half ago getting friendly with a Japanese status at a sushi restaurant and to the right is this morning.

Even though the physicial change is awesome the most important thing to me is how I feel.  When I started my little journey I was so tired of feeling crappy and the contstant guilt in my head about what I ate or saying that I’ll change tomorrow just wasn’t working.  I finally did something about it and I couldn’t be happier.

I have learned so much about food and what is good for me to get through my day and what isn’t.  By no means am I perfect because I’ve recently eaten a Chalupa and enjoyed my first chicken & waffles (and yes I was totally sober), but moderation is key as is movement!

No matter what you do just keep moving.  I’ve tried so many cool things in the last 18 months to find out what works for me and that’s part of discovering who you are.  I’ve tried boot camp, TRX, spin, yoga, swimming, paddle boarding and running.  They were all awesome but what will keep you interest to keep going?  That’s what will work for you.

If you’re looking for a gym buddy or someone to bounce something off of, let me know because I’m happy to help!  And, thanks for being part of my journey!


Fuelin’ Up

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Exercising everyday and eating enough to fuel you can be a challenge.  A great way to stay on track with healthy eating is by preparing meals in advance for the week.  Having meals ready to go helps me to avoid hitting the drive-thru when hunger strikes.

There are a lot of healthy meal ideas out there on websites and Pinterest so you don’t get bored with the same old stuff.  Taking time on a Sunday to prepare your meals and snack sets you up for the week’s success!  If you run out of time or ideas, Smart Ones offers a great line of meals and sweet treats.

I recently tried one of their Fiberful Pastas such as the mini rigatoni with vodka cream sauce.  I love Italian food and vodka sauce is my go-to when I’m eating out but the calories are not figure friendly.  Thankfully, Smart Ones offers this comfort food that wont’ ruin your healthy habits.

The pasta is very tasty with reduced fat mozzarella and creamy tomato vodka sauce.  A great way to change up this meal is by throwing in veggies.  The supermarket has every vegetable available in the freezer section nowadays so experiment with what you like!


*In the spirit of full-disclosure, I’ve partnered with the Smart Ones brand and received compensation for my participation. However, all opinions given here are fully my own.

Does your diet get a vacation too?

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Summer is here and everyone is planning their vacations to get away from the everyday, myself included!  We work so hard in our jobs, keeping our families afloat and trying to do healthy things for ourselves that we deserve a break!  Eating healthy and exercising is tough work so I wanted to share some tips on how to enjoy yourself while away but not go off the rails.

Water.  Agua.  Eau.

The most important thing you can do for yourself is hydrate!  Flying to your destination sucks the water from our bodies as does laying in the sun therefor keep water with you at all times.  I recently bought myself a vacuum sealed water bottle that stays cold for 12 hours.  Great to travel with and keeping near your lounge chair.

When In Rome…

Taking in the sites and culture of your destination is a great way to get some exercise.  There can be a lot of walking involved so wear comfortable shoes.  It’s also important to stop for some food and eat as the locals do.  There’s no reason why you can’t indulge while on vacation but do so in moderation.  Remember how far you’ve come and it’s not worth taking a step back.

Snacks Aren’t Just for Kids

Taxiing your kids around and errands can be exhausted and it’s probably tempting to stop at a fast food place to curb your cravings.  Don’t do it!  Carrying snacks with you is something we should do everyday.  There are always snacks available in the airport, your hotel or convenience stores just read the labels and stay away from cakes, cookies and candy.

You deserve a vacation away from your daily schedule but it’s not an invitation to go buckwild with your diet.  Remind yourself of how far you’ve come and don’t give up.  Drink your water, get some exercise, enjoy the local food in moderation, pack your snacks and you’re set for success!

*In the spirit of full-disclosure, I’ve partnered with the Smart Ones brand and received compensation for my participation. However, all opinions given here are fully my own.

Going Out and Staying Healthy


After months of cold dreary weather on the East Coast the air is finally warming up!  People are out and about on their bikes, going on runs and leasurely walking their dogs without having to wear a jacket.  The warm weather can be very motivating to be more active but it also brings about invitations to go out.  And by going out I mean eating and drinking!

Going out eating and drinking is super fun but can be high in calories.  Being social with your friends shouldn’t throw off your good eating habits but how do you stay on track?  Here are some tips to help!

  • Have a snack/meal before you go out. This can help curb your appetite, help you to avoid unhealthy foods and help you wallet.
  • Drink water.  You may be surprised to know that sometimes our hunger pangs are just because we’re dehydrated.  Drink water before you go out and it’ll fill you up!
  • Save your cheat meal for going out.  If you stay healthy all week, give yourself a break and enjoy a meal.

If you do fall off the healthy eating wagon, don’t be too hard on yourself.  Keep in mind why you are eating healthy and get back to it!

Remember this:  One bad meal isn’t going to make you fat and one healthy meal isn’t going to make you skinny.

*In the spirit of full-disclosure, I’ve partnered with the Smart Ones brand and received compensation for my participation. However, all opinions given here are fully my own.

Beach Body and Bad Cravings



There are so many trendy diets that have come and gone.  For instance, I remember a girl in high school who had tried pretty much all of them such as the cabbage diet.  She literally ate cabbage soup for every meal.  Needless to say, I wouldn’t sit behind her in class for my own health!  But, diets are trends for a reason, they don’t work in the long run and they are DIETS.

I have never dieted in my life because I love food.  When I say I love food, I don’t mean I just want to eat and eat and eat.  I mean, food has a purpose and that is to fuel our bodies so there are foods that serve this purpose in a healthy way.  This is why I don’t diet…I try to maintain healthy eating habits and not crash in an emergency like bathing suit season or a wedding.

It is very challenging to stay the course in healthy eating.  I’ll be watching a show at night and a commercial pops on for fast food. That burger and fries looks amazing and very tempting so how can we easily maintain good habits with these taunting commercials?

It’s ok to indulge every now and then.  You cannot avoid temptation forever so eat healthy 90% of the time and enjoy a cheat meal once a week.  Sometimes I get chocolate cravings and I have to give in.  I don’t have to go off the rails and eat a brownie sundae but there are alternatives that won’t kill your plan.  Smart Ones has these Smart Delights like the Peanut Butter Cup Sundae which soothes my sweet tooth without being my only cheat for the week.  Knowing myself, I’d need the burger and fries too!


*In the spirit of full-disclosure, I’ve partnered with the Smart Ones brand and received compensation for my participation. However, all opinions given here are fully my own.

Scared Straight


Last Wednesday night I was sleeping in my bed and suddenly woke up shivering with the worst chills.  I threw on extra clothes, turned the heat up and got back into bed.  Then it came.

All the fluid in my body wanted out!  I didn’t know what to do, it just didn’t want to stop.  After three hours I couldn’t take it anymore and called my parents for a ride to the hospital.  They quickly came, walked me to the car and drove away.  I felt like a hostage in the night wrapped up in sweats, a hoodie and coat, bent over in the front seat from the pain.

Luckily, all my bodily fluids were left at home and none were left for the car ride…one of my fears.  They quickly wheeled me into a room, took my vitals, blood, urine, the works!  I was in pain that I had never experienced:  my lower stomach was cramping and tightening, my upper stomach was just pure pain and my back was strained from so much vomiting.

The doctor eventually came back with some preliminary results:  I was more dehydrated than I should be and I may have a gallbladder issue.  Shit!  They were talking possible surgery.

I did an ultrasound which came back ok but my gallbladder was still in pain when pressed.  Next decision was a CT scan but I had to drink this saline fluid.  Just what I want when I’m already nauseous.  It took an hour to get through it to ensure I didn’t get sick otherwise I’d have to do it again.  Then wait two hours for it to work.

I got wheeled into the CT scan which was really nothing but they did inject me with a dye which made me feel warm.  The CT scan came back ok but they determined I had sludge in my gallbladder and gastroenteritis.  Sludge?  Like the Bog of Eternal Stench??  Ick!

Per the doctor, sludge can build up in your gallbladder if you have a high amount of fat in your diet or my liver may not be working properly.  Both scary things which I want to improve.

For the most part I have lived my life as if I’m invincible.  I’ve always been willing to try different physical activities and been on the go.  I think these things may be catching up with me.  I’m actually concerned.

We often hear people with heart scares change their lifestyle but at 35 I have to think this way?  This is just weird but I never want to experience this again.  Right now I’m on the BRAT diet and really have no interest in food yet but it’s important to feed our bodies with healthy and natural foods as much as possible.

This is my ultimate body reset and I’m not talking about a cleanse.  This has been a wake up call to really consider the foods I put in my body and to make smarter decisions.  I will have peace of mind knowing I make healthy decisions for myself and let mother nature do the rest.



Starting Over Yet Again…

Quick Work Nap!

Over the last few months I think I have attempted to get back on the healthy wagon about three times. As a very structured person, keeping organized is my key to success. For example, I have a dry-erase board on my fridge that lists my weekly activities to include gyms days and meal prep. I was very good about it when I started each time but then life seems to get in the way and I fail.

My biggest challenge right now is a work-life balance. I was recently promoted at work which of course comes with more responsibility. While trying to figure out my new role I find myself with very little time to catch my breath throughout the day and by the time 5 o’clock rolls around the last thing I want to do is workout or cook dinner. Eating out seems like such an easier option!

Eating out is easier but it’s making it difficult for me to fit in my jeans! I walked around the local supermarket to find better options to eating out. While in the freezer aisle I was reminded of the healthy options out there that are inexpensive and convenient like Smart Ones meals. There’s a lot of variety to fit your taste buds like Mexican, Italian, breakfast and dessert. I reached for the chicken fajitas  since I love Mexican and wasn’t disappointed! The fajitas are high in fiber to fill me up so I’m not reaching for the leftover Valentine’s candy.

Making a change in my life is a long road but making these small changes along the way will help me be a healthier and happier person. OK, gotta get back to work!

*In the spirit of full-disclosure, I’ve partnered with the Smart Ones brand and received compensation for my participation. However, all opinions given here are fully my own.