Saturday, September 28, 2013

Paleo Pancakes and Fresh Strawberries

So, I was hosting a little sleepover for a group of 7 and 8 year olds. 
I decided it would be easiest to make pancakes for them with strawberries and whipped cream.
I used a Bisquick mix for them.  The pancakes looked and smelled so good.
My husband came downstairs and I could tell that he was thinking the same thing.
Before he could think another wicked thought about eating a pancake - made with Bisquick - 
I told him I had a plan for us!
I've seen several recipes for this, but decided to do a blend of a few of them 
so that I could use what I had on hand. 
Here are the ingredients:
3 eggs
1 Tbsp water
1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
1 Tbsp coconut oil
1 mashed banana
1 cup of coconut flour
1/2 cup of almond flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp sea salt
coconut oil for cooking
 Put your wet ingredients in your bowl first.
 Mix well.
 Add dry ingredients.
 Mix well.
 Oil your skillet with Coconut Oil or real butter.
Oops. These got dark sooner than I thought they would.
Did I mention I've got a house full of 8 year olds? hehe
 All done.
These are very dense and I was full before I finished a second pancake and they were not that big.
Tastes a lot like banana nut bread.
I am trying to use almond flour and almond products sparingly.  I think you could go all coconut flour with this and be okay, but I was running short on my coconut flour.
Enjoy with a side of berries or even some good quality yogurt or pure maple syrup might be good.

What do you think? Have you tried anything like this? Any suggestions?

Friday, September 27, 2013

Doctor visit update...

Well, it's been 2 weeks since I first saw the doctor and talked about some of the results there.
Since then, I've had my blood drawn and I received the results and then yesterday,
went back to the doctor to follow-up.  I was mostly interested in my weight and my high blood
pressure situation.  I was also concerned about my bad cholesterol levels that were revealed
in the blood test.

So the good news is this - Since the other appointment two weeks ago, I've lost 4 pounds!
That's very exciting for me.  And then at my last appointment, the best we could get my blood pressure down to was 141/92 and at this appointment it was 125/81 and I'm sure that was even a little high for that moment 'cause I was getting myself all worked up over it. haha!
As for the cholesterol, the doctor said that it's high, but since I have shown signs that I have been
serious about diet and exercise, she'd wait three months for another blood test and see where I am
at that point. Needless to say, I was super happy when I left the doctor's office.

I will be starting a new job on Monday.  It's a seasonal job and only lasts until sometime in December, but I am really looking forward to it!
However, I realize that I am going to have to adjust my schedule for exercising and really plan out my meals so that I am not tempted to go without eating during the day altogether.  Yes, I am bad at that.  I won't be tempted to eat something bad as much as I would be willing to go without.  An intermittent fast wouldn't be too bad, but I need to keep my metabolism up!  So, I am sure this weekend will be filled with planning for this!

If you know anything about me, you know I don't like to be in pictures unless I can pre-approve them.
I rarely take "selfies" 'cause first of all, I just don't know how to do it without cropping out half of my head or dropping my phone, *sigh* and second of all - I can never get myself to do a natural smile.  I always look like "deer in the headlights" and heaven help me if I ever tried to do the classic "duck lips or sultry swag" look. Puh-lease.   BUT, remember when I was having that 'not so great' day?  Remember I was going to go shower and put on some makeup and push through?  Well, I did and I thought I'd try to take a picture to show you that I was still smiling. Nevermind the meltdown I had later in the day, but that's for another post.
This is what I got.  I know. The quality is not great.  I don't have an iPhone or anything fancy - but hey - you get three angles of me. Lucky you! I ended up cracking myself up, so at least one of the smiles is the real deal!
Are you good at taking selfies? How do you feel about being in pictures or having your picture taken?
 Leave me a comment and share!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Emotional/Stress eating...

I remember reading a quiz type thing in a magazine once where you could answer the questions and determine whether you had a food addiction or not...
One of the questions were, "Are you an emotional eater?"
Well, goodness. I don't know, I thought.  I eat when I'm happy, when I'm sad, nervous, when I'm upset, ...
You get the idea.  Any and every emotion warrants a good reason to eat as far as I was concerned.
So I answered, YES.

Well, although I have been physically feeling better, it just hit me after I had a tearful meltdown today, that I've been in a slump these last few days.  I may be slightly depressed.
Okay. The doctor flat out told me that I was depressed. Pfft. What does he know?
You see, I never thought I had a problem with depression because I've seen depressed people.
They are a sad case.  I'm not like that. I've got it together. Silver lining and all that good stuff.
Alright. Maybe my depression looks a little different from others and that's a whole other issue
that I'm dealing with - but here's the thing - today, I am feeling down.
Now, please - you do not need to text or call or whatever,
because frankly, I will probably deny this whole post and say I'm all better and Isssssokaayy...
but, I started to eyeball that cake I mentioned in the previous post.
You know, the moist red velvet bunt cake that's on my counter?  Oh, yes - THIS ONE! Yikes!

I promptly made some bacon and eggs and had some coffee with some sugar-free pumpkin spice creamer.
Obviously, the creamer is a huge NO as far as being primal or paleo, I know that.
Stop looking at me. It's my one thing - okay and an occasional diet soda. I know, it's poison. Anyway...
And then my thoughts started wandering to that package of ramen noodles that's in the pantry...
Then it hit me.  I am in a slump and I am starting to want stuff that, FIRST OF ALL is just crap and second of all I don't even normally like.
I had to get a hold of myself.  I started thinking about how I felt and how normally, I would have gone ahead and had the cake and then made the ramen and who knows where I would have gone from there?
That grossed me out.  I didn't want that junk.
So I am going to do the stair running I had planned, then jump in the shower and put on makeup and finish writing out the final details for Naomi's little get-together with her friends.  Then I am going to be in my art room making some orders that came in. Stay busy. Stay active. Do something pleasant.

I am an emotional eater. Once the junk is gone, it will not return to this house - so temptation shouldn't be a problem.  Glad though, that I STOPPED and thought about what I was about to do.  I actually pictured myself eating all of that and then imagined how I would feel afterward. Nope. Not worth it.

Crisis averted THIS TIME.  Are you an emotional eater? Do you give in to it? How do you fight it? Let me know!

Coconut Lime Macaroons for dessert...

So I went ahead and tried the Coconut Lime Macaroons and I have to say - they are not too bad!
We had a little birthday celebration with my in-laws on Monday night.
We grilled carne asada and chicken that they provided and then I had some pork chops on hand
that needed to be cooked too. We had a huge salad, grilled zucchini, roasted brussel sprouts with a bit of bacon, boiled baby gold potatoes, canary melon and quinoa.  I didn't have any potatoes or quinoa at all - wasn't even tempted.
But then it was time to serve the cake. It happened to be a little red velvet bundt cake
that we can pick up, fairly inexpensive - but yummy, at our local Staters.
THAT was a little tempting.  But I didn't give it another thought.  I got this!
My hubby on the other hand started saying he needed something sweet! Oh, no!
He's going to cave!!!  Not really.  His willpower is pretty strong too.
I thought it would be cool to surprise him with some kind of treat or dessert,
so I went with these.  They hit the spot! Sweet tooth happy!
I used this recipe here, but had to subsitute a little bit. I was going to buy some pure maple syrup the other day, but it was so expensive and we had some other needs that were more important...brussel sprouts! haha!
Tangy Lime Coconut Macaroons


  • 2 1/4 cups finely shredded coconut, dried and unsweetened
  • 1/2 cup Almond Flour
  • 1 cup coconut milk, full fat (mine was lite and I didn't even realize it)
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup (I used honey)
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • 1-2 limes, juiced (about 2 tbsp) I used one whole lime, but it was too much. Maybe a little less lime next time. 
  • Dash of sea salt


  • Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a medium bowl, gently whisk coconut, almond four, lime zest, and sea salt.
  • Pour in the coconut milk, maple syrup, and lime juice and mix together.
  • Using a cookie scoop, drop small macaroon balls onto parchment lined baking sheet. (I had to use a spoon, but a cookie scoop would have been perfect to help with the shape)
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes
  • Allow macaroons to cool briefly and then transfer to refrigerator to cool for 1 hour before serving.
*Because coconut products has a melting point of 76 degrees, macaroons are best served cold.

So have you tried making any good primal/paleo desserts?  I know there are a lot out there, but it needs to be easy and not have all sorts of difficult to find ingredients.  Let me know!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Getting my ducks in a row!

Today marks day 30 since my decision to get back on a paleo/primal type way of eating.
I feel so much better today than I did the day I started.
It was my original plan to have a sort of "cheat" day when I hit day 30 -
but that's not going to happen.
There are a couple of reasons for this.
1. I don't really feel like I am dying for anything "bad" right now.
2. I started the Primal Blueprint 21 Day challenge with my husband last week,
so this is day 8 of that challenge and I don't want to mess it up.
3. If I'm going to indulge in anything not on our "diet", I'd rather be able to enjoy
it with my guy.
So I am waiting and if we feel we need it -
we will celebrate our 21 days with something at the end of that, which will be October 6th. =)

Instead of having a cheat day, I decided to celebrate day 30 with a nice primal nature walk.
I actually wish I lived closer to the ocean, 'cause that is how I would really choose to celebrate anything.
Good old Fairmount Park here in Riverside would have to do!
I guess the park got really run down at one time and was getting a pretty bad rap.
Thankfully, the city has done much to improve it and clean it up and it's a popular and beautiful
place for everyone to enjoy now!  These pictures were taken with my phone, but hopefully you can see the beauty that I got to experience this morning as I walked and thought about all the blessings in my life.
 This was my view as I got out of the car and started walking...
 Lots of people are posting photos of their autumn skies - well here's mine. I call it summerfall. ;)
There's a nice rose garden here at this park and I took some time to sit on a bench and meditate in front of this fountain. Beautiful!
 As I continued my walk - I accidentally stepped on this little guy. Whoops! Sorry!
 Did I say 'little guy'?  Here he is in comparison to my thumb nail! Eeks. Moving on!
 Sitting in front of the pond/"lake" is really the best part of this place.  So beautiful... Lots of thoughts, ideas and gratitude running through my head as I take it all in.
 Quack! Quack!!
Here's the other side. Beautiful, right?
On this walk, I made sure that I did a few sprints. Yes, I really did.  I did lots of jumps up onto a short wall. I made sure I was breathing deeply and any time a negative or fearful thought would pop into my head - I said, "NO!"  I said it right out loud.  Luckily, I didn't get any strange looks from anybody, but I wasn't being obnoxious about it either. haha!  I am a worrier.  I over-think things.  I don't want to do that anymore - so I am kicking it to the curb!

I have not been doing so hot on getting to bed as early as I'd like, so that still needs a lot of work!

I have a doctor appointment this Thursday and I am actually looking forward to seeing if there is any difference in weight since I don't weigh myself at home.
Also trying a coconut macaroon recipe for the first time.  I will let you know how it turns out.  =)

How are you doing on your health/fitness goals?  What has been easy for you? What is hardest for you?

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Spaghetti Squash and Paleo Meatballs

This meal was Aaaaahhh-mazing!!  I really felt like I was eating a plate of comforting pasta!
It was also my first time roasting a spaghetti squash. So easy.  This is what I did...
Preheat oven to 375*
Cut squash in half
Scrape seeds out of middle and discard seeds and "pulp"
Brush or rub a little olive oil on the cut side of the squash
and season with a little sea salt and garlic powder.
Add about a half inch of water to a roasting pan and
place squash cut side down.
Roast for about 45 minutes or until water is evaporated and
"meat" of squash pulls easily away from the skin.
Run a fork across the meat of the squash and watch as it magically
shreds. =) So exciting. You can scrape all of it from the skin
virtually leaving an empty shell.

And now for the meatballs! 
1 lb. of lean ground beef
1 lb. of ground pork
1/2 cup almond flour
3 large eggs beaten
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
garlic powder
sea salt 
italian seasoning (I used McCormick's Italian Herb GRINDER)
Mix all ingredients and form small meatballs and 
place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
Add them to the oven with the squash on a different rack,
but only for about 20 minutes.

not pretty, but sooo good! 
The Sauce
I chose to use Classico Mushroom and Ripe Olive Italian Sauce because I had it on hand.
From this point on however, I will be buying fresh ingredients to make my own sauce.

Once the meatballs are done, add them to the sauce and simmer for another 20 - 25 minutes.
Top your shredded spaghetti squash with some sauce and meatballs and then grate some fresh parmesan cheese on top and enjoy!  Even my daughter Naomi gave it a thumbs up and she is my picky eater!

Have you ever cooked spaghetti squash? Did you do anything different that you'd recommend? Let me know in the comments!

Cool tip: Cutting grapes, plum tomatoes and other small items.

I saw this tip somewhere on the internet and 
can't find it now to give credit, but I tried it and it worked great.
The original poster was cutting small grape or plum tomatoes.
I needed to cut grapes for my chicken salad.
So instead of cutting each grape individually, which is what I used to do,
you place them all on a lid or other item that is flat, but has a lip or raised edge.
This is so they don't roll away.
Then you place another lid right on top and press together.
You can then safely slice your knife through the middle and get
all of the grapes at once!
Cool tip, right? It was perfect for what I needed.
I love tips that cost no extra money, but will help me to
improve my situation or save some time.
Do you have a cool kitchen tip to share? Tell me in my comments!

Monday, September 16, 2013

The 2013 Primal Blueprint 21 Day Challenge!!

Got my copy through Amazon. Looking forward to starting! 
It's here and I am in!
As you know, I've been eating Paleo/Primal on my own for about  22 days now.
It hasn't been too difficult, but as it goes on, I can see that I am getting rather weary of being
thoughtful of my food and what's going on my plate.  I'm getting a little lazy and not
wanting to plan ahead.  Oh, yes! You must plan if you are going to eat this way.
So rather than letting my enthusiasm fizzle, I think that this challenge that I am
about to share with you is coming at a perfect time for me!! It's just what I needed.

I am talking about The 2013 Primal Blueprint 21 Day Challenge.  Wow! That's a mouthful!

I will basically be continuing the same eating plan as I have already been doing, moving a lot
more and then following along with any other challenges he may throw our way.

Here's the basic "list" from his blog.
In brief, this is the Challenge. Do it for just 21 days and the results will speak for themselves.
  1. Eat real food.
  2. Avoid sugar, grains, unhealthy fats, beans/legumes.
  3. Align your carb intake with your weight goals and activity levels.
  4. Move frequently at a slow pace: Get between 2-5 hours per week of moderate aerobic exercise.
  5. Lift heavy things: Conduct 1-3 brief, intense sessions of full-body functional movements.
  6. Sprint: Go “all out” once a week.
  7. Get 8 hours of sleep every night.
  8. Get 15 minutes of direct sun exposure each day.
  9. Play! Find time to let go, disconnect, unwind and have fun each day.
Well, there you go.  Let's see where this takes me!! Also, I have a follow-up doctor appointment in 2 weeks and I will be excited to see what my weight will be by then as well as find out my blood test results.

Do you have any health/fitness/weight loss goals you'd like to share?  I'd love to hear about them. Leave me a comment!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Coconut Chicken aka OMGCHICKEN!

I have found that it's really important for me to pay attention to my body when it comes to food.
Since I am pretty sure that I have a food addiction, I have to be very mindful of what I am
eating, when I am eating it and why I am eating it.

You may think this sounds silly, but if you've ever tried to lose weight or cut out certain foods from your diet, you might understand.

Sometimes I will think I'm hungry, so I'll get up and start looking in the fridge or pantry... and all of a sudden, I realize - I'm not hungry at all.  I don't even know what I'm doing there in front of the fridge!!
Has that ever happened to you?  Or you see some food out and you start munchin down on it without thinking?  Like maybe after you've eaten dinner and there's left-overs or someone brought in donuts and you just migrate over like nom, nom, nom!!

Quit it already!! *Yelling at myself* haha.

So, here I am today.  Home by myself and I'm hungry.  I had 1 soft boiled egg with some deli turkey for "breakfast".  I wasn't really hungry, but knew I should get some protein in me.
So lunch just rolled around and I've been doing some work around the house.  I stop and inspect the fridge.  Hmmm...  There's some uncooked boneless, skinless chicken breast from last night.  I was going to make a salad with it...

Switch it up!! Just remembered an idea I had and was excited to try it.  I recently bought some Coconut Flour and unsweetened coconut flakes.  I love coconut shrimp, but find that the sweetness of the coconut is not something I like as much.  But how about this? It's unsweetened!
So I cut the one breast into really thin slices.  I seasoned it with my favorites: sea salt, garlic, and pepper.  I beat one egg and set up a little station with my coconut flour and coconut flakes.
A little coconut oil in a hot pan?  Sure, why not!?
Dip thin cutlet in flour, then egg, then flakes.
Add to hot pan.
Only needed 2 or 3 minutes per side.  Whoops. First few pieces cooked really fast and got dark!
That's okay!!
Made a little side salad of mixed cabbage slaw (just a little bit of ranch dressing on the side) with some fresh tomato and there.  Beautiful meal.
Coconut Chicken
The chicken was SO good.  Very slight coconut flavor to the mild chicken, light crunch to the "breading" and lots of flavor from the seasoning.  I ate what was probably only half the breast and I was full.
So I STOPPED.  I could have and usually would have eaten the whole thing - after all, it's just one chicken breast - but I didn't.  That right there is progress!!

If you want to read more about coconut flour, I found a good article right here on Mark's Daily Apple.  He's got some great recipes too.

Have you tried using coconut flour or coconut products?  What's your opinion?

What have I been eating for the past three weeks or so?

Most of these were taken with my phone, so pardon the quality.  Just wanted to show you all that I'm not "starving" myself. >.<
Eating this way forces me to be more creative.  You will notice that the food looks fresh and colorful!

 Creamy seafood salad with shrimp, lump crab meat, avocado, dill...
 Lean pork loin with Almond Meal crust. Green salad with almond slivers and Greek Feta
 Caprese salad - Persian cucumbers, plum and heirloom tomatoes, fresh mozzarella balls,
 herbs, balsamic vinegar and oil
 Cocktail de Camaron  - Mexican Shrimp Cocktail (no sugars)
 Lots of these
 Cauliflower Rice
 Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Italian herb 
Stuffed chicken, bacon wrapped jalapeno with cheese, green beans
 Grilled chicken, TJ's Brats, Roasted Cauliflower, Grilled Zucchini and Pineapple
 Grilled chicken, caprese salad, grilled zucchini and avocado
 Roasted Herb Chicken, Roasted Carrots and Roasted Brussel sprouts with bacon
 *sorry for the blurriness* Strawberry, spinach and chicken salad with almond slices
Taco Salad - no chips, no beans, no rice, no tortilla. 
Coconut milk (unsweetened), pure almond butter, 1 frozen banana Smoothie

Well, what do you think?  It's not too bad, right?  What are you eating this week?  I haven't actually been keeping a food diary, but maybe I should.  Any thoughts on that?

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Doctor, Doctor! Give me the news!

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It's been about 6 years since I've seen a doctor just for a check up.
We have not had our own health insurance for all that time - 
that means that we only went to the doctor if we were nigh unto death.


Anyway, so my husband and I both went it today.  
It was a relief and it was nerve wracking all at the same time.

The first thing I learned - and already knew - was that my blood pressure
was really high. Okay. Working on that.

So the doctor asked me if I might be under any stress.
Um, insert meltdown.
I tried. I really tried to hold it together.
Wasn't planning on releasing the flood gates like that - 
but there it was.
I kept apologizing to him for crying. 
Oh, you know. Don't want to make the doctor feel uncomfortable. O.o 
THAT'S a whole other issue.

Okay. So after we established that I might want to see a therapist,  >.<
we talked about my weight.  
I told him what I was currently doing as far as eating and exercise
and he agreed that it was a good start.

I don't know what I was 18 days ago, but I know that I am 
at least 14 pounds less than I was at the end of August.  
I am not weighing myself at home because I don't want to obsess.
My next appointment with my assigned doctor is in two weeks.

I am also going in this weekend to get blood work done.

For the first time in FOREVER, I feel like I may be on the road to 
R E C O V E R Y and H E A L I N G.
I feel like I can get control of my health somewhat and know what 
I am dealing with...

My first weight loss goal (not counting the 14 I've already lost) is:
to lose 30 lbs.  
I just want to get to that first.  Then I will continue from there.
I will do this by: continuing with my Paleo way of eating.
I want to:
workout consistently at least 4 days a week for at least 
40 minutes.
I already pray on the daily, but I want to take it a step further and really:
incorporate some healthy meditation time into my daily routine.
I have been doing this, but I want to continue to try to:
be in bed before 10 p.m. - or 11 p.m. at the latest if it can't be helped.
The doctor would like for me to start taking some vitamins and 
he also recommended that I take vitamin D.  I would like to: 
get this through my diet directly from the source,
but will probably get something once I research what I really need.
Lastly, for now, I'd like to: continue reading and researching the 
works of Brene Brown. I am reading and learning about vulnerability, 
perfectionism, forgiveness, self-awareness, and more.  I have already 
been able to connect with so much of what she's written...even if it's difficult to admit.

So I think that's it for now. That's ALL. haha!  How about you?
Do you have any goals? Would you share one or two with me in the comments?

Thank you friend.  Thank you for walking with me as I ramble on about all of this. <3

p.s.  The doctor also said that I may want to consider cutting coffee out of my diet altogether.
What the HECKING is he talking about?? Like, can I see your license please?? *sigh*

Day 18 | Not that I'm counting...

So, I am actually 18 days into this "journey".
I write that in quotes because it's so overused these days, don't you think?
Everyone's on some kind of journey.
Well, it's true though.
This is a definite journey.

Google defines journey as 
1. an act of traveling from one place to another and also as a long and often difficult process of personal change and development.

Whoa! Do you see that?  The word PROCESS??  
So I guess this isn't going to happen overnight?
Okay. I can dig it.

As, I was saying before I so rudely interrupted myself with a vocabulary lecture,
I have been on this journey for 18 days now.
I started the day my kids went back to school.
I like starting things on a Monday, or the first of the year,
or the first day of fall, the first of something - know what I mean?
I like new beginnings.
So, the best thing about August 26, 2013, was not only was it a Monday,
but it was the first day of school.
Those that know me, know that I struggled even with that because
it was the last week of the month.  Ick.
Should I wait until September 1st??? It's on a Sunday...
No. This can't wait another week!! So, I started that morning.

I chose to go back to a way of eating that I've tried a couple times
before. It's called PALEO.
I'm not going to take the time here to get into all the details of Paleo,
because like I said, I'm mainly talking to myself here and I already
know what it is.
But just in case you stumbled upon this humble blog from out there
in cyberspace, you can just click on the link and see what's up.

I am probably not a good example of "doing it all right" because
I am learning as I go and I am also doing only what I can do right now.
Eating Paleo (and hoping to make it a lifestyle) can be expensive.  So, I
cut corners where I can, without compromising the point of eating this way,
wherever I need to.
Paleo diet basically is this:
Good: Fruits, Veggies, Meats, Seafood, Nuts & Seeds, and Healthy Fats
Not Good: Dairy, Grains, Processed Foods & Sugars, Legumes, Starches, and Alcohol

There are some exceptions, but that is the basic list.  I have not entirely cut out all dairy.  I still enjoy some sour cream and cheeses once in a while.
It's also stressed that you should be eating grass fed, no hormone, organic, caught wild, as much as possible. That's great and I agree - but it's just not physically possible for me to do that with everything, so I do the best I can and always choose the best quality when possible.

I know that the changes I've made so far have been for the better, but I have some other goals set too.

My next post will tell you what my "itinerary" or plan will be for this journey.
It's not just about food.  This whole journey is about redefining ME.

I am ready.  Are you ready?

So many reasons, but the main reason is the obvious.

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I've just gotten really fat.
Yep. I'm not afraid to say it.
You don't have to get offended at the word - 'cause I'm talking about myself.
Basically, I've gotten to the point where I am heavier than I've ever been.
Even heavier than when I was pregnant with each of my four babies.

So, that being said. It's time. I can stand it no longer.
Not that I was able to withstand it before...
It's just that I've gotten to the point where I don't feel comfortable in
my own skin.

Here's the deal though.
I know that in order to lose weight, you have to change the way you eat.
Okay. I can do that.
You have to move - aka - exercise.
Alright. I like that.  I just need to make time for it. I enjoy it.
I've also recently learned that getting enough sleep really matters.
You got it.  I'm going to try to get to bed earlier.
But here's the kicker - high stress contributes to weight gain.
I'm screwed.

So anyway...
If you want to join me on this journey - come along. If you don't - "Bye Felicia!"
'Cause I don't need any looky loos.
I need a swift kick in the arse. Yep.
So are you with me? Or what?
I'm kind of talking to myself since I won't be announcing this blog to anyone. hehe.
Here we go.