Tonight’s dinnah …


… is a homemade pita pizza with tomato, green pepper, feta cheese, olive oil, and a variety of spices. I know the Coke is not a great choice, but something about pizza – even healthy pizza – makes me crave carbonated beverages.

I’ve been back on the healthy eating wagon for only two days, but I can already feel the difference. I was miserable with a cold on Sunday night and most of the day yesterday but now I feel almost completely better. I usually take about a week to get well again; 48 hours recovery time is amazing for me! I had a raw sore throat Sunday night; it burned with the fire of 10,000 suns. My nose was a leaky faucet. I won’t even get into the deets of what I was coughing up (sorry TMI). Now all I have is a mild case of the sniffles. I’m really on board with this idea that we can control much of our health with diet and exercise. I know that some conditions are hereditary or cannot be influenced in that way, but minor things like colds or headaches, I really think healthy eating can improve it.


Breakfast of Champions

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Looks like poo, but this was my breakfast every morning for the past week … a banana with a tablespoon of almond butter and a coffee with milk (no sugar). My day starts out great and quickly devolves from there … did a bit of cheating today *coughTim’scough* but still trying to make good choices overall. This weekend will be difficult, as I am going on a road trip with Reptile Man.

Breakfast at Cora’s

Ok so I did fall off the wagon a leetle bit this weekend … it was my mom’s birthday and I had some ice cream cake. Also went out to eat twice with the bf … he will be the death of me. No matter what he eats, he stays slim and sexy. But I tried to make good choices. We went to Cora’s for brunch today … surprisingly, I had actually never eaten there before. (We had tried a few times but the line-up was always out the door.) Now I know why! The food was amazing, and the prices were quite reasonable. Reptile Man and I both feasted for just under $40. We will definitely be dining there again. I had the Theo’s Skillet (unfortunately did not think to take a pic). It’s packed with veggies (onion, carrot, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, green and red peppers) on a bed of potatoes and topped with an egg; comes with toast and fresh fruit on the side. According to, this meal only has 265 calories (I’m assuming the obvious, that that doesn’t count the toast and fruit). Now I am even more impressed! Apparently I can go to brunch with my boyfriend without ruining my diet. Another thing I really liked was that they didn’t have a huuuuge menu with 21382948324 items on it; there was a good selection but it didn’t take me 30 minutes just to review the options. I like a restaurant with a limited menu that they actually do well.

New year … will 2015 finally be my year!?

I am not big on New Year’s resolutions, but I have a few this year that might even be attainable.

1. I aim to walk at least 10,000 steps every day

2. Reach my goal weight of 130 lbs.

3. Spend more time with my girlfriends … since I got a boyfriend I have been spending soooo much of my time with him that I feel my friendships are being neglected … and I never want to be “that girl”! (You know, the one who gets a boyfriend and ignores her friends.)

I am enjoying a snow day today … it helps ease me back into the regular workweek. I was only off for two weeks but it felt longer! I really enjoyed the holidays and all the quality time with Reptile Man.

I am on Day 4 of my detox diet, and still going strong … have not touched junk food, alcohol, pop, chocolate, processed foods, or cheese since Sunday. I am hoping to make it to Day 20 this time (last time I tried this, I got hit by a car on Day 5 and it all went to $hit).

Today’s lazy snow day menu was:

Breakfast: 2 cups of coffee with milk (no sugar) and a banana

Lunch: Campbell’s Healthy Request Fiesta Black Bean Vegetable soup (I ate the whole can); and a chicken wrap with ranch dressing, avocado, and romaine lettuce

Dinner: Asian salmon (recipe lifted from a Women’s Health mag); red onion and bell peppers roasted with olive oil; and half a cup of brown rice

Dessert: Oikos Greek yogurt (vanilla) and frozen cherries

I technically did a lot of cheating. For example, I am not supposed to have coffee, bananas, canned soup, tortilla, store-bought dressings, or rice. But considering how I normally eat, I feel like a saint right now and it’s already doing me some good.

Normally I don’t mind shoveling snow in the winter because I need the exercise and I love the fresh air, but unfortunately even 7 weeks after I broke my collarbone, it still hurts even putting a shirt on … so shoveling is out 😦 I have been struggling to find ways to exercise without hurting myself … even walking is difficult now because it’s so slippery out. If I fall down, I could hurt myself reeeeal bad.

Tomorrow is Friday and I can’t wait to see my man … I don’t remember when I’ve ever been this happy! 🙂

And just like that …

… the holidays are almost over!

I am really looking forward to having an enjoyable New Year’s Eve after the last several crap ones. I have an awesome boyfriend to kiss at midnight, a beautiful dress (that I got for sale $30 oh yeah!), and a party to go to.

Speaking of boyfriend, he spent Christmas with me and my family and I couldn’t be happier. We spent six days/nights together in a row (three at my place, then three at his). He spoiled me over Christmas with so many nice gifts, including a key to his apartment ❤ 🙂 Also a beautiful necklace. I am the luckiest, happiest girl in the world. We haven’t had a real “fight” yet (well, it’s only been three months so we should still be on our “honeymoon”), but spending so much time together has caused us to bicker a bit and irritate each other at times. We are currently spending two days apart so we can have some time alone and do the things we need to do … he is working today, actually. I also had a pile of laundry to do (he has no washer/dryer).

Pants are tight, especially with all of the holiday eating and drinking … however, I have started walking again with my dog (my mother the angel was taking care of him and walking him due to my broken collarbone). I am really enjoying the holidays (and time off work) and although I am dreading going back to work (because I have so much to do when I go back), I am kind of looking forward to starting my detox and getting some of this combination holiday/accident weight off.

Still recovering … tomorrow will be three weeks since my accident. I am still in a lot of pain, and there are many other headaches associated with this … it was a real kick in the pants getting my ambulance bill in the mail yesterday. I get hit by a drunk driver and now I am having to pay bills upon bills, filling out paperwork for insurance, taking time out of my day for appointments, etc. … all of this on top of the actual pain. But yes, I know that I am lucky to be alive and relatively well, and it could have been a lot worse. I’m so happy that myself and my sweet guy are ok. We celebrated his birthday this week and soon we will have our first Christmas together. 🙂

Physically, there have been some improvements … we are able to have (gentle) sex again, YEAH! And I can’t go to yoga, lift weights, etc. but I have started walking again. I also try to get more steps in each day (the Fitbit helps with that). I also started driving again, even though it makes me nervous.

I have decided that I will try my detox diet again starting on January 5th … the craziness of the holidays will be over then and I should be recovered enough to do some gentle exercise (hopefully).

Wishing everyone healthy and happy holidays XO

Go hug the one you love! And love your pets. And be happy. 🙂

Recovery is a slow and painful process … 9 days later and I still can’t even lift my right arm. I was off work for a week and planning to go back tomorrow, although I am really not ready to spend 6+ hours sitting at a desk right now.

I never realized before now just how much an accident can derail your life … I haven’t even been for a walk since before my accident. So many things I used to take for granted are so difficult or even impossible for me now.

In no particular order, things I cannot do/can barely do anymore since my car accident …

1. Can’t shave my armpits/legs/etc.

2. Difficulty putting on deodorant and dressing myself

3. Can’t put my hair up in a ponytail (or do much of anything with it)

4. Can’t do much in the way of cooking

5. Can’t do laundry, housework, etc.

6. Can’t walk dog

7. Can’t take a bath (afraid I won’t be able to get out)

8. Can’t exercise


10. And, probably worst of all, can’t have sex for a while (we’re guessing 5-6 weeks); although, on the plus side, we will really enjoy it when our period of celibacy ends.

I don’t mean to sound like a whiner, just want to send the message that we should all be grateful for our health, well-being, strength, etc. You will miss it when it’s gone!

And I am so thankful to be alive.

Detox is going to have to be on hold for a little while.

On Friday night I had a car accident. My boyfriend and I were hit by an impaired driver as we were going through an intersection. I am in so much pain and have very little use of my right arm; I can’t even dress myself. And the medication I am on makes me very drowsy.

I plan to get back on the wagon and try again as soon as I feel well enough.

Detox Day 4

Starting weight: 179.9 lbs.

Goal weight: 165 lbs.

Current weight: 177 lbs.

Total loss: 2.9 lbs.

I was up a little this morning (0.7 lbs.) but still I’m pretty proud of my loss of 2.9 lbs. in 3 days so far. I had my worst cheat day so far today … an evil bag of Tostitos that was laying open on the counter beckoned to me. 😦

Detox Day 3

Starting weight: 179.9 lbs.

Goal weight: 165 lbs.

Current weight: 176.3

Total loss: 3.6 lbs.

Day 3, still going strong … 3.6 lbs. gone in two days is no small feat! I did get out for a short walk this evening and planning to go to yoga tonight. I cheated again today – I actually had bread – but I did turn down donuts that were shoved in my face and someone pressuring me to eat one, so I still consider today a win!

I can’t wait to be back in the 160s, where I haven’t been in years … I know I can do it!