Day 3 – August 16



Trying to remind myself of this.  Tim loses weight so much faster than me and I tend to beat myself up about it.  Especially when I am trying to do everything right and he is like I have 900 calories left, think I’ll eat slice of pizza and lose 2 lbs, ugh!  Okay It is not a race; it is a journey.  I will get there; even the tortoise beat the hare in the end!


Photo Food Journal:


Breakfast (E):
3 slices lean deli ham
1 piece sprouted bread w/ greek cream cheese and all fruit spread

Lunch (S):
Turkey and Cheese Pinwheels w/ Spicy Southwest Mustard
Cucumbers Slices with balsamic vinaigrette
Small Salad with balsamic vinaigrette

The Shrinker from Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook
I couldn’t drink this…it was awful. Tasted like cough syrup.  I maybe got through 1/4 before I was gagging so much and just stopped.

Dinner (E):
Croc-pot BBQ Chicken Sandwich Thin (BBQ Sauce Here)

*So I totally made a mistake with this meal. I thought it would be an S for some reason so I had planned to make loaded cauliflower. I revised my plan when I realized how many carbs were in the sandwich thin. I’ll know next time we could have had the baked sweet potato fries my husband wanted.

*For the BBQ sauce – I used xylitol for the sweetener.  Next time I will add a little apple cider vinegar and some cayenne pepper.

Late Night Snack (E):
Chicken and Black Bean Quesadillas
Carb Smart Tortilla
Pepper Jack Laughing Cow Cheese
Shredded Chicken
Black Beans
Taco Seasoning
Fat Free Sour Cream

*I cook the chicken, black beans, a tablespoon of fat free sour cream, and taco seasoning in a sauce pan first.  Then I spread the laughing cow cheese over the tortilla before I put it in the pan.  Then I add the mixture and toast it all up.  I dip it in the fat free sour cream.

I was super excited that I completed my third day of cardio in a row!  Today I rode a bicycle type machine that moves your arms and legs.  I did 4.05 miles in 30 minutes!

Fun for the day…Make-up with my mini!


This little girl can drive me completely crazy because she is so much like me.  She is a little perfectionist who likes things just so.  She wanted make-up and we were staying home all day so why not!  I’m loving my new make up by Maskcara; thanks McKenna for getting me hooked!  I love how light it is.  The lipstick is Lipsense Roseberry; thanks Ashley for getting me hooked on that! I love how it stays put all day – even through my workout!



Day 2 – August 15



I am going to take it day by day.  Each day getting a little bit closer to a better me!


Photo Food Journal:


Breakfast (S):
Scrambled Eggs

Lunch (E):
Burrito Bowl
1/2 cup turkey meat cooked with taco seasoning
1/2 cup brown rice cooked with tomato chicken bullion
1/2 cup bean mixture (pinto beans, black beans, corn)
1/4 cup homemade salsa (tomatoes, purple onion, jalapeño, cilantro)
1/2 tbsp fat free sour cream

*After lunch I went to the gym and walked a little over a mile on the track.  Olivia was a trooper and made it 6 out of the 7 laps.  Grayson didn’t scream while in his stroller.  As their reward we went to the pool and they got to play while I saw a few laps in the pool.  It wasn’t the big pool so the laps weren’t quite as long.  I swam for about 10 minutes.

Snack (FP):
Almond Joy Smoothie
1/3 cup fat free cottage cheese
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 scoop chocolate protein powder (this is the kind I use)
1/2 tsp almond extract
1/2 tsp coconut extract

Dinner (S):
Cabb and Saus Skillet
from trim healthy mama cookbook page 58

*After Dinner we walked around our neighborhood.  It took about 20 minutes.

Day 1 – August 14th


It was a success!  On plan all day!


Here are the numbers:
Weight 215.4 lbs
R Arm 12.5 inches
L Arm 13 inches
R Thigh 23.25 inches
L Thigh 24.5 inches
Waist 48 inches
Hips 45 inches
Bust 48 inches
Under Bust 39 inches
Neck 14.5 inches

Photo Food Journal:

Breakfast (S):
Scrambled Egg

Drink: Good Girl Moonshine

Lunch (E):
Chicken and Black bean Quesadillas
Small Salad with Salsa and Walden Farms Ranch

Dinner (E):
Taco Crunch Salad (recipe here)
Here is how I changed it.  We halved the recipe, but used a whole head of lettuce.

After dinner our family headed over to the rec-center.  I walked the track for 30 minutes and then swam 4 laps in the pool.  My goal is to do this 3 times a week.

Dessert (FP):
Cheesecake cookies squared (recipe here)
I used whipped Greek cream cheese instead of the Greek yogurt.
I used about a half a tablespoon of Xylitol to sweeten it.
For the topping I was trying to make some simple chocolate but it didn’t work out very well because it crystallized.  These were okay. I thought the dough was better than the baked cookie.

I can do this!  I will get healthy.

Starting Over



Yesterday a friend told me to weigh-in with her.  After a crazy cross country move and eating out for two weeks I was afraid to step on the scale.  I did and let’s say, UGH!!!


This is so depressing.  Added back quite a bit a weight, but I knew it would happen.  I knew it was coming.  I told Tim I was going to start over on Monday, tomorrow.  And technically I am going to count tomorrow as Day 1, but today standing in line at McDonald’s to eat out for what is hopefully the last time for a little bit I decided no I need to start now.  I ordered a chicken sandwich – no bun.  I had no fries and I had no soda!

I am thankful that Serene and Pearl put it in their book don’t wait just start over again in 3 hours.  I am making strides towards a healthier me.  I am going to follow Trim Healthy Mama to the best of my ability because I have seen in the past how it works.

After brunch, we finally went to get groceries.  We didn’t get our fridge until the middle of the week and everything has been super hectic thus the delay.  * I seriously do not know how people eat out everyday.  One, it is super expensive! And Two, UGH! When we got home I gave Olivia the rest of my caramel m&m’s that I had (the reason I was waiting til Monday).

This is almost like ground zero for me.  Over the last couple weeks I have resorted back to soda and eating sweets.  Why?  It is comfort in times of stress is my best guess.  And there were a lot of very late night and super early mornings and the caffeine pulled me through.

Here is my photo food journal for today 8/13/17.


Brunch (FP):
Grilled Chicken from McDonald’s with lettuce and tomato

Snack (S):
2 slices turkey
1 slice ham
1 slice smoked cheddar
Walden Farms Ranch (personal choice)

Dinner (S):
Cube Steak (just salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder)
Zucchini and Yellow Squash Au Gratin (recipe)
*my non squash eaters loved this! It is a keeper!
Green Beans

I know I can do this. I know I can be a better me.  There is no way I will hit my goal of 199 by 29 now as that is only a week away.  I would love to see me hit my diet bet. 192.8 by November 8th.  Thats 25.2 lbs in 12 weeks.  It will be tough; but I’m going to try my hardest!

Day 84 – 87 Weigh In and Measurements!



Sunday’s breakfast started out so promising for the day.  We were going to lunch with a friend at Olive Garden- I had already decided ahead of time to do soup and salad and I split an order of lasagna fritta with my husband.  It was amazing, but a big cheat.  For dinner I let the cheating continue and had a burger w/ the bun from Burger King and half a container of small fries.



Monday – Memorial Day.   Back on track for breakfast: a blt wrap and some strawberries.  For lunch we had what was supposed to be the night before’s dinner.  Chili Lime chicken Legs and Kiwi.  For dinner we did a grill out – I cheated but I knew it was coming.  I avoided all the desserts though!!!


Monday was also weigh in day!  12 weeks


6-Mar 4-Apr 1-May 26-May
Weight 231 219 215.6 207.8
Left Arm 14 14 13.5 12.75
Right Arm 14 13.5 13 12.5
Left Thigh 25 25 24.5 23.75
Right Thigh 26.5 25.25 24.5 24.5
Bust 50.5 48.5 48 48
Under Bust 42.5 39.5 39 39
Waist 51.5 47.75 45 44.5
Hips 47 47 46.5 44.5
Neck 15.75 14.5 14.5 14.5
Total Inches Lost 9.25 inches 6.5 inches 4.5 inches

I am happy with these numbers! It’s coming off slowly but surely!



Tuesday I started out with a two egg omelet for breakfast.  It had half a piece of sausage, 1 piece of bacon, some onion, bell pepper, spinach, and cheese.

Lunch I made a grilled chicken salad with vegtable soup and a sliced nectarine.

Dinner was an Italian Chicken Foil Packet.

I have a weigh in on June 1st so I needed to correct some of the weekend damage from the 3 cheat meals.

I sipped on GGMS all day on Tuesday AND Wednesday.



I was so hungry all day Wednesday.  I walked a ton, but I was ravenous all day!  Breakfast I ended up just eating ham and honey dew because the bread was moldy—which I didn’t notice til I sat down to eat.

For lunch I had left over Italian Chicken.

As a snack a few baked tostitos scoops and some turkey.

For dinner Spaghetti squash and a turkey meat sauce.


Thursday is my weigh in for my May diet bet!  Cannot wait to see if I made it under 206.4!



Day 82 and 83!


On every journey we have up and down.  This is my journey and I have to own it!

Day 82, Friday May 26


Started my morning with eggs, ham, and the last of the strawberries.  Grayson ate half of them after having 2 eggs, toast, and whole apple…that kid never stops eating.

For lunch I had leftover sweet potato soup again – I wasn’t feeling it, but I ate it.

For a snack I made a tortilla pizza.  These are so yummy and actually satisfying my craving for a pizza. (which they have never really done before!)

For dinner Olivia’s favorite sausage and cabbage.  (she loves the sausage more than the cabbage).  This is one of those meals I really enjoy and I end up eating way to much.

I made up for it by walking a mile with a neighbor!


Day 83, Saturday May 27

I feel like superwoman!  Here is a run down of my day.

I woke up at 4:00 am to teach 4 darling Chinese students English.  A lot of teachers are having cancellations because it is the Chinese Dragon Boat Festival…not my students all of them were in class today!

Grayson was awake and waiting for me to finish classes at 7:00 am. I made us breakfast. Took the dog for a walk. Mowed and weed-eated the grass. Then I blowed of the sidewalk and picked some weeds out of the rocks.  All while chasing my precious helper! (fyi: I do not mow grass – seriously this is the 4th time in almost 29 years; but my husband had a flight change and was helping a friend of mine move so I decided to help him out)  We have a push mower; this was one hell of a workout!

I came inside made Olivia breakfast, cleaned the kitchen, checked the freezer for meats so I could scrounge up a meal plan on a very limited food budget. Made said meal plan, cleaned the pantry out (it was a mess).  Washed, dried, folded, and put away 3 baskets of laundry. Made lunch, cleaned the kitchen again. Put Grayson down for a nap.  Did reading and math schoolwork with Olivia.

Tim finally got home so I got to spend some time with him while the kiddos had quiet time.  Went to the grocery store. Put groceries away.  Did the prep work for dinner – Tim grilled it. Then taught 2 more precious Chinese students some English!



So why did I recap all that because I have been up since 4 am SUPER BUSY and I am not completely wiped out!  I am so thankful for the 37 lbs I have lost so far.  I have so much more energy than before!


Here is what I ate today: (warning there are cheats)


Breakfast an egg with ham — i was out of fruit 😦

Lunch Turkey and mustard sandwich on sprouted bread and carrot sticks

Snack (CHEAT) why do I love this CRAP — nachos bell grande from taco bell.

Dinner: Blackened Salmon Tacos with a cilantro lime crema!  Okay so these could fall into the crossover territory.  Seriously they were amazing.  I do not love fish, but we had 4 small salmon fillets in the freezer – and I was trying to keep groceries cheap this week so I needed to use them.  I found this recipe and it was a huge hit.  Even picky Olivia said mom this is so delicious and ate 2.  Grayson ate it too.  I had a third one and so did Tim! It is now in my menu repertoire. Want to try it out for yourself; here is the recipe!

*** put in the effort for the grilled corn – so worth it! ***


Ups and Downs – this is my journey and I own it — onederland here I come!


Day 81, 5-25



Breakfast – a protein shake with oatmeal. (I didn’t have a banana today)

Lunch – leftover Sweet Potato Oat Soup

Snack – 6 triscuits, light laughing cow cheese, rotisserie chicken and a couple strawberries.

Dinner – beef tips (it was hormel brand quick cook stuff)  It wasn’t very good, but after baseball I need something quick.  I used some riced cauliflower and sautéed some okra with onions and garlic.


I was so excited when I weighed in this morning 5-26 that I was at 206.6!!! only .3 lbs away from my goal weight for my May diet bet.  I need to be at 206.3 by June 1.  I can do it; just have to stay strong over the weekend!  I am already at the goal weight for round 1 of my 6 month diet bet.  Then I need to be at 202 by June 12 for my VIPKID diet bet.


I can do this; I am motivated to get healthy and stay healthy!