This Weeks Favorite Things

This week's favorite things include, pen pals with my daughter to cold brew pumpkin coffee, these are a few of my favorite things. Now tell me some of yours!


A website?? What?

I am sitting here working on this website and it's a bit surreal.  I have a website?!?  How???  And even bigger than that, I have a NEED for a website!!  Mind. Blown. humbled

For those of you who have ever designed or worked on your own site, you know that it's sort of like a puzzle because everything  is connected to something else.  I really enjoy working on it, actually, and it fills a creative need in my work.  But man oh man, it can suck you in and then you've spent like 3 hours on one part of it, that probably no one will even notice!  Ha!

So know, friends, that this site is a work in progress and will always be!  Especially the "recipes" section, which so many people have asked me about.  I am working on ways to make it the most user friendly and searchable so you have quick choices when you need something yummy for dinner.

Your feedback will be very helpful to me moving forward, so please leave comments when you can!

Thank you for being on my site and giving my voice a place to land!!


Post Vacation Report

I recently returned from a blissful mini-vacation with my husband where the temps were in the 80’s, we had no children, no responsibilities, and dessert with every meal ☺  This was a super short cruise, thank God, or I would have done some real damage to the progress I made in December.  But it was glorious.  And vacation is a place where I don’t think we need to worry about what we’re eating.  Probably don’t need dessert with every meal, but we should be able to relax while on vacation and just enjoy some pastries! So this article isn’t about tips for staying healthy on vacation, because I certainly didn’t do that on this one!  Instead, I want to share with you some fascinating observations I made about myself and my body while traveling.  And that’s one of the perks to eating clean 80% of the time: I am a well-oiled machine and I can easily tell what might be affecting my mood, energy, or general feeling of well-being.  It wasn’t so easy to know when I ate whatever I wanted a few years ago.

The first thing I noticed while on vacation was how tired I was each day.  And this is not because I was really getting any less sleep than I do at home.  But several times during the day I would YAWN a lot and just feel SO TIRED!  That is not something I’m used to in my everyday life.  I really don’t get a midday slump, and if I do, it’s very short lived.

Another thing I noticed was that my stomach hurt!!  And my stomach NEVER hurts anymore, unless I eat junk.  Just the body’s way of saying, “Why are you eating that??”

And the third thing was the most startling for me and that was a very real sadness or depression the day before we headed home.  It sounds so ridiculous to feel that way while on vacation, and I still had a really great day, but I just couldn’t shake this dark feeling of not wanting to go back to the super cold Illinois temps!  And my responsibilities!  And I’m sure some of that is normal, but I KNOW that most of that is because I didn’t get my usual dose of almost daily endorphins from exercise.  I’m just not the same without them.  We worked out once on the ship but it wasn’t the same intensity as the workouts I’m used to.

So it was a really amazing trip and I loved the break from reality, including eating well and exercising regularly.  But man.  What a great reminder that I do those things to FEEL good!!

Healthy(er) in 2015

Is one of your goals for 2015 to get healthier? I find that collecting motivational quotes or pictures and creating a file on your computer is very helpful! You can post them occasionally as reminders to you (and your friends and family), you can print them out and hang them around your house, or you can make them your background on your computer or phone.

Here's a funny one that, for whatever reason, gives me crazy motivation to push a little harder I hope some of you can enjoy it, too!