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See this image larger(4 comments)See this image larger(5 comments)See this image larger(2 comments)See this image larger(7 comments)See this image larger(9 comments)See this image largerBored Orangutang(2 comments)See this image largerThe Lion Thinker(2 comments)See this image largerTalkative Bird(3 comments)See this image largerMe, August 2010. About 35 pounds lost.(6 comments)See this image larger2/3/11-Made it to One-derland.(7 comments)See this image larger(1 comments)See this image larger(1 comments)See this image larger(3 comments)See this image largerBefore Pic (I'm the blob sitting down_(8 comments)See this image largerAfter Pic (April 2011)(5 comments)See this image larger(1 comments)See this image largerAugust 2011. A year later, and almost 90 pounds lost.(14 comments)See this image largerFirst dresss I've bought in 20 years!(18 comments)See this image larger(1 comments)See this image larger(2 comments)See this image largerAugust 2012, with new puppy(8 comments)See this image larger(4 comments)See this image larger(3 comments)See this image larger(4 comments)See this image largerChristmas Balls(2 comments)See this image larger3 Years...168 pounds(16 comments)See this image larger(5 comments)See this image larger(8 comments)See this image larger(1 comments)See this image larger(1 comments)See this image largerweek 25 of my streak for "Exercise for at least 90 minutes per week" earned 12/20/2014(1 comments)See this image largerday 300 of my streak for "Log in and spin the SparkPoints wheel" earned 1/4/2015(1 comments)See this image largerweek 30 of my streak for "Exercise for at least 90 minutes per week" earned 1/24/2015See this image larger(2 comments)See this image largerToday's lunch...tilapia on sautéed cabbageSee this image largerDinner: sweet potato topped with turkey chili and asparagus(1 comments)See this image largerLunch today: Quinoa Fried Rice...only time I've eaten quinoa and liked it!(1 comments)See this image largerDinner,,, baked chicken, French green beans, and kale salad(1 comments)See this image largerBreakfast is one of these babies. Sunflower seed butter, blueberries, banana, and oats(3 comments)See this image largerWould have loved to go further but it was just too hot.(1 comments)See this image largerDinner...baked chicken and lots of green. No more carbs on my dinner plate(1 comments)See this image largerTook my little bug to the pool after dinner for a swimSee this image largerNice power-walk through the park this morning.(4 comments)See this image largerMore like brunch today... Roasted veggies with scrambled eggs and berries(1 comments)See this image largerMade a chicken pizza with fresh salsa verde on a cauliflower pizza crust(2 comments)See this image largerLunch today...homemade tomato soup and half a chicken sammie(3 comments)See this image largerMade zoodles, but they shrunk down to nothing, so I added a little pasta into it. (3 comments)See this image largerThis is me. (5 comments)See this image largerMade some zucchini corn fritters and grilled chicken for dinner. Too bad I have to wait until after my run to eat it!(3 comments)See this image largerThis is so stupid, but so funny.(5 comments)See this image largerMy late morning pick-me-up... An oatmeal cookie smoothie,(4 comments)See this image largerCame across a whole family of masked critters. This one wanted to be friends. I didn't.See this image largerSee this image largerI need this mug.(3 comments)See this image largerDinner today...balsamic pork tenderloin with green beans and salad (2 comments)See this image largerMixed greens, roasted red peppers and chicken...yummy (1 comments)See this image largerHomemade chicken lo mein for dinner tonight.(3 comments)See this image largerSmoked sausage and cabbage. See this image largerJust saying(4 comments)See this image larger"Feels Like" temperature was 88 before I left the house. So glad I didn't let that stop me See this image larger(3 comments)See this image larger(2 comments)See this image largerWeather was just awesome this morning...I didn't want to go home!(1 comments)See this image largerGreek yogurt with fresh strawberries and almonds is my post workout breakfast (1 comments)See this image largerBaked eggplant parm topped with creamed spinach... Getting in my veggiesSee this image largerFresh greens topped with black bean and corn salsa, tilapia, and a Greek yogurt chipotle dressingSee this image largerThis was today's breakfast...a homemade banana breakfast bar and melonSee this image largerTurkey meatloaf and loaded cauliflower casserole See this image largerStuffed chicken parm and steamed broccoli See this image largerSeriously (3 comments)See this image largerSome homemade lentil soup for lunch today (2 comments)See this image largerCold cereal with low fat milk. Not at all fascinating but healthy See this image largerTurkey stuffed pepper and a yummy saladSee this image largerGuys, if you're a carb lover like I am, you HAVE to try these pancakes. No gluten and the entire recipe is 315 calories, and 42 grams of protein! (3 comments)See this image largerThe Mother's Day dinner I made for myself...pumpkin sage lasagna cupsSee this image largerMy exercise room selfie. You could never tell by my face that I'm down 5 pounds in 2 weeks!(2 comments)See this image largerWell, that stuff was amazeballs..See this image largerFound on Pinterest today(1 comments)See this image largerBroccoslaw and tilapia for lunch(1 comments)See this image largerRoasted chicken and veggies for dinner(1 comments)See this image largerThe sauce isn't very healthy but at least the chicken is skinless and baked(2 comments)See this image largerMade my protein pancakes with blueberries today (1 comments)See this image largerLunch... Lots of antioxidants today(1 comments)See this image largerMy turkey taco salad...yum!See this image largerPork tenderloin medallions and a kale and bread salad for dinnerSee this image largerMade these Chocolate Chip Expresso Banana Bread Muffins courtesy of PaleOMG(2 comments)See this image largerThe fruit salad I made my daughter for an after school snack. It's love to share your raspberries See this image largerYummy...I made turkey teriyaki burgers with fresh, grilled pineapple for dinner(2 comments)See this image largerThought I'd post some Pinterest posts for a good laugh(3 comments)See this image larger(2 comments)See this image larger(1 comments)See this image largerChicken breast with pineapple salsa and broccoli... But first, My run!(1 comments)See this image largerAwesome sunset on the way home from my run See this image largerJerk shrimp and grilled onions on a sweet potato mashSee this image largerThe veggies I bought today to throw on the grill See this image largerSo sad... I don't think this guy is going to make it.(2 comments)See this image largerBeen wanting a nose stud forever. Today I finally did it!(2 comments)See this image largerMy daughter's excuse was, "no one told me to shut the jets off"(5 comments)See this image largerLost him when I moved, July 30th. Found Sunday, September 20th. Skinnier, but still so lovable!(4 comments)See this image largerLunch today, salmon on a bed of greens(2 comments)See this image larger(1 comments)See this image largerMy project of the day, caramel made with dates(2 comments)See this image largerBreakfast cheesecake...yes, cheesecake can be healthy! Made with cottage cheese and Greek yogurt... Full of protein, low in fat!
See this image largerTrying to make a comeback. First run in 10 weeks.See this image largerHomemade apple butter in the works (3 comments)See this image largerOatmeal cookie smoothie...made with oats, banana, walnuts, almond milk, and sweetened with dates(4 comments)See this image largerMy protein pancakes with homemade apple butter for breakfast(1 comments)See this image largerNot much faster, but I feel better... Only week 2See this image largerLess than glamorous after running... At least there was a cool breeze tonight(1 comments)See this image largerCheesy spaghetti squash... Yum!(1 comments)See this image largerBeautiful sunrise this morning See this image largerToday's breakfastSee this image largerPork stir fry for dinner(1 comments)See this image largerDark chocolate paleo almond joy. bars for dessert(3 comments)See this image largerDinner when I come back from running... Pumpkin pasta with spinach and sausage (1 comments)See this image largerI shaved 4 minutes off of my time from 2 weeks ago... Not great but it's progress See this image largerBreakfast today before I go grocery shopping... I hate going on an empty stomach (1 comments)See this image largerHappy Friday!(1 comments)See this image largerSo's my fastest time in months. I hope Tuesday night's RunClub goes as well.See this image largerMy protein cheesecake for breakfast (1 comments)See this image largerFirst, a halfway decent workout. and then a yummy breakfastSee this image largerMade a container of these delicious pumpkin spice latte energy bites. They're G/F, Paleo, and Vegan. Check out for great healthy treats.(2 comments)See this image largerI feel like I need to push myself harder.See this image largerDinner tonight... Lemon pasta with shrimp and asparagus (1 comments)See this image largerClassic Cuban dish, vaca frita, with a salad, for dinner tonight.See this image largerMade sandwiches for dinner. Turkey, apples, and cheddar. I will eat a better dinner tomorrow.(1 comments)See this image largerHealthier dinner tonight... Tortellini soup packed with fresh veggies(1 comments)See this image largerDid 2 extra laps today...wish it would cool down already. It would make running more enjoyable.See this image largerIt's supposed to be cookie dough yogurt. Greek yogurt, nut butter, vanilla, agave. Not bad, but I'll have to use my imagination for it to taste like cookie doughSee this image largerHomemade baked taquitos, made with ground turkey and black beans. So much better tasting than the boxed ones, and healthier too.(2 comments)See this image largerBehind my house this evening(1 comments)See this image largerRoast jerk pork with coconut rice and beans for dinner. See this image largerSpaghetti squash from Trader Joes... These babies weigh 4 lbs each! And they were only $2.50 a piece(3 comments)See this image largerBuffalo chicken spaghetti squash. I'm hoping it cures my craving for wings.See this image largerSaw a few of these little guys while grocery shopping today See this image largerPumpkin coffee cake... I know, I know, but it was soooo good. I won't cheat at run club tonightSee this image largerLongest run in months. Felt goodSee this image largerFeels like temperature is 88 today. Completely knocked me out. (2 comments)See this image largerStrawberry cheesecake smoothie...frozen berries, cottage cheese, low fat milk and vanilla extract. Nice on a hot day(1 comments)See this image largerMade some skinny bang bang shrimp with sautéed cabbage for dinner tonight. Find the recipe on!(3 comments)See this image largerSee this image largerHubby bought me flowers today, "just because". (1 comments)See this image largerKids didn't have school today so we took them north to South BeachSee this image largerHappy Early Halloween (1 comments)See this image largerFound this abandoned playground this morning on my way to the track...gave me the creeps. Happy Halloween (2 comments)See this image largerNot my best, but much better than Thursday's timeSee this image largerBreakfastSee this image largerMy daughter got a tattoo today, symbolizing "Jesus Moves Mountains". I think it's beautiful (1 comments)See this image largerDaily exercise. Current feels like temperature is 93 degrees. Hello November.(1 comments)See this image largerBreakfastSee this image largerTreated myself to one of these today after my workout...600 mg of potassiumSee this image largerPortion controlled lasagna roll-ups. I made them with ground turkey, and part-skim cheese(2 comments)See this image largerTuesday night runSee this image largerTonight's post-run dinner...grilled tilapia, coleslaw and a biscuitSee this image largerWe are a work in progress, people. See this image largerSo excited...found a new running path for Saturday. Hubby can fish while I get my cardio in.(1 comments)See this image largerTurkey stuffed peppers for dinner(1 comments)See this image largerAdmission to the Perez Art Museum Miami is free today. I was amazed by the hanging gardens.See this image largerI made a Paleo cake batter mug cake (ok, maybe the sprinkles aren't paleo, but don't judge). (2 comments)See this image largerSee this image largerLocal market had tomatillos for just .99 per pound...just can't resist a good salsa salsa verde!(1 comments)See this image largerWhere I ran this morning.See this image largerI thought it was awesome that my gps had me running on water(2 comments)See this image largerYummy snack!See this image largerMm mm, pasta with a slow cooked beef ragu. It was worth the wait (1 comments)See this image largerMade the kiddos (and myself) some cashew date granola bars(3 comments)See this image largerI heart lentils(3 comments)See this image largerTuesday night Run ClubSee this image larger☺️See this image larger(1 comments)See this image largerWorking on pacing myself. Overall time is the same, but my second mile is my fastest in almost a yearSee this image larger"I have told you these things so that you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! For I have overcome the world." -John 16:33See this image largerMade some low fat whole wheat apple muffins for breakfast (4 comments)See this image largerI'm finally making a comeback! I ran a mile in 12 1/2 minutes... Next goal: A 12 minute mileSee this image largerLove this stuff...banana pumpkin baked oatmeal
See this image largerPiperine, what gives pepper its potency, stops the development of new fat cells from forming. I love black pepper on my popcorn(1 comments)See this image largerDinner...grilled chicken and pineapple, rice, and green beansSee this image largerI knew I had no time today so I woke up extra early to get in a run. I would have met my goal of it hadn't started pouring See this image largerBig pot of broccoli cheese soup for dinner tonight(1 comments)See this image largerSee this image largerI was craving turkey chili today. It really hit the spot.(2 comments)See this image largerThe weirdest thing I've ever eaten at 10:30 in the morning (1 comments)See this image largerSee this image largerThese are Pumpkin Sage Lasagna Cups, made in muffin tins. Pure deliciousness!See this image largerHonestly, there's really no way to photograph oatmeal to make it look appetizing(3 comments)See this image largerI have not ran in a week. That hindered my progress a bit. But I'm still in a better place than a few weeks ago. See this image largerAnd the cooking begins... First, homemade cranberry sauce. I added orange zest and fresh grated ginger.(3 comments)See this image larger(2 comments)See this image largerFresh out of my oven, the biggest calorie bomb on Thanksgiving Day, and the one true love I wait 364 days for!(1 comments)See this image largerThank you cattiecannslugg! This stuff is amaze balls!! And yes, I ate the corner of it...shhhhh(2 comments)See this image largerWho needs processed canned soup? Just green beans and shrooms... Simplicity. (2 comments)See this image largerA lighter dinner after yesterday's feast. Tilapia with oven roasted potatoes, peppers and onions(1 comments)See this image larger(1 comments)See this image largerHubby bought a crate of 50 ears of fresh corn from a farmer this morning. Now I'm blanching it to freeze... This stuff tastes like summer!See this image largerMade these carrot cake energy bites today before I run. Recipe courtesy of Running with SpoonsSee this image largerClearly, the energy bites didn't help as much as I would have liked.See this image largerMy colorful dinner plate. An organic chicken sausage, asparagus, salad, roasted peppers, onions, and red potatoesSee this image largerSimple dinner of sliced London broil with mushrooms, mashed potatoes, and half an ear of cornSee this image largerNo, I do not have a lake behind my house. But the more than 4 inches of rain is making one.(4 comments)See this image largerToday's dinner... Chicken Caesar salad(3 comments)See this image largerSee this image largerSee this image larger8 inches of rain in 2 days. I now have a waterfront property. The "lake" has doubled in size.(5 comments)See this image largerDinner is a bit monochromatic, but still delicious. Roast loin of pork, sauerkraut, and organic baby potatoes. Oh, and I did have a green salad tooSee this image largerMy version of Kung Pao chicken. No rice. (1 comments)See this image largerSliced round steak and fresh corn for lunch.(1 comments)See this image largerSee this image largerBreakfast on the go. (1 comments)See this image largerWell, that was yummy 😊See this image largerOne Florida avocado made one HUGE bowl of guacamole!See this image larger4 down, 3 to go! (1 comments)See this image larger(1 comments)See this image largerMy Christmas present to myself... Can't wait to try them in a smoothie!See this image largerMy Christmas present to myself... Can't wait to try them in a smoothie!See this image largerMy Christmas present to my hubby. (3 comments)See this image largerChicken breast with yellow rice and peas, and the best sautéed kale ever!See this image largerNotice the "feels like" temperature... too hot, even for Miami standards. Have a Happy Holiday, everyone!See this image largerTurned those power foods into these chocolate bars for my friend(1 comments)See this image largerOrganic hemp hearts, chia seeds, and cocao nibsSee this image largerMerry ChristmasSee this image largerMy son was stricken with a stomach virus yesterday, so Christmas dinner is a day late here. God, bless you for the gift of your son, and this prime rib of beef. (3 comments)See this image largerHubby bought me some beautiful fresh raspberries, so I turned them into lemon raspberry muffins(3 comments)See this image largerTurkey meatballs and rice. See this image largerFirst breakfast of 2016. Star fruit, almonds and 1/4th of a Belgian waffle(1 comments)See this image largerI got 2 lbs of walnuts today for under $10. Now time to use up some browning bananas.See this image largerLate lunch... Turkey breast with lettuce on marbled ryeSee this image largerSteak with Parmesan Brussel sprouts See this image largerBreakfast today, a whole wheat banana nut muffin and an orangeSee this image largerMy snack...freshly made guacamole and Rice Works crackers(1 comments)See this image largerGrilled eggplant rollatini, salad, and ciabatta bread(2 comments)See this image largerToday's snack. At church, I grabbed what I thought was a raisin bagel. Turned out to be chocolate chip. The intent was there 😕See this image larger(3 comments)See this image largerMy star fruit and banana muffin breakfast(1 comments)See this image largerGot a gym membership today. Time to get my groove back.(1 comments)See this image largerLunch... Open faced turkey sandwich and salad(4 comments)See this image largerYes, this is a bad, bad dinner, which is why I halved everything. Recently, if I ate a bad meal, I just wouldn't post it. But from now on, I'm owning everything.(7 comments)See this image largerTonight's dessert, a cup of tea and 3 dark chocolate covered dried cherries See this image largerBreakfast cheesecake smothered in a mixed berry compote I made last night (2 comments)See this image largerMy second workout today. The treadmill, elliptical, weights and running. I'm going to feel it tomorrow(1 comments)See this image largerFish tacos with cilantro coleslaw and lime crema See this image larger30 minutes on the elliptical today, followed by some calf extensions and leg presses.See this image largerApple breakfast quinoa, I added some walnuts for healthy fats. Not bad, needs something...maybe I'll add some agave next time.(3 comments)See this image largerA coconut chai smoothie... Now that was delicious!See this image largerI made this great crockpot soup... Creamy chicken and wild rice. Did you know wild rice is actually a grass, not really rice.
See this image largerDessert tonight(2 comments)See this image largerQuick breakfast this morningSee this image largerCabbage and shrimp stir-fry for lunch.(1 comments)See this image largerSee this image largerDinner... Crockpot creole turkey sausage, chicken and shrimp(1 comments)See this image largerBreakfast today with a little crunch
See this image largerMy puppy had a hard her head stuck in a vase..had to break it to get her head out. Now she's sleepy(5 comments)See this image largerBreakfast today is a mixed berry and coconut milk smoothie(1 comments)See this image larger25 minutes on the legs feel like rubber bandsSee this image largerI forgot to post lunch. It was turkey and Swiss on white bread. Dinner is the most awesome shrimp Caesar salad(2 comments)See this image largerThis is crazy...a hot chocolate smoothie. So filling, and tastes so delicious. Recipe courtesy of comments)See this image largerOh mercy...slow braised beef ragu with spaghetti. My one night I will violate my "no carbs for dinner" ruleSee this image largerEvery day is a new day. (1 comments)See this image largerDannon Light & Fit Greek yogurt in strawberry cheesecake flavor with sliced berries(2 comments)See this image largerMy lunch today was roasted sweet potatoes, onions, apples, and smoked turkey sausage(5 comments)See this image largerCopycat recipe of the Olive Garden's Zuppa Tuscana but better because it didn't cost me $8.99(2 comments)See this image largerI've never been an egg person. Saw this on Pinterest. Kale with bacon for breakfast. Yum!(1 comments)See this image largerMy treadmill workout today. (1 comments)See this image largerToday's dinner is a crockpot honey garlic chicken. I served it on top of quinoa (I hate quinoa) and some steamed broccoli(1 comments)See this image largerGrits and turkey sausage for breakfast.(1 comments)See this image largerBreakfast(4 comments)See this image largerLunch... Chicken with snap peas and peppersSee this image largerTurkey chili topped sweet potato wedges. I'm so proud I haven't eaten cheese all week. See this image largerSimple breakfastSee this image largerTonight I made a turkey stuffed eggplant for dinner. Can't wait to dig in because it smells fantastic!(2 comments)See this image largerQuick blend and run vanilla coconut matcha smoothieSee this image largerGot this in the mail from Amazon today. Thought I'd try it on popcorn, eggs and veggies (2 comments)See this image largerRice-stuffed flank steak and steamed veggiesSee this image largerTreadmill workoutSee this image largerElliptical workoutSee this image largerQuinoa, grilled chicken breast, roasted peppers, onions, and corn with a spicy queso sauceSee this image largerCan't make it to the gym for the next 3 days, so eating has to be spot on. Decided to save the protein bar for a snack later.See this image largerThis is really cold for us, but my New York blood absolutely loves it!(2 comments)See this image largerBasically, my lunch is leftovers from last night, sans grilled chicken. Quinoa with queso, and grilled veggies with cornSee this image largerDinner is a turkey burger salad with salt and pepper croutonsSee this image largerI passed on this tonight. All of it. Please give me a round of applause!(11 comments)See this image largerMade this spinach and feta pie for lunch today.(3 comments)See this image largerFinally finished my first adult coloring book page. I never have the time, but I'm looking forward to beginning another.(4 comments)See this image largerTGIF...homemade tomato soup and Italian panini'sSee this image largerMy puppy is looking like she needs the aid of Pep, and Spark People!(1 comments)See this image largerHot leftover tomato soup for lunchSee this image largerCarnitas for dinnerSee this image largerMiami doggies need to sleep inside when the temperature dips below 50. (2 comments)See this image larger(1 comments)See this image largerI don't have the heart to tell her she's not a lap-dog(2 comments)See this image largerSimple salad with grilled chicken for dinner(1 comments)See this image larger"Cloud Bread"...saw it on Pinterest. Don't be fooled peeps. Doesn't taste like bread, tastes like cooked egg whites. (3 comments)See this image largerToday on the treadmill. Did walk/run intervals. Exactly a year ago, I ran a half marathon, and now I've sunk to this. #longroadahead(1 comments)See this image largerI made a monte cristo on cloud bread. It's actually mighty tasty!(4 comments)See this image largerTurkey meatloaf with a loaded cauliflower mash, green salad on the side.(2 comments)See this image largerBreakfast...a single serve blueberry muffin in a mug(2 comments)See this image largerHomemade chicken and brown rice soup. Hits the spot on a rainy day. (4 comments)See this image largerMade Asian chicken lettuce wraps for dinner. I ate 4. (3 comments)See this image largerVisiting a dear friend at the hospital, so this is what I grabbed for lunch. Apple, almond butter, and coconut water coffee.See this image largerEating my fajitas deconstructed into a salad.(2 comments)See this image larger(2 comments)See this image largerReduced-fat blueberry coffee cake(4 comments)See this image largerRecumbent bikeSee this image largerEllipticalSee this image largerTreadmill, for a total of 410 calories burned(1 comments)See this image largerGreek yogurt pumpkin pancakes...8 pancakes for 300 calories and almost 20 grams of protein(1 comments)See this image largerCheesy taco skillet, served on top of organic brown rice(2 comments)See this image largerHubby surprised me and took to get my hair done today (4 comments)See this image largerMy healthy version of a Shamrock Shake...frozen banana, Greek yogurt, kale, peppermint extract, stevia, milk, and some dark chocolate chips(6 comments)See this image largerMy daughter today at her Junior Ring Ceremony(4 comments)See this image largerBrown fried rice with lean ham, eggs and broccoli(1 comments)See this image largerMy birthday dinner...chicken cutlets and caprese quinoa(4 comments)See this image largerI found a healthy chocolate muffin recipe. Trader Joe's oat bran, whole wheat flour and organic coconut palm sugar are just a few of the ingredients(3 comments)See this image largerSay whaaaat? Toasted coconut almond milk? Hello!See this image largerWasn't needed at work, so I squeezed in a workout(1 comments)See this image largerDinner...spaghetti squash with kale, bacon and onions. It was supposed to have goat cheese, but I was outSee this image larger(1 comments)See this image largerBeef and barley soup was cooking in the crockpot all day...yum!(2 comments)See this image largerGrilled pork chop, baked potato, and green beans for dinnerSee this image largerBreakfast(1 comments)See this image largerWent to Olive Garden last night. Let's not talk about it. Need to reset this morning. (5 comments)See this image largerBreadsticks=fuel...LOL. Actually got back on after strength training and ran another .5 mileSee this image largerFace still red from my workout 2 hours ago. And I'm having a good hair day. TGIF, everyone! Enjoy the long weekend(1 comments)See this image largerChopped apple with Greek yogurt, cinnamon and almondsSee this image largerSliced steak with salsa and red beans and rice(3 comments)See this image largerMy cat loves shower curtains.See this image largerSeriously...what kind of dog sleeps like this? And she's snoring too.(7 comments)See this image largerIt's a Big Mac salad...yum!(4 comments)See this image largerShredded balsamic beef, roasted cauliflower and mashed potatoes(2 comments)See this image largerI made some lentil soup with lite smoked sausage, and homemade whole wheat bread(1 comments)See this image largerThis morning I made a batch of quinoa coconut cranberry cookies.(2 comments)See this image largerChicken super grains skillet, with brown rice, red quinoa, and farro, plus peas and bacon(3 comments)See this image largerMy little girl wanted a funfetti cake for her birthday, so I made one this morning after she left for school(7 comments)See this image largerA little better than last time. I need to get to the gym more often in order to make progressSee this image largerLate breakfast...mixed berries and Greek yogurt(2 comments)See this image largerTaking puppy selfiesSee this image largerFirst time on a stairclimber in 4 years...not bad(1 comments)See this image largerOnly 1 mile on the treadmill. Needed to save some energy for strength training!See this image largerBreakfast..1 sausage with a whole egg, and 1 egg whiteSee this image largerChili spiced mahi-mahi on a bed of cilantro lime coleslaw (3 comments)See this image largerSnack time...I'm so hungry today(1 comments)See this image largerBaked skinless chicken thigh lots of broccoli, a little stuffingSee this image largerThe goal is make each day a little better than the day beforeSee this image largerOven roasted chicken wings...they're small, and an apple for lunchSee this image largerDinner...I 💜 shrimp(3 comments)See this image largerEgg omelette with feta, toasted blueberry bread, and berriesSee this image largerPart one mile intervalSee this image largerPart 2...inclineSee this image largerFried egg on English muffin(2 comments)See this image largerSteak chili and corn bread for lunch todaySee this image largerExactly the pick-me-up snack I need! (1 comments)See this image largerAsian chicken salad from Applebee's for dinner(1 comments)See this image largerBeat the last stair climb of 104 flightsSee this image largerEgg with bacon bits on one of those multi-grain flatbread things(2 comments)See this image largerShrimp stir fry with broccoli, Bol choy, mushrooms, and brown rice, and some crispy baked wontons See this image largerGot jealous looking at people's low carb waffles and pancakes, so I made one too... Yummy
See this image largerSunday snoozes with the World's Most Awesome Puppy(3 comments)See this image larger(1 comments)See this image largerThis is my sweat all over the stairclimber machine. Personal best...99 flights in 30 minutes. And yes, I did wipe it down.(1 comments)See this image largerHad a strawberry cheesecake protein smoothie after a great workout at the gymSee this image largerLunch. (1 comments)See this image largerThat had to be the best homemade mac and cheese I've ever made. It was really hard to just eat 1/2 cup. (4 comments)See this image largerProud of myself today...ran 3 miles in 39.25! This is the last mile...killed it! 😋See this image largerMy vanilla bean protein cheesecake for breakfast(1 comments)See this image largerOne of the perks living in Miami... Getting strawberries like this...weighed them...10 pounds for $15!(6 comments)See this image largerGarlic breadcrumb crusted tilapia and tomato quinoa for lunch(2 comments)See this image larger(4 comments)See this image largerUsing real milk for the extra protein.See this image largerMy husband abandoned me at the gym today...literally. So I did ST and 1:15 of cardio. This was the treadmill (2 comments)See this image largerThis was the stairclimber. Not my personal best. Could have beat it, if I had eaten a little something before See this image largerPesto quinoa and peas with turkey meatballs and asparagusSee this image largerI basically survived on strawberries today... So happy to eat some grilled chicken and green beans with baby Plato salad(2 comments)See this image largerTreadmill workoutSee this image largerStairclimber machine...killed it!(1 comments)See this image largerNot really into the elliptical... Kinda bores me, but another 100 calories gone. They all add upSee this image largerHuge workout, huge breakfast...I am starving!(1 comments)See this image largerMade my own "ice cream" tonight with frozen strawberries, milk, and liquid stevia. Then made a carb free magic shell ( coconut oil, cocoa powder and liquid stevia)(2 comments)See this image largerMissed beating my last workout by just 2 floors. Still a good workout though(1 comments)See this image largerMy treadmill timeSee this image largerBrunchSee this image largerDeconstructed cabbage roll soup for dinner tonight(2 comments)See this image largerSweat session(1 comments)See this image largerMy sweetener came in today to help me bake some carb-free goodiesSee this image largerDinner tonight...A Spark People recipe for low-carb chicken Alfredo bake, with zucchini, and cauliflower. Tried's absolutely delicious. I'll definitely make it again(3 comments)See this image largerI had no energy this morning. Really struggled through cardio. Did much better with my ST(1 comments)See this image largerI made a mustard-based barbecue sauce that is completely carb free. Went nice with a few baby back ribs. 1/2 C yellow mustard, 1/4 C cider vinegar, 1/4 Swerve sweetener, 1 tsp worscheshire sauce, 2 tsp hot sauce, 1 Tb melted butter(3 comments)See this image largerHot creamy chicken and wild rice soup. I hope this helps my dry, hacking cough that kept me up all night last night 🙁See this image largerHa!(7 comments)See this image largerHubby is diabetic, so I made him a chocolate buckeye bundt cake. Only 6 net carbs per slice. It's all his💕
See this image largerMade some pesto hummus for snacking(2 comments)See this image largerFor dinner I made stuffed portobello mushrooms and asparagus(1 comments)See this image largerDinner tonight...Cheesy Quinoa and Broccoli Casserole(1 comments)See this image largerStill haven't beaten this chest cold yet, so I need to take it easySee this image largerNot holding back on ST though. Up to 210 pounds on the leg press...working those quads!(1 comments)See this image largerLow carb taco casserole(1 comments)See this image largerEaster Dinner(1 comments)See this image largerNot trying to beat my personal best. Just trying to not cough up a lung. When will the chest cold be gone?(1 comments)See this image largerSome treadmill timeSee this image largerLunch on the run(1 comments)See this image largerDinner was good... Grilled chicken, broccoli, and a quinoa and brown rice salad(2 comments)See this image largerGetting stronger...(1 comments)See this image largerLeftover quinoa salad with diced grilled chickenSee this image largerBreaded eggplant, carb free turkey meatballs, salad, and focaccia which I elected to not finish.See this image largerHit the elliptical today...just wasn't feeling the stairclimber.(2 comments)See this image largerBreakfast(1 comments)See this image largerJust like a Kind bar, but cheaper(3 comments)See this image largerCrockpot beef short ribs and low carb mashed potatoes ( whipped cauliflower). (1 comments)See this image largerHad to get to work, so it was quickie cardio todaySee this image largerSpark recipe slow cooker creamy Italian chicken on top of spaghetti squash(4 comments)See this image largerWhy?(3 comments)See this image largerLoved this! Oh, and it's been 10 minutes.., cat's still there(3 comments)See this image largerWent to grill my flank steak and found a tree frog in my bbq! Funny thing...when I went to move him he jumped on my face 😝(5 comments)See this image largerThe flank steak turned out great...sans frog(2 comments)See this image largerThai peanut chicken thigh, homemade rice pilaf and salad(2 comments)See this image largerThe view from the top of the stairclimber...LOL(2 comments)See this image largerI had to climb 3 more flights to beat my personal close. Maybe by the end of the week? 😏See this image largerPork roast with quinoa salad and peasSee this image largerTreadmill(1 comments)See this image largerWho needs till the end of the week? Nailed it!(1 comments)See this image largerBreakfast(1 comments)See this image larger2 cheese ravioli and a portobello mushroom stuffed with cheese and spinach. Last day of eating carbs. Atkins starts tomorrow. I'll be posting all my meals and progressSee this image largerBad news...I'm posting the reality of a 44.5 pound regain. Good news...I've lost 4 pounds in 2 weeks. (8 comments)See this image largerElliptical today. (1 comments)See this image largerAtkins Day Uno: Cheese omelette with green dragon hot sauce. Had a string cheese before I hit the gym. So far, I've used up 3 net carbs. (1 comments)See this image largerFirst Atkins dinner...ginger soy grilled pork rib and cauliflower fried "rice". Ate 4 fried chicken wings for lunch, forgetting the flour coating. Fortunately they are only 1 carb each. So far today, 10 net carbs. (2 comments)See this image largerMade these coconut chocolate chip bars for dessert. Couldn't believe I found sugar free chocolate chips at Walmart! Under 3 net carbs per bar.
See this image largerA mushroom and bacon frittata big enough to share with the hubby(1 comments)See this image largerDinner tonight...beef taquitios made with low carb tortillas. Still a little on the high net car side with 11 net carbs for both, but that puts me at a total of 19 today(2 comments)See this image largerIt's 5 am... On a tour bus as a daughter's first trip to Universal Studios!(3 comments)See this image largerMy low carb breakfast... 10% milk fat Greek yogurt, strawberries, almonds and unsweetened coconut(2 comments)See this image largerI love fresh basil, but this plant has grown into a bush, overtaking my front yard. Time to make some serious pesto(7 comments)See this image largerDay 4 of Atkins... Grass fed beef, coleslaw, and grilled zucchini. Yesterday I managed to stick to my diet at Universal...but my dinner was a bag of pork rinds from the vending machine at a rest stop(1 comments)See this image largerLow carb burger salad(1 comments)See this image largerDinner..Atkins Day 5... Shrimp scampi on spaghetti squash(1 comments)See this image larger(2 comments)See this image largerLow carb cheesecake with a pecan crust, and yes, real whipped cream(3 comments)See this image largerCardio time on the treadmill (1 comments)See this image largerTuna boats for lunch(1 comments)See this image largerDay 6 Atkins...Chicken Divan and green beans(1 comments)See this image largerGetting a bit tired of eggs. Atkins Almond Muffin in a Minute. It's actually pretty tasty,(2 comments)See this image largerAtkins Day 7...Salad with flaked Cajun tilapia(2 comments)See this image largerPosted this 10 months ago. Thought it was hilarious then... After an entire week on Atkins, now I just think there may be some truth to it. (3 comments)See this image largerForgot to post this morning...down 1.5 pounds with my first week in Atkins(1 comments)See this image largerTreadmill after stairclimber AND strength trainingSee this image largerThis seemed easier when I was eating carbs. I think my body is still adjusting(1 comments)See this image largerChicken, bacon, lettuce, tomato on a Trader Joe's low carb tortilla (1 comments)See this image largerAtkins day 9: Dinner is roasted chicken and organic Tuscan kale(2 comments)See this image largerMy hubby's blood sugar was out of control, almost always over 300. One month on LCHF diet, it's a third of what it was!(4 comments)See this image largerI made this low carb pumpkin pie instead(4 comments)See this image largerYes....I avoided these!(4 comments)See this image largerYum...I made the crust with pumpkin seeds and walnuts(1 comments)See this image largerVery sore from yesterday but I came anyway.(1 comments)See this image largerLunchSee this image largerStroganoff meatballs with cauliflower mock potatoes See this image largerThe low carb breakfast I made the hubs... I only eat avocado in guacamole See this image largerThey taste just like the cheddar bay biscuits at Red Lobster but these only have 3 net carbs each(2 comments)See this image largerLow carb sausage biscuit breakfast sandwich See this image largerAtkins Day 11: Buffalo chicken drumsticks, low carb biscuit, salad(2 comments)See this image largerBulletproof coffee...coconut oil, grass fed butter, some cinnamon, blend. Yes.See this image largerA bit tired?(3 comments)See this image largerAtkins Day 12: A huge platter of slow roasted pork shoulder that fell off the bone. Having it with sauerkraut See this image largerMonday. Bleh. (4 comments)See this image largerThis is a big deal for me. I was craving a granola bar so much, and then I found a recipe for these grain free, sugar free bars(4 comments)See this image largerLCHF Day 13: Spaghetti squash lasagna boats See this image largerSacrificing fruit has been difficult so I'm treating myself to some berries with whole milk ricotta. Delicious.(1 comments)See this image largerFor dessert tonight I made low carb double chocolate chip butter..its avocado (5 comments)See this image largerReady to kill my workout, and feeling kinda awesome about my cheekbones 😁See this image largerDown another 2 pounds this week (3 comments)See this image largerScrambled eggs, bacon and Swiss on half a high fiber lavash(1 comments)See this image largerMy fastest mile in quite a long time. Did 3 all together this morning, struggling through muscle fatigue. (1 comments)See this image largerTaco stuffed peppers and asparagus (1 comments)See this image largerShredded beef (vaca frita) on top of cilantro cauliflower riceSee this image largerBeat yesterday's timeSee this image largerBreakfast(1 comments)See this image largerFat Bombs. Yes, I went there. I have a feeling I'm not eating enough fat, so I made lemon coconut(3 comments)See this image largerAnd chocolate raspberry swirl fat bombs. (4 comments)See this image largerHer focus was on bacon ranch popcorn (4 comments)See this image largerLow carb chicken parm on zucchini noodles (1 comments)See this image largerMy low carb Sunday dinner...balsamic beef roast, mashed cauliflower, and roasted radishes(3 comments)See this image larger#lovingMondayworkouts(2 comments)See this image largerTreadmill timeSee this image larger20 raspberries, only 2 net carbs...whaaaaat?! See this image largerCardio...done. If things go right I should get to run club tonight.See this image largerZucchini, peppers, onions with 1 egg, and 1 egg white on lavashSee this image largerMy lunch today... Bacon, avocado and tomato on double fiber whole wheat, and vegetable chips(1 comments)See this image largerI haven't run outside in months, so I am super proud of my time, and it was my second workout today!See this image largerPost workout dinner. See this image largerDinner(2 comments)See this image largerSpent 2 hours at the gym today.., most of the time was spent on ST. I am so sore. (1 comments)See this image largerSomeone's excited to go for a ride(1 comments)See this image largerYeah, this looks bad. My own creation...Philly cheesesteak fries. In my defense, the fries are organic 😛(2 comments)See this image largerLast workout of the week. See this image largerLunchSee this image largerPopcorn chicken bbq ranch saladSee this image largerMy dinner salad looked so pretty, I couldn't resist(1 comments)See this image largerI added vanilla bean paste to my plain organic yogurt. What a treat!See this image largerNot my PB, but not too shabby either🙃See this image largerSome homemade vegetable soup for lunch todaySee this image largerLast week my run time was 45:16 for 3.3 miles. I went to the gym today determined to beat that time...success!(1 comments)See this image largerGrilled chicken thigh, brown rice quinoa blend, salad, and biscuit. See this image largerAnd a little bit of that See this image largerA little bit of this...See this image largerZucchini, pepper and onion frittata for breakfast. The half a bagel never made it to the plateSee this image largerHappy Cinco de Mayo! There was actually a mariachi band in Walmart. I guess they could only find 3, which explains why 1 guy is cardboard(2 comments)See this image largerChicken taquitios, hard shell taco, soft shell taco and guacamole See this image largerI got the inside scoop...some awesome mom may be getting a FitBit for Mother's Day!Woopwoop(1 comments)See this image largerSpanish seasoned quinoa and brown rice with a fried egg and fresh salsa...freakin' amazing breakfast!See this image largerChicken stir fry for din-dinSee this image largerChicken Milanese for dinner(2 comments)See this image largerMy first day with my new Fitbit. I'm a little disappointed that I didn't make it to 10,000 steps, but happy with calories burned.(2 comments)See this image largerMuch happier with today's stats.(3 comments)See this image largerSouthwest style quinoa and a fried egg. (1 comments)See this image largerMini meatloaf, potatoes, radishes, and southwest cornSee this image largerThe fastest I've run a mile in quite a long time (4 comments)See this image largerMy puppy is getting big, and she snores like crazy(1 comments)See this image largerSee this image largerSilly but fun...walked 26 miles since I got my Fitbit last Sunday(2 comments)See this image largerGrilled balsamic chicken, quinoa, and steamed cauliflower (2 comments)See this image larger(1 comments)See this image largerFlank steak, broccoli, snow peas, red peppers and corn(1 comments)See this image largerTurkey and brown rice stuffed pepper, courtesy of and a saladSee this image largerTrying to add more fish to my diet. Publix had tuna steaks on sale. Balsamic glazed tuna on Rosemary quinoa and brown rice(1 comments)See this image largerChicken in tomato chipotle sauce topped with avocado crema (2 comments)See this image largerGarlic shrimp, rice, and creamed spinach and cauliflowerSee this image largerToday's breakfast(1 comments)See this image largerRoast beef, Swiss cheese, lettuce on whole grain bread(1 comments)See this image largerI hate cooking on Friday nights. Burgers with homemade baked sweet potato fries is about as complicated as it getsSee this image largerBreakfast(1 comments)See this image largerParmesan crusted pork loin, braised kale and pan roasted fingerling potatoes(1 comments)See this image largerChicken breast with goat cheese and roasted red pepper sauceSee this image largerJerk pork chop, roasted sweet potatoes and saladSee this image largerHaven't been to the gym in over a week...found it really difficult to find my mojo. Hoping for a better tomorrow. (2 comments)See this image largerLeftover sweet potato hash from dinner last night with an egg and hot sauce...fantastic!See this image largerAnd I'm not done... Still need to run to Walmart!(2 comments)See this image largerA very, very good day!See this image largerI made an eggplant parm with roasted red peppers See this image largerBbq chicken breast, scalloped potatoes, broccoliSee this image largerNot badSee this image larger3 days of peace...yes! Enjoy your holiday weekends, Pep Peeps!(1 comments)See this image largerOnly 11:30, and bumper to bumper traffic to the Florida Keys.(4 comments)See this image largerMy daughter said I looked crazy. I was literally running around my dining room to get to 10,000 steps. If I don't get to the gym, it's almost impossible to reach that goal. Almost.(1 comments)See this image largerMy chimichurri for my steaks later. Full of vitamin K, C, folate, iron See this image largerYes. (1 comments)See this image largerMom and daughter fun, using her Easy Bake Girl Scout Cookie oven...Thin about portion control!!See this image largerThe healthiest thing I've eaten all weekend...roasted eggplant, peppers, quinoa and feta cheeseSee this image largerAmen(3 comments)See this image largerSee this image largerI made a fresh strawberry pie and used half the sugar. Still tastes amazing(2 comments)See this image largerI'm not quite sure how I did this, since I never left the house today, but I'll take it(1 comments)See this image largerTeriyaki chicken and brown rice(3 comments)See this image largerTuesday. Planning on a better day tomorrow(2 comments)See this image largerGrilled pork, roasted fingerling potatoes with feta, and saladSee this image largerWednesday, a better daySee this image largerHad a great workout this morning(1 comments)See this image largerDinner tonight was a beef brisket sandwich on a toasted brioche bun and horseradish sauce...really good in a gross kind of way(4 comments)See this image largerThursday...even better than yesterday(1 comments)See this image largerFirst time I've worked out on a Saturday in ages(2 comments)See this image largerMy SaturdaySee this image largerThis says it all. (1 comments)See this image largerIt didn't pick up the workout I did on the Arc machine.(3 comments)See this image largerIt's a baby croissant egg sammie See this image largerYesSee this image largerMonday's stats(1 comments)See this image largerMade some fresh blueberry muffins for tomorrow's breakfast (2 comments)See this image largerChicken chow mein for lunch, no rice See this image largerChicken enchiladas...I made the sauce from scratch 😉See this image largerProud of myself. I was active 14 out of 14 hours. (2 comments)See this image largerDon't know how many of you are as passionate about these as I am, but I love, love lychees. A guy was selling them today on the side of the road!(2 comments)See this image largerThis is my healthy creation... A Philly Cheesesteak Quinoa Bowl(2 comments)See this image largerThursday(1 comments)See this image largerFriday's stats. (2 comments)See this image largerSliced round steak, sweet potatoes, peppers, onions and guacamole (1 comments)See this image largerSliced steak and creamed spinachSee this image largerMondaySee this image largerThis was my son's birthday dinner...Cajun chicken pasta. I need to hit that gym early and burn off those carbs (1 comments)See this image largerMy fastest mile this year(4 comments)See this image largerAnd MangoesSee this image largerPapayasSee this image largerBananasSee this image largerAll the fruits my friend grows. I love exploring her backyard. She has so many pineapples...(2 comments)See this image largerAll green hump daySee this image largerYes! And I have a cold 😉(1 comments)See this image largerSnack(1 comments)See this image largerHad this tilapia dinner with a salad...thanks to my cold, I cannot taste it at all. I imagine it's delicious.(1 comments)See this image largerNot a fan of orange See this image largerSee this image largerThis time is going to be hard to beat!(1 comments)See this image largerAll green today 😊See this image largerNot a fan of overnight oats, but this coconut almond version was delicious. 1/2 cup oats, 1/2 cup coconut milk, 1 tbs chia seeds, 1 tbs maple syrup or agave, 1/8 tsp almond extract, 2tbs shredded coconut and chopped almondsSee this image largerMade the Hubby his favorite Cuban meal for Father's Day...vaca frita, black beans and brown rice, tostones, and homemade mojo See this image largerSee this image largerSaw this little guy on a flower bud today(2 comments)See this image largerMy Monday workout(5 comments)See this image largerGrilled chicken and pineapple quesadillas for dinner(1 comments)See this image largerSee this image largerSee this image largerMondaySee this image larger"BFFs"(1 comments)See this image larger"Post Workout Selfie"(1 comments)See this image largerIt's National Selfie Day, peeps! "I've Been Photobombed Selfie"See this image largerMy treadmill time this morning. Almost 3 minutes faster than my last 5K timeSee this image largerWhite pizza on ciabatta breadSee this image largerHump DaySee this image largerMy fajita salad(1 comments)See this image largerFinally made it to 10,000 steps 15 minutes before midnight. It was a struggle today(1 comments)See this image largerI made a mixed berry French toast casserole for breakfast today(3 comments)See this image largerHate cooking on Fridays... Grilled cheese and tomato basil soupSee this image largerSee this image largerMy Saturday stats See this image larger(1 comments)See this image largerGoulash on egg noodlesSee this image largerI made some savory spinach and feta muffins for lunch(2 comments)See this image largerDinnerSee this image largerBeef empanadas and salad(1 comments)See this image largerTook me 2 months to break my personal best, but I finally broke my 109 flight record this morning(1 comments)See this image largerBreakfastSee this image largerLunch...Half a roast beef sandwich and grapesSee this image largerLots of basil from my yard. Love fresh pesto! (1 comments)See this image largerYes! See this image largerSpaghetti squash with pesto, peas, and shrimp (2 comments)See this image largerBreakfastSee this image largerBLT salad with bbq sunflower seeds and light mayo(3 comments)See this image largerBlack bean soup with smoked turkey and crispy bbq red peppersSee this image largerThursday's statsSee this image largerFriday night Asian chicken salad #rotisseriechicken(1 comments)See this image largerZucchini, peppers, onions topped with fried eggs(1 comments)See this image largerDid not have lunch today, but I caved when Hubby bought me a DD Tropical Mango smoothie. Way too much sugar. But having a healthy dinnerSee this image largerMy snack...I found sriracha Triscuits so I made a Thai peanut hummus for them(3 comments)See this image largerSpaghetti squash with turkey meat sauceSee this image largerWho knew Walmart could be so creative with 12 packs? Happy Independence Day, Peeps!(1 comments)See this image largerI made my own turkey sausage for breakfast today(1 comments)See this image largerLunch today...Roasted Broccoli Quinoa Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing(1 comments)See this image largerGrilled chicken Caesar salad for dinnerSee this image largerYesterday's stats. I actually got on 2 workouts (2 comments)See this image largerFound a box of limited batch flavored of Greek yogurt at BJs yesterday. My girls love watermelon, and I adore guava!See this image largerI have the strangest cat...she will wake up from a dead sleep if she hears me making salad. Loves romaine (2 comments)See this image largerDinner...yellow rice and shrimp (1 comments)See this image largerThis was Wednesday's statsSee this image largerFirst time I have ever gotten 500 fitness minutes in the first week of the month(1 comments)See this image largerHa!See this image larger(2 comments)See this image largerYesterday. If all goes well, I'll beat those numbers today (1 comments)See this image largerHeat index of 106? Should be in for a torturous run later(1 comments)See this image largerChicken gyros for dinner tonightSee this image largerHad no choice but to take it slow. The heat was killing me. 3 miles, 44 minutesSee this image largerTuesday... Great daySee this image largerLunch. Tuna seashell pasta salad. I used half light mayo and half Greek yogurt See this image largerSee this image largerGreen chili grits with fried eggsSee this image largerHad a great day Pokemon hunting with the kids, despite the fact it's a thousand degrees out. Got in extra steps(1 comments)See this image largerFound this boat in the mangroves.... I want it, but had no way to get it homeSee this image largerPokemon hunting led us to a marina. The kids got a Magmar, and I got some nice pics(3 comments)See this image largerAnother discovery on our Pokemon hunt(1 comments)See this image bbq chickenSee this image largerAnother good day (Thursday)See this image largerBLT for breakfast...hit the spot!(3 comments)See this image largerMy second mile was 100% peak heart rate(1 comments)See this image largerTook it easy today since my girls and I are planning on 2 hours at the gym tomorrowSee this image largerSee this image largerNY strip steak for dinner tonight.See this image largerSaturday...I'm exhausted. Tomorrow is a much needed rest day(1 comments)See this image largerChicken potstickers for lunch today(1 comments)See this image largerSee this image largerSee this image largerMy Sunday project... Healthy Almond Joy granola
See this image largerDirty rice made with ground turkey for dinner See this image largerMost days I am an "active couch potato" which makes this accomplishment on my Fitbit pretty awesome!(2 comments)See this image largerMonday (1 comments)See this image largerSee this image largerOnly a minute faster than last week, but I suppose progress is progress.(2 comments)See this image largerLast week's Fitbit report. My best week to dateSee this image largerYesterday's stats (Tuesday), 2 workouts, 3 Motrin...LOLSee this image largerMy husband's favorite thing in the world...avocado salad(3 comments)See this image largerLove mango season...these are organic from my friend's tree(1 comments)See this image largerPretty successful daySee this image largerThis was yesterday. A bit sad considering I went to the gym. My Fitbit does not pick up steps I take on the stairclimber 🙁(2 comments)See this image largerEach mile I pushed a little harderSee this image largerLove this!See this image largerMuch better than yesterday(1 comments)See this image largerSweet and sour chicken with brown rice and French beansSee this image larger(2 comments)See this image largerIf I did raw foods(3 comments)See this image largerThai peanut noodle bowls with ground turkey See this image largerCrushed it today!(1 comments)See this image largerFrom Spark...(3 comments)See this image largerHalf dog...half pretzel(2 comments)See this image largerWinner winner, chicken dinner!(2 comments)See this image largerA great Tuesday.(2 comments)See this image largerSqueaked by today, but I'll take it. See this image largerAsian chicken salad with sriracha See this image largerMy gift to myself today...a whole darn variety pack(1 comments)See this image largerGrilled pork loin chop, potatoes. 3 bean salad(1 comments)See this image largerI used the arc trainer today. My legs are killing me...great workout!See this image largerWoke up early this morning, looked out my back window, and spotted a hot air balloon. (1 comments)See this image largerThe Healthy Maven's oatmeal chocolate chip waffleSee this image largerFrozen yogurt bites I made last night for breakfast today. Only problem...they are not easy to "bite" LOL(3 comments)See this image largerThese things are so yummy. 16 chips for 110 calories, and kills the chip craving. (3 comments)See this image largerMy new chicken. Name suggestions?(4 comments)See this image largerI was on track to smash my step goal, but had to skip my run club due to a severe thunderstorm. Will have to spend extra time at the gym tomorrow(1 comments)See this image largerDaughter and I hit the gym late, so we're doing brunch at this point. Spinach and feta omelette, berries and toastSee this image largerI have this obsession with wanting to burn 4,000 calories in a day . If I stayed on the treadmill for 1 more minute...😠See this image largerThursday... Not bad. Friday I'm giving myself a much needed rest day(2 comments)See this image largerI made a chicken berry salad for dinner(1 comments)See this image largerMy Saturday. See this image largerAnd wild turkeysSee this image largerA fragile nursery owner(1 comments)See this image largerOn our way to church today, we took some different turns and found....a Buddhist templeSee this image largerHubby took me to buy new running shoes today 😊(1 comments)See this image largerChicken and quinoaSee this image largerDinner...Greek salad, flatbread, and a chicken sausageSee this image largerSqueaked by today. But it's Monday. Tomorrow will be betterSee this image largerTurkey meatloaf, mashed potatoes and French beansSee this image largerSecond Tuesday in a rom run club was washed out due to severe weather. I hate Miami summers(2 comments)See this image largerWednesday....a much better day(1 comments)See this image largerWent to see my rock star son perform tonight with his band. They're going to be famous one day 😉 Listen to them on soundcloud...cannibal kids(9 comments)See this image largerA very good ThursdaySee this image largerSimple pre-workout breakfast, cereal with peaches 💗See this image larger(3 comments)See this image largerOven baked coconut chicken tenders...yum! See this image largerFriday's stats. One day left to hit the gym before my rest daySee this image largerArc trainer and treadmill. 6 days straight of working out, 1 day more than usualSee this image largerSpicy shrimp creole and brown riceSee this image largerSaturday. (1 comments)See this image largerEvery time I make croutons from scratch, I ask myself why do I buy those stale cubes in a bag? So easy, so cheap...Caesar salad, here I come! See this image largerShrimp Caesar salad(1 comments)See this image largerTurkey sausage and eggplant casserole (1 comments)See this image largerMonday's statsSee this image largerWild flowers by the oceanSee this image larger(1 comments)See this image largerSee this image largerSee this image largerEnjoying the last few days of summer vacation. Key Biscayne...45' sandcastleSee this image largerSee this image largerSecond workout today. Awesome Fitbit stats to follow later(2 comments)See this image largerMost successful day yet...Terrific Tuesday!(1 comments)See this image larger(2 comments)See this image largerDon't need to tell me twice(1 comments)See this image largerPhoto of the Day... Took my daughter to Everglades National Park...braved the gators and the Zika virus(1 comments)See this image largerPeanut noodles(1 comments)See this image largerKitty is fascinated with the fish tank(1 comments)See this image largerLate breakfast todaySee this image largerFirst time I made pork carnitas. It was a welcome home dinner for my daughter who has been out of town(1 comments)See this image largerJust made the step goalSee this image largerDinner tonight...bbq ranch chicken salad(1 comments)See this image largerFridaySee this image largerZucchini corn fritters as a side for dinnerSee this image largerMy Saturday. Today is a rest day😴See this image largerPork roast, potatoes, and a cabbage casseroleSee this image largerI think this is my best week to date.See this image largerBack to School today, which means I had to think of creative lunch ideas for my sandwich-hater daughter...spinach and feta empenadas(3 comments)See this image largerI'll never outgrow Shake-n-Bake chicken 😔(3 comments)See this image largerMonday See this image largerMy view on my run tonight(1 comments)See this image largerTuesdaySee this image largerQuinoa, sliced steak, peppers, onions, and saladSee this image largerWednesday See this image largerChicken gyros...I worked my butt off today so I could eat a whole naan bread(2 comments)See this image largerThursday 😬See this image largerTGI Friday! See this image largerShish kabob on basmati rice and peas(1 comments)See this image largerTilapia, baked potato and saladSee this image largerTurkey taco saladSee this image largerForgot to post Monday's statsSee this image largerToday I added a higher incline on the glutes are killing me 😉(1 comments)See this image largerTuesdaySee this image largerPB Cookie Dough overnight oats(3 comments)See this image largerMy Wednesday. See this image largerI went gourmet for breakfast(2 comments)See this image largerDid anyone else discover these new Fitbit challenges? It looks like fun!(7 comments)See this image largerThis was Thursday. So glad it's Friday. I've been in the green all week, and I'm getting tired. Some ppl make it look so easySee this image largerIncline on the treadmill today. New time I'll aim for 1,000(2 comments)See this image larger2 against 1... Not fair!(1 comments)See this image largerChipotle chicken and rice mixed greens, cilantro rice, corn salsa, grilled chicken, chopped tomato and a yogurt based chipotle sauceSee this image largerI only got 4 treasures 😟See this image largerMade some peanut butter energy balls for the kids' lunchbox. Should have waited till Monday...they are inhaling them(5 comments)See this image largerHaven't posted a Ryan in this!!!(2 comments)See this image largerSee this image largerReally struggled to get to the gym today. Spent a good hour convincing myself to never miss a MondaySee this image largerI swear, it was like he was speaking to me this morning...Ha!See this image largerChicken, a creamed spinach stuffed portobello, and salad(1 comments)See this image largerMondaySee this image largerMini protein cheesecake for breakfast. Made with cottage cheese and Greek yogurt See this image larger*Sigh*(3 comments)See this image largerMade a chorizo and potato quiche for dinner. Turned out better than I thought it would, See this image largerTuesdaySee this image largerI know, right? Wish my husband felt that way about the cute wedges I found for 30 bucksSee this image largerYay me!(1 comments)See this image largerNot a bad WednesdaySee this image largerCannot use the incline on the treadmill...must have pulled some muscle in my left thigh so had to settle with running flat. Still a good workout thoughSee this image largerThe Ryan of the Day(1 comments)See this image larger"Glad I went to the gym" dinner... Roasted pork, homemade baked beans and cornSee this image largerMy Thursday. Friday will need to be a rest day. Working long hours. Will make it up on Saturday.See this image largerHe's so sweet(3 comments)See this image largerMade a homemade bean & bacon soup for lunch. Packed it with carrots, celery, and onions. It was deliciousSee this image largerBaked avocado fries. Would have been delicious, but I put too much lime juice😣See this image largerToday's breakfast(2 comments)See this image largerHealthy no-bake cookie dough bars(1 comments)See this image largerMonday's stats. A good day but it seemed to never endSee this image largerHave not posted a Ryan so far this week(2 comments)See this image largerToday's lunch...cream of broccoli soupSee this image largerSqueezed in running tonight. 4 miles, and now Im spent!See this image largerWow, you're so awesome!(1 comments)See this image largerPork chop, green beans, and a bit of potatoesSee this image largerSaw this on Facebook today, made me laughSee this image largerOh, okaaaay. Since you put it that way 😊See this image largerThursday. Much better than yesterday. Didn't come close to 10k stepsSee this image largerGreat workout this morningSee this image largerMy Friday. This weekend is for rest See this image largerOMG...these are so much better than I expectedSee this image largerGrilled jerk pork tenderloin and black beans with basmati riceSee this image largerSeriously.(2 comments)See this image largerStuffed pepper soup for dinnerSee this image largerGood workout this morningSee this image largerWhat a day...sat waiting at the doctor's office for almost 4 hours, and spent over 3 in the car(2 comments)See this image largerGrilled chicken Greek saladSee this image larger900 calories torched!(1 comments)See this image largerThis is what happens when you are abandoned at the gym for 3 hours...2 personal bests, and feeling like you were in a train wreck the next daySee this image largerLunch...chicken with organic brown and quinoa with fetaSee this image largerI made him cry today. Sorry, Ryan ☹️See this image largerSee this image largerToday was a good day...TGIF!See this image largerToday's breakfast... Eggs with zucchini, peppers, onions, and fetaSee this image largerSpicy spaghetti squash jambalaya See this image largerMy WednesdaySee this image largerUsed red peppers and yellow cherry tomatoes in my frittata this morningSee this image largerDinner was grilled chicken, yellow rice, and asparagusSee this image largerGot my morning workout out of the waySee this image largerTGIFSee this image largerAfter eating eggs all week, I needed a break. Made some pumpkin waffles this morning(2 comments)See this image largerWhy?(4 comments)See this image largerNow that's a workout!See this image largerCoolSee this image largerMy TuesdaySee this image largerHaving a South West rice bowl for dinner(1 comments)See this image largerHad a serious cheese craving. Made a grilled Swiss and ham on Dave's Killer 21 Whole Grain Organic BreadSee this image largerMy Friday. And thanks to Hurricane Matthew, I missed 2 days at the gym, so I'm going in today.See this image largerSick of eggs. Breakfast today was sweet potato black bean chili. High protein, low fatSee this image largerHonestly, it's unbearable out there today. Fall, where are you?(1 comments)See this image largerMy morning workoutSee this image largerSaturdaySee this image largerRoasted red pepper soup with feta and half a nan breadSee this image largerYesterday was a good day. I fell asleep too 😴See this image largerEggs, peppers, potatoes, and whole grain toastSee this image largerTabboulah salad and pita chips(1 comments)See this image largerMy Tuesday See this image largerFinished yesterdaySee this image largerAbsolutely no energy, no motivation. Just feeling tired, and not myself(2 comments)See this image largerTook the best nap of my life, and was able to surpass my step goal. See this image largerHam and bean soup for lunch(1 comments)See this image largerFridaySee this image largerSaturday. Went to the gym, but my leg was really bothering me. Just too tired to make the distance goalSee this image largerGrits and an eggSee this image largerSee this image largerSee this image largerWent to an orchid festival today, so I thought I'd share some pics(1 comments)See this image largerYesterday's orchid festival(1 comments)See this image largerA bromeliad See this image largerMondaySee this image largerFirst 2 miles were great...27 minutes. The rest I walked. Weather is getting cooler(1 comments)See this image largerToday. So close to all green, but didn't nail it(3 comments)See this image largerWell, that's coolSee this image largerA really big batch of pumpkin muffins(2 comments)See this image largerThese are banana oatmeal breakfast cookies. I added pecans and some 60% dark chocolate(3 comments)See this image largerCaribbean night...jerk chicken, yellow rice and plantainsSee this image largerHubby bought me these awesome running gloves that light up for my evening run club... safety first!(2 comments)See this image largerTodaySee this image largerTex is a total recluse. Special treat that he came out of my daughter's room today to say helloSee this image largerSaturdaySee this image largerMondaySee this image largerNice run tonightSee this image largerFell asleep before posting yesterday's stats(1 comments)See this image largerThursday's stats. Took a 4 day job as a live-in care taker, so my steps will be very limited until Tuesday 🙁(1 comments)See this image largerSee this image largerOh, the colors!(2 comments)See this image largerSo prettySee this image largerTook some pics in the backyard of my friend's home while care taking today(1 comments)See this image larger30 seconds faster than last week. Not bad since I was sedentary for 4 days(3 comments)See this image largerTuesday's statsSee this image largerHow I spent my day...making a paper doll for my daughter's Spanish class(1 comments)See this image largerBaked chicken pesto with garlic quinoa (2 comments)See this image largerSo irritated I make my step goal but yet still fall flat on distance. Just not right. I'm so changing the requirements to make myself feel better 😬(1 comments)See this image largerGround turkey stir fry tonight for dinner. Lots of veggiesSee this image largerFriday 😌See this image largerProud of this new was 957 ft in 60 minutes on the treadmill. Today I made my 1K in 55!See this image largerLove my potsticker lunch See this image largerMy dinner(2 comments)See this image largerToday. I'm pooped See this image largerTilapia, Parmesan orzo, and salad for dinnerSee this image largerIt was an oatmeal smoothie kind of morning 😊See this image largerNot bad for MondaySee this image largerSo excited... I was a whole 1:35 faster than last week! I'm beginning to feel like a runner again😊(1 comments)See this image largerHubby bought me these babies for when I need a little protein lift(1 comments)See this image largerThis was yesterdaySee this image largerFelt like I needed this today(1 comments)See this image larger(1 comments)See this image largerNot a bad WednesdaySee this image largerBreakfast...Greek yogurt and raspberriesSee this image largerThursday's statsSee this image larger Saturday See this image largerThe dreaded head cold did not stop me!(3 comments)See this image largerI did it, but I feel worse than I did yesterday. May skip the gym tomorrow and get some rest.(1 comments)See this image largerGlobal warming and a super moon combined. The result are tides so high, sea life ends up in parking garages(7 comments)See this image largerSimplicity...scrambled eggs and toastSee this image largerBeef and barley soup for dinner, packed with veggies(1 comments)See this image largerBusy day(1 comments)See this image largerMy FridaySee this image largerSpent my morning at our church making Thanksgiving boxes for people in need in the community. Had a great time glorifying Jesus through serving(4 comments)See this image largerProsciutto wrapped chicken breast, rice pilaf and roasted radishes(3 comments)See this image largerOkay...(1 comments)See this image largerThis is my son and his g/f's cat. I never met a cat I didn't like, until she came along. As you can see, we're growing on each other 😌(1 comments)See this image largerGot this today 😬(1 comments)See this image largerSo understanding *sigh*(2 comments)See this image largerSqueaked by todaySee this image largerSo happy you get me...(1 comments)See this image larger(2 comments)See this image largerNew angel fish for my tank. I love the way they school togetherSee this image largerDinner tonight... sliced sirloin, creamed spinach and fries See this image largerA good day(1 comments)See this image largerPost Thanksgiving dinner...quinoa with turkey and dried cranberries, and leftover dressing.(1 comments)See this image largerCould have done better. Just not feeling my best.See this image largerA bit better today See this image largerGrilled chicken tenderloins, mashed potatoes and roasted cauliflower See this image largerGreat cardio today...actually did 4 miles on the treadmill, plus some upper body STSee this image largerSimple dinner of yellow rice with chicken breast and sausageSee this image largerBetter than my usual.(1 comments)See this image largerI have been wanting to try this recipe for a week...Sweet Korean Lentils. A healthier alternative to Korean beef. And yes, it's as good as it looks.
See this image largerGetting faster!See this image largerEh See this image largerYeahSee this image largerMy crab keeps trying to escape the fish tank. Such a weirdo(3 comments)See this image largerDinner tonight...I couldn't resist... steak and cheese burritosSee this image largerMy Wednesday.See this image largerToday's breakfastSee this image largerInspired by MARTYONTHEGO, whose lunch made me drool yesterday, a teriyaki chicken salad for dinner (1 comments)See this image largerNot badSee this image largerCheeseburger salad tonight.(6 comments)See this image largerThis was Saturday. Today won't come closeSee this image largerSunday dinner...pork roast with cider gravy, roasted taters and red cabbage(2 comments)See this image largerThis cat will only lie down propped up against something, in this case, a wrought iron stool(4 comments)See this image largerMonday. Good start to the weekSee this image largerThis stinks...a minute and a half slower than last week...why on earth is it so DANG HOT! Someone needs to tell Mother Nature it's DecemberSee this image largerTuscan lentil deliciousness and packed with veggiesSee this image largerTodaySee this image largerWednesday. My muscles are sore 😉See this image largerMoi (4 comments)See this image largerBreakfast...Greek yogurt with apples and pecansSee this image largerDeconstructed stuffed cabbage casserole, made with ground turkey, and brown rice.(4 comments)See this image largerDid a lot of strength training including kettle bells, 2 days in a row. Feel like I was hit by a truck See this image largerHam, scalloped potatoes, and kaleSee this image largerSpent the day Christmas shopping. Didn't make my goal, so why am I so tired?(3 comments)See this image largerMonday...fell asleep before postingSee this image largerTuesday(1 comments)See this image largerLooks so unappetizing... but it's apples, grapes and walnuts with Greek yogurt and cinnamon(1 comments)See this image largerButternut squash soup with cheese tortellini. YummySee this image largerFinally got our treeeSee this image largerWednesdaySee this image largerTeriyaki chicken dinnerSee this image largerCopycat recipe of Bahama Breeze's Calypso Shrimp. So good and so much cheaper to make it at homeSee this image largerFacing the fact I have plantar fasciitis. Running is off limits, which made getting past 10K steps really difficult.See this image largerLate breakfast... scrambled eggs, zucchini and toast See this image largerMade the 10,000 walking to bed last night!See this image largerHoney siracha chicken tenders, rice pilaf from scratch and saladSee this image largerNot a bad week!See this image largerMondaySee this image largerSpent a good deal of time at the gym todaySee this image largerLong day today. One more day to get throughSee this image largerFeeling frazzled...running around, a million errands, no make-up, bad hair day. Where's my Christmas Joy?!!!(4 comments)See this image largerBeyond late in starting holiday baking. These are Oreo truffles(2 comments)See this image largerThese are my favorite. Italian sesame cookiesSee this image largerChocolate and salted caramel chip(1 comments)See this image largerEggs and yellow squash with onions for breakfastSee this image largerGreat workout today. I need to go back to the stairclimber...165 calories in just 11 minutes(1 comments)See this image largerApples, grapes, Greek yogurt with walnuts for lunch(1 comments)See this image largerDinner was a Greek salad with grilled chicken and feta (2 comments)See this image largerGreat calorie burn on Monday. Really needed it after the holiday dinner and treatsSee this image largerBreakfast...eggs, squash, feta and an appleSee this image largerSnack...brown rice sesame crackers and homemade guacamoleSee this image largerMade "sun-dried" tomatoes in the oven. Delicious, and cheap. They're going into tonight's pasta(3 comments)See this image largerMeatless meal...pasta with eggplant, peppers, dried tomato, and feta(2 comments)See this image largerExhausted. Good night, Pep friends!See this image largerTaco salad with ground turkey, yogurt cilantro dressing(1 comments)See this image largerPhew... just made it!See this image largerSouthwest eggs and cheese. Late breakfast. More like brunch(1 comments)See this image largerOven "fried" pork chop, roasted tomatoes, and mashed cauliflower. See this image largerI had all intentions to hit the gym, but I just couldn't get there. Just makes me more determined today.See this image largerTurkey bacon. Not piggy bacon. See this image largerLast day of 2016. Killed it at the gym.See this image largerSay goodbye to 3,900 calories along with 2016. Happy New Year, Pep friends!!See this image largerday 375 of my streak for "Log in and spin the SparkPoints wheel" earned 1/1/2017See this image largerThe most beautiful thing I've ever seen...the gym was completely empty. No muscle to use equipment I've never touched before!(3 comments)See this image largerBrunch...eggs and feta, stuffed tomatoes See this image largerChicken and cabbage stir fry with some to a healthy New Year!See this image largerMy pupSee this image largerDinner(5 comments)See this image largerBeen running on an incline. My calves are killing me. May take a rest day tomorrow See this image largerA trick I learned if you love sausage...I cut each sausage in thirds before I cook them. Makes me feel like I'm getting more. Spaghetti squash...yum(3 comments)See this image largerSteak fajita bowl....sans the fattening stuff(1 comments)See this image largerThis was yesterday. I'm focusing on strength rather than cardio, so it's getting harder to reach that 10KSee this image largerToday's breakfastSee this image largerDinnerSee this image largerGreat on minutes and calories, but short on steps. Can't wait till Monday, when the kids go back to school, and my routine goes back to normalSee this image largerOutside, grilling tonight's chicken breast. 80 degrees here today...looking forward to this weekend's cold front(3 comments)See this image largerWeekend salad...hoping I made it big enough to eat it for dinner tonight, and for lunch the next 2 daysSee this image largerI read on SparkPeople, that women over 40 can benefit from intermittent fasting. Tried once, just picked the wrong one. Today I started 16/8. First meal today was at 12:30See this image largerGo me!See this image largerTurkey meatloaf...YUM!(1 comments)See this image largerLong day. I am 😴. Good night!See this image largerZucchini bread muffin tops. It was a great day for baking!(1 comments)See this image largerHomemade chicken noodle soupSee this image largerKids are back to school, and I'm back on track!(1 comments)See this image largerYou know it's tomato season down here when you can buy 8lbs for 4 bucks on the side of the road(2 comments)See this image largerMade a skinny 7 layer Greek dip for my Bible study tonight...hummus, Greek yogurt, red peppers, tomatoes, olives, cucumbers, and feta(3 comments)See this image largerYesterday was a kick-ass kind of day!See this image largerFirst outside run of 2017. Not great, but not too shabby either.See this image largerAnother good day! And now, sleep 😴(4 comments)See this image largerHalf a potato, pork chop and kaleSee this image largerNot a kick-ass day. But on the bright side, I made more than half my goal 😐See this image largerDay 6 of Intermittent Fasting. Now, feast mode.(2 comments)See this image largerTeriyaki chicken for dinnerSee this image largerActive day yesterday. Let's make Friday slowing down!See this image largerA very sweaty, red-faced gym selfie. Rare.See this image largerAnother active day today...TGIF!See this image largerPumpkin sage lasagna rolls and asparagus for dinnerSee this image largerThis has been a looong week. Looking forward to a rest day tomorrow.See this image largerChicken, broccoli and rice skillet. Not the healthiest, but it was delicious!See this image largerI got my Fitbit for Mother's Day last May. This was my best week to date!See this image largerNot a bad daySee this image largerHonestly, I am getting a bit frustrated that my time is getting slower rather than faster. (4 comments)See this image largerBrunchSee this image largerI made a creamy shrimp and scallop pasta with spinach and tomatoes for dinnerSee this image largerFeeling sleepySee this image largerGreek yogurt with diced apple and a homemade oatmeal crumble(3 comments)See this image largerBeautiful sunriseSee this image largerMy friend's tree is so full of star fruit (2 comments)See this image largerMade a lentil stew for lunchSee this image largerThis is actually good, considering I missed the gym and spent my day caring for a 100 year old lady,See this image largerMy Saturday. Fell asleep before I could post itSee this image largerF*** you, MondaySee this image largerNice night for runningSee this image largerAnd the day is over!See this image largerWednesday. Hoping to make it a better day todaySee this image larger Commitment! (3 comments)See this image largerWorkin' it!See this image largerPumpkin and spinach pasta with sausage and saladSee this image largerMission complete...much better than yesterday. Now...sleep!See this image largerFriday night dinnerSee this image largerGrilled chicken breast with brown rice and quinoa. Ate it with a saladSee this image largerI know. This looks bad. But it's been raining all day. And it's cold out. And my birthday is in 1 week. So I made a birthday cake today. I will not make another next week. (6 comments)See this image largerBreakfastSee this image largerNever miss a Monday workout!See this image largerBreakfast. Homemade egg mcmuffin See this image largerSo happy with my run tonight. 2 minutes faster than last week. Found my mojo!See this image largerTurkey taco salad for dinner. Dressing is avocado and Greek yogurt (1 comments)See this image largerAnd that's a wrap...goodnight! See this image largerBerries and Greek yogurt for lunch(1 comments)See this image largerYaySee this image largerPhilly cheesesteak spaghetti squashSee this image largerSqueaked by today.See this image largerThat's a good day. But my body is sore, and tired(1 comments)See this image largerBreakfast...low carbSee this image largerKeeps things "moving"See this image largerMondaySee this image largerTonight's dinner...a deconstructed egg roll made with ground turkey, lots of cabbageSee this image largerThis is actually really good considering I never left the house yesterdaySee this image largerWhat happens when I miss a workout? I make up for it the following day!See this image largerDinner...turkey and beef meatballs with marinara, ricotta and grilled ciabatta breadSee this image largerThought this was hilarious!See this image largerFridaySee this image largerMake-at-home take-out...General Tsao's chicken(1 comments)See this image largerThis was my SaturdaySee this image largerWhite chicken chili and cornbread(1 comments)See this image largerSundays, I'm in couch potato mode. First time I've gotten this many steps (1 comments)See this image largerWhat a way to start a Monday!(1 comments)See this image largerMy best week to date!See this image largerThat is a good day!See this image largerWhat a difference 2 hours makes(1 comments)See this image largerCrazy fog this morning...(7 comments)See this image largerSaw this on FB...if moms made candy hearts. 😂(1 comments)See this image largerThis makes me do these different sized thighs end up in the same package? They'll never have the same cooking time🙄(3 comments)See this image largerBBQ chicken and green beans. See this image largerGo me!See this image largerLong day...goodnight!See this image largerHahaSee this image largerNot half bad 😊See this image largerAnd this workout ends the work week!! TGIFSee this image largerMy FridaySee this image largerWhat?!! My friend gave me a treadmill! Like my Christmas really early. Or late ☺️(3 comments)See this image largerI won! ( I don't know who Lois is, but she was really tough competition...)(2 comments)See this image largerToday, SaturdaySee this image largerMy best week to date! See this image largerToday!(1 comments)See this image largerBreakfastSee this image largerChicken ranch pasta(3 comments)See this image largerLunch...chicken breast with peppers, zucchini and fetaSee this image largerThursday(1 comments)See this image largerI don't know what he wants. He just sits there and stares at me. So weird(3 comments)See this image largerThis was FridaySee this image largerSpiral ham, mac and cheese, and low carb potato salad (actually cauliflower)(3 comments)See this image largerGo me!See this image largerDinner...chicken and yellow rice from scratch(1 comments)See this image largerNot as good as last week, but pretty darned good!See this image largerThis was my second workout. I ran 4.25 miles on the treadmill this morning. Very happy with my time(2 comments)See this image largerBest to date! (1 comments)See this image largerHow cool is this? He flies over the corn field every day(1 comments)See this image largerMini chicken meatballs and roasted potatoes with romesco sauceSee this image larger😬See this image largerScrambled eggs and zucchini with leftover romesco sauce from last night(1 comments)See this image largerI made these bacon wrapped chicken tenderloins for dinner(2 comments)See this image largerMe and my girls at our first 5K at the zoo(2 comments)See this image larger(2 comments)See this image largerFun run!(2 comments)See this image largerMy Saturday(2 comments)See this image largerI LOVE Amazon Prime. New running shoes came in on a Sunday morning!(5 comments)See this image largerThis was Monday. Put my new treadmill to useSee this image largerTime, blah. But I did 60 lunges yesterday, and my quads are killing me. So there!See this image largerSomeone posted this on Facebook today. I laughed so hard...(4 comments)See this image largerThis was TuesdaySee this image largerShrimp and bok choy stir frySee this image largerWednesdaySee this image largerCraving a salty snack, so I reached for smoked almonds rather than chips(1 comments)See this image largerI baked these chicken wings. Not the healthiest option, but did reduce the fat from fryingSee this image largerMy Thursday(1 comments)See this image largerTwo of the strongest women I know. My friend, Leah, won first place in her age category, 5K in 38 minutes, and Jean (in pink) came in second, 38:20. They are both 70!(3 comments)See this image largerOikos mixed berry Greek yogurt, berries, homemade granolaSee this image largerSo head is swimming with what to do with this stuff. (3 comments)See this image largerSaturday 😊See this image largerSleepySee this image largerGreat weather for running tonight, plus the first run in daylight, so we got to change our routeSee this image largerThis was my Tuesday See this image largerBlueberry coconut oatmeal(1 comments)See this image largerThursday's statsSee this image largerThat's a long streak!See this image largerSalad and spinach pizzaSee this image largerSaturday See this image largerVery satisfied with my treadmill time today(2 comments)See this image largerScrambled eggs with cheese, sautéed zucchiniSee this image largerWhat?!!! I ran 12:30 minute miles tonight! That's almost a minute off each mile from last week(3 comments)See this image largerTwo months ago, I was running 14 minute miles, but tonight, I was on fireSee this image largerThat is it for me...good night!See this image largerMy son found a baby turtle today. He has a smile on his belly(4 comments)See this image largerThe camera doesn't pick up that the sun was vibrant red this morning. Crazy sunriseSee this image largerThis is what happens when I skip the gym. Had to sit at the doctor's office with hubby so he can get an MRI. (1 comments)See this image largerI will get back to running 12 minute miles. As each pound comes off, I can go a tad fasterSee this image largerThis was Thursday. Let's see if I can match it todaySee this image largerTonight's dinner is shrimp stir fry on top of quinoa instead of riceSee this image largerMission, sleep!(1 comments)See this image largerYassss! See this image largerMuesli for breakfast(1 comments)See this image largerAfter a week of strength training and running, I'm having some ribs, light coleslaw and sweet potato fries(4 comments)See this image largerSaturday stats...good night, friends!(1 comments)See this image largerThat's a good report!(2 comments)See this image largerAn entire hour at peak heart rate!(2 comments)See this image largerThis is my new time to beat!See this image largerProtein pancakes today made with oats, cottage cheese, and eggs. Recipe made 6, I ate 3... so guess what I'm having tomorrow?😬(2 comments)See this image largerMade some protein pancakes with oats, eggs and cottage cheese. And who can resist strawberries?See this image largerPut a fork in me cuz I'm DONE!See this image largerBeat my time! (1 comments)See this image largerChicken gyros with tzatziki(2 comments)See this image largerYesterday was a good day!See this image largerYay...I made it! With one day to spare!See this image largerFound this ancient grain salad at Aldi, with brown rice, quinoa, and wheat berries. Served it with kale and grilled chicken.(2 comments)See this image largerToday...success!(1 comments)See this image largerSo happy the scale is moving downwards...lost 4.5 pounds this month, 11 pounds since January 1st. (3 comments)See this image largerThis is for 38timesacharm, who I have tried to comment on her page a thousand times, forgetting she doesn't accept comments. Loved the compression socks. I need those. Have a great day, Peppers!(1 comments)See this image largerSunday brunch time! (2 comments)See this image largerNot bad for a 215 pound woman. Never let your weight or size hold you back. Fat chicks can run too!(3 comments)See this image largerDid any of you see this? Pink at the gym. She's 5'3 and 160 pounds. She says to stay off the scale! #strongismygoal(2 comments)See this image largerI kicked Monday's a**! 😬(3 comments)See this image largerDinner..a Thai sweet potato stew, salad, and a mini naan with cilantro hummus(3 comments)See this image largerIn my defense, I skipped the gym, but did gardening 🙂See this image largerGreat workout today! Made up for my gym absence yesterday(1 comments)See this image largerMy parents are coming today from NY...haven't seen them in more than 3 years! So much to do, I will settle for a vegan protein cookie breakfast(4 comments)See this image largerThis was Wednesday's stats. A good day indeedSee this image largerJade orchid petals. The most beautiful color I've seen in a flower(2 comments)See this image largerVanilla orchids. Bloom 1 day a year, for about 6 hours(2 comments)See this image largerTook my mom to an orchid nursery today. She was in awe. Nothing like that back in NYC(2 comments)See this image largerSpent a couple of hours walking around an orchid nursery today... beautiful day!See this image largerA pic from yesterday's outing. (1 comments)See this image largerMy Monday(1 comments)See this image largerNow that's a streak!See this image largerThis is what happens when you don't run for 3 weeks...took me an extra minute on every mileSee this image larger2 days in a row, over 19,000 steps(2 comments)See this image largerGrilled steak and peppers on top of home made Spanish riceSee this image largerAnother good day. Wanted to walk more but my feet hurt See this image largerChicken Caesar salad for dinner tonightSee this image larger4 days in a row over my step goal. One day left till the Fitbit Work Week Hustle is over and I can rest!(1 comments)See this image largerCool... look what I got today!(1 comments)See this image largerMy Friday...5 day streak, and I am DONE!See this image largerNot only did I beat Steve M. ( he wins every single time) but I achieved a new personal best this week!(1 comments)See this image largerHappy Easter! (Appreciate I can still share my post on PEP...Spark took it down)(2 comments)See this image largerHappy Easter!See this image largerOrange chicken and pot stickers(1 comments)See this image largerHad a great week last to date!Some day, I will break 100K. But not this week. I'm focusing on strength training.(1 comments)See this image largerWent running tonight. As it gets warmer, I get slower. My body really doesn't respond well to humidity 🙁(2 comments)See this image largerBreakfast stuffed peppers. They were really delicious. I may make them again tomorrow(1 comments)See this image largerYesterday, my best day so far this week. I've been in a bit of a "funk" latelySee this image largerBreakfast stuffed peppers, filled with eggs and feta cheese...both only 310 calories, 22 grams of proteinSee this image largerMy son's band finally released their first single. He's so excited because it's on iTunes, Spotify, and Souncloud!(7 comments)See this image largerJamaican coconut shrimp stew for dinner tonight. I really enjoyed this meal(3 comments)See this image largerSo close. Focusing on strength training rather than cardio means less steps. But I'm hoping that lean muscle will boost my metabolismSee this image largerBreakfast casserole. #BrunchdaySee this image largerDinner was a garden salad topped with sliced steak(4 comments)See this image largerGot my heart rate up to 180 today 😉(2 comments)See this image largerA clean eating baked apple for breakfast. It looks sad ☹️(2 comments)See this image largerGrilled chicken, wild rice and broccoliSee this image largerMonday was a good day!See this image largerSkipped the gym for a color and cut this morning. Plan on running later 😉(2 comments)See this image largerBuffalo chicken zucchini boats(2 comments)See this image largerDinner... Buffalo Chicken Zucchini BoatsSee this image largerHome made sweet & sour porkSee this image largerNot exceptional, but at least I reached all my goalsSee this image largerChicken and rice on a bed of kale(2 comments)See this image largerLike a repeat of yesterday 🙂See this image largerDid you know that aside from saving 3 lives, donating blood burns about 650 calories? The no-workout workout!(2 comments)See this image largerBurn 650 calories, and save 3 lives...sounds like a really good day! Hey, one of those lives could be your own!See this image largerKitty is keeping me company during nap time ☺️See this image largerIf you give blood, you have to skip the workout, so these steps came from grocery shopping yesterday(3 comments)See this image largerGood morning, Peppers!(2 comments)See this image largerLooking forward to a new month...only lost 1/2 pound in April. It's been a stressful month, and I reset myself tomorrow!See this image largerHomemade ranch dressing for my dinner salad tonight. Sooo good!See this image largerFusilli pasta with sausage and roasted red peppers.See this image largerMonday...May is off to a solid start!See this image largerThis was me at the gym today! No, not really, but I did walk on a 10 incline for an entire mile, and didn't hold on to anything!See this image largerHa!(3 comments)See this image largerAlmost a year!(1 comments)See this image largerBalsamic beef roast with roasted cauliflowerSee this image largerTuesday... a good workout day...mad calories burned 😜(1 comments)See this image largerExactly how I felt today.(2 comments)See this image largerHoney garlic chicken thigh with veggiesSee this image largerDay 3 in a row over 14K stepsSee this image largerI wasn't even trying to be fabulous 😬(2 comments)See this image largerAfter 4 days of killing it, I took a break. Still met my calorie goal See this image largerSnack time!(4 comments)See this image largerDinner was Cinco de Mayo leftovers...added ground turkey to Spanish rice, corn, black beans, and some homemade taco seasoningSee this image largerMy best Sunday to date!(1 comments)See this image largerI've been seeing these cute succulent plants everywhere, so I decided to use them in a terrarium. My little project for tomorrow. Stay tuned to see how it turns out(1 comments)See this image largerSo so close. Just too tired to walk around the 400 steps to meet my goal(2 comments)See this image largerSweet potato hash and scrambled eggs for breakfast todaySee this image largerOk, so the succulents I bought were much bigger than I thought. Couldn't fit many in my jar. But I did squeeze in a little waterfall made with stones and hot glue(2 comments)See this image largerDon't care about my time anymore. At least I did it.(2 comments)See this image largerYesterday's steps. My heels are killing me. I'm going to have to lay off running for a week or so.(4 comments)See this image largerToday, Dr. Jennifer Ashton explained on GMA this morning that obese people that lose weight begin to regain all or more of their weight at the two year mark. And it has nothing to do with will power, but it is a harmonal and metabolic issue, your body fighting to get back to its starting weight. This made my day. After 110 pound weight loss, I've regained 45. But it's been 5 years! I am fighting my body every day, and winning!!(2 comments)See this image largerSaturdaySee this image largerMother's Day dinner...OMG, it was sooo good. Sadly, no portion control whatsoever (2 comments)See this image largerCrazy day yesterday...daughter's award ceremony, lost dog, found dog, parents stopped by for visit, dinner out. Hopefully, today will be better(3 comments)See this image largerHealthiest thing I've eaten in days(1 comments)See this image largerWhat I'm proud of today.... that I can do 3 sets of 10 lat pull-downs at 115 pounds!See this image largerThursday...first day of the week I hit all green. I have to get back in the game!See this image largerTGIF! See this image largerFunny(2 comments)See this image largerShe has a wound on her neck that she won't stop scratching so I made her a cone out of cardboard. She is so mad at me right now (1 comments)See this image largerMonday was a great day(1 comments)See this image largerSo hot yesterday. Heat index..90. I didn't die. Kinda felt like it.See this image largerFish sandwich for lunch(1 comments)See this image largerMy Fitbit is on its deathbed. Wasn't tracking steps, restarting itself...I am beyond sad. It's like losing a best friend. Obviously, I have issues(5 comments)See this image largerFor now, the Krazy glue is holding up. Working just fine(3 comments)See this image largerSomeone took a belt and a bungee, and tied this poor little guy to a construction dumpster and abandoned him there ☹️(12 comments)See this image largerThis is a sad workout. Just wasn't feeling it.(5 comments)See this image largerI actually saw my steps DECREASE! Right in front of my eyes! Good news though...Fitbit is sending me a brand new replacement free of charge. Now what do I do for 7-10 business days?(3 comments)See this image largerDinner. Chicken thighs and saladSee this image largerA bit betterSee this image largerAt church today...(2 comments)See this image largerTraditional Cuban food for dinner tonightSee this image largerMaking "slime" on our day off. I think my 12 year old is addicted to it(4 comments)See this image largerMy Fitbit was actually working yesterday. 6 days till my new one comes!(1 comments)See this image largerSalad topped with fresh smoked chicken breastSee this image largerGrilled pork loin chop, quinoa and cheese, broccoliSee this image largerYesterdaySee this image largerNo gym yesterday. Such a busy day! Planted some plants in a new raised garden bed, then had to go to Lowes to buy fencing after catching my dog sleeping in it! Award ceremony, grocery shopping, laundry, ughSee this image largerFriday! So glad to see you, my friend 😬(1 comments)See this image largerNew Fitbit came in yesterday!!(3 comments)See this image largerSome sausage, kale, red pepper risotto, and broccoliSee this image largerHad a great day yesterday. I'm spending less time on the treadmill due to pain in my heels, and more time on the stationary bike. (1 comments)See this image largerHoney sriracha chicken(1 comments)See this image largerChild #3 is a high school graduate as of this morning. Just 6 more years till the last one!(4 comments)See this image largerSo funny.See this image largerSeriously...See this image largerThe only workout yesterday was going to Walmart 🙁(2 comments)See this image largerNot too bad of a day yesterdaySee this image largerMet Saturday's step goal at 11:59...HA!(1 comments)See this image largerSunday brunchSee this image larger Chicken with quinoa, spinach, roasted red peppers in cheese sauce(1 comments)See this image largerWithout running, it's so hard to make it to 10,000 steps. I'm scraping bySee this image largerI went gourmet today. Grilled chicken bruschetta with balsamic glaze and rosemary garlic roasted red potatoes(2 comments)See this image largerMade this salad tonight for dinner...Apple Almond Quinoa Salad with a Raspberry Vinaigrette(4 comments)See this image largerNew badge today!!(2 comments)See this image largerCertain things you eat nourish your body. This salad makes me happy, so I made it again for lunch today. (1 comments)See this image largerThursday... best day I've had in a whileSee this image larger2 great days in a row. My plantar fasciitis is feeling better, so I can be on my feet longer!See this image largerMade these egg and sausage muffins for breakfast(2 comments)See this image largerBeef and noodles with sautéed kale(1 comments)See this image largerFather's Day maple bacon muffins. Hubby hates muffins, so he gets the extra bacon, and the kids get these(2 comments)See this image larger1egg with 1 egg white, peppers and berries. Trying to get some veggies in at breakfast timeSee this image largerI killed Monday 😉(1 comments)See this image largerLunch today(2 comments)See this image largerBest salad ever! Mixed greens, corn, black beans, red onions, cucumbers, tomatoes, crispy red peppers and smoked chicken breast(1 comments)See this image largerI did not "kill" Tuesday, but I did reach all my goals.See this image largerI'm so excited! First time I've tried gardening, and my eggplant has a blossom! My tomatoes and cucumbers have buds too!(3 comments)See this image largerFirst time at gardening, and I have a blossom on my eggplant!See this image largerWednesday...3 for 3. I'm going for one more day before I collapse(1 comments)See this image largerAlways wanted to try this...watermelon and feta salad with fresh basil and balsamic. So glad I finally did... amazing!(3 comments)See this image largerThursday..I did it! Today will be a rest day 🙂See this image largerMade a clean blueberry jam, sweetened with honey, thickened with chia seeds. (1 comments)See this image largerGreek meatball gyrosSee this image largerMondays are my best daysSee this image largerTuesdaySee this image largerSee this image largerChicken breast and tortellini with peppers and kaleSee this image largerYesterday was a rest day. Today I went to the gym for a quick workoutSee this image largerBaked pork chop, cauliflower, kale and mushroom barleySee this image largerA good Saturday...lots of muscles are so soreSee this image largerLunch today...quesadilla on whole wheat tortilla and guacamole(1 comments)See this image largerGrilled chicken and Mexican rice made with organic brown rice. Also had an amazing saladSee this image largerMy July 4th dinner...a grilled turkey burger, broccoli salad and onion rings. See this image largerI made it!(2 comments)See this image largerMade a baked chicken spaghetti for dinner(1 comments)See this image largerA few more steps than TuesdaySee this image largerSmoked pork loin, herbed potato salad (no mayo) and kale(1 comments)See this image largerDaughter bought fake glasses today (weirdest trend). This is my "school teacher" look.(7 comments)See this image largerGreat day, met all my goals, but ate like a pig. Damn you, Olive Garden. See this image largerStuffed shells and salad (3 comments)See this image largerThis was brunch today...a bratwurst sausage, an egg and whole grain toast(1 comments)See this image largerAgua Fresca made with honeydew melon and mint(4 comments)See this image largerHoney garlic shrimp, brown rice and broccoli(1 comments)See this image largerThis is a sour cream berry pie. I used Greek yogurt instead to cut back some fat. (4 comments)See this image largerMonday(1 comments)See this image largerStrawberry chicken salad...has a bit of feta, almonds, and sunflower seeds(5 comments)See this image largerI miss running. My heel hurt too much, so I had to use the arc trainer. I HATE it! Can't meet my step goals either. (7 comments)See this image largerHalf of a baked potato with broccoli and cheese sauce, and turkey meatloafSee this image largerUh-oh. Hubby brought my son dinner at Petco. It was adoption day. Looks like we have a new addition to the family. (3 comments)See this image largerIt's like they were meant to be together. They look a bit confused(3 comments)See this image largerUgh...just got summoned for jury duty. 😩(6 comments)See this image largerI made 2 frittatas for dinner. One with spinach and feta, the other with roasted red peppers, potatoes and goat cheese(3 comments)See this image larger(1 comments)See this image largerLowered my step goal to 7500K. Takes the pressure off. I love my Fitbit but I realized that it can push you in an unhealthy way. I was so determined to reach 10,000 steps a day, I was ignoring my injury. (1 comments)See this image largerLeftovers for brunch today. Also had honeydew melon and iced coffee.(1 comments)See this image largerMy daughter showed me this today, and I was mortified (and grossed out) until I realized it was from The Onion (fake news). Can you imagine?(4 comments)See this image largerVery proud of myself today. Reality is I have a serious addiction to the treadmill. But today, I walked passed it, and dedicated my time to the no-impact elliptical. And exceeded my step goal!(3 comments)See this image largerPork loin chop, grilled sweet potatoes and kale(3 comments)See this image largerSweet and sour chicken with brown rice(2 comments)See this image largerWent to the orchid farm again today. My favorite place to go. So beautiful, peaceful, and best of!!(2 comments)See this image largerA photo from today's outingSee this image largerWent to an orchid farm today. Got in some steps and pretty photos!See this image largerEven got the hubby to go for two walks yesterday(3 comments)See this image largerI did not stop moving yesterday. Great day!See this image largerShrimp with cilantro rice, black beans and avocadoSee this image largerMy FridaySee this image largerThursday's statsSee this image largerDid it without running. Not once. The elliptical was my machine of the week. Blessing in disguise...totally stoked I broke my plateau and lost 2 pounds!!(2 comments)See this image largerElliptical workout this morningSee this image largerMango with chili powder. Sweet heat!(1 comments)See this image largerPork and veggie stir-frySee this image largerJust made my step goalSee this image largerHubby treated me really well today... new running shoes (that I will be using for walking for some time yet)!(1 comments)See this image largerNot a bad week. Definitely an improvement(3 comments)See this image largerI'm a Christian woman who, at times, will listen to the most unGodly music to get my butt moving. (5 comments)See this image largerApply to everything See this image largerYep.See this image largerMondaySee this image largerTuesday. Two good days in a rowSee this image largerWednesday. (1 comments)See this image largerHad lunch out today with friends. Probably the healthiest thing I've ever ordered. Grilled chicken with mixed veggies(3 comments)See this image largerDecent end to the work week. TGIF!!See this image largerShe wore my butt down! But on a positive note, I may have come in second, but I walked 9,000 steps more than last week!(3 comments)See this image largerMeatless Monday... made some Thai peanut noodles loaded with veggiesSee this image largerLast week's stats. See this image largerMy MondaySee this image largerAnyone want to try this wall squat challenge with me?(2 comments)See this image largerTuesdaySee this image largerStrawberry oatmeal smoothieSee this image largerMy very first cucumbers! See this image largerI've been a huge meat eater. Even tried the Keto diet. But these documentaries are life changing. Don't think I could ever turn vegan, but I'm definitely adding more meatless meals to our menu.See this image largerGreat elliptical workout this morning!(3 comments)See this image largerFirst time making gnocchi from scratch(3 comments)See this image largerGreat day yesterday!See this image largerToday, I used the stationary bike. I've never been on there for 30 minutes before. My thighs are killing me todaySee this image largerMade some quick pickles with the cucumbers from my garden(2 comments)See this image largerJerk pulled pork, rice, sweet plantains, and pineapple salsaSee this image largerBreakfast today...Greek yogurt with a plump peach and raspberriesSee this image largerBaked homemade bread today. Not sure why but it was very therapeutic See this image largerChicken jollof rice. See this image largerA collage of my cat family. (3 comments)See this image largerMonday's statsSee this image largerFirst vegan dinner...quinoa, cabbage, broccoli, peppers, cucumbers, scallions, with a spicy peanut dressingSee this image largerTuesday. Raised my step goal back to 10K. I've been hitting the elliptical pretty hard. (1 comments)See this image largerQuinoa and veggie teriyaki bowl for lunchSee this image largerSloppy joes tonight (from scratch, not the stuff in a can) made with ground turkey(2 comments)See this image largerThis was yesterday. Taking a break from the gym today for my sanity. The harder I work out, the higher the numbers in the scale creep up. Need a rest day filled with NetflixSee this image largerOh yeah! Avocado season!!See this image largerBacon ranch chicken breast over quinoa (yes, I'm on a quinoa roll)See this image largerThis is actually not too bad considering I lied in bed and watched 3 episodes of Game of Thrones 😬(5 comments)See this image larger30 minutes on the bike today, made it a little further than last week. Not bad for level 14!See this image largerSo close. So close 😕See this image largerThai pork, cilantro rice, kale, Asian cucumber saladSee this image largerI've never grown eggplant before (or anything, for that matter). Do these look like an eggplant? Anyone?(1 comments)See this image largerI thought I was growing eggplant, but then they look like this. Anyone grow eggplant before? I got 9 of these things on one plant and they just don't look like eggplants 😐See this image largerBig salad with chicken for dinnerSee this image largerGarlic spaghetti with kale and grilled chicken(1 comments)See this image largerA tilapia burrito bowl for dinner(2 comments)See this image largerStrangest bars I've ever made. No bake. 3 ingredients. Apple sauce, coconut flour and agave. Not half bad. 3/4 cup applesauce, 1/3 cup maple syrup (I used agave since I didn't have maple) and 1/2 cup coconut flour. Mix and press into a lined loaf pan. Chill(3 comments)See this image largerThai eggplants from my garden. Not sure what to do with them. Thinking of a stir-fry perhaps?(2 comments)See this image largerSaturday. I took a course to become a cna, and it drained me. Didn't make it to the gym, or make my 10K step goal all week. Today, I am feeling the workout. But in a good way 😊See this image largerSaw this on Twitter today, and I thought they were wise words. We have a fear of change, but sometimes, it's a good thing!See this image largerOven fried chicken, mashed potatoes and green beansSee this image largerGreat calorie burn yesterday!See this image largerGrilled chicken ravioli and saladSee this image largerSomeone on SparkPeople posted this the other day, and I loved it. What feelings are you going to surf today? Pride? Self confidence, and joy? Or discouragement, anger, jealousy? The choice is yours. But life is better when your positive!(2 comments)See this image largerWednesday was good. Today, I'm diving into school, but I will conquer tomorrow...I see you, Friday!See this image largerRed beans and rice with turkey smoked sausageSee this image largerSee this image largerHave not put in these many steps in one day in quite a while. (3 comments)See this image largerI do that a lot!(1 comments)See this image largerDinner tonight...awesome chicken teriyaki stir-fry (1 comments)See this image largerI had a buffalo chicken salad for dinner(3 comments)See this image largerHad a great day yesterdaySee this image largerThis hothouse cucumber goes from my middle finger to past my elbow crease...crazy!See this image largerCantaloupe from my garden today!(3 comments)See this image largerPutting up a great front for the kiddos, but on the inside, I'm freaking out. Governor's State of Emergency declaration has made it impossible to find water. For 2 days now, the shelves are void of water (8 comments)See this image largerYesterday, I stress ate. Got my steps in by pacing back and forth. Today, I am stress working out. Much better for the bod (2 comments)See this image largerApparently, stress can work for me. I believe this was my best day to date. But the gym is closing until further notice 🙁(5 comments)See this image largerExplain to me how any animal can find sleeping like that comfortable?(2 comments)See this image largerI even ate a Poptart. A freakin Poptart. Mini tacos, quiche, some peanut butter M(3 comments)See this image largerEvery tree on our block is gone, no power, my house smells like old gym socks. But I have a home standing(5 comments)See this image largerThird day with no power. Driving around trying to find gas. But it's cool in the car and I can charge my phone! Oh, and I can get wifi anywhere but near my house. LOL(6 comments)See this image largerPower is back on, gym is open. Tomorrow is a new beginning!(2 comments)See this image largerLove itSee this image largerWe fostered this kitty because she was a whacko, basically. Then you're supposed to give them back when they are normalized. Ah, no. She's ours now(4 comments)See this image largerTV and internet is back!!!See this image largerFinally on track again(1 comments)See this image largerGots me some new Crocs. (2 comments)See this image largerA good day yesterdaySee this image largerAnother good one 😉See this image largerLast night's dinner...ham fried riceSee this image largerA rare Sunday!See this image largerSee this image largerI started and ended the week on high notes. The middle was crap 😐(1 comments)See this image largerGot on the scale today. September was mean to me. Irma made me eat, and I couldn’t workout. I need to lose the 5 pounds that found me.See this image largerEver notice some people have a way of giving advice that ticks you off, and others show empathy and encouragement? Yeah, me too 😊See this image largerThis was Monday. As for today, I’m not quite done yet 😉See this image largerTuesday 😃😃See this image largerYesterday’s dinner. Healthy choice. Tonight is my 24th Wedding Anniversary. They have “Endless Shrimp” at Red Lobster. I plan on doing some serious damage. On Saturday, the 5% Fall Challenge begins. The party will be over. (4 comments)See this image largerFriday’s stats(1 comments)See this image largerI hate being second. But on a positive note, I got 12K more steps than in last week’s challenge(1 comments)See this image largerMy find for the day...BJs wholesale has a box of 4 for $12!(3 comments)See this image largerSay it isn’t so. My son found a mini pinscher. He is the sweetest little guy. I may be in ❤️(3 comments)See this image largerMy stats for last week. (2 comments)See this image largerNot my best Monday, but I’m proud I squeezed a workout in at 9:30 tonightSee this image largerTrying my best to meet my step goals this week. This was yesterday. I am 3 for 3See this image largerSteak and a chopped salad with blue cheese and applesSee this image largerGo me! Haven’t won one of these in a long time(1 comments)See this image largerFirst meal today...spaghetti squash, broccoli and peas with a spicy peanut dressing. And a bowl of blackberries and strawberries(1 comments)See this image largerAnother good week. I think my best to date. I’m taking it easy this week. I’ve been feeling so tired 😴See this image largerWarning to anyone with a Fitbit Charge HR. Download software update at your own risk. Has been stuck halfway through update since last night. (6 comments)See this image largerLow carb dinner. Meat sauce with zucchini and peppers on top of spaghetti squash See this image largerAnyone try these? They looked good, and in an adult size cup, not a little squeeze pouchSee this image largerFirst day using my new activity tracker. Takes some getting used to. Why it says no activities, I have no idea. I actually ran a mile on the treadmill in 12:30(3 comments)See this image largerCoconut shrimp for dinner tonight 😍See this image largerLunch...cod filets and berriesSee this image largerStir fry chicken, tons of veggies over quinoa(1 comments)See this image largerMade a vegetarian pot pot I saw on The Chew the other day. Absolutely delicious. (4 comments)See this image largerBut on a positive note, my son’s band released their first full album today!! Listen on Spotify, and iTunes 😬See this image largerSpent most of my night last night in the 12 year old daughter broke her toe. Actually, “crushed” is a better word. (10 comments)See this image largerSundaySee this image largerEggs, chili spiced mango, and sausage this morning(2 comments)See this image largerMonday’s stats. Too much sleepSee this image largerLunch today (2 comments)See this image largerDinner...teriyaki fish and stir fry veggies(2 comments)See this image largerThursday(2 comments)See this image largerSpent my morning watching the NYC Marathon. My idol...Shalane Flanagan! First American woman to win the women’s division in 40 years. 2:26:53See this image largerShaved Brussel sprout fruit and nut salad. With some cornbread crisps. See this image largerRoasted cauliflower with sausage, mushrooms and onionsSee this image largerPumpkin pie oatmeal for breakfast today. Apparently my cat likes it too. I caught her sticking her paw in it and licking it off See this image largerGood day yesterday. (1 comments)See this image largerGreat Sunday workout!(2 comments)See this image largerRaspberries and yogurt for breakfast (2 comments)See this image largerThis is how many steps I got before I put the tracker in a box, and shipped it back to Amazon. I walked around my house for 10 minutes, and it didn’t track any of the steps. Probably why it’s been impossible to reach my goal each day. Going back to Fitbit(1 comments)See this image largerBack to a Fitbit. My new one came in yesterday! Anyone want to add me as a friend to compete in challenges? comments)See this image largerSunday. See this image largerBreakfastSee this image largerTurkey chiliSee this image largerWynwood Art District, MiamiSee this image larger😬(3 comments)See this image largerThanksgiving humorSee this image largerA Sesame Street Thanksgiving...Ha!See this image largerSeriously. I’m so excited. I got a turducken this year!(3 comments)See this image largerDinner...grilled pork loin, potatoes and sautéed garlic kaleSee this image largerHA!(2 comments)See this image largerTodaySee this image largerMy first year making a turducken. I liked it! Lots of leftovers. No cooking tomorrow!(4 comments)See this image largerSee this image largerMy fitness achievement today...65 lbs on the triceps machine!See this image largerFridaySee this image largerThought he was cute, all camo on my guava tree(2 comments)See this image largerOne pot Swedish meatball pasta. Made the meatballs with ground turkey. (2 comments)See this image largerSoup for dinner. It’s a Polish pickle soup with smoked ham. I’m liking it a lot (1 comments)See this image largerNot bad. (1 comments)See this image largerSo close. But only did a mile on the treadmillSee this image largerMade these breakfast cheesecake cups. They are the bomb. (3 comments)See this image largerTilapia, rice, and a kale saladSee this image largerBusy day=lots of steps!See this image largerMini quiches for lunch(1 comments)See this image largerMy son’s kitty (1 comments)See this image largerIt’s been a while that I could run a mile in that time without stopping.See this image larger(3 comments)See this image largerThis is how it felt trying to buy a candle today at Bath & Body Works one day candle sale. 50 people on line with cartons of candles, and completely sold out online. ‘‘Tis the season (4 comments)See this image largerWoohoo! 2,500 miles See this image largerTaken from the SparkPeople article today. When you realize that most things in your life are not in your control, you can still control your legs. Why I love running. See this image largerYeah, that’s me.See this image largerSeriously. See this image largerDid 4 miles on the treadmill today. Feeling good (1 comments)See this image largerYes. Especially cookies.See this image largerWednesday(1 comments)See this image largerShrimp scampi ravioli and Parmesan roasted butternut squash(1 comments)See this image largerCake batter energy bites for the kiddos. Good for you? Eh (4 comments)See this image largerAnd these for me! They are lemon earl grey granola bars with chia and hemp seeds, coconut oil and almonds(2 comments)See this image largerI am 46 and ate my first hard boiled egg for breakfast. Nice to know I haven’t missed anything. Most unappealing way to eat an egg. See this image largerFridaySee this image largerSaturdaySee this image largerOlive Garden tonight. Chicken margheritaSee this image largerI live in the southern-most area of Florida. We don’t get temps like this. The NY girl in me is LOVING it!See this image largerOlive Garden salad from last night for lunch today See this image largerMonday(1 comments)See this image largerOk. One day was nice. Now I’m feeling cold. And they say another cold front is moving in tonight. Stay tuned to tomorrow’s morning low. (2 comments)See this image larger Nice day for a drive in the Everglades(1 comments)See this image largerDinner(1 comments)See this image largerThursday(1 comments)See this image largerCrispy tofu tacos with cilantro lime coleslaw(2 comments)See this image largerMy MondaySee this image largerOven fried boneless, skinless chicken thigh, potatoes, and salad(1 comments)See this image larger4 days till Christmas!(1 comments)See this image largerYesterday was a half-effort. Had a lot of Holiday baking to do!! Snickerdoodles ✔️ Biscotti ✔️(2 comments)See this image largerSaw this on Facebook today, made me laugh. Too bad I only wear leggings to the gym(1 comments)See this image largerI am a bad influenceSee this image largerMerry Christmas, everyone!!(2 comments)See this image largerMet my goals! Merry Christmas Sparkers!!See this image largerHad an Amazon gift card so I bought myself a kettlebell. Time to get back on track, start doing some new workouts.(4 comments)See this image largerI saw so many horrible posts about the cold, just thought I’d boast about the beautiful weather down here 😋See this image largerThis was yesterday. Today, not so great. Hitting the gym tomorrow. See this image largerEating better begins today, not Monday. See this image largerJust made it yesterday...but a win is a win!!See this image largerAnyone ever try these Kodiak Cakes? BJs had this whole wheat, high protein pancake mix on sale so I thought I’d give them a try. Amazing. I LOVE them(1 comments)See this image largerKodiak protein flapjacks with homemade wild blueberry compoteSee this image largerStaying at my parent’s home a bit more north. Great walk this morning with the dog. (3 comments)See this image largerMom’s kitty. Went for 2 walks yesterday, but just couldn’t get to 10K. (2 comments)See this image largerNot feeling great today. Going to hit the gym tomorrow and start the week off right(1 comments)See this image largerLettuce wraps with vegan Thai burgers from Aldi. Very good. My daughter and I tried a few products from the new vegan line. She had the meat free chickenless patty, and shredded vegan cheese. It melted really nice. 2 thumbs up on all 3!(1 comments)See this image largerChicken fajita soupSee this image largerCutting out sugar is my health goal for 2018. So far so good. Found this Paleo cereal at Aldi. Only 2 grams of added sugar.(2 comments)See this image largerToday, beef and barley soup. Perfect for the cold weather. (1 comments)See this image largerDid not slack off this Sunday. See this image largerChicken Milanese for dinner ( baked, not fried)See this image largerOff to good start...let’s see how long it is before I poop out (1 comments)See this image largerYesterday, I was going strong!(2 comments)See this image largerBreakfast: 1 fried egg, whole grain toastSee this image largerBaahaaa!(3 comments)See this image largerNot pooping out quite yet. Close. Just need more coffee. LOLSee this image largerTwo hours at the gym and I came home wanting to eat everything in the house. 2 eggs, whole grain toast and salad instead(2 comments)See this image largerThat’s day 5 of over 10K steps in a row. One more day before I collapseSee this image largerSixth day in a row working out. My whole body hurts, but it didn’t stop me from running my fastest 2 miles all week!(1 comments)See this image largerDid not have the energy to make zoodles after spending more than 2 hours making meatless meatballs. Made with eggplant. (1 comments)See this image largerThis is day 6. I’m done. Cat, I know you invited me to Goal Day, but I going to be in a veg-like State today!(1 comments)See this image largerMondays are always great for me. Rejuvenated, and ready to go!See this image largerBeef Ragu made in my crockpotSee this image largerTuesday. I was going to skip working out, but hit the treadmill after dinner See this image largerKodiak Belgium waffle. 18 grams of protein(1 comments)See this image largerMy Wednesday. Such a pretty fruit. No flavor whatsoever. Shame. (4 comments)See this image largerRunning on treadmill at Planet Fitness this evening. Not syncing my Fitbit until tomorrow night. Not sure if my strategy will work but you gotta keep them guessing in the Workweek Hustle(1 comments)See this image largerAh, dinner. Spaghetti and meat sauce ( turkey) and Parmesan herb zucchiniSee this image largerMy strategy didn’t work. Lost the Workweek Hustle, but by a lot less than last week. See this image largerFriday. Last day. Now a weekend to recoverSee this image largerKnow what I accomplished besides 2nd place? Giving myself plantar fasciitis all over again. Maybe it would have been worth it if I took 1st Place, or lost a couple of pounds. (5 comments)See this image largerOne of my favorite dinners...shrimp Caesar saladSee this image largerChorizo, quinoa, black beans, corn and pepper jack cheese(1 comments)See this image largerRoasted chicken thighs with potatoes and spinach in Parmesan sauce(1 comments)See this image largerAdded blackberries to my protein waffle todaySee this image largerChicken lettuce wraps tonight. So delicious, I could eat them every day(1 comments)See this image largerDinner...some chicken lettuce wrapsSee this image largerI don’t know who made this last week, but I’ve been thinking of it ever since. Thank you!! Amazing high protein waffle sandwich(4 comments)See this image largerStuffed cabbage casserole. Ground turkey, cabbage, brown rice, tomato sauceSee this image largerYesterday. Been@trying to stick to the Arc Trainer this week. Not my favorite but no impact See this image largerMy birthday is a week and a half away, but my son got me one of these!! First dinner tonight...pot roast in 1 hour(1 comments)See this image largerFriday dinner...pot roast, cauliflower mash, kale and carrots(3 comments)See this image largerFriday ended on a high noteSee this image largerSweet potato chili and homemade cornbreadSee this image largerGoals metSee this image largerHomemade pork LoMein (1 comments)See this image largerGuess who’s birthday it is today!😬(4 comments)See this image largerBirthday selfie. I think I’m rocking 47See this image largerWent to the Olive Garden tonight and ordered the shrimp scampi, a 500 calorie option. (1 comments)See this image largerScenery on my walk yesterday. See this image largerToday’s running selfie(2 comments)See this image largerWent for a 2.5 mile run this morning, then a walk with my daughter.See this image largerYesterday was a beautiful day to spend outdoors! See this image largerNot bad for a day I didn’t hit the gym. The orchid was a belated birthday gift from my son...smells amazing too. See this image largerGreat weekend hitting my step goals. Lots of peacocks at the nursing home where I work. See this image largerMade Cajun red beans and rice in my pressure cooker. Used smoked turkey sausage. Amazing. (1 comments)See this image largerYesterday’s stats. Happy Valentine’s Day, Peppers!!See this image largerSo filled with sadness today. My heart feels heavy and broken. Just 70 miles north of me, 17 families are living a new reality without their loved ones. And how do I tell my 13 year old that already has anxiety issues, “it’s ok.You’re safe at school?” Can’t do it. Have to go with the Trust-in-God route, which just didn’t work. Spending some time with her today. (3 comments)See this image largerMy day yesterday. Tried my best to not stop moving.See this image largerYesterday(3 comments)See this image largerMy vegan burger on an English muffinSee this image largerDon’t know how many of your are PEP users, but the app has not worked for me ALL DAY! Got me feeling bummed. SparkPeople tech ppl, an update maybe?See this image largerIn the spirit of taco Tuesday. See this image largerCool app selfie(3 comments)See this image largerBlack bean quesadilla See this image largerKitty kisses. Love them!See this image largerWent to the Olive Garden tonight, and I am proud to say, I WAS NOT A SLAVE TO THE BREADSTICK! (I hear it in Jerry Seinfeld’s voice for some reason).See this image largerOMG, my son put some freakin fish in my tank that looks like a snake!!! Me no likey!!(4 comments)See this image largerMy orchid on my palm tree spiked!See this image largerFound this double insulated water bottle at Walmart for $7!! It kept my water freezing cold for 5 hours, and it was 83 degrees out today. And the outside doesn’t sweat. Love it. If Oprah had one, it would be one of her favorite things..LOL(2 comments)See this image largerThese vacuum insulated water bottles are the BOMB!! Ice cubes didn’t even melt and it was hot out. You can find them at Walmart on clearance for $7See this image largerKettlebell workout kicked my butt this morning. I am going to feel this tomorrow See this image larger4 servings of veggies in a meal. Bam!(6 comments)See this image largerYeah, some thoughts of the day. (1 comments)See this image largerOven fried chicken, homemade rice pilaf, green beans, and a salad too. See this image largerSalad with left over oven fried chicken and yogurt dressingSee this image largerSalad with leftover oven-fried chicken and cilantro yogurt dressing. Lunch!!See this image largerMade my step goal 3 days in a row.(2 comments)See this image largerThis is hilarious. If y’all don’t know FL roaches (aka palmetto bugs) they are roaches on steroids. And they bite.See this image largerDinner last night. Taco salad (ground turkey, cilantro yogurt dressing)(2 comments)See this image largerSeriously. That time of the month...bill payments. Is sucks. And then the car window breaks. 😠See this image largerSome words of wisdom. See this image largerYou can see where I ran circles around my daughter, literally. What happens when your workout buddy is too slow. (2 comments)See this image largerTaco Tuesday. See this image largerI have fought some serious battles in my lifetime. I shake my head when people tell me how strong I am. For all of those people...See this image largerSteak with chimichurri ( I grew all the herbs to make it) and broccoli. See this image largerOutdid myself for lunch’s a vegan lentil loaf. (4 comments)See this image largerThis was not the best time, but tomorrow I will be a bit’s going to be a brisk morning!See this image largerTold you I’d be faster today. A whole minute shaved off each mile!See this image largerI have to go to the bathroom. (3 comments)See this image largerEgg white on an English muffinSee this image largerHomemade orange chicken. (1 comments)See this image larger5 Ingredient chicken salad for lunch. Chicken, celery, pecans, dried blueberries and yogurtSee this image larger5 ingredient chicken salad for lunch. Anyone else having a hard time getting on here? I think the app is in need of an update(3 comments)See this image largerGrilled veggies (eggplant, zucchini, peppers and onions) on flatbread with pesto See this image largerSpinach and goat cheese pizza from Aldi. See this image largerOrganic chicken sausage, zucchini, onions, and some fresh berriesSee this image largerChicken Caesar. See this image largerLast week was terrible. Fast food for 3 dinners. I ate healthy today, but too much of it. Definitely don’t like the way I feel...bloated, and just yuck (3 comments)See this image largerPart of hitting the reset button...wholesome food. Quinoa corn chowder for dinner. (3 comments)See this image largerMy 270 calorie breakfast (1 comments)See this image largerReally enjoying this dinner...honey garlic shrimp and sautéed cabbage See this image largerNeed a boost to "spring" you forward in your weight loss journey? Come be part of a great team to support, motivate and encourage you! Join me in the Spring 5% Weight Loss Challenge! Invitations are open. We could use someone special like you. Click this link:
See this image largerI have not won the Workweek Hustle so far this year. I’m very happy 😊See this image largerFood find of the day...great coupon at BJs. Six pre-portioned packs only cost me $3.59. See this image largerToday, I woke up feeling like this...every part of my body just hurts. Back, knees, legs, ankles. But I walked 2 miles anyway. Not as fast as usual, but I did it. See this image largerI got this today!See this image largerBetter than average week for me. See this image largerDinner...chicken kabob, asparagus, and half a baked potato. (1 comments)See this image largerBaked buffalo chicken drumsticks(1 comments)See this image largerEaster dinner a day early since I am working tomorrow...Happy Easter and Passover friends!(1 comments)See this image largerSeed granolaSee this image largerPlant-based meal #1. Trying to replace 1 meal a day with a plant based one. Gradual change. See this image largerTake Out at home. Love doing stir fry dinners. See this image largerPasta primavera and chicken tenders. See this image largerRadishes dressed for the Roast...,See this image largerGreek turkey burgers for dinner tonight...packed with spinach, red onion, and feta cheeseSee this image largerEat food that rots (eventually), cooked by a person (not a company) and nothing that has a commercial. Simple.See this image largerBlueberry protein waffle topped with fruit.See this image largerNot exactly diet food, but at least it was cooked by a person (me). Cornbread jalapeño waffle and pulled pork. Tomorrow I will have salad for dinner.See this image largerMade these Fudge Babies from the Chocolate Covered Katie website. So amazing!See this image largerDates, nuts, cocoa powder, vanilla extract. They’re called Fudge Babies. I call them Amaze-balls!See this image largerTold you tonight would be salad night, topped with a oven baked Panko breaded chicken thigh, yogurt dressing.See this image largerCracked me up! Happy Wednesday, Sparkers!See this image largerSay whaaat? Found this at Aldi. Much healthier dessert option...good for fruit dipping (4 comments)See this image largerDinner tonight...fried rice with ham, stir fry with bok choy, snap peas, water chestnuts and chili paste.See this image largerSkipped the rice. Added shrimp to my food that rots. LOLSee this image largerNothing earth-shattering. A pork loin chop, broccoli, and mashed potatoes. Yes, potatoes. I’m Polish...mashed potatoes course thru my veins. LOL.See this image larger2 eggs, one white with green onions and feta. 8 shrimp. Going lower carb for a week to see if I can drop a pound. That would be nice.See this image larger1/2 cup pasta mixed with zucchini noodles, 1/2 a sausage, part skim ricottaSee this image larger1/2 angel hair pasta, 1/2 zoodles. Only 1/2 a sausage, and 2 tbs. of part skim ricotta. (3 comments)See this image larger5 baked honey garlic chicken wings, and roasted cauliflower. I had shrimp and eggs for breakfast. 😉See this image largerApparently, this is totally inappropriate and yet hilarious at 3 am when you can’t sleep.See this image largerCome to Mamma...eggs and oven baked parmesan zucchini for breakfast todaySee this image largerSparkPeople censored me. Again! This is funny. Whoever is watching the posts at 3 am needs to get a sense of humor. (5 comments)See this image largerOut of eggs, so I had a sesame ginger salad with shrimp. Good choice! Also need to get to the store.See this image largerSliced London broil with onions and mashed cauliflowerSee this image largerSomeone on here made sweet potato nachos and my head nearly exploded. Ground turkey, homemade salsa, guacamole, black beansSee this image largerHave a great Wednesday, Spark friends!See this image largerAcross the street from the nursing home where I work...a field of U-Pick sunflowers. See this image largerPinterest had a post about regrowing certain veggies by just placing the bottoms in a shallow dish of water. Look at my bok choy!(2 comments)See this image largerDinner tonight...baked tilapia, mashed cauliflower and green beans.See this image largerOmelette with pepper jack cheese and salsa, organic chicken sausageSee this image largerMade this sweet and spicy mango salad dressing. Can’t wait to put it on my salad tonight!(2 comments)See this image largerAmazing dinner...baked coconut chicken (Spark recipe) and salad with a mango dressing I found on Pinterest.See this image largerGood morning, and Happy Friday, Spark friends!!See this image largerStrawberry cheesecake baked oatmeal. (4 comments)See this image largerAnyone else feel like this?See this image largerHow funny is this?!! Happy Earth Day, and enjoy your Sunday, folks! God bless!See this image largerHave a great day, everyone! Looks like rain for the next 3 days down here. My grass should love it. See this image largerTons of peacocks where I work, and it’s mating season right now, hence all the spread tails and butt shaking.See this image largerCopycat recipe of PF Chang’s lettuce wraps. Amazing, but does anyone know how to eat these without dropping food all over yourself?See this image largerMy first “sweet omelette.” One egg, 1/3 cup off Eggland’s Best egg whites, vanilla, and then filled with cottage cheese and berries. Really good! Plus 33 grams of proteinSee this image largerCajun shrimp with creamy garlic Parmesan sauce, whole wheat pasta (made with mostly chicken broth, and a touch of half and half)See this image largerChicken parm (baked the cutlets, not fried) and zoodles.See this image largerNot bad for a Friday night dinner. Beef roast, smashed baby potatoes, and 2 veggies.See this image largerMixed berries and cottage cheese for breakfast.See this image largerA bit of sausage, a skinless chicken thigh, some homemade yellow rice, and lots of food that rots. LOLSee this image largerWoke to this this morning. Dogs were going berserk. I’ve seen this balloon many times on Sunday mornings, but today he was way too low. He wound up landing in a nearby field.See this image larger Cool street art on expressway wall See this image largerA really big bowl of berries and cottage cheese. My favorite breakfast lately. (2 comments)See this image largerTeriyaki chicken, lots of stir-fried veggies and 1/3 cup of brown rice.See this image largerSimplest dinner. Grilled sirloin and green beans.See this image largerLooks like so much food! One egg, two whites, zucchini, onion, and shrimp.See this image largerGood morning, Sparkers! Enjoy your day!See this image largerFinally...breakfast! 17 1/2 hour fast, and I’m feeling a bit famished.See this image largerGreen chile chicken. Not really low fat, but low carb. And definitely delicious.See this image largerMade some kabobs tonight 😊See this image largerReally enjoying my brunch. Shrimp with a spinach and feta omelette.See this image largerLow carb recipe...cauliflower baked ziti.See this image largerPork loin chop, grilled eggplant with balsamic glaze, and cornSee this image largerTonight, a steak fajita salad with a homemade chipotle dressingSee this image largerThe only day I don’t do low carb or Intermittent fasting. Breakfast at work. It could be worse.See this image largerGreek turkey burger and Greek saladSee this image largerLast workout of the week...TGIF, my friends!!See this image largerEgg white omelette with peppers, onions, and feta.See this image largerI’ve been jogging around the neighborhood for months. Today I hit the gym for a change. My muscles are going to feel it in the morning See this image largerI have lost 4 pounds in my 5% Spring Challenge so far. It’s not much, but I have finally busted thru a 3 year plateau. Never give up. (6 comments)See this image largerI met this kitty at work today. She’s part Siamese and part tabby, with the bluest eyes. I’m in love.See this image largerHow I feel after this weekend. My diet was a disaster. Now I’m in recovery mode.See this image largerGood morning, Spark friends! We’re halfway there!See this image largerCaribbean jerk chicken with cilantro cauliflower rice. 😛See this image largerSpinach, kale, onions, egg whites and feta.See this image largerShrimp etouffee with brown rice for dinner.See this image largerLasagna zucchini boats.See this image largerSwedish meatballs, cauliflower mash and green beansSee this image largerYou’ll never guess what came out of a storm drain just 1/2 block from my house. No, not Pennywise. But it WAS a 10’ gator. I will NOT be jogging around this neighborhood anymore. The loose dogs were one thing. Gators, quite another. Back to Planet Fitness.See this image largerSecond day in a row over 13,000. I’m beat. (2 comments)See this image largerLunch...steak and salad. Wish I had blue cheese.See this image largerSo my son’s band is going on tour for 5 weeks. I’m sad to see him leave. His decision to follow his dreams is causing huge marital problems. I’m supportive, his dad is not. If they weren’t so talented, I wouldn’t feel the way I do.See this image largerA baked breaded chicken thigh, cauliflower rice and green beans.See this image largerSloppy joe stuffed potato. Used the smallest potato I had, ground turkey. Had a chicken Caesar salad for lunch, dressing on the side, no croutons.See this image largerFirst successful chia pudding.See this image largerMade chia seed pudding. Took 3 tries. Three times a charm. My breakfast this morning. (1 comments)See this image largerDinner is prepped for later tonight...lasagna stuffed peppers...can’t wait!!See this image largerLasagna stuffed peppers. Yum!See this image largerDinner was Hawaiian BBQ chicken and a wedge salad with blue cheeseSee this image largerFound my 19 year old daughter sleeping on the couch with this note next to her. I could not find it 😕See this image largerDinner tonight...bunless Southwest turkey burger with guacamole, salsa, pepper jack cheeseSee this image largerHas anyone heard of this? Could it be true? Half calorie rice? Read the article on Here’s an article:
See this image largerChocolate chia seed pudding with banana and whipped cream. Ok, this stuff is way too freakin good to eat for breakfast. 😍See this image largerSnack time! Celery with cream cheese and everything bagel spices(2 comments)See this image largerCreamed spinach topped chicken, tomato and cucumber saladSee this image largerPork tenderloins, broccoli and cornSee this image largerAfter regaining 40% of my total weight lost, I’ve broke a 3 year plateau and lost some. My next goal is another 15 pounds, and I will do my best to maintain that.See this image largerI did not realize how many toys my cats have until I had to mop the floors. They were everywhere! What spoiled kitties.See this image largerSalad with chili-lime shrimpSee this image largerBaked lemon butter cod, lots of veggies, a bit of rice pilafSee this image largerMade 2 kinds of energy bites. A great afternoon pick-me-up.See this image largerGrilled pork chop, coleslaw, and loaded zucchini skinsSee this image largerLunch. Tuna in a bell pepper, and an apple.See this image largerDinner tonight. My eyes may be bigger than my stomach. I will probably wind up putting some sausage back.See this image largerA good day. (1 comments)See this image largerMy lunch salad today...homemade blue cheese dressing, bacon, pecans, and dried cranberries. See this image largerGreen enchilada chicken casserole.See this image largerSee this image largerToo funny...See this image largerI haven’t sat down to watch a Disney movie in several years since my kiddos are outgrowing them. But today, the weather is nasty, so we sat down together and watched this one. What a fantastic movie. I’m not proud to say, the end made me 😢(2 comments)See this image largerNote to self: Do NOT participate in challenges with people who are super-human. Any Fitbit owners that average 10K steps a day, feel free to add me as a friend for Workweek Hustle Challenges: this image largerHealthy almond joys. I made them with coconut butter (not oil) shredded coconut, dark chocolate and almonds.See this image largerStir fry chicken and lots of veggies to fill me up!See this image largerFound this recipe on Pinterest and couldn’t think of anything else. Hibachi steak lettuce wraps. For anyone who wants the recipe:
See this image largerMy son’s band is playing in Indiana tonight. Getting close to having their name in bright lights. But not quite. #CannibalKidsSee this image largerHappy Friday, peeps!! My goal today... to run a mile in 13 minutes. Have not been able to for months now. Results to follow.See this image largerI’ll take it!See this image largerFound this Keto Pink Drink on Pinterest. Interesting. Doesn’t taste like anything else. But I’ll be making it again!!See this image largerDinner...a big ole Southwest turkey burger on a saladSee this image largerWoot woot(1 comments)See this image largerFunnySee this image largerSmoothie time! Peach, mango and pineapple (1 comments)See this image larger5 minutes? It finally dawned on me after like, an hour.See this image largerCRYAN1911...I thought of you when I saw this(3 comments)See this image largerSpicy Thai Peanut Hummus in baby peppersSee this image largerHit the gym and had some chocolate orange chia pudding with almonds when I got homeSee this image largerMy dinner...that’s one big oven fried chicken thigh!See this image largerFirst meal of the day: Spinach feta omelette, 4 oz. of shrimp, and a small slice of whole grain toast. 45 grams of protein. Later, I’ll have a fruit smoothie.See this image largerGrilled pork tenderloin, potatoes, broccoliSee this image largerLunch. (Leftovers, but it works)See this image largerYo! Spark Peeps! It’s National Selfie Day!!See this image largerIt’s National Selfie Day!!! (2 comments)See this image largerTuscan chicken pasta, has spinach and sun dried tomatoes, Parmesan cheese. I use chicken broth, and cut the cream by more than half. You just need a touchSee this image largerGrilled chicken, loaded zucchini skins, and saladSee this image largerYou learn something new every day...See this image largerBreakfast today, a crustless spinach quiche, one slice of bacon and strawberries.See this image largerSnack time!!See this image largerPork chop will a grilled peach saladSee this image largerHappy Monday, everyone! Let’s make this the best week yet!See this image larger@cattiecannslugg...You know me well! Happy Monday!(1 comments)See this image largerChicken burrito bowls for dinnerSee this image largerMixed greens, apples, sliced almonds, sunflower seeds, quinoa, feta, with raspberry vinaigrette.See this image largerGood morning, Sparkers! TGIF...enjoy your day!See this image largerHa!See this image largerMeal 1: eggs with onion, stir fried veggies. Only lost .8 of a pound this week. Gotta do better.See this image largerBruschetta chicken and roasted eggplantSee this image largerBruschetta chicken and roasted eggplant for dinner...really yummySee this image largerStrawberry and quinoa saladSee this image largerStrawberry quinoa salad for lunch todaySee this image largerMy friend’s cat Kisses. I’m sharing her pic because she is 28 years old. Still going strong.See this image larger2 of my 4 cats, Tex and Silly. I love this feed!!See this image largerMy dinner salad with chicken, quinoa, roasted eggplant, sundried tomatoes and roasted red peppersSee this image largerTGIF!!See this image largerLunch today...BLT chicken salad wrapsSee this image largerSaw these petrea vines on a little walk todaySee this image largerI’ve been combining Spring mix salad greens with fruit, nuts, and quinoa. Feel good food. Nectarines and blueberries, sliced almonds and sunflower seeds. Full of fiber, healthy fatsSee this image largerIt’s been a while that I’ve made my step goal 6 out of 7 days. Everyone needs a rest day, but there’s room for improvement.See this image largerDinner..chipotle chicken salad with avocado lime dressingSee this image largerLunch today...berries with quinoa and nuts. Not sure why this tastes so good. Dinner was a KFC chicken breast, coleslaw. And yes, I did eat the skin. 🙁See this image largerLunch today...a strawberry almond chicken salad. This weekend I went off the rails, so hopefully this will help me get back on track.See this image largerDinner...turkey meatloaf, zucchini skins, broccoli and cauliflowerSee this image largerDinner tonight...a buffalo chicken thigh with blue cheese coleslawSee this image largerMade these Thai chicken thighs for dinner. 2 of these babies, and a saladSee this image largerMeal 1: berries, Greek yogurt, and some granolaSee this image largerTonight’s dinner...shrimp ceviche.See this image largerAwesome sunset tonight.See this image largerFitbit has rewarded me with this little token. I’m inching my way there, little by little. Only 5 pounds from Onederland. Can’t wait!See this image largerSaturday is cheat day. Tonight, NY Strip steak, cauliflower and a baked potato. And yes, I am aware the potato is not low carb in case anyone wants to tell me. LMAOSee this image largerWent to Outback for dinner. Had a grass-fed burger. May have overdone it on calories. New day tomorrowSee this image largerToday it’s cottage cheese and berries with sliced almonds.See this image largerDinner was slow cooker beef and barley, and a whole bunch o green beans. 😛See this image largerLunch. A salad with tilapia.See this image largerEgg roll in a bowl. I was craving Chinese food. This hit the spot.See this image largerCottage cheese with peaches, blueberries and sliced almondsSee this image largerDinner salad with roasted red peppers, sun dried tomatoes, goat cheese, chicken breast, with an Italian pesto vinaigrette.See this image largerBreakfastSee this image largerMy typical Meal 1 berry almond salad.See this image largerLots of stir-fried veggies, chicken, and 2 potstickers.See this image largerMy cheeseburger saladSee this image largerFeeling pretty good about today’s numbers.See this image largerTurkey burger with pepper jack cheese and corn on a bed of mixed greens.See this image largerAnother great day. Since I’ve been eating clean, and loading my diet with fresh veggies, I have so much energy. No matter what the scale tells me on Saturday, it can’t measure how I feel physically.See this image largerMeal 1: Shrimp Asian Salad.See this image largerTrying not to be bummed that I’ve lost 6 weeks straight, and take some pride in the fact I got in 79K in 5 days.See this image largerOk, so after eating clean all week, and working my butt off at the gym doing cardio, time to switch things up. Now I’m going to spend more time strength training and see what happens.See this image largerMeal 1. 42 grams of protein following my hour and twenty minutes at the gymSee this image largerFlowers on my stroll todaySee this image largerMeal 1: Cajun shrimp Caesar saladSee this image largerMongolian beef stir-fry tonight. My PF Chang fixSee this image largerSzechuan shrimp with snow peas. My poor snow peas were so over cooked. They look depressed. LOL.See this image largerI did NOT want to go to the gym today because I felt crappy. But I went anyway. Ran my fastest mile in a really long time. It was actually done in 12:40... 20 seconds faster than last monthSee this image largerRoasted chicken with a wild blueberry balsamic sauce I made myself, with a quinoa salad. Also had a tossed salad on the side.See this image largerI smell chick’n!! Please, please, please...See this image largerDon’t worry my friends. My desire for a steel butt is greater!! LOLSee this image largerMy usual berries with cottage cheese and toasted almondsSee this image largerI was hesitant to post this meal, since it looks like something my dog would eat, but it was actually fantastic. Cheesy Beef and Quinoa Casserole. Full of proteinSee this image largerNot a bad week. You can tell I fall into a vegetative state on the weekends.See this image larger@juststickwithit. This dinner is for you, my friend! Sending some spicy shrimp creole up north to your door!See this image largerMade these paleo almond butter cookies. No flour. These are amazing, and just one satisfies my sweet tooth.See this image largerDinner tonight...creamy Cajun chicken on top of spaghetti squash, and a side of asparagusSee this image largerCheesy beef and quinoa leftovers with some snap peas for lunchSee this image largerSpaghetti squash and Cajun shrimp. Asparagus on the sideSee this image largerRoasted poblano and sweet corn chicken salad.See this image largerBoom. Just a tad faster each day. TGIF, Spark friends!See this image largerThis WAS a smothered pork burrito, and I saved all my carbs today so I could enjoy it.See this image largerSummer 5% Challenge came to an end, and I’m down 6.5 pounds. Not the 10 pounds I was aiming for but I’m totally happy with my progress. Can’t wait for the Fall Challenge to begin!See this image largerSunday is coming to an end. Have a great evening, Spark friends... bring it on, Monday!See this image largerOven baked chicken, red beans with brown rice and coleslawSee this image largerDinner salad with roasted chicken breast.See this image largerLittle turkey meatballs with rice pilaf and broccoliSee this image largerMy first meal was a sweet potato breakfast bowl with banana, dried blueberries and almond butter.See this image largerBought myself some new running shoes... can’t wait to give them a test drive tomorrow!See this image largerI admit, I didn’t get the concept of a smoothie in a bowl. But now I get it...toppings!! Can’t suck those thru a straw. My first smoothie bowl. Isn’t it gorgeous? Toppings are coconut, almonds, hemp seeds, and fresh blueberries.See this image largerMy eating has been great this week. Only hit the gym once this week since my daughter got sick. Can’t wait to get to Onederland!See this image largerGrilled steak and potato salad with A1 vinaigretteSee this image largerDamn right.See this image largerI’m LOVING these smoothie bowls! This one has strawberries, mangos and pineapple and topped with granola, almonds and chia.See this image largerChipotle chicken burrito bowl with Mexican street corn salad.See this image largerWow. What a miserable holiday. I’m literally in the middle of a tropical storm. Winds knocked over my guava tree 😞See this image largerBang bang shrimp on top of sautéed cabbage.See this image largerThey say the healthiest people begin their day eating a vegetable. So here it is. My eggs with zucchini, peppers and onions.See this image largerEggs with salsa and cojita cheese, berriesSee this image largerIt happened peeps!! Made it to One-derland! After a three year plateau, and trying everything in creation (including Keto) the numbers are consistently moving down...Im elated’See this image larger😊😊(4 comments)See this image largerDinner tonight...broccoli cheese soup and a salad.See this image largerHaving some pork tenderloin along with this beautiful fall salad with apples, pecans, and dried blueberries.See this image largerMy doctor called me with my lab results this morning. I’m so disappointed. My LDL and total cholesterol is too high. And apparently my weight loss is because my thyroid is too active, not because I’m working my ass off for it. But I’m not giving in just yet.See this image largerBreaking my 18 hour fast with some broiled tilapia.See this image largerI’ll admit, I had a couple of bad days. Hormones took over, I ate lots of chocolate, and pasta. But it’s over. I reset with a new smoothie bowl. Honeydew, spinach, oats and hemp hearts. It’s all in there!See this image largerCreamed spinach chicken on top of quinoa.See this image largerMy first meal, a fall salad with pears, pecans, and sunflower seeds. Wish I had blue cheese.See this image largerToday’s salad has a bit more protein. Greens, pear, pecans, feta and bacon with a creamy poppy seed dressing.See this image largerShrimp fajitas tonight 😍See this image largerMy daughter painted this still life for school today...that’s my guava from my tree! Don’t worry...I ate it right after she was done.See this image largerI was viciously attacked by red ants yesterday. I have at least 30 stings in places that I can’t even mention. It has left me in a nasty mood. Plus I’m on Benadryl so I’m too tired to do anything.See this image largerHaving some sesame chicken stir fry tonightSee this image largerSpinach and ricotta stuffed peppers. They were quite awesome. #MeatlessMondaySee this image largerShrimp Caesar... yumSee this image largerSpinach quiche, potato and jalapeño pierogis, and green beansSee this image largerTurkey meatball gyros with tzatkiki sauce. Only 1/2 naan. The intent was to eat them in lettuce wraps, but once those damn naan breads are warm, the lettuce is historySee this image largerSaw this on Instagram today. And how true is it? I’ve been working on this piece of art for 8 years now. 😜See this image largerIt’s almost done too (we’ll, except for me since I work till 9).See this image largerThis is spaghetti squash and roasted eggplant topped with meat sauce.See this image largerI wish every day could be this great. Exercise-wise, that is.See this image largerMy strawberry salad. I have not lost any weight in a few weeks. Kinda bummed. But I’m still at my lowest in 3 years. Looking forward to starting the Fall 5% Challenge one week from today!See this image largerKung Pao chicken wings and veggiesSee this image largerThis is me.See this image largerTaco stuffed zucchini boats for dinner. I ran out of tomatoes 🙁See this image largerOrganic triple berries with cottage cheese and almonds.See this image largerCRYAN1911...I saw this and thought of you (in a good way)See this image larger#NeverMissAMondaySee this image larger@juststickwithit. Not real ice cream. But I’ll take it anyway. At least it has protein.See this image largerLunch today...creamy pumpkin soup and organic whole grain breadSee this image largerCrunchy Thai quinoa saladSee this image largerHope you all had an awesome hump day! I’m done...goodnight!See this image largerMade these muffins today. No refined sugar, used Kodiak baking mix rather than reg flour, rolled oats and Greek yogurt.See this image largerMy dinner...baked chicken tenderloins, and my salad!See this image largerWent for a walk late this afternoon and caught this little guy just chillin’See this image largerAnd Friday comes to an end...See this image largerRight? Wish I could have someone towel snap my bottom to the gym every day, and knock bad food out of handSee this image largerSunday is cheat day. I get to eat carbs for breakfast. I made a protein pumpkin waffle using Kodiak pancake mix. Topped it with whipped cottage cheese and chai spiced walnutsSee this image largerSee this image larger4 ingredient banana nut pancakes (banana, egg, oats and pecans) topped with almond butter. I actually dislike pancake syrup.See this image largerI did a kettle bell workout yesterday that has me so sore, I swear I feel my muscles crying. It took a lot of effort to get to the gym today.See this image largerQuadruple berry smoothie bowl. I topped it with cocao nibs, puffed millet and sliced almondsSee this image largerQuinoa fried “rice”See this image largerA quinoa bowl with bang bang shrimpSee this image largerOh Lord, give me the strength to do this one more day.See this image largerI’m in a Fitbit Workweek Hustle Challenge and I’m determined to win this week, dammit! Even if it kills me(2 comments)See this image largerHoneydew coconut smoothie bowl with fresh guava from my tree.See this image largerChai flavored chia pudding topped with coconut yogurt and pomegranate arils.See this image largerDinner tonight was spaghetti squash with pumpkin chipotle sauce, fresh spring onion cornbread and turkey sausage.See this image largerPB&J oats. Yes! This is so worth waiting 16 hours for!See this image largerThe BEST salad for lunch.See this image largerNow THIS was a good week! Probably why I dropped 2 pounds.See this image largerToday’s stats. #NeverMissAMondaySee this image largerFinishing up this quinoa salad. All the salad. All the time.See this image largerMade these pumpkin spice peanut butter energy bites. Courtesy of TheToastedPineNut. She’s an awesome blogger.See this image largerAnother salad, with oven fried chicken.See this image largerThis Creamy Italian Quinoa Soup is so amazing. Healthy comfort food!See this image largerNot spectacular, but step goal met.See this image largerAfter 19 hours of Intermittent Fasting, I devoured this: fresh guava with coconut yogurt, and a crumbled soft baked protein bar.See this image largerThe most delicious low fat pasta, made with winter squash and carmelized onions, fresh rosemary and sage. Who needs meat?See this image largerThis was my brunch today. Chocolate oatmeal. I used coffee rather than water. It’s topped with sautéed banana, 8 dark chocolate chips, raw walnut butter and hemp seeds.See this image largerDinner ... black beans and rice with marinated skirt steak and peppersSee this image largerBest smoothie bowl yet, made with mango, pineapple, and coconut milk. Topped with sautéed banana, fresh pineapple and toasted coconut.See this image largerGrilled chicken tenderloins, peppers and zucchini.See this image largerI’m exhausted. Have a good night, Sparkers!See this image largerPicked some mulberries today... what should I put them on? Or just eat em straight upSee this image largerYogurt with apples and walnuts for breakfastSee this image largerI tried a Hungry Girl recipe. A bag of carrot spirals, ground turkey ( recipe said 4 oz, I used 5) and 2 tablespoons of Lite Sesame Ginger dressing. I ate 2 bowls with a cucumber salad on top. Both bowls were 410 calories. I’m stuffed.See this image largerMy Wednesday is over. Goodnight, friends.See this image largerI made some blueberry overnight oats for my daughter and I. I split it into 2 mason jars. Way too much, but that’s I have some for tomorrow.See this image largerMade some quinoa zucchini cakes for lunch, and ate it with roasted cauliflower and sugar snap peas. I’m eating all my veggies, mom!See this image largerFound this on clearance at Publix. High in protein, fiber, and less carbs than regular pasta!See this image largerFirst real meal I’ve eaten today. I’m going to enjoy every bite.See this image largerStrawberry mango smoothie bowl with a gold kiwi, almonds and chia seedsSee this image largerGrilled chicken, bell peppers onions and sweet potatoes on a bed of greensSee this image larger#NeverMissAMondaySee this image largerOne reason why I love Miami....when the leaves are falling off trees in the rest of the country, here trees are blooming.See this image largerI’m going to try to hit my step goal of 10K or more 5 days in a row. Two down, three to go.See this image largerEven I am amazed what 800 mg of ibuprofen can do! I was unstoppable today!See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerSaw this on Instagram today and it gave me a chuckle. My kids have outgrown trick or treating but for years, this held true in our house.See this image largerDay more day to go! And this is impressive considering I didn’t get to the gym today.See this image largerAfter my fast, this is just what I wanted. Egg whites with one whole eggs, plus organic spinach, red peppers, sun dried tomatoes, onions and feta cheese.See this image largerBAM! I killed it! TGIF, Spark friends!!See this image largerIt’s been forever since I’ve won one of these things!(1 comments)See this image largerYogurt, apples, grapes and walnuts. Simple Saturday meal.See this image largerDaylight Savings Time is dumb. Can we please end this already?See this image largerDinner...Alfredo chicken on top of spaghetti squash and broccoliSee this image largerThis is my best week to date. Only a few thousand steps away from 100K. One day, I will do it!! (Just not this week.LOL)See this image largerI made these vegan banana muffins that were so good. Bananas, almond flour, oat flour, hemp seeds and walnut butter. They came out better than expectedSee this image largerYes!! There is a Ryan Gosling meme even for today! Don’t make Ryan sad...get to your polling station and cast your ballot!See this image largerFor those of you who don’t know, I love Ryan Gosling. Make Ryan happy and exercise your right to vote today if you haven’t yet!See this image largerMy first meal today...a strawberry smoothie layered with vanilla chia seed pudding. Yes, it was awesome!See this image largerDinner was so good...garlic and herb spaghetti squash with chicken sausage.See this image largerSomeone from Instagram had this ingenious idea of whipping cottage cheese with pumpkin: 1/2 cup of each, cottage cheese and pumpkin, 1/2 tsp of pumpkin spice, and your sweetener of choice. Even with the nuts, this is still under 300 calories.See this image largerChocolate smoothie bowl today, sweetened with 2 dates. Topped with chia, hemp, raspberries and peanut butter.See this image largerMy huge dinner salad. Mixed greens with roasted sweet potatoes, apples, quinoa, pecans, pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries and feta cheese. See this image largerChicken salad (made with half light mayo, half Greek yogurt) on Dave’s Killer Bread (thin sliced).See this image largerVanilla chia pudding, layered with strawberry smoothie and almonds. All good stuff.See this image largerWish it photographed as good as it tasted. My breakfast this pie overnight oats.See this image largerDinner: baked chicken tenderloins, broccoli and spaghetti squash with cottage cheeseSee this image largerYou start your day with crave nothing. Apple pie overnight oats again, but with some dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds and almonds. This is packed with oats, flax seed, chia seeds, and coconut milk.See this image largerMade these orange overnight chia oats for breakfast and topped with a few dark mini chocolate chips.See this image largerThis was my lunch today...5 seed homemade crackers with eggplant hummus. The hummus was off the charts delicious!See this image largerMy plant-based lunch. I’m slowly trying to adapt to a plant-based lunch, one meal a day. It’s difficult to eliminate foods you’ve been eating your entire life.See this image largerThanksgiving humor...See this image largerOMG...I have to get up in less than 8 hours and start cooking...I’m so tired. But I killed the gym today, and I’m going to enjoy my dinner tomorrow. Have a great one, folks!See this image largerIt’s one won’t destroy you. Enjoy your Thanksgiving, guys!!See this image largerMe.See this image largerHaving these little teriyaki meatball lettuce wraps for dinnerSee this image largerTurned my leftover teriyaki chicken meatballs into a great lunch salad!See this image largerDinner tonight was a kale slaw salad with white beans, sunflower seeds, hemp hearts and a garlic herb tahini dressing.See this image largerMy smoothie bowl today...sour and sweet cherries, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and banana. Topped it with more berries, hemp hearts, cocao nibs.See this image largerToday’s lunch: Powered by Plants 💪... Kale slaw, brown rice with chia, snap peas, broccoli, with a spicy tahini dressing.See this image largerMade this French onion lentil stew for dinner. I wish it were colder outside. It’s good winter comfort food.See this image largerSomething to think about...See this image largerFood. It tastes good, yes. But it serves a purpose. It’s not to just satisfy our tastebud, but to nourish our bodies, and give us energy.See this image largerMy first meal today...a green vegetable curry with brown rice. My doctor wanted a lipid profile done, so I went in this morning. Very curious to see if my cholesterol has dropped.See this image largerDoctor called... cholesterol is PERFECT! Her words. #EatPlantsSee this image largerSee this image largerPumpkin Barley SoupSee this image largerSay yes to the cookie! Breakfast cookie that is. I’m not starting my Holiday baking just yet. Too soon and I’ll eat them all. These are amazing...I used almond butter rather than peanut.
See this image largerYes, it’s all vegan. Lentil burger with carmelized onion, special sauce, and vegan cheese.
See this image largerOne of the most interesting orchids I’ve ever encountered.See this image largerMy smoothie bowl today is mango pineapple, made with almond milk and plant based protein powder. Topped it with coconut flakes, almonds and raspberries.See this image largerToday’s overnight oats, made with strawberries, raspberries, and peanut butter. #veganSee this image largerDinner tonight...whole grain spaghetti with kale, mushrooms and garlic. I also made some vegan Parmesan and was stunned at how delicious it is.See this image largerIt’s been kinda cold here in Miami, so I brought the tropics back with some coconut banana bread. Vegan and whole grain.See this image largerEnchilada stuffed with quinoa, black beans, corn and sweet potatoes. I kinda miss the cheese on top, but guacamole is better for you. #eatplantsSee this image largerI used yesterday’s leftover quinoa taco meat for tonight’s Southwestern salad. I also made a creamy chipotle dressing with veganaise, almond milk, and spices.See this image largerThe most important part of your journey is discovering your personal “why?” Why are you making the choices you’re making? What’s most important to you? The answer may be different for every person. For me, having a mom survive breast cancer, yet still have high blood pressure, and a father die of a stroke, my why is simple. To live as long as possible disease free.See this image largerSo these are my very first seitan meatballs. I think they’ll taste better drowning in marinara. Not that they’re bad. Just different.See this image largerSo I was right...The seitan meatballs taste much better in sauce.See this image largerLouise Green posted this on Instagram... LOVE IT!!See this image largerI bought the sprinkles for my Christmas cookies. Probably shouldn’t have added them to a smoothie bowl since they harden when they get cold. But they were pretty. Mango, pineapple, banana with coconut milk.See this image largerHappy Holidays!See this image largerVegan sloppy joes (made with lentils) stuffed in a baked potato.See this image largerCrispy vegan “chicken cutlets”. Made with chickpeas and vital wheat gluten. I like them. After many requests for recipes, Im going to start posting the links.
See this image largerMerry Christmas Eve, Spark friends! May you have a blessed holiday and reach all your goals in 2019! It’s going to be a good year!See this image largerWhat are these, you ask? Well, I’ll tell you! They are eco-friendly coconut bowls for my smoothies! My daughter’s Christmas present to me! Merry Christmas, everyone!See this image largerWent to Safari Edventure with my daughter and spent my morning petting wolves! Two timber wolves, Dakota and O’Ryan (both gave me smooches) and an Arctic wolf. You can’t tell from the photos, but these animals were enormous. So majestic...I could have spent all day there.See this image largerCincinnati chili made with....drum roll please...LENTILS! Yes, you can use lentils in almost every recipe you make with ground beef. Chili, bolognese sauce, tacos..the list goes on. For those who want the recipe, I used this one, but replaced the tofu with lentils. I have tofu issues. Maybe one day, I’ll get past my disgust, but for now, lentils are my thang.
See this image largerFood for thought, so to speak.See this image largerI may do this...See this image largerHere it goes. Beginning this upcoming year, things are changing on my plate.See this image largerThat’s a lot of miles! Go, me!See this image largerWe got a lot of writing to do! Let’s get started!See this image largerToday I made a high protein vegan salad for dinner. Very tasty. I used white beans rather than chickpeas because it’s what I have on hand.
See this image largerEven I need to do this. A lot of leafy greens I’ve never tried out there.See this image largerHa!See this image largerPlant-based dinner except for the dressing. Lite CaesarSee this image largerFour of the strongest mammals on Earth. Know what else they have in common? They’re all herbivores. Plants have protein, guys. And when you eat animals, you’re eating recycled plant protein.See this image largerGreat workout today...spent 30 minutes on weights. This year, I need to focus more on ST than cardio.See this image largerPeanut Butter and Strawberry Overnight Chia Oats. A little prep the night before pays off. The recipe is below. I did not use Siggi’s. They didn’t have it, so I used a soy milk based yogurt, and subbed strawberries for blueberries.See this image largerTo all those Sparkers who just joined or starting over....See this image largerOh yes!! BBQ Meatless Loaf, made with lentils...the sauce is amazing! A bit time consuming, but maybe that’s because I still need to cook for a carnivorous spouse. Enjoying with steamed carrots and half a baked potato. Recipe follows:
See this image largerThis is NOT me (I wish). Meet my inspiration, Ghia Walker, competitive bodybuilder. I found her on Instagram, username eat.laugh.lift. She is beautiful, fierce, and yes...she’s a vegan. I bet you’re not concerned if she’s getting enough protein.See this image largerAldi find!! Plant-based queso dip!! Also...Aldi has a bunch of vegan burgers. I can vouch for the Crunchy Quinoa Vegetable Patties. They’re my fave. Looking to try the chickenless buffalo next.See this image largerToday it was the peanut butter blueberry overnight chia oats. I’m already planning my next flavor. It’s going to be a maple cinnamon. I think I may have a problem. LOL.See this image larger1/4 cup gives you all the omega-3’s your body needs. I need to choose them more often!See this image largerThe average U.S. medical student only gets an average of 19 hours of nutrition education over a 4 year period. Scary. Here’s a thought... Educate yourself!See this image largerSeriously... who eats 2 Tablespoons?See this image largerBreakfast this morning...smoothie bowl! My favorite way to eat fruit. Frozen, blended. Frozen banana, strawberries, blueberries and cherries, blended with almond milk and topped with more berries and hemp hearts.See this image largerI love baking on the weekend since I don’t have time during the week. These are a healthier version of a Girl Scout Samoa cookie. Dairy free and vegan, they are really delicious!
See this image largerHonestly, this was so good, I didn’t miss meat at all. I could eat this EVERY DAY.
See this image largerBeen there...See this image largerI made this cauliflower Alfredo sauce vegan by using almond milk rather than heavy cream, and added nutritional yeast. Served it on Banza pasta (made with chickpeas so it’s higher in protein and fiber) with peas, broccoli, and zucchini.See this image largerToday’s smoothie bowl contains a plant-based protein powder, and topped with a granola I made with coconut flakes, cashews and sesame seeds.See this image largerSimple dinner tonight...brown rice with stir-fried broccoli, bok choy, snow peasSee this image largerI’m not where I want to be, but I never forget where I was.See this image largerBreakfast today..avocado toast (Dave’s Powerseed Bread) with some creamy cilantro dip drizzled over it. Product review: I’ve tried 2 Plant-Based dips from Aldi, and they’re both delicious. But the Queso is so amazing, I had to hide it in the fridge. LOLSee this image largerDinner tonight was a grilled veggie hummus wrap, along with a hot bowl of Southwestern tomato soup.See this image largerGrilled peanut butter and fresh raspberries.See this image largerSee this image largerNo animals were harmed in the making of this salad. LOL. Mixed greens, apples, walnuts, dried blueberries, sunflower seeds with a maple Dijon vinaigretteSee this image largerHa!See this image largerLunch today... sprouted grain bread with avocado and everything bagel seasoning.See this image largerWhat a great meal for a cold winter day. Stuffed cabbage just like my grandmother used to make. Almost. Of course she used ground beef, but these are stuffed with lentils and quinoa.
See this image largerA bbq chickenless patty topped with grilled onions and lettuce on a whole wheat kaiser roll.See this image largerDinner tonight was a broccoli and cheese stuffed potato. Cheese was actually plant-based queso from Aldi. I also had a side salad.See this image larger@shanny920 Here ya go!See this image largerFriday’s finally here...and I don’t have the energy to do much of anything, especially cook. This chia pudding may be the highlight of today. I topped it with pineapple mango smoothie.See this image largerCan you make French toast vegan? So glad you asked! Yes, you can! Does it taste good? Oh, hell yeah! So what’s the trick? Chickpea flour. When whisked with a plant based milk, it gets custard-like. Use some good-for-you bread, and fry in vegan butter or coconut oil, and you got yourself a delicious plant-based breakfast!See this image largerChili Mac and Cheeze, but I used Aldi’s plant-based Queso rather than make my own. This is what you make when you don’t want to make 2 different dinners. Give them your vegan meal and don’t tell them. 🤫
See this image largerAnd another tip: do what your heart calls you to do. You’ll never make everyone happy, so why not make yourself happy?See this image largerSticky cauliflower with brown rice.
See this image largerDinner tonight...whole grain pasta in my garden salad with these delicious oven baked eggplant slices.See this image largerTo the newbies: You didn’t get where you are overnight. Don’t expect it to come off that way. It’s hard, I know, but consistency, patience and persistence are the keys to success. You WILL get there!See this image largerStrawberry vegan French toastSee this image largerYes, Thursdays are my stay-at-home-and-bake-something-Healthy days. I made cereal. How crazy is that? Not vegan because there’s an egg white in it, but if you’re looking for a gluten-free, grain free, low carb cereal that is straight up delicious, then this is it. Cinnamon lovers-this is for you. By the way, I’m probably going to pack it into snack bags for a low carb snack. And I used erythritol, not Monkfruit.
See this image largerMade a batch of vegetable pad Thai for tonight and tomorrow night’s dinner.See this image largerMy giggle for the day... #poweredbyplantsSee this image largerBlueberry oats topped with strawberries and peanut butter.See this image largerYou know you’re getting into the vegan lifestyle when you see these at Walmart, and can’t stop thinking about them all weekend, so you have to stop in on the way home from the gym 😋See this image largerOk...verdict on the cauliflower buffalo burgers... The taste is really good. Not very spicy. I would have liked them a bit spicier. But nice flavor. I wish they were bigger too. They are kinda skinny, and being they’re meatless, gimme a bigger burger! So I think I would buy them again. 4 in a box for $3.98. Maybe I’ll stack 2 next time. 😛See this image largerGot this at BJ’s today for $10 (with a coupon). It’s like everything good for you in one bag. Not sure how I’m going to eat it today. Maybe as a hot cereal.See this image larger👍🏻👍🏻 Yum. And 13 grams of protein when made with soy milkSee this image largerThat’s pretty much me in a nutshell!See this image largerDinner tonight is my lentil sloppy joe stuffed potato and green beans. One of my favorites.
-joes/ #poweredbyplants
See this image largerBreakfast this morning...a grilled peanut butter and banana on Dave’s Killer raisin bread.See this image largerConfession-Today I did easy. Processed vegan food isn’t the best option, but some days, time is scarce. So Gardein Mandarin Orange Chick’n it is. Stir fried veggies take no time and the brown rice is batch cooked for the week.See this image largerToday is my birthday! So this is what 48 feels like? I have to say, I’m feeling pretty awesome. On this day 9 years ago, I joined SparkPeople. I weighed 280ish pounds, was a size 26, felt miserable physically and emotionally, and couldn’t walk a mile without being in pain. Today, I’m basking in One-derland, and can run a mile in 12 1/2 minutes. Hoping to beat that time tomorrow. I definitely am improving with age!See this image largerTonight, lentil bolognese on half linguine, half zucchini noodles, and a side of sautéed kale and mushrooms. Great recipe.
See this image largerAnd I beat my time. Only by 8 seconds, but progress is progress. It’s my fastest time in over 6 months.See this image largerLoving my oats this afternoon topped with 4 kinds of organic berries and pecansSee this image largerWhy we should eat both.See this image largerMy dinner salad...mixed greens with corn, tomatoes, roasted red peppers, and pasta made with black beans! (Thanks again, Aldi). Had it with vegan ranch.See this image largerWell said, I think. Something I didn’t figure out till my 40’s.See this image largerToday’s chuckle...See this image largerDinner tonight...salad with a nice bowl of vegan broccoli cheese soup.
See this image largerAvocado toast...get in my belly!See this image largerMade these banana nut cookies as a treat. I was very tempted to add chocolate, but I did not give in. They are fairly healthy. No refined sugars and gluten free
See this image largerSee this image largerGot a bit of “me time” in today.See this image largerThis is my power salad. Triple berries, quinoa, mixed greens, and almonds with a raspberry poppy vinaigrette.See this image largerAh yes, a thing of beauty. The perfect avocado.See this image largerWHAT THE....?See this image largerKorean BBQ Lentils.
See this image largerI’ve been trying all kids of vegan recipes. Some are meh, others are delicious. This is one of my faves, right up there with the sloppy joe lentils. These are Buffalo Chickpea Taquitos. Full of protein, baked, crispy, and hits the spicy button.
See this image largerTGIF, Sparkies! I’m done for the day.See this image largerLast week, top. This week, bottom. Only a half pound loss, but my thyroid is no longer overactive and I still squeaked out small loss. Lowest weight in 5 years.See this image largerWeird combo but it tastes good and is nourishing. Cooked quinoa, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and almonds drizzled with coconut butter.See this image largerGardein Honey BBQ Wings, vegan coleslaw and mashed potatoes.See this image largerTonight’s dinner...a delicious vegan corn chowder. The carnivore husband who cringes at the word “vegan” inhaled 2 bowls of the stuff.
See this image largerBaked beans made in my instant pot, yellow rice and vegan cornbread. I’m stuffed. Cornbread was the bomb.
See this image largerA bit of sunny yellow to brighten the day. I’m done. I have a long day ahead tomorrow!See this image largerCarrot cake overnight oats. Love them! What’s in there? Oats, carrots, almond milk, coconut, raisins, pecans, cinnamon and gingerSee this image largerOne of my biggest gym pet peeves. I’m sweating my brains out on the treadmill with the incline set at 8, while the girl next to me has it on 10, going faster, as she hangs on and leans back. And she thinks she’s working harder than me! Let go, honey, and see if you fall off. 😋See this image largerI don’t know how they do it. How does Gardein make fishless fish filets that taste like fish, and has the flaky texture of fish, without using fish! What?! Damn good fish sammie. Had it with a side garden salad and fruit salad.See this image largerFood for thought...See this image largerThe petria is in full bloom and is just gorgeous! I had to share!See this image largerI love those Tower Isle Jamaican Beef Patties. So popular down here, but they used to give me indigestion. And now I can forget them since going vegan. Not quite...I made a vegan version using lentils. Pre-made empanada discs from Walmart. And then I baked them rather than fry.See this image largerFlowers are just blooming all over the place. Clockwise from top left: magnolia, a 7 foot tall sunflower, and a two-toned amaryllis.See this image largerGot a haircut. Beautiful day (kinda hot for February) and I’m feeling really good!See this image largerDairy free yogurt, chopped apples and drippy sunbutter.See this image largerTGIF, my friends! Sleep well, maybe sleep in? I don’t know. I always say I’m going to, and I never do. So much stuff to do all the time! Anyway...enjoy your weekend regardless, and stop to smell the roses.See this image largerToday’s food for thought...See this image largerTonight I made a minestrone soup in my instant pot. Great recipe. Made super hearty with veggies, beans and bulgur.
See this image largerMy favorite guilty pleasure during my college years was watching Beverly Hills, 90210. And who didn’t think Dylan McKay was totally hot? So sad to learn of the passing of Luke Perry. Gone way too soon, but will not be forgotten. RIP Luke Perry. You will be missed. 💔See this image largerBang Bang Fish(less) tacos for dinner tonight. This is the recipe I used, but subbed in Gardein fish filets for the Gordon’s fish sticks, and used veganaise rather than regular mayo.
See this image largerInspired by @ennazus176 I opted for quinoa for breakfast. Veganized the recipe below by using Oh Yeah oat milk, and flax eggs. Worked out great. Filled with apples, berries, coconut and sliced almonds.
See this image largerTotally unrelated to weight loss. But made me giggle.See this image largerIf anyone’s looking to give up moo milk, may I suggest trying oat milk? This one by Silk is absolutely delicious.See this image largerGarden fresh pasta salad for dinnerSee this image largerI’m like a kid on Christmas! So excited my Vitamix came early... now what do I make first?See this image largerThis was me today. Bad idea to do leg day first, then the treadmill.See this image largerDinner tonight. Cuban black bean and rice bowl.See this image largerMy first Vitamix smoothie, in melon cucumber. Love it. And it amazes me how I feel full after I drink it.See this image largerIt’s been a really long day, and I still have 4 hours till my shift ends. But it’s FRIDAY!!! Happy dance!See this image largerWay better than I expected.See this image largerCabbage soup made in my new Vitamix blender. Absolutely amazing. So creamy, with no cream. This is the best investment I’ve ever made.See this image largerToday’s first meal. Baked eggplant, fresh spinach, roasted red peppers with some basil veganaise.See this image largerA lady on an elliptical machine stopped me as I was walking out of the gym this morning. She told me that she remembers me when I first started coming to the gym 3 years ago, and that I’ve come so far. “I just want you to know, you look terrific.” Made my day. Never underestimate how far a few words of kindness go. And remember that transforming your body takes time. But slow progress is still progress so never give up!See this image largerDinner tonight...Gardein Chipotle Lime Crispy Fingers and yellow rice and peas.See this image largerIf you’re an overnight oats fan like myself, this is one recipe you need to try, PRONTO! My taste buds are dancing. I’m actually headed back to the kitchen to make 2 more jars.
See this image largerYou really don’t...🤔See this image largerSee this image largerI was so excited I found vegan potstickers at BJ’s. Filled with veggies, they are delicious.See this image largerWe’re almost there guys...hang in there. Tomorrow is Fri-Yay!See this image largerThis very sweaty selfie is for @gpalmer2019, who forced an extra 15 minutes of ST out of me.See this image largerJust putting it out there...oatmeal made with oat milk 👍👍See this image largerThis soup is off-the-hook. Creamy zucchini basil.
See this image largerSaturday selfieSee this image largerSaturday giggleSee this image largerFirst ever side by side in 9 years. Not as fun as I thought it would be. LOL. My mom and I a year after I moved to Miami, and today. I think I like me better now, what do ya think?See this image largerProductive Sunday...went to Walmart, cleaned my floors, watched some video messages, talked to my mom and started a watercolor. Not finished. I need a good felt tip pen. Now on to starting dinner...See this image largerOne mile in 13:26. Not very good. It’s like my head is in a fog. Maybe it’s just Monday funk, maybe something else.See this image larger@gpalmer2019 Can’t believe I found this picture! I was 18 (on left) wearing by Bon Jovi concert teeSee this image largerI think it’s not really meat itself that we love, but the flavors of our favorite dishes. Used to enjoy pulled pork, but I now as a vegan, I’ve discovered the remarkable texture of jackfruit. Shreds like pork, cooked in BBQ sauce, the real thing isn’t missed at all.See this image largerProud of this time today. Haven’t run 2 miles without stopping in a long time. And I’m tired. Not sleeping well. But I got energy from somewhere!See this image largerWhat do I do? Do I move her or let her sleep? I’ll give her a few. An excuse to not do anything.See this image largerHope you’re all gettin things done! Have a great Thursday, friends!See this image largerLove, love a good sweat session!!See this image largerSpicy Thai Sweet Potato Soup for dinner, with some vegetable dumplings, snap peas and peanut sauceSee this image largerBoom. For you, @gpalmer2019. Best time in yearsSee this image largerChicken gyros tonight. Homemade tzatziki. Yes, real chicken. Had a Greek salad too. No regrets.See this image largerIf you like creamy soups, you need to try this. Roasted garlic and cauliflower soup also packs in quinoa, hummus and cashews for a protein boost. No cream!
See this image largerQuinoa chocolate cake. A cake with a bit of nutrition. Fluffy and moist, and gluten free.
See this image largerMy lunch is so green. Avocado toast and snap pea crispsSee this image largerGot this today, and it dawned on me, that my streak is almost 3 years long. Not bad.See this image largerChickpea cakes, roasted sweet potatoes and asparagus. The chickpea cakes were good. They are not vegan since they have an egg and yogurt
See this image largerSloppy joe lentils in a baked potato, avocado and corn salsa, and green beans.See this image largerSouthwestern tomato soup and a grilled cheese made with sprouted grain bread and Chao vegan cheese.See this image largerThe lady I care for has over 100 mulberry trees. She said to help myself, so I did. Made these mulberry crisps, one in a pie shell, the other without.See this image largerGrilled Veggie Sandwich for dinner...eggplant, zucchini, mushrooms, bell pepper, onion, asparagus and tomatoes with cheese and pesto.See this image largerI dare you to try this soup, and not tell anyone it’s vegan. They would never know.
See this image largerEver follow a recipe to a T, and it flops? These were supposed to be carrot cake muffin tops, but they spread like pancakes. The taste is great, but they’re going to be impossible to store. Maybe it was the flax egg...if anyone wants to try them with the egg option, let me know how they turn out...
See this image largerYum!!See this image largerBlack bean tacos with avocado and corn salsa. I used whole wheat tortillas rather than corn.
See this image largerLunch today...a very green sandwich. Sprouted grain bread, lettuce, avocado, alfalfa sprouts, cucumber and goat cheese.See this image largerThis is delicious. Texas BBQ Soy Curls with coleslaw. I had to buy the soy curls on Amazon. But I’m definitely going to order them again.
See this image largerYesterday was a great day. Eating was on target, hit my activity goals, and even had a good hair day (it’s humid here, y’all ). Let’s make Friday another great one!!See this image largerThe power in this statement is crazy. Keep this thought in your back pocket. Take it out as you face each battle, every crises.See this image largerVegan chili cheese dogs and fries. It’s what’s for dinner.See this image largerMade my first vegan Mac & Cheese and it’s a winner. Topped it with vegan chili. If anyone wants the recipe for the cheese sauce, I used this one:
See this image largerMe at a buffet (which is why I don’t do buffets)...See this image largerCreamy Pablano Pepper Tacos for dinner. I inhaled 2.See this image largerNoticed some new orchids blooming yesterday. I’ve never seen these yellow ones before.See this image largerPatience, perseverance, and even prayer.See this image largerWeight is not coming off so a friend suggested carb cycling. Baking project today...low carb donuts. Only 3 net carbs each, 137 calories. I’m eating one today and freezing the others for my low carb days.
See this image largerSalad with chipotle chicken on topSee this image largerSalad with chipotle chicken on topSee this image largerFriday funny...See this image largerBlack pepper udon noodles with tofu.
See this image largerThank you @gpalmer2019 for helping me reach this milestone. Finally out of the 190’s after 6 months! You are my motivator, my teacher and my friend!See this image largerLow carb, high fat day. Tilapia on a bed of mixed greens with avocado, pepper jack cheese and chipotle ranch.See this image largerEaster Sunday dinner is a veggie lasagna, tossed salad and Texas toast. My belief is that holidays are special, and you can allow yourself to indulge. I’ll run an extra mile tomorrow, maybe throw in an extra set.See this image largerHappy Monday, and Happy Earth Day! Let’s get it done. Gotta work off yesterday’s mistakes, reach new goals, aim for the sky!See this image largerDinner tonight...Spicy Vegan Black Bean Soup and Vegan Cornbread.See this image largerHope everyone is having a great day! The weather down here is just perfect. Looking forward to a good dinner, and laughing with people I love. Wishing all you guys the same.See this image largerIf you like spicy food, you have to try this salad...
See this image largerLentil tacos for dinner tonight.See this image largerWhat an idea! 2 vegan hotdogs, sauerkraut, 1 oz Swiss cheese, and thousand island dressing. Thank you @gpalmer2019 for the low carb ideaSee this image largerSalad with chicken, goat cheese, roasted red peppers, pine nuts and Italian dressing.See this image largerYeah...wide awake at 2 am. Feeling a bit angered by it.See this image largerBreakfast...hummus toast. 1/4 cup of hummus, 1 Tb hemp seeds, and 1 Tb sunflower seeds on 2 slices of sprouted wheat provides 15 grams of pure plant protein.See this image largerTGIF! Finally the work week has come to an end. To all those who crushed goals...awesome job!! And those who didn’t...guess what? There’s always next week! Push yourself! You’d be amazed at what your body can do with determination, effort and focus!See this image largerOh yeah. Funny because today is cheat day and this is what I pick to eat. Spicy vegan avocado toast with chickpeas. Want the recipe? 👇
See this image largerVegan mashed potato bowls. Yeah, with vegan gravy.
See this image largerI used my leftover tofu nuggets from last night’s mashed potato bowl, coated them in buffalo wing sauce, and put them on top of my salad with homemade ranch.See this image largerMujadarra. A Middle Eastern staple of lentils, brown rice and caramelized onions. It also contains: protein, fiber, and deliciousness. https://www.afamilyfeast.c
om/mujadarra/ And to anyone who wants to comment about my carb intake, I will hunt you down and troll you. 🤨
See this image largerTuesdays are for experimentation, trying new recipes. I found this chocolate peanut butter chia seed pudding on Pinterest and thought I’d give it a go. It’s not gritty, or slimy like typical chia pudding. An actual healthy dessert.
See this image largerSpinach and kale frittata with herbed goat cheeseSee this image largerLow carb Buddha bowl for dinner.
See this image largerTuna salad on greens. With pickles. 😊See this image largerWhat do you do when your low carb dinner recipe is an epic fail? Stuff a bag of coleslaw in your bag and eat your boss’s chicken.See this image largerWalking the grounds at workSee this image largerThe end of another work week! Weekends are for a treat, not a binge. Don’t undo all the hard work you’ve put in. And if you slip, get back up. Whatever you do, don’t ever quit! One meal at a time. One workout at a time. You can do this!See this image largerTreating myself to some boom boom shrimp I found at Aldi. Eating it on some stir fried cabbage.See this image largerTreating myself to some boom boom shrimp I found at Aldi. Eating it on some stir fried cabbage.See this image largerGood morning and Happy Sunday Sparkers!See this image largerIt’s Monday, guys. Great day to start a new plan if you’ve been procrastinating or try something new! Nothing changes if you change nothing. Now get out there!!See this image largerWhy am I finding this so funny? If it was for us bottom heavy girls, the world would come to a halt! LOL.See this image largerGood morning, Spark friends! Hope you all have a great day! Stay focused, one meal at a time. I always try to eat the healthiest breakfast possible. It usually sets the tone for the rest of the day. If not, don’t worry...just do better at the next meal!See this image largerSometimes your day does not go according to plan. So I ordered Chinese take-out. Cashew chicken, one spring roll, no riceSee this image largerGood morning, Spark Family! We’re half-way thru the week already! Time flies...what have you accomplished so far? New goals, new personal bests are out there waiting for you to achieve them 💙See this image largerLow Carb Everything bagels. Yeah, so far from vegan. But on my low carb days, I’m trying to be more flexible.
See this image largerCaesar salad with vegan Parmesan herb crusted tofu.
See this image largerGood morning, guys. It’s technically Friday Eve! Let’s get out there and make the best of it!See this image largerJerk chicken with Jamaican cauliflower rice and peasSee this image largerI used to weigh 275 pounds. Currently I’m at 189. Life is so much better when you don’t have all that weight holding you down, holding you back...never give up!!!See this image largerMother’s Day breakfast. Crepes filled with whipped cottage cheese and fresh berries. Yes, made by me. But my kitchen is my happy place. To all what makes you happy today!See this image largerGood morning! You can hate Mondays but they’re going to happen anyway so we might as well make the best of them!See this image largerWhat rage does. For all the ladies (or men) trapped in a mentally abusive relationship, remember that you ARE worthy, you ARE loved, you ARE intelligent, and you ARE enough. Don’t let any person convince you otherwise.See this image largerNailed it. Vegan Broccoli Cheese Soup. No one would know. 😉 I followed this recipe, but left out the wild rice and added 4 cups of broccoli florets after the 10 minute simmer.
See this image largerThe best dessert hummus recipe...
See this image largerNote to self.... Read this. Every. Day.See this image largerBlueberry and pecan oatmeal with sugar-free caramel topping. I’m in heaven.See this image largerThought I would spread the word to all moms of for your teen to get to the gym!See this image largerAnyone else try a Beyond Burger? As a past burger-loving meat eater, I am more than impressed by these plant based patties. I could have been fooled.See this image largerWalking at work.See this image largerFriendly competition with @gpalmer2019. He kicked my butt. But a good day nonethelessSee this image largerSome may not understand my fondness for blossoms on their way out. But I find their beauty in their colors against neutral backgrounds rather unique.See this image largerTofu with stir-fried snap peas, bok choy and red peppers. Tofu is delicious. This is the recipe I used:
See this image largerFourth day in a row crushing my step goal, even though I haven’t made it to the gym. #theoutdoorsismygymSee this image largerBoom. TGIF, Spark friends! And remember, if this old lady can knock out 10 miles, you all can!!See this image largerI’m pretty fascinated by what can be done with the water from a can of chickpeas. Made vegan ice cream with it.
See this image largerHope you are all enjoying your long weekend. I made it to the gym, and met my step goal for the day. Get out there...make it happen!See this image largerAnyone else having problems with this APP? It takes forever to do anything!!See this image largerFinally broke 100,000 steps...a personal best for me!See this image largerDinner tonight...a Greek salad and homemade tomato soupSee this image largerOnly 3 net carbs per brownie. They’re delicious. this image largerLunch today.See this image largerGot the hair touched up and trimmed. Out for burgers (buns included) with my girls. TGIF, Spark friends! Enjoy your weekend and quality time with loved ones!See this image largerI 🧡 orchidsSee this image largerOrchidsSee this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerIf any of you Sparkers are ever in Homestead, FL, you have to put R & F Orchids on your list of places to visit. My happy place! Now I’m going to show off some orchid pics I took.See this image largerNot traditional falafel. It’s probably not really falafel at all. Made with sweet potato, quinoa and almonds. Served on greens with corn, tomatoes, and jalapeño ranch. #plantlife
See this image largerMade tart shells out of dates, oats, coconut and coconut oil, then filled it with coconut lime curd. So yummy. I’m including the recipe for the vegan lime curd...
See this image largerMade this deliciously creamy soup for dinner tonight, topped with crunchy chickpeas.
See this image largerMy first meal today...pancakes. Not your typical pancake. Made with chickpea flour, no oil, no eggs, no dairy. Heavenly topped with sunflower seed butter and homemade chia berry jam.
See this image’s time for some tofu. For all you tofu HAVE to press it between paper towels, put a cast iron pan on top. I’m having some coconut tofu with stir-fried veggies.
See this image largerOh yeah...buffalo cauliflower Mac & Cheese. All plant-based. And so creamy!
See this image largerHit the gym early this morning and spent an entire hour doing Strength Training only. Then I’m going to enjoy this key lime chia seed pudding!See this image largerAmen.See this image largerHey Spark friends!! Get out there and make it great!! Mondays set the tone for the rest of the week, so do something today to put those wheels in motion!See this image largerMade this for lunch today. Healthy comfort food!!
See this image largerDinner tonight...mixed greens, cucumbers, celery, corn and 4 oz. of shrimp with buffalo wing ranch dressing.See this image largerOk...I was skeptical but so glad I tried it. Avocado toast is so yesterday. Hummus toast is in, guys. Plain hummus topped with apples, honey, cinnamon and sunflower seeds. I’m in love!See this image largerEmergency vegan meal...Gardein mandarin orange chicken, broccoli, scallions, on quinoaSee this image largerKale egg white omelette on a bed of greens. 😍See this image largerOMG! I used vegan mozzarella but had to use mini flatbreads since I did not have the time to make pizza dough. Buffalo chickpea pizza.
See this image largerWe made it, guys! Make it a great one! I’m off to the gym for some a ST workout. Gotta make those muscles cry. 💜See this image largerI was just thinking, “where did she get all that tofu?” 😂😂See this image largerThis was amazing!!
See this image largerI know some people don’t think fruit belongs in salad. I say anything goes. The only thing that would make this salad better is with sliced almonds or pecans. Strawberry cucumber salad with Gardein tenders, feta cheese and strawberry balsamic dressing.See this image largerOk...have at me @gpalmer2019. I put blueberries on my pizza! I’m out of control! This is delicious. Recipe below. I did not use naan bread, but a flax pita instead.
See this image largerMade this blueberry breakfast bread this morning. Very filling. This can be made vegan, paleo or Keto options.
See this image largerTrying my best to feel beautiful today. Ever have those days when self-love is hard to find? Thank goodness, it’s usually temporary.See this image largerThe pets aren’t the only ones totally baffled by what they’re seeing. How did a crab get in my backyard, and why is he knocking at my door? I live no where near water. LOLSee this image largerHope you all enjoy your day! It’s been a long week, but it’s almost done. I’m looking forward to a better week next week, crushing some goals, and feeling better. 💜See this image largerHey turn for #throwbackthursday. Remember that it’s never too late to turn your life around. I am so much healthier at 48 than I was at 32. I had high blood, pre-diabetes, and my hips and ankles were in constant pain. I couldn’t imagine how I would feel at 50, if I didn’t change my lifestyle. You can do it too!! One meal at a time, one workout at a time ! Stop procrastinating and just do it!!See this image larger#transformationtuesday.... I tried to lose weight so many times and failed. So what made this time different? Learning that if you fall off the wagon, you don’t have to give up. I would start off great, going in 110%, and feel deprived, so I would give in to cravings, and then just give up! But dust yourself off, and keep going!! I’m not special. I just hung in there. You can do it too!!See this image largerGardein crabless crab cakes with a spicy mango pureé, and a summer peach salad with raspberry vinaigrette #plantlifeSee this image largerBeautiful sunset tonight! Enjoy your evening, guys!See this image largerHappy Independence Day, Sparkers!! You can enjoy your holiday, and still stick to your diet plan! Just plan ahead, bring healthy choices with you, and enjoy your friends, family, and fireworks 💙🗽See this image largerI am the biggest offender. I overdo it on Saturday, when Sunday is my cheat day. So I’m cheating all weekend. Yesterday was delicious, but I’m getting on track today, not waiting until tomorrow.See this image largerSunday is a great day to bake. Made these somewhat healthy zucchini muffins. No refined sugar, egg free, dairy free, gluten free. Yes, they taste amazing.
See this image largerBack on track today. Made this soup for dinner. Red lentils, carrots, coconut simple, and quick. 30 minutes, start to finish.
See this image largerI had a tremendous chocolate craving. These are probably the best brownies I’ve ever made. Dairy free, gluten free, paleo and vegan. Now if only the were calorie free 😛
See this image largerSaw this on Insta this morning and got a kick out of it. If the first three words we see is what we value, then it’s pretty spot on for me... Compassion, creativity, and food. LOL What are the first three you see?See this image largerI often post pics of my meals and get comments that I eat too many carbs. Much of my protein comes from complex carbs. Since beginning a plant-based diet I’ve lost 25 pounds, and I’m stronger than I’ve ever been. This week is an ode to carbs for my critics. Happy Sunday, Sparkers!See this image largerIt’s mango season!! I could have a mango smoothie every day for life and never get tired of them. Frozen mango, banana, and oat milk.See this image largerSeriously. I just read about 6 Keto posts, so this was screaming at me to post. And yes, this is an accurate picture of me in a Keto world.See this image largerHappy Friday, Spark friends! I’ve never truly appreciated Fridays until now that I’m working longer hours. Watching what you eat is so important when your schedule doesn’t allow for gym time. But remember this...losing weight is 75% of what you put in your mouth, and 25% exercise. You can’t outrun a bad diet!! You can do it guys!!See this image largerMy guava tree keeps dropping these fragrant orbs of deliciousness faster than I can eat them, so I made some guava jam today for the first time. Success!See this image largerHappy Friday, Spark friends!! Hope you all had an amazing week! And just a friendly reminder...don’t let that number on the scale determine your worth! You’re more than a number! And for the newbies...don’t get discouraged if you didn’t see the number move. A new exercise routine can lead to sore muscles which retains water, so the scale won’t show immediate results. Hang in there!! Don’t give up!! It’ll happen when you’re consistent!See this image largerNew running shoes make me happy! Can’t wait to break them in!See this image largerTime for a change! I chopped off my hair today and it feels fantastic!See this image largerAll these cute pups today, I have to post one of mine too! Happy Doggy Day from my little Lucy!See this image largerSee this image largerOk...I’m back to sharing my very healthy, high carb meals. LOL. This recipe is a Forks Over Knives recipe, made with brown rice and black beans. Extremely nutrient dense. My links never work, but they help if you search for the recipe.
See this image largerHad this for lunch today. Like a bowl full of healthy yum! Roasted sweet potatoes with rosemary, chickpeas, shallots and maple walnuts. On a bed of greens and quinoa. You can choose a dressing, so I opted for honey mustard.
See this image largerWhen you show up at work, and the patient’s dog is wearing know football season has begun.See this image largerI found noodles in Aldi that were mushroom flavored and added it to this recipe to bulk it up since I needed to serve 4, not 2. Apparently, butternut squash noodles break into pieces once they cook. But regardless of how it looks, this recipe was fantastic.
See this image largerFriday funny for all my plant-eating friends.See this image largerMy shift is OVAH!! The weekend is officially here!! Can I get a woot woot?!! LOLSee this image largerHow do I spend my only day off? Yep, at the gym getting my sweat on! This is for you @stillsparkleigh Move it, or lose it, sis!See this image largerDinner tonight is a California Roll Sushi Bowl. I used brown rice rather than white, cucumber, carrots, avocado, edamame, scallions, and shrimp with a spicy sriracha mayo.
See this image largerI used to spend 4 mornings a week in this park running, and then I moved. But now I work right next to it on Sundays, so I packed a change of clothes and hit the paths today. OMG!! Like instant therapy!! How I love running outdoors!! It will be my routine every Sunday from now on. #NatureIsMyTherapySee this image largerPumpkin rigatoni with rosemary walnut crispies. Made it vegan by using non-dairy milk, and used chickpea pasta for extra protein. Those nuts on top are amazing. this image largerHuge win for me! Met my friend at the Olive Garden for the zoodles with veggies, side salad, no breadsticks! 🙌 I’m feeling very focused and in control this past week. I hope I can continue feeling this powerful!See this image largerA gift to myself...starting the 5% Fall Challenge with a new cookbook. I plan on most of my recipes coming from this baby. Of course, I’ll post pics to let you know how they turn out. 😊See this image largerGood Morning, Spark Friends! We all begin at different starting weights, we may take different paths to get there, but we’re all joined together by the same be comfortable and healthy in our own bodies! Do one thing today that supports that dream, whether a healthy breakfast, a walk in the park, or a trip to the gym. But get started! And TGIF, of course!See this image largerFirst recipe from the Forks Over Knives Cookbook....Banana, Date and Coconut Muesli. 3 oz unsweetened almond milk 1/2 c rolled oats 1/4 cup chopped dates 1/2 banana, sliced 2 TB toasted unsweetened coconut. Mix together in a bowl and let sit for 15 minutes. Delicious!See this image largerTook my daughter to the Fruit & Spice Park today. Got extra steps in and enjoyed the quality time with her. Pictures clockwise from top head next to a jackfruit, a “sausage tree”, water lily, and a tree of life.See this image largerLong day, but a good one. Now off to bed because I have another long one planned ahead tomorrow.See this image largerRan in my happy place and shaved 3 1/2 minutes off my time for 2 miles since last week!See this image largerThese were so damn good. And more satisfying than I thought they would be. Broccoli baked until crispy, coated in bbq sauce, and topped with coleslaw.
See this image largerHappy Monday, Spark Fam! Hope everyone had a great weekend, and if you didn’t, it’s a new week...perfect for a fresh start! That’s what I’m going to do this week...focus on the positive things in my life, and not the negative. Today is good! I’ll worry about tomorrow when it gets here. ✌️See this image largerDinner are these loaded potato skins, adapted from the recipe below. I omitted the bacon, and subbed in mushrooms and chickpeas, made a vegan ranch. Had this with a side of green beans. ❤️
See this image largerAnother recipe from the Forks Over Knives cookbook. Made some quinoa tabboulah, and had it in a wrap with hummus. This is a new favorite!See this image largerShe sits on my tortillas. Every. Damn. Time. Why?See this image largerSee this image largerLast week’s 2 mile run time 26:44. This week it was 24:50!! I shaved almost 2 minutes off!! I am super-proud of myself. I haven’t run that fast in 4 years.See this image largerNewbies...take a BEFORE photo!! When I started my journey 9 years ago, there was no smart phone with a camera. And every dang picture I have, there’s an intentional child in front of me. So much more comfortable in my own skin now than when I was in my 20’s. Remember, you are never too old, it’s never too late!!See this image largerGrilled veggie and hummus wraps, packed with jalapeño hummus, zucchini, roasted red peppers, onions, quinoa and mixed greens.See this image largerTonight’s dinner is a Fall farro salad. I added roasted butternut squash and apples. It also has kale, cranberries, and pecans.
See this image largerBeautiful day today, and the fact that it’s Friday makes it so much sweeter! If the sun’s not shining where you are, make your own!!See this image largerLunch today was salad and butternut squash soup with sage.See this image largerOn my way to work this’s looking like a good day for a run afterwards! #MeTime #RunningIsMyTherapySee this image largerYeah, bed sounds good, but this girl’s got goalz! So I’m up, drinking the magic bean water, and hitting the gym. Monday’s are for fresh starts! Who cares what you ate yesterday 🙄. Focus on today! What can you do to help you reach your goal?See this image larger#TransformationTuesday I was about 26 in the top left. My diet was horrible. I never exercised. Now I can’t imagine giving up physical activity. More than 2 decades later, I am so much healthier. It was a long process to get here, learning what works for me and what doesn’t. But I never gave up, even after a 2 year plateau. Keep pushing! If I can do it, so can you!See this image largerTuscan Rigatoni, with spinach, garlic, and sun dried tomatoes.
See this image largerI am procrastinating...25 Florida avocados...and they all ripened AT THE SAME TIME!!! Ugh...I have to freeze some. And guess what we’ll be having with dinner?See this image largerTwo salads...avocado and corn salad, and mango and black bean from the Forks Over Knives Cookbook.See this image largerRockin’ my flu shot bandaid! It’s Flu shot Friday at Walgreens. Uninsured peeps like me can get a vaccine for free! My kinda deal 🙌 TGIF, Spark friends!See this image largerSee this image largerThis one is for you, @stillsparkleigh! I’m ready! You ready? Yes, you are! Let’s kill Monday! Liquid hug first! Then go, go, go! #NeverMissAMondaySee this image largerFirst meal today...grits with vegan chorizo and peppers.See this image largerYep...another hot one. At least it’s hump day already! Happy Wednesday, Spark friends!See this image largerHalloween humor! I have no candy in my house, so it’s a win for me, big boo for the costumed kiddos. Oh well...move on..LOL. Have a safe and terrific Thursday!See this image largerTGIF, Spark friends! Got a haircut yesterday and I’m feeling pretty darn good! Partly because I realize that I’ve been accepting the “dead ends” in my life, and I need to trim! I think 2020 is looking to be a fantastic year! Just 2 more months till we’re there...let’s make this time count. ❤️See this image largerLunch today was avocado toast and some really ginormous shrimp.See this image largerHappy Monday, Spark Friends! May you all have a strong, productive week! And reach for the sun! See this image largerThis is for my Spark friend, @texashsmomof3. Faith, courage, and patience are three virtues that are essential. I hope one day to write a chapter that will inspire everyone...stay tuned!See this image largerVegan French Lentil Stew. I’m not the biggest fan of lentils, but this stew is pretty bomb.
See this image largerThe tattered picture on the left is from 2006. It looks that way because it is stuffed into my gym bag as a reminder of who I once was, and how far I’ve come. It’s been a long journey, and honestly, I don’t think it will ever end. Always learning, evolving, hitting bumps, getting bruised, but yet still great. Be patient, my friends. There’s no real “finish line” so why rush to get there? Relax and enjoy the trip!! ❤️See this image largerSo proud of today’s run time...3 miles in 37:41! I’m actually faster than I was 3 years ago!See this image largerGood morning, Spark friends! Hope your weekend was wonderful. Another Monday has begun...set your sights on your dreams and go after them!See this image largerDinner tonight...some Cajun shrimp and pasta with a side of broccoli.See this image largerGood morning, Spark Friends! Just want to tell you guys to surround yourself with people that lift you up, that support you and your goals. You’ll always have that one person that tries hard to bring you down. It’s their own insecurities. Just block it out and do you! No one should EVER stop you from wanting to be healthy and happy if they care about you. Be patient, and consistent and your body will respond. #TransformationTuesdaySee this image largerEver look in the mirror and see all the flaws? Everything you hate, and if you could “change one thing?” I think we all do. Creatures of habit. But if you’re on here, and you’re trying, then you ARE changing. Sometimes it’s not as fast as we’d like. But start focusing on those parts of you that you like! We can hate our bodies or appreciate them for what they are capable of doing! Just get out there, and keep pushing!! ❤️See this image largerCall me Queen of the Chickpea. Here are some ranch roasted chickpeas I made in the air fryer. Drain your beans (save that aquafaba), dry them on paper towels, drizzle in 1 T of olive oil, and coat with some ranch seasoning. I used a half a packet. Then roast at 360 for 12 minutes, shaking half way thru.See this image largerDinner tonight...creamy vegan corn chowder. Added a lot more veggies than the recipe called for, including red bell pepper, celery and shredded carrots.
See this image largerHappy Friday!! Hip hip hooray!! The work week is over!! And I’m taking @texashsmomof3 advice, and choosing happy! Blocking out the negativity, and moving on. Hope you all have a fantastic Friday, and don’t abandon your goals over the weekend...consistency is key!! ❤️See this image largerHey ladies, @jrdupree and @stillsparkleigh, I’m continuing the kindness Friday confetti party!! Spreading the joy ALL DAY!! To all those who need it, just smile! It’s contagious! #smile #spreadingjoySee this image largerHope you all find peace today. Spreading the calm.See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerYep...ran 4 miles at a pace faster than last week, then ate my weight in guacamole!!See this image largerHappy Monday, Spark friends! Sometimes, life is just hard! We struggle, we face trials and tribulations. But always take a moment to stop and just breathe, and appreciate the little things that bring you joy. Have a great Monday!❤️See this image largerDinner tonight is a noodle stir fry with broccoli, kimchi, and bean sprouts.See this image largerHappy Tuesday, Spark friends! One thing no one tells you when you start your journey is that maintenance in HARD! It’s easy to lose the weight, so much harder to keep it off. But after gaining back 50 of the 105 I had lost, I’m back down. Only 10 pounds to get where I was. The. Struggle. Is. Real. But I’m a fighter. And I feel really good. Don’t ever give up on yourself. You’re worth the fight!❤️See this image largerMy day did not really go as planned, so I did some stress baking. Showing love with fresh apple cinnamon scones.
See this image largerHappy Friday, Spark friends!! Laughter is the best medicine for a bad mood...or pretty much anything! Enjoy your day, and continue the good vibes thru the weekend!See this image largerOrange chicken and sesame green beans.See this image largerVegan Mac and cheese with roasted cauliflower.See this image largerOk...who wants to go running with me? 😛See this image largerVegan (Gardein) meatballs, brown rice and peas. 😛See this image largerHappy Monday, Spark friends! I have to say, I’m really proud of myself. I was a chunky kid growing up. I wore “pretty plus” clothes from Sears. They’d give us these physical fitness tests every year and make us run around the school yard. I’d get that stitch in my side and fail every year. Yesterday, I ran my fastest time in 5 years. Pretty crazy to think I’m in better shape now than when I was 12 or 16! You can become physically fit at any age, guys! Just keep workin’ it!See this image largerOne of my contributions to the Thanksgiving table are my mom’s. Vegan pecan pie. Smells fantastic, so if they don’t want to eat it, I’ll bring it back home. 😛
See this image largerHow do you handle the stress of staying with your highly dysfunctional family on turkey day? Go run!! Happy Thanksgiving, friends!! #runfirstthenpieSee this image largerWell, back to work today, and normal eating. Yesterday I ran a bit faster...seems like each run, I’m hitting a personal best, so I’d super happy about that. Then my daughter and I went for a walk together. In total, 3.75 miles. I cooked with my mom. Everyone noticed I lost weight. One plate that I could not finish, and one slice of pie. Now today, it’s Greek yogurt and an apple. Hopefully the scale won’t make me cry tomorrow. LOL. TGIF, friends!!See this image largerThe Fall 5% Challenge is OVER!! And this sums up how things went. My first weigh in was ok, and then I started hitting those weights! Ladies, it’s ok to lift heavy weight. You won’t “bulk up.” But my muscles were sore, and that’s why my weight increased for 2 weeks straight. But then guess what? Your metabolism goes up too! And the pounds come back off! I’m stoked about the end result. I’m running faster and my pants are falling off! Happy Saturday!!See this image largerWhen you lose weight, and you’re just feeling so damn sexy. LOL. I’m delirious, right? Goodnight, Spark friends!See this image largerUgh...way too warm. Horrible run time. Why do the cold fronts come AFTER Sunday? But I got 3 miles in anyway. #SundayRunDaySee this image largerHappy Monday, Spark friends! So it’s the last month of the decade. How are you going to spend it? I’m not only working on me, but planning on 2020 being one of the most significant years in my life. Call it a “rebirth” if you will. So I’m out of bed beginning my day with prayer and MBW. Then I’m off to the gym. Strong body helps build a strong mind!See this image largerField Roast burger with caramelized onions for lunch today. Much better than the sausages. Plus they have 25 grams of protein.See this image largerHa! My funny for the day!See this image largerGood morning, Spark friends!! NSV...I’m feel great physically!! Oh yeah, sure...I’m still a bit of a hot mess mentally but I’m working on it...LMAO. One thing at a time 😛. Have a great Thursday, guys...Friday’s almost here!!See this image largerTonight is all about creamy pasta soup. Soup weather comes and goes really fast in Miami. LOL.
See this image largerBoom!!! Friday is here!!! Make it awesome, guys!! No weight loss advice today...I got nothing. Eat less, move more. LOL. But be fabulous. That’s important!See this image largerYes! I did it! Go, me! LOLSee this image largerI ❤️ Saturday’s. My only day off so it’s a mix of doing what I want along with some things I don’t. But that 4 legged creature is one of 6 that makes sure the day begins early. On. My. Only. Day. Off. It’s ok...they’re cute, at least.See this image largerSee this image largerGood Monday Morning! I wish I was feeling it. My runs have been kinda terrible. But I ❤️ being in the park. Eating hasn’t been great. But I have some good meals planned for this week. So let’s turn this around. Monday’s are for new starts!! Let me get my magic bean water and get rollin’See this image largerThis is why we can’t have nice things...LOL. I should have used, Before Cats and After Cats. Needless to say, they had a BLAST last night while I slept. So I fix it, and repeat the process until Dec. 26th. 🤪😂😂See this image largerDinner tonight is this super-delicious sweet corn and zucchini pie. Tons of veggies, cheese and eggs. Having it with some roasted rosemary potatoes.See this image larger@stillsparkleigh Am I the only one that thinks red wine works just as well as a workout to put you in a good mood when you can’t get to the gym? I think it’s a great equivalent on a Friday night. But I will still make it to the gym tomorrow 👍👍 #badmoodemergencySee this image largerSince red wine is not a suitable permanent solution for a good mood, I’m back at the Planet of Fitness, lifting and getting those cardio endorphins pumping. #BackAtIt #RunnersHighSee this image largerThe last couple of weeks I’ve been struggling. The holidays are kinda rough, and I think the way I feel mentally effects how I feel physically. My motivation is gone. But then I think of Batman and how hard he has it and I feel a bit better. LMAO. 😂😂See this image largerI made this cheeseburger soup for dinner, then topped it with chopped tomato, pickles, red onion and bacon bits (actually imitation bits)
See this image largerFirst meal today...oatmeal topped with fresh raspberries and gooey, drippy almond butter. 😛See this image largerHoliday cookie baking has officially begun. I will torment my Sparkies from now till Christmas, sharing every cookie recipe I make. Expect many more to come. These are chocolate snickerdoodles. Love them. Although there is rarely a cookie I don’t love soooo... https://www.dessertnowdinnerlate
See this image largerMy lunch today...Pasta salad with spicy peanut dressing.
See this image largerNo sun in the “Sunshine State” today. 😕 But it’s Friday!! That brightens things up a bit! LOL. Have a great Friday, Spark friends!See this image largerI am blessed, because even though I’m a CNA at work, my employer family encourages me to do what I love...BAKE! So I made them a loaf of pumpkin banana bread. 🥰See this image largerThese are the Christmas cookies made yesterday. Clockwise from top left: Italian Christmas cookies, Christmas “Crack”, eggnog cookies, and peanut butter fudge. Halfway done 😅 phew!
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See this image largerThese cookies are my personal cake cookies!! Filled with the best part of the coffee cake...crumbs! I’m making 2 more kinds of cookies today, then calling it quits. My daughter can make whatever she wants.
See this image largerMe right about now.See this image larger It’s Monday. Two days before Christmas and my job gave me double shifts. I’m Christmas cookie baking my butt off, running around shopping for gifts, food to make the perfect Holiday dinner, and still trying to squeeze in a trip to the salon to get my hair colored before Christmas Eve. I put the stress on myself. Reminder: We are not perfect nor superheroes. Except maybe @gpalmer2019. So go easy on yourselves. It’s will be loved even if you can’t do EVERYTHING.See this image largerThe last 2 cookies have been to make tins and trays for the worthy. LOL. The left are London Fog Shortbreads, and my daughter made Chocolate Orange Madeleines.
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See this image largerGot my hair done before working my Christmas Eve shift. Hope all you guys have a wonderful Holiday with family and friends. Rejoice and be Merry!!See this image largerOk...I confess. My pants are less roomy. The party is over. Back to IF, and healthy choices. Say no to cookies. 😔See this image largerMy God, please help me. I can’t stop. 😩😩😩See this image largerAnd am I a bad mom for encouraging my kids to eat ALL THE COOKIES! They need to be GONE! I’ve given tons away. Have a great Friday, Spark friends. Just 5 more days left of 2019!See this image largerDon’t get too down on yourself! Even Spider-Man overdid it!See this image largerAnyone else think the weekend goes by way too fast? Monday’s have become crazy...2 shifts, and no gym time. 😔See this image largerIt all begins in the head. 2019 has been the year of decisions. Deciding what I want in my life and how to go about getting it. If you can envision it, you can do it, and I plan on working my ass off to get it.See this image largerCount me IN!! At work till 9 tonight, and then I will fight like hell to stay awake and watch the New Year roll in!! May you all have a great New Years Eve!!See this image largerYep...accountability post. It’s all fun and Christmas cookies until there’s a 6 pound gain. At least I’m still in the 180’s. So this first day of the year, I’m hitting the gym.See this image largerHappy Friday, Spark friends!! Wow, has this week been a long one, with lots of reflecting included. The last year was a bit rough but I’m grateful for new relationships with wonderful people, many of whom I met here on Spark. They have encouraged, supported, and pushed, giving me a clearer sense of who I am, and what I can accomplish. I am blessed.See this image largerFirst run of 2020, and a personal best. I wish Miami had weather like this all year.See this image largerSee this image largerFirst meal today is a lower carb vegan banana bread topped with chocolate expresso walnut butter. Great recipe I found on IG...Just mix together: 1 2/3 cup almond flour 1/2 cup coconut flour 1 cup quick oats 4 mashed very ripe bananas 1/4 Almond butter 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk. Pour into a loaf pan and bake at 375 for 45 minutes. That’s it.. no refined sugar!See this image largerTonight’s dinner perfect for chilly weather. BBQ Crockpot Lentil Chili. I added a can of chili beans to bulk up the recipe a bit.
See this image largerTransformation Tuesday! I’ve learned over the past decade that the scale is just a tool to help us on our health journey. We focus on being a certain number but how we get there is the key. Focus on long term health and healing, not quick fixes. Each day you make at least 3 choices on what to fuel your body with. If you mess up one, move on. If you mess up the entire day, forgive yourself. With the sunrise comes a new day to make better choices and start over. Just don’t give up!!See this image largerQueen of the Chickpea is eating chickpeas tonight, on top of Greek Spinach rice, a couple of little turkey meatballs, and tzatziki sauce.See this image largerThrowback Thursday... I’m still all hips. I got a lot of junk in my trunk. But the beautiful part is that I love my body for what it can DO! It doesn’t look perfect (but no one’s is) but it’s healthy and STRONG! So I’m going to embrace my curves that God gave me and run with it. Literally. LOLSee this image largerOk...I did my research and tested a recipe for my Princess Proteina, @stillsparkleigh. My favorite superhero, @gpalmer2019, is always getting on me to eat more protein, so I tried this high protein bread from a vegan bodybuilder on IG. I was skeptical it would taste good, but I LOVED it! Now, understand this is a mini loaf. I subbed poppy seeds for Dijon mustard. The mustard was just weird. See this image largerHave a fabulous Friday, Spark friends! Not every day is good, but there is some good in every day, and the fact it’s Friday proves that point!See this image largerSautéed zucchini, cherry tomatoes, corn and halloumi cheese. For those asking about halloumi a a cheese from Cyprus. First time eating it, and I’m hooked. You fry it in a dry pan. It gets crispy, and chewy but doesn’t melt. It’s salty and briny, and wonderful. 🥰See this image largerMy cat is fascinated with sleeping on clothes, hats included.See this image largerBeauty is in the eye of the beholder. The lady I care for tells me my overnight oats “look gross.” I think my oats and chia seeds soaked in vanilla soy milk and collagen, topped with orange Greek yogurt is just gorgeous. Packs in 25 grams of protein and does the body good. ❤️See this image largerSo excited they re-opened Aldi a day early afternoon remodeling. Got all my plant-based goodies!! I’m set for a couple of weeks!See this image largerBwaaah! Sorry, you won’t get either. Can’t keep any plant in a pot alive, including a low maintenance cactus. 🤣See this image largerTGIF, Spark Family!! My office surprised me this week by giving me a small raise, and I didn’t even ask for it!! Doesn’t it make a difference when people show you they appreciate you? It’s important to let friends, family, and co-workers know you don’t take them for granted. It’s a morale boost and does the ❤️ good! Enjoy your weekend ahead!See this image largerFirst meal...JUST egg. Yeah...a potato and pepper eggless frittata. I actually like them better than eggs.See this image largerHow weird is this pose? She’s way too comfortable like this.See this image largerHappy Monday, Spark Family!! Last night I had fun creating a 2020 MoodBoard. Positive vibes only this year...and from now on.See this image largerSee @allylizzy, it’s not even easy for me to post this salad. It’s oddly delicious. But I can see @gpalmer2019 rolling his eyes as he looks and says, “my gosh woman...fruit don’t go in salad, unless it’s a fruit salad!” But yet, I post it anyway. Partly because it’s out-of-the-box, healthy and delicious, and partly...just to bug him.
See this image largerThere’s just times when a woman needs chocolate. Great baking weather in Miami tonight.
See this image largerThe cold air has finally made it it the southern-most tip of Miami! I will enjoy this day more than you know, since it never lasts more than a day or two.See this image largerToday I made a Vegan Tater Tot Casserole for dinner. Packed with broccoli, mushrooms and quinoa, and topped with a dairy free cheesy sauce, it’s much healthier for you than the original version.
See this image largerI’ve shared this soup recipe before, but for anyone that missed it, this is one of my favorites...Vegan Creamy Cauliflower Wild Rice Soup. Tastes even better the next day.
See this image largerI feel like such a bada** mom when my kids tell me they want the broccoli crack tacos over burgers.
See this image largerHappy Monday morning, Spark friends!! Tough week ahead...gym time will be limited to one day before Saturday’s weigh-in, which means it’s all about the food! What I eat, and how much of it is the key this week. Hopefully, I can knock out a loss. And some humor for the ladies. Literally. LMAO.See this image largerHappy Tuesday, Spark friends! So yesterday, Spark censored me. One thing no one can ever accuse me of is being fake. I don’t use filters on my photos, or my mouth. No apologies...I am who I am. If that means, I get a post pulled every now and then, so be it! 😛 Be true to yourselves, guys! You don’t ever have to impress anyone out there, except yourselves. Shine on! ☀️See this image largerMy colorful, 100% plant-based breakfast. Tofu scramble, avocado toast, and berries!See this image largerItalian Wedding Soup for dinner.See this image largerQuinoa, brown and red rice chicken salad with green beans.See this image largerMade these healthy-ish cake bites (no bake!) for my after dinner treat, but really, they’re great as energy bites too. 1 cup almond flour 2 Tb coconut flour 2 Tb Coconut Sugar 1/4 Cup almond butter 1/4 cup almond milk 3/4 cup shredded coconut 1 tsp coconut extract 1/2 tsp almond extract Roll into 1” balls and place in freezer for 10 minutes. Melt some dairy free dark chocolate with 1 tsp coconut oil and dip your energy bites in. Keep refrigerated.See this image largerHappy Friday, Spark Friends!! I’m psyched because this weekend, another cold front is coming to town! Which means my Sunday run will be fantastic! So I’m going to run my tush off and then put it back on with wings and dip while watching the Super Bowl! Have a great weekend! ❤️See this image largerYeah...I have a love for overnight oats. These are lemon raspberry.See this image largerOh yeah...garlic Parmesan wings are done!!See this image largerGood morning, Spark friends!! Don’t ever quit your journey because the results you’re seeing so far aren’t what you expected. I was on a plateau for 3 years after regaining back half of the weight I lost. But hang in there!! Changes are happening on the inside that you can’t see. And your relationship with food goes through stages too. You’ll get there if you just don’t quit! ❤️See this image largerSouthwest salad with shrimp tonight.See this image largerToday, I am officially 49!! Can I tell you all something? It’s the best birthday yet! If you don’t like something in your life...change it!! Otherwise, you’re just accepting it. Any none of us are getting any younger, right? Some of the best years are still ahead of me! 🙌🥳See this image largerMy girls made this cake for me for my birthday. I don’t know, but I’m thinking she’s got some mad skills.See this image largerHere’s to another Monday! Not my favorite day of the week, but you got it go through it to get to Friday. LOL.See this image largerHappy Hump Day, guys!! is just STRESS right now. My mind feels like that upper right box...a busy freeway. Nothing that breaking in a new pair of running shoes can’t cure! Exercise is my stress buster. ❤️See this image largerI made some spanakopita zucchini boats for dinner. They taste a lot better than they look. Stuffed with plenty of spinach, onions, garlic, and feta cheese.(1 comments)See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerWent on a peaceful hike with my daughter this morning while visiting my parent’s home. Seems like I find a way to spend some time outdoors every Sunday.See this image largerSo my mom said that her cat, Rambo, is getting fat. Really, mom? Like...he’s way beyond the “getting” part.See this image largerToo many pets for one post. Geez, do I have a lot of fur babies. Twinkie, Jaxie, Lolo and Silly.See this image largerTex, Lucy (AKA One Eye) and Cannoli. Mia is absent today. Black cats are so hard to photograph.See this image largerHappy Friday, Spark friends!!! This work week has seemed way longer than 5 days! And sooo many of us are battling storms in different forms, including myself. I just have to remind myself that this storm will pass and the sun will shine once again! Once the clouds clear, I will share, and then I’m getting that freakin awesome tattoo. Because I’ve earned it!See this image largerSee this image largerHappy Monday, Spark friends!! The bottom right is me to a T. Can you say, “basket case”? But I’m pretty awesome too. A blog will follow one day to explain the reason behind my wackiness, but for now...forage on Sparkers! Make Monday as fantastic as a Monday can be!! 🤗❤️See this image largerOur cold front hits us on Thursday, and I CANNOT WAIT!! I love the cool air! And @carloslakeland inspired me to post some flowers from a bit further south...enjoy the rest Tuesday has to offer!See this image largerGood morning, Spark friends!! Self-love is hard sometimes, especially when things in your world just isn’t going right. Yesterday was one of those days. But my two best gal pals, @stillsparkleigh and @texashsmomof3, taught me that laughter really is the best medicine. It cures almost anything! True friends see your value and remind you of your importance in this world. First step in self-love is to surround yourself with loving, supportive people. #wearebettertogether #sparkfriendsrockSee this image largerTake & Bake. To all my Spark friends that come on here and show me your ❤️ and support, I thank you!! It’s more than appreciated. Have a great weekend!!See this image largerHappy Saturday, Spark Family!! The life challenges I’m facing has my weight bouncing around like a yo-yo. This is 2.5 pounds down from last week, mostly because I’m so stressed, I feel sick and can’t eat. But I’m so tired of the suffering. One day, things are going to be great, but they often get worse before they get better. God is aligning the stars, and I know He’s got my back. 😊See this image largerSome beautiful birds from the grounds of The Walton HouseSee this image largerSee this image largerMy steps today.(1 comments)See this image’s Monday again. Make it sparkle and shine so bright, Friday gets jealous!!See this image largerFriday florals!! The bottom left is a jade orchid. The only flower that is naturally turquoise blue.See this image largerCelebrating International Women’s Day today! We are smart, strong and capable of achieving any dream we set our sights on!!See this image largerWhen you find something this deliciously awesome at Aldi, you buy 2!See this image largerMonday is here...again. ((sigh)) But still riding a little high from yesterday’s Women’s Day. I will make the most of the day...extra oomph in my mop! Yeah...I’m missing my Monday workouts. But lunges and squats will make your bottom half sing!! And things are gettin’ a little crazy...wash your hands, and stop touching your gorgeous faces. ❤️❤️See this image largerToday, my third child turned 21!! We got our hair done and then out to lunch. She chose a little Jamaican restaurant that has the BEST jerk chicken Cajun pasta. We will never know the calories of that plate...and in reality...who cares? Sometimes, it’s about making memories and sharing experiences. Worth every calorie! ❤️❤️🥳(1 comments)See this image largerIs this what people are doing with all the toilet paper? Seriously, people. 🤪🤪😂😂See this image largerJust a thought in the midst of chaos.See this image largerMy eating has not been the greatest lately. It feels good to be on track today. My vegetarian chickpea gyro.See this image largerMy drive into work on this glorious Sunday morning. This open road is a sign of new adventures and journeys to come. What does life have in store for me? We will soon find out! Bless this day and the week ahead, my Spark friends!See this image largerMeat shortage? No problem! Black beans, rice, tostones, guac, bell peppers, and jalapeños.(1 comments)See this image largerHa!!See this image largerI am the absolute worst hen it comes to working out at home. But my eating has been pretty great. Tonight I made Gardein sweet & sour porkless bites for dinner with brown rice and broccoli.See this image larger#FacetoFaceFriday Sometimes, we just need a reminder of how far we’ve come!!See this image largerJust for laughs...See this image largerSee this image largerExercise has been lifting boxes and carrying them up stairs. This morning, I went for a walk around the new hood, and met some new friends along the way...just hatched ducklings, broken eggs still present, and a very affectionate tabby that loved belly rubs.See this image largerHappy Hump Day! I’m still breathing. Trying to stay positive when you feel like you’re living in an episode of Netflix’s Black Mirror. But beauty still exists. I literally pulled my car to the side of the road to take pictures of those hot pink blossoms on the rocks. They are so stunning...and huge! Like the size of the palm of my hand. Gorgeous sunsets and Spring flowers are still a few of my favorite things. 🎶💜🌺🌕See this image largerNot the typical Easter Sunday, but the power behind the day remains the same regardless of how we honor it. These little guys are new friends from the new neighborhood. May you all have a beautiful Easter Sunday. 💜See this image largerJust happened to look out my window and saw this fellow. Kinda fantastic, I think.See this image largerYou know the world is crazy when you can’t tell if I’m going grocery shopping or giving a prostate exam. Is it, “I’ll have a 1/2 lb of ham” or “ Bend over and cough for me.” 🤣🤣🤣See this image larger(2 comments)See this image largerYesterday was a quiet, relaxed Mother’s Day. These 4 are my world right now. They bring me so much joy and peace, knowing what great humans they are turning out to be. I am blessed to be their mother. I love you Jordon, Allison, Amelia and Rachel. ❤️See this image largerThe rainy season is days away, so I took advantage of the sun, and the park nearby. I am SLOW, but will gradually get my physical strength back. 💪💪See this image largerJust a beautiful sunset tonight, worthy of sharing.See this image largerVegan Chinese ribs. Not bad for my first attempt. Burnt the sauce, had to redo. Found the seitan was a little to elastic to roll out thinner, but still pretty tasty.
See this image largerChocolate tahini cookies were perfection. Crispy outside, chewy centers. Completely vegan and gluten free.
See this image largerHappy Monday! Sitting in traffic in the pouring rain, but remembering the words of Pitbull...”Every day above ground in a good day.” Can’t argue with Mr. 305. LOL. Got in a 4 mile run yesterday in pure sunshine. Looking for my next timber’s high. God bless, Spark Friends!❤️See this image largerI am a day early for taco Tuesday. Life’s too short...why wait? These are jerk chicken tacos, and pretty damn phenomenal. I coated my boneless thighs in jerk seasoning and cooked them in the crock pot rather than a grill.
See this image largerHave a ton of errands to attend to today, but I made sure I put 2 miles behind me first!! Happy Tuesday!!See this image largerSimple Southwest salad with shrimp for dinner. Made the dressing with Greek yogurt and taco seasoning, thinned out with juice from pickled jalapeños. 😛😍See this image largerSome yummy finds at Aldi today. The sweet corn hummus is crazy good! I bought an avocado, and when it ripens, I’m going to spread that hummus on some Knock Your Sprouts Off toast, and top it with 🥑. Maybe sprinkle some chili powder over the top? Or green onions? Both. 😍😛See this image largerPretty long day. I’m pooped. Have a great night’s rest, Spark friends! ❤️See this image largerToday, my precious kitty, Mia is being put down. Less than a week ago, she started having seizures. Bloodwork has shown nothing, so the vet says she has a neurological disorder that is worsening by the day. Can’t stand watching her suffer any longer. 😭 Three weeks before, Cannoli, our pooch passed also. Too much heartbreak in one month. 💔See this image largerHappy Friday, Spark friends!! I saw this tiny mango tree, that was leaning over because it’s branches were so heavy with fruit. Despite its size, it was still capable of holding up those mangoes as they grew. Got me thinking how we can overcome any obstacle, no matter what are size. It’s all about attitude, my friends!! Thank you to every member that took the time to offer their sympathies. It made all the difference. ❤️See this image largerMade some vegan ramen bowls tonight with cabbage and Beyond Meat. Love that I can buy it like bulk ground beef now.
See this image largerVegan jerk chickpea “wings” with a mango dipping sauce. Had some turmeric rice along with it.
See this image largerNew month begins on a to work, praying that the month of June brings some normalcy back to my life. May was a total disaster, so I’m hopeful that June will bring sunnier skies. I’m feeling like there’s no way to go but ⬆️. May all you have a great new month!See this image largerPlant-based Italian sausage and whole grain spaghetti.See this image largerHappy Hump Day! Don’t ever settle. Know your value and believe you deserve the best, whether it’s a healthy body, a healthy mind, a healthy marriage or friendship, a happy spirit. If you are on this earth, then you have a purpose, and only one shot at making your life great! Set a vision of what you want, believe you can achieve it, and start working at it!! See this image largerAwesome Trader Joe haul today! I may have an over-stuffed fridge and pantry 🤗See this image largerA different kind of Throwback Thursday. There are different kinds of changes: what people see on the outside, and the ones that occur on the inside far from view. I know that in the decade that I’ve been on Spark, the internal ones are far more important than the ones that are easiest to notice.See this image largerShrimp stir fry with snap peas, bok choy and kimchi.See this image largerTGIF!! Not really sure where I’m getting the strength to get up and handle my chaotic life, but I can only assume it’s Divine power. I dream of goating, then sleeping for days. But instead after work today, I will be driving 4 hours north to offer moral support for my dad. My mom has been in the hospital for a week now and the man is a lost soul without her. Can I please have MBW thru IV?See this image largerFriday Food for Thought:See this image largerHappy Monday! Another exhausting week ahead, but that’s ok! I had a FANTASTIC weekend! Mom is still in the hospital after having severe sepsis, but she’s getting stronger every day. Her appetite and feisty sense of humor is coming back, and she made me laugh talking to her on the phone. I love what each week brings to my growth. I’m learning more about myself, and getting more confident by the day. I’m excited to see what the week has in store. Monday...bring it on!!See this image largerLook at what my cute work kitty brought me when I arrived at my shift today. I feel so ❤️. And yes, it is still alive.See this image largerHappy Tuesday! To every Spark friend that has spent a moment showing they care...just know that it is truly appreciated! It has made a world of difference in my life! And you all know who you are are! 💋🥰(1 comments)See this image largerMixed berry salad for dinner. Perfect when the heat index is 102.(1 comments)See this image largerSome mid-week, hump day thoughts!! Enjoy your day guys!!See this image largerDinner was a veggie packed salad with a spicy Thai peanut dressing and shrimp potstickers from Trader Joe’s. 😍See this image largerFriday Funday! We all possess great qualities. Sometimes, in the midst of chaotic or stressful times, we forget that. Assignment today: tell me 2 things you love about your personality! Aside from being sexy as hell, I’m funny, and honest. ❤️See this image largerMy first meal. Overnight oats with flax seed, layered with strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, Greek yogurt, honey roasted almonds. 😍See this image largerFriday night funny...made me laugh out loudSee this image largerI’ve been struggling with finding time to cook lately. Today I made sure to cook according to my goals. These are vegan garlic ranch seitan wings. One serving packs 30 grams of plant-based protein. And they’re yummy too.
See this image largerMonday Motivation... What motivates you to move forward on your health journey? I’ve been on a road of self-discovery for a few months now, finding out what I need over what I want. I’m going to call it an “awakening.” My future is looking pretty awesome and I need a healthy body to enjoy everything life has to offer. That’s all the motivation I need! Hope you all have a FABULOUS Monday!!See this image largerTuesday Vibes My household has 2 new members, Basil and female rats, mainly because rats are awesome and I can. LOL. As a single mom I’m working my tush off and don’t have nearly the free time I wish I did. But it’s so much better than where I was. I wake up and appreciate each day I roll out of bed and go to work, making a happy life for my kids and I. ❤️See this image largerThursday thought; The works can be ugly. You can help make it beautiful by shining your beautiful light into someone’s day. And speaking of beauty....this lady has an appointment at the salon today!!! I am elated. 😃❤️See this image largerFun FRIDAY!! Ok, so maybe not EXACTLY Vogue material, but definitely how I felt after walking out of the salon yesterday! Like a 5G version of myself...the newest model. LOL. Hoping this feeling carries me through the weekend! Another weekend at my parent’s house where I get peace and sweet freedom. Have a fab Friday, everyone! ❤️See this image largerHappy Tuesday! I extended my weekend visit to my parent’s home by one day. My mom is home from the hospital and her condition was way worse than I expected. The reality is her health is failing, and my time with her is limited. I took some time to go to the shore with the my girls and appreciate the beauty this world has to offer. Just need some time to digest it all. 💕See this image largerSpicy millet and brown rice ramen noodles with bok choy and bean sprouts.See this image largerTGIF!! I promise I will not bathe in Nutella, although I can’t say it’s not tempting! 😛 And I was called in to work tomorrow, so my Friday isn’t the same, but it is for most everyone else. Regardless ...make today great! It’s all up to you! ❤️See this image largerA bit of a calorie bomb but I’m hoping it holds me till dinner. Chia seed pudding made with coconut milk, homemade strawberry preserves, Greek yogurt, homemade guava jam, and toasted coconut.See this image largerBeautiful, glorious Sunday!! Oh, how I love thee...let me count the ways! What will I do? Sleep late...done. Now I think I’ll sip my MBW and meal plan. Then hit the store to get some meal prepping in today. A crazy week ahead again. But I got this. 😉❤️See this image largerTonight is chicken wings. Yes, real chicken wings. Tomorrow night is burrito night. Vegan ones for me, chicken for the kiddos. This is the vegan taco meat I prepped today, made from walnuts and cauliflower. Super simple to make, tastes awesome.
See this image largerHappy Monday!! Not feeling unicornish today, but I will wait for the effects of my MBW!! Hope you all find a way to make your day FANTASTIC!! ❤️See this image largerHappy Tuesday! I walked in the door last night after work and asked my kids, Wait...what day is it? It’s Monday, mom. My reaction...😭 Are you kidding me? This week is going to be. So. Long. LOL. Have a happy, guys!!❤️See this image largerHappy Hump Day!! Smile,’re half-way to Friday!! And the hot air balloon is a tribute to @rredford5 who inspired me last night with her beautiful take a ride one day! Reminder...we are stronger together...motivating, inspiring, and dreaming TOGETHER! ❤️✌️See this image largerFun Friday!! Well, sorta...ok, not really. LOL. Working tomorrow on a holiday. My job is secretly trying to kill me. But I will still appreciate the fact I have the FREEDOM to hate my employers. Bahaha!! Have a great day, Spark friends!!❤️ Oh...and that is one of the dogs at work...Sam...enjoying a dip after the groomer shaved him. 😛See this image largerBoneless buffalo wings...made with tofu. These were son’s friends tried them and thought it was chicken. Freezing the tofu changes the texture completely.
See this image largerGood morning and Happy Monday!! My battery is fully recharged! The weather was total crap yesterday, and I probably gained yet another pound, but the best thing to have is a great attitude and a supportive community! So let’s get out there and make Monday sparkle! ✨✨❤️ #YourVibeAttractsYourTribeSee this image largerThai Peanut Soba noodles for dinner. Soba noodles are gluten free since they are made with buckwheat. 😍See this image largerHappy Tuesday!! Are we forgetting what day it is? Helloooo. This must be on my checklist for my future partner.See this image largerHappy Hump Day! The struggle is real. These 12 hour work days got me like 🤪. Two down, two to go before a half day Friday! Let’s make today shine guys...We got this!! ❤️See this image largerSee this image largerSee this image largerSee this image largerI finally did it...made my own nut butter. I was skeptical, but it was really easy and so darn delicious! After looking at pecan butter in Publix for $9 a jar, I made my own. Enjoying it on lower carb banana bread😍 3 cups toasted pecans 2 tsp vanilla extract 1 Tb coconut sugar (optional)See this image largerHappy Hump Day- Most days, I feel mediocre. Just a single mom struggling to balance work, family, and self care. Self care is falling short...I’m too tired to work out, stress is winning, and my body aches. And other days, despite all the struggles, I feel kinda bad-a**. Bad-a** because I stopped making excuses, and started making changes. Only you can control your destiny. I feel like I can take on whatever life throws at me. ❤️See this image largerMade these healthy oatmeal cookies last night. They are gluten-free, refined sugar free, vegan...and yes...they are delicious!! Sandwiched 2 together with some vegan cream cheese frosting in the middle. 😛 If you are on Instagram, follow @upbeetandkaleingit. She has amazing healthy recipes, using almond flour.See this image largerSee this image have no right to pull this. You pull it, I’ll repost. Your a health and wellness site. Stand yo damn ground!!!See this image largerIt’s Monday! A great weekend helps launch a great week! I went for a good run on Sunday, where I take time to re-evaluate goals and problem areas. It’s time to go back to basics so I can lose these pounds I’ve gained since COVID. I had a healthy lunch on the water, saw this awesome bird friend on my run that had no fear of me at all, and the foundation to my home has been poured and set! Hope you all have a great, productive week!!See this image largerWho says masks aren’t sexy?? #MaskItMondaySee this image largerTransformation Tuesday!! Thought this was brilliant! I’ve said it before...this journey is never-ending! And there are so many ways to change! I’ve changed who I am physically, spiritually and emotionally. I’m stronger in all three areas. Some people get so stuck in their ways...but it’s crucial to open our hearts, our minds and our spirit in order to evolve with the times. May you all have a blessed Tuesday! ❤️See this image largerHappy Wednesday!! Just some humor to start the day. The weather is a nightmare, and I’m dreading driving in it. 😩 I need extra MBW this morning. Make today great! ❤️See this image largerHappy Thursday!! This post is for my tribe, my SHERO’s who have been putting up with villains and evil Spark trolls most of this week...I ❤️ you guys because you inspire me every day, and I’m sorry I’m so MIA but I hear you, and support you. Sparkers...just respect and love one another. It shouldn’t be so hard. Wanna guess which one @lori-k is? 😂💪🧐See this image largerHow does the saying go? Love, peace, no grease! Round 2...let’s go. Have at me. ❤️💋 #MaskItOrCasketSee this image largerTGIF!!! The collage I created last night was quite the opposite of what I created this morning! Woke up to sunshine and realized Friday just CAN’T be bad. All about positivity today! Have a great day and even greater weekend!! ❤️See this image’s one of those days. At work, completing a 56 hour work week, and dealing with the Ex, who is testing my patience and my sanity. I really need a vacation on a deserted island, alone. If any Spark member can make that happen, Sparkmail me. Bahaha!! 🤣🤣🤪🤪See this image largerMmmmm. Sunday frittata made with peppers, onions, red potatoes and egg replacement...JustEgg. It’s made with primarily mung bean protein...tastes like eggs.See this image largerHappy Monday!! Lost time can never be found again. Don’t waste it. Don’t waste it by procrastinating ridding your life of things that hold you back or weigh you down. That could be your actual weight, or maybe a person that is so toxic, they infect your happiness. If you are on this earth, you have a PURPOSE!! God wants you to live a happy life!! Don’t let yourself down a minute longer!! ❤️❤️See this image largerHappy Wednesday!! Most of us hate change. But it’s not so bad if we give ourselves time to adjust to the changes. Give yourself time, and embrace change! And don’t let ANYONE tell you that you CAN’T do something, including YOURSELF!! You can, and you will! ❤️See this image largerWoke up craving pumpkin muffins and felt ambitious! Baked a batch before my 12 hour day. Now to only wait until my fast is over...the aroma is killing me! Added dark chocolate and walnuts
See this image largerThrowback Thursday... Haven’t posted this in a while. It’s a great reminder to me on where I came from. What you don’t see are all the tears, the sweat, the disappointing weigh-ins, the saboteurs, the plateaus and all the days I just wanted to give up, and call it quits! Consistency, patience, determination is crucial. Love yourself enough to not give up! ❤️See this image largerI was going to make my own vegan ribs, but my vital wheat gluten did not arrive in time, so Gardein beef tips to the rescue, browned and smothered in bbq sauce. Jalapeño coleslaw and sweet potato fries make it perfect!See this image largerTGIF!!! Never look back and regret your past decisions, no matter how awful they were. Every mistake is a chance to learn, and therefor grow...and life is all about growth! I took the day off and will be heading north with all three daughters for some much needed “me time!” Tropical storm or not, I will savor every minute! Have a great weekend, Spark friends!!❤️See this image largerHappy Monday! The “hurricane” that never was put a damper on my weekend. I think we spent the entire time at my parent’s house prepping for it. They are hurricane rookies, so I tried to show them the ropes. Got to see my house progress though...looks like the walls are up! I wound up headed back earlier on Sunday rather than wait things out. Great move... and the most stunning sunset at the homestead! I think I’m going for a do-over this weekend. 😋See this image largerGood morning!!! You’ll notice another lotus flower in my collage. I just love the spiritual meaning behind them. The lotus flower rises through dark, murky waters, and breaks the surface blooming into something beautiful. We ALL face dark, murky pasts and we have the ability to overcome those experiences, no matter how painful or ugly, and like the lotus, reveal our true beauty after. Be a lotus, Sparkers! ❤️❤️See this image largerMy Mediterranean bowl tonight...packed with quinoa, spinach, chickpeas, bell peppers, cucumbers, olives, and tzaziki 😍See this image largerYes..It’s Wednesday!! No thought provoking, inspirational words today. I outdid myself yesterday. 🤪 Just a fun post reminding you all that you are great people, and don’t forget it!! #YourVibeAttractsYourTribe #BetterTogetherSee this image largerHappy Thursday! Just 2 days to go till the weekend...oooh Saturday, how I love thee..Let me count the ways! LOL. But first coffee to jumpstart my morning, a little reminder life is NEVER perfect but still beautiful, and to be able to laugh! ❤️😂See this image largerFriday funny!! It’s all about laughing at life today because TBH, I’m struggling and feeling down lately. Looking forward to the weekend where I can escape life for a bit. Hope you all have an amazing day!!See this image largerHealthiest meal I will probably consume for the next 3 days...LOL. My parents house is void of healthy choices for a vegan so I bring my own food. This is Gardein vegan breakfast sausage, JustEgg with spinach peppers and onions, and red potatoes.See this image largerKeeping the Friday laughs going...See this image largerHappy Monday, friends!! Here are some pics from this weekend. Yes, ladies and gentlemen...we HAVE A ROOF!! They were even working on it Sunday, so this baby is going up fast! I made it to the fountain on my walk run. Plenty of physical activity...thank you to my Fitbit friends to get me off my butt and back on track! Have a great day, everyone ❤️See this image largerReady for Monday? Yeah, me neither! LOL. Let’s look at Monday and laugh right in its face! This one is for you @jer-ber! Hope it brings a giggle or two. #MaskItMondaySee this image largerHappy Tuesday... You can tell this is very random! Just some positive thoughts to get you through the day, and a pic of my mom’s cat, who understands the purpose of a pillow. I find that so adorable! Have a blessed day, friends! ❤️See this image largerHappy Hump Day!! A little late this morning since Wednesday is my only weekday I go to work later, so I get to sleep! So many friends out there battling things we have no control over, and it just weighs us down...but life is going to go on, and we’re all going to be ok. Just get up, show up, and keep your chin up!! ❤️❤️See this image largerWhat’s for dinner? Vegan Carmelized Pineapple Jalapeño BBQ Sammies. Had it with sweet potato fries. 😋
See this image largerHappy Friday Eve! LOL. Here’s to all those that need to hear it! And know that you can make a difference!See this image largerTGIF!!! Yeah, this sweet Sparker has an alter-ego when dealing with the Ex. Kindness rules don’t apply. And may I just have to know him. 😂 Or not. So some Friday funnies to start your day. ☀️ Have a great day, and an even greater weekend!❤️See this image largerHappy Monday!! I’m seriously struggling with this damn weight gain, and feeling bleh. Trying to focus but life keeps throwing me off balance. My favorite Sparker, @stillsparkleigh reminds me of who I am exactly when I need to hear it. I think of her as the O.U. “Original Unicorn”. Feeling her VIBE today, and will make this week great!See this image largerCan someone PLEASE tell me what the heck this is? My neighbor has bags of these...they look like green, morbidly obese bananas. I’m 49 and have never seen one.See this image largerSalad with shrimp and cashews, spicy Thai peanut dressing. Paired it with some homemade carrot ginger soup. Had my 5 servings of freggies today! Success.See this image largerHappy Tuesday!!! It’s only Tuesday? LOL. I’ve been taught to find my happy by @texashsmomof3. She’s my inspiration to stay focused on life’s beauty, in a world filled with ugliness. Not every day is good, but there is some good in every day! Stay positive! The future is so BRIGHT!!See this image largerHump Day... Yes, I am a pothead. Just the legal, liquid drug. Hot, over ice...don’t care. Just give me some. 🥰See this image largerA few days ago, this homeless, smelly beast showed up at my apartment door. He stole my heart, matted fur and raspy voice included. He has been named Osbourne, and has an appointment for neutering Saturday. Maybe after some flea treatment, I will allow him to enter my apartment. LOLSee this image largerDinner...jackfruit crabless cakes from Trader Joe’s, homemade coleslaw and an apple. 🍎See this image largerSee this image largerHappy Saturday! Some scenes from today at my parent’s area...some from my run, and the bottom right is actually a manatee! What cool creatures! Very hard to capture in a pic though. Wish I didn’t have to go home tomorrow.See this image largerHappy Monday!! I could not have asked for a better only was too short!! My soon-to-be new home has tar paper, windows, and “guts.” After sneaking inside, all the electrical wiring has been put in. That’s a sunrise from my morning drive on Sunday. Have a MAHVELOUS Monday, Spark friends!See this image largerIt’s official...Osbourne has been neutered and vaccinated, and now is a new member of the family. I realized my other cats are “man-haters”. They are not happy.See this image largerDinner tonight...shrimp and red pepper stir fry with coconut lemongrass quinoa from AldiSee this image largerHappy Tuesday, Spark friends!! The positive vibes from this past weekend are still lingering...I hope they last all week! When you know your worth, you can release people who don’t. And even better...appreciate the people that do. Gosh, I wish I knew my worth years ago. I would have saved myself so much emotional pain and suffering. Better late than never...don’t waste a day! ❤️See this image largerHappy Wednesday!! A comment from Sparker @catwmncat yesterday minded me of this quote about tolerance. I lived with a spouse that was controlling, verbally abusive and sometimes physically abusive for 27 years. Looking into the eyes of my children, it finally clicked that it wasn’t about me any more. If we want strong children of the future, then we need to show strength TODAY. I hope I showed them what they should never tolerate. Walk away the first time it happens. ❤️See this image largerHappy Thursday, guys!! Lots of stress lately. But I think I’m handling things ok, with a little help from my tribe, and my Father above. If you have a cause, be bold...don’t sit there quiet in a corner. Speak up, speak out...whatever it may be. This country is in need of more WARRIORS. Of course, don’t do it on Spark, because they’ll probably take it down. LOL. Have a beautiful Friday Eve!! ❤️❤️See this image largerTGIF!!! I am thankful for life...first and foremost, but the fact it’s Friday comes in as a close second!! I will spend my weekend doing things I love but do not have time for during the week, like running, baking, and sleeping!! Have a beautiful weekend, friends!!❤️See this image largerMiddle of the day, Friday Funny. 😂😂See this image largerTonight’s sunset.See this image largerHad a great Saturday!! Got my workout in early...then made some chocolate walnut butter, cashew tofu stir-fry for dinner, and a homemade peach cobbler for dessert.See this image largerAnother Monday... Weighed in this weekend...up another 2 pounds. That’s now 13 pounds gained. I need to re-evaluate my entire diet. I did push myself to exercise both Saturday and Sunday, so I’m feeling good about that. And happy I’m loved by people who don’t care about my scale. I’m choosing to focus on the positives! Have a great day, friends! ❤️See this image largerHere’s to a new month!! I hate to admit I could do better, but I could. Someone yesterday said as long as we don’t give up, we’re doing great. I made up my mind a long time ago, I would never give up.💜See this image largerDinner...meatless meatballs with roasted eggplant, zucchini, peppers and onions with marinara sauce.See this image largerWe’re halfway there! I can see the weekend ahead...but first coffee to face the million things I need to do, and try to figure out plan 10,001. LOL. A little grit and determination can go a long way! 💜See this image largerDinner tonight... rosemary quinoa brown rice, garlic shrimp, and rosemary and garlic roasted radishes. 😍See this image largerSee this image largerTGIF!!! My gosh...this week has been like...45 days long?!! I seriously need a vacay that bad, but it ain’t gonna happen so I’ll settle for a 3 day weekend at my parents where I can soak in the hot tub and a date at the beach. 💜See this image largerFriday Funny....😂See this image largerNature trails, driving lesson, and the best. Swings. Ever. Have a great night, guys!!See this image largerGood morning, Spark friends!! I could not have had a more awesom