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How to Lose Weight During the Holidays

Posted in Healthy Living, and Nutrition


If you’ve ever tried to lose weight during the holiday season, you know how hard it is to avoid overeating and splurging at the dessert table. I, personally, load up on carbs. I LOVE mashed potatoes, stuffing and red velvet cake, which is really bad for someone who is pre-diabetic!

So, is it even possible to lose weight during the holidays?

Yes, and here are a few tips to help you to lose weight this upcoming holiday season… or at least help you avoid gaining weight!

1. Don’t Combine Alcohol and Dessert

As much as you want to, don’t drink your alcohol with your pumpkin pie. Try to have one or the other, but if you feel you have to have both, space out alcohol and cake by a couple of hours. Eating both together will cause your body to go straight into fat storing mode.

2. Eat Slowly

Savor each bite. Really enjoy your meal. Studies have shown that people who are mindful while they are eating, not only eat less, but are also more satiated after a meal.

3. Start Your Day with Caffeine

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The TRUTH About Marriages that Stand the Test of Time

Posted in Life

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This morning I was reading a blog post on marriage and how people who have been married over 50 years have stood the test of time.

But I was disappointed.

At work, I see a lot of patients, many of which have been married for over 50 years. I’ve had only two or three couples in 20 years that have been married over 75 years, so I took the chance to ask them what they thought has held their marriage together. And again I was disappointed.

It seems like people feel they have to give an actual reason instead of the truth. Many people say communication is the key. Others say commitment, still others say compromise.

I have heard no one say what has really kept them together.


But how do I know what the answer really is? I’ve been married for 12 years, not 75.

Greg & I

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5 Reasons You Need to Start Exercising Today

Posted in Exercise, Fitspiration, Healthy Living, and Motivation

Make Time to Exercise

Everyone knows that exercise does a body good, and that regular exercise should be a part of your daily routine. But for many people, it’s difficult to get started, let alone stay motivated.

If you are one of these people, you may be putting off starting an exercise program. Maybe because you want to start it on a Monday or maybe you want to exercise when the kids are in bed or before you go to work. No matter what reason you give yourself for not getting started, it’s just an excuse.

In the back of your mind you know this. We all make excuses, myself included.

Sometimes willpower alone isn’t enough to get you off the couch. You need a bit of motivation to kick you in the ass and get you moving. Well, I’ve got some motivation for you.

Here are 5 reasons you need to start exercising TODAY! Read More5 Reasons You Need to Start Exercising Today

Let’s Do a 30 Day Ab Challenge!

Posted in Exercise, Fitspiration, Motivation, and Workouts

I hate ab workouts!!

I really do.

I’ll do cardio all day long, hand me some weights we’ll do some fusion weight training, I’ll even happily work those trapezius muscles that give me migraines.

But don’t make me do ab exercises… please….

I have no idea why I have such an aversion to planks and crunches considering I so desperately want that beautiful flat stomach. But damn it, I avoid them like the plague. Read MoreLet’s Do a 30 Day Ab Challenge!

Why Most People Don’t Reach Their Fitness Goals

Posted in Emotional Eating, Healthy Living, Life, Setbacks, and Workouts

The past few weeks, I haven’t been able to get up and workout more than once during the week, twice if I was lucky.  Unfortunately, I’m not really sure why. My stress levels are much lower than they were back in August, although finances are tight. So I can’t blame stress.

But I also haven’t been able to stick to my diet. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen exactly what I mean. I’ve been eating Oreo cookies (which are full of high fructose corn syrup), 3 Musketeers bars and potato chips, despite me packing my lunches with snacks. Plus, there were those donuts that a coworker brought in…


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Vegan Tuna with a Vegetarian Twist

Posted in Healthy Living, Vegan Diet, and Vegan Recipes

About a year ago, I posted a Vegan Tuna Salad recipe that I absolutely fell in love with. The only problem with it was that it called for vegan mayo, which we usually made from scratch using cashews. But you know what? Cashews are freakin’ expensive! So making homemade mayo doesn’t happen all that often on our currently excruciatingly tight budget.

But I was really craving something other than a burger for lunch. I wanted a sandwich. A yummy one.

Necessity being the mother of invention, I decided to make a vegetarian version of this vegan delicacy. I was surprised that it came out so well considering I really only had two of the ingredients the original recipe called for.

Vegetarian Tuna Salad

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We Bought a House!

Posted in Life

We finally bought our own home! We’ve been renting for over 15 years, and our previous landlord was trying to force us to buy the house we were in, but that wasn’t going to happen. So we bought this one!

Our New Home

Yes, I know, it’s a trailer, but there’s a reason we chose a mobile home. The plan is to buy land (lots of it), move the trailer and live in it while we build our dream home. It’s a pretty lofty dream, but if we’re diligent about saving money, I know we can do it.

There’s something to be said for owning a home, mobile or otherwise. While I was renting, I was of the mindset that it was nice being able to call someone else to fix the water pump in the well when it broke, but when that happened a few months ago and the landlord used a pump much too small for our house, I realized it wasn’t so great after all. Read MoreWe Bought a House!

Weekly Check In – August 8, 2015

Posted in Healthy Living, and Life

I’ve been trying to get back on track with my health routine for the past few months, but with everything going on, it hasn’t been easy. This week was no different.

Monday and Tuesday I couldn’t get out of bed early enough to get in my workout, which was disappointing. But I just didn’t have the willpower, and I hadn’t gone to bed early enough. Wednesday, however, I was able to get up and get in my workout. I was quite proud of myself.

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Staying Positive When Life Gets Out of Control

Posted in Life

I haven’t been posting as regularly as I should be, but life has a way of getting completely out of control in an instant. Since the last week of April, 2015, my life has been turned upside down.

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Our “Anne Frank” Kitty

My landlord of 10 years told us in April that we could no longer have our cats. These cats had been with us for over seven years, and had become part of our family. To make a long story short, the landlord ended up taking the cats (minus the two we hid), telling us she was going to take them to the humane society. She didn’t, she let them go on her property. These were inside cats that had never been outside, and were due for their yearly rabies vaccinations. They also weren’t fixed.

I became depressed, and really didn’t feel like eating healthy, let alone eating. I would sit in my office at lunch and cry because all I could think about was what the cats were thinking. Being ripped from the comfortable homes where they were given love, attention and everything they needed was unthinkable. I realize I was anthropomorphizing the cats, but still, it had to be traumatizing for them. I know it was for me. Read MoreStaying Positive When Life Gets Out of Control

How Sugar is Sabotaging Your Weight Loss Efforts

Posted in Medicine and Health

Losing weight is no easy task for anyone, but it seems to be harder for some people than others. There could be a number of reasons for this, but one often overlooked reason is found in all the foods we eat, especially if they are processed.

The Lustig FactorRobert Lustig, MD

Robert Lustig, MD is a pediatric endocrinologist at the University of California, San Francisco and has been studying childhood obesity and pediatric type II diabetes for about 30 years. He has published several books including Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Foods, Obesity and Disease,  which became a New York Times best seller and Sugar Has 56 Names: A Shopper’s Guide.
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