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Day 14: You Can Do It!


I’m now on day 14 of my 21 day challenge.  This weekend was a little rough!  My brother’s 30th birthday party was last night, and it was also the only day that I allowed myself to cheat!  I didn’t actually do too bad on the food side of the coin, but I did indulge in a few other things a bit too much…like cake!  So today, it’s back on the wagon (that’s such a strange cliché, isn’t it).

I am very happy to report that despite my slight headache and sleepiness from staying up way too late last night, I got up this morning with vigor!  🙂 (How’s that for a fancy word!)  I woke up and got to work planning for this week.  I spent time looking at my calendar and planning my workout schedule for the week.  Here it is!

Week 3 Exercise Schedule

I also planned out my dinner menus for the week.  I find that this simple act has helped me maintain a healthy lifestyle probably more than any other trick I’ve acquired.  The reason is because I only have to go to the grocery store ONCE, maybe twice a week.  I also find that I’m more likely to eat healthy if I already have everything planned for the week because I don’t really have any excuses since I already spent the money on the food. Below is week 3’s dinner schedule.

Week 3 Dinner Schedule

Monday: grilled chicken breast, roasted green beans with mushrooms

Tuesday: salmon, zucchini bake

Wednesday:  It’s my bff’s bday and I’m going out to dinner with her (the hubs has to fend for himself)

Thursday: feta meatballs, shirataki noodles, pasta sauce, spinach salad

Friday: Out to dinner

Many of these recipes can be found on my Pinterest account. under the “I’ve Tried These” board.

I am finding that I really look forward to my exercise time throughout the week.  I can feel myself getting stronger so the exercise is a little bit easier on my body.  I’m not as sore the next day either, which is a major plus!

Awesome Recipe!!!

Protein Powder Balls

I ran across this recipe on Pinterest several weeks ago, but I hadn’t tried it yet.  (Yes, I’m completely addicted to Pinterest, but it’s where I get pretty much ALL of my recipes these days.  There’s just soooooo much to choose from.) My friend, Meghan, came into town and she had some of these little balls of deliciousness, so I tried them.  I was amazed at how good they were.  So, I made some last week, and I made some again today.  They last pretty much last all week.

My husband, whose diet is not the best, has been eating them every morning for breakfast. (When I met him he used to eat a Honeybun for lunch nearly every day and say it was because he needed a high calorie diet because of his work!!!  He’s a welder.  Since then, I’ve been working diligently on trying to get him to understand that crap food like that will only make him feel sluggish in the end after the massive sugar crash, and he will NOT have any energy!  It’s been a slow process, but he’s starting to come around! He is no longer on a Honeybun diet.  Now, if I could only get him to give up the Mountain Dew!)

I got the basic recipe from this blog, but I changed a lot of the ingredients based on what I had in my kitchen.  The ones I made last week are more like the recipe she has posted.  These little protein balls are SO easy to make and are SO tasty!


  • 1 c. of raisins (NO sugar added)
  • 1/3 c. walnuts
  • 1/4 c. wheat germ
  • dash of cinnamon
  • 1/3 c. chia seeds (the original recipe calls for ground flax seeds, but I didn’t have any)
  • 1 heaping scoop of sugar-free vanilla protein powder
  • 2 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/2 c. almond butter

Here are all the brands of food I used.


  1. Place all ingredients into a food processor or blender and mix well.
  2. Add 1 tbsp. of warm water at a time until you get the consistency desired (it should be mushy, but not watery)  I used 2 tbsp. of water.  Last week I used 3.
  3. Once blended well, roll ingredients into 1 inch balls.
  4. Place in a plastic container and store in the fridge.

This is what it looks like once completely blended with water.

Tada!!!  Delicious, chocolatey, protein packed balls of goodness!

Each ball, made with these particular ingredients, has 85 calories, 4.7 g. fat, 8.3 g. carbohydrates, and 3 g. protein.  I eat them mostly when I want something sweet but don’t want to eat sugar.  I hope you enjoy them!  They are delicious!

Until next post, have a great Sunday!!




Day 8: Weakness and Strength


I have now completed day 8 of this challenge. Yippee!!

Completely Innocent…Maybe 🙂

I would call today successful if not for one teeny, tiny, itsy, bitsy mishap.  Today, after lunch, I strolled into the teacher resource room to fill up my water bottle (I had very innocent intentions), and there before me sat boxes (and, yes, I mean BOXES) of leftover treats from an event at school this past weekend.  Cupcakes, brownies, and chips literally followed me with their sugary,salty-goodness eyes as I crossed the room to get my water.  I innocently (yes, again with the innocence) perused the treats looking for something to give to my new student teacher.  I peeked into a box and spotted little baggies filled with pieces of banana nut bread.  I glanced around one last time, snatched up the bag, and hurried out of the room.

Once back in my classroom I handed my smiling student teacher her delicious treat!  Of course she said, “There’s so many pieces in here.  Don’t you want one?”  I shrugged and said, “I really shouldn’t…but one piece won’t hurt.”  Let me tell you…that banana nut bread was the greatest banana nut bread I EVER tasted!!!! (sorry, Mom)  So, what did I do…yep, I ate another piece!! UGH!!!  What was I thinking!!

Lesson Learned

I could kick myself for being weak, but I don’t think two little pieces of bread are going to kill me.  The trick is, though, making sure that this doesn’t become an everyday occurrence.  This is ALWAYS how it starts with me.  I make an exception one time and it’s almost as if I open the flood gates to everything else.  Well, not this time!! I am willing to accept my mistake and move on, keeping in mind that this type of mishap shouldn’t be a regular event! I am, however, REALLY looking forward to my brother’s party this weekend (the only time I have set aside as a cheat day) to eat, drink, and be merry. 🙂

Today’s Successes

I am trying to manage my time well this week.  I have a lot to do in the way of school work and grading, not to mention exercising.  I made time for a Zumba class tonight even though I had the weight of all this work bearing down on my shoulders.  Tomorrow I will go to Circuit Breaker, and this banana nut bread fiasco will be behind me.  

Until my next post, nighty night!

Day 7: I survived week 1! Heck YEAH!


Well, folks!  I did it!  I SURVIVED WEEK 1! I must say that I am very pleased with this accomplishment.  I’d say that of all 7 days’ challenges, I stayed true to my goal at least 95% of the time.  The only thing I kinda cheated on was sticking to the 1200/cal. a day diet.  The only days I ate more were yesterday and Friday.  Of course, even then, on Friday I only ate about 1400 calories, and Saturday I ate about 1600 calories.  My workout yesterday was really hard and I was left feeling pretty hungry.  So, basically, I’m not feeling guilty about it at all because even though I went over…I didn’t eat anything I wasn’t supposed to…and that’s HUGE!!!  

At night is when I tend to want the sweet stuff, especially after dinner.  Instead of reaching for that mint chocolate chip ice cream that my husband had me buy the other night on my way home from belly dance, (that was pretty evil of him considering he knows I CAN’T HAVE SUGAR RIGHT NOW!), I would make myself a cup of hot tea and sweeten it with liquid stevia (Vanilla Creme is my fav.).  If you haven’t discovered liquid stevia drops yet you need to look into it, especially if you’re trying to go sugar-free.  They’re a fantastic alternative to sugar.  I have vanilla creme, chocolate, peppermint, and toffee flavors.

Sunday/Plan Day

So, today is Sunday/Plan Day.   So far this morning I have planned out my workout schedule for the week. I made sure to stay true to my challenge and plan for at least five days.  There’s something about writing it down ahead of time that makes me feel like I HAVE to do it!

Next, I planned out my menu for the week.

Monday: Turkey meatloaf, roasted green beans with mushrooms, balsamic vin., and parm.

Tuesday: leftovers from the night before (we always have left over meatloaf)

Wednesday: Easy Garlic and lemon shrimp, sautéed zucchini

Thursday: Veggie soup (I made a huge batch of this yesterday to take for lunches, and I’m pretty confidant that we’ll still have some of this left by Thursday), grilled cheese (this is for the hubby, not me)

Friday: we usually go out (I need a day off cooking :))

Saturday: I have class all day Saturday and it’s My little brother’s BIG 30th birthday party (this is the only cheat day I’ve allowed myself for the whole 21 days)

Now that everything’s planned out for the next week I’m feeling pretty good about it.  I know that I have a lot going on this week because I have class on Saturday and a TON of stuff to grade, but I’m putting myself first!  I WILL exercise and I WILL eat well!

Here’s my favorite part.  Look at my sign!

Do you see how the days are marked off on my calendar.  Each day that goes by I’m getting stronger, leaner, and healthier!  I LOVE that!

So, until next post, I hope everyone has a great Sunday!  🙂

Day 2


Well, I survived yesterday!! 🙂  I even turned down the TWO desserts staring me in the face last night at the banquet we attended.  Woohoo!

I realized last night that I had given info about my dinners along with my exercise schedule for the week, but I have a KILLER smoothie recipe that I thought you might enjoy.  I drink this smoothie for breakfast nearly every  morning, and it keeps me full for several hours.

I got this recipe from my best friend since Kindergarten, Cari.  She’s given me lots of recipes over the years, including this one!

Berry Smoothie


  • 1 c. frozen or fresh berries (I use a combination of blueberries and strawberries, but you could use whatever berries you like.  FYI, if you use fresh berries you’ll probably want to add some ice)
  • 1/4 c. non-fat plain greek yogurt
  • 1/2 c. unsweetened almond milk (you could use regular cow’s  milk if you want, just watch for any added sugar)
  • 1 rounded scoop vanilla whey protein powder (try to find the kind without any added sugar.  It will keep you from crashing)
These are all the products I like to use.  You could use any variation of these.


Simply mix everything together in a blender, pour into a cup, and enjoy!

  • Here’s just one helpful hint when drinking this absolutely “so delicious you’ll think you’re drinking a milkshake” smoothie, keep some dental floss nearby.  The blueberries especially like to hide in the tiny crevices of your pearly whites.  🙂 
Hope you like it! 🙂 

Day 1 Begins!!


My Latest Creation

I decided that to truly be successful with my 21 Day Challenge I would need a little inspiration.  Well, I LOVE to plan fun stuff and I clearly LOVE to make cute charts.  So, I created some charts and put them on my refrigerator.  Every day that I’m successful I will mark that day off of my calendar on the left.  I took this same approach when I quit smoking.  I have been smoke free now for over a year and a half, so clearly this works for me!! 

Let’s hope it works this time as well.

I have also planned out my meals for the week.  They are as follows:

Monday: Banquet in honor of my husband’s dad

Tuesday: Filet mignon, roasted asparagus

Wednesday: Taco night (minus tortilla chips for me), homemade salsa

Thursday: Grilled chicken, sautéed cabbage

Friday-Sunday:  Not quite planned yet (we never know what we are doing on the weekends)  🙂

I feel as though I’ve planned very well for the week.  I take my lunch to work everyday and I eat a healthy smoothie for breakfast every morning.  I’m READY!! 🙂

21 Day Challenge


For me, this year has been an experiment in health and weight loss. So far, I have lost 20 pounds and have successfully kept it off for the past several weeks…until today! My laziness has crept back up on me and all of that hard work I put in is starting to fade, not to mention my energy levels! Today, I saw that scale take a turn for the worse! The cycle continues!!! UGH!

So, I’ve decided to give myself a little challenge…a 21 day challenge to be exact! I spent several weeks during my weight loss journey completely cutting out certain foods!

“Don’t you feel so deprived?”

I was consistently asked this question by so many people! My answer was always, “YES! But indulgence is what made me FAT in the first place. So, a little deprivation is okay!”

As soon as I lost that 20 pounds I began adding pretty much all foods back into my diet. My original plan was to take it slowly; but, of course, temptation got the better of me and instead of taking things slow, I dove right in! Cakes, breads, ice cream (oh, sweet, sweet, mint chocolate chip ice cream), creme brule, wine, beer, cookies, pretzels! You name it, and I ate and drank it! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

Here is what my 21 Day Challenge entails.

I’m saying NO to

  • any added sugars
  • alcohol
  • starchy carbs (breads, pastas, rice, potatoes, etc)

I’m saying YES to..

  • 1200 calories/day (I’m a pretty avid record keeper when it comes to counting calories)
  • exercise at least 30 minutes/day 5 days/week (this one will probably be the hardest one)
  • dairy once a day (greek yogurt in a smoothie in the morning won’t count, but I freakin’ LOVE cheese!)
  • lean proteins (chicken, fish, lean red meats)
  • veggies GALORE!!!

My 21 day challenge will start tomorrow 2/27 and will end on Sunday 3/18. I will keep you updated regarding my progress. Hopefully, at the end of this challenge I will feel more energetic and maybe a few pounds lighter! 🙂

Wish me luck!