Determined Changes

FebMar 2015 Before and After Pics

I posted something on Facebook this last week that took me almost 20 minutes to push the post button.  The reason it was so hard is because it was so real – so personal and yet one my biggest joys is sharing with my readers when I find something that works – a recipe, a new kitchen gadget or food product.  I had a “talk to myself moment” because I knew I was having success in an area that I haven’t in a long time – I mean years. Well, the Facebook post went live (see below for content) and what I discovered is there are quite a few of us out there that want to be healthy, want to have an exercise program but we just haven’t found the right fit.

So what I want to share with you is that post because today I finished my 63rd day of consistent exercise and am nourishing my body with clean eating (Because I enjoy cooking and have a wide knowledge of ingredients and styles, my meals have been nutritious and delicious).  In fact I’m probably eating more now than I was.   Slow and steady changes are happening and I’m excited.

Facebook Post from 4/14/15

Frustrated, clothes not fitting, skin breaking out was where I was the end of January.  I was going to the gym, eating healthy food and doing what I knew to do but my weight seemed to be climbing.   My family has a history of carrying weight and I wondered if this is just what my mid-50’s were going to look like for me.  I also have a few chronic health issues – permanent nerve pain from a case of shingles and interstitial cystitis (IC).  But in February I took a chance on a at-home, portion-controlled clean eating nutrition/fitness program which included support from others that were also working on their own goals.  All I needed to do was commit to doing my best with a 30-minute daily workout and eat nutritious food for 21 days.  I decided my definition of success would be to complete the 21 days and not focus on the scale.   That meant I needed to be intentional with my time and priorities.  There were times I didn’t use weights at all, there were times I needed to stop in between exercises but I didn’t quit.  I can’t tell you how proud I was to complete the first 21 days and the feeling of inner and outer strength I gained is priceless.  After another round of the program I was down 5 lbs and had said goodbye to 12.5 inches.  I am so thankful for the tools this program provides – being able to workout from home on my schedule, modifications that don’t require any jumping, an easy to apply nutrition plan that teaches how much we need of certain foods and the group encouragement and accountability has been a huge gift.  So I’m taking a big breathe and doing something out of my comfort zone because taking pictures of myself hasn’t been high on my list and posting some Feb before pictures and end of March after pictures because I believe there may be others who are looking for a program that can move them from where they are today.  If my story has inspired you, I want to invite you to be a part of Challenge Group that will be starting on May 4th with me.   Let’s learn to together to be advocates for our health so we can live this life to the best of our ability.

 For more information on whether the program I’m using might be a good fit for you, please comment below or email me at





You’re Not The Boss Of Me

Several years ago my daughter The Workout Mama was my personal trainer and noticed how I let the display on the scale color my days good or bad.  She actually kidnapped the little square box with digital numbers in order to give me a rest that would allow me to  concentrate on practicing healthy habits of movement and nutritious eating.  You see the scale had become a distraction to my goals and a bit of a boss.

scale - 2011

I come from a family that struggles with their weight so hopping on and off the scale was second nature from the time I young.    When Tamara took this picture of me and the scale — right before before she locked it in the trunk of her car and drove away — I felt uncertain.  But in time it was freeing and taught me to look at progress in a healthy lifestyle differently ….  We are all more than a number on a scale and success is found with every workout, each healthy choice of food or drink that goes in our mouth, the kindness we extend, the dreams we follow, etc.  Today I look at this picture and see a healthy woman in her 50’s.  Today I see a woman who was going to have some challenges in the years ahead with Interstitial Cystitis, Sleep Apnea and 2 bouts of shingles but her body is going to fight hard  to get her back on her feet.  Today I see a woman who works full-time, has energy to care for her family, and is an active grandmother to a toddler and infant.  

Silly me – I was making great progress even though I didn’t feel like it at the time of the picture!

Here is what I believe and try to put into practice.  God formed me and knows my body….this place where I live….better than anyone.  He made it to move so until I can’t move anymore, I do what I can (each day is different and I try to blend kindness for myself along with challenging myself not to do less that I can).  I practice fueling my body (most of the time) with what evidence shows are nutritious foods and drinks.  I use supplementations (a good multi-vitamin, vitamin D, fish oil, antioxidants and probiotics) because no matter how much care I take with my food, the truth is that the way our foods are grown and produced I can’t get everything I need by eating and drinking.  These days I weigh myself 1 – 2 times a week  Do I see the number I’d like to?  No but on most day I’m okay with that because I’m more than a number on a scale.

Deliciously Inspired gives me a place to share some old recipes but also what I’m learning to care for myself with the hope that you’ll find one or two things to help you.  This week I discovered a new blog.  As I read Hayley’s words I remembered the above picture and thought I’ve made progress in my relationship with the scale and that’s worth blogging about.


December to January

2013 Christmas - decorations away

I think the holidays are wonderful but I’m slowly packing up the decorations and putting the furniture back in place.

Seasoned Quinoa Salad

Getting my home back to normal reminds me to step back into my normal routine which includes going to the gym instead of wrapping gifts and making a salad instead of treats.   There is no better day to start than Today because once Today is under your belt tomorrow is so much easier to repeat the behavior.   I am happy to say that today has been a good day of taking care of myself.  I’ve had a protein smoothie for breakfast, did the following workout at the gym which was inspired by my daughter’s  free bootcamp and had a yummy lunch of salad and Red Pepper and Tomato Soup.

Here is the workout I did:

Warmed up by stretching and holding planks.

20 minutes on elliptical – my iPod ran out of juice 10 minutes in 🙁 so no tunes but I kept going

Pyramid Workout – 4, 6, 8, 10, 8, 6, 4 reps of the following exercises (Example – first you do 4 of each of the exercises, then 6  and then 8, etc:

1.  Laterals on back with 15lb weights

2.  Triceps on back with 15lb weights

3.  Bicycle Crunches

4.  Legs on Stability Ball Crunches

5.  Bridge on Stability Ball

6.  Pushup on Knees

7.  Plank Position Leg Jump Outs

Now you may not know what all the exercises listed are and that’s okay.   You can always choose your own exercises that fit for you but it is so important to move.  Daily decisions not to move will impact your tomorrows.   I want to be able to play with my grandchildren on the floor, tie my shoes, carry my groceries – you get the picture.

Did you notice I said grandchildren?  On December 23rd the family gathered around while my little grandson pulled out a colored bow that would tell us if he is having a brother or sister.  Here is the answer and we are thrilled – of course we would have been thrilled either way.


Now back to the workout..

Finished up with 10 minutes on the stair master.

I also started getting a weekly box of organics from  Sunizona for $22.00 and used several items in the Seasoned Quinoa Salad pictured above for my lunch.  This is a great meatless dish and I definitely have eaten my veggies today. Recipe will be coming in January.

This fall at work I had an opportunity to participate in a Healthy Challenge.  I was part of a team and we daily tracked our sleep, eating, exercise, etc.  It was very helpful and found the chart very motivating so I am creating a weekly chart to continue this support to my health goals.  It is my hope that I will find a way to share that with you also in case you’d like to give it a try.

I like the message below:

eating between new year and christmas