Word of the Year 2018

Good day and Happy New Year!

I have thoroughly enjoyed this holiday season.   I think more than even Thanksgiving and Christmas, I love the first day of the year.  It feels so fresh! Absolutely anything is possible.

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I even got a new tattoo the day after Thanksgiving to remind myself that every single day is new. Kind of extreme as a reminder? Maybe but I wanted it!


When last year began, I had some major stressors going on in my life.  Once I was past the health issues I had, (and I’ve talked about this before) my life went willy nilly.  I went, ate, spent, did with no regard for anything. This out of control year has helped me realize what I need to be to make this a successful year in getting my life back on track.

My word for 2018 is:

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Intentional with a side of ice (because Florida is ICY today!!). I want to be intentional in:

the things I put into my body:  I want to eat healthy foods that make me feel good without completely going off the rails if I have a treat.   I want to have a daily Shakeology.  I KNOW this works, it worked for me in 2016, it can work again! I want treats to be treats again.  They will become this by being consumed occasionally.  A Reese’s cup is no longer a treat if I have one daily, am I right? Same with Starbucks.  On that same token, if I have the occasional Reese’s cup, I don’t want to consider it a “failure” and let that give me a license to eat any and everything in sight. (Can you tell what my fave “treat” is?)

how we spend our money: it is our goal to be debt free (or as close as possible) by the end of this year.  December 21, more precisely.  We are planning a 12 day road trip for Christmas this year and I would LOVE to be debt free prior to leaving our driveway for this road trip.  What a way to celebrate! We follow the Dave Ramsey FPU plan, so he would not be happy if we are cash flowing a once in a lifetime vacation while being on BS2, however, it is the way the cookie crumbles! To be debt free in that length of time, I need to be intentional about having food readily available at home so as not to eat out.  That is our main money waster.  Quitting that is going to help the waist line and the bottom line!

how I MOVE my body: Additionally, I want to be intentional in getting more movement in.  I have actually registered for 3 5ks, the first of which is February 17.  I gotta get to moving so I’ll be ready for this! I also want to do a daily beachbody workout.  I felt AMAZING when doing these before.  These workouts also helped my knee tremendously.  I have been having knee pain again since I stopped with the exercising and eating better.

Lastly, I am going to be intentional in how I feel about myself.  I am NOT going to be mean to me because I have regained nearly everything I and am back at the starting line.  I am going to take this one day, one hour, one minute at a time and I’m going to love myself.

Starting now!

Do you have a word for the year? If not, do you have goals or intentions for your fresh start?

It’s A New Day!

Well.  I haven’t been in this space since July! You noticed, huh? So did I!

I have NOT been in a good head space since… ever? No, really since my stomach surgery in January (before that really!) I believe.

You would think after going through all of that, it would have made me super crazy about taking care of my new stomach, right? Well, no.  It did just the opposite.  For reasons I can’t explain, I have gone hog wild.  Hog being the operative word here. For real. I have eaten anything and everything.  Not hungry? It doesn’t matter! It won’t “hurt” your stomach now cause you can eat anything!

Well guess what? It HAS been hurting my stomach. And my arteries, and my blood pressure… you get the picture. Nothing about the way I’ve been acting has been healthy. I had a wake up call by way of a close family member’s medical emergency.  I am taking heed to that warning.  It could be any of us at any moment!

I had already been thinking about getting my act together but that single phone call pushed me straight over the edge!

I have done great this week.  I have started drinking Shakeology again.  That stuff is the BOMB! I feel amazing when I start my day with it. I am weening myself off of carbs. It is a lot harder since they don’t affect me they way they did pre-surgery, however, they still are not good for me and I feel 1 million percent better when I eat way less of them.

I have also started writing down in my day planner what I’m eating AND drinking daily.  It is amazing the awareness that simple act brings to you. Interestingly enough, my water consumption has skyrocketed since beginning to track my intake.

We are gearing up for the holidays and the way I was beginning to feel, it was going to be nothing but silent misery for me. I am so glad I am taking charge again.

I plan to check in here at least a couple of times per week for accountability.

Will you be my partner? We can just check in with each other on how we are doing. What struggles we are having, what we need help with.  Comment below. Lets do this!

We have some fun times, but they will be so much better in the coming months as we better our bodies! I can’t wait!!



Recipe Creations

***I was sent products by Walkers Shortbread to create a recipe.  All opinions are my own***

Good Day! It’s been a minute, yeah? Totes unintentional. Life gets in the way HARD, I tell ya!

I want to talk to you today about a recipe I created recently. Walkers Shortbread sent me some cookies and blueberry preserves.  The first thing that popped in my mind was cheesecake! I didn’t want traditional cheesecake though. I wanted something light and refreshing.


I first thought cupcakes but the recipe I created didn’t firm up like a traditional cheesecake up.  It was still edible, just had to be eating quickly or with a fork.  We devoured them both ways. This recipe was much better in a trifle form.




These preserves were so good, I accidentally ran across them at my local grocery store, Winn Dixie for anyone local, and snatched a jar up so quick! Dear lord they are good!

The recipe:

Blueberry Cheesecake Trifle

1 Jar Bonne Maman Blueberry preserves (or flavor of your choice, they have many to choose from!)

zest and juice of 1 lemon

2 8 oz packages of cream cheese, softened

1 tub cool whip, thawed

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 C almond milk (or milk of your choice)

2 C powdered sugar

1 package Walkers Shortbread cookies


in a small saucepan over med-low heat, stir together jar of preserves, zest and juice of lemon, let reduce.

in a mixing bowl, stir together cream cheese, milk, powdered sugar and vanilla extract. Fold in cool whip.

Crumble a cookie in the bottom of the container if making individual servings or 1/2 of the package if making a multi portion bowl.

cover with 1/2 of the cream cheese mixture.

top with 1/2 of the blueberry reduction.

add additional cookies reserving 2 for topping.


top with last 2 cookies crumbled.


This WILL be making another appearance in our house very soon.  Probably tomorrow!

Have a great rest of your weekend!

Let me know if you try this and how you like it!




Resuming Life…

After the last couple of weeks it feels impossible to return to “normal”. I’m not even sure what that even is. It just feels wrong. But it has to be done.

Yesterday, my mom and I went off for a little while to just get out of the house.  We did a wee bit of shopping and went to dinner. I absolutely LOVE TJ Maxx. I get in trouble every time I go there, nearly!

This time, I bought snacks! Never shop when hungry, right? Well, I was JUST this side of starving ALL DAY yesterday.  Do you ever have days like that?

Well, Walkers Shortbread sent me a giftcard to get some snacks with and I was starving so BAM!

These are the absolute best cookies to enjoy with a cup of coffee at night while blogging! They are light and soooo buttery! I will guarantee if you don’t choose a couple of cookies and leave the box in the kitchen, you will eat them ALL! (don’t ask me how I know that!)  I have put what we didn’t eat up for a beach day Saturday! I have to make a conscious decision to FORGET they are in the kitchen or they won’t last that long!

The week of my grandma’s service was nothing but eating food that was provided by friends and churches. There is nothing healthy about that kind of food.  Add in a person who is a stress eater and that is a recipe for disaster!

I tried to return to normal eats and moves last week but wasn’t very successful at it. I am trying again this week.  So far, so good.

For breakfast, I had a shakeology, lunch was some bbq pork and greenbeans with trailmix and grapes for an afternoon snack. Dinner was a little less healthy with shrimp alfredo and broccoli. I took zero food pictures!

I DID, however, take pictures of the workout I did today.  That’s right! I MOVED!



ACTUAL movement!

Gotta get more steps…

I did the Shiftshop workout from Beachbody. That was a GREAT workout! I was a sweaty mess.  I do NOT like to sweat so that is saying something!

Obviously, I didn’t set the app correctly before beginning, I needed to select a higher active calorie burn.  Live and learn, right?

Have you tried the new Beachbody workout?

What new workout have you done lately?


Heaven’s Angels

Kevin and I went to Hollywood Studios for the weekend after my last post. We came home on Sunday expecting life to be normal. My mom called to say my Grandma wasn’t doing well so we went over to see her.  I fed her some apple sauce with her evening medicine crushed into it and she drank some water.  She knew me, Ian, my nephew, seemingly everyone that was there. I went on home and went to work Monday morning.  At 9:11 AM, my phone rang.  It was my aunt telling me to get my mom to her house ASAP as my grandma was gone.  This is the most unreal feeling I’ve ever experienced.  I’m not sure when my heart will ever believe she isn’t there. My mind knows it but my heart just won’t catch up.


Grandma and Me

This was us at my bridal shoot.  I don’t ever remember her not being there. The world is just a little darker with her not in it.



Day 2 and 3

Good evening! I am so stinkin happy to be back I don’t know what to do with myself! I said in an instagram post yesterday, I feel like I’ve been on a long unwanted but needed vacation. Glad that’s over!


We went on another walk yesterday morning.  We waited until the sun was blazing and no further than we walked, it made a difference in our time.  We added about 30 seconds to the mile.  When you’re as slow as we (I) are, 30 seconds is a lot! That is going in the total wrong direction. We still went and that made me happy. I did wake up this morning at 5 to go and realized how dark it was. Living in the country with no street lights put that to a halt real quick. My plan was to come home tonight and get it in, however, we had the mother of all storms.  Literally, they believe a tornado hit about 2 blocks from where we had dinner. Then it followed us to our house (the rain not the tornado). We need an indoor track here! Or a treadmill. I REALLY don’t want one of those though. I’d MUCH rather be outside. After we didn’t get home until nearly 830, I decided to just call it a “rest” day (from what? I have literally only been at this 2 days!) but life happens. I need to plan better but today was highly unusual.

Eats have been fabulous!

After yesterday’s fiery walk, I cooled down with an awesome Shakeo…


Lunch was scrambled eggs and fruit.  I was still hot and craving something cold.  That fruit hit the spot!


For dinner, Kevin grilled some pork and chicken breasts.  I chose pork for my evening meal with some fresh roasted squash.  I seasoned the squash with some Old Bay and it rocked my face off.  SOO. GOOD!


Tuesday morning began with a vanilla shakeo and a cup of coffee.


Lunch was chicken breasts and some more of that rock my face off squash.  Sadly, this was the end of it.  Should have made more.  DANG! And fruit.  This is seriously flavorful. I do NOT love when I get fruit that has no flavor.  This is perfect.


We stopped for dinner Tuesday night and it is enough for lunch tomorrow also.  So good! A (2!) baked potato with brisket, cheese, sour cream, bbq sauce and green onions. My sides were sweet potato casserole and corn. (That is tomatoes in the corn!). I also had a monster cookie for dessert.  This place has amazing desserts as well.


I am very pleased with my progress so far.  One day at a time!

Your turn:

How do you accommodate for “life” when training for a race? I know when it starts getting closer, “life” can’t get in the way. I know I should just adjust my training schedule but I don’t feel like I have room for that.  Am I being too hard on myself?

It’s Been A While…

How the heck are ya? Remember me? I used to blog at a little hole in the wall, Alma’s Days? Well, I went through a medical crisis after losing a bunch of weight (65 lbs!!) and during my recovery, I had a complete identity crisis and was searching for what “caused” my illness. I went through a laundry list of reasons and one of those, in my head, was my blog.  So I got rid of it.  I deleted everything about it. Crazy, huh? Well, my illness was a regular hiatal hernia that turned into a para-esophageal hiatal hernia.  Fun stuff, I tell ya!

My grandma had been in and out of the hospital for a few weeks, I had some pretty major stuff going on, just life stress. On January 4th, I had a meal and was not able to keep it down. Nor the one after. This was a problem I’d had for a few months and I thought it was a gluten issue. I treated it by removing gluten from my diet.  What is funny is, anytime I would eat something and have the issue, I could trace my meal to a possible gluten-laced ingredient. I was convinced this was my issue. Well, when I had the issue on January 4th, it never got better. As a matter of fact, it continually got worse. I held no food or drink down for 14 days.  I finally called in sick to my job on January 18 and went to my mom. I just needed my mom because I knew subconciously that I couldn’t go another minute. Looking back, I have no idea how I went 14 days with no food or drink.

Well, she and Kevin convinced me that night to go to the ER. When I got there, they did a CT and decided I was being admitted. I think they still didn’t know the answer to the problem, but they new there was a problem. On Friday, I saw a surgeon I had seen a few years ago for a gastric sleeve consult.  At that time, he refused to do my sleeve, as he said my hiatal hernia was too large and I could end up with a feeding tube for the rest of my life. When he came in Friday and told me I needed surgery, the same surgery he refused to do years ago, I did not want anything to do with it. He left and told me to think about it. Well, I didn’t think long at all before I realized no matter what, I wasn’t currently eating so even if I ended up with a feeding tube, I needed to live. Within just a few hours, I was on the operating table.


(pictures like this is what I recently found on my phone! Scary stuff!)

Fortunately, he was able to repair my stomach with no lasting damage and I have had nothing but the best recovery. It wasn’t an easy recovery.  It was 6 of the hardest weeks of my life, as a matter of fact. But, for the first time in my life, I am “normal”. I can eat anything with no heartburn, no issues whatsoever. It is pretty amazing.


I had 2 amazing birthday cakes (this was the best because it was decorated by my nephew!)

Which is why I’m back here. Between January 4th, when I was able to eat my last meal, and about 2-3 weeks after surgery, I lost about 20-25 lbs, bringing my total weight loss to about 65 lbs. Since I’ve been back to work March 2nd, I’ve put on that 20-ish lbs plush 5 more.  The 20-ish I can understand because that wasn’t “real” weight loss. I was consuming nothing. When I saw that last 5 creep back up, I knew it was time to buckle down.

I had stopped with the shakeology and was really scared to begin drinking it again because a part of me wondered if it contributed to my illness. I finally talked myself down from that crazy and brought Shakeology back into my life.

I have cleaned up my diet and hit the pavement. It is about to get crazy up in here!


I am exercising pain free, eating clean(er), drinking shakeology for breakfast and signing up for 1/2 marathons! Wait, WHAT???

Girls on the Run Orlando 2018 Princess SoleMates Registration
Registration Receipt

Yep.  That happened.  This blog is going to talk about my training, meal plan, weight loss on the way to all of this and life in general. I am so happy I can’t stand myself right now!

I have never run a race before. I have barely been able to walk pain free. This morning when I got back from my walk and realized there was zero discomfort, I nearly cried! tomorrow, I’m going to double my walk and see what happens. And when I complete my first race for a medal, I’m getting a tattoo.  I have it picked out.  I’ve wanted it for a while so I’m pretty excited about that!

I am linking up with Katie for a Marvelous in My Monday post, because, if you can’t tell, this Monday is pretty flipping fabulous!

Have you ever run a Disney Race?

Have you ever fund-raised for a race? Any advise?