Egg-cellent Weight Loss Food!

If you hate to hard boil eggs as much as I did, please do yourself a favor and check out this awesome machine.  Dash

 

It’s called the Dash Go http://www.toptenreviews.com/home/kitchen/best-egg-cookers/dash-go-review/

Over the past several months I have learned how important eggs are to eating healthy. I make a few dozen at a time and then place them into little baggies to eat throughout the week/day.

If you have a Dash or another way of making your eggs, please let me know. I’m learning as I go and love the feedback!

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What’s Your Sound?

Have you ever noticed how a specific sound can transport you to a certain place and time?  I’m not talking about a song on the radio, made up of words and a story.  I mean a real sound like a lawnmower or a drill?

My sound is a dishwasher.  No, I don’t mean some pimply faced teenager screaming to the chef in the back of a Denny’s.  Instead it’s the low deep hum and the slight sound of  water gradually filling the inside of my Whirlpool.

It takes me back to my grandmother’s kitchen. After finishing dinner, a few of us would be packaging up food and I would be loading the dishwasher.  It may sound dumb, but there was a sense of pride in cleaning up the dishes.  For starters we were lucky enough to have food on the table and even luckier to have a dishwasher.

The sound of the dishwasher meant the day was done. I just wish I enjoyed unloading and putting the dishes away. Oh well… for now I will just focus on the sound! 🙂

As I was looking for a picture to go with this post, I ended up finding a 70 MINUTE recording of a dishwasher. Hey — I can’t make this stuff up. 😉 Enjoy!

 

4 Reasons Why Every Day Should Be A Birthday!

HappyBirthdayA friend of mine came over for dinner and when she walked in the front door she looked up toward the ceiling with a questionable look on her face. I didn’t notice right away until I turned around and saw her standing there looking at the “Happy Birthday” banner hanging on the wall. She cautiously asked, “Isn’t your birthday in July?” With a smile I said, “Yes, it is.” She then asked, “When is Gary’s birthday?” Knowing where this was headed, I started to laugh and replied, “Oh his is in August.” She slowly lowered the bags of food onto the kitchen counter and grabbed a bottle of wine. With a slight WTF look on her face she poured me a glass and asked, “So why are there Happy Birthday banners still hanging all over your house in December!?”

As we started dinner I explained, “Well, my birthday is July 31st and my husband’s is August 11th. So when we decorate for my birthday, we have always left them up for his as well. This year is the first time that we just never got around to taking them down. There is something wonderful about waking up each morning, shuffling into the kitchen half awake and being greeted with a “Happy Birthday” message to start our day. It is a constant reminder that while we are all born on one specific day at a certain time, each day is truly something that should be celebrated.”

We clanked our wine glasses and enjoyed a wonderful dinner. Later that night as I was cleaning up the dishes, I couldn’t help but think of the reasons why we should all make each day a birthday.

1. Life is Short – Celebrate Long and Often!

Let’s face it, the older we get the faster life passes us by. Who says you can only celebrate once per year? Give gifts to people for no other reason than to celebrate who they are and what they mean to you. I will frequently send birthday cards at the wrong time of the year with a note that says, “I know that you weren’t born today, but I am grateful for you EVERYDAY.” You would be amazed how that simple message can positively change a person’s day.

2. Enjoy The Best First

Instead of saving the best for last, enjoy the best first! My husband and I will eat out often. It’s our thing. We love going to restaurants and enjoying good food. Often times when we go to a fancy restaurant the waiter will ask for the occasion we are celebrating. The truth is, the occasion is just being alive! Some people may think it’s funny, but for a man who recently recovered from a brain tumor, the truth is, we have so much to celebrate. Let’s face it, we all have struggles that we have overcome. So enjoy your favorite things as often as possible. YOU deserve to be celebrated, not just once a year but every day!

3. Celebrating Little Moments Become Big Memories

When you take a small piece of sand and place it under a microscope, that little spec looks enormous. The same goes with moments in our life. Something simple if looked at differently, can be amazing. Last night while my husband and I were out to dinner, our waitress was extremely friendly and attentive. She looked a lot like Celine Dion, however, it was obvious she had extremely bad acne that she had tried to cover with makeup. When she came to the table with our food, she asked if we needed anything else? I asked her, “Has anyone ever told you that you look like Celine Dion?” Her hand went over her mouth and her eyes filled up with tears. She smiled so big and shook her head no. You could see she was afraid to feel beautiful, yet accepted the compliment with a huge smile. When she left the table Gary said, “Did she start to cry because she thinks Celine Dion looks like a horse?” I said, “No, you jackass, she is a very pretty girl and deserves to hear it! Hell, we all deserve to hear more positive things about ourselves.” (Sorry Celine, you don’t look like a horse.)

4. Make Life An Experience Not An Expiration

For many years I would give gifts to people that didn’t require much thought or action on my part. As I have gotten older I have become more aware of the feeling I get when I give a gift that takes some thought and consideration. The smile on someone’s face when their lifetime dream is being fulfilled is something that no gift card could ever provide. Make your life an experience. If you have a dream of driving a Ferrari, or flying in a Stearman Bi-Plane, go for it! There are several companies that provide the opportunity to fulfill your dreams, no matter how big or small. Live big…you deserve it. We all deserve it.

Portions Shmortions!

Portions

I will say this…portion control is the fat person’s chastity belt.

It’s cruel, it’s mean and it’s something that I have struggled with for a long time.

Until now.

My friend Christy started on a program where she learned about portion control and how to eat right. When I saw her latest Facebook posting of her before and after picture I quickly messaged her to find out what her secret was. When she first mentioned  “Take Shape For Life”, I was thrilled at the idea of drinking milk shakes for the rest of my life. She quickly spelled out S-H-A-P-E not shakes and sent me to her website.

I scrolled through the website. I read the articles. But the proof I needed was that my friend, who I had known for several years, had taken back control. She wasn’t selling me anything. She wasn’t pushy and demanding. She was just simply Christy, minus (at that time) about 80 pounds.

I signed up for the program and I waited for my box of chocolate happiness to arrive. I explained to Christy that there might be a good chance that I would eat all of the boxes of chocolate bars within the first few days and could possibly die of my rectum bursting from constipation. She laughed and simply told me to print out the articles and read them over the weekend. For some men the article titled, “Lean Shrinkage Chart”  might make them squirm for a moment. However, the information is great and easily accessible.

I am happy to say I made it through the first week on Take Shape For Life, and survived eating the bars without my rectum exploding. I’m down 12 pounds which is really a no brainer since I’m cutting back my freak show way of eating and pounding more water than Niagra Falls.

Thank you Christy for being so brave in telling your story and inspiring change!

More posts and pictures to follow…

 

 

 

 

People Will Hurt You…

People will hurt you and all that matters is how you react to that hurt.

I want to make something perfectly clear when you hurt me, I get stronger. I don’t assume the fetal position and wait for the storm to pass. I learned long ago that you stand up for yourself and you don’t allow people to treat you poorly.

Yes, I have a weight issue, but that doesn’t mean I left my self esteem, pride and morals at the All-U-Can eat buffet. People have medical, personal or financial issues and some have struggles that we may never begin to understand. They had to adapt and overcome those struggles and maybe just maybe they made it through by eating more than they should have. Maybe they survived a death of a loved one by stuffing their face with carbs, sweets, sugars, sodas or anything else that might be bad for them, but in turn saved them from giving up on themselves or life as they know it.

I don’t point my finger at someone who has PTSD and shame them for having their issues. Their issues may not add twenty, thirty or sixty pounds to their frame, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t fighting every day to be a better person.

In turn, don’t point your finger at me and blame me for being fat. I get it. I see it everyday and I certainly don’t need a reminder.  Someone said this today and I wanted to post it here…

“Step into my shoes and walk the life I’m living – and if you get as far as I am, just maybe you will see how strong I really am.”

Sometimes it helps to know that we’re not alone. You’re not alone and I’m not alone. If someone has an issue with you or shares your issues with other people, use their weakness for your strength!

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