Ok look. I fell off the wagon. Not horribly… But enough to make me want to clean the slate and start again.

Everyone at my house was sick over the weekend. Eating got sloppy and I barely exercised. I’m not going to beat myself up about it. I am human and I’m ready and willing to start over today.

I debated sharing this here but ultimately decided that since pretty much anyone who is trying to lose weight has gone through this, I’m posting in solidarity. We stumble, feel embarrassed, say “who cares”. We think we obviously can’t follow through and then go back to eating crap and expanding on the couch. But I’m not doing that this time.

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Behind every success story is a trail of failures. You can’t get up a mountain with a little jump. It’s a climb. Hand over foot. And sometimes you struggle and set yourself back a little bit. And a lot of times, the closer you get to your goal, the harder you have to work.

I like this program and know it’s something I can stick with. Once I got the hang of it, it was easy to make good choices most of the time. And most of the time is better than none of the time.  Right?

Need some motivation and inspiration? Watch this guy’s transformation. All through his own hard work.

So here we go. Who is with me?

Happy Halloweaster

I had a fairly successful first week. Easter happened over the weekend so I wasn’t on my best behavior. I will say though that I consciously thought of my daily allowances and portion sizes and avoided a total disaster. (I usually leave family dinners completely stuffed and with heaps of desserts to take home.) I did not exercise on Saturday because I hurt my shoulder somehow. I resumed on Sunday and am happy I did.

I am pretty psyched that with the exception of my first trial day, I have been feeling full all day. In fact, I’ve even felt like I had to force myself to eat more in order to get all of my containers in.

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I’ve been consciously eating so many more veggies and less carbs. Below is a Gardein chick’n cutlet over sauteed veggies. I buy the Broccoli Slaw bag and sautee in a little veggie broth. Honestly, I always like to have a bag on hand because it is a great addition to salads or an easy side dish!

The second picture is zucchini with tomato sauce, Quorn grounds and some ricotta. It was so filling and made a great comfort food for someone who was beginning to miss pasta.



Easter was a lot of fun this year. We dyed eggs together for the first time and W had a blast.


Oh and why does his basket look like a pumpkin? Well, I was 110% certain that I had a basket for him in the basement from last year. I couldn’t find it anywhere. What I did find was a centerpiece basket from my wedding. In the shape of a pumpkin. He didn’t seem to mind. Happy Halloweaster.



Day 1 for real…

Im going to be honest. This weekend involved pizza. And chips. I’m considering the past half week my trial run to get used to the program. PS those are W’s “weights”. Next to mine (which should also be in quotations…)


Lessons learned during my trial run:
– Pre-made food is challenging on this program.
– I really do like the shakes.
– I really dug the workouts I tried. Definitely had to modify quite a bit.
– Still don’t look forward to working out but always feel good afterwards. Duh.

So, I started Day 1 for REAL with a Challenge Group on Monday (yesterday) and had a really successful first day. I found that I still hate eating first thing in the morning. Pushing breakfast back to 10:30/11 am still works best for me and I felt super full all day long. In fact, at the end of the night I had a red (protein) and a blue (seeds/ oil) left. I had a nighttime snack of cottage cheese with roasted pumpkin seeds. So freaking good.

The king of meals though was dinner. I started with some leftover sauteed carrots, mixed in some Quorn “Grounds” with a little bit of soy sauce and ate over cauliflower “rice”. I will be honest… I didn’t have very high hopes for the cauliflower “rice” but I was pleasantly surprised. It was DELICIOUS.


What is cauliflower “rice”, you ask? Well, it is a substitute for regular rice. First, you pulse cauliflower florets in a food processor and then heat it up. I heated it very quickly in a pan with a spray of olive oil. But if you’re at work, you can nuke it just as easily. This is going to become a staple in my diet.



Is this thing on?

It’s been over a year. Wow.

Well, I’ve been busy. Momming. Musicing. Working. Knitting. Eating.

Momming. My kid just turned two. I had heard of the parental time warp but it is no joke. The tiny, (perpetually screaming) little turkey that I posted about in 2012 has become a person – with strong opinions, a love of cows and singing, and a pretty clear sense of humor. I’m not going to go on and on, but he is awesome.

Musicing. I have been doing a LOT of solo shows. I also started singing with a band called Secret Islands. I am so excited about this. I haven’t felt this musically inspired in a very long time. Many gigs coming up with them starting next month.

Working. Boring.

Knitting. Knitting keeps me from murdering people. It is the single most relaxing activity on the planet. I unfortunately have not done much other artsy crafty stuff. I need to get on that. And stop watching so much stupid television.

Eating. The eating has prompted me to start a new health program. I don’t want to call it a “diet”. I also don’t want to call it a “journey” because I find that term incredibly aggravating. Basically, purchasing and finishing a large bag of Cheetos last Saturday alerted me that it is perhaps time to start eating like an adult. Cheetos (as delicious as they are…) pretty much indicate that your eating habits have hit rock bottom. I also may or may not have gotten some late night drive-thru fries after a gig a few days before that. But let’s not dwell on it.

I started the 21 Day Fix yesterday. I actually started to clean up my act on Monday but I didn’t officially get the package until Wednesday night. Basically it teaches you portion control and comes with exercise DVDs. I will admit that I found the whole thing a little silly when I first heard about it, but I’m noticing already that this is forcing me to make better choices. For instance, yesterday I ate a banana. I have probably eaten 10 bananas in my life. Sadly, that is not much of an exaggeration.

So I figure I’ll kind of chronicle this experience over here. I know a lot of people can relate to re-vamping their eating and exercise habits. It certainly can be a pretty big challenge so maybe we can help each other. High fives and such.

Also if you’ve missed me… you can follow me on Instagram. I post on there pretty much daily.

More words coming soon. Looking forward to it. Yay.

Northern Soul

We had such a great time at Northern Soul on Saturday that we’re gonna do it again on Thursday.

Josh, Jon and I are joining forces again smack in the middle of our friends Mike Ferraro and Big Wake.

Also, check out my ReverbNation page for songs, videos and show updates. Woot.

January’s happiness project (Update)

My January Happiness Project was mostly successful.

Go to sleep earlier. For the most part, I have been making sure I am at least IN bed at a reasonable time. I will read or watch one of my programs before bed. Some decaf tea.

Exercise better. There was definitely some room for improvement here. I got in some jogging sessions but could have worked in more. Last week I took the baby step of doing a mile a day – walking or jogging. Crawling. Skipping. Whatever. Mostly walking though.

Toss, Restore, Organize. This is kind of a ‘tip of the iceberg’ situation but I did manage to offload a lot of stuff. Some of my friends with tiny babies (or babies on the way) inherited a bunch. I sold clothes on eBay (which is totally thrilling.) I didn’t really organize. Or restore. But I have some ideas. Does that count? No. Not really.

Tackle a Nagging Task. I felt the most successful with this one because there have been several annoying things that I have been putting off. Insurance stuff (baarrrrf), oil change (boorrrrring), doctor appointments (cringe). Most exciting of all, of course, was getting new eyeglasses. Two pairs.

Act More Energetic. Eh. I drag my tired butt out of bed every day and deal with it. That’s just life. I didn’t really get this one.

I mean… ALL of this stuff is a work in progress. It’s not like I should stop doing these things. (Right?) So all in all, I feel that January was successful in terms of these goals. I also feel like keeping my focus to these few things was really helpful.

The Happiness Project – January.

Surely, you’ve heard of the book The Happiness Project. SURELY. I had started reading it last year and enjoyed it until I realized it was done in a monthly format. This of course freaked me out and I had to put it aside until the beginning of the year. My neurosis is deep and winding.

I’m basically always on a quest for self improvement. I’ve come to realize this is not a bad thing. I’ve also come to realize that solutions are never very profound. Many of them tell you what you already know. Putting the ideas into practice for the long haul is the real challenge. No book can do that for you. But I’m always interested in learning new approaches.

The Happiness Project walks you through a year to re-evaluate, re-adjust and re-direct your life toward happiness. Each month tackles a Does it work? I don’t know. It’s January.

So January’s task is to gain energy.

Part of gaining energy is reducing clutter. This rang out as a loud ugly bell in my mind because clutter is a big problem in my home. It’s a constant battle.

In an effort to purge, I’ve begun clearing out items to sell or donate. Baby items are particularly troublesome. Did you know that if you get water on a onesie, it multiplies?
Like Gremlins. This is a proven fact.

I’ve listed a few items on eBay so far. Many more to come. If you’re interested in anything in my eBay store, mention this blog for 20% off through January 2013. I will send a revised invoice.





I have to admit that last year was pretty rough.

Of course, the arrival of our son was beyond thrilling. The transition was challenging though. Not a lot of sleep. Quite a bit of juggling.
Then there was that damn hurricane.


Here are some (very) happy highlights from the past year.

2012. I’m happy to have lived it and I had some incredible experiences. The happiness I have felt this year can not be matched. On the other hand, I’m glad it’s over.

I’m looking forward to moving forward.
Let’s go, 2013.