Buy Bulk Staples at Whole Foods


How I Became a Runner..*


After I run I feel absolutely amazing…

Carrots and Cake —

Cigarettes, Alcohol and Twinkies*

Yes – twinkies.. Should highly processed saturated fat laden foods be looked upon like cigarettes and alcohol?

In terms of how they effect your body – maybe yes.

Kelley Brownell suggests this in a 1994 – Ed/Op column – Get Slim with Higher Taxes.

She states that – Environment is the real cause of obesity.

She suggest that the unhealthy food is taxed — and that the revenue would go to public work out facilities, bike paths and running tracks.

She also criticizes the advertising of soda, candy and sugar cereals aimed at children – using cartoons and gimmicks.

Check out the article here: Get Slim with Higher Taxes  

Information Overload – Part 2

My favorite healthy lifestyle sources:


Clean Eating – the best source for clean recipes

Eating Well – the best source for healthy real food recipes

Prevention – although catered to a 40-plus crowd-this little book is filled with health tips and amazing healthy and low calorie recipes

Fitness – I love their quick and easy healthy recipes

Everyday Food – Martha Stewart – although not all of the recipes are healthy – I am always inspired when I pick up this easy to follow recipe guide!

Whole Living – Martha Stewart – Reading this magazine is like attending a yoga class


Food Rules – Michael Pollan – If you could only read one book for the rest of your life – it should be this one. Straight forward and simple – you will live longer if you read this book

Fit for Life – This was one of the first diet/health book that I ever read – it changed the way I thought about food.


Naturally Thin – Bethanny Frankel – I am in the middle of this one

Skinny Bitch – Informative guide to a vegan lifestyle – eye opening

Cookbooks: (different than regular books)

Ellie Krueger

Poor Girl Gourmet

Mollie Katzen


Vegetarian Times

Eating Well

Clean Eating

Martha Stewart

Dr. Oz

Spark People

Healthy LIving Blogs:

Carrots and Cake

Iowa Girl Eats

Kath Eats Real Food

Peas and Thank You

100 Days of Real Food


10% Solution

Lose 10% of my body weight.

Current weight = 138

10% – 13.8

Goal weight = 125

I can do this.

Not to focus so much on numbers…because what really matters is how you feel — but I read an article from Spark People today about the 10% Solution.

It talked about how people who set out to lose weight often have unrealistic goals — and set themselves up for failure — sound familiar?

My most successful periods of weight loss have been when I have set small obtainable goals — 5 pounds here — 5 pounds there.

Unfortunately, lately I have been focusing on how much weight I have gained — but what I should be focusing is on how much weight I have lost.

My heaviest weight = 168 pounds

Current weight = 138 pounds

I have maintained a 30 pound weight loss over the past four years.

That is pretty impressive.

My weight loss goal – lose 10% of my current weight.

Here I go…

Information Overload

Agghh! There are so many things that I want to blog about…

Let’s start with the basics:


B: blueberry banana baked oatmeal

L: lean cuisine (not proud – but was over BF’s watching Celtics and Bruins games last night) 1/2 larabar ( I cut my larabars in half to save calories and money) mini babybel cheese round

I found myself quite hungary by the end of the day – might have been that I did not have enough protein in my breakfast OR my overly processed lunch choice

Snack last period: moz. cheese stick

Snack in car: organic apple

Dinner: veggie burger on sandwich thin, roasted cauliflower

Snack: broccoli cauliflower soup


5:30pm – Spin Class = Sweaty Mess

Extra stretching and some ab work when I got home


1. East Side Yoga

I stopped by a new yoga studio on my way home from the gym!First class is free! – Can’t wait to check it out.

2. Boston Sports Weekend!!

Friday night = Celtics Game

Saturday afternoon = Frozen Fenway – UVM vs. UMASS

3. Inspiring Cooking Light Slideshows (although I prefer Everyday Food or Real Simple Recipes

24 Recipes for Winter Produce

250 Calorie – Main Dishes

4. My Immersion Blender = New Kitchen Gadget!!

The inspiration behind tonight’s recipe.

Recipe: Brocoflower Soup

Adapted from – Oliver Oz’s Broc-Cauli Soup



1 cup cauliflower, steamed (about half of head)

1 cup broccoli, steamed (about two small bunches)

1 1/2 cup of coconut milk

1 1/2 cup of water

1/2 head of garlic

1/2 onion

1 oz grated fresh parmesan



Olive oil


Sauté the garlic and onion in olive oil for 10 minutes. Add the milk, water, broccoli and cauliflower into a pot and stir. Add in the cheddar, garlic, onion, salt and pepper (to taste). Boil the soup for 15 minutes.

Blend with an immersion blender OR Transfer the mixture to a blender and purée. Serve and enjoy!

My Christmas gift from my sister = obsessed…*

To Blog or Not to Blog…*

To blog or not to blog – that is the question.

Ok, folks so it has been a rough couple of days.

Between losing my cell phone involving mulitple trips to City Hall to retreive it and my sister visiting from Indiana with her three daughters..I have fallen off both the health and blog track 😦

How quickly things unravel…

Today I returned to school ( I am a teacher).

After school – I could not muster up the energy to make it to the gym.( I was also dreading all of the resolutionists that I would now have to be battling with for machines and spaces in spin class…)

I promised myself if I didn’t go to the gym – then I would have to organize my closet — and plan my outfits for the rest of the week – DONE!

Exercise for the Rest of the Week:

Wednesday – Run at gym directly after school

6:30 – Hot Power Flow at East Side Yoga

This will be my first ever hot yoga class !

Can’t wait to tell you what I think!

Thursday – 5:30 – Spin

Friday – 4:30 – Arms and Abs – then Stair Stepper

Fuel for the Day:

Breakfast – english muffin – almond butter – apple

Lunch – 1 grapefruit – 1/2 cup cottage cheese – 1/2 cup plain yogurt – 1/2 lara bar

1 dark chocolate truffle (found on the table of faculty room – not very good)

Snack – in car – organic apple – cheddar cheese stick

Snack – at home – 1 cup of pistachios

Dinner – Buffalo Chick’n Patty Sandwich – Chick’n patty with buffalo sauce – Laughing Cow blue cheese wedge – toaster thin

1 mini Mr. Goodbar

Because I did not make it to the gym today — I had a little extra energy and time so I whipped up some Baked Blueberry Banana Oatmeal!

Adapted from one of my favorite blogs —

Iowa Girl Eats – Blueberry Banana Baked Oatmeal 

Recipe – Baked Blueberry Banana Oatmeal 

1/3 cup old fashioned oats

1/3 cup each of water & unsweetened coconut milk


1 banana


chopped pecans

Mix oats, water, almond milk and vanilla. Slice in banana, mash until chunky and gently fold in some blueberries. Bake @ 375 for 10 minutes, add sliced almonds on top, and bake for 10-15 more minutes. Ready!

I doubled the recipe so that I could eat it for the next two days!!

I have been researching juicing machines…any suggestions?