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Goals

Published on January 1, 2016, by in Update.

I told you I’d be back with my goals. I’ve done month long detoxes, 3 day diets, and all sorts of other plans. Some stuck for longer than others, but none of them lasted. So what is my plan for this year? Moderation. I’m following a healthy eating plan that allows treats. I even stayed within my parameters last night when we went out to eat and had cocktails. It was great. I was in control. So what am I doing today? Dialing it back a little. I’m a huge Iowa Hawkeye fan and today is the Rose Bowl. I could be at a bar with an all I can drink special and a buffet of unhealthy foods. I’m not. I’m watching the game from home, confit ably in my pajamas andtreating myself to a little good charcuterie, lots of water, fruit and vegetables. And I’m happy with that…I’m in

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Twenty fifteen

Published on January 2, 2015, by in Uncategorized.

Hey everyone! I’ve been in blogging hibernation since June. Last year was a crazy but wonderful year. I did a ton of travelling and was glad to spend time with friends and family all across the country. It was very much a year of enjoyment. So, where does that leave me in 2015? Ready for a little more consistency and moderation. I tend to a be a little too strict and rigid with myself at times. Then other times, it all goes out the window. My goals for 2015 are to work out 3-4 times a week, every week. I’ve gotten much better about doing a variety of workouts and would like to continue that. And when I work out consistently I automatically eat healthier. So, if I am working out, I don’t really need to set any food based goals. I also got a great planner from my Secret Santa at

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The great salad toss up

Published on May 8, 2014, by in Recipes, Update.

I’ve needed some new inspiration when it comes to salads. How to you keep eating salads interesting? Mix them up! I was traveling a few month’s ago and stopped at CIBO Express at O’Hare. I love stopping there as they always have a ton of healthy options. There, I got an insanely delicious salad. It was mixed greens topped with roasted sweet potato, blue cheese, pecans, dried cranberries, and turkey with a champagne vinaigrette. It was so flavorful, filling and comforting because it tasted like Thanksgiving. This led me to think about how I could build more creative and filling salads rather just than vegetables or my “go to” taco salad. Here are two that I’ve made lately: I had a sweet potato with cinnamon. Then I had a salad of spinach, tri color peppers, onion, tomato, mushrooms, carrot shreds, sunflower seeds and a combination of blue and cheddar cheese.

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The hardest season

Published on May 7, 2014, by in Update.

Hello. I usually don’t get very personal on my blog, but today, I am. I am sitting behind my computer with my pants a little tight from all the amazing food I have been eating lately. I completed the 21 Day Fix and had amazing results. I absolutely love the program and can’t stop raving about it to all of my friends. So, what happened? Well, I didn’t completely undo my progress, but I am definitely feeling bloated from the food I have been consuming. This is the hardest season for me. It’s my husband’s birthday, then my birthday, which leads directly into patio weather. And since I live in Chicago, the few warm months must be taken advantage of. I am actually healthiest in the winter. I will go to the gym more days than not, because I don’t want to be outside. Since it the hardest season for

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Priorities

Published on August 27, 2013, by in Update.

I’ve recently written about how my summer was filled with cook outs and perhaps a little more indulgence that necessary. Since I have been back on track with a healthier lifestyle and exercise plan, I have felt a lot better and have been sleeping better. Today, this was posted on Facebook and it really struck true to me. This is how I have always felt about people, myself included, when excuses are made. “Instead of saying ‘I don’t have time’ try saying ‘it’s not a priority,’ and see how that feels. Often, that’s a perfectly adequate explanation. Changing our language reminds us that time is a choice. If we don’t like how we’re spending an hour, we can choose differently.” ~Laura Vanderkam I think this expands way beyond healthy life style choices and is a great way to re-examine multiple aspects of life.    

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Whipped coconut body butter

Published on May 2, 2013, by in Recipes.

I’ve made a huge effort over the past year to put less chemicals on my skin and use more natural products or less product. I’ve always been known to wash my hair a lot. Sometimes twice a day because I felt like it would look greasy. That’s a lot of shampoo and conditioner over the year. After reading about the no poo method, I started cutting back on the washing, initially on the weekends to train my scalp to produce less oil. I am now down to shampooing my hair 1-2 times per week. That is a significant reduction in the amount of chemicals that I am putting on my head and washing down the drain into our water sources. I’m spending less money on shampoo and conditioner(that stuff isn’t cheap) and adding less garbage to the landfill. Next, I knew I had to face my love of my inexpensive, chemical and synthetic laden moisturizer

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