Sunday, October 20, 2013


I got this delicious recipe off of Facebook. I do not like cooked cabbage, but this was so yummy, I just had to share. I hope you like it as much as me and my Mom did.


In a VERY large skillet, using Medium heat add the olive oil, ground beef, onion, garlic and dried spices. Once the beef is browned, add the tomatoes, tomato sauce, and cabbage. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, simmer until cabbage is thoroughly cooked. Salt and pepper to taste. Serves 4-6.

Ground Beef  - 93% Lean, 7% Fat, 16 oz.949            
Oil Olive, 1 tablespoon119            
Onion 1 cup68            
Minced Garlic  tbsp. 4            
Oregano, dried, 1 tsp., ground6            
Italian Seasoning, 1 teaspoon0            
Tomato Sauce 15 oz. (425g), 1 container (1 4/5 cups ea.)140            
Tomatoes - Diced, 2 containers (1 4/5 cups ea.)210            
Per Serving:      374 

Friday, October 18, 2013

Just Some Food for Thought...

“The difference between a mountain and a molehill is your perspective.” ~Al Neuharth

“Little by little does the trick.” ~Aesop

“Whether you think you can or can’t, you’re right.” ~Henry Ford

“Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” ~Mark Victor Hansen

“Courage is fear that has said its prayers.” ~Dorothy Bernard

All quotes were taken off of

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

I wrote and published this blog post on my Word Press blog. This is a good reminder to myself that I have to let go of my fears.


What am I afraid of?

“The key to change… is to let go of fear.” ~Roseanne Cash

Fear is a great motivator, but it can also keep you from achieving your dreams. My aunt said something to me last week that well frankly, it pissed me off. She said that “When you were a child, you were afraid of your own shadow. The slightest little thing intimidated you”. Pissed as I was, I sat and stewed on it for a while. I determined that she was partly right. Only partly. My shadow only intimidates me when it’s skinnier than I am and is having a better hair day than me.
I was a shy child and would hide behind my mothers skirt at church. Thankfully I outgrew that. I had friends. My cousin Wynn and my friend Sheila were two of my first friends. Even though I have a huge family, I didn’t have a wide social circle. I went to a small private Christian school, where Tina and later Jackie became two of my besties. Yes there were kids that intimidated me, but they were mean. My limited social circle didn’t really improve until I got out into the real world and started working.
As an adult, I joined a church in Michigan and it took several years for me to let people in. I was afraid that they would see I wasn’t a very good Christian. They were all so smart and well versed in the Bible and I was intimidated. Once I allowed myself to open up to them, I was blessed. They took me in, loved me, and made me feel secure enough to be myself… and you know what, they loved me and my sarcastic self anyway!

“Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it.” ~Bill Cosby

Am I ready to take on the challenges that I will face to accomplish my goals? One of my goals is to lose 100 lbs. Another is to take a sewing class and a class at my gym. I stepped on the scale this morning, had my mother take my measurements, and have tracked my food intake. Good first steps towards losing the 100 pounds I need to lose. Now that I’ve taken the first steps, I need to take the second, then the third and so on and so forth. The more steps taken (even if they are baby steps), the shorter the distance to my goal. Will I let fear/anxiety get in my way again? Probably. But this time I determined not to let it keep me down. It needs to be my motivator, I will not let it hold me captive.

“To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.” ~Bertrand Russell

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Hello again!

Well, Weight Watchers and I lasted for about 3 months. I logged my food everyday for about a month, then got so bored with it. I started only logging breakfast and lunch. Then I would skip days. Then a week. I couldn't afford the program. When you live paycheck to paycheck, spending an extra $40-50 bucks a month on a program you don't use to its utmost is a waste of money. It's a great program, it's just not for me, not at this time. Unfortunately, this means the gym membership has to go too.

Apple Cider Vinegar...I have decided to try drinking ACV. In water, it's horrid. The first time I used 2 tsp. of ACV I gagged!! I got 2 sips in me. The next time, I used 1 tsp. of ACV with 1 tsp. of Agave nectar. Still horrid. About the only way I can drink it is in Apple juice. The information I pulled off the internet stated that if you drink ACV, which in liquid form is the most effective, it will help flush your system, aid in digestion, clear up skin issues, curb cravings, and regulate your metabolism. Its also really good for heartburn. I have only drank it in apple juice the one time. I know it's not going to taste good, but at least in apple juice I am able to drink it. Several issues I'm hoping it will help me with - frequent heart burn, my rosacea, and I need to lose weight. I know its not a miracle cure and don't look for it to be, but maybe it will help with my sugar cravings. If I can't do the liquid, then I will try it in pill form.

Zumba. OH MY WORD... ZUMBA. IS. SO. FREAKING. HARD. I bought the DVD's so that I can do them at home. I have two left feet and no rhythm. It's like my brain has a shut off switch when it comes to dancing.

The thing with weight loss is that you really have to want it, be totally dedicated to it. It's not easy. It's a lifestyle change. You have to be willing and able to make the change. I'm going to keep trying and struggling until I figure out what works for me.

Until next time,