Rude Awakening

Well now – It’s been a hot minute, hasn’t it?

I have to say that recently I just haven’t been feeling like myself.  I couldn’t quite put my finger on what the problem was… until this morning.   I’ve been battling a nasty backache that stemmed from digging my car out of a snowbank over a month ago.  My friend came and managed to sweet talk a plow driver into helping but evidently the damage was already done.   So… I have had this backache that has literally made me feel like a pariah.  I haven’t wanted to do anything that I enjoy.  Add to that the effects of winter – and my incessant eating….  Cripes!

Anyway, this morning I got out of bed and literally FELT heavy.  Like, my legs were struggling to carry my body and I just felt large, sluggish, and (the dreaded F-word) FAT!  I shrugged it off and carried on with my morning.   However, internally a light bulb must have went off.

I snuck onto the scale at work today and my jaw hit the floor.   I stepped off and back on, thinking that clearly something was wrong with the scale.  Nope…that number is right.   I won’t post the actual number because I am ASHAMED of myself.   However, suffice it to say…. It’s a good 30lbs over my previous heaviest point.  No wonder I’ve been achy and been feeling…. heavy.  Because my body is CRYING OUT for help.   It doesn’t like it!

I have to say, my heart and me head agree with my body — we no likey.  I already knew something was up – my clothes have been a little snug (although at an additional 30 lbs – I would have thought I’d be up a size or two?)  Anyway… I had already ordered the Advocare challenge. However… I don’t know if I can wait for that to arrive.

I am literally having a minor panic attack.  What have I been doing to myself!?   I will say that other aspects of my life have been spiraling out of control as well.  I’ve managed to grab the reins and gain some control the past few weeks.  I have found a program that helps spell out cleaning and de-cluttering.  Something I also desperately need.  I’m having pretty giid success with this plan.  However, I need to now focus on decluttering my body.

I *will* post more regularly here on my progress.  🙂



Posh Popcorn

I know.  It sounds a little ridiculous.  Posh Popcorn?  Well…. I wanted alliteration and that’s all I could come up with.  Plus, It does taste really posh… to me anyway.  Those of you with more discriminating palates may have your taste buds offended… but to me it’s pretty freaking awesome.


Here’s the recipe:

You’ll Need:
A saucepan (I use the smallest one that came in my T-fal set.  It’s like a little gravy pan.  But, I’ve been known to use the real ‘saucepan’ sized pan when Punk is over because that child can pack away some popcorn. )

1 teaspoonful of Coconut Oil
Popcorn kernels (no precise measurement… you’ll see why later on)

Truffle Salt

That’s it!

Here’s the plan of attack:
1 – Melt the coconut oil in your saucepan over med/med-high heat.

2 – Add enough popcorn kernels to coat the bottom of your pan with 1 layer of kernels (it’s ok if you overpour — it’s just more popcorn)
3 – Wait until the popcorn is done popping. 
4 – Dump it into a massive bowl and sprinkle with truffle salt
5 – shovel it into your face…. if you’re feeling particularly kind, share some with the chihuahuas.  

That’s it.  Super easy.  Super delish.  The popocorn is slightly sweet from the coconut oil and the truffle salt is sublime.  I literally lick the bowl clean.  That’s my inner fat girl coming out.  I know, I know…. but it’s just so dang good. 🙂

Enjoy with a special movie and *I dunno* a glass of something delicious.  (My faves?  Kombucha, Hot or Iced Tea, Coconut Water, Fruit Infused Water, or SkinnyGirl Pina Colada)  Tada!  A fabulous night!

Let me know what you think below in the comment section.


Shhh…. I’m having REAL coffee creamer today because

Shhh…. I’m having REAL coffee creamer today because I left my almond milk at home.  


I feel like I can TASTE the cream and it’s making me a little sick.  


I am amazed at how I can finally taste little nuances like that in foods and ingredients.   Guess all those chemicals really ARE designed to make you just crave more of them without realizing the taste?  


Case in Point: when I started this journey, coconut oil didn’t really taste all that special…it was the same as olive oil as far as I could tell.  Now, I can definitely taste a fruity taste in my olive oil (that I SWEAR wasn’t there before) and the coconut oil makes everything I cook with it taste like a party in my mouth.  (spinach last night w/ coconut oil and garlic was probably the best veggie I’ve ever had…bar NONE!)  I know it’s not a huge step, but it lets me know that even if the numbers aren’t budging as fast as I’d like, that I’m doing something GOOD for myself and my body.  And ya know what?  It makes me HAPPY! 




Actually, I am very happy with my progress.  I haven’t been 100% dedicated to the workout side of things.  I’ve also had my fair share of slip ups but you know what?  I’m STILL attempting it.  Even after stumbling.  That’s huge.  Normally I mess up and I throw up my hands and say “Screw it”.  Not this time.   


Sunday I took my niece, Punk, to a local Amusement Park.  I didn’t really pack much as far as food goes because my plan was to get there around 11 and eat an early lunch at Subway before going in.  I figured Punk would want a snack around 3 or 4pm.  No big deal.  Then we’d leave about 7 and get dinner somewhere where I could get a massive salad and then head home.  Well….. we left the park at 10pm.  Which means we ate dinner at the park.  As a pescatarian, my options were severely limited.  I opted for fish and chips (despite the fact that where we ate DID have a salad).  I KNOW!!!! I KNOW!!!  But guess what happened?  I FELT MISERABLE.  My stomach hurt, my head hurt, my bones hurt.  (ok… my bones didn’t actually hurt…I exaggerate)  but even the next day I felt foggy and sick.  Now…3 days later….I finally feel like myself again.  NOTE TO SELF:  Remember how greasy, heavy food makes you feel!  On the plus side… we walked…a lot…. I mean A LOT A LOT!  And know what else?  I still was down for the week.  All in all, I call that a success. 

It’s all a learning curve, right?


Til next time!


Whats This? What’s This?

Yes that is a shameless reference to The Nightmare Before Christmas.   Sue me.  

I think I have officially hit the detox stage of this whole clean eating phase.   I find myself craving, of all things, pepperoni pizza.   Like – drooling over the thought of it. 

*Excuse me while I mop up the drool coating my keyboard.*


But SERIOUSLY.  The last time I had pepperoni at all, let alone on a pizza was probably 2008.   5 YEAR AGO!   I don’t even like pepperoni.  When my family DID get pizza and I DID eat meat… I would still choose mushroom and hot pepper.  I really don’t even like pizza.  I think in the past six months I’ve had it twice.   TWICE.   

So why am I finding myself daydreaming of dancing pepperonis… an edge to edge pepperoni pizza with the crust that has the Parmesan cheese dusting and herbs and loads of fresh gooey ooey gooey cheesy meltiness.  

What ……. is ……. THIS?   


Not happening, tummy and taste buds, that’s what this is.   NOT HAPPENING.  

Try this apple and peanut butter on for size, why don’t ya.  




Small Victories

If you’re my friend on Facebook, you know about one small victory I’ve had this week.  

I posted about how I typically cringe when I have to wear freshly washed clothing.  Not because I hate the smell of my laundry detergent … I actually LOVE IT!  Because I hate how my clothes seem to shrink in the dryer.  I prefer my jeans after the first wearing…when they’re stretched out and comfy.  However… I put my freshly laundered pants on and GUESS WHAT… they fit comfortably!   SCORE!!!

Here’s another small victory for me this week:

Today was a co-worker’s 21st birthday.  The ‘treat’ for the day was an Oreo Ice Cream log.  **If you know me…at all… you know that my two most FAVORITE sweets are Oreos and Ice Cream… together??  Hallelujah!**   They celebrated her birthday at 11am.  I decided that if I was going to indulge, I would need to wait until after lunch.  I wasn’t going to crash my blood sugar with a treat an hour before lunch.   

Well, After lunch I wasn’t hungry for it.  I decided to wait until after my M4 (or afternoon snack) of a Greek Yogurt.   I have decided (upon finishing my yogurt) that I don’t even want the stupid Ice cream anymore… why?  Because I know that it’s not going to taste as good as I’ve built it up in my head and I’m going to be disappointed.   

So, essentially, I tricked myself into not wanting the ice cream… but I’m ok with that.  I’m kicking these sugar cravings to the curb… for once and for all.  I a in love right now with spicy teas.  (Cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger…. not red pepper!!!) and I add a little stevia to them.  That’s all the sweetness my sweet tooth desires.   Trickery, baby, trickery.  🙂   

As a ‘reward’ for doing such a great job today.  I think I might just try the blogilates ice cream sandwich recipe.  I mean, It’s made of oats and bananas, how bad can it be?   🙂  Seems like a fitting dupe to my treat I passed up today.   Here’s the LINK to the recipe for the ice cream sandwich.  



Tone It Up!

Wow! It’s been a minute!


Well, allow me to bring you up to speed.  🙂


For the past three weeks I have been loosely following the Tone it Up girls and the Tone It Up community and trying to emulate their plan – without dropping the $150 for the whole shebang.  After these last three weeks, I want that plan even more than I did in the beginning.  🙂

Karena and Katrina are the masterminds behind the Tone It Up plan.  They are trainers.  Their basic premise is to eat Lean, Clean, and Green.  I love that philosophy.  They are hosting a bikini series right now which IS free and the check ins on instagram are inspiring.  (I’ll post some pics of my check ins below)

They also post a weekly challenge.  Last week’s theme was Green.  We ate lots of greens last week 🙂  This week is all about self esteem and boosting your image of yourself.  We’re setting goals and visualizing our goals.  It’s kinda cheesy on one hand but on the other I kinda love their faces so I’d do whatever they say.  Honestly.

Like I said, I didn’t purchase the plan but thanks to people’s Instagram check ins and my fantastic google skills, I’ve managed to unearth a little about the plan.  For example:  The girls want everyone to get up and do what they call a BOOTYCALL.  It’s a super early morning cardio session that gets your body moving and metabolism a kick start.  After that it’s Meal 1 (M1) and a metabolism boosting drink — they REALLY like Apple Cider Vinegar.  (blech)  But again… I love their faces, so I do it.  M2 – something light but L,C&G.  M3 – Lunch M4 – Light snack M5 – dinner.  Also — an evening workout which the lovely ladies are kind enough to post videos and printables of their workouts.  Genius!  They also have their own protein powder – Perfect Fit.  I’ll report back on that as I’m still using up my Pro Fit from It Works!  🙂

The girls also recommend not eating carbs after 3 pm.  I have sleuthed that gem off a blogger’s post as well. 🙂


Ok.  Well that’s the background on my new plan…. now…. enjoy some pics of my progress!


The Girls REALLY like their acidic drinks because they alkalize the body and help stop the damage of free radicals.  It also helps neutralize the effects of too much coffee/alcohol within the body.  I know from previous research that an alkaline body is a good thing.  Cancer doesn’t like alkaline.

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Above are some of my meal/daily check ins from my Instagram account.  (PinkShanyn)



And… again… an Instagram pic.  This is my meal prep before Week 1.

(I’m on week 3 now!)

Yay!  I’m excited that I’ve been able to follow this plan relatively easily.  I’m still using myfitnesspal to track calories.  Even with Memorial day last weekend I didn’t fall *TOO* far off track. 🙂


Oatmeal up to my elbows!

I was on an oatmeal FRENZY last night.  I created HOMEMADE oatmeal baggies — to stash at work for when I’m ravenous and there just aren’t healthy choices ANYWHERE.  

The great part?  I got to create my own flavors.  SCORE!!



Although — next time I think I’d like some dried fruit to add to the mix.  *Note to Self*

I also made some Gluten free, Oat flour Pumpkin Scones



They are YUM-SCRUM.  Although not as sweet as I’d hoped they were lovely last night with a cup of sleepytime vanilla tea and some lavender infused honey.  Mmmmmm…. mouth….drooling. 🙂  

Also — I didn’t know that Oat Flour was essentially just ground up oatmeal.  COOLIO!  I expect to make more Oat flour baking in the future!


In Health!


Right Back At’Cha!

Today Is a new day.  

I won’t bore you with any news about my ‘journey’.  Because honestly there is NO journey at this time.  I am stuck.  Stuck in a rut.  

I start my days with the best of intentions to eat healthy and to do the right thing.  

Then 9am comes and the snacks are brought out and the unhealthy choices begin. 


I feel like I’m still making better choices over all than before — and Hey!  I’m down 10 lbs.  But I know I can do better.  


I will do better.  


And I will blog more often about the experience.  The good and the not-so-good.  



Wow! I love the Infographic at the end explaining just HOW MUCH our Sugar consumption in the US has increased. And sugar is as addicting as COCAINE!? WHAT?

New mission: Sugar free!