Category Archives: Weight loss

I’m that person?



May 9, 2016- that’s when it all started. I needed to overhaul my eating habits to help me deal with depression, blood sugar issues, and lethargy. Fast forward to now, over a year and a half later, and I’m that person.

“Nope, I don’t eat that.” “No, thanks, I’ll have sugar free Jello with whipped cream.” Nah, I brought my own snacks.”

Yep. I’m the annoying “it’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle choice” person in the room. Except for one difference- I don’t want to put it in people’s face. I try not to make a big deal. But when you’ve lost over 40 pounds, people notice, and sometimes they ask questions. What can I say? After struggling for most of my life, I finally figured out what works. For me. Not for everyone.

If you ask me questions, I’m more than happy to answer them, but most people can’t deal with what I say. No bread? No pasta? No potatoes? No rice? No cake? (You get the picture) Yes. None of that, but only for a short time. You have to figure out how to add healthy carbs back into your diet after you’ve sent yourself into ketosis. It’s a process. It’s a TOUGH process. Detoxing from sugar addiction is BULL****. You should stay away from sharp objects so that you don’t harm your family and friends. Don’t plan any road trips that will confine you with people for long periods. Nope, don’t do it.

BUT- after you get through that, it does get easier. The choices you have to make about food get easier too, but they NEVER STOP. This is probably the biggest thing I have learned. I will forever be making choices about what to eat, and I won’t always choose well. As long as I choose the good stuff over the bad most of the time, I’ll be okay. Especially if I do well with the easier choices, like sandwich thins over wheat bread, zoodles over pasta, and Jello over cheesecake (sometimes).

I didn’t want this to sound preachy, and I fear it does, but I have had enough people ask questions about my weight since I started this journey that I felt it was worth mentioning. Anyone who has known me for any length of time can tell you that I have truly struggled with weight and body image for a dog’s age and yo-yoed too many times to count. It took a complete re-examination of my habits to finally “get it”. I’m living proof that you can do it and maintain it. I have NO PROBLEM answering questions and helping with tips, so don’t hesitate to ask.


Back on the wagon


Most of you know that I began a journey toward physical and mental health in May of 2016. I used the Atkins diet to help me with both because it is the right plan to help balance blood sugar and combat sugar crashes due to hypoglycemia. A great side effect is weight loss (one of the more pleasant side effects).

Recently I began to realize that I have become re-addicted to sugar as I haven’t been sticking to a strict plan because I don’t want to lose anymore weight. I know, what an awesome problem to have, right? Y’all, this sugar thing is no joke. Right before I got back on the wagon, I was craving sugar all day long. All I could think about was sweets. And it doesn’t help that my wonderful students gave me quite the array of chocolate and baked goods for Christmas. I had to eat them. I don’t want to hurt the kids’ feelings!

So as soon as I returned to work on January 2nd, I was determined to detox. I find that can control my food environment WAY better at work than at home. I have been meal planning for the last month and a half, so I just started planning my work breakfasts and lunches as well. Yesterday, I got to work in the kitchen pre-making all my food for this week. I made Cauliflower Breakfast Muffins (photo and recipe included below), tuna salad, and a Sausage and Cabbage Skillet meal (photo and recipe included) that fed us last night and made me 3 lunches for work. Never mind that I almost destroyed our kitchen in a sugar detox rage when I realized we didn’t have any mushrooms for another recipe I had planned to make. We’ll just concentrate on the positive.

I’m beginning this week with high hopes that no one brings cupcakes (like they did last week) or brownies to work. Hopefully I can spare my sweet family anymore sugar rages, but I make no promises.Cauliflower Breakfast MuffinsHere’s the recipe and the link if you want to save itKielbasa and Sausage SkilletI’ve included this link as well. Enjoy!

Happy Anniversary to me!



It’s been ONE YEAR! That is nothing short of amazing, my friends. 365 days that I have stuck with something. Ask my husband. It’s a freakin’ miracle.

The past couple of weeks my body has been rebelling and insisting that I eat sugar. Ice cream, chips, cookies…BAD, BAD, and more BAD. So I’m trying to reset, but I don’t want to lose anymore weight (mostly because I can’t afford new clothes). So I’m trying to make sure I don’t eat that stuff, but I am failing. Miserably. Last night, I ate three Girl Scout cookies that a well-meaning student gave me during Teacher Appreciation Week. I should have given them back. I ate three. Then I had a Drumstick ice cream treat about 15 minutes later. Did I mention the sugar cravings were bad?

Ugh. All those diet and lifestyle gurus who tell you, “It’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle change”. Psh. I always thought that was “new age bunk” (to quote my grandmother). Sadly, it seems to be true. So I will celebrate this momentous anniversary with my breakfast of egg muffins- not to be confused with delicious English muffins- and my lunch of baby food meat sticks, cheese, pickles, and Atkins chocolate. Be jealous.

I hope my kids know better than to get me chocolate for Mother’s Day.

Full Disclosure


Many of you have shown an interest in beginning a journey to a healthier life. I applaud you! I must, however, be completely honest about what you may encounter. In the first three weeks of this journey, when you cannot have more than 20 carbs a day, no one and nothing with be safe from your wrath. 

I’m serious. 

About midway through the second week of induction, I was walking up the stairs in my house. I was not angry. No one had done anything to irritate me. I was calm. By the time I reached the top of the stairs, I was enraged. ENRAGED. I went into my bedroom and almost put our laundry basket through the wall. For no reason.

As you go through carb withdrawal, which is really sugar detox, your brain goes a little crazy. Maybe a lot crazy. Please do not kick your cat or scream at your spouse. The fact that they can still eat bread is not their fault. Just breathe, and redirect your energy/outrage. Clean the top floor of your house. Detail your car. Mow your neighbor’s lawn. Whatever. Just try to make it through without harming members of your inner circle.

That being said, I promise it gets better. By the end of the third week, you will have lost pounds, gained energy, and that crap will have left your system. Then the real work, of actually changing your diet, can begin. If it helps, you can be mad at me. I can take it, and I understand. Plus, I’m far enough away from most of you to be physically safe. 

Please don’t think I’m preaching to you. You will never know how many times in my life I tried to do this before it worked. Countless. I promise. No , really. Just get some Atkins chocolate, and hang in there.