Giving Back – Time Sensitive!

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We are living in crazy scary times.  I felt compelled to do something, even if it was small, to help people under quarantine.

As an essential worker I haven’t been safe in my house, but I know after about two days I would be losing my mind.  So I thought about what I could do to help those of you who are.

The biggest thing I could think of would be to help make the time go by and entertain you.  I’ve decided to make my first novel free.  Honestly it’s been free all week, but I wrote this four days ago and didn’t hit publish!

So I’m so sorry but this is only free until midnight tonight.  If you like to read, give it a whirl!

Click here to get my book for free!


Everyone please stay safe!  We will get through this!

My Favorite Healthy Cooking Tips

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Happy New Year!  Many people will wake up today with the will to make changes in their life.  A week from now, many people will have already given up on that idea.  Go to any gym this week and then again in February and you’ll see what I mean.

As most of you know I do WW.  January means a flood people, vibrating with excitement for their new journey.  Those of us legacy WW’s know to get there early if you want a seat at the meeting, or workshop as they are now called.  By February you can jump out of bed at the last minute and have no problem finding a seat.

Why do so many people fail?  How can people with so much enthusiasm, excitement, and hope just quit? We’ve all been there.  We’ve all steeled ourselves with determination, just knowing this year will be the year we reach our goals.

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Joy to the World

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I love holidays.  My parents were about the biggest holiday freaks you could ever meet, so you could say it’s in my DNA.  No matter what else was going on with life they always made holidays special and fun.

Since we are coming off the biggest eating day of the year I had a huge reason to be thankful this year.  Thankful that WW decided to give us our old program back!


If you are a regular reader of my blog, I’m sure you’ve caught the hint that I HATED IT when they changed last year.  In the past when WW made a significant change I always fell off the wagon, and ended up quitting.

Thankfully this didn’t happen this time, but it did get me out of the very habits I formed to keep my weight off for 2 + years.  The new program gave to much freedom for someone like me, and I found my portion sizes getting bigger and documenting my food happening less and less.

For me those were the two keys things that kept me in line, and with so many things like eggs and chicken being free I found myself toeing that goal weight line, going over for the first time in over two years.

This blog has many followers, and they aren’t all WW.  WW isn’t going to work for everyone, and it is important to find what works for you. This new program didn’t work for me, and I tried y’all.  I really did.

Then life hit.

It hit hard.

I know you all realize my blog has been sorely neglected.  It wasn’t because I had gained weight.  I documented that here.

My job became more demanding, just as I was releasing my first novel.  I was sent out of town for a week and that turned into three months.  I was working between 70-80 hours a week while trying desperately to meet the deadline for my second novel while keeping my household running from four hours away.

The only thing that kept me from gaining back every one of those sixty-some-odd pounds were the things I learned with the first program.  I’ve had a death grip on the back of the wagon for the last six months, and for the first time I feel like I can pull myself up and back on it.

I’ve made some decisions that should make it easier.  Even though work is still crazy, I’m taking at least one day off each week.  There is a light at the end of the tunnel to this crazy work schedule, but I’m not doing it anymore.

As women we are trained early on to take care of people and be dependable.  Unfortunately many of those lessons don’t include taking care of our self.

I’m teaching myself that lesson right now, and it’s time I put myself and my needs first.

I can’t go back to where I was.

It’s different, starting to lose your grip on your new healthy lifestyle once you’ve achieved your goal.  Before when I’d slip, I didn’t really have the belief that I would ever do it.  Falling back into old habits and gaining the weight usually came with a vengeance, because that’s exactly what I expected to happen all along.

Not anymore.

I know I can do it.  I know I can do hard things.

The biggest thing I know is my weight is not the end all be all story of my life.  So if life gets in the way and I get a little chubby, it’s not the end of the world.  Sure, I will always work on staying near my goal weight – not for the old reasons I used to have like how I look, but because I feel totally amazing health wise at that weight.

I felt better than I did when I was in my twenties, and to tell you the truth I feel like I’m about 90 right now.

No regrets though, right?  There was a lot of good this year.  The first two books in my Snow Globe Café series have been well received, and I’ve sold more than I ever thought I could.  I know a big part of that happened because of you, my dear readers, for spreading the word, and I will forever be thankful.

So I’m back.  And I will succeed.




When the Impossible Becomes Possible

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I don’t think I ever truly believed I could reach a healthy weight until that day back in 2017 when I stepped on the scale and it actually happened.

Sure, I would tell myself that I was going to do it, I always did.  I lost a significant amoutn of weight a couple of times, but I would always regain some of it.  Back in the day I remember being in the bathroom at work and a couple of women walked in.

One of them said, “Have you seen how much weight Kelly has lost?”

The other replied, “Yeah, should we take bets on how fast she gains it back?  She’s like Oprah.”

That was 2002 y’all.  2002 and I still remember it like it was yesterday.

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On the Road Again

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Right.  So the last time I posted I was going to get my act together and start acting right.

Life threw back it’s head and laughed an evil laugh.  Silly girl, we can’t have that.

I ended up leaving town for work.  It was supposed to be for a week, and that week turned into two, and those two turned into a month.

If I knew it was going to be this long I would have booked a stay in one of those extended stay hotels with a small kitchenette, but by the time I realized I wouldn’t be going home any time soon, it was to late.

I’ll admit my first thought was I. Am. Screwed.  Eating out is my Achilles heal, and now I was going to have to eat out every meal for a month.

My whole trip was last minute, but I was lucky enough to stay in a hotel that had a small refrigerator and microwave in the room.

Do you ever seen those hard boiled eggs floating in mystery liquid in the gas station and wonder who on Earth would buy something like that?

This girl, that’s who.

I also used to wonder who would buy them already boiled at the grocery store when it’s so easy to do at home.  Now I know!

So breakfast was covered.  Hard boiled eggs?  Check.  Greek yogurt?  Check.

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Hard to Hear

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So something I haven’t shared here is that I have written my first novel.  Much like getting to my goal weight, it was something I didn’t think I’d ever be able to accomplish.  It’s amazing when you do accomplish something you didn’t think you could do:  All of a sudden all those other things you didn’t think you’d be able to do suddenly don’t seem so daunting.

I figured if I could drop that weight and get to an actual healthy weight, I could write a book.

I was right.

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Happy Holidays?

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Ahh the holidays, that wonder time of the year for being with family and friends.

It’s also that time of year filled with parties, drinks and food.  When I put my jeans on this morning I briefly wondered if I should register them as a lethal weapon because if the button popped off it would probably take out a small child.

So how did they get me, the one who has lost all this weight and kept it off for over a year?  It’s not a simple question.  First of all, the holidays can be hard for people like me who have lost a lot of loved ones.  Secondly, I’ve been working non-stop since August, averaging 80 hour work weeks, hence the lack of blog posts and recipes from me.  Lastly, I really love to bake.  Not only that, I love to eat it.  Sugar, glorious sugar will always be my drug of choice.

I’ve been white knuckling the back of the wagon since September.  My crazy work schedule totally threw me for a loop.  Food prep and just plain doing anything but sleep when I’m not at work is hard once you throw in my commute time to my 12 hour work day.

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