My Year To Thrive

"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style." ~Maya Angelou


Who Knew Glass Jars Could Be Good for Your Health?

“Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie.”
~Jim Davis (Good Reads)


I’ve been saving glass jars for months now, & now I know why!  I got an email today about Clean Eating Spinach Salad in Jars & it clicked why I need all those jars.  (Actually I have used some for various purposes, fyi.)  I’ve seen the idea before, but at the time I didn’t have jars & by the time I had jars I forgot about it.   I also have some ideas for overnight oatmeal in jars pinned, which I’m going to try out now that I have half a pantry shelf full of empty jars.

For your own ideas, here are a couple of links to inspire you:

How to Pack the Perfect Salad in a Jar
19 Ridiculously Easy Mugs of Overnight Oats

Given the tangent I went on behind this jump, I almost retitled this Trying to Eat Healthy When You’re Broke & Hate to Cook. Continue reading


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A Healthier Version of Peach Pie

“What some call health, if purchased by perpetual anxiety about diet, isn’t much better than tedious disease.”
~George Dennison Prentice (Food Quotes)

Ingredients for making peach yogurt taste like peach pie

A few rather simple ingredients to boost a peach yogurt beyond its container.

Something new from the home non-cooking front.  My current yogurt obsession is Great Value’s Peach Lowfat Yogurt.  (I buy the four pack, so mine looks a bit different than what’s pictured on the site.)  It’s cheap, available in my area, & has stats comparable to other brands; not to mention it has a great texture & flavor, & actual bits of peach in it.  Not a lot of fruit yogurts can say that. Continue reading

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My Idea Of Cooking…

“I was 32 when I started cooking; up until then, I just ate.”
~Julia Child~ (Cooking Quotes)

ingredients rounded-up for my pumpkin & yogurt breakfast

Here are the ingredients for my usual breakfast: pumpkin, yogurt, cereal, & spices; yummy, healthy, & filling!  AND I never have to turn on the oven or stove:~)

Here you may witness my usual dish to “cook”.  This is my usual breakfast, & as close to real cooking as I intend to get today.  I’m limited to what is on hand, & there is nothing inspiring on hand I want to work with, so voila!  This is what you get today:~)  It’s tasty, quick, & easy, plus filling & good for me.  I always feel good after I eat it, satisfied & light – if that makes any sense. Continue reading


A Sad, But Successful, Week

I have failed over & over in my life, & that is why I succeed.
~Michael Jordan~ (from Steve_Faus on Twitter)

Creepy displays in the park dressed in children's clothes with children's faces.

This is one of the entirely too many creepy “kids” they have as part of a display in the park where I walk. They are dressed in kids’ clothing & have kids’ faces. There are several of them in one area of the park, some of the peaking out from behind trees. I can’t help but think every time I pass them there could be a homocidal midget hiding in there. I always keep my eye on them & pass quickly.

So, I had a not so good week.  If you’ve read any of my posts this week you know I found out last Friday a friend of mine, who had been ill for some time, took a turn for the worse.  Went into a bit of a panic & binged over the weekend.  It didn’t help I made brownies Sunday, even if they were Hungry Girl brownies.  Wednesday afternoon, she passed away.

I rehash this here, just to say I ate through all my points, even my activity points.  I actually ate into negative points for the week, & had to make sure I went out Wednesday to earn some more activity points & balance it out, lol.  Though, what I can proudly say is, even though I still have occasional binges, they are not near what they were.  I call that a win! Continue reading


Sunday Supper: Baking Without Starting A Fire – Yeah, I Did It!

“Are you casting asparagus on my cooking?”
~Curly Howard~ (Cooking Quotes)

Fudge Brownies with Pumpkin loaf

So it’s actually Monday morning now.  And sure, brownies & corn muffins aren’t so much supper as a dessert & a side, or bread, or whatever the civilized masses would consider it, respectively.  But This is my blog, & you get what I give you when you get it.  And you’ll like it! Continue reading

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The Meetings Will Continue Until Morale Improves… Progress Check

You’ve got to say, I think that if I keep working at this and want it badly enough I can have it.  It’s called perseverance.
Lee Iacocca~ (Healthy Living @ Shine)

Jan 2011 Progress pics

It was in the 30s out & my camera was giving me issues, so ignore the unpleasantness I was radiating when these pics were taken.

So, I had a good week I am proud to report!  The last Weight Watchers meeting I had attended was before Christmas, so it had been three weeks.  I had also not tracked or exercised much, or mostly at all, in that time, & had eaten out a lot; so naturally I was nervous.  But I was also hopeful.  I felt thinner.  That’s gotta count for something, right?  I had gained 1.6 pounds at the last weigh-in, so I was doubly hoping for a loss this time; at least enough to balance out what I had gained.

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