Monday, February 15, 2016

Learning to Live Lean!

      I hope ya'll had a wonderfull Valentine's weekend! We had a great one! Little Riley spent it with us, so we had a little one on board. She is so dainty and cute! She has a way of reasoning things out to be so young! It's a pleasure having her around! We finally got to go to the first, I believe, Alabama Trader Joe's! It was a very nice store! I am glad to see the prices weren't as bad as I thought they would be. I wished this area would get one! I believe we could support a Trader Joe's! We are getting Panera Bread, so why not? We just recently had a Publix grand opening. They are a very over-priced grocery store, in my opinion. But, they do carry some items you can't get anywhere else in this location.

      Oh yes, back to my title. Living lean: that's what I'm trying to do. I'm not perfect at it and I don't always 'do right', but I sure am trying! I'm loving what I'm doing! Eating more veggies and healthy protein than I thought I could; working out 3-5 times each week; walking outside on pretty days. I love being active and I love to exercise. So, this newer way of living is right up my alley! Yes, I also enjoy cheat meals and treats, but I get right back to eating healthy as soon as possible. I just blended a banana and some strawberry protein powder for an after workout snack. It tasted just like ice cream! I don't care for the strawberry protein powder as much as the vanilla, so next time I'll use that. I eat nuts and dried fruit in between meals, but there's not really much room for them when I'm drinking the protein drinks and/or green juice. Mostly, I stay full. I have also been trying different teas. Trader Joe's has a pretty good selection, so I purchased a ginger pear and a white pomegranite. Both are delicious! I drink them if I get a craving for something sweet, or just whenenver. I also enjoy other teas as well. They seem to work.

      If you want to see who inspired me, check out this channel. He and his wife are so young and cute! Of course I can't do what they do, but I do what I can do! They have several YouTube channels, so look through and see what you can find. I haven't joined them as of yet, but I am thinking about it. It would be nice to have all those dvd's to choose from! Let me know what you think, if you visit them. Oh, and they are expecting their first baby in August!

      We are having a rainy spell today. Looks like clouds for tomorrow! But, the temps are supposed to warm up into the 60's by the weekend! I have been seeing robins lately, and the trees have a sort of red color trying to pop out on the branches. Spring is just around the corner for us! YAY! I hope the weather is pleasant where you live! Thanks for stopping by! Blessings from Bama!

Two grilled chicken patties with a salad. Yum!

My lovely Valentine quiche Randy made for us!

Leftover Carraba's and a healthy salad.

Our first King Cake! It was delicious! I only ate one or two pieces, thankfully!

Oatmeal pancakes with greens and nuts. Yum!

Thai coconut catfish is so yummy!

Leftovers with a salad.

Side selfie. During my weight loss.

My tummy is still poochy.

Our Mardi Gras baby.

If you haven't tried sweet potato chips, they are so easy to make: peel and slice and bake on 400-425 for about 30 minutes. Check about 10 minute intervals until done.

Sweet Riley.

My Valentine's roses and card.

Kale, frozen stir-fry veggies, brussel sprouts, and marinated sliced turkey from Aldi.



  1. Your food looks so good - Randy's quiche looks good too! I will have to go over and look at the you tube. Keep up the good work!

    1. Thanks Jacky! It was! But I only ate one piece. It was very rich!

  2. It looks like you had a lovely Valentine's Day! Congratulations on doing so well at eating the right foods and exercising! Nancy

  3. Lookin' Good! Hugs, Cheeryshirley

  4. First of all.... you look great! All your hard work is paying off and sounds like you are feeling better than ever. We, or rather Greenville, got a Trader Joe's a few years ago and folks were so excited about that store coming to town. Love Panera Bread and our neighboring small town has one that we frequent a lot. And Publix..... I do like Publix. The Publix brands are, in my humble opinion, sometimes superior to the name brands and they do carry a selection of goods that no other grocery does in our area. We are eating the Chobani yogurt made with Stevia, and Publix is the only store that carries a variety of flavors, so we make the drive to shop there. I will definitely try the sweet potato chips. Those sound good! Keep up the good work! Blessings to you! :)

    1. Awe, thank you Lisa, but I still have a long way to go to get rid of excess fat! Thanks for the review on Publix! Glad you find things you enjoy buying from there! I like to go occasionally if I'm in need of something I can't find at Walmart. I love the sweet potato chips! Thank you, and blessings to you as well!

  5. I will certainly check out that site. I need to get healthier too! We are getting some walking in but unfortunately we are eating out more lately (we found a great home-cooking kind of restaurant but it isn't helping my weight any!).

    1. Hi Becky! I understand the desire to eat great home-cooked tasting food from a restaurant! If it doesn't taste at least as good as my own cooking, why bother? I have to modify a lot of the exercises and that's O.K. We have to listen to our bodies! Thanks for stopping by! Blessings!


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