May 2018 Update

It has been a crazy, busy few months. I plan a large 3 day book signing in April, and my focus was 100% on that for the month before, not really stopping to have time to cook. I did some drinking and a whole lot of pudding shots, and I am thrilled I didn't gain. I have completed 16 weeks and lost 21 pounds on Weight Watchers so far. And I'll be honest. Though I am going to meetings and watching what I eat, I have been slacking on my tracking (See what I did there? I'm a poet and didn't know it!). I came back and have now been sick for three freaking weeks! I have had no energy to cook, but I'm hungrier than ever. Figures. So tomorrow (Monday, of course), I am starting again. Tracking … [Read more...]

Start of March Check-In

I can't believe it's a new month. Here in Parkland we have been in sort of a numb bubble. My focus has been on making sure these kids are heard and represented correctly. I have also been educating myself more on our constitution, guns, politics, and the NRA. The helicopters are still overhead every day as local schools walk out and march toward ours. There are new stories and new insights unfolding hourly and I feel like I can't miss a thing. Like I need to stay on top of it at all times. So my focus has not been on dieting. On top of that, Wicked Book Weekend, the book signing I work all year on, is next month. But, I have been able to stay on Weight Watchers. I am super proud of … [Read more...]

Every Parent’s Nightmare -Terror in Parkland

**Note: While this blog has been kind of dormant on and off over the years, I thought this may be a good place to post this, especially with the title Starting on Monday--we can't put this off anymore, more of our children will die. This was MY TOWN. MY KIDS' SCHOOL. I SUBBED HERE. I can't keep quiet. Angry. I am so angry. I’m sad, I’m scared. I have been crying for 3 days straight. My oldest son (graduated) was editor of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Yearbook. My younger son will be going there in a year and a half. I have substituted there. This is my home. When I see a mass shooting on TV, I cry with the nation, but it never really hits home until it actually hits your home. There … [Read more...]

Easy 0 point Cauliflower Fried Rice

Easy 0 Point Cauliflower Fried Rice Though fried rice is most often a side dish, with enough protein (chicken or shrimp), this has now become my best cook-it-fast, easy, eat a lot dinner. I can eat a whole package myself and it's still 0 points! I keep all this stuff in my freezer, stocked up so even when I don't have fresh veggies or chicken, I always have this. You need: Green Giant Riced Veggies Cauliflower Medley (They have lots of riced veggies, but this seems the most like fried rice to me) (0 WW smart points) Olive oil spray (1-2 sprays, 0 points) Garlic (0 points) Perdue Short Cuts Roasted Chicken Breast (or any chicken breast pieces that are 0 points) or frozen … [Read more...]

Rock Bottoms and Long Hair by Author Magan Vernon

A year ago I was going to an author event and showing of Fifty Shades Darker. I had nothing to wear besides Mom clothes so I went to Target. I told myself that I was plus size and was going to just dress myself cute because there was no reason a plus size girl shouldn't be able to be cute. Then sticker shock came in as I had to buy the biggest size pair of jeans and shirt I ever had and the price was over $50. I told myself small changes, I'd be all right. I looked in the mirror and told myself in my size twenty jeans and 2x shirt that I was curvy but cute. I ignored that the jeans were actually kind of tight. I ignored that I hated what I saw. I put on makeup and then played with … [Read more...]

Week 3 WW Begins

Today was my 3rd weigh in, and the beginning of my 3rd week on Weight Watchers. The week before I started WW I did My Fitness Pal and lost 4.2 pounds. Then 2 pounds the first week of WW and stayed the same this week. It’s so hard not to get discouraged when you were in your points range every day, didn’t use your weekly bonus points or your rollover points. I’m so disappointed. I want to show a result for my work! But I will NOT get discouraged. I am “going through my changes” so my hormones are out of whack. I have eaten a lot of salt and not drank enough water, even though I am within my points range. And though I’ve added veggies to my diet, still, 1-2 servings a day isn’t enough. … [Read more...]

Scared to Weigh In

I weigh in tomorrow on Weight Watchers. In the 9 days before I started WW I did My Fitness Pal and lost 4.2 pounds. But I got on my scale today and was up .4 pounds. I have followed Weight Watchers so easily this week, maybe it was too easy? I had a good number of points left every day, and I know people say to eat more points, but I'm not hungry! And if I do eat more, I prefer fruit, which is 0 points. The majority of my points this week were spent on fats. Since I am a night owl, I don't eat until around 1pm, and 3 eggs and a slice of light toast with a teeny bit of butter is 1 point. If I want a snack, I have fruit or veggies.  Then I have a dinner of grilled chicken or shrimp & … [Read more...]