Real talk.

I’m back after what seems like forever. A major situation had happened the weekend before last, which nearly took all of my strength, patience, and expertise to deal with. A close family member had been struggling with depression and anxiety to the point that she had given up on life. A powerful moment of desperation…

Stevia and gluten free products!

Hi everyone! Coach Laura here. I wanted to talk with you a bit about the Stevia sweetened products and gluten-free products. Some of us having stricter dietary restrictions and I wanted to highlight two topics that are close to my heart. I personally have been gluten free for over 8 months and that works well for me….

Living and Eating at the Sports Field

This is the view of my life most nights and weekends right now . . . With two girls playing ball on two different teams all while chasing a 3 year old to and from the playground, trying to eat well was on the back burner.  I would either forget to bring something to the…

Get back up and dust yourself off

Today I decided to share some of the “dark side” of my journey… My eldest daughter just turned 15 last week, and in lieu of a Quinceañera (think debutante ball, but for 1 girl, it’s a Mexican tradition), she asked for a car when she turns 16. Because 15th birthdays are a major milestone in…

Not JUST a pickle

Since I was young, I have LOVED pickles.  Not just liked pickles, but loved them.  I remember my mom and I picking cucumbers in the garden, making the pickling mixture and packing them tightly into a jar.  I couldn’t wait to try them after they had officially been “pickled.” When at a restaurant, I always…

Alone time

Today was Thursday, and on Thursdays, I drive to SF, usually work a few hours, then back. Today, after my drive, I decided to take a “me day” and go see a mid-day movie (Pacific Rim, for those wondering). I’m always hopeful when glancing at the menu at the concession counter while I buy my…

Minor Setback

“When you start living the life of your dreams, there will always be obstacles, doubters, mistakes and setbacks along the way. But with hard work, perseverance and self-belief there is no limit to what you can achieve.” ― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart Man, this morning sucked. I went into my usual weigh-in time…

Yummy Gummies

Inspired by recipes posted in Dea’s Facebook group, for Valentine’s Day I had experimented with my own recipe for IP gummies, and would like to share with all of you. Tips for making gummies: I use the packets of Knox Unflavored Gelatin, and each packet is equal to 1 Tbsp of gelatin. To make “creamy”…

T.o.m. (A blog for the ladies)

T.o.m. for those unaware of what it stands for, is Time Of Month. I have been struggling with “hormonal imbalances” for a few years now. This has caused me to have irregular periods, sometimes lasting 3 solid months without a blood-less day, and often so heavy I can’t make it through an hour without needing…

Moroccan Soup

My husband’s company does a food challenge every week.  They send out a healthy recipe and if they make it, take a picture and submit the picture, they are entered into a raffle.  He has yet to win a prize, but we have gotten some good meals out of the recipes. The one this last…

Accountability

Hi, all-Coach Laura here. I just wanted to speak briefly to accountability. I have been in maintenance for almost 2 years and I know that at times I can slip into bad habits, but know that I have to get right back on. The last two months I have been weighing myself at the beginning…