When things feel beyond control

Life happens. Somethings are simply beyond our control. That is a reality. There are fires raging out of control. Senseless acts of violence riddling our lives with fear. And health issues that are compounded by stress. A friend of mine lost a close friend to a heart attack last night. I can choose to let…

Rooted and uprooted

I saw this on social media this morning and it hit home. I tend to dig in, plant roots, and get stuck.  Routines are great as long as you are not stuck in a rut. Today I needed the reminder that I can make changes… move on from routines and learn. With that, I share…

The art of distraction

I wake up every morning at 5am… rather, my pooch wakes me up to go out every day at OMG it’s early… I start the day with my warm chocolate IP drink, num!  But by 7am… I need food!  But today… I know that I am going to be around a ton of temptation!  Eating…

Sharing

At my home, this is a weekend typically filled with celebrations and fun with family and friends.  Typically, this means food. Jar because I am being more careful with my food choices doesn’t mean I need to bring “diet” food!  A few of my favorites… Janeva’s buffalo chicken meatballs.  Brought those to a potluck.. 150…

Changing the beginning

Today started off…. ummmmmm… sucktastically.  Lots of frustration.. a few emotional outburst later… it’s time to change my day. I took a little walk, and decided it would be a great time for a knock out breakfast!!! You know… start the day over, and better! I made Wildberry Scones the other day.  They are really light…

Changing the “can’t”

One word that threatens my ability to move forward is “can’t.” When everything is super regimented, it feels like I am living in what I can’t have and can’t do… This is where I get stuck. And depressed… and angry. My sister reminded me: I am the one with the power. Yes, I will hear…

When to seek help

I can blame the stress. I can blame my health, I can blame the world. I choose to accept that I own my problem. I got tasked with a new challenge… and I have an awesome boss who preaches work life balance (and actually walks her talk.). She reminds me daily not to burn out……

Rhubarb…

If you have been in IP any length of time you have heard of Janeva and her miracle cookbook.  You also have heard af strawberry-rhubarb compote. In the 3 years, since I learned about IP, I have learned that I need to be willing to try new things… but rhubarb took me a while to…

Operation: make it easier has begun!

Pulling it together After a really challenging week, I am making a date today to clean out all the crap. We have had company (including a bored teen), medical stuff, long hours, short fuses. My house needs to be put in order. I am starting with my refrigerator. I know I need to go to…

Confessions of an addict

Any one who has ever battled an addiction knows. We know what quitting means, we know that making good choices is the path to healing. Whatever your addiction, it’s a pull to something that is beyond reason. I come from a very long line of addicts. Food, alcohol, drugs, shopping, hoarding… my family has a…

It’s a choice

I awoke this morning with a ton of things to do. The color run starts in 1.5 hours, house cleaning, doctor appointments, laundry, grocery shopping, meal prepping… and my family coming for a visit. The dog needed to be walked, the fur babies needed to be fed. I started my morning feeling overwhelmed. Silly. It’s…

Light and Fresh

This was sooo good.  I made Janeva’s pizza crust on page 81.  I sliced up a zucchini and some tomato… took the cold veggies and mixed with Walden Farm Ranch… placed on top of my crispy crust… This is one IP packet and 1tsp olive oil…if you don’t have the cookbook… you might want to…