Supply & Demand: The demand for a slow paced Health and food blog

Hello all,

I will be on here every now and again and more often when summer rolls around, but a bit of my time is being devoted to this site:

due to demand!

Come find me – it is a fantastic little blog where each week we pose and meet a challenge – of making a step towards healthier/safer eating.

I look forward to seeing you on the flipside!



Mid-semester Burn out

I should be revved for Halloween. I am not. I should be excited to begin planning family holidays! I am not. Even the exclamation point at the end of that sentence was just plain exhausting.

I want a vacation. I want sand between my toes and an endless bottle of wine. I also wouldn’t mind being 20 lbs lighter.

But it is fall semester where the impending weather looms overhead each day and the clock’s “tick” seems to echo through the poorly lit hallway that is the coming winter months.

And then, like the sound of jingle bells lifting all the children’s spirits and smiles, floats the wise words of the fantastic Taylor Swift, “shake it off, shake it off” and I seriously just want to get up and dance!

Life goes on and true wealth is in turning your minutes into golden droplets of personal enjoyment – through the physical expression of dance or by mentally diving into a fabulous book! When I pass on from this life I want there to be so many golden droplets of wealth pouring over all those I love that they have to recognize all the living that I got done and honor it by valuing their own gifted minutes!

And “bam!” I have refocused. Better yet reclaimed my time and my purpose! Here I come class and after that… Pumpkins beware: your disembowelment is inevitable!!!

July 22nd, 2014

Woke up not feeling quite right. Had some oatmeal hoping to feel better… still not quite right. Hoping in the next hour to get my workout on. Will let you know how the internal battle plays out.

11:29am  It took a bit to convince myself.  I walked over to the couch.  Looked longingly at the comfy spot I like to sit in to read.  Then one thought took root.  It isn’t a choice to workout – it is my new way of life.  It is my payment for waking up that day.  It is just what must be done.

I pushed play and got my mat and weights out while listening to Jillian’s intro.



(Please Lord, let this pay off.)

Surprisingly, I feel less shaky then when I woke.

**Bring intention to every action**



July 21st, 2014

So Friday the 18th I did Jillian Michael’s “Fat Burning Metabolism Boosting” workout again. I felt so much better afterwards. Saturday I had to work from 7:30am until 2 and then it was a mess so… no workout. Sunday – even though I was ridiculously sore and wanted nothing more than a day of rest – I did that workout again. *moment of pride* Today, no work so I pulled out JM’s 30 Day Shred. I completed level one only resting maybe two times – I couldn’t believe how hard I found some of the moves. Here is to a new lifestyle!!

July 17th, 2014 It’s all about accountability.


woke up around 7:30am had a glass of water and a not quite a cup of coffee.

snuggled with my kids (in the perfect world that burns A LOT of calories)

at 9:30am I began Jillian Micheal’s “Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism” – a 40 minute workout (and boy, oh boy, am I glad I didn’t know that before I put the DVD in or it may have never happened).

now it’s 10:25am and I am feeling positively… happy.  I forgot this feeling of arm jello, ab soreness, wobbly leg giddiness. This sensation of “It IS going to be worth it!” and  “I can SO do this!”

I followed this up with an organic lemon cut in half and squeezed into room temp water.


Onto a busy day,  but at this rate – I may walk to work today just because I feel that great!!

My thought to hold on to today…

Do every action with full intention!


Thanks for sticking with me!


In comes March…..

So here we are.  March 3rd, 2014.

I started the Simple Start with WeightWatchers on Feb 6th.  I am down 5.6lbs.  in one month.  This is somewhat depressing.  BUT

then  I think of it this way:

It is 5.6lbs gone rather than a gain.

I didn’t change anything other than WHAT and WHEN I am eating.

I am eating more. (?I know right).

If I keep up exactly what I am doing now I will lose 22.4 lbs before June 1st!!

So it’s time to throw away my negative thoughts and wrap myself into a positive can do attitude!!


MASTER PLAN: Mount Wannalosehalfme Resolution.

Well my dearest dieting diary,

I am sorry it has been so long.  You would think if one stops writing in a fat journal it is because they no longer need help.  That unfortunately has not been the case.

>>Before I get started – please do not take offense to my terminology, it is my determination to face the reality of my own situation<<

Things have actually gotten worse.  I am at my highest weight.  EVER.

And it must stop.

Last year at this time – I worked out like a fiend.  My hubby plays football and I was at the gym longer, doing more. He dropped like 20 lbs.  I dropped NOTHING.  That’s right.  Nothing.  I tracked my calorie intake in my fitness pal.  I struggled to have enough calories every day.  But I believe finally,  I have determined the problem to be:   WHAT I ate and WHEN I ate it.

You see in the morning, 3-5 cups of coffee with about a tablespoon of 2% milk in each cup along with about 1 tablespoon give or take of sugar in each cup.  ((ahem – there was about half my calories for the day)).  Then somewhere between 5pm and 10pm I would realize that beside coffee I didn’t have anything – look at my fitness pal and say okay – well I have 600 calories so I will have a huge plate of whatever the kids are having.  Spaghetti, Lasagna, Often a Salad but with about a quarter cup of Ranch in it.  Chicken. Steaks.  Not necessarily unhealthy choices (sometimes though) and not necessarily unhealthy portions (but sometimes).

So, somewhere about the end of August, even though I was taking part in The Biggest Loser Run in September, I just stopped trying.  My weight wasn’t going down.  I raised the white flag and walked away.

The remnants of my battle can be viewed in this blog.  I had tried P90X and had a love/hate relationship where I didn’t LOSE A N Y T H I N G.  I tried the Shakology by Beach Body – love it- but couldn’t afford it.  Yes, yes.  I know you are replacing a third of your meals so in essence you should be cutting your grocery bill by 1/3.  But that isn’t true if you don’t. eat. breakfast.

So Here I Am.

I know I need help.

Ran into a good friend and we started chatting WeightWatchers.  Now my Mom and Sister are both doing that program and have since I-don’t-even-know-when and I mean a LONG time.  Both love it and have found great success.  But every time I look at the price – I back down.

Well, this time, reflecting on all the money for the fitness club and dvd’s and shakes


determining that MY problem with my weight is WHAT I eat and WHEN I eat – I think this might be may best option.


We attended our first meeting last night.  I had no idea what to expect. Well, that isn’t entirely true.  My great imagination provided me with several ideas of what it might be like:


“Hello.  My name is J.Lyn.  I am a mother of three and I weigh now more than I did carrying any of my children.  I need help.”

“Hello J.Lyn, Thank you for sharing.”


“J.Lyn! Newcomer of muffintop and rolls, you have been called forth to the summit of Mount Wannalosehalfme to join with us in the fraternal bonds of fat-hood.”

and so on and so forth…

But it wasn’t.  They talked about Simple Start, which is the program that Jessica Simpson used to shed her weight. This made me happy and sad.  I don’t remember what talk show she did after having her last child where you could tell she wasn’t no skinny mini and I remember applauding!!  and Thanking the Reality Gods  for shedding a little light on real life in Hollywood.  and. She looked beautiful.

Don’t get me wrong of course she is beautiful now.  And maybe that subconsciously is what affected me.

I am beautiful now, but I don’t feel good.  I am tired often.  And as a mom I pretend I am not.   But I am.

I can’t think as well… or be as focused when I try.  Perhaps this is why motherhood and multitasking go hand in hand.  We are all so hungry that in order to accomplish anything we have to jump from task to task so that we stay awake and too busy to admit we need better nutrition.

So anyway, Starting here on out – I am going to jump on here at least three times a day to publish a photo of what I am eating and what time I am eating it.  I also got the ActiveLink – but this week I am just supposed to do normal.  When I get some info off that and decide to change it up – I will write about that as well.  But there it is… my reasons, my goals, my MASTER PLAN.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA     weight – goodbye.

Hello Simple Start!