Posted in Randomness

My Journey part 5

So November of 2012, I was transferred from the middle school to the elementary and I joined Elf 4 Health.

The bathroom right next to my room has a full length mirror in it. Almost every time, I went to the restroom. I would look at a side view of myself and just shake my head. I couldn’t believe how I let myself go. I was afraid I would continue to gain weight. Not a very good feeling.

My first elf was Lyndi. She is awesome. We emailed each other on a daily basis, several times in the day. We discussed what we were eating and about our day. She encouraged me. During that time, I did most of the challenges and started to get my feet wet into a lifestyle change not just me playing a numbers game.

Then I was matched up with Gretchen. We still email each other several times a week. She also encouraged me. I felt like I can do this.

My third elf only emailed me a few times. Fortunately Gretchen and I continued to be each other’s elves.

During the last few weeks of the Elf 4 Health, I participated in more of the challenges. I loved they were both for spiritual well-being and also physical health.

Although I had already learned some new eating habits, I learned even more. I tried new foods – chia seeds, PB2, and green smoothies. I started putting more veggies in my dishes. I became aware of how much fiber needed to be in my diet.

I learned how it’s important to move and be active. I’m not where I need or want to be in that aspect of becoming healthy.

Most of I learned to love me! Once that occurred the extra weight began to come off. I’m now 0.5 pounds from having what is considered a healthy BMI.

My journey is not complete. I still have more to learn. But I’m on my way to becoming healthier.

Posted in Menu planning

What’s for dinner? Feb. 4


Hash brown casserole (x3)
Greek yogurt, fruit, cereal parfait (x2)
Italian eggs
French toast


Buffalo chicken salad wrap (x2)
Caprese pasta salad
Brown sugar chicken salad
Roasted veggie panini
Baked potato soup
Flatbread pizza


Roasted veggie ziti
Beef Ragu over pasta
Brown sugar chicken
Baked potato soup
Chicken chalquillas

Posted in Healthy, Ingredients, Recipes, Snacks

Kale chips

I’ve heard about these things but hadn’t tried them until yesterday. My boys won’t touch it with a 10 foot pole. My hubby was brave and tried it. It was not his thing. However he did try it so that’s a plus.

I burnt mine but couldn’t stop snacking on them. They were addictive.

Kale Chips
Finding Joy in my Kitchen

Stars of the recipe:

  • Bunch of kale
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil cooking spray


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Wash kale.
  3. Break into smaller pieces.
  4. Place on cooking sheet. Spray with olive oil and season with salt.
  5. Bake for 5 minutes. Flip and bake for 5 minutes longer. (Mine took a shorter amt. of time so keep an eye on them.)
  6. Enjoy!


Printable Recipe

Posted in Chickpeas, DIY, Healthy, Ingredients, Recipes, Snacks

Buffalo Wing Hummus

I love hummus. I love dipping carrots or celery in it. I have never tried to make it until now. It is so simple to make if you have a food processor or blender.

This hummus has the flavor of buffalo wings without all the fat and calories. Delicious!

It passed he hubby test.


Buffalo Wing Hummus

Slender Kitchen

Stars of the recipe:

  • 1 1/2 c. canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed (reserve 1/4 c. of the liquid) –1 – 14 oz. can
  • 2 cloves garlic (2 Tbsp. of already minced garlic)
  • 2 Tbsp. tahini or Greek yogurt (I used the Greek yogurt and it worked great.)
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice (Microwave the lemon for about 10 seconds before juicing it)
  • 3/4 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tbsp. barbecue sauce
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. hot sauce (I used Frank’s Red Hot buffalo wing flavor.)
  • 1 1/2 tsp. white vinegar
  • 3/4 tsp. salt


  1. Add everything to food processor or blender.
  2. Blend it until it reaches the texture you want.
  3. Enjoy with pita chips or fresh veggies!

(1/4 c. has 73 calories)

Printable Recipe

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My journey part 4

The first part of the journey

The second part of the journey

The third part of the journey

In the fall of 2010, I was transferred to the middle school. Soon after starting there, I gained more weight and increased my pants’ size. It must have been from stress.

Soon I was back to the weight from when I started the journey. My body held onto it like it was a security blanket.

The next school year, I was back at the elementary school and continued to maintain that weight. I had about 3 or 4 pants I could wear comfortably to work.

At one point I tried to lose some of the weight. I played the numbers game once again. After a couple of weeks, I had given up and regained any weight I had lost.

I allowed myself to not take care of my health.

I once again was transferred to work with middle school age children. My class was very disrespectful. Also the stress of the job took the weight and really held onto it. I was gradually moving towards the biggest pants’ size I had ever worn.  (I also wasn’t eating breakfast on a regular basis, drinking Coke, and eating lunch was a balancing act.)

I was not liking how I looked.

In November, they transferred me back to the elementary and I joined Elf 4 Health.

To be continued . . .