Wednesday, January 16, 2013


The old adage goes "when life gives you lemons, make lemonade."  Then some clever and fun loving person changed it to "when life gives you lemons, make a lemon martini."  Well screw that, I want the Ritz Carlton Famous Lemon Pound Cake with a blueberry compote. I made it over the summer and it was amazing!!!  Here is the recipe I came across while browsing pinterest.  and then drizzled, topped or smothered in this  Most excellent when paired. Go all out and put some fresh whipped cream or vanilla bean ice cream with it too.

The problem?  I decided to take part in the six-sister's stuff 8-week Get Healthy Challenge.
Not only did I commit myself to this challenge but I am the lead person in our mini Facebook group.  In this challenge you are supposed to forego sweets for six out of seven days in the week.  And I know I shouldn't eat a full cake in one day.  And I am too competitive to let the points go and eat the cake over the course of a week.

Normally I allow a few calories for sweet treats.  This is my favorite recipe that comes in at only 74 calories a cupcake:  these are so tasty and you can freeze them a defrost when the sweet tooth hits.  But instead of these, and instead of that delicious lemon pound cake, I turn to peanut butter.  I finally broke down and bought some sugar-free pudding.  I am trying to resist these as well because I don't want to get into the habit of eating them everyday.

But let's get back to the cake.  Ever since I received the news and the deadline to a life changing situation, I have wanted to binge.  On sweets, on salty treats, whatever I can find and most definitely I want to bake cake after cake after cake and eat them too.  So I am very thankful of my transformation in the last year.  While I don't always have self control around food, I am 85% better.  I haven't binged, only dreamed.  Dreamed about warmer temperatures, dreamed about getting a job in Disneyland and dreamed about eating lemon and blueberries in sweet tasting bliss.

This is me
(heading out to see the Lion King on stage)

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Happy New Year!!!

I am hoping to blog more in the new year.  I have just started another blog and I know I can update that one weekly but this one......?????

With the new year comes new goals.

Goal #1- lose the holiday weight and a little more to FINALLY reach my goal weight.  This is the first time in I think forever that my "weight to lose" has been so small.  Kind of exciting really.

Goal #2- this goal is in two parts but the same intent.  I would like to gain a min/mile in my run time and increase my run-walk ratio to 3:1.  I think this is very doable.  I am excited to see how far I can go this year.  If all goes well, I also hope to start training for a full marathon by the end of August.  That will be a wait and see how my leg finishes healing.

Other Goals:
a) Run a full marathon in 2014 or 2015.  I am hoping to run the St. Jude's Country Marathon in Nashville.  :)
b) 5 year goal--Run the Goofy Challenge at WDW in January 2018 and the Dumbo challenge in Disneyland August/September 2018.  Woop-woop.

Some fun things for this new year include jogging to the moon. You can be part of a relay team to run laps around the earth and moon.  So cool.  I haven't signed up for any races this year yet, but that will come.  I have my eye on a few.  I am also starting the 8-week challenge put out by the six-sisters website.  Looking forward to continuing this journey of transformation.

What are your goals for 2013?  Where will this year take you?

This is me
(Oct. 2011 on the right--October 2012 on the left)