Monthly Archives: December 2018


Happy New Year to all. Here I am starting over again. I know what you are thinking, here she goes again with a brand new beginning. It’s true, I have fallen off the wagon more times than I can count in the last year and a half. I am not here to speak about my past struggles and hardships, because I am ringing in the brand new year with positive vibes only. It’s a fresh new start, and I am in it to win it. No longer will I look back, I am not going that way.

I wrapped up my last two holiday charities. As I begin blogging again I am making major changes for this blog. No longer will I document my weight loss through charities. I plan to start a separate project to give back. I am starting a brand new vegan health and weight loss with fitness, and back to a mind-body connection. No longer will I be focusing on the scale as my only barometer as success. I will judge my successes by my fitness and health accomplishments and my artistic and personal goals. I will be making 2019 my best year ever, and documenting my process of changing my life on for the better on every level. This will still be a weight loss/fitness blog but so much more; a true lifestyle blog.

I am starting January off strong, and when the holidays begin next year I will be a better version of myself. I have big goals which I can share later, but I am starting off in January building the foundation for my goals. The basics, the cement that will keep my temple steady as I lean into my dreams. My first week of January begins like this.

January 1, 2019 Day one and week one.

1.After weigh in, we are doing a whole foods-plant-based grocery haul. It is a mini haul to get us started on the right path. My long-term plan is to try to only grocery shop twice a week. 

2.Which brings me into the next thing to do on my first week of 2019 to do list. We plan to really crack down on our budget, no longer will we go to the store at random times. Eating whole foods and plant-based will be better for both our health and financial budgets. I will share what we will be eating our first week in a later post. The less we spend on unhealthy vegan junk food, the more money we have for bills and debt. In 2019 I plan to tackle the ghosts of my past with zero fear. I am not saying I will never have vegan fun foods again, but my main nutrition will be whole foods-plant based with limited sodium, oil and sugar. Eating like this will help me save money and tackle past money mistakes. 

3.Daily workouts, cardio, stretching, running and yoga. It’s time to get strong again, beginning today. I have a gym in my building, and I can start doing Melissa Bender Fitness workouts and yoga. There is a little room in the gym, and I can do yoga with my phone on YouTube. Her motto is “Fitness Should Be Free.”

Free totally works for my budget. No excuses.


4.This week I plan to de-clutter my space, clear out my closet and clean our home from top to bottom. Think about it, you spend so much of your time at home, make it your sanctuary. There are some things I would like to do to improve our living space but we are starting with the basic essentials; getting rid of the chaos and stuff we no longer have a need for. Removing metaphorical trash that gets in my way. 

5.Get inspired,live with a positive mindset. Write down my dreams and goals, and start planning for my best year ever. I bought a lovely 2019 planner and I will put it to good use. I also want to research equipment for my YouTube channel which I plan to revisit in the future. Start studying my American Council of exercise book, and read ten pages a day from one of my many inspirational books I own. 

This is what my first week looks like.  As I wrap up my first blog post of 2019 I am incredibly grateful for life, living, loved ones near and far. I begin again in gratitude and grace. I choose joy and hope that anything is possible if you believe and take the time to take action.

With love and light

Happy New Year




It has been a while since I have posted. The Holidays hit both my husband James and I hard this year. The last few years were difficult due to the loss of multiple loved ones. On top of that we had some other personal struggles, which made Christmas and my Birthday  difficult. It’s a time you cannot escape the depression of missing a loved one. You can run, but on Christmas you cannot hide. We chose to just stay close to each other and our kitties and allow ourselves to feel the pain just a little. We also have been reflecting on how we can change our lives and live life to the utmost fullest. When you hit rock bottom, the only way out it up. That’s where the light is. I’m following the light.

With this relevation I have decided to start brand new( again). This time I plan to not only blog about my weight loss and fitness journey, but to blog on my journey to make my life more fulfilling. A true lifestyle blog on how to really improve your life and live your best life ever. I have never done this so I’m going to learn as I go. 2019 has 365 days to make a wrong a right, and to write about this new journey of mine. When Christmas hits next year, I’m going to be in a completely different mindset and place in my mind. I’ve been depressed for a few years, since my Mom died and the move away from California. My survivor Mom is inside of me and so is the spirit of California. I’m going to use the lessons I learned and go for it. 

I wrapped up my food drive and my toy drive, and 2018 is almost in the history books. I am grateful for so much even through the sorrow. I’m ready to take my sour lemons and turn them into sweet surprises. I do love lemonade and sharing it with anyone who needs a little extra sweetness in their life.