I’m Losing Weight with the Lose It! App

I'm losing it


Without doing any research, I would bet a lot of money that the most-popular New Year’s resolution is losing weight. And I’d be right there with the rest of the crowd.

I promised myself that I wouldn’t go the ‘resolution route’ this year. Instead, I’m creating a MANIFESTO that will help guide me through the year (and into the next year). You’ll see all the details in an upcoming blog post — I promise!

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Wow!  That’s a BIG number, isn’t it?

One of the sections of my manifesto is Health and Wellness.   So, no matter whether I call it a resolution or a goal or a line item on my manifesto, I really do want to (need to) lose about 50 pounds.

That sounds like a lot of weight. But…when you do the math, that comes out to a little more than four pounds each month. Or about a pound a week.

I really think I can do that!

Three of my best friends at work asked me to join them on the health improvement and weight-loss journey today by signing up for the free app LoseIt!. So I did.

{I need all the help I can get.}

I’ve added my profile information and even logged the food I’ve eaten for the past few days.


And, to my surprise (not really) the food that I’ve been eating at lunch during the work week is killing me.  My cheat meals at Garden Wok are over — at least for now.  I have to totally concentrate on good food choices — every day of the week.


clip art weighing scale with footprints

I guess you can only trick yourself for so long. And today was the last day for that.

I’m at the highest weight of my life and that’s sad. Sad because I allowed it to happen. Yes, I could blame it on some of the medications I take. One of the biggest side effects of one of them is weight gain. But…since I know that, I should be taking action to prevent the weight gain from happening in the first place. At least that’s my thought.

Instead, I’ve just allowed myself to get fat and lazy.

Sad. Sad. Sad.

It’s time to turn the bus around and get VERY serious about food choices and exercise (which has been non-existent for a long time). Because “I’m busy and I don’t have time.” (READ: I’m just lazy and don’t want to move.)

I won’t be running any marathons in the near future; however, I need to get up and MOVE.

In addition to my poor choices for lunch, I am a charter member of the Clean Plate Club. And I have to learn to break that habit too. The club will have to go on with out me. Blah. Blah. Blah.

Here’s a screen capture of the Lose It! home page.

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You can access your information from your computer and your smart phone.  And it’s FREE.  There’s a premium version that you can pay for, but (so far) the free version is perfect for what I need to do.

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And here’s where I track my weight.  The scale at work weighs heavier than my scale at home (don’t you hate that?) but we all agreed that we should use the same scale.  We’re having weekly weigh ins.  On Fridays.

screen capture lose it with weight tracking

So far, Lose It! seems to be a great way to keep track of my meals and exercise.  There are also several support groups you can join (for free).  I’ve joined two.  I haven’t done much with them (yet) so I can’t give you any feedback on them.

I’ll be posting my weight loss progress here on the blog at least weekly.  I’ll really appreciate your support.  And I’ll be happy to encourage you too.


P.S.  I’m all done posting all the ‘bad’ food pictures on Instagram.  I know I went pretty crazy with the heavy, carb-laden foods lately.  College Boy and Tall Child were on Christmas break and we tend to stay home and cook big, hearty meals when they are home.  They love to eat.  And my wife and love it when we can all be together.
P.P.S. If YOU are interested in joining LoseIt! and want to keep tabs on me, just email me and I’ll share my ID so you can be my ‘friend’.  : )

Essential Oils: Something New for 2015

Edens Gardens Organic Top Six Essential Oil Set with Frame

I’ve used essential oils in soap making.

Because they are highly concentrated and they smell — wonderful.

But I guess I never realized that they offer much more than just a great scent.

Ashley over at The Handmade Home published a a really informative blog post several months ago about essential oils — and it piqued my interest.  And then I found out that one of my co-workers is really into the natural, homeopathic stuff and she told me that she’s been buying a bunch of essential oils (“EOs”) on Amazon.  She brought in a couple for me to try.

Cedarwood has a great outdoorsy, woodsy, natural smell to it.  I love it.  I swear you could use a couple drops on your skin as a cologne.  And since it’s so strong, you literally only need a drop or two.

Oregano oil was the other one she let me smell.  Wow!  Like stepping into an Italian kitchen, I swear.  I’m not sure what I’d do with a bottle of oregano oil; however, it smelled wonderful.

As an Amazon Prime member, I snooped around the Amazon site and found a lot of options (go figure).  The NOW brand seems to be a popular one.  That’s the brand my co-worker has been buying.  And she’s very happy with the prices and quality.

There’s also a couple networking marketing companies, DoTerra and Young Living, that sell essential oils.  Hey, there’s nothing wrong with networking marketing, I’ve done my share of them before.  But…this time I wanted to find another source.

I stumbled across Edens Garden’s website and I was impressed.  No big sales pitch.  Just pure oils.  And some organic ones too.  And their prices were well within my range.

I ordered the Organic Top 6 set of oils.  They shipped from California via First Class mail.  I had them in just a few days.  And let me tell you:  they are AWESOME!

There are six 10ml bottles in a really nice box (perfect for gift-giving). Here’s the assortment in order of my favorites:

  1. Lemongrass
  2. Tea Tree
  3. Eucalyptus
  4. Lavender
  5. Peppermint
  6. Sweet Orange

They are all great oils, don’t get me wrong.  I just happen to REALLY like the first four.

Now that I have the oils, my next purchase will be a diffuser.  I have my eye on this one. For now, I’ve been adding a few drops of oil in our cool mist vaporizer at night.

Lavender makes a great night-time oil.  The entire second floor of the house smells like summer.  And I’m ALL about that!

If you happen to be a fan of essential oils and can help me in any way, I’d sure appreciate it!

Leave a comment below.


By the way:  this is NOT a sponsored post.  I just happen to really like EOs and want to share them with you.  While no one paid me for this post, there are some Amazon affiliate links in this post.  If you click on a link and buy something from Amazon, I receive a small commission.


One of the Easiest and Fastest Ways to Make a (Healthy) Meal

Salad - Happiness in a bowl w black frame


Did you guess correctly?

If you spend even a FEW minutes on my Instagram page, you’ll notice lots and lots of salads.


Because I. Love. Salads.

They are super-fast and super-easy to make.  And there are TONS of options and combinations.

So, next time you’re hungry, toss some dark, leafy greens in a bowl.  Add lots of veggies, a little bit of protein, some healthy salad dressing, and some fresh ground pepper.

Give it a good toss to mix everything up.

Plate it up and enjoy!

Until next time, Bon Appetit!




Merry Christmas!

planter with large ornaments


Merry Christmas friends.

Enjoy your day with family, friends, and loved-ones.


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