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Why it is important to get enough #sleep to help with #weightloss & #BOTBresults

Good-morning, kittens & dawgs! I am tired this morning, but I not too tired to forget to announce my #BOTBresults.  My last installment of the band show-down was totally lopsided, swinging heavily in favor of the Jamaican reggae duo consisted of Vernon Buckley and Gladstone Grant known as The Maytones!

On a scale from 1-10 (the higher the number, the greater your fondness is), how well do you like reggae?

Who is your favorite reggae artist/band?

Sample a taste of The Maytones Greatest hits while you visit me this morning and don’t forget the next round of BOTB will be on February 1st.

I read an interesting article on four ways your body blocks weight loss. I was aware of each point listed and had a general understanding.

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This brings me to the point of today’s post, have you ever wondered why it is important to get enough sleep to help with weight loss? Continue reading

Eat Dessert for Breakfast?

Casey Chan submitted an intriguing article at gizmodo.com. A new study reported people who eat sweets for breakfast lost weight. Crazy, right?

The scientist put 144 obese people on an identical low-carb, low-calorie diets (1400 calories for women,1600 calories for men) with one exception. One group had a diet consisting of a protein packed, high-carb breakfast with a choice of cookies, chocolate, cake or ice cream. This is definitely not Mommy approved, but it would earn a two-thumbs-up with Daddy or at least it would at our house.

I know what you’re thinking. Really? Yes, really! Interestingly, both groups weight loss (averaged 32-pounds) was the same after the first 16-weeks. What really is astounding is the 16-week follow-up results.  The group allowed to have the dessert for breakfast lost an extra 13-pounds, but the non-dessert eating group gained all, but three and a half pounds of their weight lost back. Put me down for the dessert diet, please! 😉

Let’s join Patrice at

for her weekly Chit-Chat on a Farmhouse Porch

This week’s discussion…

  1. What’s your favorite kind of salad? I like a simple salad consisting of lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, & onions, but I’ll throw in other veggies if I have them such as fresh broccoli, carrots, and green peppers. Sometimes, I’ll toss in some black or green olives and I use leftover meat for my protein. I usually dress my salads with a low-calorie, fat-free Italian dressing or a reduced calorie three cheese dressing. The best salad I ever had can be found at the Cooper Cellar restaurant here in town. Oh! Heavens, this is to die for! All their veggies are so fresh and crisp. They make this fabulous cheddar cheese dressing (not low-calorie) which will send you out of this world. Mmmm, good!
  2. How old were you when you learned to cook? I dabbled in cooking when I was a teenager, but nothing really serious. I learned a lot by watching. My real education in cooking didn’t come until after marriage and that didn’t truly begin until after I got out of college. Several couples from our Sunday School class formed a monthly dinner club where one couple would host the entire meal. This is when I learned the most. I was in my early 20s.
  3. What’s your favorite kind of store? (grocery, garden, department, cooking, bookstore, etc) My favorite stores are craft stores such as AC Moore or Hobby Lobby.
  4. If you could have lived during another time in history, what time would that have been? In all honesty, I don’t know if I would want to live in the past. I love modern conveniences too much. Let’s face it life was really hard for women 50 plus years ago and in some parts of our country things we take for granted aren’t always luxuries. For instance, my in-laws do not have city water. Hopefully, before the year is through city water will finally be provided up to the mountain where they live in rural West Virginia. All of their lives they have had to be extremely careful about how much water they use. Can you imagine living this way for 85 – 88 years? 
  5. I’m looking forward to the end of winter and the return of spring’s gentle warmth and beautiful colors.

Thanks for letting us all know you’re kiddos are doing better. It’s not fun when the family is down. Let’s hope everyone remains healthy the rest of the winter.

Today, I’m linking up with Joyce in…

Today’s questions are:
1. February 22nd is National Be Humble Day…what makes you proud? What keeps you humble?

God, country, and family are three elements which fill me with a sense of pride. I’m humbled when I hear of stories of immigrants who come to our country, leaving everything they were comfortable with to see the same opportunities so many Americans take for granted.  This country owes no one anything. It’s up to each person to work his/her tail feathers off to get it.

I’m thankful God blessed me by allowing me to be born in a country where I can serve Him freely from persecution. It’s humbling to think there are countries where practicing your Christian faith is forbidden and even fatal.

Naturally, I’m proud of my family. These are the people God has placed in my life for a reason and I love each one dearly. I hope I can be the example in their lives God would have me to be. It gives me comfort when they mimic things from life. This is when a swell of pride and gratitude fill me. I’m thankful for the opportunity to stay at home.

2. Where is the catch-all (aka dumping ground) in your house?

Our dining room table has to be it because this is where we do our schooling. One day soon, I hope to have my dream house where we can have a lovely den where the computers and art project can be kept. I can envision everything having its own special place in our dream house and nothing ever out-of-place again.

3. Do you make it a point to visit State/National Parks when you travel or even in your own hometown? What’s your favorite?

Traveling…vacationing is a limited thing for us. We have only had the pleasure of doing this a handful of times. We do love National Parks, though. The Smoky’s and Blue Ridge Parkway are a stone’s throw from us, as well as a number of National Forests and state parks. We are blessed!

When we visited Maine in ’97 and ’04, we built part if not all of our vacation time around Acadia National Park. It’s absolutely beautiful! Of course, I love coastal Maine so you can understand why I’m so fond of this part of the country. I can’t wait to go back again someday!

We have dreams to see the National Parks out west someday but every time we take a vacation, then it’s hard to not pick New England. Maybe one day we’ll make it out west to see the landscapes spectacular. While our experience is little, it would be hard to imagine any place topping the Smoky’s. The Appalachian mountains will be pretty darn hard to beat!

4. How would you define honor?
Honor comprises respect, dignity, fairness, and trustworthiness.
“Our own heart, and not other men’s opinion, forms our true honor.” 
 ~Samuel Taylor Coleridge
“Let honor be to us as strong an obligation as necessity is to others.”
~ The Elder Pliny


5. Angel’s food or Devil’s food-which cake do you prefer?

I will not pass on either dessert, but my preference is Devil’s food only because I LOVE chocolate!


6. What’s the most recent road trip you’ve taken? Where did you go and how many hours did you spend in the car? Do you like to zoom to your destination without stopping or leisurely wind your way there with stops along the way? What is your car snack of choice?

Our road trips are usually day trips to the mountains, which we enjoy driving leisurely. Sometimes, we get early in the morning and stay gone all day. At times such as this, I’ll pack our cooler with sandwiches and sodas for our main meal, then I’ll take a bag of finger foods like mixed nuts, pretzels, potato chips, and always cookies.

7. Recent headlines told how a preschool child in NC had their packed lunch from home taken away and a school lunch substituted by a school inspector who deemed the homemade lunch unhealthy. Reportedly the parent was then billed for the school lunch (chicken nugget meal) although an update to the story says the parent was not billed. The inspector was conducting a routine inspection of the classroom – he/she was not there solely to peek in the lunchboxes.The packed lunch contained a turkey and cheese sandwich, an apple juice box, a bag of chips, and a banana. You can read the article on WTVR (broken link removed). Your thoughts?

This child’s lunch not only sounds good but is healthier than chicken nuggets. Deep fried chicken over a turkey sandwich, really? Where’s the logic in this kind of switch? What bothers me is this teacher over-stepping the parent’s job. It’s not up to the teacher to decide if a child has the right food or not.  I wonder about kids who come to school without any lunch at all, would the teacher rush to the cafeteria and put a meal in front of these kids? You know there are kids who probably don’t even get lunch from home nor have money to buy food, too.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

The same school Nazis trying to control kids’ lunches are the same ones who have all but removed recess in schools.  The school board harps on healthy guidelines in the cafeteria, but what about physical activity?

  • Jumping rope builds bone density, playing tag is a fun cardio exercise, and being active in general optimizes the brain’s performance. It goes without saying outdoor play burns unwanted calories. 
  • Recess allows kids to work off stress and helps to boost their ability to stay on track with classwork.
  • Children need sunlight to regulate their biological clock, increase their immune system, and it makes them feel good.
  • Children learn how to better interact with one another with unstructured socialization on the playground and it helps to combat common health concerns such as obesity and childhood diabetes.

Think about it, 40+ years ago kids weren’t faced with these issues. We were not stuck inside during recess, we endured PE class, and not chauffeured to school by our moms. We had to walk to the bus stop or to school. There were only a few kids truly overweight. We can’t say this today. Did you know the average weight of a 10-year old girl in 1963 was 77.4 pounds wherein 2002 the average jumped to 88? That’s astonishing!

Yesterday’s wicked winds reminded me of March.  In fact, a large pine tree in our backyard fell. Looks like my boys have their job literally cut out for them. Is it a stormy Wednesday in your neck of the woods? I hear the distant boom of thunder. It’s gonna be a wet day.

 Happy Wednesday!

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Mid-Week Blog Hops


It’s mid-week. Wait, it’s mid-year! Wow, June is here as this new month kicks off! Now, I know how bears must feel after waking from a long hibernation.  I bet they can’t even get a big enough cup of coffee to snap their brains out of their winter fussiness.


Thanks to Patrice from Everyday Ruralty whose given us five more get-to-know-me/you questions to fill in this week.  It doesn’t matter where you are in your weight loss program, we all need encouragement. So, join in with the fun!



1. Has your diet changed a lot since the warmer weather came?  Not really, but I’m sure at some point we’ll indulge in an occasional bowl of ice cream. The warmer months act as a barometer for our ice cream eating.

2. Did you do anything interesting over Memorial weekend?  My DH & I are having some alone-time.  This doesn’t happen, but once in a while throughout the whole year so we’re enjoying every moment we have.

3. If you could plan a get together with your blog friends, what would that look like?  I think it would be nice to grab a cup of coffee and chat or walk around the mall just chit-chatting while we do some fun shopping together.

4. Do you like yogurt? What’s your favorite kind or your favorite way of eating it?  I’m not much of yogurt person, but when I do have it I usually by the fat-free sugar-free Activia.  I like the berry assortments, but the vanilla is really good.

5. What’s the most important quality or character trait in a friend?  Loyalty.  A true friend is with you through thick and thin and will go the distance when others fall by the wayside.

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More mid-week blog hops….
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Weight Loss Encouragement

Weight  loss is a subject many of us can relate to.  It’s definitely a struggle, especially as we mature.  While I was scouring the net this morning searching for inspiration I to pass on to you, I found this little jewel of a site embracinghome.com .  The site isn’t solely dedicated to weight loss, but rather a site to help you embrace many aspects of your life.  I loved the charming layout and the author’s use of scripture to support her own weight loss management, which spoke to me.  That’s what I wanted to give to you.  The author also has a spot where you can sign up for a daily encouragement to be delivered to your email.

Also,  I stumbled on a cool app called Bible Encouragement for your iPhone, iPad, iTouch,… which gives you scripture for dealing with none other than weight loss.  You can learn more about it by visiting worldlinksapps.com.  I am definitely going to see if I can download this app to my MacBook.

Thanks to Patrice  @ Everyday Ruralty, she kindly hosts Wednesday Words of Weight Loss and today’s questions she asks are:

1. Do you consider cutting the grass relaxing or torture?  Once  upon a time, I consider cutting the lawn as a source of relaxation.  Unfortunately, I don’t seem to cherish these same sentiments for yard work.  Allergies to grass keep me from enjoying the outdoors, as I did years ago. Despite my problems, I do get outside to do some light gardening such as tend to my few flowers and blooming bushes.

2. Are you a fast eater or a slow one?  As a kid, I was a slow eater.  Often times, others considered I picked at my food, but that would imply I had selective tastes and that’s not correct.  I was a small child who filled easily, so I can see how one might misunderstand.  These days, I’m a middle of the road eater, not too slow and not too fast.  I accelerated my eating speed with the onset of children where you have to eat fast if you plan to ever eat again.  The truth of the matter is if you are a slow eater it’s better for your digestion and it will prevent you from over-eating. This allows your brain to catch up with your stomach sending a signal that says, “I’m full”.  Slow down and taste the  flour.

3. If you could travel to any country in the world to have the dinner of your choice, where would you go?(You wouldn’t have to pay a cent.)   I love Italian food.  I think I would like to go to Italy to get an authentic Italian meal.  The most thought of Italy cities would be Rome, Sicily, Venice, & Naples

4. Does your dining room table have place mats or a tablecloth right now?  I use tablecloths all the time.  Currently, I have my favorite one on the table of pine trees and moose.  I love this theme and relish the idea of having a log cabin in the mountains one day.  I do use placemats to protect my tablecloth because our dining room table is like Grand Central Station.  This is where everything happens – school, crafts, writing letters, etc.

 5. What’s the best positive thought you could tell yourself day in and day out? Will you be trying it?  Reminding myself, if I am worthy of God’s love, and I should love myself.  It’s up to me to make daily shifts in my personal critiquing to make sure I reach my weight loss goals for not only appearances but overall good health and well-being.  I only have one life and it’s my job to make the most of what I have.  If I treat myself well today, tomorrow I will reap the benefits.   And, yes I will try this as these words are what I live by every day. You deserve this, too!


Do you need daily encouragement?  As a Christian, I feel God’s word is chock full of beautiful words which can lift and motivate us to do great things. In truth, we can apply scripture to our daily challenges with weight loss, too.

Psalm 46:1-3
Psalm 46:7
Psalm 55:22
Psalm 62:6
Isaiah 41:10
2 Timothy 1:7
1 Peter 5:7
Philippians 4:13

Here are two websites offering lovely encouragement you may find valuable to your personal growth and inspiration.



Would you like weight loss encouragement? Then, join Patrice and her friends below.


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Drop 15 Pounds in 2 Months

What woman isn’t on a diet?  Diet is my middle name.  Self-awareness of where I land on the scales each week keep me in check.  Am I pencil thin? No way!  Am I obese? Nope.  Do I need to lose weight? You bet!  How would you like to drop 15 pounds in 2 months? Would you other women to encourage you with your war against weight?

Recently, my darling hubs sent me an interesting article  How to Lose 15 Pounds by Swimsuit Season.  Ironically, it was in Men’s Health on MSNBC’s website.  He’s always watching out for me. I appreciate the little tidbits he passes to me.

Did you know, to lose one pound a week, you have to decrease your caloric intake by 3500 calories?  That seems like an awfully lot, but in truth, you can whittle the number down by taking some small measures in your daily meal planning.

Last summer, I embarked on the Atkins diet for the first time.  I  needed to blast away 20 pounds.  One of the most important things I discovered during the process was breakfast.  I have always been a breakfast eater.  Skipping that vital first meal of the day has never set well with me and with good reason. Our bodies perform better when we give ourselves that energy boost to kick-start our morning.  More importantly, a breakfast which is high in protein leaves you feeling fuller longer and will stave off those mid-morning munchies. According to the article on How to lose 15 pounds, you can save 200 calories by not skipping breakfast.

Eliminate sugary drinks.  This wasn’t a concern for me too much on a daily basis because I did not drink soft drinks, but I would occasionally have hot tea a couple of times and then on each weekend night I always had a 12-ounce glass of cola.  I do not fall in the norm on this level, but did you know by cutting out sugary drinks and replacing them with a sugar-free alternative the average person can slash 450 calories a day? Wow, right?

Doing these two things has shaved your calories by 650. In a week this will save you 4550 calories meaning you will drop little more than a pound.  The article How to lose 15 pounds gives you other suggestions to omit a total 1500 calories per/day, which will give you a grand-daddy lose 3 pounds per week.

Are you looking for support in your weight loss?  Perhaps, Patricia from Everyday Ruralty can give what you need.  She hosts a weekly meme designed to encourage others walking the same path as she updates us on her own weight loss progress. To make this venture together fun, she throws five questions out there for us to borrow, answer, and share. It’s just a little way of getting to know the other ladies in the meme while having fun. Feeling good about yourself is an essential factor in succeeding in anything you do and that includes weight loss.

This week she asked:

1. What’s your favorite thing to do outside when spring arrives?  One of my favorite things to do in the spring is to play in the dirt.  I like setting out potted flowers in my planters.  Our soil which is mostly red clay is too hateful to dig up. You have just as much fun if you were to bust up rocks.

2. What flower are you most looking forward to seeing this spring?  Tulips and daffodils are always cheery.  I love tulips vivid colors. It’s a real joy to drive along the Dogwood Trails to see all the gorgeous homes and landscapes.  One day, I like to have a lawn as lovely as what I gaze upon each spring.

3. Is there someone who encourages you to be healthy? My husband is my biggest source of encouragement.  When you’re young, you don’t think too much about healthy habits but with all the education out there on eating and exercising then young people have a bit of an edge over someone my age.  For the last quarter century, I made conscience decisions to improve my health and I’m happy that I did.

4. Where would you go on vacation if money was no object? Okay, this has nothing to do with weight, but it’s a fun question!  If money wasn’t an issue, then I have a dream to own a nice RV and travel across the country.  There are so many national parks we’d love to see.  This would be the central point of our travels, I believe, to knock out as many of the national parks, especially those out west that we could.

5. Is there something nice you can do for someone else this week?  The nicest thing I can think of I can do is to pray for someone.  There are so many people who are having a hard time right now with the economy or health problems, not to mention the horrible natural disaster that affects the people of Japan.  Everyone needs prayers and we cannot get enough of them.  My mind in particularly on a little three-year-old girl named Delaney Wadsworth who passed away recently from a brain tumor.  So, my heart and prayers will be with this family for sure.

Weight loss is a challenge and it take tenacity to overcome the seemingly impossible.  As you see those pounds shed, jump for joy – you deserve it.  But, don’t jump into a bowl of ice cream to reward (or at least not often) yourself for the calories you saved. The work is just beginning. One thing I learned, which is an unexpected blessing with eating sensibly is my cravings for naughty foods began to diminish. The good news in short is, I managed to drop 24 pounds last year, but unfortunately over the holidays some of those unwanted pounds sneaked back. It’s back to the ole drawing board, but this time I need to knock off 10 pounds. It’s always an uphill, ongoing battle always.  Hard work isn’t new to me and I’m ready to Drop 15 pounds in 2 Months. How about you?